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TAFE Expo pulls in the Sunshine Coast crowd

The annual TAFE Disability and Lifestyle Expo is getting more popular each year. Held recently at Mooloolaba TAFE on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the expo has been an important event for 18 years and a key date on the local calendar. This year over 800 people attended, including stall holders, service providers, students and […]

Battle lines drawn as Nationals push for changes to MMDs

The National Party annual conference has passed a motion calling for tougher regulations on MMDs. It wants the Federal Government to introduce uniform Australian design rules and standards for mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs that would limit the weight of these scooters to less than 150kg, including batteries and accessories, and restrict them […]

Smartphone app for screening cerebral palsy

New Smartphone app has the potential to speed up diagnosis of cerebral palsy. Called Baby Moves, the app allows parents to video their baby which will allow clinicians to identify potential symptoms of cerebral palsy remotely. “There is strong evidence that early intervention, including occupational therapy and physiotherapy, can improve the trajectory for children with cerebral […]

Speech Pathology wants action on communication access

Call for greater access for people with communication disability, similar to that apply for wheelchair users. A forum was held in Melbourne recently to explore interest in developing communication access standards and how this could be advanced in the future. Speech Pathology Australia, national president, Gaenor Dixon said the community has failed to accommodate those with a […]

Universal Design Forum for Adelaide

An opportunity to hear about the latest innovations in Universal Design affiliated with inclusive environments. The concept of Universal Design (UD) has become increasingly evident in Australian Government policy and planning. However, there is a lack of information about UD which is about creating environments, products, services and technology that can be used, without modifications, by […]

Forum dates for NDIS pricing review

Dates for National Disability Insurance Agency provider forums announced. The Independent Pricing Review of NDIS support is being undertaken by McKinsey & Company on behalf of the NDIA. The Review will assess the NDIA’s pricing strategy and approach, as well as specific price settings for supports and services that are critical to the NDIS market stewardship role and […]

OT Conference update

Occupational Therapy Australia hosted its national conference and exhibition in Perth last month.  The theme of the conference was Partnership, Inclusion and Innovation, and true to this theme, a record number of 680 abstract submissions were received and 990 delegates from 14 different countries were in attendance. Delegates were treated to over 320 presentations and 202 […]

Become a community leader for Victorians with disability

A program to help people with disability become community leaders has been launched in Victoria. Leadership Victoria and the Victorian Government are working together to provide a range of training scholarships as part of the Disability Leadership Program. The program wants to empower people with disability to build their skills and confidence so they can […]

Sidetember fund raiser reboots for 2017

A fun initiative to raise funds for those with brain injury kicks off in September. Sidetember 2017 gives participants the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone living with a brain injury by signing up to one of 12 challenges.  Contestants complete the brain injury challenges that are sent weekly via email and SMS. […]

What to expect from the Invictus Games

F2L spoke to Patrick Kidd, Invictus Games CEO, about his expectations for this big event.  Kidd described the Games, as more than a sporting event.  “It is a celebration of achievement and determination for wounded, injured and ill, active duty and veteran servicemen and women.”  It also presents an opportunity for Australians to embrace members […]