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March 2019

Film Night: Utilising Peer Support to Empower People living with Disability
JFA Purple Orange, 104 Greenhill Road, Unley, SA

Please join us for a Film Night to showcase the final videos and findings from a project undertaken by Families4Families and Life Upcycled which was funded through the Julia Farr MS McLeod Benevolent Fund.

In 2017 the ‘Shared Journey’ project commenced, enabling Families4Families to investigate how peer support techniques can be used by people living with disability to build their ‘best lives’.

We captured the stories of 5 participants throughout the project and these films are being launched at this special RED CARPET event. Please join us as we celebrate our participants, their stories and the conclusion of a very successful project.

Light refreshments will be provided on the night. This is a free event.

For any queries, please contact Mikaila Crotty on 8373 8313 or mikailac@purpleorange.org.au

Disability Awareness Session – Ipswich
QLD: Department of Natural Resources, Mines & Energy Conference Room, Level 4 Icon Tower, 117 Brisba

Individuals and organisations will be confident when supporting their customers and employees who have disabilities, establishing inclusion for people with disability.

Sexuality and intellectual disability: a masterclass
Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Tower 2, Level 12, Melbourne, VIC 3008

9:30am – 4:30pm

Join the School of Health and Social Development for a masterclass to promote understanding of sexuality and relationships in the lives of people with intellectual disability.
The masterclass will showcase applied research and learning from leaders in the field alongside examples of best practice in service provision and support. On his first visit to Australia, keynote speaker Dr Michael Gill from Syracuse University, New York will speak about his book ‘Already Doing It: Intellectual disability and sexual agency’. Additional presentations will address topics including sexual abuse, sexual and gender diversity and working with indigenous populations.

Imagine. A Skills and Idea-Development Workshop
John Curtin Meeting Room, John Curtin Reserve, 21 Huxley Drive, Winston Hills, NSW, 2153

Get your idea out of your head and into the market – read more

QLD, Atherton Library, 16 Robert St, Atheron, 4883

Interactive sensory music sessions for the disability community.

Thriving in Regular Schools
WA, Ellenbrook Community Library, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook 6069

This forum will explore ways to make the mainstream school experience better for your child and your family.

Junior CP Games
Sydney Academy of Sport, Wakehurst Parkway, next to Narrabeen Lake, North Narrabeen, NSW, 2101

9am – 5pm

This is a multi-sport event for junior athletes from 8 to 26. It is about fun, participation and trying new sports, as much as it is about performance and winning.

Limited accommodation is available, and each sport will have a separate registration fee.

We encourage athletes to compete in the sports that they know well and are good at, and try ones that they are interested in. Leaving with new friends, new skills and new goals is the key. 

Sports will include; Football, Swimming, Athletics, Race Running, Triathlon, Basket ball, Netball, Boccia, Table tennis and many more. 

Contact Peter for a registration form at pking@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Disabled Surfing Event for All Abilities
Inverloch Surf Beach, Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club, 163 Surf Parade, Inverloch, VIC

Time: 11am – 2pm 

Come along and have some fun. Whether you want to volunteer your time or come on down for a surf, it is sure to be a very special day for all. 

The Disabled Surfers Association Australia wants to 'Put some Smiles on Dials' and provide a safe and enjoyable surfing experience for people with any disability at every one of our events.

We want to be able to provide people with a disability greater access to the beaches all year round. By working with the community our aim is to make beach accessibility within reach of everyone.

April 2019

Circle of Security for Fathers and Male Carers of Children with Disability
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW 2204

Time: 9pm

Circle of Security is an evidence-based course which supports and strengthens parent-child relationships.

While Circle of Security is not a disability-specific program, these sessions are for families of children with disability or developmental delay.

This program will provide families with an opportunity to use the Circle of Security approach to your child's specific needs. Research shows that children who experience a secure relationship with at least one parent have better health, relationship and educational outcomes into their future.

Learn about:

- your child’s emotional world by learning to read their emotional needs;

- how to support your child to successfully manage their emotions;

- developing your child’s self-esteem;

- how to honour our innate wisdom and desire for your child to be secure.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services
QLD: Riverside Hotel Southbank, 20 Montague Road, South Brisbane

QATSICPP hosts the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services and Family Participation Program Community of Practice Forum.

Making an Impact Conference 2019
Merrimu Receptions, 1300 Dandenong Road, Murrumbeena, VIC 3163

3rdApril 2019 9am – 4thApril 2019 5pm

Want to leave a conference feeling empowered to make positive changes in your healthcare service? You are invited to our inaugural event that aims to equip you with the tools and listen to the stories to inspire you to make improvements for better patient outcomes, higher staff satisfaction and greater quality of care.

