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February 2019

Fitability 2019
Bella Vista Oval, Crown Terrace, Bella Vista

Thanks to the wonderful people at Slater & Gordon and The Australian Communities Foundation, Interaction has secured funding to proceed with our first Fitability program for 2019.

General good health and well-being for everyone is of utmost importance.  When it comes to people who have a disability, exercise and knowledge about nutrition often do not get enough attention, due to other perhaps medical and general day to day care that takes precedent in the lives of people with disabilities. Carers/family members simply struggle to find the time to investigate and action options of this nature.

Interaction has made it easier by way of offering its FREE (YES FREE!) ‘Fitability’ program – we’ve done all the work for you. This time around we have two activities running, which will commence in February 2019: group outdoor training at Bella Vista Oval (Tuesdays), and basic gymnastics and Sydney Hills Gymnastics in Castle Hill (Thursdays).  After the festive season and in the warmer months it’s a great time to start a new activity that will encourage people with disability to feel better about themselves, make new friends and increase their level of fitness.

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

7pm – 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.

Aged Care & Disability Services Sector - Melbourne
United Co., 425 Smith Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

With enormous changes and disruption to the Aged Care and Disability Services sector this specifically tailored event will help you understand and navigate a challenging media landscape.

The aim is to build new media relationships with the press, break down some barriers and also educate the journalists present about your sector.

Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program
Adelaide, SA, 5000

Able Australia is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals to take part in a FREE Deafblind Communication Guide Training Program in Adelaide, SA.

Deafblind Communication Guides provide direct one to one support to participants in a way that is tailored to meet their individual needs and goals.

The Communication Guide Training Program consists of classroom based training, site visits, guest speakers and a hands-on opportunity to support people who are deafblind in their communities.

By completing the Communication Guide Program, you will learn:

·       What it means to be deafblind

·       Deafblind communication methods

·       Adaptive and assistive technology

·       Sighted guide training

·       What makes a good Communication Guide

Come and Try Golf - Barden Ridge NSW
Ebdale Community Hub & Learning Centre- Training Rm 20 Ebdale Street Frankston, VIC

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Empower Golf Australia is proud to host a Come and Try Golf clinic, for people living with a disability, at The Ridge Driving Range. Come and Try Golf clinics are the ideal way to introduce new people to golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love, after accident or illness.

Players of all abilities have to opportunity to try golf, the amazing ParaGolfer and other adaptive equipment. Expert tuition from one of Australia's most respected disability trained golf pros, Lachy Foulsham, will be on hand to ensure everyone gets the most out of the day. And because we understand that each person has their own community of support, we always welcome your family and friends to share in the afternoon.

Please ensure you register below and send any enquiries to James Gribble - james.gribble@empowergolf.com.au

Everyone’s Business: National Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry
Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000

The Commission is hosting a consultation about workplace sexual harassment that focuses specifically on the experiences of people with a disability. 

The consultation will take place on Monday 18 February 2019, 9:30am-11am at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000.

The consultation will be co-facilitated by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, and the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Alastair McEwin.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Expo
Forster Park Community Centre Cnr Keane Street and Abernethy Road, Cloverdale, WA

The City of Belmont invites people with disabilities, their families and carers to attend the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Expo to be held in Belmont.

Guest presenters will provide up to date information of what this means to you as the NDIS rolls out in Belmont in July 2019. You will have the opportunity to engage with local service providers on a one-to-one basis to respond to your specific concerns and meet people who have already had experience with the new system.

Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided.

UniReady 2019
Flinders University, The Studio (behind Grind & Press Café), Registry Road, Bedford Park SA 5042

A workshop for new Flinders students who have a Disability, Learning Disability, Autism, Medical or Mental Health condition. 
Have your questions answered about services and supports at Flinders Uni, hear from current students about their experiences, meet the Disability Advisors. 
Free lunch and morning tea.

2019 Autism Conference Series: Using the Social Thinking Methodology to Support Social Learning
Morphettville Racecourse (South Australian Jockey Club), 79 Morphett Road, Morphettville, SA 5043

Michelle Garcia Winner, the founder of Socially Thinking®, will teach those that support people with social emotional learning challenges to develop skills in how they interpret and respond to social information to better connect with others. Michelle will present practical strategies to improve social competencies that can be used immediately in the classroom, clinic, home and community.

