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No 327 – 23 January 2015

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know;

but when you listen, you may learn something new.” Dalai Lama


Celebrate Australia Day – Monday 26 January 2015

Reminder: Indoor Cricket 2015 with NARA

Northcott Junior and Senior Interschool Swimming Carnival

Gig Buddies Sydney Launch Party

Reminder: KFAC Ability Program – Gym and Swim Support for Youth with Disability

Go4Fun Healthy Lifestyle Program – Term 1

Sport and Rec Camp for Teens with Intellectual Disability and their Siblings

Exercise Sessions for Adults with Intellectual Disability

New Moves – Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Fit

Ku-ring-gai Council Youth Courses


Cooking Classes at TAFE Northern Beaches

Free Playgroup for Children with Disability or Delay

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Seminar Series

Free Triple P Group Work Program for parents of children aged 2-9

Five Week Parenting Workshops

Parenting Education for Mums, Dads and Carers

Relationship Education Program – Term 1

Don’t Make It Worse? Program

Public Forum: Thriving with Mental Illness

Seminar Series: Caring for Carers

Belrose Packaging Positions at House with No Steps

Free Anxiety Self Help Group in Dee Why

UnitingCare Family & Carers Mental Health Program


Working With Children Check (WWCC) in NSW

Stop Here - new mobile app for Vision and Hearing Impaired People using Melbourne Trains

Social Outings with Easy Transport

Get Ready for Disaster this Summer

Supported Holidays with Sistaz Holidays


Gregory and Dolores Farrell Scholarships for NSW Wheelchair-Users

2015 Tour de Chance - Funds for Fighting Chance

Fundraising Event - Lifestart’s Annual ‘Kayak for Kids’

Comprehensive Insurance for Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair


Grand Opening of the Hercules Street Recovery and Wellbeing Hub.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

Reminder: The Ku-ring-gai Council Access and Disability Inclusion Plan

Free Grief Support Group for Widow/Widowers

Beyondblue Big Blue Bus on the Northern Beaches

BIA NSW Learning and Development Workshop

Free Community Seminar on Understanding Bipolar Disorder

Managing Pain: From Mechanism to Policy - 2015 APS 35th Annual Scientific Meeting

USA 2015 Inclusion Conference Tour

Circle of Security (COS) 4 day Certified Training

Workshop: Universal Positive Behaviour Support

Conference: 40 Years of Racial Discrimination Act

Call for Papers: NDIS Disability at Work Conference 2015

Northern Sydney Child and Family Interagency Meeting

Northern Beaches Under 8’s Disability Forum

Carers NSW Biennial Conference - Call for Abstracts

Northern Sydney Northside Forum Training Courses

Celebrate Australia Day – Monday 26 January 2015

Most local government councils organise celebrations for this special day. This may include breakfasts, fun activities and entertainment for families, citizenship ceremonies, and speeches by the winners of the Australia Day Awards and ambassadors. Check the website of your local council and your local newspaper.

For example, Warringah events occur 7am-2pm at Dee Why Beach, 8am-12pm at Berry Reserve, 9am-12pm at the Warringah Aquatic Centre.
Reminder: Indoor Cricket 2015 (31 Jan – 20 Jun) with NARA

What? Games at different levels for people with intellectual disability aged 10 upwards. T-shirt supplied second week. Carers of community houses or support organizations must assist (on a 1-on-1 basis) their C Grade players having limited skills, and must discuss this with NARA pre-registration. Player or representative must attend on 31 January. Umpires are needed!

When? Starts Saturday 31 January. Registration 9-9:30am, grading finishes by 11am.

Where? Action Indoor Sports Centre, 7 Gundah Road, Mt Ku ring gai. Phone 9457 9040.

Transport? Pick up Allambie Heights 7:30am, Chatswood Station 7.50am, Hornsby 8.15am. $2 per return trip.

Cost? Membership $5, annual fee $5. $30 registration includes team T-shirt, grading, selection and first game. After this, weekly $10. Sports insurance to be provided by player.

RSVP? For information, call 9452 4993 or email No phone bookings taken.
Northcott Junior and Senior Interschool Swimming Carnival

What? All students who have a disability are welcome to represent their school and compete against other young people with similar abilities from both Sydney metro and regional areas. It is suggested to appoint one of the senior sporting participants as Team Captain. Students from schools that do not have enough students to make up their own team can be entered into a Combined Schools Team and compete together on the day. Races in the 50 metre pool include freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and a relay. If time permits, there will be novelty races.

Where? Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre, Victoria Rd, Ryde. It is advisable that schools arrange transportation for their own students.

When? Primary Swimming Carnival (K-6) on Friday 6 March, 9am-2.30pm.

High School Swimming Carnival (Years 7-12) on Tuesday 31 March, 9am-2.30pm.

Cost? $9.00 competitor, $2.60 spectator, carer free.

