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Link Magazine’s weekly e-newsletter, What's News in Disability, is sent to over 4500 subscribers each week. If you have an event you would like to tell people about, simply email your event details to whatson@linkonline.com.au.

February 2018

2018 Autism Conference: Happiness, Neuroharmony and The Predictive Mind
79 Morphett Road, Morphettville SA

Presented by Dr Peter Vermeulen PhD, this conference will offer attendees a new perspective and provide techniques and strategies for effectively supporting people on the autism spectrum. Dr Peter Vermeulen is one of the most engaging, vibrant, innovative but practical international experts, recognised for his significant contribution to the autism field. During his visit to Australia, he will present a practical, innovative conference program for people on the spectrum and their families, as well as educators and other professionals. This event is aimed at individuals on the spectrum, family members, care givers, educators, professionals  - anyone who is striving to achieve improved outcomes for themselves or for individuals on the autism spectrum. If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate!

Delivering Quality in the NDIS
Sydney Boulevard Hotel, NSW

Surviving and thriving in the NDIS is intrinsically linked with the ability to understand and deliver quality to the consumer. With the early 2018 establishment of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission drawing attention to the policy side, successful organizations are proactively and critically looking further into their understanding, measurement and delivery of quality.

The Delivering Quality in the NDIS Conference will address the following tough questions:

  • What does quality actually look like to the consumer?
  • How do we measure the impact of what we are delivering?
  • Do we understand the true unit cost of delivering quality - are our models financially sustainable?
  • How do we develop a model to focus on our strengths?
  • Can we differentiate the quality of our services via our marketing and communications?
  • What actions can we take right now to improve the quality of our service?

March 2018

MOIRA Disability Respite & Recreation Expo 2018
Lynbrook Community Centre, 2 Harris Street Lynbrook, VIC

Join us on Friday the 2nd of March in an exciting, informative and enjoyable experience for families and carers of individuals with a disability living in Melbourne’s South.

The exhibition is free and welcomes anyone to attend. Packed with information on respite opportunities and local services offering a helping hand, the event is a must for anyone seeking support. 

Carers will be able to browse through a wide array of stalls, enjoy a free buffet lunch and unwind with a relaxing massage.

Visitors can also attend and participate in presentations discussing the upcoming NDIS National Disability Insurance Scheme transition.

Click here to download the expo flyer and Speaker Program

For more information contact respiteexpo@moira.org.au or call 03 8552 2222

Back to Back Theatre's Camp
Back to Back Theatre, Geelong VIC

A weekend of theatre-making workshops for people with and without disability. Nationally recognised contemporary artists will facilitate 12 inclusive workshops over two days covering a range of performance art forms such as dance, puppetry, script writing, opera and improvisation. No experience is necessary and new faces are especially welcome. Full weekend, full day or single workshop tickets are available but positions are limited and bookings are essential. CAMP is a supportive and inclusive event. When you register, you have the opportunity to note any accessibility requirements you might have.

National Disability Services Queensland Conference 2018 – Brisbane
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, QLD

The aim of the conference, Finding the Way Forward, will be to inform, provoke and inspire. With a rich diversity of speakers, delegates and exhibitors, this conference will position the NDS to drive business excellence across the disability sector.

FIA Annual Fundraising Conference
International Convention Centre (ICC), Sydney NSW

Join us on the donor journey! If you want to engage and retain your donors and build relationships for the long term, then attend the Fundraising Institute Australia (FIA) Conference 2018.

Save $400. Register before 15 December for great early bird discounts on your conference ticket.

This year’s conference theme is about fundraising that forges lasting connections with donors. It’s 2018’s best opportunity to hear inspiring speakers from home and overseas, pick up on sector trends, learn from the experiences of your peers and take part in networking opportunities; in short, everything designed to take your fundraising further.

Packed tightly into 2.5 days and featuring six comprehensive tracks, FIA Conference 2018 is where you will get the skills, techniques and ideas you need to foster better donor relationships and drive your fundraising programs and your fundraising career to a new level. Tracks this year are Strategy & Leadership, Securing the Gift, The Toolbox, Trends & Innovation, Digital & Events and Direct Marketing. There will be 80+ local and international speakers sharing their knowledge and experience, including Barbara Newhouse and Doug Dillon from the USA and Jack Sim from Singapore. You can pick from 60+ sessions, nine masterclasses and some great social events.

Great rates are available for FIA members and groups over five, and a Conference & Gala Dinner package will save you another $76 on your dinner ticket.

This year it’s all about relationships so take advantage of the learning opportunities available at the Southern Hemisphere’s largest conference for the fundraising sector – find out more and register today!

2018 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship
Casey Stadium, VIC

The 2018 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Championship is on from 14 - 16 March at Casey Stadium in Victoria. Further details will be available in the new year. To make sure you are first to hear any updates for this event, follow us on Facebook!

Come and try disabled waterski at Wisemans Ferry
Wisemans Ferry, NSW

Ever wanted to try Disabled Waterskiing? Here is your chance! The NSW Water Ski Federation Disabled Division regularly run Come and Try days where people of any age or gender with a physical disability or vision impairment can give it a go! Bookings are essential. www.disabledwaterskinsw.com/ski-days/

April 2018

WA Disability Support Awards 2018
Grand Ballroom, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA

National Disability Services (NDS) WA is excited to announce that tickets for the WA Disability Support Awards 2018 are now available for purchase!

Join us in celebrating the tenth anniversary of recognising and rewarding people who provide the highest standard of support to increase the quality of life and inclusion of people with disability.

Saturday, 28 April 2018
6:30pm for pre-dinner drinks, seating for dinner at 7:15pm

The event will attract more than 750 people and will include the presentation of seven Disability Support Awards, a sumptuous three-course dinner and drinks, entertainment and music.

Purchase your tickets online by Tuesday, 17 April 2018. For ticketing support, please contact Partner&Prosper on 08 9443 3468 or at events@partnerandprosper.com.au.

November 2018

Tri State Games
Port Adelaide / Semaphore, SA

The Tri State Games is an annual week long sporting event for people with a disability. The games will be held in Port Adelaide / Semaphore area with support from the Port Adelaide Enfield Council from Monday 12th to Friday 16th November 2018.

The Tri State Games:

  • Encourage and promote sport to people with a disability residing in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
  • Provide people with a disability the opportunity to compete against their peers in a range of sporting activities.
  • Encourage participation in sport as a means of improving health, fitness and quality of life for people with a disability.
  • Provide a respite option for families and carers who support people with a disability.
  • Encourage people with a disability to pursue sporting interests in mainstream competition.
  • Promote the sporting achievements of people with a disability to the broader community.

The Tri State Games are generally held for two years by a host region and are run for a week in November of each year.  One of the main attractions of the Tri State Games is that it offers an opportunity for people with a significant/profound disability to participate in sporting activities that they may generally not have had an opportunity to have.

Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tristategames/