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AASW (WA) NDIS Symposium

Event Details
Date: 25 July 2018
Time: 9.00am to 5:00pm
Venue: City West Lotteries House, WA
State: WA
CPD hrs: AASW members can claim 7 CPD hours under category 2
Members: $95
Standard: $135
Student/Retired Member: $55
Webinar Access
Members: $30
Standard: $50
No Refunds after the 28 May 2018
Organiser: AASW WA
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WA Branch Symposium

Going forward with the NDIS

WEBINAR ACCESS*: If you are attending the WA Branch Symposium via Webinar please register here: Webinar Sign-up Page.*Note: Unfortunately due to the nature of the break out research focus groups we are unable to broadcast this section of the symposium via webinar.

This one-day Symposium is an opportunity for social workers and health professionals to find out more about the NDIS.

The morning session will include keynote presentations from researchers, service providers, and advocates and a service user. This will be followed by a panel (presenters) to answer questions.

The afternoon session will include a research focus group for the Branch to gather an understanding of the knowledge and support required for social workers regarding the NDIS in Western Australia. Followed by Workforce planning information, career opportunities and how to become registered.

Registration will also include Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.

  • Key Note Presentations & Panel Discussion
  • Research Focus Group
  • Workforce Planning Information

Key Note Presentations (not in specific order and more to be added)

  1. "NDIS experiences from the ground up". Samantha Jenkinson, Executive Director, People with Disabilities WA.

Samantha has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a Social Worker. Through this time she has worked and advocated in many disability related areas including employment services, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO. Highlights of Samantha’s work have been her time with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, her involvement in development of self-directed funding and direct payments in Victoria; involvement in development of the WA State disability plan 'Count Me In'; developing policy on self-directed services in the community sector in WA; being involved as an 'expert' in the NDIS development, and subsequently on co-design groups with the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council. She continues to advocate and speak out on community inclusion for people with disabilities to government and service systems in her current role.

Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and Boards of governance, including being a past chair of Women with Disabilities Australia, the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia, as well as a previous member of the National Disability and Carer Council. Samantha spent 6 years as a Local Government Councillor at the City of Stirling where she increased awareness of disability access and inclusion, and drove change in the city related to policy on tree canopy coverage and the development of an Urban Forest Strategy. Currently she is Executive Director of People with Disabilities WA and is focused on ensuring the voice of people with disabilities is heard in decision making.

2."The NDIS in context: international developments in personalised support", Professor Kathy Boxall, Social Work and Disability Studies, Edith Cowan University.

This presentation will explore policies of personalised support or cash-for-care which have developed across the Western world. It will draw on international research in this area as well as my experience in the UK, prior to coming to Australia in 2014. In addition to discussing the promotion of cash-for-care schemes and individual stories, the presentation will explore some of the wider implications of personalisation policies: for professional staff including social workers; for workers providing direct care and support; and for those people with disabilities who do not qualify for support.

3."The NDIS five years on: a national perspective", Dr Sue Gillieatt, Senior Lecturer, Curtin University.

Using recent NDIS literature from across Australia and our own evaluation of a peer-led community engagement project for people with psychosocial disability, this presentation provides some commentary on progress at the five-year mark. What we understand about the current successes and challenges of implementing the NDIS will be outlined with particular reference to the challenges for people with psychosocial disability. It will briefly outline key learning from a Curtin evaluation project funded by the DSC as it was known which focussed on peers (service users and families who have had their own experience of mental health issues) targeting and customising information about the NDIS for people with a psychosocial disability.

4. "A Provider Perspective of the NDIS through 5 C's: Choice, Control, Culture, Collaboration and Confidence", Justin O'Meara Smith, Chief Executive Officer, interchange.

5. "The Opportunities and Challenges of People from a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Background with Disability in Accessing Services through the NDIS", Nihal Iscel, Team Leader, Consumer & Stakeholder and Engagement, Multicultural Services Centre WA.

Nihal Iscel has many years of experience working in the multicultural and disability sectors in various roles providing:
- Support to build the capacity of people from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) background with disability , their families and carers to know their disability / human rights to access supports and services to meaningfully participate in the community life;
- Individual and systemic advocacy for people from a CaLD background with disability , their families and carers;
- Family mediation for separated parents and grandparents from CaLD backgrounds to get the best outcome for their children;
- Settlement support for up to five years for the newly arrived refugees and humanitarian entrants.

Nihal currently works at the Multicultural Services Centre of WA (MSCWA) Inc as the Team leader, Consumer and Stakeholder Engagement. MSCWA is a NDIS registered Multicultural disability service provider in WA and supports people from refugee, humanitarian entrant and migrant backgrounds with disability through NDIS to build their capacity and support their successful inclusion and meaningful participation in the economic, social and all aspects of community life.

5. Focus Group

The research focus group will provide an opportunity for the Branch to better understand the needs of members in relation to NDIS; professional development, policy, advocacy and practice issues. This information will feed into the Branch's planning and activities.

It is anticipated that the feedback and information from the focus groups will inform a research paper by Professor Kathy Boxall (ethics approvals are being sought from ECU and the AASW).

6. Workforce Planning

National Disability Insurance Scheme(NDIS)- Career Opportunities for Social Workers in WA.

This session will provide an overview on the workforce required for the NDIS and anticipated growth of the Disability Sector, there will be an opportunity to discuss employment opportunities for social workers and how to become a registered provider.

Suzanne Velarde Project Manager Sector Development, Sharon McFarlane Sector Development Manager, Tim Cross Procurement Manager, Kate Rowe Senior Contract Management Officer, Disability Services, Department of Communities. Eddie Drury- Therapy Focus Behaviour Support Clinician.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers