WARRINGAH DISABILITY NEWSLETTER No October

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					WARRINGAH DISABILITY NEWSLETTER                                    No 189– 16 October 2008

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 "The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."
                                     - Maureen Dowd
                CONTENTS
   DISCOBILITY Halloween Night at YoYos
   Christmas Party with Northern Area Recreation Association
   Free ‘Magic Mania at Christmas’ for Children and their Families
   Chatswood Supported Living – ‘Chat Art’ exhibition
   New Social Group for Lovers of Ideas
   Reminder: Cromehurst Special School 2008 Art Show "All Natural"
   International Day for People With Disability – at Warringah Council
   ‘Try Sailing’ Day with Sailability Manly
   Share your story at www.carersweek.com.au
   Reminder: Pamper Picnic for Carers associated with Young People In Nursing Homes
   Morning Tea during Carers Week
   Free Carers Week Functions at the Magnolia Healing Centre
   Carers Art Program at Milsons Point
   Grandparents Forum at Milsons Point
   CHANGES: Northside Community Forum Inc. has moved
                FUNDRAISING / FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
   Disability Pensioners and Carers to Receive Additional Payment
   Vision Australia’s Further Education Bursaries 2009
   Aim for the Stars Grants
   Win a Prize for your Photos at www.ourcommunity.com.au/marketing/photobank
   Joey Mittiga Award 2008
                 YOUR PARTICIPATION COUNTS
   Online Study for people with Bipolar Disorder
   Discussion Paper on Developing a National Arts and Disability Strategy
   Mature Age Carers who Work are invited to Forum
                 RESOURCES
   The GP Resource Kit: Helping GPs Help CALD Young People
   National Hope Line for those Bereaved by Suicide
   JobAccess: Disability Job Search Website
   NSW Ombudsman launches its Free Newsletter “Ombo-Info”
                CONFERENCES, TRAINING, SEMINARS
   DADHC Metro North BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT WORKSHOPS - October-November 2008
   Residential Retreat for Women with Gynaecological Cancer
   “Meet Your Neighbour”
   Four Free Dementia Information Sessions in Waitara
   Reminder: 2008 Making Links - how technology can support social inclusion
   Course: Becoming A Peer Support Worker
   “One Person At A Time” Conference - Thinking Differently - Dreams to Reality
   Reminder: Free Scooter Safety Seminar at Mosman
   Keepwell Courses for Mental Health Services
   Reminder: Siblings Workshop with Kate Strohm – for Service Providers
   Reminder: ADDults with ADHD 2008 Conference
   Writing for the Web Workshop – with Vision Australia
   Free NSW Ombudsman - Consumer Forum
   STARTTS 20th Anniversary
   Brain Injury Association of NSW: call for nominations, AGM
   2008 Annual General Meeting of the Macular Degeneration Foundation
   CTCD Courses in October, November and December

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             Training at UnitingCare Institute of Family Practice
             Workshop: Person Centred Thinking Skills
             Invitation – ‘Doing it Differently: Leadership for Women with Disability’
             Pathways 9 - Disability in Post Compulsory Education
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             3 International Cerebral Palsy Conference
             NatStats08 Conference
             JOBS: Office Manager, BIA, Auburn and Disability Advocate, MDAA, Illawarra

DISCOBILITY Halloween Night at YoYos
What?        A dance party for12 to 18 year olds with special needs! Music, games & prizes by Hey DJ.
             Prizes for wearing the best Halloween gear. Friends and siblings welcome! Unless the youth
             is self-reliant, a carer must remain in attendance. Indemnity Forms required.
Where?       YOYO’s Youth Centre, Forestway Shopping Centre, Frenchs Forest.
When?        Friday 24 October from 7pm - 10pm.
Cost?        Tickets $5. Tickets at the door.
RSVP?        For enquiries and indemnity forms, phone 9942 2680 or email youth@warringah.nsw.gov.au.
             See www.warringah.nsw.gov.au.

Christmas Party with Northern Area Recreation Association
What?        Youth and adults with intellectual disability are invited to come in their Christmas best.
When?        7:30-10pm on Friday 21 November. Doors open 7pm.
Where?       Uniting Church Hall, corner of Provincial Rd and Pacific Hwy, Lindfield.
Cost?        $10 each includes light supper.
Transport?   Community buses can unload, then park elsewhere. Wheelchair access from Provincial
             Road. Book taxis in advance and inform volunteers, since no telephones are available.
RSVP?        For information, phone or fax NARA on 9452 4993. No bookings required.

Free ‘Magic Mania at Christmas’ for Children and their Families
What?        Stage show with singers, dancers etc for children with special needs and their families. This
             is coordinated by NRMA CareFlight, with tickets sponsored by local businesses /individuals.
When?        Saturday 6 December at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.
Where?       Sports Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.
How?         Liaise with your clients / members, then make a bulk request for tickets ASAP. No tickets are
             issued to individuals. Only ask for as many tickets as you can definitely use.
Contact?     Phone Jenny Goodman, Project Coordinator, at 9699 0016 or jennyg@magicmania.com.au.

Chatswood Supported Living – ‘Chat Art’ exhibition
What?        Showcase of works completed by adults supported by Chatswood Supported Living during an
             8 week ‘Chat Art’ program. Works include water colour, oil, clay and sketches.
When?        4-7 pm on Friday 31 October.
Where?       Dougherty Center, 7 Victor Street, Chatswood.
Cost?        Free, and a gold coin donation would be lovely.
Info?        Call Eve at Chatswood Supported Living on 9419 6951 or email chatliv@tpg.com.au.

New Social Group for Lovers of Ideas
What?        Coffee, tea and intellectual stimulation for adults aged 20-45 years, sense of fun and curiosity,
             and familiar with communication devices.
When?        11am-1.30pm on Sunday 26 October.
Where?       Tramshed, 1595 Pittwater Road, Narrabeen.
Cost?        Gold coin donation to cover venue costs.
Info?        Phone Julie on 0421 048 363 or email angemcr@bigpond.com .

Reminder: Cromehurst Special School 2008 Art Show "All Natural"
What?        All students have participated in creating the artworks produced around the theme All Natural.
             There will be a silent auction of works, and light refreshments provided at this opportunity to
             join Cromehurst's community to celebrate the diversity of student achievements.
When?        Wednesday 22nd October, 6pm-8pm.
Where?       Cromehurst SSP Gym, 8 Nelson Road, Lindfield.
Info?        Phone the school at 9416 9281 during school hours.
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International Day for People With Disability – at Warringah Council
What?       A day of celebration, with speeches, performances by special school students and House
            Idols (House with No Steps), discobility, face painting, free lunch, information stalls and more.
When?       11am-2pm on Wednesday 3 December.
Where?      Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club, Koolarra Avenue, Freshwater 2096.
RSVP?       Phone Louise on 9942 2787 or email louise.bannerman@warringah.nsw.gov.au..

‘Try Sailing’ Day with Sailability at Manly
What?      Come with your family and friends to sail in specially modified boats.
Where?     Manly Yacht Club, East Esplanade (end of Wood St) downstairs dockside, Manly. We have
           parking permits for your car, if you don't already have a disability parking permit, and special
           arrangements for mini-buses and wheelchair lift vans.
When?      From 12.30pm on Sunday 2 November.
Cost?      Visitors welcome to see what happens and try out for $5. Annual membership for $25.
RSVP?      Phone Eli on 9976 2747 the prior day to ensure you get a sail. To volunteer, phone Evelyn on
           9976 2134 or email evelyn@manlysailability.com.au.

                                  CARERS WEEK 19-25 October 2008
Share your story in the Your Say section of www.carersweek.com.au
Reminder: Pamper Picnic for Carers associated with Young People in Nursing Homes
What?      The Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance together with Maurice Blackburn P/L
           Lawyers invite relevant carers and family members in the Sydney area to share information
           and support with each other as they enjoy some special treats, music and a gourmet picnic.
           Attendees will also receive a ‘pamper pack’. Two prizes: 2 tickets for a tall ship harbour
           cruise with lunch and a gift voucher for 8 weeks of Yoga or Pilates. Bring your picnic rug.
When?      12noon to 2pm on Wednesday 22 October.
Where?     Federal Park Reserve, Glebe. Park on Chapman Road (N & S), with street access from
           Chapman Rd off The Crescent, Annandale. Park is easily accessible from the Metro Light
           Rail (Jubilee Park or Rozelle Bay stops) and bus #433 from the City (Wynyard or Town Hall).
           Park has basic toilet facilities and pergolas. See the Maurice Blackburn/ Young People in
           Nursing Homes banner and balloons! Some seating provided.
RSVP?      Confirm attendance at www.ypinh.org.au/pamperpicnic or contact Suzie King on 9261 1488.

Morning Tea during Carers Week
What?      Come to celebrate the contribution that carers make in our community, whether providing
           support by visiting your relative in an aged care residence or caring for someone that lives
           with them. Entertainment includes a string quartet and other musicians from local schools. A
           7representative from Centrelink will answer any questions that emerge from your role as a
           carer. Chance to win 3 hours of free housekeeping.
Where?     St Ives Uniting Church, Corner Douglas Street and Mona Vale Road, St Ives.
When?      10am to noon on Tuesday 21 October.
RSVP?      For catering purposes, confirm your attendance by phoning Jaquelene on 9144 5795.

Free Carers Week Functions at the Magnolia Healing Centre
What?       All carers and families who support someone with a disability, mental or chronic illness are
            invited to enjoy relaxation, pampering, fun, food and catching up with other carers.
Where?      The Magnolia Healing Centre, Cnr Dover Road & Old South Head Roads, Rosebay.
When?       Friday 24 Oct (12 noon - 4pm), Monday 27 Oct (12noon - 3pm), Tuesday 28 Oct (4 - 6pm).
Info?       Phone 9388 1068 or email ucawomen@bigpond.com.au.

Carers Art Program at Milsons Point
What?      The Art Program is for carers/family members of people with a mental illness who live in
           Northern Sydney. There are only 12 places so book quickly.
Where?     Bradfield Park Community Centre, 41 Alfred Street, Milsons Point.
When?      10am-12.30pm for 9 Tuesdays, starting 21 October.
RSVP?      Phone Ruth Jacka, Coordinator, on 8920 0675, fax 8920 0775, or email
           wrap1@kncsydney.org.
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Grandparents Forum at Milsons Point
What?       Some grandparents provide care / support for grandchildren or kin because a parent has a
            mental illness. You are invited to hear Prue Fairlie, Policy Officer Grandparenting, for COTA
            NSW (Council on the Ageing), talk about respite and services. Carers can share
            experiences, issues and strategies. Morning tea and lunch provided.
When?       10am-2pm on Wednesday 12 November.
Where?      Bradfield Park Community Centre, 41 Alfred Street, Mklsons Point.
RSVP?       Essential to phone Mary Ann on 8920 0675.

CHANGES: Northside Community Forum Inc. has moved to: PO Box 564 St Leonards NSW 1590.
Level 3 at 1 Chandos St, St Leonards NSW 2065. Phone (02) 8405 4444, Fax (02) 8405 4455,
nsforum@nsforum.org.au. See www.nsforum.org.au This includes: Northern Sydney Respite & Carelink
Centre, Northern Sydney HACC Development Project, Northern Sydney HACC Volunteer Resource
Project . The 1800 numbers remain the same: 1800 059 059 for Carer Respite, 1800 052 222 for
Carelink information.
                             FUNDRAISING / FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Disability Pensioners and Carers to Receive Additional Payment
The Australian Government has announced that recipients of Disability Support Pension and Carer
Payment (as well as pensioners) will receive payments of $1,400 to singles and $2,100 to couples as
lump sum payments from 8 December 2008. People receiving Carer Allowance will also receive $1,000
for each eligible person being cared for. The payments will provide one-off assistance this financial year
while the Government’s Pension Review formulates longer-term recommendations.
Source: National Disability Services Update of 14 October 2008

Vision Australia’s Further Education Bursaries 2009
This aims to assist students who are blind or have low vision, who would not otherwise be able to afford
adaptive technology, thus increasing their ability to participate in further education and to achieve their
life goals. Applications are now open, and close Monday 10 November. Before completing the
Application form on www.visionaustralia.org.au/docs/news_events/Bursary Application details.doc,
ensure your eligibility and materials needed, arrange an Adaptive Technology Assessment with Vision
Australia, and follow other instructions. For information or assistance, phone Max Bini,Tertiary Education
Consultant, Vision Australia on 03 9520 5555 or 1300 84 74 66 or email bursary@visionaustralia.org.

Aim for the Stars Grants
The Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation helps young women aged 12+ to further their
educational and/or professional development via $1,500 "Kickstart" Grant for 12-16 year old, $3,000
"Individual" Grant for 16+ years, and $6,000 "Group" Grant for 2+ people aged 12 years and above.
Closes 15 November. See www.aimforthestars.com.au or email info@aimforthestars.com.au.

Win a Prize for your Photos at www.ourcommunity.com.au/marketing/photobank
What?      This gallery provides community groups with a growing library of photos that they can use in
           developing marketing materials. All photos are available free for non-commercial use under a
           Creative Commons license (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/au/legalcode).
           This is open to anyone who has taken a good photo that can be released for public use and is
           nominated or represented by an Australian community group.
When?      You can submit a picture until 22 October. The winners will be notified in November.
Cost?      There are 2 prizes: the most popular picture, the picture that best exemplifies the work of
           Australian community. Each prize is worth $2,500 - $1,000 for the photographer, and another
           $1,500 for the community group that nominates them. And all other photos enter the
           community picture bank. The Most Popular Picture Award is chosen by the votes of website
           visitors; the Community Groups Award is chosen by a panel selected from the Australian
           community sector and representatives from the staff of Our Community and Australia Post.
How?       Submit your photos by uploading them to www.ourcommunity.com.au/marketing/photobank or
           posting them on disc (will not be returned) to: Picture Bank, Our Community, 51 Stanley
           Street, West Melbourne 3003.


