Disability information update
Updated 22 May 2018.
NDIS Correspondence Nominee
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has created a system where participants can nominate a ‘Correspondence Nominee’ in line with Section 78 – Section 98 of the NDIS Act 2013. The NDIS Operational Guidelines - Nominees further explains the process of appointing a nominee, and what steps are required to be taken by the participant, the prospective nominee, and the NDIA. Once these steps have been completed, the correspondence nominee will receive a copy of the written correspondence sent to the participant.
Phone the NDIA on 1800 800 110
World Down Syndrome Congress 2018
The Congress program will encourage debate through plenary sessions, selected workshops and presentations. All these offer delegates a chance to look in more depth at examples of new or emerging research and good practice, as well as hear the exciting developments in the lives of people with Down syndrome.
When - 25 to 27 July 2018
Where - Glasgow, Scotland
Cost - £162 to £598 (AUD$291 to AUD $1074)
Phone +44 (0) 131 306 0120
Training - Mental Health First Aid
Developmental Educators Australia Inc (DEAI) is hosting this training on how to provide initial support to adults developing depression, anxiety problems, psychosis or substance use problems.
When - Wednesday 30 May 2018 from 6.15 pm to 8.30 pm
Where - Flinders University City Campus, Level 2, Room 2.1
Cost - $0 to $35
Phone 0455 932 220
‘Dance Down’, a program of Down Syndrome SA, is looking for more young groovy dancers to join the fun! Dance is a wonderful activity to improve strength, coordination and musicality. NDIS funding can be used for this program
When - Mondays after school during term time
Where - Glenunga Hub, Conyngham St, Glenunga
Cost - $20.24 per hour if using NDIS funding, or a ‘per term’ cost arranged through Down Syndrome SA
Phone Karlee, the ‘Dance Down’ Co-ordinator, on 8245 4600
Have your say - music education
The government wants to better understand music education in South Australia and learn more about how students benefit from what they learn. Your feedback will help create a Music Education Strategy for South Australia. This strategy will improve the delivery of music education, and of the many benefits it offers, to children and young people. This includes the development of thinking and learning skills, self-confidence and self-efficacy, literacy and numeracy and social inclusivity. You can complete an online survey or submission.
Deadline for feedback - Friday 1 June 2018 at 5.00 pm
Phone 8206 3989
NDIS - Learn about the role of a Local Area Coordinator
If you would like to learn more about Local Area Coordinators (LACs) and their role in peer support, this event may suit you. Local Area Coordinators (LACS) will talk about their roles, connecting with peer support and the kinds of services local area coordinators offer. You may bring a carer or family member to support you.
When - Thursday 14 June 2018 from 10:00 am to 12.30 pm
Where - Purple Orange, 104 Greenhill Road, Unley
Cost - Free
Phone 8373 8333
Have your say - chronic-illness-related fatigue
Monika Dryburgh, a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, is seeking participants for research interviews about chronic-illness-related fatigue in working-age Australians. The aim of the study is to describe the experience of fatigue for people with physical illnesses and/or disabilities, and how they experience the medical system. This project has been approved by the University of Melbourne Health Sciences Human Ethics Sub-Committee.
Deadline for participation - Friday 29 June 2018
NDIS - Psychosocial Disability
From 1 July 2018, people with psychosocial disability can qualify for the NDIS. Psychosocial disabilities are disabilities born from a mental health issue. There are eligibility criteria for those who enter the NDIS including age, residency, and disability requirements. People with a psychosocial disability must have:
- a mental health condition that impacts on their day-to-day life
- a permanent or likely-to-be permanent disability as a result of their mental health condition
- an expectation that they will require ongoing support.
The NDIS has prepared a page full of resources on psychosocial disability and how to apply.
Training - Working with people with disabilities in remote and Indigenous communities
This two-day workshop from the Centre for Remote Health will give you the skills you need to provide quality care and support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their families and their communities. The course is designed for allied health professionals, nurses, disability workers, primary health care and related workers.
When - Wednesday 1 August and Thursday 2 August 2018
Where - Adelaide
Cost - $425
New disability information website
The Disability Australia Hub is a new gateway to disability knowledge, advocacy and information resources. Launched in May 2018, the Hub was created by the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) in partnership with the Information Access Group. The project was funded by the NDIA in the first round of ILC national readiness grants. The website connects readers with news and disability organisations around the country.
