Great to see Trish Grant and Heather Lear featured in this item on 1 News.
New staff in all schools to help students with learning disabilities, Government promises
After years of teachers and parents pleading for help, more support will be given to students with learning disabilities.
Associate education minister Tracey Martin is promising more support and assessment for kids with extra needs, with a new learning support co-ordinator role to be established within schools.
IHC advocacy director Trish Grant welcomed the move, telling 1 NEWS that: "This is recognition from Government that the system is broken, and they're up for a big change."
However, while the move is being welcomed by those within the industry, doubts over cost loom over any proposed changes.
Ms Martin didn't allay fears in any way, admitting that there was no estimate as to what costs may or may not be involved.
"I need to know what the job description is," she said. "When you know what the job description is, you know what the skill level is and what the pay grade will be."
One mother spoke to 1 NEWS about the difficulties children with learning disabilities face, saying that the proposed changes are long overdue.
"I have a son who is six years old with a diagnosis of ADHD, so what you'd call atypical neurology, and we've had a real struggle trying to access any support for him through the education system.
"We've had a lot of great support through health with a paediatrician and an occupational therapist and support from child and adolescent mental health but basically zero support through education which is really frustrating and quite exhausting as a parent."
Funding will be needed from next year's budget, with any proposed changes likely to be implemented in 2020 at the earliest.