(02) 6620 1800 [email protected]
Do you know a young person looking for something to do these holidays?

Do you know a young person looking for something to do these holidays?

Health RESET is an innovative program for young people, aimed at increasing their overall health and wellbeing.

The Health RESET program is a 3-day course that gives high school aged NDIS participants the opportunity to understand their physical and mental health. It focuses on a holistic approach to improve education about health within school and daily life. Each group session will be a fun and educational mix of physical and mental health learning, with the goal of improving resilience and flexibility when at school and within the community.

Held at The BUSY Schools, Coolangatta:
5 Scott Street, Coolangatta Qld 4225

Dates Available
9th-11th January 2023 | 9.00am to 3.00pm
16th-19th January 2023 | 9.00am to 3.00pm

More Information
For more information download our information brochure

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

Pop-up Library Opens in Lismore

After the popular Lismore Library was destroyed by the February natural disaster, a new temporary Pop-Up Library will open its Molesworth Street doors on Thursday.

Lismore City Mayor Steve Krieg said Council was determined to open a new temporary library while the permanent one in Magellan Street is rebuilt to bring a sense of normality for library users and community.

“We decided to open a temporary library because this service is very popular with our community,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Library staff who have worked extremely hard to make this possible, and especially the many volunteers who have helped to fill the shelves with more than 20,000 donated books.”

The Pop-Up Library at 146 Molesworth Street will provide access to the brand-new community donated collections, computers, printing, and a space to connect, discover and escape.

Lismore Area Librarian Michael Lewis said it was wonderful to have the library back in the CBD.

“This move, with the support of the Lismore City Council and General Manager John Walker strives to support the revitalisation of the Lismore CBD,” he said.

“The Lismore Library has over 20,000 items ready for the reopening. These donations and community support shows the meaning libraries have in their communities and will support the positive recovery for our library and our community.

“The library is a safe space for many, and by opening in the CBD, it will provide accessible services, collections, and programs for all in our community.

The Lismore Pop-Up Library is located at 146 Molesworth Street and is near parking, public facilities and local eateries and shops.

The library will be open 7 days a week at the following times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 
    9.30am – 5pm
  • Thursday
    9.30am – 7pm
  • Saturday
    9am – 1pm
  • Sunday
    1pm – 4pm

With the opening of the new CBD library, Goonellabah Library will have a change of opening hours. From December 1, the Goonellabah Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 9.30am–5pm, closed from 12.30pm to 1.30pm daily.
  • Saturday and Sunday will remain open for the next two weekends. Last day will be Sunday, December 11.

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery

Celebrity author launching new book in Lismore and hosting free financial counselling event to assist with flood recovery.

See the attachment for more details.

New support service for people and communities impacted by flooding

New support service for people and communities impacted by flooding

The not-for-profit organisation Social Futures is delivering a new support service for individuals and communities impacted by this year’s flooding events – Recovery Connect.

Social Futures CEO Tony Davies said that the aim of Recovery Connect is to link people to all the services they need.

“At Recovery Connect you will meet your Recovery Linker, who will listen to your story, understand and identify your needs then either directly assist you or connect you to the right services,” Mr Davies said.

“You won’t have to keep re-telling your story to numerous organisations and the Recovery Linker can help in a wide variety of areas.

“This includes being able to link you to specialist counselling, financial assistance, legal advice, available grants, business and employment supports, mental health services and much more.”

Mr Davies said the service, funded by the NSW Government, will support anyone navigating services and grant applications.

“We will act on your advice and of course outline all available choices. We can be your single point of contact to services in your dealings with Government and non-government agencies,” Mr Davies said.

Recovery Connect can offer help with:
• addressing physical needs (including accessing furniture, food, clothes, housing services)
• accessing financial assistance (including applying for employment, business and housing grants), legal advice and financial counselling
• accessing mental health and wellbeing support
• dealing with practicalities such as replacing personal documents
* addressing post-disaster recovery (planning, insurance, legal etc)

Recovery Connect is available to anyone living in the local government areas of Lismore, Tweed Heads, Byron, and the Clarence Valley. You can contact Recovery connect on 1800 719 625 or [email protected]

Not-for-profit and government agencies can also refer participants to Recovery Connect.

 

Access for All: Disability Awareness training for mainstream health providers

Access for All: Disability Awareness training for mainstream health providers

The Access for All program is a free interactive online training program to raise awareness of the barriers people with disability experience when accessing mainstream health care.