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Joey Mittiga Award 2008
In 1988, the Italian Affair Committee was inspired by 6-year-old Joey Mittiga and raised funds for The
Spastic Centre to enable the continuation of their vital services for children and families. The annual
award of $5000 assists a young person in their educational, vocational or sporting pursuits, and the
recipient acts as an ambassador for other young people for 12 months. Staff of the Spastic Centre
support the successful applicant for 12 months. The successful applicant must be aged 16-25 years,
have cerebral palsy and demonstrate clearly identified life goals and aspirations, capacity to pursue
these, commitment to the positive development of other young people, and consistency with the vision
and values of The Spastic Centre. The application is to be received by 31 October – see the form on
www.thespasticcentre.org.au/news/news_items/mittiga/mittiga_award.pdf. The winner of this year’s Joey
Mittiga Award will be announced in November at Club Marconi.
                                   YOUR PARTICIPATION COUNTS
Online Study for people with Bipolar Disorder
Researchers at the University of NSW are recruiting people with bipolar disorder throughout Australia to
participate in an online study to help people take control of their illness and stay well. To be eligible you
need to have been diagnosed with bipolar within the last 12 months, have a treating physician or clinical
psychologist, be able to undertake eight 30-minute weekly online sessions and complete four
questionnaires during 8 months, be over 18 and living in Australia; and have an email address and
access to the internet. For information, email onlineprograms@unsw.edu.au.

Discussion Paper on Developing a National Arts and Disability Strategy
This was released by Cultural Ministers Council, and covers Barriers to access and participation, Barriers
to arts practice, Audience development, and Other issues. You can download it from the CMC website at
www.cmc.gov.au/working_groups/national_arts_and_disability_strategy_working_group/national_arts_an
d_disability_strategy in Word, HTML PDF and MP3 audiovisual formats. It is also available as a printed
brochure version, Auslan interpreted captioned DVD, pdf, Braille and large-print versions. It is relevant to
anyone interested in the areas of arts, health (including mental health), disability and community
services, ageing, education, employment, Indigenous affairs and infrastructure. Submissions are open
until 3 November, and can be sent to arts.disability@environment.gov.au , post or fax 02 6275 9663. For
information, phone 1800 185 693.

Mature Age Carers who Work are invited to Forum
The NSW Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) is looking for people aged 40+ who combine caring with
casual, part time or full time paid work, or employers who have mature age workers with caring
responsibilities on their staff, to participate in the Caring Works forum later this month. The forum brings
together key stakeholders and industry speakers to discuss issues around the successful participation of
mature age carers in the workforce. For information, phone Carol Hines, Community Relations
Coordinator at the OIR on 9020 4577 or email carol.hines@oir.commerce.nsw.gov.au.
Source: Brain Injury Association newsletter – October 2008
                                               RESOURCES
The GP Resource Kit: Helping GPs Help CALD Young People
The second edition of “Adolescent Health – enhancing the skills of General Practitioners in caring for
young people from culturally diverse backgrounds” was launched at the Children's Hospital Westmead on
27 August. It is a joint initiative of the NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health and the
Transcultural Mental Health Centre. GPs see about 2 million young people under the age of 25 each
year during 11 million consultations, and are usually their first point of contact with the health system.
The Kit outlines the biological, psychological and social factors regarding adolescent health, and provides
accessible information on practical approaches to working effectively with young people, with sections on
specific topics such as risk behaviours, mental health and chronic illness. It is endorsed by the Royal
Australian College of General Practitioners and General Practice NSW. To order a copy, phone, fax, or
email Kids Health at the Children's Hospital at Westmead on 9845 3585, fax 9845 3562 with the online
order form at www.caah.chw.edu.au/resources , or email kidsh@chw.edu.au. It costs $35 for one copy
($30 for 2 or more copies). This includes GST but excludes postage and packaging. The website has
many other factsheets, reports, studies – most free.
Source: Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce, Oct 2008 newsletter, page 17


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National Hope Line for those Bereaved by Suicide - phone 1300 467 354
This telephone counselling service is operational 24/7 by trained volunteer telephone counsellors. For
information visit www.suicideprevention.salvos.org.au, email admin.hopeforlife@salvationarmy.org or
phone (02) 8736 3240.
Source: CAN NEWS - FYI 8 October 2008

JobAccess: Disability Job Search Website
It provides information to employers about government programs and support to help make workplaces
accessible for people with a disability, and help for job seekers and employees with a disability, co-
workers, service providers. There are also publications, links to other helpful services, case studies,
online job search. In July 2008 the website won the United Nations Public Service Award for improving
the delivery of services. See www.jobaccess.gov.au/joac/home.

NSW Ombudsman launches its Free Newsletter “Ombo-Info”
This electronic newsletter is distributed 3 times a year to promote good conduct and fair decision-making.
The NSW Ombudsman delivers information and awareness seminars, training workshops and outreach
forums to community services across NSW. It also offers ideas and training that enables agencies to
better provide services to their constituencies.’ The first issue of Ombo Info includes information on the
deaths of people with disabilities in care (2006/2007) and child deaths in NSW (2006/2007), a report on
complaint handling in family support services, upcoming training opportunities, news of a new resource
helping agencies deal with complaints from young people as well as tips for making a complaint and
case studies. Issue 2 – featuring information on supporting foster carers of Aboriginal children, the
National Child Protection Framework, new community language resources and more - will be available in
October. Organisations and individuals can subscribe by phoning 9286 1000 or 1800 451 524 (tollfree)
or online at www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/OmboInfo/Subscribe.htm.
                              CONFERENCES, TRAINING, SEMINARS
DADHC Metro North BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT WORKSHOPS - October - November 2008
A summary of workshop details appears in the separate attachment (with maps) to this newsletter.

