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National Disability Summit

Transforming Disability Service Delivery to Optimise the Social and Economic Participation of People with Disabilities.

8-9 May 2017 | Novotel on Collins, Melbourne

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Group discount: Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate at no cost


This is a critical time for the NDIS and for every person it impacts. The NDIS is doubling the national investment in disability support and as it expands to additional sites, the industry needs to establish how it’s working in its current sites, with a keen focus on all the key players in the system; consumers, carers, service providers, government bodies and key associations. The 8th Annual National Disability Summit will review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disabilities and their families to maximise independence and social and economic participation by creating greater choice.

Topics include:

  • Evaluating the impact of the NDIS
  • Complaint pathways for the NDIS
  • NDIS – Be ready for uncertainty
  • Organisational transition for NDIS
  • Paediatric health services getting NDIS ready
  • Participant experiences of autonomy, choice & control in the NDIS
  • Supporting people with intellectual disability to participate on decision making
  • Social inclusion through the NDIS & an innovative volunteering project
  • Parents as advocates for children with disabilities – What does this mean under the NDIS?
  • Panel discussion – Navigating the disability & mental health systems
  • Quality – Who decides & from whose perspective?
  • NZ Perspective – A New Approach to Disability Supports (ACC)
  • NDIS needs a model of disability practice & positive behaviour support can provide it
  • Working with key stakeholders to establish FASD as a recognised disability & claimable with the NDIS
  • Issues surrounding women with disability & violence

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WORKSHOP B | Wednesday 10 May 2017

9.00AM – 12.30PM (including 30 minute morning tea)

Workshop B commences: 9:00 AM
Morning Tea: 10:30AM
Workshop B concludes: 12:30PM

Marketing Yourself into the NDIS Future

Be tactical, consistent and active.

An industry savvy, interactive presentation delivered by members of the Professional Practice Academy Team, Dr Jodie Goldney, and Ms Jackie O’Connor.

The Professional Practice Academy (PPA) is Australia’s largest industry led professional organisation for the community services sector in Australia and beyond.

Bring your real-life marketing and social media concerns, and have our team work with you on-the-spot to create social media storyboards, write blogs, and create marketing frameworks for your organisation in the new world. Limited to 18 places.

  • The workshop begins with a brief overview of social media platforms, addressing how your business can best interact with and leverage those.
  • We also touch on email marketing, and explore how you can enhance engagement with your audience.
  • From here, we will move to providing an overview template of our unique social-media strategy and process.
  • Using an interactive approach, we will then work with individuals and small groups to massage your key messages into this logic.
  • Our methodology facilitates a regular, and agile social media push-out across all media platforms.  It also moves away from rigid strategies which are inadequate to the needs of a rapidly changing environ, or assume that every platform suits every business.


Brent Hayward

Coordinator, Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support, Victoria, and PhD Candidate, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne

Alastair McEwin

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Doris Gibb

Acting Commonwealth Ombudsman, Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman

David Green

Director, NGO Program Management and Reform, Service System and Program Reform Directorate, Department of Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care

Alexandra Gunning

Acting Branch Manager, Participants Pathway Design, National Disability Insurance Agency

Adrian Munro

Executive Manager Operations, Richmond Wellbeing (RW)

Liz Cairns

Head of Independence Division, Transport Accident Commission, Victoria

Chris Vanstone

Chief Innovation Officer, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation

Bethany Hooke

NDIS Project Manager, Queensland Statewide Child & Youth Clinical Network, Children’s Health Queensland

Fiona Russo

PhD Candidate, University of Southern Queensland

Janette Korolew

Carer Consultant, Wellways Australia

Arahni Sont

Carer & Consultant

Jennifer Morgan

Director, Health & Wellbeing Therapy Team, Yooralla

Professor Kostas Mavromaras

Director, National Institute of Labour Studies, Flinders University

Darren Ginnelly

Managing Director, My Place Foundation

Joel Wilson


Simone Flavelle


Michelle Wilkinson

Business Manager, Serious Injury, Accident Compensation Corporation ACC, NZ

Cath Williams

Programme Manager Disability Support Services, Accident Compensation Corporation ACC, NZ

Anne Heath

Executive Director – Education, National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (NOFASD) Australia

Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Professor Christine Bigby

Director, Living with Disability Research Centre

Carol Smail

CEO, ACL Disability Services & Gig Buddies Sydney

Matthew Collins

Social Media Coordinator, ACL Disability Services & Gig Buddies Sydney

Belinda Mason

Director, Blur Projects

Denise Beckwith

B Soc Wk Hons

when & where

08 - 09 May 2017

Novotel on Collins, Melbourne
270 Collins St
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9667 5800

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Sarah Hardiman

Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
Samantha Lister
02 9080 4432

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