South Australian woman, Ann Marie Smith died earlier this year in what has been described as appalling circumstances. Now The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Quality and Safeguards Commission has taken action to ban her care provider, Integrity Care, from providing NDIS-funded supports.
Ann Marie Smith lived with cerebral palsy and died on April 6th aged 54. The circumstances of her death are now the subject of an ongoing investigation.
Separately, South Australian Police have reportedly charged Rosemary Maione with Manslaughter in relation to the death of Ann Marie Smith. 68 year old Rosemary Maione was a paid care worker with Integrity Care.
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission had already fined Integrity Care $12,000 prior to the ban announced on Wednesday.
Major Crime Detective Superintendent Des Bray has noted that police have still been unable to locate any records of treatment for Ann Marie Smith by doctors, nurses and physios since 2014. Police are appealing for a hairdresser named Pat to come forward in relation to the investigation.
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commissioner Graeme Head stated “Integrity Care was advised in early June 2020 of the intention to revoke the organisation’s registration and to ban it from operating, and was given an opportunity to respond,”.
The revocation of Integrity Care‘s registration as an NDIS provider is stated to take effect as of Friday, August 14th. This will mean Integrity Care will no longer be eligible to provide NDIS funded services and will be effectively banned from supporting agency managed NDIS participants (NDIS participants who manage their funding through the National Disability Insurance Agency).
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