Quality and Safeguarding Workshop - Hobart
Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray St, Hobart, TAS

Join us for a FREE half day workshop on the Quality and Safeguard Commission and the impact on the disability sector.

In this interactive session learn about:

-Compliance Requirements around Registration and Renewal

-Practice Standards and the Code of Conduct

-Worker Screening and Reportable Incidents

-Experiences from providers in SA and NSW on the realities of roll out

-Quality Management Systems

-Core & Specialist Modules and the evidence required

This workshop will include a panel Q&A with representatives from NDS, Tasmanian Government and the Quality and Safeguard Commission.

Silver Rainbow LGBTI Awareness Raising
SA, Modbury GP Plus Superclinic, 77 Smart Road, Modbury 5092

This training will focus on developing participant understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTI older people, including those who are diverse in other ways, such as living with a disability.

Quality and Safeguarding Workshop
TAS, Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart, 7000

Join in for a free half day workshop on the Quality and Safeguarding commission and its impact on the disability sector.

South West Disability Expo
Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW

Time: 9am - 5pm

The South West Disability Expo is set to be the biggest and most anticipated Disability Expo on the 2019 calendar with a very successful year in 2018. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has now rolled out across the entire South West / Macarthur region and thousands of residents with disabilities will gain greater control over their lives and be on the lookout for the most suitable services in the area to meet their individual needs. 

Ability Fest
VIC, Coburg Velodrome, 30 Charles St, Coburg 3058

ABILITY FEST is an event that aims to use music as a platform to normalise disability by encouraging everyone – regardless of age, gender, disability or race – to come together in celebration of live music.

RightsTalk: Refugees with Disabilities – Overlooked and Undeserved
NSW: Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney

Join refugee and disability rights advocate, Nujeen Mustafa, to hear how her journey from Syria to Germany – in a wheelchair at age 16 – propelled her to be a powerful advocate for the rights of refugees and for people with disabilities.

Towards a Better Life – Social Role Valorisation
Carers ACT, 2/80 Beaurepaire Crescent, Holt, ACT 2615

This workshop explores why some groups in our society are more likely to experience marginalisation and stigma, and the impact this has on people with disabilities, aged people and other marginalised people. The workshop also examines how the acquisition of valued roles can contribute to changed societal perceptions and strengthen the likelihood that people with a devalued status will get a better life. The core themes and principles of SRV will be explored through presentations, exercises and discussion.

Cultural Competence in Service Delivery – ACT
Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street, Phillip, ACT 2606

Best practice approaches to provide individualised and relationship focused service delivery.

This interactive workshop will assist participants to:

  • Develop strategies to enhance cultural competence
  • Gain insights into the diverse needs of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including refugees
  • Understanding CALD perspectives of dementia
  • Working with interpreting services
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • Assisting aged care service providers to meet aged care quality standards

Morning tea, lunch and training material provided. Free parking.

These workshops are for people who work in health, aged and disability services, government and community services organisations.

Bringing Your Plan To Life: PCYC Carindale
QLD: Carindale PCYC, 27 Narracott Street, Carina

This workshop will help you understand your plan, the terminology it uses, and how to get the most out of it.

Connections: Creating a Disability-Friendly Community
SA, Rostrevor Baptist Church, 288 Montacute Road, Rostrevor 5073

Would your church like to be more inclusive of people with disability and their carers?

2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival
St Clair Recreation Centre

Disability Sports Australia, in partnership with the AFL, is excited to announce the 2019 Wheelchair Aussie Rules National Carnival to be held in Adelaide, South Australia! DSA would like the thank the following organisations for their support of this event: 

·       Port Adelaide Football Club 

·       SANFL

·       Disability Recreation and Sports SA 

Disability Confident Training
Hugh Dixson Theatre, Ground Floor, AGSM Building (G27) UNSW, Kensington Campus, NSW

Workplace Diversity has organised a Disability Confident Training at the UNSW Kensington campus to provide all staff with a solid foundation of knowledge to be disability aware in the workplace. 

This training assists staff to identify ways to develop an inclusive and accessible environment for employees, customers and stakeholders. 

By the completion of training, participants will:

  • Understand the importance of disability confidence for individuals and the whole organisation
  • Have greater awareness of what disability is in the Australian society 
  • Be confident in using the right language and doing the right things
  • Understand the value of inclusive behaviours and environments
  • Have greater awareness of workplace adjustments 
  • Know where to find further information and assistance.