The course also provides strategies and resources to improve the accessibility of health services for people with disability. Sign up[ here: https://accessforall-checkup.talentlms.com/

ACOSS Daily Bulletin Wednesday 5 October 2022

ACOSS Daily Bulletin Wednesday 5 October 2022

ACOSS Daily Bulletin

Wednesday 5 October 2022

 

 

RESEARCH & REPORTS

Restoring full employment: policies for the Jobs and Skills Summit

Australian Council of Social Service

August 2022

 

Jobs and Skills Summit – maintaining full employment and growing productivity

Business Council of Australia

August 2022

 

FECCA Jobs and Skills Summit Issues paper

FECCA

August 2022

 

Jobs and Skills Summit – Issues Paper

Australian Treasury

August 2022

 

Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, July 2022

Australian Bureau of Statistics

August 2022

 

Voice, Treaty, Truth? The role of truth-telling in Australian, state and territory governments’ reconciliation processes: a chronology from 2015

Parliament of Australia

August 2022

Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing

Centre for Policy Development

August 2022

 

High net wealth giving in Australia: a review of the evidence

Centre for Social Impact

August 2022

 

Eight opportunities to increase the potential of humanitarian migration to Australia

Refugee Council of Australia

August 2022

 

Meals on Wheels Australia social impact report

Meals on Wheels Australia

August 2022

 

Woke up call: Australians’ attitudes to and perceptions of “wokeness”

The Australia Institute

August 2022

 

Unfinished Parliamentary business: an overview of potential Indigenous Australians portfolio measures

Parliamentary Library (Australia)

August 2022

 

2021 Early childhood education and care national workforce census

Social Research Centre | Department of Education

August 2022

 

Family, domestic and sexual violence: National data landscape 2022, Summary

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

 

A life course approach to determining the prevalence and impact of sexual violence in Australia: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety

August 2022

 

‘Mental health shapes my life’: COVID-19 and kids’ wellbeing 2022

Australian Human Rights Commission

August 2022

 

Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Australian National Audit Office

August 2022

 

Indigenous health checks and follow-ups

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

 

Specialist Homelessness Services: monthly data

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

August 2022

Understanding how policy settings affect developer decisions

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

The economic dynamics and population change of Australia’s regional cities

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Growing Australia’s smaller cities to better manage population growth

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Urban Indigenous homelessness: much more than housing

Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute

August 2022

 

Addressing infrastructure inequality: a path to equality for Melbourne’s outer suburbs

The McKell Institute

August 2022

 

Options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage

Legislative Assembly Committee on Community Services (NSW)

August 2022

 

Decarbonising construction: putting carbon in the business case

Infrastructure Partnerships Australia

August 2022

 

The Grattan truck plan: practical policies for cleaner freight

Grattan Institute

August 2022

 

Power pain: an investigation of energy stress in Australia

Brotherhood of St Laurence

August 2022

 

Millions of Australians own Big Super – report 2

Industry Super Australia

August 2022

 

New politics: preventing pork-barrelling

Grattan

August 2022

 

CONSULTATIONS & INQUIRIES

 

Missing and murdered First Nations women and children

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Law enforcement capabilities in relation to child exploitation

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Consultation hub | Offshore renewable energy infrastructure area proposal: Bass Strait off Gippsland

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Submissions currently open

Productivity Inquiry

Productivity Commission

Submissions close 7 October

 

Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (Lifting the Income Limit for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Aged Care Amendment (Implementing Care Reform) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Jobs and Skills Australia Bill 2022 [Provisions] and the Jobs and Skills Australia (National Skills Commissioner Repeal) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Fair Work Amendment (Equal Pay for Equal Work) Bill 2022

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Climate Change Bill 2022 [Provisions] and the Climate Change (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2022 [Provisions]

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Statutory Review of the Consumer Data Right

Treasury of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

ABC and SBS complaints handling

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Senate Select Committee on COVID-19

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Joint Select Committee on Parliamentary Standards

Parliament of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Quality of Advice Review

Treasury of Australia

Submissions currently open

 

Aged Care Employment

Productivity Commission

Submissions currently open

 

Carer’s Leave

Productivity Commission

Submissions currently open

 

 

 
Dementia Care for People with Intellectual Disability

Dementia Care for People with Intellectual Disability

ID Health Education by 3DN provides e-learning for carers, health professionals and disability professionals. Their goal is to improve knowledge, skills and confidence that leads to better health and wellbeing for people with intellectual disability.

The Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN) at the University of NSW has launched a new course ‘Dementia Care for People with Intellectual Disability’ on its e-learning platform.

For course information follow the link: https://idhealtheducation.edu.au/

NSW and ACT Pathways to Post School Life: A session for young people in Years 10-12 and people who support them

NSW and ACT Pathways to Post School Life: A session for young people in Years 10-12 and people who support them

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) would like to invite NSW and ACT students with a disability in Years 10-12, their parents, carers and education professionals, to attend a virtual information session.

This is a session about building skills and paving a pathway to post school life. We will discuss a range of NDIS-funded supports and other assistance to help young people build skills to prepare for their transition, and support them in achieving employment and other goals, post-school.

This session will be delivered via video-conference using Microsoft Teams. Registrations will close three business days before the event. Two business days prior to the event, details to join the session will be sent from [email protected] to the email address you provide at registration, so please ensure your registered email address is accurately captured to receive these details.

For any enquiries regarding this session, please contact [email protected] and include the session name in the subject line.

