Your Life Your Choice

Your Life Your Choice provides the framework for how self-directed support operates in Queensland.

Self-directed support is a funding approach that enables people with a disability and their families to have greater choice and control over the disability services they receive. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been designed based on self-direction.

How does it work?

A person with a disability, who has individual ongoing funding, can choose to have their funding hosted by a host provider. The host provider will work with the person to plan, purchase and select supports that best suit their needs. This may be services that are delivered through non-government service providers in the traditional way or may be through engaging their own support workers.

MD Qld’s Your Life Your Choice Host Provider Model

As a Your Life Your Choice (YLYC) Host Provider, Muscular Dystrophy Queensland offers flexible host services with a tiered structure tailored to meet the individual needs of people living with the broad range of Muscular Dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, across the state of Queensland.

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland, will apply its person-centred strengths-based approach with each client to ensure the best possible outcome for their quality of life. We are committed to work alongside each client accessing the YLYC service to assist them to ‘unpack’ their day-to-day needs to determine how their funding can be optimised, taking into account their goals, priorities and aspirations.

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland provides families with both choice and flexibility. We realize that there are a wide range of options for services and resources, and we work alongside our clients to ensure that their needs are met in the way they request and according to their priority of need. In addition, consideration is given to offering our clients options so that they can choose the best model of service for themselves, taking into account their individual circumstances and what is important to them.

Muscular Dystrophy Queensland’s YLYC Host Service ensures continuing flexibility by providing ongoing options for client’s to move between our service models at quarterly intervals Whether your choose to fully self-direct your funding, or to self-direct with either limited or some assistance, Muscular Dystrophy Queensland has a host model to suit your individual needs.

Fee Structure

$675 Establishment fee -This is a once off fee charged when you first commence host provider services with Muscular Dystrophy Queensland.

Service Model 1 – Fully Self-Directed Model (No supports requested)

Service Cost:

5% of the Your Life Your Choice Funding Package expended per quarter.

Services Provided:

  • Host arrangement established
  • Initial planning and review of services
  • 6 monthly planning conversations
  • Provision and use of spreadsheet for calculating, budgeting and acquittal purposes
  • Funding transferred to client each month or payments to providers and suppliers
  • End of quarter reconciliation report

Service Model 2 – Self-Directed Model (Limited supports requested)

Service Cost:

8% of the Your Life Your Choice Funding Package expended per quarter.

Services Provided:

  • Host arrangement established
  • Initial planning and review of services
  • 6 monthly planning conversations
  • Provision and use of spreadsheet for calculating, budgeting and acquittal purposes
  • End of quarter reconciliation report
  • Payments to providers and suppliers

Service Model 3 – Self-Directed Model (Some supports requested)

Service Cost:

10% of the Your Life Your Choice Funding Package expended per quarter.

Services Provided:

  • Host arrangement established
  • Initial planning and review of services
  • 6 monthly planning conversations
  • Provision and use of spreadsheet for calculating, budgeting and acquittal purposes
  • End of quarter reconciliation report
  • Payments to providers and suppliers

Fee determination

In determining which level of the service model is appropriate for a particular client the following points will be considered:

  • The amount of the individual client package
  • The assistance you require from Muscular Dystrophy Queensland and
  • The level of responsibility for self-direction that the client wishes to take on (individual client capacity)

The level of the service model will be reviewed every 6 months during the individual planning session conducted with each client. A client may request the level be reviewed each quarter.

Resources to support self-direction

There are a number of resources that have been developed to assist people with disability, their families and carers with Your Life Your Choice. These can be accessed on the Pearls of Wisdom website.

More information

If you are already a client of Muscular Dystrophy, please contact your Case Worker. Alternatively, please contact us for more information.

You can also access the Department of Communities website for more information about Your Life Your Choice.