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Disability information update

Updated 15 Nov 2017. You can contribute by email to any of these updates.

Festival of Disability Research and Practice

This festival is now on! Featuring presentations, debate, technology, sport, play and fun, this fortnight of events hosted by Flinders University has something for everyone.

When - Monday 13 November to Friday 1 December 2017
Where - Various venues
Cost - Free


Festival of Disability Research and Practice

Club Cool

An energising, socially inclusive, disability event.

When - Sunday 19 November 2017 from 11.45 pm to 2.15 pm
Where - The Gov (the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel), 59 Port Road, Hindmarsh
Cost - gold coin entry

Club Cool

Understand voting and how to have your say

Workshops on the electoral process will be held for people with intellectual disability in the northern suburbs during November and December 2017. Sessions will be on Mondays in a wheelchair-accessible venue. Places are limited, so bookings are required. Workshops are run by Orana, the City of Salisbury and the Electoral Commission of South Australia.

When - 20 November, 27 November and 4 December from 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm
Where - Salisbury East Neighbourhood Centre, 28 Smith Road, Salisbury East
Cost - Free

Phone Amy Young on 8375 2025

NDIS Community Expo – Port Lincoln

The Government of South Australia is hosting free community expos in the Eyre and Western region to provide information on the NDIS and job opportunities in the disability sector. Representatives from the government, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and service providers will be present. Registrations are encouraged.

When - Tuesday 21 November 2017
- Port Lincoln Leisure Centre – YMCA, Jubilee Drive, Port Lincoln
Cost - Free

Phone 1800 952 962

My Support My Choice

NDIS Community Expo – Whyalla

The Government of South Australia is hosting free community expos in the Eyre and Western region to provide information on the NDIS and job opportunities in the disability sector. Representatives from the government, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) and service providers will be present. Registrations are encouraged.

When - Wednesday 22 November 2017
- Whyalla Health and Leisure Centre – YMCA, 5 Racecourse Road, Whyalla Norrie
Cost - Free

Phone 1800 952 962

My Support My Choice

Peer support information

Peer Connect is partnering with Families 4 Families and the City of Salisbury to hold an event for people living with disability to find out more about peer support groups.The venue is fully accessible and a hearing loop is available. You may also bring a carer or family member to support you.

When - Tuesday 5 December 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm
Where - John Harvey Gallery (City of Salisbury Council), 12 James St, Salisbury
Cost - Free

Phone 8373 8333

Peer Connect conference - peer support

Skylight residential respite program

Skylight is offering a residential group program with freestyle music, jamming and company for up to seven participants. The group will enjoy activities, excursions and shared meals while staying at Skylight's Respite House. Eligibility criteria apply.

When - Tuesday 5 December to Friday 8 December 2017
Where - Skylight's Respite House

Phone 8378 4100

New Safe Work Instruction (SWI) on transport

Safe Work Instructions (SWIs) are a collection of instructions that show people how to perform carer tasks safely and competently. Department for Communities and Social Inclusion has issued a new SWI - Assisting a Person to Transit in a Vehicle (SWI 001 2017).

Safe Work Instructions (SWIs)

Updated Code of Practice for transportation of clients

The updated Code of Practice for the Transportation of Clients for the South Australian Disability Service Sector 2017 replaces Disability Sector Code of Practice for the Transportation of Clients. The updated Code of Practice is available on the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion’s website.

Disability SA policies and guidelines

New online mental health resource

The Department of Health has created a new website linking Australians to mental health resources, information and services. ‘Head to Health’ contains around 370 mental health services and resources funded by the Australian Government.

Head to Health

ABC regional scholarship for people with disability

The ABC is launching a new three-month scholarship to regional writers and content makers. The ABC Regional Storyteller Scholarship, valued at more than $20,000, gives regional Australians with disability the opportunity to enhance their storytelling skills and experience. The scholarship will be tailored to the recipient’s content project, professional goals, and skills.

Deadlines for applications - 18 February 2018.

ABC Regional champions emerging voices in the disability community

NDIS Bulletin

The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.

NDIS Newsletter Archive

BSWAT Payment Scheme

Thousands of eligible supported employees with an intellectual disability could get a one-off payment through the Australian Government’s BSWAT Payment Scheme. Around 9,200 participants in the BSWAT Payment Scheme have applied for a payment. Around 1,400 participants still need to apply. You can submit a payment application form online, by post or email.

Deadline for payment applications - Thursday 30 November 2017

Phone 1800 799 515

BSWAT Payment Scheme

Adelaide Christmas Pageant – Audio Described

Access2Arts is providing audio description of the Christmas Pageant on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM. Access2Arts has a viewing area in front of the Metropolitan Fire Service on Wakefield Street where you can experience the pageant passing by while listening to the audio description. Bookings essential for the viewing area.

When - Saturday 18 November 2017 from 9.30 am on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM

Phone 8463 1689

Credit Union Christmas Pageant Audio Described

Older, still current news

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc (DSAA)

The South Australian branch of DSAA is hosting a ‘come and try’ day. All welcome.

