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Latest News 17 July 2017

MOIRA Respite & Recreation Expo 2017

Come to a free event for families and carers living in Melbourne's south.
You'll learn about recreation and respite opportunities for people living with a disability, with a large variety of stalls, shopping and speakers.

Read flyer for more details. 

When: Thursday 3 August 2017, 10.00am- 2.00pm
Where: Kingston City Hall, Moorabbin
Please register: You are also invited to a free social lunch on the day to relax, unwind and meet other carers (12.00pm - 1.15pm). Please call Dina at Alfred Health Carer Services on 8781 3400 to book as places are limited.

FREE NDIS information sessions for carers living in the Southern region

Alfred Health Carer Services is aware carers are seeking information about how the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will affect them. As a result, they have organised for Carers Victoria to provide four separate information sessions in Melbourne's south, designed to answer your questions.

Sessions commence from 16 August and will be held in Moorabbin, Lynbrook, Mornington and Chelsea.
See flyer for details

Looking for a new activity?

Are you stuck in a rut?  Need some new skills?  Neighbourhood houses throughout Melbourne offer a wide range of vocational and recreational workshops and courses.  Check out what is on at Doveton.  If you live elsewhere, contact your local Council for advice on a Neighbourhood house near you. 
Read flyer.

Go and buy a winter woolly

Did you know there is a new Op Shop just opened at 402 Nepean Highway Chelsea? Yooralla’s Executive Director, Community Service, Elaine Krassas said that the shop will provide opportunities for people with a disability to develop retail and customer service skills. “This is a fantastic project that actively supports individuals to develop their capacity in all areas of life and provide opportunities to help them to move into open employment. Not to mention a great chance to discover a bargain,” Ms Krassas said.

For more information about how to volunteer or  make a donation, contact Andrew Nankivell on 0472 835 792 or or Manager Volunteer Engagement, Melanie Cass, on  (03) 88510809 or

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A new arts program - Factory Rehearsal Centre, Cranbourne

Scope and City of Casey have partnered to coordinate the Arts for Life program. The Arts for Life is a community based arts program that allows participants of all abilities to develop their skills through expression and creative practices while building their capacity to engage and contribute to the wider community.

There is a Come and Try day on Friday 28 July 10.30am - 2.00pm.  Make sure you come along!

Read more.

Come to a carer hub

Carer hubs are run during school terms and are open to all carers supporting someone with mental illness, autism or intellectual disability, living in Casey, Cardinia or Dandenong council areas.
Hubs are free, with lunch provided and provide an opportunity for carers to meet other carers similar to themselves, access support, information and advice and participate in a range of activities including skill building workshops, wellbeing sessions and informal relaxation sessions.
Please RSVP for catering purposes, using the link attached on the flyer or at
For more information or enquiries please email or phone 03 9239 2500. 

Read more Carer Hub Hampton Park

Read more Carer Hub Pakenham

Kids Chat 2 You - workshop in Glen Waverley

Children can have difficulty with talking, getting their message across and understanding spoken language. They can find it hard to adapt to new experiences and changes in their routine, resulting in frustration. 
Kids Chat is a service of Scope which provides non-electronic communication aids such as communication books, picture based timetables and social stories. 

Kids Chat 2 You is a statewide initiative which will provide free workshops and information consultations with a speech pathologist in your local area to prepare you for your next NDIS plan. You will also receive a free communication aid and find out about relevant services and resources to support children with complex communication needs.

Click here for more information. Places are limited so don’t delay - book your place now! 

Sporty All Stars for people 15-25

Sporty All Stars is a weekly program for people 15 - 25 years with an intellectual disability, combining a range of fun indoor sports all in one safe and central location.  The program runs every Saturday through the school term at Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre and only costs $9 per person with no booking necessary.

For more information contact the friendly staff from the Modified Sports Team on 9926 1541 or email
Read the flyer. 

3 July 2017

Casting Call: Young People With Disability

YDAS is looking for young people with disability to feature in a video series about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). If you’re between 12 – 25 have a disability and you live, work or study in Victoria and would like to feature in a video series that discusses young people and the NDIS then contact YDAS.

The purpose of the video series is to help young people with disability learn about and make the most of the NDIS.  It will be professionally produced and feature young people talking about what they know about the NDIS.
You don’t need to be an expert to be a part of the project, but a basic understanding of the NDIS would be helpful.

YDAS would love to feature a diverse range of young people who have varying levels of experience with the NDIS. Some of the people featured in the videos will already be NDIS participants, while others will have limited experience with the NDIS.

All young people featured in the video series will be given a $50 gift voucher for their time (1.5 to 2.5 hours). 
Filming will take place at 12 noon on Saturday 8 July at the YDAS office – Level 3, 180 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD.

There will be a support worker available. Assistance with transport and Auslan interpreters can be provided. Young people with intellectual disability are encouraged to participate in the video series. You do not need to have any acting experience to be featured in the videos.

If you’d like to be a part of the video series, please contact Leah at or phone on (03) 9267 3709.

Outings for carers in City of Casey

Are you aged under 65 years of age, live in the City of Casey and care for a son or daughter with a disability?

