National Disability Strategy 2020
The National Disability Strategy 2020 sets the future direction for disability policy for the next decade and beyond. The Department of Social Services is asking for input in the form of stories and experiences that will help to achieve a strong, considered and effective new strategy.
The development of the first National Disability Strategy was the first time in Australia’s history that all governments committed to a unified, national approach to improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers, and to providing leadership for a community-wide shift in attitudes. This Strategy is now under review to inform the next national strategy beyond 2020.
To read the Strategy and participate in the public survey click here
NSW Ageing and Disability Commission Survey
In December 2018 the NSW Government announced that the NSW Ageing and Disability Commission (the Commission) will commence operating on 1 July 2019. The Commission has been established to ensure older people with disability feel safe, dignified and respected not only in their own home but also within their community.
Elton Consulting has engaged with the community sector, people with disability, older people and other stakeholders regarding the new Commission’s key functions. There is now an online survey which will be available until 14 June 2019.
To access the survey click here
Quality, Safety and You: NDIS Worker Orientation Module
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission has recently announced the development of an NDIS Worker Orientation Module. The 90-minute module aims to support NDIS workers to better work alongside people with disability.
Workers will be able to access information about:
- What the NDIS is and why we need it
- The role of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
- Worker’s responsibilities under the NDIS Code of Conduct
- Worker’s role in supporting people with disability to achieve the vision of the NDIS.
To access the module click here
Mental Health Specialised Disability Employment Services
Flourish Australia is offering specialised mental health disability employment services (DES) to support people living with a mental health issue to access sustainable employment.
Flourish Australia’s Western Sydney DES offices are in:
- Harris Park
- Seven Hills
Quality Indicator Program data publication Consultation
From 1 July 2019, all Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care homes services across Australia must collect and provide clinical quality indicator data to the Department of Health. A range of resources have been developed to assist residential services in the collection of data and its entry into the Quality Indicator application on the Provider Portal.
These resources are available here
Standards Effective as of 1 July
Just over a month out from the 1 July start date of the sector’s new, consumer-focused and single set of aged care standards, some of the guidance material for them and related new rules is still being developed. All aged care providers will be assessed under the new standards from July and they have been advised not to expect the transition period to continue beyond this date.
Further information for providers is available here
My Aged Care consumer resources
The My Aged Care website features a range of resources for you to share with consumers about how to get started with My Aged Care.
These resources include new case study videos for:
- people who speak other languages
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- You can view or download all of these resources from the My Aged Care website.
Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program
The updated Directory of Western Sydney Services for Commonwealth Home Support Program is now available.
Please contact Sora Machida, Multicultural Access Project Officer
Ph: 8838 2173 Sora.Machida@health.nsw.gov.au
Free guide: Adding value to governance in aged care
The Governance Institute of Australia has refreshed their free guide, ‘Adding value to governance in aged care’ to help providers manage their governance responsibilities.
The free guide addresses a broad range of issues including:
- the role of governance and a director
- the unique challenges facing the sector
- factors to consider before taking a board position
- issues the board should consider when appointing a new member
- the relationship between the board and management
- risk management
- interaction with stakeholders.
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.
WSCF members are entitled to subsidised services