RSVP? Return entry forms (use Classification Sheet for correct category) by Friday 13 February For forms or enquiries, contact Ben Knight on 9890 0192 or Post to: Northcott - Recreation Service, PO Box 4055, Parramatta NSW, 2124. See
Gig Buddies Sydney Launch Party

What? Gig Buddies is about matching people with and without learning disabilities to enjoy live music and festival culture that Australia has to offer. At this launch party, live music will be provided by Sydney’s own Triple J unearthed act Seek The Silence and Melbourne’s indie pop rockers Rudely Interrupted, with Sydney DJ’s on hand to keep the party going!

When? Launch party on Friday 13 February, from 8pm.

Where? UNSW Roundhouse, Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033.

Cost? Tickets can be purchased at

Info? See or contact Sean Willenberg, Gig Buddies Project Coordinator, on 9419 6951 / 0447 171 997 or Gig Buddies started in Brighton, UK.

Reminder: KFAC Ability Program – Gym and Swim Support for Youth with Disability

What? This free exercise program aims to support young people aged 9 – 15 with a disability to trial mainstream leisure facilities, build confidence, learn about fitness and exercise, and have fun! The program will be as flexible and inclusive as possible to accommodate the range of needs and abilities of children with a disability. The program will also provide a free ‘recreational respite’ pass for parents, siblings and carers.

Where? Ku-ring-gai Aquatic and Fitness Centre in Pymble.

When? Bookings will be processed at the end of January 2015.

RSVP? See information and register your interest at or contact Eve Ismaiel, CDO Disability Services, on 9424 0997 (Weds – Fri) or

Go4Fun Healthy Lifestyle Program – Term 1

What? Children aged 7 to 13 years above a healthy weight, and their parent/carer can improve health, fitness, and self esteem through 2 hour sessions after school during the school term in Hornsby, Chatswood, North Ryde, Northern Beaches areas. Sessions include informative games and active exercises for kids; tips on healthy foods, label reading and portion size; healthy shopping on a budget, and more.

When? Classes start on Tuesday 27 January: Pittwater 4pm-6pm, North Ryde 4.30-6.30pm.

2 hour session after school during school term

Where? Pittwater Sports Centre, 1525 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen.

North Ryde RSL Youth Club, Magdala Road, North Ryde.

RSVP? Families can register by calling 1800 780 900, can SMS for a call back on 0409 745 645 or visit the website

Sport and Rec Camp for Teens with Intellectual Disability and their Siblings

What? Northcott are looking for referrals of teens aged 12 to 17 years who have a primary intellectual disability (with moderate to high support needs) to participate in a Sport and Recreation camp. Siblings aged 12 to 17 years are also invited to participate in activities with their attending sibling with a disability (and are not expected to perform a primary care role during the camp). Northcott runs and staffs the camp (3 staff: 5 campers). Participants can enjoy a range of activities tailored to their level of comfort and ability including climbing, games, sports, canoeing and swimming. All with experienced instructors (with current First Aid Certificate) and support staff supervision.

When? Friday to Sunday, 13–15 March.

Cost? The camp is completely free. Food, accommodation, activities and support staff, transportation from Parramatta. Participants may like to bring a small amount of spending money for souvenirs.

RSVP? Deadline for referrals is Wednesday 11 February. For enquiries contact Ben Knight on 9890 0192 or After referrals are accepted, various healthcare forms must be filled out before the participant attends the camp. Preference will be given to first time campers.
Exercise Sessions for Adults with Intellectual Disability

What? Kara and Amanda are exercise physiologists who, together with their team, run Active Ability. It specialises in providing physical activity and health education for people with intellectual disability. Stay healthy, lose weight, get strong muscles and have fun with your friends.

Where? Northern Intellectual Disability Cremorne Community Health Centre, 231 Military Road, Cremorne.

When? Wednesdays, 3:30pm-4:30pm.

Cost? $20 per session (pay 5 sessions at a time).

Info? For information and to book sessions, email or call Kara at 0422 025 012 or Amanda at 0410 711 177.

New Moves – Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Fit

What? This Healthy Lifestyle Program provides fun physical activity, healthy meals, peer support and discussion topics for adults aged 18 - 65 years in the community living with mental illness. The program aims to improve physical and mental well being and is a great way to improve your fitness whilst having fun! Become motivated by experienced leaders assisting you to achieve your personal goals.

Where? Hornsby Youth and Family Centre, 17 Muriel Street, Hornsby 2077.

When? Wednesdays 1pm-3pm for 16 weeks, starting 4 February.

RSVP? Contact Malisha Fernando on 0438 962 115 or, or Jas Virdee on 9879 2600 or
Ku-ring-gai Council Courses for Youth

What? The recording / DJ classes are quite technical so previous experience with the skill is required.

  • Mix it up Media Art Class with Nicole Parker, using pencil, ink, graphic, acrylic, gouche, watercolour, and more on 8 Tuesdays 4pm-6pm (10 Feb to 31 Mar) at Turramurra Youth Centre. $40.

  • Beginner’s DJ Course with DJ Dilirious - learn about track transitions and beat matching, 6 Thursdays 4.30-6.30pm (12 Feb-19 Mar) at Turramurra Youth Centre. $80.

