NDIS Q & A for August
The NDIS provides Q&A’s each month with various topics – this month includes information on Assistive Technologies
Ability House Website
Having a disability means it can be difficult to operate appliances in your home such as doors, the bed, lights, windows, the telephone, TV, music system, curtains, blinds, air conditioner, heater and fans.
The AbilityHouse website is designed to provide you with information about alternative methods to operate appliances in your home. You can also search for assistive technology services near you.
When you enter the AbilityHouse, you can select the appliance you have difficulty with, to find out about Home Control Solutions that meet your needs. You can filter information according to your disability.
AbilityHouse does not sell equipment. It is a web based project that provides information about solutions, services and suppliers that may be able to assist you.
Fighting Chance is coming to Western Sydney
Fighting Chance is committed to creating a new future for disability. Fighting Chance works to identify the challenges and barriers experienced by people with disability in their everyday lives, and then designs and builds sustainable social businesses to bridge these gaps, giving people every opportunity to meet their potential. One of Fighting Chance’s social enterprises, ‘Avenue’ will be opening in Parramatta in early November this year.
Avenue is not your typical day program. Avenue enables people with disability to accessa Co-Working Space where they are supported to work, socialise and develop their individual skills. Avenue will be opening in Parramatta in early November in a freshly renovated and modern Co-Working Space at 7 Hassall Street (ground floor, right near the train station, and fully accessible).
Options are available for people with or without NDIS funding, including work experience opportunities for senior high school students. For more information and to express an interest in trying out Avenue, please contact the Fighting Chance Intake Team on: 0481 304 334 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NDIS information videos available on YouTube
The NDIS have a number of youtube videos available to provide information on NDIS. The majority of these are close captioned and some have translated subtitles in various languages.
ACCC resources for Aged Care
Information is available to help providers and consumers understand their rights and responsibilities. You can find these resources on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website.
Understanding the digital behaviours of older Australians
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has commissioned research into how older Australians perceive and use digital devices and the internet. This research has been undertaken to inform development of the Be Connected program to provide resources and support training to increase the confidence, skills and online safety of older Australians.
Every Moment Has Potential
This is an online learning resource developed specifically for disability support workers.
The resource provides an introduction to Person-Centred Active Support – a way of working that enables everyone, no matter what their level of intellectual or physical disability, to make choices and participate in meaningful activities and social relationships.
NDIS & Health Working Together
A guide to assist health and NDIS staff to work with people with disabilities – from hospital admission to discharge can be downloaded here:
Professional Education To Aged Care (Peac) Program
The Professional Education to Aged Care (PEAC) program is a free online learning program for aged care staff developed by beyondblue. It aims to improve the detection and management of anxiety and depression in residential and community aged care settings.
The PEAC program is appropriate for a variety of different practitioners working in both residential or community settings. Completing enrolment information will direct you to the most appropriate modules for your circumstances (depending on your role and setting).
New resources to support culturally inclusive aged care
The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing provides expertise in culturally inclusive policy and practices for the aged care services sector. It receives funding from the Department of Health through the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program.
The Centre has recently launched a new website with a range of resources for aged care service providers, consumers and carers.
The Aged Care Services with Bilingual Staff Directory allows consumers to search for aged care services employing bilingual staff. Aged care providers are encouraged to register for this directory.
The Bilingual Agency Staff Directory lists agencies with bilingual staff who can be engaged by aged care service providers to help match languages spoken by their consumers.
Further information is available on the Centre’s website.
NDIS provider toolkit
This Provider Toolkit is designed for organisations and individuals who want to learn more about working with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).Throughout the Toolkit you will find links to various resources available both on the NDIS website and specifically within the Provider Toolkit. These resources will be regularly updated, as will the Toolkit.
My Aged Care Complaint Management process – for Service Providers
The Department of Health has developed a fact sheet about the Complaints Management Process with guidance on how to make a complaint, how to follow up on the progress of a complaint and resolution
The NDIS Evaluation Consolidated Report contains findings based on all data collections undertaken over the course of the evaluation, including surveys and interviews with NDIS participants, their families and carers, disability support providers, and other stakeholders.
The Consolidated Report is structured around the following themes:
- The disability sector and its workforce
- Choice and control (including self-management)
- Reasonable and necessary supports
- Participation (social, economic and educational) and aspirations (goals)
- Fairness, equity and access
- Mainstream interface
- Older people with disability
My Aged Care fact sheets
The Department of Health has developed a fact sheet for assessors and providers on:
- who uses My Aged Care
- their roles and responsibilities within the My Aged Care journey
- system and processes.
The department has also developed new fact sheets to help providers understand:
- the process for requesting a Support Plan Review
- the role of the assessment workforce in assigning priority level for service
These can be found on the department’s website.
Western Sydney Community Forum Tailored Services
Tailored solutions: We work one-on-one with community-focused agencies and groups, providing tailored solutions to assist in tackling specific priorities – whether it’s about service delivery or your business operations. Our qualified team has a wide range of multidisciplinary experience, enabling us to match you with the right person for the job.
Customised training: WSCF has a long history of providing industry development opportunities. We understand the human services industry that you work in and we have designed specific training programs to meet those specific needs. Training can be customised and delivered at a venue of your choosing.
What we Offer
Our team can deliver training customised to your situation, including but not limited to:
- Marketing and branding
- Tender writing
- Measurement and evaluation
Our experienced facilitators draw on proven approaches to achieve results. Some areas of speciality include:
- Visioning and value-based sessions
- Strategic and business planning
- Design thinking workshops to build new ideas
- Project planning and development
- Complex negotiations, mergers and partnerships
- Review and evaluation sessions
- Public or community meetings
Tell us where a facilitated outcome might assist you. We can customise our approach to suit your needs. We also offer design services, for your reports, flyers, publications. Please contact us to discuss your needs.
WSCF members are entitled to subsidised services