The conference is set to be an engaging, interactive day where participants will be guided through a range of innovative socially based problem solving strategies that can be used with individuals with solid expressive and receptive language skills, in a range of settings.

Come and Try Golf
Wembley Golf Course, 200 The Boulevard, Wembley Downs, WA

Empower Golf Australia is proud to host a Come and Try Golf clinic at Wembley Golf Course. Come and Try Golf Clinics are the ideal way to introduce people living with a disability to golf for the first time, or to reintroduce former players to the game they love after accident or illness.

2019 Disability Support Workers Conference
Brisbane, Queensland

8:30am – 4:30pm

Multicap and CPL will once again be hosting the Disability Support Workers (DSW) Conference on the 19th and 20th February 2019. 

The DSW Conference is a two-day conference specifically designed for disability support workers offering an opportunity to engage with industry leaders and peers, learn cutting edge techniques and hear firsthand experiences from people with disability.

The DSW Conference will empower you, inspire you and invigorate your passion for supporting your customers to reach their goals each and every day!

Gold Coast Disability Network: Schools and Industry Workshop
HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bunall Road, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217

The Gold Coast Disbability Network is an extension of the the highly successful Gold Coast Fresh Futures Market and the opportunity to extend the network effect and meet the demand for a disability network on the Gold Coast. The Schools and Industry workshop intends to extend the industry and schools networking to enhance information sharing, connection, communication and collaboration for Post-School options on the Gold Coast. The outcomes are better informed and connected Schools and Industry benefiting people with disabilities transition to post school options. The workshop is also the foundation for a schools and industry directed plan for networking and collaboration in 2019.

Disability Support Worker Training
Paddington Central, Level 5, 107 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, QLD

The NDIS is currently rolling out in Queensland to provide support for people with disability. Some NDIS participants will take up the opportunity to self-manage their NDIS plans and will be looking for workers that they can engage directly. 

NDIS participants will be requiring a range of supports in their homes and in the community and workers with the right skill set and attitude to support people to live more independent and fulfilling lives, will be highly sought after.

Bespoke Lifestyles has been supporting people to self-direct and manage their funded supports since 2010 and has a good understanding of what type of workers participants will be looking for to enhance their lives.

Understanding the NDIS
Thirroul Community Centre, 360 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, #352, Thirroul, NSW

Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

We’re here to help! 

Come along and speak to a Local Area Coordinator and ask any question about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Learn about:

  • What Local Area Coordinators do
  • How to access the NDIS
  • How to use the funding
  • Reviews and what you need to do
  • Linking to funded and unfunded services.
Toilet Training for Children with Disability or Developmental Delay
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW 2204

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills. This workshop is an introduction to toilet training and an initial problem-solving session for families who are preparing to begin toilet training. 

You will learn about:

- Parent and child readiness;

- Skills needed for toilet training;

- Environmental factors to consider;

- The importance of staying positive;

- How Plumtree can provide more intensive support if you have NDIS package

For more info:

Continence Foundation of Australia 1800 330 066

NDIS Webinar – Let’s talk about work

On Thursday 21 February 2019 between 2.00pm and 3.00pm AEST the NDIA will be hosting a webinar - "let's talk about work".

What's it all about?

The "let’s talk about work" webinar will deliver information and insights about how NDIS participants can include employment supports in their plans.

Attendees will have the opportunity to think about having work as a goal in their NDIS plan, and understand the types of supports the NDIS can provide for participants to achieve their employment goals.

CRUcial Conversation: A Brief History of Disability – why inclusion is elusive
CRU Office, Level 2, 43 Peel Street, South Brisbane, QLD,

Why are our efforts for inclusion so often met with resistance? Where do these ‘roadblocks’ come from? Are they actual or attitudinal?

Dr Bob Jackson will help us take a look at the history of the treatment of people with disability. He believes that many of the attitudes holding people back today are deeply and often unconsciously embedded in our collective psyche from the past.

Understanding our history and its cycle of rejection better equips us to understand what is required for people to be included in their communities today.

The material covered will be confronting but the information will help to make sense of what is happening and how to respond.

The Bedford Big Sports BBQ
Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide, SA 5006

The Bedford Big Sports BBQ is a relaxed networking lunch held annually in February to raise life-changing funds to suport people with disability in your local community. 

Join us for a two-course BBQ lunch with premium beer, wine and soft drinks at The William Magarey Room, Adelaide Oval. Aside from Bedford employees playing elite level sports, you’ll meet some South Australian sporting heroes from the AFL and other codes who’ll discuss the year ahead or how their teams are performing ahead of their final series. 

With exclusive auction items to bid on, a mystery wine wall and many other exciting prizes to look forward to, this is an event you won’t want to miss. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Disabled Surfers Sunshine Coast – Surf Day
Maroochydore Surf Club, 34/36 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore QLD 4558

Sunshine Coast Disabled Surfers is gearing up again for our FINAL event of the season, putting smiles on dials in the waves out the front of Maroochydore Surf Club, Saturday 23rd February 2019.

7.30am - 8.30am : Participant registration & volunteer check in

8.45am: Volunteer & participant briefing

9am -11.30am: Beach time

Grafton Wheelchair Tennis Tournament
Grafton City Tennis Club, 202 Prince Street, Grafton, NSW

Have you ever watched a live game of tennis? How about a competition with players competing in wheelchairs? The mobility and agility they display, whilst competing with a fervour that is unparalleled. 

The strength players exhibit and pride they hold contrasts with the joviality and atmosphere present every year at the annual Grafton Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. 

The years Grafton Wheelchair Tennis Tournament will be held on Saturday, 23 and Sunday, 24 February 2019. 

Inclusion In Practice: An Innovative Education Conference
Mantra Bell City Ballroom, 215 Bell Street, Preston, VIC

Down Syndrome Victoria is proud to present

Inclusion in Practice: An Innovative Education Conference

This essential professional development conference is for all educators striving towards creating diverse and supportive classrooms for every student. Learn practical ways to create the foundations for genuine inclusion at your school.

Hear from international keynote speaker Professor Roy McConkey: Emeritus Professor of Developmental Disabilities, Ulster University, Visiting Professor, Universities in Sydney, Cape Town and Dublin. 

Professor McConkey has worked in the field of intellectual disability for over 40 years and has published extensively. Awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum
DADAA Inc, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle, WA

Time 10am AWST

Artists with disability earn 42% less than artists without disability.

In the lead-up to 2019 Federal Election, Arts Access Australia (AAA) will host the Arts and Disability Pre-Election Forum to provide an opportunity for MPs and candidates to address this issue. 

The forum will begin with MPs and candidates presenting each party's approach to creating equal access to the arts for people with disability.

Social Inclusion and Disability Awareness Training by Inclusion Solutions
Subiaco Community Centre, 203 Bagot Rd, Subiaco, WA

This workshop is aimed at understanding the foundations of inclusion. The interactive workshop will promote a level of knowledge and confidence to ensure you and your organisation are more inclusive and welcoming of all people, particularly those from low-participation backgrounds.

In this training you will learn about:

·      Principles of social inclusion

·       Disability awareness

·       Use of terminology

·       Social Role Valorization

·       Participation vs Inclusion

·       Local case studies

·       Interactive workshops

NDIS Provider Support Network Launch
National Disability Services, 12 Lindsay Street, Perth WA

The purpose of this NDIS in WA Provider Network will be to support your organisation in:

  • answering NDIS questions that affect your operations
  • sharing business experience in the NDIS environment and problem solving solutions
  • keeping people (within and beyond the immediate network) up to date with NDIS developments
  • contributing ideas to improve sector development strategies

The launch of the network will be held on 26 February to explore current NDIS issues and co-design the future the group, including future methods of communication (this may involve a combination of virtual and face to face meetings) and the priority issues to be addressed.