Residential Retreat for Women with Gynaecological Cancer
What?    The NSW Psychosocial Support Project, Gynaecological Oncology, offers women medically
         stable and diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer a residential retreat to assist in restoring
         the emotional, psychological and spiritual strength needed to cope with the diagnosis.
         Qualified therapists offer a number of therapies (including meditation, relaxation, visualisation
         techniques, yoga, massage, aromatherapy) to promote a feeling of well being, enhance
         quality of life, support the immune system and maximize healing potential.
Where? ‘Evanslea’, 146 Market Street, Mudgee (Phone: 6372 4116). This quiet B&B has spa cottages
         on 9 acres with gardens down to the Cudgegong River. Pool, tennis court, wholesome meals.
When?    20 - 22 October. Arrive Monday after 3pm and depart after lunch on the Wednesday.
Cost?    All costs (except travel) are covered by the NSW Psychosocial Support Project,
         Gynaecological Oncology, sponsored by the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT)
         and the NSW Cancer Council.
Book?    Limited spaces exist so contact Jane Mills on 0413 984 082, 9845 6944 (Tue) or email
         jane_mills@wsahs.nsw.gov.au; or Annie Hutton, Gynaecological Oncology Network
         Manager, on 9887 5541, or email ahutton@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au.
Source: Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce Page 17 Newsletter—Oct 2008

“Meet Your Neighbour”
What?      The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) and New Horizons Enterprises invite North
           Sydney organisations providing mental health-related services to meet, learn more about each
           other and find ways to work better together. All are welcome to bring information or material
           about their organisation to share. MHCC will share briefly about issues of interest.
Where?     New Horizons Enterprises, Northern Sydney Respite Centre, Unit 2/2A Railway Parade,
           Thornleigh (yellow building).
When?      Tuesday 14 October (9.30am to 12 midday).
RSVP?      For catering purposes, phone Rod West of MHCC on 9555 8388 ext 110, or email
           rod@mhcc.org.au.

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Four Free Dementia Information Sessions in Waitara
What?      10 November - "An Introduction to Dementia for Family and Friends"
           17 and 24 November - "Effective Communication, Identifying Triggers of Challenging
           Behaviour, and Responding to Challenging Behaviour "
           1 December - "Planning for the future: Community Support Services, Advance Care Planning
           and Legal Issues" with Solicitor Cecilia Castle.
Where?     Community Hall, McQuoin Park, Waitara.
When?      7:30-9:30pm on 10, 17 and 24 November, and 1 December.
RSVP?      To receive information, phone Mary Clifton, Co-ordinator, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Dementia
           Advisory Service, on 9811 5250 or email mclifton@chcs.com.au.

Reminder: 2008 Making Links - how technology can support social inclusion
What?      Infoxchange Australia and other organisations provide oral presentations, case studies,
           multimedia displays and technical workshops based on three broad themes: Community,
           Responsibility and Sustainability. Includes practical skills-building sessions and networking
           opportunities for workers and volunteers in community organisations who work with and/or
           are interested in web development, multimedia, Web 2.0 and mobile technology. Optional
           web development workshop on 14 Nov features tips on managing community websites.
When?      11 to 13 November. Mini-film festival on Tuesday 11 November.
Where?     Melbourne University, ICT Building, 111 Barry Street, Carlton (Melbourne).
Cost?      One- / two-days: concession $22 / $44, not-for-profit staff $175 / $330, presenter $60 / $120,
           government or commercial $290 / $550.
RSVP?      Visit http://www.makinglinks.org.au

Course: Becoming a Peer Support Worker
When?      CAN (Mental Health Inc. & Pitane Recover Centre is hosting this course as part of the national
           Community Connections project. Participants who successfully complete all course
           components can apply for any paid casual positions within the organisation. Sponsored by
           Dee Why RSL Club and the Department of Health and Ageing, Suicide Prevention Branch.
When?      Starts Tuesday 18 November, for 15 four-hour workshops (3 days per week) 11am–3.30pm.
Where?     CAN Mental Health Office at 6A/15 Orchard Road, Brookvale.
Cost?      $15 for unsalaried consumers, $160 for salaried consumers and organisations. Includes all
           catering, folder, pad and pen and all handouts.
RSVP?      Bookings essential so phone Lindy or Sue at the CAN office on 02 8206 1841.
Source:   CAN NEWS - FYI 8 October 2008

“One Person At A Time” Conference - Thinking Differently - Dreams to Reality
What?      Personalised Lifestyle Assistance (PLA) hosts the 3rd conference of local, national and
           international speakers who share stories of how they assist people with disabilities to realise
           their aspirations “one person at a time” by imagining better and overcoming barriers that have
           often prevented people from living unique lifestyles that most people take for granted. With
           the support of the Department of Human Services and Melba Support Services.
When?      Wednesday – Thursday 5-6 November (9am – 5pm).
Where?     Melbourne Park Function Centre, Batman Ave, Melbourne.
Cost?      2 days - People with disability/ families/ health card holders $150, paid staff /professionals
           $440, p/t students $300, f/t students $260. (includes GST, lunch, morning & afternoon tea.)
           Wed Drinks & Nibbles 5.30-7.30 pm includes beer, wine, soft drink & finger food $37.
RSVP?      For information phone Delia Fisher on 03 9528 3342 or see the brochure on
           www.dpv.org.au/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?id=726&nav_cat_id=145&nav_top_id=55.
           Registrations close 20 October so email the online registration form to Jackie Holmes at
           jackieholmes12@bigpond.com, fax 03 97233656 or post to ‘One Person at a Time
           Conference’, C/- 256 Barkers Rd, Hawthorn Vic 3122.

Reminder: Free Scooter Safety Seminar at Mosman
What?   Police representatives and an occupational therapist will provide advice and answer
        questions. Hosted by the Mosman Council Aged and Disabilities Services Department.
When?   1-4pm on Wednesday 29 October.
Where? Mosman Seniors Centre, Civic Centre, Mosman.
RSVP?   Booking is essential so phone Dragana on 9978 4128.
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Keepwell Courses for Mental Health Services
What?    Arana Pearson, the director of Keepwell Ltd, has provided consumer consultancy, facilitation
         and training for mental health since 1993 in Australia and New Zealand. He is a musician and
         writer who became involved some years after his own experience of using mental health
         services in New Zealand. He was the first chairman for the National Consumer Advisory
         Group in the New Zealand ‘Like Minds Like Mine’ project to counter stigma and discrimination
         re mental illness, and until recently was advisor to the N Z Mental Health Commission.
   * Hearing Voices - a simulated training experience - Wednesday 22 October. $112.50. Includes
         lecture, hearing distressing voices on audiotape, four “workstations” (performing a task in the
         community, “day treatment programme”, “psychiatric emergency services” for a mental status
         exam, taking a test at the “psychological testing centre”), a facilitated group discussion.
   * Working with Voices - Thursday 23 October. $225. Covers understanding voices, voice profiling,
         developing coping strategies, working within belief systems, using the voices workbook.
Where? Australia NSW CAG training rooms, Suite 501, Level 5, 80 William Street, Sydney 2000.
RSVP?    Register online at www.keepwell.com.au/workshops/default.aspx.
Source: CAN NEWS - FYI 8 October 2008

Reminder: Siblings Workshop with Kate Strohm – for Service Providers
What?      Kate Strohm, Director of Siblings Australia Inc, will discuss issues for siblings of children with
           special needs, how concerns present themselves, factors affecting adjustment, what siblings
           need, role of parents / service providers / others, lntroduction to running sibling groups,
           networking and the future. Kate has written Siblings: Brothers and Sisters of Children with
           Special Needs (Wakefield Press).
When?      9.30am-1pm on Wednesday 29 October.
Where?     Anthony Library, Giant Steps, 23 Punt Road, Gladesville NSW 2111. Limited street parking.
Cost?      $60, includes GST and morning tea.
RSVP?      By 13 October, send your details and cheque to Giant Steps Sydney Ltd, PO Box 209,
           Gladesville 1675. For info, phone Helen Appleton at Giant Steps on 9879 4971 or email
           Helen.Appleton@giantsteps.net.au.

