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31 July 2017

In 2011 the Productivity Commission inquiry into disability care and support highlighted “the current [then] disability support system is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient, and gives people with a disability little choice and no certainty of access to appropriate supports.”  The Report stated what many people already knew – there were huge gaps and inequity,… Read more »

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5 May 2017

Recent research by the University of Melbourne shows that whilst people with disability represent nearly a fifth of the population, they are drastically under-represented in the workforce. They are also twice as likely to be unemployed due to barriers such as a lack of access to education and training, inaccessible work environments, misconceptions, stigma and… Read more »

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8 March 2017

This is the first blog post from our new CEO, Justin O’Meara Smith. Justin joined the team in February and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and many years’ experience working in senior management roles within the disability sector.  Read his full profile here. I have had the pleasure of being CEO of Interchange for… Read more »

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2 February 2017

This guest blog is written by Interchange Board member, Christine Carson. Louise (not her real name) has an intellectual disability. She has Down syndrome. She was born with it and it is permanent. It has been with her for the 42 years of her life so far and it will be with her for the… Read more »

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13 December 2016

I had an interesting telephone conversation a few days ago with The Honourable Jenny Macklin MP, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services. Ms Macklin was the Minister responsible for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in 2011, so when her staff canvassed me to see if I was available to discuss… Read more »

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26 October 2016

This is my last blog as I am leaving Interchange to take a break and seek new opportunities in the social sector. I have been CEO of Interchange for exactly ten years now and so, after also celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year, it seems a good to time to pass on the baton to… Read more »

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16 August 2016

There is an old Jewish saying: “The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath”. The same goes for technology. It can either improve and enrich our humanity or else disrupt and distance us from true community. Technology can make menial tasks more efficient. But we need to consider all the consequences before… Read more »

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5 June 2016

Teamwork is essential for any organisation. We can achieve more together as a team than we can as individuals working in isolation. The same is true of the disability sector as a whole, especially for a specialist provider like Interchange. Interchange provides high quality community inclusion support for people with disability. But we don’t provide… Read more »

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4 May 2016

Many of you would have read Chris Stuhmcke’s article on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) last month. Chris moved over from Queensland about 18 months ago to help Interchange update our Safeguarding Framework. Queensland has a highly regulated PBS system, so it’s been great working with someone so experienced. I was delighted to attend a DSC… Read more »

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1 April 2016

Positive Behaviour Support and Restrictive Practices – a personal perspective of working in Queensland and WA Christopher Stuhmcke, Operations Manager for Interchange, shares his personal perspective and comparisons of the differences between working within the Disability Services Sector in Queensland, which has a legislated Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) framework, and Western Australia, which has not… Read more »

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