Where:
Virtual Information Sessions delivered via Microsoft Teams

Date and Times:
Tuesday, 18 October 2022 7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEDT)
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEDT)
Thursday, 20 October 2022 9.00am – 10.00am (AEDT)
Tuesday, 25 October 2022 8.00am – 9.00am (AEDT)
Wednesday, 26 October 2022 7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEDT)
Thursday, 27 October 2022 12.30pm – 1.30pm (AEDT)
Wednesday, 2 November 2022 9.00am – 10.00am (AEDT)
Thursday, 3 November 2022 7.00pm – 8.00pm (AEDT)

Register:
Please register using the link below via Eventbrite;
NSW and ACT Pathways to Post School Life

Download the Flyer:

NSWACT Pathways to Post School Life – Flyer

eHealth NSW offers IT internship

eHealth NSW offers IT internship

Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person OR a person with a disability with an interest in IT?

eHealth NSW are now accepting applications for the 2023 intake of our IT Internship Program.

As part of our commitment to diversity, we have targeted positions open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants or people with a disability.

Please see the attached document for more details.

Auslan Creative Festival coming to Lismore

Auslan Creative Festival coming to Lismore

Arts Northern Rivers is excited to announce that from September 23-25, the Auslan Creative Festival will be held in Lismore and will feature workshops, exhibitions and events engaging both deaf and hearing participants.

The official festival launch event will be held at Elevator ARI on Friday the 23rd at 5pm also opening the exhibition ‘Streetlight: Meet Me There’. Stay for a drink and a special sensory sound experience with DJ Shemozzle.

Free Early Days workshops in Ballina and online – for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

Free Early Days workshops in Ballina and online – for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

The Early Days program is running a series of FREE workshops for parents and family members of young children (0-6 years) who are on the autism spectrum.

Early Days workshops are also suitable for parents who may have concerns about their child but have not received a formal diagnosis. See attached flyer for full details.

There are two being held face to face locally:

  • ·   Understanding Behaviour in Ballina on Tuesday, September 13
  • ·   My Child and Autism face to face in Ballina on Monday, October 17

Early Days workshops are for everyone, including workshops tailored to first nations families and communities, and families and communities from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The workshops are run by professionals who have extensive experience and knowledge in working with young children on the autism spectrum.

 Early Days workshop topics include:

          My child and autism

          My child and autism – Girls

          Understanding behaviour

          Progression to school

          Developing independence skills

          Developing independence skills – toileting

          Play and social learning

          Helping my child cope with change

 

These workshops are also designed to provide opportunities for families to network with others and share their experiences with one another. There an online drop in sessions for parents as well. This will help support families to navigate systems in order to access best-practice early childhood supports.

For more information or contact Jo Ann on phone 0466 422 540, email [email protected] or visit the website www.autismspectrum.org.au  

Early Days Schedule Flyer September 2022

Experiences of Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers

Experiences of Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers

The University of Sydney’s Centre for Rural Health recently published their findings from work carried out after the 2017 floods on the experiences and impacts of flooding for people with disability and carers.

The research team is presenting the findings at an online seminar on 18 August and everyone is welcome to join them online.

‘Exposure to Risk and Experiences of River Flooding for People with Disability and Carers in the Northern Rivers of NSW’ presented by Dr Jodie Bailie, This seminar will be streamed via Zoom Date: Thursday 18 August 2022 Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm AEST

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

The severity and frequency of weather-related disasters are likely to increase because of a warming climate. Catastrophic flooding occurred in the Northern Rivers, NSW in 2017 and again in 2022, exacerbating existing social inequalities. For people with disability and carers the impact can be especially profound.

In this session we explore the exposure to risk, experiences and mental health impacts for people with disability and carers six-months after river flooding in 2017. After the presentation there will be time for discussion

CLICK HERE TO READ THE RESEARCH PAPER

New grant opportunities, coming soon!

New grant opportunities, coming soon!

Support for children with disability or developmental concerns
The National Early Childhood Program for children with disability or developmental concerns (NECP) aims to support young children (aged 0 to 8 years) with newly identified disability or emerging developmental concerns and their parents and carers.

Support and connection for young children with disability or developmental concerns
This grant will aim to increase children’s readiness for educational environments, and provide opportunities for children to socialise with peers and their siblings in a supported environment.

Examples of activities expected under the grant include, but are not limited to:

  • supported playgroups
  • facilitated group stories and imaginative play times
  • facilitated group art and music programs.

Support and connection for parents and carers of young children with disability or developmental concerns
This grant will aim to build parents capacity to support their child’s development through facilitated group information sessions or workshops. This will give families the opportunity to learn from and connect with evidence-based information, family-focused strategies and peers with similar experiences.

Funding of up to $6.9 million over 3 years is available for each of these grants.
It is preferable each grant will fund one provider or consortia to deliver activities across Australia. Applicants may apply for one or both grants.

These open competitive grants will open in early August 2022 for 4 weeks.