Reminder: ADDults with ADHD 2008 Conference
What?      Speakers include psychiatrists (Dr Newman Harris, Dr Tony Mastroianni, Dr Jason Pace), Dr
           Robyn Cosford, Specialist GP; Sonja Ridden, Counsellor & author; Karen Taylor, coordinator
           Partner & Parents Group; Kirsten Noble , ADDults with ADHD webmaster & Committee
           member; Mark Brandtman, Educational Consultant on topics like step-families, using
           technology, managing anger, overcoming addictions, looking on the bright side, grieving.
When?      9am-4pm on Saturday 1 November.
Where?     Turner Hall, Ultimo TAFE, Harris Street, Ultimo. Near Central train station. Parking 4hrs free
           at Bay St Shopping Mall; or Chinatown or Darling Harbour parking stations.
Cost?      $50 per person. BYO lunch, or visit the TAFE cafeteria.
RSVP?      Pre-booking essential. Register online www.add.org.au or post cheque to ADDults with
           ADHD NSW Inc, PO Box 22, Epping 1710 with names of those attending. Phone 9889 5977
           or 0416 111 036.

Writing for the Web Workshop – with Vision Australia
What?      Vision Australia is partnering with respected usability and accessibility expert Dey Alexander
           (co-convenor of the Web Accessibility Network of Australian Universities, also presenter on
           useable and accessible web writing to the education, corporate and government sectors) to
           focus on content writing, this practical workshop complements the Vision Australia Web
           Accessibility Workshops. See www.visionaustralia.org.au/info.aspx?page=1653&event=114.
When?      8.45 registration for 9am-5pm.
Where?     Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney.
Cost?      $495 per person (incl GST) with 5% discount for groups from the same organisation. Lunch.
RSVP?      Contact Melanie Edge, Administration Officer, Vision Australia. 454 Glenferrie Road,
           Kooyong Vic 3144. Phone 03 9864 9249, fax 03 9864 9370, www.visionaustralia.org.au/ais.




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Free NSW Ombudsman - Consumer Forum
What?      Brain Injury Association of NSW, in partnership with the City & Inner West Disability Advocacy
           (CIWDA), is hosting a consumer forum at which a speaker from the NSW Ombudsman will
           discuss its role, your rights, how to communicate effectively and to make complaints, and
           discuss advocacy and contact / referral points. Refreshments and a light lunch are provided.
When?      10am-1pm on Friday 21 November.
Where?     Level 1, 418A, Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills (co-located with the NSW Council for Intellectual
           Disability).
RSVP?      To register, phone Lesia of BIA NSW on 1800 802 840 or email mail@biansw.org.au.

STARTTS 20th Anniversary
What?      The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors
           (STARTTS) helps refugees recover from their experiences and build a new life in Australia. It
           invites all clients (past and present), refugee service providers, friends, volunteers, politicians,
           councillors and others to hear guest speaker Professor Marie Bashir, NSW Governor, other
           speakers (refugee, politicians, human rights), and enjoy the entertainment, food and fun.
           STARTTS also helps organisations and individuals to work more effectively with refugees.
When?      10:30am-12:30pm on Thursday 20 November.
Where?     Grand Paradiso Room, 118 Ware Street, Fairfield.
Info?      Phone 9794 1900 or visit the website www.startts.org.au.

Brain Injury Association of NSW
For information, see www.biansw.org.au, phone Lesia Shevchuk on 9868 5261 or lesias@biansw.org.au.
* BIA NSW Board - Call for Nominations The Association has an elected Board of 9 members and at
the 2008 AGM, three Board positions (President, Treasurer and one Ordinary position) will be declared
vacant. All current members are eligible to nominate for Board membership. The term is for three years,
from the 2008 AGM until the 2011 AGM. All nominations close at 10am on Monday 20 October

* Annual General Meeting 2008 - BIA NSW are pleased that the new Minister for Disability Services,
Paul Lynch MP, will attend the AGM starting at 1.45pm on Wednesday 5 November at The Epping Club,
45-47 Rawson Street, Epping 2121. A formal agenda for the meeting will be circulated next week.

2008 Annual General Meeting of the Macular Degeneration Foundation
What?      Morning tea will be served at the AGM.
When?      10am-11am on Wednesday 19 November.
Where?     City Tattersalls Club, Sydney Room (2nd floor), 194-204 Pitt Street, Sydney.
RSVP?      Essential to phone 1800 111 709 or email info@mdfoundation.com.au by Thursday 6 Nov.

CTCD has the following courses coming up in October, November and December:
* Leadership Skills for Community Organisations - Wed 5 Nov 9:30am-4pm, at Club Burwood, Burwood.
           $143 per person incl GST. Registrations close: Tuesday 28 October.
* Risk Management - Wed 12 Nov, 9:30am-4pm, at Club Burwood, Burwood. $143 per person incl GST.
           Registrations close: Tuesday 28 October.
* Effective Supervision - Wed 10 Dec, 9:30am-4pm, Burwood RSL, Burwood. $143 per person incl GST.
           Registrations close: Monday 1 December.
Register online www.ccoz.org.au, email training@ccoz.org.au or phone 9878 2598 for a registration form.

Training at UnitingCare Institute of Family Practice
These non-accredited courses are accessible through www.ifp.nsw.edu.au or by emailing
info@ifp.nsw.edu.au. For information, phone (02) 8830 0755. All are 9.30am-4.30pm.
    • Introduction to Strengths - Monday 3 November at Parramatta $132.
    • Applying Strengths Approach - Tuesday - Wednesday 4-5 November at Parramatta $264.
    • Applying Strengths to Supervision - Thursday 6 November at Parramatta $132.
    • Working with Potential for Violence - Tuesday 11 November at Parramatta $132.
    • Intensive Family Support - Thursday 13 November at Parramatta $132.
    • Generative Fathering - Wednesday - Thursday 19-20 November at Parramatta $286.
    • Framework for Mediation - 5 days 24 -28 November at Parramatta $1540.

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Workshop: Person Centred Thinking Skills
What?       Deb Watson, the leader of Helen Sanderson Associates Australia, and Michaela Kennedy will
            explain what it means to be person centred, and to develop skills to support people in a
            person centred way.
When?       Monday-Tuesday 10-11 November (8.30am – 4.30pm)
Where?      Charles Blunt Conference Centre, Royal Rehab, Ryde.
Cost?       $550 per person.
Info?       Phone Rachel Dickson, Centre for Developmental Disability Studies, on (02) 8878 0500 or
            email racheldickson@med.usyd.edu.au.