  • 3. Recording and Production Workshops with the latest hardware and software in a studio; bring an instrument or add your vocals to jam and create a track with the group from scratch, on 6 Fridays, 6-8pm (20 Feb-27 Mar) at The Fitz Youth Centre. $60.

Where? * Turramurra Youth Centre, under Turramurra Library, Ray Street, Turramurra - accessible entry and accessible toilets; open 3.30pm-6.30pm Wed Thu during school terms.

* Fitz Youth Centre - Sound Recording Studio, off Memorial Ave (behind St Ives Shopping Village), St Ives.

RSVP? Contact Youth Services on 9424 0994 or


Cooking Classes at TAFE Northern Beaches

What? The course for 12 adults includes menu planning, shopping lists, basic food hygiene, food preparation, cooking and of course eating the meal at the end of each session! On completion of the course, NSI Tafe will provide participants with a Certificate of Participation.

When? The cooking program runs Wednesdays 5pm-9pm for 8 weeks, from 11 February 2015.

Where? Northern Beaches TAFE Campus, on Old Pittwater Road opposite Warringah Mall, Brookvale.

Cost? $256 ($32 per session) for all ingredients, teaching, meal. Subsidised by Warringah Council.

RSVP? For information about a waiting list, contact Hayley Curran, Aged and Disability Development Officer, Community Services, on 9942 2560 or

Free Playgroup for Children living with Disability or Delay

What? Trained professionals and volunteers at Lifestart Northern Beaches hold this supported playtime and social activity for children living with disability or delay who have not started school, their families and their parents or carers. The range of play and social experiences support children’s development and encourage children and adults to play together positively including music, stories and outdoor fun activities. Parents and carers have the opportunity to meet with each other, access information and exchange ideas.

When? Every Tuesday from 9.30am – 11am.

When? Lifestart Northern Beaches, 5 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest.

RSVP? Phone Lifestart at 9451 9564 for information.
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Seminar Series

What? Parents of pre-adolescent children are invited to this introduction of the principles of PPP. It is recommended to become more competent, confident and realistic about parenting, and to reduce stress associated with raising children.

When? Tuesdays 10am-12pm on 17 February (power of positive parenting), 3 March (raising confident competent childfren), 17 March (raising resilient children).

Where? The address in Castle Hill will be given at registration.

Cost? Free for parents. Gold coin donations towards the cost of morning tea.

RSVP? To register or enquire, contact TABISS on 1300 668 123 or email to obtain a registration form. Register at least 4 days before each seminar.

Free Triple P Group Work Program For parents of children aged 2-9

What? This parenting program provides practical answers to everyday questions and the opportunity to develop skills, gain support from other parents, and view video demonstrations of core parenting skills. The program includes telephone support from the presenters. The group work program involves the first 4 weeks at the Centre, then 1 week of phone calls and a final week at Centre.

When? Tuesdays from 17 Feb to 24 Mar, 6pm-8.15pm.

Where? Naremburn Family Centre, 40 Merrenburn Ave, Naremburn NSW 2065.

RSVP? Bookings are essential, as are phone interviews. Contact or 8425 8700. Children are unable to attend, and childcare is not provided.
Five Week Parenting Workshops on the Northern Beaches

Cost? $250 per couple, $165 per person.

RSVP? For information and to book, contact the Be Centre on 9986 0955.

1. Tuning into Kids How to better understand and manage children’s emotions (such as anger, sadness and anxiety), as well as better talk with your child, understand your child, help your child learn to manage their emotions, help prevent behaviour problems in your child, teach your child to deal with conflict.

Who, When and Where?

  • Godelieve Hofman-Verkuyl on Tuesdays 6.30pm–9pm, 3 Feb – 10 Mar, at Be Centre, Unit 3/9 Apollo Street Warriewood.

  • Michelle Mott on Mondays 16 Feb - 16 Mar, 9.30am-12pm at Ground Floor, Elsie E Hill Building, 18 Wentworth Street Manly.

2. Tuning into Teens

What? How to communicate with, understand and help their teenagers manage their emotions and deal with conflict, to develop emotional intelligence. Limited to 10 participants.

  • Godelieve Hofman-Verkuyl on Tuesdays 6.30pm–9pm, 5 Feb – 2 Jun, at Be Centre, Unit 3/9 Apollo Street, Warriewood.

  • Michelle Mott on Mondays 18 Feb - 18 Mar, 6.30am-9pm at Ground Floor, Elsie E Hill Building, 18 Wentworth Street, Manly.

Parenting Education for Mums, Dads and Carers

What? The Northern Sydney Local Health District runs the following (and other) courses for parents of children and adolescents: For children 1-12: Toddlers: Terrible or Terrific, Tuning in to Kids, Triple P, Resilient Kids Workshop, Communicating with Kids Workshop. For teens: Tuning in to Teens, Dealing with Teen’s Backchat Workshop.

Where? Community Health Centre, 57 Hercules Street, Chatswood.

Cost? Workshops $45 or 3 for $110, courses $165 (concession $145).

