Category: Disability Sector News

Priority PCR testing for disabilty workers

20 January 2022

National Disabilty Services (NDS) have advised that disability workers identified as COVID-19 positive contacts are now in the Priority 1 group for PCR testing with results to be processed quickly.   Priority testing applies when a disability worker is a contact (regardless of whether it is a workplace, household, or social contact) or if symptomatic. This priority does not apply to surveillance […]

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Updated NDIS Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) operational guidelines

29 November 2021

The NDIS have updated the Supported Independent Living (SIL) and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) operational guidelines. They’ve made them simpler, clearer and easy to use, giving you more information about how home and living supports are funded. They provide greater clarity about home and living supports, and what the NDIS can and can’t fund. The […]

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Your Voice Your Choice conference

12 October 2021

Don’t miss the Disability Trust ‘Your Voice Your Choice’ conference this Friday 15 October 2021, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEDT.  The Key Note Speaker will be the inspiring Nas Campanella, Disability Affairs Reporter for the ABC. Other speakers include Martin Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer from the NDIA and Liz Callaghan, Chief Executive Officer of Carers Australia.  Hosted online on October […]

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National Carers Week 10-16 October

12 October 2021

Running from October 10 to 16 2021, National Carers Week is a time to recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million Australians who provide care and support to a family member or friend. This year’s theme is ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million carers around the country who provide outstanding care and support to […]

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Vaccination centres to offer Moderna or Pfizer to people over 60

12 October 2021

All Victorian vaccination centres will offer Moderna and Pfizer vaccines to everyone aged 12 and over from Monday 11 October. This includes people aged 60 and over, who will be offered Moderna, Pfizer and Astra Zeneca at the state-run hubs, depending on the vaccines available at the site. The online booking portal and Victorian Coronavirus […]

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SDA Finder

5 October 2021

Participants, families and carers can now use the SDA (Specialist Disability Accommodation) Finder to find SDA vacancies across Australia. There are more than 1,000 vacancies listed on the NDIS website. You can search for current SDA vacancies by location, building type, number of residents, price and more. Each listing gives you options for finding out […]

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COVID-19 meal preparation and delivery

5 October 2021

On 10 September 2021 the NDIA introduced temporary flexibility to help certain participants in lockdown areas access meal preparation and delivery support, to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. This is available to you if: • you would normally use your existing Core supports plan to pay a support worker to help you prepare […]

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Accessing health services during COVID-19 restrictions

25 September 2021

During lockdown, there are different options for accessing health services to help protect patients and health workers and stop the spread of coronavirus – this includes telehealth. Allied health professionals including psychologists, physiotherapists, podiatrists, occupational therapists, exercise physiologists, speech pathologists and dietitians are eligible to provide telehealth services. If you are unwell or need to […]

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Promoting good life stories of people with disability

22 July 2021

The Belonging Matters Podcast focuses on the good life for people with disabilities, with real life stories from people with disabilities and their families, as well as professionals and advocates. With 17 episodes to date, the podcasts explore bias, inclusion, community, developmental potential, social roles and belonging, with more promised to come.

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