Podcast of The NDIS – One Year On: Spotlight NDIS

17, July, 2017

17 July 2017

To mark the first anniversary of the national roll-out of the NDIS, Pro Bono Australia’s Wendy Williams looks back at the highs and lows of the last 12 months, and whether the scheme is on track to deliver on it’s promise in a podcast entitled The NDIS – One Year On.

The episode, produced by Wendy Williams and Rachel McFadden, features:

  • Maryanne Diamond, the General Manager of Community Linkages and Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
  • Minister for Social Services Christian Porter
  • El Gibbs,writer and disability advocate
  • Natasha Hudson, founder of Coforte Consulting, assisting organisations affected by the NDIS
  • Fran Connelley, founder of FC Marketing and The NFP Accelerator Toolkit and author of How to Thrive Under the NDIS
  • Ken Baker, the Chief Executive at National Disability Services.


List to the podcast The NDIS – One Year On.

*Information sourced from Pro Bono Australia.

NDIS Price Guide 2017 – 18 Released: Spotlight NDIS

17, July, 2017

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The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released the prices for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funded supports for the 2017-18 financial year.

As has been the case in previous years, service values in participant plans will be adjusted automatically in the system to match the new prices.

This adjustment will be made in the coming weeks. The indexation of participant plans will be backdated to 1 July 2017.

Key changes to maximum prices include:

  • 4.5% increase for daily activity and community participation supports
  • 1.9% increase for capacity building supports
  • 2.1% increase for capital-related supports
  • No change for therapy services.


For further details, see the NDIS website news or access the 2017-2018 Price Guide for NDIS service providers in the Pricing and Payments section.

Invitation to Attend West Moreton MH and AOD Dual Diagnosis Working Group: Spotlight Call to Action

15, July, 2017

15 June 2017

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Drug ARM would like to invite community organisations and businesses to a meeting of the West Moreton Mental Health (MH) and Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Dual Diagnosis Working Group.

Dual Diagnosis is used to describe someone with two or more disorders or problems, one of which is a mental health problem and one of which relates to the use of alcohol and/or other drugs. WMO have started working on a coordinated response for assisting individuals affected specifically by Dual Diagnosis related issues.  It can often be a difficult task to assist individuals facing this issue and it has also been found that in some instances, in-home community services are refused due to the associated risks.

Please join our Working Group, which creates a forum for regional specific findings to be discussed, solutions found and actions taken as a collective.

For contact details, and meeting dates, location and times, please see the invitation (opens in Word).

*Posted on behalf of Drug ARM.


Emergency Medicine Foundation Marks 10th anniversary with One-Day Research Symposium: Spotlight Training & Events

12, July, 2017

12 June 2017

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The Emergency Medicine Foundation is marking its 10th anniversary with a one-day Research Symposium and a pre-symposium Acute Care Research and Translation Workshop on 24th and 25th August.

Research Symposium: 25 August

The EMF Research Symposium is a strategic platform for healthcare professionals, researchers and academics to actively shape the future of emergency medicine research in Australia.

The Symposium will open with leaders in emergency medicine research reflecting on the impact that 10-years of EMF-funding have had on emergency medicine research and discuss the direction that research needs to take. Following this session, Symposium streams will include emergency medicine service delivery as well as core areas of pre-hospital and acute care.

Acute Care Research and Translation Workshop: 24 August

Clinical adoption and research translation are enhanced when there is early and sustained engagement with emergency medicine professionals and this event will also showcase positive examples of this in action. This workshop will provide participants with key lessons for research design, conducting collaborative and multi-site research, and research translation including the development of new clinical guidelines and clinical roll-outs. This workshop is being run by EMF in collaboration with PREDICT.


For further details, see the symposium website or download the program (opens as PDF), and register to secure your place.

LGBTI Alliance Consultation – Mental Health Consumer and Carer Engagement in Australia: Spotlight Call to Action

11, July, 2017

11 June 2017

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  • Do you have a lived experience of mental health issues and/or suicidality? (It might be you and/or a family member or friend.)
  • Would you like to help inform future mental health policy, practice, and research priorities?
  • Would you like to ensure that the voices of LGBTIQA+ people are represented in this important consultation from the National Mental Health Commission?


About this consultation: The National Mental Health Commission (the Commission) is developing an overview of mental health consumer and carer engagement and participation in Australia. They seek to better understand what is important to people with lived experience of mental health issues, their families, friends and supporters in regards to engagement and participation.

See full details about this consultation. 

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is developing a submission for this consultation and we invite you to contribute your voices and wisdom. Please take a moment to complete the brief Alliance survey below. The survey may take about 20 minutes to complete and all responses are confidential and anonymous.

Complete the Alliance Survey Now

*Information sourced from the National LGBTI Health Alliance.

NAIDOC Week 2017 – Our Languages Matter: Spotlight Information and Resources

11, July, 2017

11 June 2017

This year to celebrate NAIDOC week 2017 – Our Languages Matter the staff at Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) researched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Queensland – those still being used and those that have been lost. This was done to get a better understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as this nation’s first people.

QCOSS have shared their research by saying hello, good day and welcome in the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages of Queensland in a recording.

QCOSS acknowledges that they have not been able to cover them all and may not have perfect pronunciation but please take this in the manner in which it is offered as an exploration and a way to get closer to understanding the first languages of Queensland.

For further information, visit the QCOSS website.


PTS17 Forum: Transition and Recovery: Spotlight Training & Events

11, July, 2017

11 June 2017


On the 8th & 9th September, the PTS17 Forum will bring together many people from both here in Australia and overseas who are involved in researching, diagnosing and treating all aspects of Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). It follows on from a promise from Stand Tall 4 PTS Founder, Tony Dell, to continue to “Seek more solutions together.”

This is the second International Forum for PTS, designed to bring together people and organizations to share knowledge and advancements in treatment for this illness. With patron partner, the Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) (Queensland Branch), Stand Tall 4 PTS is concentrating on Recovery and Transition with special presenters from the UK, USA and Canada giving an insight to what happens in their countries. There will also be sessions on advances in diagnosis and treatment.

For further details, visit the PTS17 Forum website.


Calling All Board Directors, Executive Managers and Company Secretaries Preparing for the NDIS! Spotlight Bulletin

11, July, 2017

Governance InstituteAre you a Board, Executive Manager and Company Secretary in the health care sector?

Do you fully understand the impact of NDIS changes on your governance and risk management practices?

How can you ensure that your organisation, board and executives are compliant with the amended legal and regulatory obligations?


There are so many complex questions to address. But we’re here to help you.

Providers need to rethink their business models to survive in this new market-driven environment. And they must now adapt their organisational governance and risk management, principles and practices to meet the NDIS demands.

The Queensland Alliance for Mental Health and Governance Institute of Australia have developed two new NDIS-specific governance and risk management training courses to assist providers in meeting the challenge of governing and managing risk in the new environment.

  1. NDIS Governance Essentials
  2. NDIS Risk Management Essentials.


Learning outcomes

Complete these courses to:

  • appreciate why governance is important, particularly within the NDIS context
  • comprehend the roles of governing bodies (boards) and the company secretary’s role
  • understand risk management in an organisational context, particularly for NDIS service providers and the risks associated with funding changes, systemic reforms and evolving changes to these models combined with the uncertainty that these changes bring
  • recognise the benefits of effective governance and risk management in terms of business opportunity and strategy.


Each course is delivered face-to-face in our training rooms or as in-house training at your offices.

These courses are proudly presented in conjunction with Queensland Alliance for Mental Health.

Register your interest

If your organisation has been impacted by NDIS, register your interest to stay up-to-date on our new NDIS-specific courses being offered in Brisbane on 22 August and then more dates around the country.

NDIS Mental Health Conference Tickets Now on Sale! Spotlight CMHA

10, July, 2017

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Tickets to the NDIS Mental Health Conference are now on sale!

Organised by Community Mental Health Australia, the NDIS Mental Health Conference is an is an exciting opportunity for the Mental Health sector to work together to make the most of this new scheme.

QMHA encourages the community mental health sector to secure your place at this unique conference to hear about examples of best practice, discussions lessons learned at trial sites, and develop positions that will influence the ongoing development of the scheme.

Get your tickets today! 



Townsville Cultural Festival is on its Way! Spotlight Member Activities

8, July, 2017

11 June 2017

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The Townsville Intercultural Centre is busily organing the Townsville Cultural Festival which showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing thousands of people together each year in a celebration of life.

From Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August, over 100 performing groups will offer everything from folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and rock, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fire shows, cabaret, poetry, theatre, and traditional dance groups from around the world.

The Centre of Learning hosts workshops, lectures, discussion panels, theatre and poetry. There will be DJ sets, solo sets, dance workshops, massage exchange stations and yoga classes. Dozens of market stalls from around the world will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce. Throughout the grounds you will find featured art installations, interactive games, roving characters, show rides, Indigenous yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers.

Come along and join this celebration of Unity in Diversity.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page or event website.