RSVP? See or contact 9887 5830 or for the brochure or bookings.
Relationship Education Program – Term 1 (27 Jan – 2 Apr)

  • Self Esteem and Communication (for women)

  • Parenting After Separation – Focus on Kids

  • My Changing Family and Me

  • Circle Of Security

  • Women Choice & Change

  • Seminar: Couple Communication

  • Seminar: Making Step Families Work

Info? For these and other groups, contact Relationships Australia on or, or 9418 8800.
Don’t Make It Worse? Program

What? This 8-week DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) integrated skills training is for carers of someone with a mental illness who want to acquire effective skills to manage themselves in overwhelming situations. It focuses on three areas of DBT skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation. Commitment to participate in all 8 weeks sessions is essential. An individual interview will be conducted in order to assess suitability prior to the program.

When? Wednesdays, starting 11 February (then18 & 25 Feb, 4 & 11 & 18 & 25 Mar, 1 Apr), 6.30-8.30pm.

Where? Bradfield Park Wellbeing Centre, Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, 41 Alfred St Milsons Point 2061.

RSVP? Registration and information to Bradfield Park Carers Program on 8920 0675 or Supported by Partners in Recovery.
Public Forum: Thriving with Mental Illness

What? Carers and people with mental illness are invited to hear Seng La, an accountant who has a lived experience of mental illness. She is an inspiring speaker and will speak about some of her journey and strategies she uses. Followed by sandwiches and a light supper.

When? Monday 23 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Where? Bradfield Park Carers Support Group, 41 Alfred Street, Milsons Point NSW 2061.

RSVP? Book by phoning 8920 0675 or emailing
Seminar Series: Caring for Carers

What? If you are caring for a family member or friend, this 4 week course will connect you with services and assistance, explore the emotional and physical demands of caring, and provide strategies to manage stress. Tips to assist you on your ‘caring journey’ will be provided by occupational therapist/s (equipment and techniques to help); Centrelink Payment and Allowances; local service providers and stress management instructor/s.

When? Fridays 10am-12.30pm on 6 March, 13 March, 20 March, 27 March.

Where? 30 Fisher Rd, Dee Why (parking at Dee Why Library or Mooramba Rd)

Cost? $20 for course (includes morning teas and lunch for the final session).

RSVP? For information or to make bookings, contact Robyn Brooks, Northern Beaches Community Connect, on 9931 7750 or .

Belrose Packaging Positions at House with No Steps, 49 Blackbutts Rd, Belrose

Needs employees for Fast Moving Consumer Goods Packaging, Digital printing finishing work, Food packing and distribution, Machine operation (Shrink wrapping and Bundle wrapping), Cosmetics and personal care packaging and distribution. Positions are 8am-4pm on 5 days per week (Mon-Fri) though less days may be possible. Workplace expectations are similar to open employment, with ongoing support provided (and possibly accredited training through its Registered Training Organisation) for keen workers. Must be receiving or eligible to receive the Disability Support Pension. Applications close 31 January. Contact Georgina Whallin about Job SYSCGHM1114 on or 9451 1511 to arrange an interview.

Free Anxiety Self Help Group in Dee Why

What? This program is aimed at helping people step by step to overcome anxiety about social situations, public places, specific objects or situations, repeated action.

When? 12 Wednesdays 6.30pm-8.15 pm, starting 18 February.

Where? Dee Why. Address given at registration.

RSVP? For information or registration, contact Linda on 9339 6093 or
UnitingCare Family and Carers Mental Health Program, Northern Sydney

Enquiries and registration – phone 02 4322 1855, email

Monthly support groups occur in Northern Sydney:

  • 2nd Tue, 10am–12noon at Recovery and Wellbeing Hub, 47 Hercules St, Chatswood.

  • 3rd Wed, 1.30pm–3.30pm at Brookvale Community Centre, 2 Alfred Rd, Brookvale

  • 4th Wed, 12:30pm–2:30pm at The House in the Park, Cnr Stuart St & Illoura Ave, Wahroonga.

[Also in Erina, Narara and Wyong on the Central Coast]

Training and education in January and February:



Date and Time


Living Mindfully

Wed 28 Jan, 10 - 2.30 pm

Nthn Beaches

Holding onto Hope

Wed Thu 4-5 Feb, 10 - 3.30pm


Carers Choir

Early evening, day and time tbc.


Supporting Recovery

Wed 11 Feb, 5.30 - 7.30pm


New Family and Carers location, Opening

Tue 17 Feb, 9.30am- 12.30pm


Carer Support Group - Mindfulness

Wed 18 Feb, 1.30 - 3.30pm

Kuringai National Park

Bushwalk and Meditation

Wed 24 Feb, 10am - 1pm


Working With Children Check (WWCC) in NSW

The Office of the Children's Guardian (OCG) is responsible for promoting and regulating quality child safe organisations and services. One of its primary functions is administering and monitoring the WWCC of 1 April 2014. If an organisation provides programs or services (including mentoring and counselling) to children, they fall into a “child-related” sector and have legal obligations under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 and Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013.