Invitation – ‘Doing it Differently: Leadership for Women with Disability’
What?       The NSW Network of Women with Disability invites women with disability to apply to build on
            their skills, experiences and contacts in order to bring about change in their own lives as well
            as in the broader community for women with disability. Applications welcome in any format
            (like email, posted, audio recorded).
When?       Four day program from Thursday-Sunday 6-9 November. Applications due 5pm 24 October.
            Successful applications notified by Wednesday 29 October.
Cost?       Free (including travel to/from venue) to successful applicants. Personal Assistants and
            Auslan Interpreters will be available.
Info?       Email Sharon on sharon.smith@mdaa.org.au or phone 1800 629 072. Send applications to
            ‘Doing it Differently’, NSW Network of Women with Disability, PO Box 9381, Harris Park 2150;
            or email to sharon.smith@mdaa.org.au.

Pathways 9 - Disability in Post Compulsory Education
What?       Teachers, academics, students and enabling staff can explore optimum strategies for
            facilitating positive participation of students with disabilities at each stage of the student cycle,
            from admissions, the first year experience, moving through courses and transition out to
            research and employment. Attendees can share ideas and information on how these
            practices can be implemented in their own institutions. Highlights include keynote speaker
            Prof Ann Ryan, services for students with Asperger Syndrome, parents perspective, future of
            alternative format, connecting the disconnected.
Cost?       Applications are open for 1. FaHCSIA funded subsidies for people with disabilities, and 2. for
            nominations for the Pathways Awards.
When?       1–5 December.
Where?      Sofitel, Melbourne.
Cost?       Full / day registration: Delegate $710 / $400, student $495 / $200. Evidence of student/
            trainee status must be faxed to the Conference Organiser on 03 9682 0288.
RSVP?       See the conference website www.pathways9.org for information or to register.
Source:   Disability Education & Employment – Aug 2008
 rd
3 International Cerebral Palsy Conference
What?     The Spastic Centre's Cerebral Palsy Institute will welcome scientists and practitioners from
          around the world. The theme is Across the Lifespan - from the prevention and aetiology of
          cerebral palsy, to early intervention of infants at risk, evidence based interventions, long term
          outcomes of key interventions (spasticity management, neuro- and orthopaedic surgery),
          changing participation and quality of life, and adult cerebral palsy (CP) outcomes. The 15
          keynote speakers in the scientific program will present keynotes, seminars, free papers,
          advanced practitioner workshops with experts, posters and round tables. Features of the
          conference week will be a meeting of the World Cerebral Palsy Registers, evidence based
          guidelines for the use of Botulinum Toxin, an accredited course on early infant assessment
          and specialty seminars on the state of clinical practice in key disciplines (with local and
          international experts). People with CP and their families and carers will be able to ask direct
          questions of the experts.
Where? Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
When?     18-21 February 2009.
Cost?     Before/after 10 December: full $700 / $800, day rate $400 / $450.
Info?     See and register at www.cp2009.com.au
Source: The Scene Blog Entries 28 August 2008

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NatStats08 Conference
What?      The NatStats08 conference will cover the following themes: Informing the Nation, Measuring
           the Progress of Society and Environmental Information for Informed Decisions. Speakers
           include: Mr Enrico Giovannini - Chief Statistician of the OECD, Mr Greg Bourne - CEO of the
           World Wildlife Fund, Australia, Tim Costello - CEO World Vision Australia, Professor Fiona
           Stanley - Director, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.
When?      19-21 November.
Where?     Crown Promenade Hotel, Melbourne.
Info?      For a full list of confirmed speakers, program information and to registers online visit
           http://www.nss.gov.au/natstats
                                                   JOBS
Office Manager, Brain Injury Australia, Auburn
The national peak Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) advocacy organisation will shortly be relocating to
premises within the Social Enterprise Centre. The part-time, 25 hours per week (negotiable) position will
undertake reception, secretarial, administrative and other duties as negotiated. A complete job
description, and application information are at www.ncoss.org.au/content/view/1362/85/ For information,
phone Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer, Brain Injury Australia, on 0417 373 622. Applications close:
Friday 24 October.

Disability Advocate, Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW (MDAA), Illawarra
This part time position (22.5 hours/week) involves providing advocacy for people from non-English
speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability and their families/carers living in the Illawarra area. SACS
Award Grade 3 with salary packaging options. Co-located with Illawarra Multicultural Services,
Wollongong, and is permanent depending on recurrent funding. For information package call Judith; and
for further details call Susan on (02) 9891 6400. Applications close Friday 31 October.
See the Community Job Board on www.ncoss.org.au/jobs/index.html
See the Job Board at www.nds.org.au/nsw/jobsnsw.html for details of vacancies.
Jobseeker www.jobseeker.org.au



HOT OFF THE PRESS: What has 2 legs, 2 wheels and travels 1000km in 9 days?
Michael Cowan on his 1000km Penny Farthing Challenge!
Asthma ambassador extraordinaire Michael Cowan is riding 1000km around NSW from 20-28 October
from Bonnells Bay to Sydney, Mittagong, Canberra, Gundagai, Wagga Wagga, Young, Cowra, Bathurst
and finish in Orange. He has had asthma for most of his life, and keeping fit is one way he ensures it
doesn't get the better of him. Just like Olympic Gold medallists (Grant Hackett, Jessica Schipper, Emma
Snowsill to name a few). Michael aims to raise $100,000 to support asthma research and education so
make a donation at www.everydayhero.com.au/michaelcowan. Follow his journey through his blog at
www.pennyfarthingchallenge.blogspot.com, or on facebook www.facebook.com > Groups > Michael
Cowan's 1000km Penny Farthing Challenge. For information, phone Rosie Madden, Donor Relations
Coordinator, Asthma Foundation NSW, on 9018 0520 or email ask@asthmansw.org.au.



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           DADHC Metro North BEHAVIOUR SUPPORT WORKSHOPS - October - November 2008
This training calendar is designed to be easily accessible to a variety of different people working in the
area of behaviour support work; from direct care staff to managers, from families to clinicians. The
purpose of the workshops is to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of people working in the
field of Disabilities, and the variety of challenges that this work brings.
It has been to be available at a low cost, which would not be possible without the co-operation and
donation of time and effort from our presenters, which is much appreciated. This calendar is a product
from the joint efforts of: DADHC Metro North Region, The Spastic Centre - Intensive Family Support
Options (IFSO), SEE Foundation, Achieve Foundation, Kirinari Disability Services, Sunnyfield, House
with No Steps, Afford.
This workshop relies on the generous support of the industry, so if you have any ideas on topics you
would like to see presented, a topic you are interested in presenting yourself or the enthusiasm to help
the working group continue to run this workshop calendar, we would love to hear from you. Send an
email to Ken Ferris Kenneth.ferris@dadhc.nsw.gov.au.
Thanks for your continued support and I hope you enjoy the workshops we have on offer this time
around.

