We have some interesting online resources and events happening in Perth this month.
Our Health Counts Campaign
DDWA are working with the NSW Council for Intellectual Disability to seek better health care for people with intellectual disability.
DDWA are asking people to phone, email, use social media or visit candidates (especially those in marginal seats) to talk about the problems people with intellectual disability experience in getting good health care.
When contacting your local candidate you can talk about the challenges that face a person with intellectual disability in getting good health care, especially from GPs. Issues like:
- Communication challenges between GP and the person with disability,
- Rushed consultations,
- GPs assuming that health conditions are part of the disability, and
- Sometimes GPs showing discriminatory attitudes to whether treatment is worthwhile.
If you have a particular experience you would like to tell them, please don’t hold back in speaking out so they understand the real problems you face.
Ask the candidate to contact their party’s health spokesperson and urge them to act to improve the health of people with intellectual disability. For the Liberal/Nationals Coalition, this is Health Minister Greg Hunt. For Labor, it is Shadow Health Minister Catherine King.
Please give the candidate the attached information sheet which spells out what we are asking the parties to commit to.
If the candidate wants to know more please suggest they contact the advocacy team at the Council for Intellectual Disability (02) 9211 1611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, ask the candidate to let you know what response they get from their party.
2019 Federal Electoral – Access to Voting
The AEC is committed to ensuring all eligible Australians are able to enrol and make their vote count. Click here to access details.
WAiS New Website and Online Resources
Recently launching their new website WAiS are keen to spread the word about their online courses including Self Management (Be a Boss), Planning, and Shared Management.
There are many videos, workbooks, supplementary resources and links for you to explore at your leisure. We have provide a quick link to go straight to the site, click here to explore.
Have you signed up to use the free SECCA App?
The SECCA App is an easy-to-use digital resource to support you in teaching and assessing relationship and sexuality concepts at any age.
Speciality Disability Trusts (SDT’s)
Special Disability Trusts (SDTs) started in 2006. They allow families to give private financial help. This is for the care and accommodation of a family member with a severe disability. Click here to access the online article which debates all the aspects of the trust to see if it’s good for you.
The information contained herein is not intended to be a source of advice or financial analysis with respect to the linked content and does not constitute financial advice.
Independent Living Centre
The Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) is a leading provider of assistive technology, equipment and home modifications across WA, supporting thousands of people living with disability. Their Community Allied Health Services team can help you to achieve goals that support:
- Participating within their communities
One of their clients, Martie Taljard is a wife, mother and grandmother who enjoys being able to get out and about, shopping and keeping in touch with her family and friends.
When Mrs Taljard became eligible for WA NDIS, one of her goals was to maintain her independence.
To address her mobility issues Mrs Taljard worked with Independent Living Centre WA Occupational Therapist and together they trialled and assessed a variety of scooters to find the right one for Mrs Taljard.
Today, Mrs Taljard can move around with much more ease and independence. Just as importantly, she is able to hold her husband’s hand on walks again. Read her full story here on the ILC website.
ILC’s newly refurbished, purpose built, assistive technology display floor at Nedlands showcases some of the latest assistive equipment with new individual consulting rooms, a greater range of smart home technology, and the ability to visit the centre remotely via a telepresence robot known as BEAM. ILC Community Allied Health Services team can demonstrate a range of equipment and technologies designed to support independence.
Check out this link to Befriends new Events page to see which meet-up or community games suit you!
Mundaring Arts Centre
Your opportunity to contribute to the cultural life of the eastern region is endless. Be part of the vibrant arts scene by applying to showcase your work at Mundaring Arts Centre (MAC) and / or Midland Junction Arts Centre (MJAC) in 2020. Across both cultural hubs, they offer a variety of exhibition options to support your innovative ideas.
Currently inviting proposals for exhibitions at MAC and MJAC from emerging, mid-career and established creatives across all disciplines and visual art forms.
Proposals will be assessed on the quality of work, project rationale, potential for audience development, public/education programming opportunities, alignment with the our vision and planned exhibition schedule.
Download their Admission application form here. Exhibition applications close 5pm on 5 July 2019.
MAC also acknowledge that the process of turning your exhibition ideas into a successful application can be difficult so they are offering all prospective artists the opportunity to enhance your proposal and maximise your chances.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS explained here.
See what DADAA is presenting, new programs and events on its website here.