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Hi Ariane,

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”. These words by Charles Dickens describe our nations summer. Communities have been devastated. But incredibly, so many inspiring people found strength to support others. At NDP our thoughts are with everyone who has experienced challenges at this time - even more so if you have clients in need too. 
Dylan Alcott took out his 6th straight Australian Open and said his win was due to the many people who provide the expert support he needs. In encouraging people with disability, he promised".... as we continue to grow, society will support you and help you do whatever you want to do, like it's done for me”. Dylan’s win is one that should be claimed and celebrated by all people working across the many roles in disability. As Dylan has highlighted – it is your work that each day makes potential possible!
Click on and let us help you to have the best of - disability career - times, in 2020!
 
The NDP Team
 
NDIS News

Flexible transport funding

A welcome decision by the Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert. From 1 March 2020, NDIS participants can use their plan’s core support funding to claim service provider costs associated with transport to and from their funded community-based events.

Bushfire support

Additional resources are in place across NSW and VIC to support participants, their families and carers adjust to service disruptions and new needs.

Approvals for urgent assistive tech repairs

Clients can contact the NDIS call centre to seek approval for funds for urgent repairs.
 
Other News & Events
 

Coronavirus - Find the facts
The Australian Government Department of Health has all the facts and advice on what you can do if you or your clients have concerns regarding the Coronavirus.

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Restrictive Practice Workshops
NDS is delivering a series of half-day workshops across Australia to promote a shared understanding of recognising, reducing and eliminating restrictive practices. Topics include: 

  • Environmental restraints
  • Duty of care vs. Dignity of risk
  • Restrictive practices for children
  • Understanding least restrictive practices
  • Prescription of chemical restraints.
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ROYAL COMMISSION UPDATES

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse,
Neglect and Exploitation of people with disability.

Events near you

A schedule of events to June 2020 has been released. The first hearings in 2020 will focus on health care for people with cognitive disability.

Progress report

The Royal Commission's First Progress Report explains the work of the Commission and details of what was achieved in 2019. 

Support services in your area

Know where you and your clients can access Disability Royal Commission support services for clients, families and staff in your area.

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NSW REVIEW - Disability Inclusion ACT
The NSW Government has released a discussion paper to start their review of the Disability Inclusion Act.  Have your say in an online survey or follow the link to find out about the workshops and formal submission processes.
 
Checklist
Dr Ben Gauntlett - Disability Discrimination Commissioner
At the December 2019 NDS CEOs' Meeting, Dr Gauntlett delivered the Kenneth Jenkins Oration titled ‘Making the system work for people with disability’.  Click on to be inspired by Dr Gauntletts' journey and mission.
Disability support equipment options
A new website will provide disability support equipment to people in bushfire areas. Learn more about options in your area.
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NDS State of the Disability Sector Report
The NDS State of the Disability Sector Report is the annual snapshot from the perspective of service providers and importantly, the action NDS is taking on their behalf. Of note, survey participants reported the difficulty of recruiting to the range of disability workforce categories.   For example 84% of service providers indicated that it is extremely or moderately difficult to recruit psychologists.
Women and work
The Vital Signs report highlights the challenges faced by women when considering work, income, education and retirement.  The disablity workforce and HESTA share common ground - both comprising a very high proportion of women.
HESTA - In Good Hands
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NDS Bushfire resources
Natural disasters, such as the unprecedented fires across Australia place levels of complexity on service provision. Bushfire resources for each state and territory will assist you at this time.

NDS NSW State Conference 
What matters most! NSW STATE CONFERENCE registrations are now open. The two day conference brings together people with disability, service providers, industry experts and governments to explore the theme – what matters most!

Allied Health Resources 
Access these valuable allied health resources, focused on three areas of:
Skills & Knowledge Benchmark;
Remote Supervision; and
Student Supervision Models and Strategies.

 
NDP Learning Hub
Check the FREE resources below.