                         RULES FOR NOMINATION – The Rules Have Changed!
Guide for Nominating for Behaviour Support Workshops 2008:
• Registration can only be made by contacting the identified contact person for the session you wish to
attend
• There will be NO Group Bookings. Every individual must contact the designated contact person
to make a booking for a workshop.
• Registrations can be received as soon as promotional activities commence
• Certificates of Attendance will be issued to all people who attend a workshop.

General Rules for determining places at a workshop (to be fair and to encourage cross sector
networking):
• First come first served basis, However;
• At least half the places to be reserved for non Government agency staff and no more than half for
DADHC staff where possible;
• Families / non paid carers will be given priority where possible
• There will be an upper limit of 2 people per agency/location; and
• Priority will be given to people working in the Metro North Region

The following information will be collected from people applying to attend a workshop:
• Your name / contact details (phone number, email address) and name / contact details for your
manager.
• Agency they work for or identified as family member / non paid carer
• Role – service manager, service coordinator, direct care staff, field staff, non paid carer etc

A Waiting List will be maintained.
• Booking agents will Endeavour to contact all participants 5 days before the workshop to confirm
attendance.
• Person’s booking to attend a workshop must notify the person taking bookings for that event, if they are
unable to attend. If this does not happen, that person, service or department may only be able to book at
future workshops if there are vacancies remaining close to the date.
• In most instances morning / afternoon tea will be provided. Sessions are at a cost of a gold coin
donation, to cover refreshments and materials.
• All participants will be asked to complete an Evaluation form to assist in evaluating the workshop and
planning for future session.

           BIS WORKSHOP CALENDAR SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2008:
Working with Challenging Behaviours – Ken Ferris, Parramatta (8 Oct), Katoomba (22 Oct)
Managing our Own Stress in Behaviour Support Work – Don Coles, Penrith (13 Oct)
Working with Dementia & ID - Christine Atkins, St Marys (15 Oct)
People with a Dual Diagnosis - Steve Roberts, Belrose (16 Oct), Belrose (21 Nov)
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Environmental Modification (Positive Behaviour Support) – Mark Clayton, Ryde (17 Oct), Parramatta (24
Oct)
Intro to Person Centred Planning & Thinking – Michaela Kennedy, St Marys (31 Oct), Parramatta (20
Nov)
I-CAN & Active Support Introductory Workshop – Samuel Arnold, Eastwood (6 Nov), Parramatta (19 Nov)
Makaton Basic Workshop - Katelynd Turner, Eastwood (7 Nov), Penrith (10 Nov)
Accessing the Sex Industry for People with an Intellectual Disability – Denise Beckwith, Penrith (20 Nov)
What is a Restricted Practice? - Vanessa Hunt, Penrith (24 Nov)

                                 Working with Challenging Behaviours
Presented By: Ken Ferris, Psychologist, Acting Senior Behaviour Clinician, Regional Behaviour
Intervention Team (RBIT), Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care (DADHC) Metro North
Date: Wednesday 8th October (9:30am - 1:30pm)                Location: DADHC Parramatta
Date: Wednesday 22nd October (9:30am - 1:30pm)               Location: Kirinari Office, Katoomba
This workshop is designed to help identify challenging behaviours and why they may be occurring, and
then develop effective reactive and preventive strategies to decrease the Intensity, Frequency & Duration
of a clients behavioural challenges Formulating and developing effective and consistent strategies across
environments will be discussed, as will the balance between dignity of risk vs. Duty of care. Risk
Management strategies and Implementation, and the reasons why challenging behaviours may reappear
after some time will also be examined. For families, clinicians and direct care staff working with clients
who may be displaying aggression, agitation or other Challenging Behaviours.
Register: 25 MAX Participants Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred) ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 9323.
                          Managing our own Stress in Behaviour Support Work
Presented By: Don Coles, Family Therapist, Intensive Family Support Options (IFSO), The Spastic
Centre
Date: Monday 13th October (9:30am - 12:30pm)                         Location: DADHC Penrith
Working with clients & families can produce a range of stressors on staff, as its not easy work! The
pressure to get results, the uncertainty of “people work”, and differences of opinion in working
methodology come with the territory. This workshop will explore ways to think about stress, and give
ways to manage and deal with such pressures, as well as tips for de-stressing, setting appropriate
boundaries, and getting the most out of your workplace. For Clinicians & Direct Care staff who work in
Behaviour support environments
Register: 30 MAX Participants. Contact Sue Slater-Liehr, Phone:9757 4322, email: sslater-
liehr@tscnsw.org.au
                            Working with Dementia & Intellectual Disability
Presented By: Christine Atkins, Dementia Advisory Service (Nepean), Chesalon Services
Date: Wednesday 15th October (9.30am - 12:00pm)                     Location: Sunnyfield St Marys
This session will outline some of the key features of dementia, the stages of dementia. The session will
also be looking at communication and identifying and managing behaviours of concern for people with
Dementia.
For Direct care workers in group homes, Home Care workers, community workers supporting people with
disabilities. Register: 30 MAX Participants. Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred)
ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au or phone 9841 9323.

People with a ‘Dual Diagnosis‘: Theoretical Concepts, Assessment, Intervention & Service Models
Presented By: Steve Roberts, Senior Clinical Services Manager, House With No Steps
Date 1: Thursday 16th October (10am - 12pm)                     Location: House With No Steps, Belrose
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Date 2: Friday 21 November (10am - 12pm)                        Location: House With No Steps, Belrose
People with an intellectual disability commonly experience significant mental health issues including
mental illness. This workshop will examine what we really mean by the term ‘ dual diagnosis ‘, some
theoretical concepts, assessment tools & techniques, interventions & how we design service models. It
will also be fun with prizes for active participants. For families, clinicians and direct care staff. When
applying please indicate your role as this will help to tailor the session to specific needs.
Register: 30 MAX Participants. Contact Jill Summers (email preferred) JSummers@hwns.com.au or
phone 02 4221 0300.

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              Environmental Modification: A key feature in positive behaviour support
Presented By: Dr Mark Clayton, Director, Adults and Behaviour Support, Autism Spectrum Australia
Date: Friday 17th October (9:30am - 11:30am)                          Location: The Spastic Centre, Ryde
Date: Friday 24th October (9:30am- 11:30am)                           Location: DADHC Office, Parramatta
Positive Behaviour Support involves the assessment and reengineering of environments so that people
with challenging behaviours experience reductions in their problem behaviours and increase social,
personal, and professional quality in their lives. This workshop will use a series of case studies to better
understand how environmental modifications can be implemented. It will provide participants with an
opportunity to discuss how a systems change perspective within the context of person-centered values
can be used to address a wide range of intensely socially inappropriate behaviours. For staff across all
settings where challenging behaviour is of concern.
Register: 25 MAX Participants. Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred) ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 9323.

