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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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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 September 2016

Interchange Midland customer, Sarah, has taken life by the handlebars with the purchase of a second hand bike. She wants to get fit and recently included a goal in her NDIS plan to buy a bike and start riding regularly. And she didn’t waste any time getting started, getting straight on the case in the… 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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5 October 2015

Having recently celebrated the ten year work anniversary of two of my staff, I can’t help but think how much Interchange has changed over the last decade. Back then, we only had ten staff and 30 clients. I was originally seconded to Interchange to determine its financial sustainability. But being a sociologist rather than an accountant,… Read more »

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