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Hi Jessica,

The weather is becoming warmer and the days are growing longer ... you all know what that means, don't you? It's time to get active and get healthy!

In this edition, we want to focus on the importance of good health and looking after yourself, never forgetting that everyone needs a bit of TLC sometimes. 

R U OK? Day took place on the 12th of September this week and it's crucial to remember that we need to look out for one another not only once a year, but every single day. Learn new skills in how to recognise when a person might need help or importantly, how to ask for help yourself. The R U OK? Campaign has a number of terrific resources available to help you build your skills and confidence.

More uplifting stories and fantastic free resources just waiting to be read are available below so please be sure to have a look.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

The NDP Team
NDIA Extends Member Plans
To see to it that participants receive the support they require, the NDIA are working towards removing waiting times between old and new plans.

New and Improved Participant Budget Display
Some new amendments have recently been applied to the NDIS myplace portal ameliorating participant budgets displays.

NDIS Updates On Developmental Delays For Children
Some new information tailored for health professionals referring children with developmental delays to the NDIS can now be accessed on the NDIS website.

Annual Survey Forms For NDIS Providers
NDIS providers are encouraged to provide their feedback on the level of service provided by the NDIA.
Other News & Events
R U OK? Day
12 September is a national day serving as a reminder to check if anyone you know may need a little more support. Even something as simple as asking someone if they're ok can make a world of difference.
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Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs Initiative Is Open For Expressions of Interest
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science is pleased to announce the Second Round of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs Initiative (the program) is open for expressions of interest (EOI).
Dr Ben Gauntlett Discusses Aims To Boost Opportunities For People With Disability
At age 16, Ben Gauntlett suffered a rugby injury that made him a quadriplegic. Despite assurances the accident would impair his quality of life, he persevered and is now a barrister, Rhodes Scholar and has also become Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner. In this interview, he expresses his aims to increase opportunities for people with disability. He will also be speaking at the NDS CEOs' Meeting in November this year.
The Word 'Change'
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Share Housing Offers People With Intellectual Disability More Independence
Share housing opportunities for people with intellectual disability are facilitated by the Waverley Community Living Program (established in 1985). The program has helped give people with intellectual disability the confidence to move out of home and gain more independence.
Save the Date SA!
To all of our members in South Australia, don't forget to save the date and express your interest for the following:
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HESTA: An Industry SuperFund
HESTA: First Carbon Neutral Australian Super Fund
On the 3rd of September 2019, HESTA was announced to be the first Australian super fund to be certified by the Federal Department of Environment and Energy as Carbon Neutral for emissions produced from its business operations.
New Resources: Co-Design and Collaborative Cultures in Mental Health Services
Two resources have been designed to assist health service providers build stronger working relationships with individuals with lived experience.
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NDP Learning Hub
Check the FREE resources below.