                         Introduction to Person Centred Planning & Thinking
Presented By: Michaela Kennedy, Person Centred Planning Manager, Sunnyfield
Date: Friday 31st October (1pm- 3pm)                                Location: Sunnyfield St Marys
Date: Thursday 20th November (1pm- 3pm)                             Location: DADHC Parramatta
If people who use our services are to have positive control over their lives and have self directed lives
within their own communities. Those who support the person, especially those who do the day to day
work need to have person centred thinking skills. Find out how Sunnyfield are doing this is through
Person Centred Thinking and Planning. Come and learn some of the techniques and tools used to help
people gain more positive control over their own life. For anyone that does planning for people with
disabilities. Case workers, behaviour clinicians, key workers and managers.
Register: MAX 30 Participants Contact Michaela Kennedy, Phone: 8977 8860 or 0403 453 564, Email:
m.kennedy@sunnyfield.com.au.

                            I-CAN and Active Support Introductory Workshop
Presented By: Samuel Arnold, Research Fellow and Analytical Psychologist, Centre for Disability
Studies, University of Sydney
Date: Thursday 6th November (9:30am - 12pm)                     Location: Achieve Foundation, Eastwood
Date: Wednesday 19th November (9:30am - 12pm)                   Location: DADHC Office Parramatta
This semi-structured workshop is aimed to give you a taste of Active Support and the I-CAN. Come
prepared to have some fun and be involved in stimulating group activities. What is the I-CAN? What is
Active Support? The I-CAN is a support needs assessment designed to assess and guide support
delivery for people with a disability including people with mental illness or who are aging. Active Support
teaches strategies to ensure staff can work effectively to skill and empower people with disabilities. For
Direct Support Professionals, Psychs, OT’s, Speechies, Nurses, Managers and CEOs. Any professional
working in the fields of disability, mental health or rehabilitation.
Register: 20 MAX Participants Contact Margaret Carrick, Phone: 02 8878 0500, Email:
mcarrick@med.usyd.edu.au

                                       Makaton Basic Workshop
Presented By: Katelynd Turner, Behaviour Support Specialist (Speech Pathologist), Regional
Behaviour Intervention Team (RBIT), Department of Ageing, Disability & Home Care (DADHC) Metro
North, Certified Makaton Presenter (Makaton Australia)
Date: Friday 7th November (9am - 4:30pm)                    Location: Achieve Foundation, Eastwood
Date: Monday 10th November (9am - 4:30pm)                   Location: DADHC Office Penrith
Makaton is a vocabulary of key word signs and gestures. Makaton was first introduced to Australia in
1976. It is used to develop speech and language in children. It is also used to provide adults with
functional communication for every day use. This workshop will also provide you with the knowledge and
skills to better understand how people with a disability communicate and what you can do to support their
interactions. Come along and learn how to use Key Word Sign and natural gesture to communicate with
your clients.
For people (RSW’s, carers, clinicians) working with adults who have a disability and need additional
support with their communication.
Register: 15 MAX Participants      Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred) ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 9323.

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                             Accessing the Sex Industry for people with an ID
Presented By: Denise Beckwith, Acting Co-CEO, Senior Advocate, People with Disability Australia
Date: Thursday 20th November (1pm - 2:30pm)                             Location: DADHC Office Penrith
Sexuality in the Intellectually disabled population is something that has been ignored, if not suppressed
and forgotten. Such attitudes do not look out for the best interest of our clients, who often have
misunderstood sexual urges, needs & feelings. This Workshop outlines advocating, services and the
legalities of supporting a person with a disability to access the sex industry. At the completion of training
participants should:
• Have had an opportunity to discuss the facts about the sex industry
• Have an understanding of the history and aims of Touching Base Inc
• The knowledge to access sexual services
• Be able to identify barriers for people with disabilities in accessing the sex industry
For service providers, managers and clinicians to allow them to explore the issues faced by people with
disabilities accessing the sex industry
Register: 30 MAX Participants Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred) ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 9323.

                                         What is a Restricted Practice?
Presented By: Vanessa Hunt, Behaviour Support Specialist, Regional Behaviour Intervention Team
Date: Monday 24th November (9:30am - 12:30pm)                   Location: DADHC Office Penrith
A Restricted Practice is a practice where the intervention involves some intrusion on the clients freedom,
in an attempt to achieve the curtailment of, or decrease in a particular way, of behaving. This workshop
will look at particular types of restricted practices, the reasons why they are restricted, why monitoring
and authorisation is important, and how this relates to guardianship and best practice. For Clinicians and
Direct Care staff who work with clients in Group Homes, Day Programs, or Supervised Work programs
Register: 35 Max Participants Contact Ana Munoz (email preferred) ana.munoz@dadhc.nsw.gov.au
or phone 9841 9323.

                                                           LOCATIONS:
DADHC Office Parramatta,
 Level 2 – 93 George Street
Parramatta. Park at Horwood place
car park behind the Roxy Hotel (old
Roxy Theatre) accessed from George
or Macquarie street. Preferred option
– All trains stop at Parramatta followed
by a short walk, and all buses headed
into the area stop at the interchange
located below the station.




DADHC Office Penrith:
Level 1 - 295 High Street Penrith, Park
along Henry Street or nearby street
parking for a 9am start – or get their
early and park in Penrith Plaza and do
some shopping afterwards! Penrith
Station nearby – Local buses stop on
both High and Evans Street




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Sunnyfield St Marys,
5 Kurrajong Road St Marys, Some onsite parking available, and plenty of street parking available along
Kurrajong Road. St Marys Train Station is a short walk from the Sunnyfield location.




House with No Steps Belrose,
49 Blackbutts Road Belrose. No on
site parking, but there is parking in the
playing field opposite the HWNS site.
Take the 283 bus (Forest Coach
Lines) Dep: 9:30am Chatswood
Station (2067130) Arr: 9:51am Glen St
Near Pringle Av. Walk 424m to 49
Blackbutts Rd, Frenchs Forest.




The Spastic Centre Ryde Office:
3a Smalls Road, Ryde (Off Quarry
Road!). Some parking available on
site - street parking also available.
Public transport not recommended for
this location.




Kirinari Office Katoomba:
2/23 Cascade Street Katoomba There
is plenty of street parking available on
Cascade or the surrounding streets.
Katoomba Train Station is a flat walk of
about 5 minutes!



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Achieve Foundation Eastwood,
Level 4 – 2 Rowe Street Eastwood.
Ryedale Road Street Parking is free
and unlimited and is a 2 minute walk
to the office across First Avenue.
Eastwood Train Station is a 5 minute
walk to the venue, and all local bus
routes run through the train station.




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