The session will be run by the Australian Network on Disability, a peak body that supports organisations to advance the inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of business. AND’s vision is to create a disability confident Australia.

If you have any accessibility requirements, or general enquiries, please contact workplace.diversity@unsw.edu.au.

Employment Support Sessions in Western Australia
Around WA

People with disability can take part in suitable, sustainable and meaningful work of their choice when provided with the right employment strategies and supports. With the NDIS currently being rolled out in Western Australia, and an expected full roll out of the scheme by 2019, people with disability - particularly those with significant disability - are now seeking transition to work supports.

If you are interested in attending these sessions or would like further information, please contact Gaelen Williams, Coordinator, Customised Employment Projects, on  or 0415 999 707.

Carers: Information Session
Spillett House, 65 Smith Street, Darwin NT

Join the friendly Multicultural Services team from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink, Medicare, Child Support) for a short and informative session on CARERS.

Topics include:
* What help is available for carers (caring for people with disability, medical condition or frail aged)
* Eligiblity criteria
* Payments and allowances for carers
* How to register and receive support

There will be time for Questions and Answers
This information session is open to all. Private appointments can be made with staff at this session for another date and time. 
The presentation is approx. 20 minutes long and will be delivered in English. Please let us know if a translator is required and for what language by 5 April 2019 or sooner.

State Disability Inclusion Plan Community Forum
SA, Hetzel Lecture Theatre, State Library, North Terrace and Kintore Ave, Adelaide 5000

This forum presents an opportunity to tell the State Government what is important to you and what you think should be included in the first State Disability Inclusion Plan.

Accessible Outdoor Camping
Mount Evelyn Recreation Camp, 70 Tramway Road, Mount Evelyn, VIC

Time: 10am – 2pm

YMCA is hosting a Free 2-day/1 night camp for adults living with a physical disability.

This confidence building adaptive camping program is a perfect opportunity for you and your camping companion to re-connect with the great outdoors in a supportive and friendly environment.

This fun, inclusive camp is designed to be an introduction or re-introduction to camping for adults with a physical disability.

Build upon your camping confidence! 

  • Learn how to set up a campsite
  • Use and learn about different adaptive camping equipment available 
  • Overcome the challenges of camping with a physical disability in a safe and supportive small group

Accommodation options:

  • Camp out (in tents) or;
  • Our accessible accommodation lodge

What to expect from camp:

  • The opportunity to connect with likeminded people who share a passion for the outdoors
  • A relaxed and supportive environment 
  • Both structured and unstructured opportunities for social interaction, through the camping experience.
  • Our friendly team of staff, volunteers and mentors aim to support you in your camping experience.

Price: Free & Fully Catered. 

Camping equipment supplied
For more information:
Contact: Jason Ellery
0401 946 199

A Conversation About Education and Schools
SA: JFA Purple Orange – 104 Greenhill Rd, Unley

Community consultation with students living with disability and their families on school education in South Australia. 

AMP-ED Up! National Amputee Conference
Canberra Rex Hotel, 150 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT 2612

Time: 9am – 5pm

This Conference will educate, encourage and empower you and provide amputee delegates with the opportunity to network with each other and gain valuable information to support your long-term goals.

This two-day action-packed Conference will bring together amputees, prosthetic manufacturing companies, assistive technology suppliers and a variety of speakers from a range of sectors - all under the one roof.

Delegates will have the opportunity to see the latest in prosthetic technology, hear from a variety of speakers, interact face-to-face with prosthetic providers, try out recreational activities, meet other amputees, listen to disability advocates, plus much more!

May 2019

Meet the author: Carly Findlay ‘Say Hello’ at Marion Cultural Centre Domain Theatre
Marion Cultural Centre – Domain Theatre, 287 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park, SA, 5046

Meet the author of Say Hello, an honest, outspoken and thought-provoking memoir. Read more

Darwin: NDIS Support Coordination Training Workshop
Darwin CBD, TBA

AbiltySeer offer a new and improved specialised 1-day workshop for practising Support Coordinators which introduces to workshop participants brand new practical exercises and activities that are aimed at the development of skills required to be a professional support coordinator.

2019 WA Disability Support Awards
Grand Ballroom, Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, WA

NDS is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2019 WA Disability Support Awards are now available for purchase.

The awards honour disability support workers who provide the highest standard of support to increase the quality of life and inclusion of people with disability. 