Technology for Ageing and Disability SA Inc
TADSA is able to help more people needing technical solutions. Get in touch if you are in the metropolitan area or a country region, and need custom equipment or aids. TADSA is registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants.
Phone 8261 2922
Guide Dogs SA/NT newsletter
The latest edition of ‘Paw Prints’ is now available in standard print, large print and audio.
Video - Everyone is different
This video encourages the audience to embrace difference, think about the different ways people might interact with a digital creation and make digital experiences as easy as possible for every user, including people with disability. "When you're preparing content for others, plan for their success."
Older, still current news
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) now Department of Human Services (DHS)
Following the state election, the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) has been renamed the Department of Human Services (DHS).
Disability and associated NDIS reforms remain the responsibility of this department.
The Hon. Michelle Lensink MLC is the new Minister for Human Services.
Updates to departmental websites, email addresses and other branding are underway.
SACAT new fee structure
The South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) brought in a new fee structure from 1 May 2018. Some concession card holders who have previously had fees waived entirely will now be entitled to a reduction in their fee. SACAT will continue to consider applications for a full waiver due to financial hardship or special circumstances.
Emergency relief training
Emergency relief helps people to address their immediate basic needs in times of crisis. Lutheran Community Care is facilitating free emergency relief training in South Australia on behalf of the Department of Social Services. There are three different workshops to support emergency relief organisations, volunteers and staff to meet the needs of people in the community requiring emergency relief. Workshops will be held throughout May 2018 in metropolitan and country sites.
Phone Cindy on 8269 9300
Conference - Disability at Work
This two-day conference will examine innovative ways to activate and engage people with disability in employment opportunities. It is for employment service providers (open, supported, social enterprises and transition to work) and professionals interested in promoting a broad range of employment opportunities for people with disability. Funding is available to assist people with disability (along with their carers) to attend. Please contact organisers by 11 May 2018 if you would like to use this funding.
When - 14 and 15 June 2018
Where - Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
Cost - $335 to $795
Phone Julie Walton on 02 9256 3115
Have your say - Adults on the autism spectrum interacting with police
This study will gather information from adults on the autism spectrum and their families about the nature of their interactions with the police in Australia, and investigate how traits of autism may affect these interactions. Aspect (Autism Spectrum Australia) will use the findings to see if there is a need to improve the ways in which police in Australia interact with people on the autism spectrum. The study is via an online survey and an optional personal interview. The study is approved by Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval reference no. GU 2018/109) and Aspect Research Approvals (#1806A).
Deadline for survey - 30 July 2018
The latest bulletin from the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is available.
Open Music Academy at Adelaide University
This exciting initiative offers the public access to the world-class resources and facilities of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide University. South Australians of all ages and abilities will have the opportunity to expand their musical horizons. There are three key elements:
- young musicians
- regional engagement
- public lectures by conductor, broadcaster and music educator Graham Abbott.
People with disability are encouraged to consider this opportunity to further engage with the arts.
Phone the Open Music Academy on 8313 5995
Focus on Ability short film festival
The Focus on Ability festival is back for the tenth year. This festival asks filmmakers to 'Focus on the Ability' of people with disability and tell a story on film for the world to view. Entry is free. Films must be five minutes or less, excluding the credits. Captions are encouraged. Films will be judged by a panel and by online contributors. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winning entries.
Deadline for entries - 1 June 2018.
Helping Children on the Autism Spectrum Manage Anxiety
This family workshop from Autism SA covers the effect of anxiety on behaviour and some strategies for helping individuals and families better manage feelings of anxiety.
When - Tuesday 19 June 2018 from 10.00 am to 12 noon
Where - Autism SA, 262 Marion Road, Netley
Cost - Free
Registration is open for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) conference. The conference theme is AACcess All Areas. The special focus of the ISAAC Conference is the Asia-Pacific Region. Early Bird rates have been extended to 14 March 2018.
When - 21 to 26 July 2018
Where - Gold Coast, Queensland
Disability Engagement Group
The Disability Engagement Group is a way that people with a lived experience of disability can provide independent advice to inform South Australian policy and program development. Interested? Read on!
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