Social Support's Outing Program is an opportunity for carers to meet with other carers once a month in a relaxed and supportive environment.  You can have input into deciding the outings as they will be based on your interests and ideas.  The program aims to support carers to meet other like-minded carers.  It also aims to provide an opportunity to engage in recreational activities that you may not ordinarily have the chance to do on your own, and give yourself a much deserved break from your caring role.

Outings occur on the third Tuesday of each month and the cost is $ 7.50.  
More information: City of Casey Social Support Team on 9792 7380.

The National Disability Awards are now open

The National Disability Awards recognise outstanding achievments that have improved the lives of people with disability.  Head to to make a nomination.  Closes Sunday 6 August 2017.

Disability sector will benefit from scholarships

The Australian Institute of Company Directors is partnering with the federal government to offer 10 “board-ready” women full fee places to complete their Company Directors Course. The Disability Sector Diversity Scholarships are aimed at supporting emerging and experienced female directors and senior executives to gain valuable governance skills and education, enabling them to be leaders in their organisations. Scholarship recipients will also receive a 12 month complimentary AICD membership.

The scholarships are open to women in all Australian states and territories who work in a non-commercial organisation in the disability sector. Applicants must be working in decision-making roles in service to the public in the disability sector.

Applications close at 5pm Monday 17 July 2017. For more information see the AICD’s Board Diversity page. 

First anniversary for NDIS

On the eve of the first anniversary of the Australia-wide rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme participants, providers and advocates say despite the teething problems, the NDIS is having a “life changing impact” on people with disabilities. 

After three years of trials, the national NDIS rollout began on 1 July 2016 and promised to overhaul a severely fraught and under-resourced disability sector, putting people with disability at its centre.
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Disability Services Consulting website 

The Disability Services Consulting website has great resources to keep you up to date with the NDIS. It is mainly concerned with preparing organisations for the changes ahead. The website is user friendly and easy to navigate.
Highlight: The Victorian Government has released an EOI to identify providers it could transfer DHHS run services to.
See the latest newsletter here.

Special Olympics Gymnastics

Special Olympics Gymnastics provides people with intellectual disabilities with the opportunity to develop their physical fitness, strength, balance, flexibility, coordination and confidence.  Participants begin their gymnastics pathway by developing key life skills, including: movement, communication and social interaction.  The pathway continues for those aiming to be more active or aspiring to compete against their peers on a national or world stage.  
Venue: Mordialloc Community Centre
Times: Thursdays 3 to 6 years, 9.00am - 10.00am I 5 to 8 years, 3.15pm - 4.15pm
Enquire now for Term 3, 17 July to 22 September 2017.  Call Rebecca or Kaye at Mordialloc Community Centre for more information on 9580 3675 or email  

Stepping out - activities for 21 - 35 year olds

Joint Councils Access for All Abilities is inviting you to come to Port Melbourne Neighbourhood Centre Carnival with other 21 - 35 year olds. Stepping Out is a monthly event hosting a variety of enjoyable activities. Events are coming up 29 July, 26 August, 16 September.

Age group: 21-35 year olds
Drop off / St Kilda Library:
Pick up: 150 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: $10 admin fee for each activity via eventbrite and any extra entrance fees etc. are payable on the day.
Bring: Water bottle, lunch, concession, companion and MYKI card.

Bookings are required in advance.
Please contact Lyndall Julian at JCAAA on 9209 6706 or email


26 June 2017

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Art Therapy

MOIRA is hosting Art Therapy workshops on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Run by a qualified Art Therapist, this group provides parents with the opportunity for mutual support within a therapeutic structure.

Not an artist? Don't worry! The benefits lie in the process, not the art itself! New members are welcome.

Stepping out: for ages 21-35

Joint Councils Access for All Abilities is inviting you to come to a Lunch Outing with other 21 - 35 year olds. Stepping Out is a monthly event hosting a variety of enjoyable activities.


Karingal Junior Weekend Activities

Karingal provides weekend activities for children with disabilities who are aged between 7 and 11 and 12 and 17 years and reside in the Southern region.

Activies coming up for 7 - 11 year olds:

Andy's Discobility Daytime Disco

Come along to the daytime disco program!

Click through on the heading for discos in the southern region.


Preparing for the NDIS Info sessions

This information session is designed to assist people with disabilities, families and carers to get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which will commence in the Bayside Peninsula area on 1 April 2018. 

Women with Disabilities e-newsletter

Women with Disability Victoria is all about empowering women. Their mission is to lead the way for Victorian women with disabilities and improve women’s choices by being a voice for women with disabilities, building partnerships, providing information and educating the community.


Professional learning films about dyslexia

Outside the Square is a series of documentary films to increase knowledge and understanding of dyslexia in our education system.

The films feature LDA's Distinguished Professor Anne Castles, Dr Lorraine Hammond and Dr Bartek Rajkowski. Click on the links below to view each film.

Changes to the NDIS in plain language

The CEO of the NDIA sent a letter to all NDIS Participants on Tuesday 6 June. It was sent to participants through the online portal, and it was also put up on the NDIS website.