Matt Laffan Memorial Address on Social Justice
Sydney Law School, Law Foyer, Level 2 (entrance level), Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney, NS

In March 2009, Sydney Law School alumnus Matt Laffan passed away after he fought and lost the biggest battle of his colourful and active life. On 27 February 2019, Carly Findlay, writer and appearance activist, will deliver a memorial address to celebrate the significant impact Matt made in his short life. 

The 2019 address IS jointly co-hosted by Sydney Law School and the Australian Human Rights Commission in recognition of the 25th anniversary year of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), which ends on 28 February 2019.

Toilet Training for children with disability or developmental delay
Plumtree, Yabsley Avenue, Marrickville, NSW.

Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Developing independence with using the toilet is a milestone for children which involves a range of motor, language and thinking skills. This workshop is an introduction to toilet training and an initial problem-solving session for families who are preparing to begin toilet training. 

You will learn about:

- Parent and child readiness;

- Skills needed for toilet training;

- Environmental factors to consider;

- The importance of staying positive;

- How Plumtree can provide more intensive support if you have NDIS package

Building Accessibility: Understanding the Basics of Access
The Laneway Boardroom, Ground Floor, Waterman Business Centre, 44 Lakeview Drive, Scoresby, Victoria

Time: 9:00am – 10:30am

This one hour talk discusses the current building and disability legislative requirements relating to access for people with disabilities in buildings. It is limited to 17 people only.

This is an introductory session on the topic and is suitable for architectural graduates, building surveyors, building inspectors, project managers, facility managers and anyone responsible for planning or supervising building works.

Access Home Loans for People with Disability
City West Lotteries House, 2 Delhi Street, West Perth, WA

Are you or a family member with disability wanted to buy an affordable home or make structural improvement to an existing home?

You may be eligible for a shared ownership loan from Keystart which has the     following features:

  • Deposit of $2,000 or 2% of purchase price (whichever is the greater)
  • No genuine savings history required
  • No lenders mortgage insurance
  • No ongoing monthly account keeping fees

 The shared ownership arrangement is unique to Keystart and available to provide additional help with affordability. Under the arrangement the Housing Authority can purchase up to 40% of a home with you to help afford the home.

March 2019

2019 Triple B Run (BBBRun)
Marina Square, 24 Footbridge Boulevard, Wentworth Point, NSW, 2127

The 2019 Triple B Run (BBBRun) will be the 3rd edition of this great run. The BBBRun has grown from strength to strength. In addition to the 10km run and the FREE family run, a new and improved wheelchair event will take place, including for the first time in 2019 the introduction of RaceRunning, making the BBBRun one of the first official RaceRunning events in Australia. RaceRunning is a new and innovative sport for people with a disability who have impaired balance. The sport is breaking down the barriers for people to get out there and enjoy being fit and active. 

NDS Victorian State Conference 2019
Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne, VIC

The theme of the NDS Victorian State Conference 2019, ‘From Obstacles to Opportunities’, defines our focus: working together to understand where we’ve come from and where we want to go as a sector.

The conference offers members the opportunity to network with colleagues, explore examples of good practice in service delivery, better understand the implications of NDIS policy and current practice, hear from speakers from outside our sector whose perspectives may lend themselves to adoption within our sector, and reflect on what has been a challenging period for disability and community mental health providers in Victoria, and around Australia.

Disability Insights NDIS for Newbies
Emmanuel Uniting Church Hall, 92 Laurel Street, Enoggera, QLD

Wondering if you or a loved one is eligible to access The National Disability Insurance Scheme? Not sure where to start? Come along to our information session for Newbies. We will help you to understand what your rights are under the law and how the NDIS works. We will talk about eligibility, access requests, planning meetings and the various ways that you can manage NDIS Plans. We will also touch on the important factors that determine funding levels, functional assessments and the all-important concept of ‘Reasonable and Necessary’.

ASID VIC – Storysharing Workshop
La Trobe University, Level 20, 360C Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC

Storysharing; is an innovative, evidence based, collaborative approach to helping children and adults with intellectual and communication difficulties to recall and share stories about their lives. It is also effective for people with autistic spectrum difficulties, those who have mild to moderate communication problems, and those who lack confidence or who are withdrawn. Storysharing is useful for annual reviews, remembering and revisiting important events, managing difficult emotional transitions, self-advocacy, tenants meetings, friendship groups, developing relationships and improved communication environments. 