The event is a highlight on our calendar and attracts more than 800 people from across the disability services sector. It includes the presentation of seven Disability Support Awards, a sumptuous three-course dinner and drinks, entertainment, live music and dancing.

Early Bird tickets

• $160 per person; or

• $1,500 per table of 10


After 12 April

• $175 per person; or

• $1,650 per table of 10

Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, 1 May. For ticketing support, please contact Partner&Prosper on 08 9443 3468 or at emily@partnerandprosper.com.au.

Australian Network on Disability 2019 Conference
RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC

The Australian Network on Disability (AND)’s 11th Annual National Conference will be held at the RACV City Club in the heart of Melbourne on Tuesday 14 May 2019.

The conference is a unique opportunity to connect with business leaders, human resources professionals, diversity practitioners and industry experts. Discover tested and pioneering ways to deliver sustainable access and inclusion outcomes.

Defensible Documentation for Employees of the Disability Sector
Murray Bridge Community Club, 1 Murray Cod Dv, Murray Bridge, SA 5253

Defensible documentation – do you need it? Read more

Souths Suburban Bowls Club, 39 Wardrop St, West Mackay, QLD, 4740

10:00am – 5:00pm

The 2019 Multi-Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships, otherwise known as the Multibowl, will be held at Souths Suburban Bowls Club in Mackay, QLD from Sunday, 19 - Friday 24 May 2019. 

Looking to grow from the tremendous 2018 Multibowl, the 2019 Championships will see teams from all over the country compete in six (6) days of competitions. 

More information about the 2019 Multibowl will be available in early 2019. 

Neurodiversity & Employment Symposium
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, 578 Royal Esplanade, Manly

Thriving Now is hosting its inaugural Neurodiversity and Employment Symposium, promoting a positive and productive focus on the strengths that neurodiverse individuals can offer the workplace.

The goal of this symposium is to inform, enlighten and educate attendees from a variety of perspectives. Those of neurodiverse individuals with lived experience of navigating the employment realm, to professional insights and research-based evidence on the benefits of employing and supporting neurodivergent thinkers in the workplace.

June 2019

Positive Behaviour Support
SA, Flinders University, City Campus, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide 5000

This training is focussed on people working in disability and is relevant to many disability types including autism, intellectual disability, and acquired brain injury.

Disability at Work 2019
Hilton Hotel, 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide, SA, 5000

Our two-day national conference will examine innovative ways to inspire and engage people with disability in employment opportunities. It is aimed at employment service providers (open, supported and social enterprises) and professionals interested in the design and promotion of a broad range of employment opportunities for people with disability.

Central Coast Future Choices Expo For Students With Disability
Mingara Recreation Club, 12-14 Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, NSW

Everything students, families-carers, schools, services and providers need to know about moving to life after school or other study with disability…. education, employment, apprenticeships/traineeships, community connections, advocacy, disability services, support services, technology and more!

August 2019

Building Accessibility: Rooming Houses (Class 1b Buildings)
The Laneway Boardroom, Ground Floor, Waterman Business Centre, 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby, Victoria

10:45am – 12:10pm

This one hour talk discusses the disability access requirements for Class 1b buildings, including rooming houses, boarding houses, bed & breakfasts, small student accommodation buildings and holiday cabins.

In 2011, building and disability legislation changed to require most Class 1b buildings to include accessible features for people with disability. 

This workshop discusses these requirements and aims to help landlords and small businesses operating rooming houses, B&Bs, student accommodation etc., to understand their obligations.

It is limited to 17 people only.

SoSAFE! User Training – Canberra
Youth Coalition of the ACT

SoSAFE! is a set of visual and conceptual tools designed to promote social safety for people with an Intellectual Disability (moderate to severe range) and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SoSAFE! tools encourage social safety through the provision of a simplified and rule-governed model of social reality that teaches the type and degree of verbal and physical intimacy appropriate with different categories of people.

September 2019

Disability Expo Sunshine Coast
Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina QLD 4575

This is truly a unique event aimed at bringing the disability community together to celebrate life, age, empower, learn, share and experience the latest technologies. Along with ample exhibits, attendees will be able to attend a variety of FREE workshops.

October 2019

Regional Disability Expo - Toowoomba
Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre, 20 Baker Street, Darling Heights, QLD, 4350

This is truly a unique event aimed at bringing the disability community together to celebrate life, age, empower, learn, share and experience the latest technologies. Along with ample exhibits, attendees will be able to attend a variety of FREE workshops. (more information about types of workshops and timings to come).