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August 2016

Assistive Technology

On Thusday 21st July Support by Design hosted an Assistive Technology session for consumers.  Information sharing about the fundamentals of Assistve Technology and was provided by Brisbane base Organisation Life Tec.  Life Tech are all about enabling people of all abilities to actively engage in home, work, school and community life.  Support staff attended with their clients and came away armed with ideas and inspired.


Check Out my New Wheels

Everyone gets excited at the prospect of new wheels, shiny duco, comfort, speed and more.  My new wheels mean a lot to me.  They are more comfortable than the old ones.  They are faster, lighter and more manouverable.  They even have a tray table that I can sort through my treasures on.  This week I got a surprise, my new wheelchair arrived.  Has made such a difference to my life. Paul.

Currimundi Expo

Emma and Rebecca had a wonderful evening catching up with families and young people in the local community.  Great discussions were had about what students are looking forward to when they finish school, their freams and aspirations. Check out the wonderful caricatures drawn by Adam on behalf of Support By Design, Smiles all around!!




Walk In Noosa National Park

On a beautiful winters day Drew and I went on a walk through Noosa National Park with cameras. We took photos of our journey. We saw lots of surfers, tourist's and a koala Bear. We went past Teatree and Granite bay on our way to Hells Gates. We enjoyed the views of the magnificent crystal clear water. I also enjoyed saying 'Gday' to people who were walking the track. We heard lots of nationalities from all around our globe. On the way back it was hot and tiring but we had an awesome time.

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Services Union NDIS Information Sharing

Hosted at the Rockhampton Support by Design office Jennifer Thomson, 2IC and Chris McJannett, from the Services Union, spoke to a group of 25 people including Disability and Mental Health service providers and front line staff.  The ASU have committed to pursuing workers rights and lobbying the Government to:

  • increase the NDIS funding to include penalty allowances

  • Quality assurance checks and implementation of minimum qualifications

  • Have ensured the Pay Equity Rates are locked in until 2020, this does not include the Award rate

The ASU acknowledge the learnings from the roll out thus far show that:

  • 2% of unit cost will attribute to training, team meetings and handovers which is minimal when looking at the requirements for daily running of the services, HSQF and licensing needs.

  • There are 4 big players emerging including Woolworths and Virgin Care

  • Operational costs are at 8% when evidence shows so far that average organisational costs are between 12 and 15% and up to 19% in the mental health sector

  • Smaller organisations have chosen to fold as the NDIS business is not profitable for them

  • Organisations with other business can leverage from other programs and org costs, as well as cross subsidise NDIS across programs

Through general discussion and ideas thrown around the room, to increase success in the NDIS world:

  • Develop more efficient operating costs

  • Create more efficient rosters ie staff working across programs of applicable

  • Structuring team meetings and handovers more efficiently

  • Keeping the team connected ie using technology for communication

  • Build relationships with local TAFE and Universities for future recruitment and having a say about training requirements

  • Concerns were raised around the room as to wages, working conditions and training standards for staff moving into the NDIS. There were no clear answers but to start working on building your business more efficiently.


Contributed by Damian Sorensen

Q: What did the mat say to the floor?

A: Hands up in the air I got you covered!

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