Disability Confidence Training
Hugh Dixson Theatre, Ground Floor, AGSM

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

Topics that will be covered during the session include:

  • What disability is and the Australian statistics
  • Legislation
  • Inclusive communication
  • Information sharing and privacy
  • Reasonable adjustments in the workplace
  • Accessibility considerations

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.

Talking About Functioning and Autism: Public Lecture for Parents
Curtin University St Georges Terrace, 139 St Georges Terrace, Brookfield Place, Perth, WA

The Curtin University Autism Research Group (CARG) and Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) Autism Research Team have pleasure in presenting a free public lecture for parents by Professor Sven Bölte from Karolinska Institute in Sweden and Dr Ben Milbourn from Curtin University.

About the lecture

In understanding the experience of living with Autism Spectrum Disorder it is important to consider functioning and challenges beyond those captured within the diagnosis.

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) developed by the World Health Organization provides a framework supporting the comprehensive description of the lived experience of people with ASD.

Raising Awareness about Autism in Rural Western Australia
Boyanup Sale Yards, 31 Salter Road, Boyanup WA

The Owston family came up with the concept of fundraising via a breed sale, and this is the second auction for Autism West. For those not familiar in what is involved in a breed sale, on the day, 30+ bulls and 7+ females will be up for sale. These animals will be auctioned off and enter other dairy farms. Autism West is incredible grateful to the Owston family for their generous support.

Leichhardt Film Club (Matinee): Breathe (PG, 118 mins)
Leichhardt Library, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2040

2pm – 4pm 

Enjoy a free screening of a themed movie at Leichhardt Library. This month's screening is Breathe. Confined to his bed with polio at just 28, Robin Cavendish emerges the hospital ward with the help of his wife and friends, and devotes his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. Rated PG, duration 118 minutes.

All welcome - Free Screening - Popcorn and drinks provided

Seats are limited - Bookings online or call 9392 5966

I-CAN Facilitator Training v5
MFB, Level 3, 92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown, NSW

The I-CAN is a support needs assessment, planning and resource allocation tool designed to assess and guide support delivery for people with disabilities including people with mental health concerns. Workshop participants will learn how to administer the I-CAN and generate an individual support needs report is which helps guide service delivery and planning.

  • Resource allocation for individual funding
  • Intake and discharge for people with acquired disabilities such as brain injury or quadriplegia
  • Planning for the move to community living for people leaving congregate settings
  • Assessment and classification of disability
  • Support expert evidence at legal hearings

Support planning and supported living for people with intellectual disabilities, and for people with mental health support needs.

Specialist Disability Accommodation Forum 2019: It’s Time
Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin

Many of the hurdles that have been restricting large scale investment and delivery of SDA will be removed by early 2019. This jam packed one day event is designed to unpack the detail SDA providers need to plan and deliver successful SDA projects.

Three Legged Challenge

SA carer charities have launched a fun challenge to raise funds to give thousands of local unpaid carers a break.

Adventurous South Australians are being urged to have some fun and sign up for the first ‘3-legged challenge’to raise funds to provide a break for the many thousands of carers across SA. 

Nearly a quarter of a million South Australians are unpaid carers (245,000) which means that one in every six South Aussies is caring for a family member or a friend every day

The 3-legged challenge will run throughout the weekend of 22-24 March and plans to raise $125,000 to give 500 carers the break they need.

Carer Support, Carers SA, Carers & Disability Link, and Northern Carers Network will use the money you raise to give carers somewhere to turn to and a chance to recharge their batteries and have the break they deserve.

For young carers in particular the money raised means they won't have to miss out on fun, friendship and opportunities that other young people take for granted. 

To register and receive your free fundraising pack, including your special leg-tie and t-shirt go to 3leggedchallenge.com.au

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.

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

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.

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. 

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 

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Time: 9am – 1pm

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!

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.

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.

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).