SIMPLIFI app for people with a disability

SIMPLIFI is a new accessible app that can help people with disability find the planning support they need as they begin to plan to access the NDIS.

SIMPLIFI contains prompter questions for people with disability and their carers, which can be used in support meetings, discussions and planning sessions.

DARU update

The Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) is a statewide service established to resource the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.


19 June 2017

SASI Training

Statewide Autistic Services (SASI) has been providing supports to people with autism (and their supports) since 1966.

Blairlogie's Teenager July School Holiday Program

Blariglogie Living and Learning Inc. are offering a July Holiday Program for young people aged 12 - 18 who are living at home with a parent/carer.

Activities include: Werribee Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, ACMI, Movies and much more.

Dates: 3 - 7 and 10 - 14 July 2017.


Auslan Interpreted show for kids: The Adventures of Broer and Zus

City of Stonnington and creative partner Deaf Children Australia present the award winning, <span "="">The Adventures of Broer and Zus, a circus, comedy, puppetry theatre adventure.

Stonnington Carers Forum - 13 July

Carers, family members and friends are invited to this year’s City of Stonnington Carers Forum. This year's theme is "It's ok to care for yourself when you're caring for somebody else".


AMIDA offers free support for NDIS complaints

AMIDA (Action for More Independence & Dignity in Accommodation) now offers free support to anyone who would like to challenge a decision made by the NDIS. This could include someone who has been denied access to the NDIS, or any NDIS participant who is unhappy with their plan.

See the attached postcard about NDIS Appeals service.

Irabina Autism Services: Pakenham School Holiday Program for July

Irabina Autism Services is hosting a number of School Holiday workshops based in Pakenham in the July 2017 holidays.


Disability Services Commissioner Newsletter

The Disability Services Commissioner helps people resolve complaints with disability services in Victoria.
The E-newsletter covers a range of topics helping people with a disability feel empowered and able to voice opinions and make complaints.

YDAS Map Your Future program for 15 - 18 year olds

Are you 15 – 18 years old with a disability? Do you live in Victoria? Would you like to practice speaking up for what YOU want?

If so, you should think about joining Map Your Future! Map Your Future is a trial program from the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS). YDAS is a state wide advocacy service for young people with disability in Victoria.


Registrations for Big Break - closes Thursday

Big Break is back this year. Big Break provides a unique opportunity for people with a disability to participate in arts-based skill development workshops. It is run as a ‘Come and Try’ format.

Registrations are now open. Please find attached the information and registration pack (available in word and PDF).

Southern High Medical Needs Program has availability

Overnight camps and school holiday programs are open to children from 8 to 18 years old in the southern region. The program is designed to support children with complex support requirements, including epilepsy, PEG, diabetes and high physical and behaviour support. We have a committed team of staff with specialised training to ensure your kids have a safe and fun recreation experience.


News 13 June 2017

Leisure Options newsletter

Leisure Options is an award winning business providing supported holidays and travel for people with a disability for over 20 years.  With a vibrant and engaging spread, read the newsletter to keep up to date with upcoming holidays, recreational options and other holiday news.

Hot springs event for carers

Taking care of others means taking care of yourself. Relax, unwind and rejuvenate with other carers at the Peninsula Hot Springs.


Have your say about NDIS Code of Conduct

There's still time to have your say on the NDIS Code of Conduct.

The Commonwealth is developing a national Code of Conduct to promote safe and ethical service delivery for the full scheme NDIS.

The development of a Code of Conduct is an important part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework which was released in February 2017.

Bandmates program - helping people enjoy live music!

Bandmates is a program that matches volunteers with people over 18 with a disability or mental health issues, to go out to live music.

Often people with disability and/or mental health issues are unable to attend live music unless they are with parents or support workers. This project creates the opportunity for social access and increased wellbeing. 


MOIRA July School Holiday Program

MOIRA’s popular school holiday activities give children living with a disability the opportunity to share in fun experiences they may not be able to enjoy at home, in an environment where they are provided with appropriate support. The program also gives parents and carers the chance to spend time with children in a relaxed environment. 

PD: Person Centred Training for professionals

P.A.T.H - Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope is a powerful person centered planning and goal setting tool, a process, a journey.  This two day workshop is aimed at professionals who provide support for people with a disability.


Karingal Junior July School Holiday Activities

Karingal provides school holiday activities for children with disabilities who are aged between 7 and 17 years and reside in the Southern region.

When: Activities run on the 10 - 14 July between 9am (drop-off) and 4pm (pick-up).

Activities: Include Movies and lunch, Bowling, Lego land, Adventure golf, and much more.

Karingal Junior Weekend Activities

Karingal provides weekend activities for children with disabilities who are aged between 7 and 11 and 12 and 17 years and reside in the Southern region. 


Non Electronic Communication Aid Scheme Roadshow

Anyone interested in finding out more about non electronic communication aids (e.g. communication boards) is invited to attend a brief presentation, including information on how to get communication aids for NDIS participants.

There are two sessions available.

When: Friday 23 June

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2017

Save the date - Friday 15 September for the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: Getting into gear for the NDIS journey.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability.