About the Event

Following the success of our first virtual conference, NDP is pleased to present another exciting opportunity. Learn, develop and connect with other disability practitioners with just a click of a mouse!

View live and pre-recorded presentations from sector experts on the day, or access presentations for 30 days after the event.

FREE for all NDP members and those staff currently or previously employed with FACS. Non-members can register for just $60 (includes 30-day access).

Session Supporters

Funding acknowledgment

This virtual conference is funded by NDP’s 2018 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) project. CPD is a project of the Industry Development Fund, delivered by National Disability Services on behalf of NSW Department of Family and Community Services: Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Conference Programme (Timezone: AEDT)

8:10 AM
Welcome to Country
Aunty Norma
 
8.20 AM
Welcome from the CEO
Chris Tanti (CEO, NDS)
 
Morning Keynote Sessions
8.30 AM
Part 2 The Science of Sustained High Performance – Mental Health

Experience Part 2 of Kate’s highly successful Sustainable High Performance presentation. Back after popular demand, Kate will look into:

  • The neuroscience of stress and impact on performance;
  • The difference between a threatened and toward state for implementing positive change;
  • The link between positive psychology, productivity and profitability;
  • Techniques to increase positivity and resilience;
  • Tools to develop an accountability culture;
  • And the importance of aligning goals with beliefs and learn the process for changing beliefs when required.
9:30 AM
Weaving Quality and Safeguarding into the Way you do Business

Laura will help you to understand what you need to do to be ready for the new quality and safeguarding regulations and how to go beyond compliance and make quality and safeguarding work for you and your workplace.

Morning Concurrent Sessions
10:30 AM
Outing Disability - An introductory guide for disability services on how to be more LGBTIQ inclusive
Iz Connell

For people with disability who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ), misunderstanding, stigma and discrimination mean that they may experience greater difficulties in accessing their rights. Family Planning NSW has embarked on this project, Outing Disability, to bring to light challenges faced by LGBTIQ people with disability and raise awareness of the diversity of this group.

All staff have an important role in creating a welcoming environment in their service where people with disability feel valued, heard and respected regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. In this presentation, we will discuss suggestions for how you can start making your service more LGBTIQ inclusive.

10:30 AM
Defensible Documentation of Client Choice

Supporting people to live the life they choose is a key role of disability services providers. But, what happens when these choices increase a person’s risk of harm? What is our duty of care and how we can defend it? To start with, we need to be able to document in a way which leaves the reader in no doubt of our competence and professionalism and then, we need to document informed decision-making. This presentation will take you through some key strategies to achieving this and show you an example in action.

11:30 AM
Building your Support Worker Toolkit

This presentation is for disability support workers wanting to develop their skills in supporting individuals with communication difficulties that impact their ability to express their needs, wants and ideas. Sarina will provide key information and outline some “easy-to-use” ideas, strategies and resources that you can add to your work “toolkit” to enhance your interactions with the people you support.

You know the people you support are individuals and will have their own ideas, goals and needs. Allied health professionals like occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists and psychologists can help you navigate what may be unclear when helping people achieve their goals. The information in this presentation is targeted for disability support workers wanting to develop their skills when supporting individuals with communication difficulties that impact on their ability to express their needs, wants and ideas. The presenter will provide key information and outline some “easy to use” ideas, strategies and resources that you can add to your work “toolkit” to enhance your interactions with the people you support.

11:30 AM
The Growing Need for Autism Training in an Inclusive World

In providing funding directly to the participant, the NDIS encourages a great sense of self-determination resulting in increased access to a range of supports.

This has led to increased interest in autism knowledge and training to help enhance practice and improve outcomes for the individual, organisation and community. However, the variety of service providers requesting training has required training content to be specific to the needs of those not accustomed to working with individuals on the spectrum.

The 'usual suspects' have included the safe spaces such as libraries, community houses, and internet drop-in centres. These are venues where one can be seen to be social without necessarily having any social contact at all, where the sensory environment is conducive to feeling calm and the sameness of each day erodes the fears of what's coming next.

The growing awareness of ASD within the criminal justice system has opened opportunities to deliver training to the Cisp and Arc Courts within the Melbourne Magistrates' Court and Registered Training Organisations, in providing Transition to Work/Education Certificate 1 courses, have enhanced their teaching practices through their participation in autism training.

However with the inception if the NDIS, it has become clear how inclusive our society can become and how keen community agencies and organisations are in adjusting/ adapting their service models and in building skills that embrace the needs of a wider community.

In providing funding directly to the participant, the NDIS encourages a great sense of self determination resulting in an increase in access to a range of agencies, therapists and medical practitioners, businesses and community & sporting organisations.

The interest in increasing autism knowledge, enhancing practice and improving outcomes for the individual, the organisation and the community has naturally led to an increase in demand for autism training. The variety of service providers requesting training has required training content be specific to the needs of those, often not accustomed to working with individuals on the spectrum.

Therefore training is no longer ‘one size fits all’. It is definitive and unique for each audience, inspiring the curiosity to learn more and strengthening the commitment to always ‘think outside the square’!

12:30 PM
Support Coordination: Practical strategies to deliver quality outcomes for participants

Using the Support Coordination Academy Pathway as the road map for this session, you will learn practical ways to:

  • Understand Community and Mainstream Supports
  • Connect with participants
  • Turn the NDIS plan into an Action plan
  • Link a participant with supports
  • Coach, refine and prepare for review

This session is helpful for support coordinators, however it’s also relevant for service providers who want to increase their knowledge on the technical aspects of the NDIA and the support coordination role.

The support coordinator will also assist the participant to look at how the funded supports on the plan can best be implemented, offering choice of service providers. Any points of crisis, the support coordinator would assist the person to identify how these can be resolved and assist to develop stability in the person’s life by helping to set up consistent services around the person, so goals can be achieved.

Using the Support Coordination Academy Pathway as the road map for this session you will learn practical ways to:

  • Understand Community and Mainstream Supports
  • Connect with participants
  • Turn the NDIS plan into an Action plan
  • Link a participant with supports
  • Coach, refine and prepare for review

This session will be helpful for support coordinators however the information is also relevant for service providers who are wanting to increase their knowledge on the technical aspects of the NDIA and the support coordination role.

12:30 PM
Transforming an Organisation Overnight - The Benevolent Society Experience

In 2017, The Benevolent Society undertook the transfer of 700 staff from FACS into its employ, doubling the size of the organisation overnight.

This presentation will outline the change management process undertaken and discuss the significant challenges and opportunities this transition has brought about both for the transferring staff and for the organisation as a whole. It will discuss learnings about the practical aspects of such a large undertaking, as well as the ongoing process of promoting a cohesive culture during a period of significant organisational and social change.

This presentation will outline the change management process undertaken and discuss the significant challenges and opportunities that this transition has brought about both for the transferring staff and for the organization as a whole. We will share our learnings about the practical aspects of such a large undertaking, as well as the ongoing process of promoting a cohesive culture during a period of significant organisational and social change.

Afternoon Keynote Session
1:30 PM
NDIA Update

Join Mary Hawkins, the Director of Engagement in NSW for the NDIA for an update of all things NDIS! Back by popular demand, Mary will present the latest news direct from the agency.

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
2:30 PM
Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Toolkit

Community-based service organisations play an important role in enabling a person-centred approach in preparing their clients with functional needs for an emergency situation.

This presentation will introduce the Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) process tool and framework, and include case-based examples. It will also discuss how the PCEP toolkit can be embedded into client conversations and routine practice.

Participants are invited to download the PCEP user guide at www.collaborating4inclusion.org/prepare-nsw/

2:30 PM
Values Driven Quality

Adrian and John will be talking about the opportunities for staff and frontline workers to drive quality service delivery in the context of the new NDIS Quality and Safeguards framework.

Evening Keynote Session
3:30 PM
Building and Valuing a Diverse Workforce

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds with disability present a sizeable share of the NDIS ‘market’- about 25%. Building and valuing a diverse workforce enables you to harness the benefits of that diverse market. After briefly presenting the evidence of those benefits for organisations (including the bottom line), this presentation will focus on several practical strategies to build and value a diverse workforce.

Evening Concurrent Sessions
4:30 PM
Just Checking: It’s time to have a chat about cancer prevention
Amanda Niciak

Cervical, breast and bowel screening is important for all people, but we know that people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders are not screened as often as they should be. To address this gap, Family Planning NSW has just launched a Just Checking website that discusses cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening for adults in this group. This presentation will talk to you about how you can use the resources to support people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders to access cancer screening.

4:30 PM
Transport Under the NDIS
Nick Kotsonis


Robert Bell

The team at StreetFleet will take you through four key pillars to a good fleet management program for your organisation: safety, flexibility, cost reduction and innovation. Vehicles are an important, and often expensive, part of every organisation; whether that is through company provided 'tool of trade' vehicles, delivery vehicles or simply how employees travel. Driver safety, chain of responsibility, FBT, vehicle financing, grey fleet, accidents and asset sharing are just some of the aspects that fleet managers need to deal with on a regular basis.

Celebrating its 20th year in 2018, StreetFleet is an Australian owned and operated vehicle leasing and management company which has grown from specialising in the covernment and not for profit sectors to assisting businesses of all types and sizes with their vehicle management right accross Australia.

5:30 PM
Successfully Managing Change

The presentation is aimed at senior leaders including business service leaders and will focus on providing evidence-based strategies to manage your personal emotional response to change, and building resilience while managing change for others.

5:30 PM
Disability Enterprises are the New Black

Daniel will be sharing an overview of BuyAbility, a project developed to grow supported employment for people with disability, and will look into why it’s important for people with disability to have supported employment opportunities. Daniel explains the BuyAbility Procurement project and how it is committed to manage socially responsible procurement opportunities for Disability Enterprises. He will also discuss how the project offers government and private business buyers channels to do business with Disability Enterprises nationally.

Daniel explains the BuyAbility Procurement project and how it is committed to manage socially responsible procurement opportunities for Disability Enterprises he also looks into how the project practically offers government and private business buyers channels to do business with Disability Enterprises nationally. Want to promote Disability Enterprises and help people with disability? Daniel will take you through some practical tips and stats to help you to be an advocate!

6:30 PM
Our Impact Obligation

Superannuation funds are growing in influence. Do they have obligation for them to create a better world, and how should this be done? Are returns the only thing that matters? This presentation will focus on the ethical considerations superannuation fund companies have while maintain business profitability.

6:30 PM
NDP Team Thank you and Virtual Conference Tips
Isabelle Vertucci


Cecile Sy

Thank you for joining us for another NDP virtual conference! Watch this short session to learn how to make the most of the vfairs platform and how to access the 30-day on-demand period. Don’t forget to use the virtual conference to complete your 2018 Continuing Professional Development program!

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
The Virtual Conference takes places on October 17th, 2018
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