When - Sunday 26 November 2017 from 1.00 pm
Where - Moana Surf Life Saving Club, Esplanade, Moana

Phone Branch Secretary Bevan Schubert on 0433 059 323

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia Inc (DSAA)

2017 National Disability Award finalists chosen

The 2017 finalists for the 11th National Disability Awards have been chosen. The Awards are the Australian Government’s main celebration of International Day of People with Disability, aiming to honour and recognise the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have improved the lives of Australians with disability and contributed to increased recognition of equality and human rights for all Australians. Winners will be announced in December 2017.

National Disability Award finalists

New NDIS pathway released to improve experiences

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released details of a new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) ‘pathway’ designed to significantly improve the experience people and organisations have with the NDIS. Central to the new participant pathway is the delivery of face-to-face engagement for all NDIS plan development, based on the individual’s preference. This improvement has already resulted in a substantial increase in the number of plans being developed in person. An Easy Read version of this information is available.

New NDIS pathway released to improve participant and provider experience

Mental health support for new mothers

MumSpace is a new website to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of pregnant women, new mums and their families. MumSpace helps connect people to the supports they need, including advice and effective treatment for perinatal depression and anxiety. The resources are supported by Monash University, Jean Hailes for Women’s Health and Queensland University of Technology.

MumSpace - mental health support

Aphasia social groups

The Talkback Association for Aphasia has groups for people with aphasia to meet and socialise with each other. People can practise their speech in a supportive atmosphere, in the company of family members and friends. Each group in the metropolitan and country area is run by trained volunteers supported by a speech pathologist. Talkback Groups sometimes visit each other so that members get to meet other people with aphasia and see how other groups run.

Phone 8443 5555

Talkback for Aphasia Groups In South Australia

Have your say - Review of Housing Standards in SA

The prescribed minimum standards within the Housing Improvement Regulations 2017 (the Housing Improvement Regulations) are being reviewed and the government wants to hear what you think. The Regulations set minimum standards for issues including construction, amenities, sanitation and fire safety. The prescribed minimum standards were last reviewed in 2007, and may not reflect the community’s thinking about health and safety risks today. For more information, and to have your say,

Have your say - Review of Housing Standards in SA

NDIA Annual Report 2016-17

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Annual Report outlines what the agency has accomplished during the year. The reports show how resources were managed to improve the lives of people living with disability. An Easy Read version is available.

NDIA Annual Report 2016-17

Restrictive Practice documents

The Office of the Senior Practitioner (OSP) has released two new guides for the South Australian Disability Services Sector:

  • The Human Rights Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector assists service providers in developing and implementing their human rights policies and practices. It also provides a framework for the second document.
  • The Person-centred Guide for the South Australian Disability Service Sector gives advice to service providers on how services can be made truly person-centred.

These guides complement two other documents released earlier this year, clarifying the restrictive practice requirements of disability service providers and outlining safeguarding mechanisms to eliminate the use of restrictive practices.


Office of the Senior Practitioner - DCSI

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention – Gawler workshop

This workshop is designed to teach people how to identify signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and what appropriate action to take. Simple effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives. All Wesley LifeForce facilitators are accredited trainers and have completed suicide intervention training. Many are also accredited counsellors.

When - Thursday 14 December 2017 from 9.00 am to 1.30 pm
Where - Hewett Centre, 28 to 30 Kingfisher Drive, Hewett
Cost - Free

Phone Maria Krohn on 02 9857 2661

Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention workshop

Brain Injury Australia - Sydney workshop for professionals

Brain Injury Australia presents a day-long workshop on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for professionals working with people with a brain injury. This workshop will include:

  • key information on the NDIS frameworks, preparation and planning processes
  • practical tools for pre-planning and planning work
  • skills to navigate between State/Territory health-funded services and the NDIS.

When - Monday 20 November 2017
Where - Royal Rehab, 235 Morrison Road, Sydney
Cost - $180

Phone 1800 272 461

Getting the Best From The NDIS - workshop for professionals

Grants for At-Home Care

Youngcare provides one-off grants of up to $10,000 to help adults aged 18 to 65 with high care needs to remain living at home with loved ones. The grants can be used to fund essential equipment, home modifications, respite and support workers or other items that will help the person remain at home.

Grants open - Wednesday 1 November 2017

Phone Youngcare on 1800 844 727

Youngcare at Home Care Grants

Cricket available to all players

The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) is committed to providing accessible options for all players. Current options include:

  • blind cricket
  • deaf cricket
  • cricket for people with intellectual disability, and
  • entry-level programs for children with disability.

SACA also sends teams to participate in competitions such as the National Cricket Inclusion Championships, where players representing South Australia compete in the blind, deaf and cricketers with an intellectual disability divisions.

Phone SACA's Community Engagement Coordinator, Amy Wiseman, on 8300 3296

A sport for all - SACA

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