Organisations and services in the child development and family welfare services sector must comply with the new Working With Children Check system by April 2015. If you need information and assistance (like resources, training, presentations etc)before that date, contact Tasnim Saeid, Community Engagement Officer, Office of the Children’s Guardian, at 9286 7277 or Level 13, 418A Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.
Stop Here - new mobile app for Vision and Hearing Impaired People using Melbourne Trains

Developed by Melbourne train operator Metro, this app sends push notifications to let customers know when they are approaching and arriving at their desired stations. The app has been endorsed by the Australasian Railway Association and was developed with assistance from Vision Australia, Blind Citizens Australia, VicDeaf, and Guide Dogs Victoria. The App is available on iPhone, Android and Windows devices, and can be downloaded for free from iTunes Store, Google Play Store, Windows Store. See for information.

Social Outings with Easy Transport

What? This not-for-profit group has a social program including shopping trips, lunches, mystery drives and visits to the cinema. Members travel to/from their homes by accessible bus.

When and Where? The next trip is to the Manly Mens’ Shed on Wednesday 28 January, to enjoy a cuppa and learn about toy-making, restoring furniture and other activities.

Cost? For transport $10. Please bring money for lunch.

RSVP? For information and to register, phone Easy Transport on 9971 5110 on Mon-Fri 11am-3pm at least 48 hours before use.
Get Ready for Disaster this Summer

Visit the for five easy steps to make sure you’re prepared. This website outlines actions under: Know your risk, Plan for what you will do, Get your Home Ready, Be informed, Look out for each other. This includes a Home emergency plan for storms and floods, Home Escape Plan, Household Inventory Checklist, apps (for Fires Near Me, MyFirePlan, Emergency+, Live Traffic).

Supported Holidays with Sistaz Holidays

What? This firm arranges daytrips and longer trips for adults with disabilities, including wheelchair users who can transfer or people requiring special diets or personal care. Also organise trips with 1:2 care or individual travel, or small group holidays of 3-8 days in Australia and overseas. All inclusive, photo album and souvenirs. Door to door pick up drop off. See for the entire travel schedule of 2015, including:

Trips in February:

13 - Tasmanian/Melbourne Cruise – 7 nights - $2750: Cruise on Carnival Legend, Hobart Cadbury Factory

16 - Coffs Harbour – 5 days - $1750: Dolphin Show, Big Banana, Butterfly Farm and more

23 - Port Stephens – 4 days - $1450: Dolphin cruise, Oakville Farm and more.

Trips in March:

2 - Hamilton Island – 5 days - $3300: Wildlife Park, gorgeous pools, Awesome scenery

5 - Junee Rhythm & Rail Festival – 5 Days - $1750: Steam Trains, Vintage Cars, Motor Bike display, music!

6 - The Entrance – 3 days (Weekend) - $1250: Reptile Park – Pelican feeding

9 - Bali/African Safari – 10 days - $4800: African Styled villas, feed Rhinos and Zebra, night Safari, Visit live volcano and temples. Bird Park and Reptile Parks.

9 - Kiama – 4 Days - $1450: Illawarra Fly Walk – awesome views. Blow Hole, Jamberoo and more

16 - Batemans Bay – 5 Days - $1750: Feed calves – Cuddle a baby wombat, kangaroo. Mogo Zoo

22 - P+O Cruise – 14 days - $5500: Perth to Gralton, Broome, Lombok, Bali and Komodo Island.

Info? Contact Susan on 9894 7173 / 0431 190 927, or Sistaz Holidays, 26 Winchcombe Pl, Castle Hill NSW 2154.


Gregory and Dolores Farrell Scholarships for NSW Wheelchair-Users

The scholarships are available to students who use a wheelchair for mobility, who are undertaking an undergraduate or higher degree and for those who will be pursuing post-graduate study overseas. Its aim is to support integration into tertiary education, since students with disabilities face many unique obstacles in tertiary education. Four scholarships, up to $5,000 each, are available in 2015 to allay the costs (considerable and varying according to the degree of disability). Cannot be used for HECS, or for TAFE tuition. For information or application form, phone Deanna Mooney on 9890 0959 or email Closes 6 Feb.

2015 Tour de Chance raises funds for Fighting Chance

What? The 24 riders on The Tour aim to raise $400,000 by cycling 1100 km during 9 days so Fighting Chance can expand nationally. This will enable the number of adults with significant disability to increase from 40 to 120 within FC’s social enterprises.

When and Where? On Saturday 28 February from Brisbane through Queensland and NSW to finish at the Northern Beaches' Clontarf Reserve on Sunday 8 March.

Cost? You can donate to any of the riders on Just Better Care is the Gold Partner; corporate partners are: Accident and Health International, Aerosure, Airservices, BTAS, Byron Bay Coffee Company, Deloitte, Hantomeli Foundation, Mitsubishi Motors, QBE, Smartsalary, Veloton and Willis.

Info? For information, contact or 9905 0415.
Annual Fundraising Event - Lifestart’s Annual ‘Kayak for Kids’

What? The children’s disability charity Lifestart invites kayakers of all ages and experience levels to register for its an annual community awareness and fundraising event. The 18.1 km kayak challenge ends with a family and friends picnic with food and entertainment for the whole family. In 2014, over 1100 paddlers included corporate teams, competing for the Corporate Challenge Cup. You paddle with 1 or 2 other mates for one or more stages, each between 4.2km and 4.7km.

Where? Sydney Harbour. Start Blues Point Reserve at Lavender Bay; finish Clifton Gardens, Mosman.

When? Sunday 29 March, starting at 6.30am. On the day entry 6:30am– 7:30am at Blues Point.

Cost? Standard / On the day: Single $65 / $85, Double craft $85 / $125, Participation relay $150 / $180. Team of 3 in 3 seater kayak $330, team of 4-12 in 3 seater $660, team of 3-8 in 2 seater kayak $440. Teams can hire either a three-seater kayak or two-seater kayak as well as paddles and personal flotation devices. If you cannot kayak on the day, consider sponsoring someone who is paddling, sponsor a kayak or volunteer on the day.

RSVP? Information and registration at or phone 9364 0111. Bring-your-own kayak categories close on 20 March. Proceeds of the event help to fund therapy programs for early intervention and school age children and youth with disability or developmental delay. These are based on partnership with children and young people, their families and carers, to assist and empower them to participate meaningfully and inclusively in our community.

Comprehensive Insurance for Mobility Scooter or Electric Wheelchair

What? Blue Badge Insurance Australia are specialists in mobility equipment insurance, with policies underwritten by certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s. This includes repair or replacement of damage, loss or damage, Third Party Injury and Property Cover, new for old replacement for total loss (up to 2 years old), covers any legal user you authorise, costs incurred to get you and mobility device home after an accident, overseas cover etc.

Cost? Annual fee for membership and insurance for mobility scooter $185, or electric wheelchair $235.

Info? See, or contact 1300 304 802 or, or Blue Badge Insurance, PO Box 428, St Leonards NSW 1590.


Grand Opening of the Hercules Street Recovery and Wellbeing Hub.

What? Several mental health services recently co- located here, including The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW, The Action Foundation for Mental Health, New Horizons, and UnitingCare Mental Health. The day will include the official opening by the NSW Health Minister Jillian Skinner at 9.30am, getting to know the services, light refreshments.

When? Tuesday 17 February, 9:15am – Midday.

Where? 47-51 Hercules Street, Chatswood. The Community Health Centre is at 57 Hercules Street.

RSVP? Book (and indicate any dietary requirements) with Jenny Madsen, Team Leader - Day to Day Living Program on 0417 297 722 or; or with UnitingCare Mental Health on or 9481 0177.
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

This parade is one of the world’s largest and best-loved Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex celebrations, a chance to commemorate, celebrate, and communicate the universal message of diversity, equality, and sexual freedom. In 2015, People With Disability Australia, Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Northcott and Touching Base have joined forces to bring the brightest, most colourful presence of people with disability in the parade! To join in the fun, sign up to get more information. Email Patty by Friday 13 Feb.

Reminder: The Ku-ring-gai Council Access and Disability Inclusion Plan

To ensure transparent and participatory decision making, Ku-ring-gai Council invites your comments on the draft Access and Disability Inclusion Plan. The plan sets out a framework for Council to address access and disability inclusion issues across all of Council’s services and operations. This includes informing the provision of accessible and inclusive town centres, shops and public facilities, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities, housing, public transport and parking, information and communication and employment opportunities. The document is on public exhibition to 27 February at, customer service centre at 818 Pacific Highway, Gordon, or any Ku-ring-gai Library branch.

Written feedback (reference S10427) can be sent to, or General Manager, Ku-ring-gai Council, Locked Bag 1056, Pymble NSW 2073. Ku-ring-gai residents can also arrange a face to face meeting with the Disability Services Officer if they are unable to respond in writing. Submissions close Friday 27 February. All submissions are public documents and will be considered in a final report to Council. Enquiries can be made to Eve Ismaiel, CDO Disability Services, on 9424 0997 (Wed – Fri).
Free Grief Support Group for Widow/Widowers

What? Eunice Marott of Mellowbrook Counselling will be running this group for people aged 50+. She is a qualified counsellor who specialises in grief support, loss of a pet, carers, aged care and disability.

When? Wednesdays 7pm-8pm, starting 4 February.

Where? Meeting room, Mona Vale Memorial Hall, 1606 Pittwater Road Mona Vale.

RSVP? For information and booking, contact Eunice on 0424 662 977 or
Beyondblue Big Blue Bus on the Northern Beaches

What? Appearing in Hornsby and Manly earlier, the bus has information on depression and anxiety, as well as support to make mental wellbeing a priority in 2015.

When and Where? Pioneer Clubhouse in Balgowlah on Friday 23 January, Freshwater Beach on Saturday 24 January, Brookvale on Wednesday 26 January.

Info? Visit which has information for schools and universities, workplaces, aged care, health, research and multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTI (lesbian,gay,bi, trans, intersex) people, and people affected by pregnancy and early parenthood.

BIA NSW Learning and Development Workshop

What? Presenters Adrian O’Malley (BIA NSW Learning & Development Facilitator) and Dr Jamie Berry (a Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist) will use facts and personal stories to develop an awareness and understanding of the unique nature of brain injury; the impact it has on the individual, their family and carers; and how your service can effectively manage these issues. Morning: an overview; afternoon: Behavioural Changes after Brain Injury.

When? Wednesday 25 February, 9am to 4.30pm.

Where? Club Burwood, 96 Shaftesbury Road, Burwood, NSW 2134.

Cost? Early bird (by 11 Feb) / standard: BIA NSW member $99 / $135; non-member $135 / $175. 5% discount for >3 staff from one organisation. Include handouts, morning / afternoon teas, lunch. Membership $77 organisation, $22 individual.

RSVP? Register with Brain Injury Association of NSW on or phone 9868 5261.

Free Community Seminar on Understanding Bipolar Disorder

What? South Pacific Private will hold a free seminar with Dr Ben Teoh, Medical Superintendent, South Pacific Private and guest Anne Naylor, Auslan interpreter and 2013 NSW Carer of the Year. They will present a clinical introduction to Bipolar Disorder as well as a personal journey with Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic-Depression. Refreshments and free educational material provided.

When? Wednesday 28 January, 6.30pm-8pm.

Where? South Curl Curl Surl Life Saving Club, Carrington Parade, South Curl Curl.

RSVP? It is essential to book by phoning 9919 0506 or email
Managing Pain: From Mechanism to Policy - 2015 APS 35th Annual Scientific Meeting

What? The Brisbane organising committee of the Australian Pain Society invites participants to focus on key topics including brain pain, immune stressors, acute pain, chronic pain, neuromodulation, emerging interventional techniques, opioids, paediatrics, physiotherapy, psychology and more.

When? Sunday to Wednesday 15-18 March.

Where? Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Merivale Street, South Bank, Brisbane (details 07 3308 3000 or

Cost? Early Bird (23 January) / standard / onsite from 14 March: APS member – full $760 / $860 / $910, day $360 / $385 / $435; non member $1010 / $1115 / $1165, day $510 / $560 / $610. See for concession and other fees.

Info? For information , contact DC Conferences Pty Ltd on or phone 9954 4400.

USA 2015 Inclusion Conference Tour

What? This includes 4 days in Los Angeles, 4 days in Anaheim, 5 days at the Summer Institute Conference in San Diego, 4 days in Honolulu resort. This includes meeting people with disability and their families, sightseeing tours, passes to theme parks, baseball game etc. The conference: International Gathering, Inclusion, Community, Diversity, Learning Market Place, Person Centred Planning, Asset Based Community Development, Transition to Adult Life, Inclusive Education, with world leaders and renowned practitioners, and with individuals experiencing disability and their families that are self-directing.

When? 2 to 22 July 2015.

Cost? $6680 + GST – Registration and $500 deposit due 2 Feb,then 3 monthly installments of $2060 due 2 March, April, May. Price includes twin share rooms, airfares, transfers, conference fees, tours.

Info? See for details of the tour. Contact Michaela Kennedy on or 0409 646 665.
Circle of Security (COS) 4 day Certified Training

What? Facilitator Kent Hoffman is one of the prgram originators of this seminar which trains professionals to use an eight chapter DVD to educate caregivers. The program presents video examples of secure and problematic parent/child interaction in the zero to five age range, healthy options in caregiving, and animated graphics designed to clarify principles central to COS®.

When? Monday –Thursday 9-12 March.

Where? Mary MacKillop Centre, 7-11 Mount Street, North Sydney.

Cost? $900 USD (early bird by 9 Feb), $1000 USD standard. Group discount. Participants receive: Circle of Security ©, Parenting DVD, Training Manual, Parent handouts, License to use materials to teach Circle of Security program to Caregivers.

RSVP? Online registration at For enquiries, contact Mary-Louise McEncroe on 9449 1396 or

Workshop: Universal Positive Behaviour Support

What? PBS is based on the relationship between Social Role Valorisation, Person Centred Approaches and Non Linear Applied Behaviour Analysis, and focuses on the person, being respectful of the person and providing socially valid outcomes. Universal Positive Behaviour Support (LaVigna, 2013) is a new concept, not only about challenging behaviour but a set of core support elements. The course explains tools and templates, and starts with a checklist of individual needs and a series of support protocols (Changes in Environment, Teaching Skills, Functionally Related or Equivalent Skills, Coping and Tolerance, Prevention, Situational Management, Consistency). Geoff Potter presents this in order to enable front line staff to develop PBS for the persons whom they support, especially with intellectual disability.

Cost? $290 + GST, group of 4 pays for 3. Includes morning / afternoon teas, lunch, training materials (templates and checklists on USB), event prizes.

When? Friday 6 February, 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Where? Novotel Darling Harbour, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont NSW 2009.

RSVP? Bookings via , phone 1800 800 560 or 07 5630 1810 to leave a message with your phone number (include area code), or email with your organisation’s name, names of people attending, and your contact number, then confirmation as an invoice will be emailed to you.

Conference: 40 Years of Racial Discrimination Act

What? The year 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth), Australia’s first federal human rights and anti-discrimination legislation. The Australian Human Rights Commission has organised this 2-day conference to explore: What is the historical background to the Racial Discrimination Act, and how has it evolved? What has been achieved since its introduction? What is the ongoing role of the Racial Discrimination Act in addressing racism? What outcomes have been achieved under the Racial Discrimination Act through conciliation and litgation? Many eminent speakers have confirmed their attendance.

Where? Australian Human Rights Commission, Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney

When? 19-20 February.

Cost? Two day conference $200, concession $100, student $50.

Info? Contact Stephanie Fowler on 9284 9835 or

RSVP? For information, program details and to register your interest, see Lawyers can claim hours for attendance if the conference is relevant to immediate or long term needs in professional development and practice.

Call for Papers: NDIS Disability at Work Conference 2015

What? Themed 'Creating the future'- redesigning the provision of employment support for people with disability, this national conference focuses on developing a continuum of employment options for people with disability. The focus will be on innovation, best practice and practical solutions.

When? 18-19 May 2015. Call for papers closes 27 February

Where? Hilton on the Park, Melbourne.

RSVP? Contact Kerrie Langford, National Employment Manager, on 02 6283 3202 or email
Northern Sydney Child and Family Interagency Meeting

  • Hornsby/ Kuringai - Meeting Room, Hornsby Waitara Community Hub, Hornsby. Tue 2-4pm (3 Feb, 31 Mar, 2 Jun, 4 Aug, 6 Oct, 1 Dec). Contact Fiona Carr or Kelly Belcastro

  • Lower North Shore - Coachwood Room, Willoughby Council, L6, 31 Victor St, Chatswood. Tue 9.30-11.30am (24 Feb, 28 Apr, 23 Jun, 25 Aug, 27 Oct, 24 Nov). Contact Julia Filipi Dance

  • Northern Beaches (formerly Northern Beaches Child at Risk Committee) - Board/Dining Room, Dalwood Spilstead, Dalwood Ave, Seaforth. 3rd Mon 1-2.30pm (16 Feb, 20 Apr, 15 Jun, 17 Aug, 19 Oct, 14 Dec). Contact Michele Povah or Sue Johansson

  • Ryde/ Hunters Hill - Level 1A, 1 Pope St, Ryde (new location) above the Top Ryde Library in Meeting Room Acacia. 2nd Wed 10am-12noon (11 Feb, 8 Apr, 10 Jun, 12 Aug, 14 Oct, 9 Dec. Contact Maureen Read

Northern Beaches Under 8’s Disability Forum

What? This is a network for organisations who provide services to children with a disability aged 0 - 8 years within Manly, Warringah and Pittwater. Focusing on “Supporting Children through play”, guest speakers: are Michael Zilibowitz (developmental behavioural paediatrician to talk about ‘Watch, Wait, Wonder’ program) and Sophie Parkinson (The BeCentre, Warriewood) to talk about play therapy. Links/information exchange with other agencies. Light lunch and networking

When? Tuesday 17 February, 12pm – 2:30pm.

Where? Humph Hall, 85 Allambie Road, Allambie Heights

RSVP? Important to indicate your booking to Louise Hall on
Carers NSW Biennial Conference - Call for Abstracts

What? Change in the current social welfare landscape presents opportunity to revolutionise ways of thinking about creating positive outcomes for carers and their families, in a person-centred and consumer-directed world. The challenge is to nurture inclusion and diversity in social policy, service provision and carer support. For professionals from many carer related fields – health, ageing, disability, community and welfare services, planning, transport, employment and education, policy makers and representatives from all levels of government will gather to explore practice and ideas, research and initiatives. The themes are inclusion, innovation and diversity.

When? Conference 21-22 May, registrations open from 9 January. Call for abstracts closes 7 February.

Where? Novotel Sydney Olympic Park.

Info? See for information or to join the conference mailing list. For information or to explore sponsorship, contact Mary Magias or Jessica Willis at Carers NSW on 9280 4744 or email
Northern Sydney Northside Forum Training Courses

  • 5 Feb, 8.15-11am – Leader’s Conversation Series: Collaboration Arrangements – Getting it Right for Local Communities at North Sydney Leagues Club, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray NSW 2062, $110.

  • 24-25 Feb, 9.30am-3.30pm – Board Development Training – Days 1 and 2 at Crows Nest Community Centre 2 Ernest Place, Crows Nest NSW 2065, $290 for each day

  • 26 Feb, 1pm-4pm – Person Centred Approach for the CALD Communities at Chatswood Library 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW 2067. $50 HACC service workers, $100 Non-HACC services workers, $50 non-HACC volunteers and free for volunteers.

  • 4 Mar, 9.30am-4pm – Orientation to the Home Support Program (HSP) and Community Care Support Program (CCSPJ) at Asquith Leagues Club, 11/37 Alexandria Parade, Waitara NSW 2077. $50 HACC service workers, $100 Non-HACC services workers, $50 non-HACC volunteers and free for volunteers.

Where? Northside Community Forum, 1 Chandos Street, St Leonards 2065.

RSVP? Register online at - click on Training / Events. Enquiries to be made to Shirley Choi on 8405 4444 or email

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