18 January 2019

In a partnership between the Department of Communities and the National Disability Service, the WA Disability Support Awards seek to recognise contributions made by individuals and teams who support people with disability to achieve their goals. This is your chance to nominate staff members of any WA disability support providers who have gone above and… Read more »

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6 December 2018

In a drive for more inclusive communities the McGowan government has announced plans to develop a State Disability Plan which will underpin all Government activities and initiatives. This move comes from the National Disability Services WA calling for a State Disability Plan in its Pre-Budget submission presented to the State Government on October 22, 2018…. Read more »

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14 November 2018

The Make It Work forums by Every Australian Counts are being held in capital cities and regional towns across Australia. The forums will give people with disability and their families the opportunity to have their say about the issues that matter most to them. Nicki Dyson, Executive Manager – People and Culture attended the Perth… Read more »

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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, and… 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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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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12 February 2016

I recently attended a staff recognition event for Community Facilitator, Brigid Barilla, who is celebrating ten years of service with Interchange. When I first met Brigid, she was a shy but eager volunteer looking for a career change. I could tell straight away how much Brigid cared for our customers. But I was keen for… Read more »

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15 November 2015

My last blog post generated some interesting feedback around the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme). I have been accused of being a NDIS Fan-boy, and for ignoring the negative aspects of the new funding model. I am certainly in favour of a national insurance scheme for addressing disability within Australia. Most people are. And I… Read more »

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