Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

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Focus of the DIsability Inclusion Network Central Coast (DINCC)

1. To ensure the progression of disability inclusion in mainstream services across the Central Coast Region through increased engagement with the people in the community with lived experience of disability
2. To create a platform for mainstream service agencies to collaborate, coordinate and innovate to develop and implement disability inclusion strategies and actions.
3. To adopt an alliance strategy that provides a forum for mainstream services and key partners to work collectively on disability inclusion while ensuring it does not usurp the role of a body properly constituted from the community (or parts thereof) to advocate and activate on its own behalf.
4. To support a unifying program/activity planning and development from the various mainstream service agencies and key partners to create partnership opportunities to mutually amplify various outputs and/or outcomes for people with lived experience of disability.
5. To achieve broader inclusive service provision and improved health and wellbeing, and economic and social participation of people with a disability, their support person, carers and families in the Central Coast region.
6. As a separate body representing the unified will of the contributing mainstream agencies service and key partners, explore opportunities for advocacy, health promotion and prevention can be realised.
7. To be recognised as leaders in implementing, meeting and progressing the legislated requirements of disability inclusion included, but not limited to the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) and NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.

EH

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Erin Heine posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast  

12th May 21, 08:02 AM

NSW Ministry of Health - Updated Guidance to Disability Service Providers Disability Service Providers 11/05/21 The advice by NSW Health Public Health Response Branch for residential disability care providers and home care service providers has been UPDATED today (11 May 2021) on the NSW Health Disability Support Providers webpage at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/disability-support.aspx. 1. COVID UPDATE • The key messages are:

NSW Ministry of Health - Updated Guidance to Disability Service Providers Disability Service Providers 11/05/21

The advice by NSW Health Public Health Response Branch for residential disability care providers and home care service providers has been UPDATED today (11 May 2021) on the NSW Health Disability Support Providers webpage at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/disability-support.aspx.

1. COVID UPDATE
• The key messages are:
o There has been local transmission of COVID-19 in NSW with close and casual contact locations identified.
o For residential disability care facilities within the Greater Sydney area, including metropolitan Sydney, Nepean Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Wollongong:
 All staff and visitors should wear a surgical mask where possible
 Residents should limit visitors to a maximum of two visitors each day. They may have different visitors each day.
o Greater Melbourne is currently considered an affected area, with a number of places of high concern.
o Western Australia has been removed as an affected area.
o This information can change rapidly so please check the web at least daily for updates.
o Influenza vaccination is recommended for all staff, residents and visitors to residential disability care facilities.
o You can find a list of NSW close and casual contact locations here.
• Providers are reminded that:
o the guidance provided presents the latest advice from NSW Health to assist in the assessment of risk and the prevention of community transmission
o they should carefully balance the need for infection control with the rights of people with disability to receive disability services and to engage in all their usual activities
o people with disability, disability workers and families should be reminded that when attending sites where there are crowds, it is important to remain COVID aware and maintain COVIDSafe practices including:
 handwashing and hand sanitising
 cough and sneeze etiquette
 physical distancing, and
 checking in when entering hospitality and other sites. Any problems with using QR codes should be directed to Service NSW in the first instance on 13 77 88.
If providers need assistance with assessing risk or require advice about how to implement the NSW Health advice, they should consult their local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055 or email [email protected].

2. GENERAL PUBLIC HEALTH ADVICE
• NSW Health has issued further alert this evening about the situation in Victoria. People arriving in NSW arriving from the Greater Melbourne area from 6am tomorrow (Wednesday 12 May 2021) must complete a declaration which confirms that they have not attended a venue of concern. These declarations will be available on the Service NSW website soon.
• You can find advice on face mask requirements for the general community in NSW here.
• The mass vaccination centre at Sydney Olympic Park opened yesterday with hundreds of people receiving their COVID-19 vaccine and thousands more booked in for this week. All reports are that the process is running smoothly.
• You can find further information on where to get vaccinated here.
• General advice on COVID-19 in NSW can be found here.

3. ALERTS AND HELP
• The cases of community transmission in Sydney and Melbourne are a reminder that we need to maintain all COVIDSafe behaviours, especially the use of QR codes or other methods for checking into business and other locations.

• If you do not have a mobile phone or cannot use the QR code for any other reason, the venue is required to have an alternative option to check in: “You must provide an alternative form of electronic check-in for people without smartphones”. Read more here and here. Direct any concerns or inquiries in the first instance to Service NSW on 13 77 88.

• NB: Advice will change quickly in response to new information (including identification of community transmission sites)

• We will send an email alert if/when the guidance changes but it is recommended that you regularly check the latest advice on the NSW Health website.

• If you require advice on anything related to the guidance contact:
• your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055
• the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9858 or [email protected].

4. COVID VACCINE ROLLOUT
• A reminder that anyone in Phase 1a or 1b can make a booking for a vaccination by following the question sets on the Vaccine Eligibility Checker and answering the questions to reflect their situation. Some of the NSW Health Vaccine Clinics are not yet linked via this booking system. If you are located in an area not covered by one of the listed clinics, check back in regularly to see when your area has been added.

• You may also be approached by your Local Health District (LHD) to connect you with a local clinic in the meantime. If you are contacted, you are encouraged to take the opportunity to organise vaccinations for your residents and staff. If you wish to make contact with your LHD, please use your usual connections or email [email protected].

• If you have any concerns about, or difficulties with, the Eligibility Checker process or vaccinations more generally (including specific questions about vaccinations in NSW for the disability sector), you can get assistance from the National Coronavirus and COVID-19 Vaccine Helpline on 1800 020 080.

• Feedback from people with disability and disability providers about:

o attending the Sydney Olympic Park Mass Vaccination Clinic has been consistently positive. There is some disability parking at the back of the centre. Flag your disability parking needs when you are asked for information about any mobility issues, and ask for advice on how to book. There is a rear entrance from the disability parking area that provides easy access to the centre

o access to vaccinations in rural areas has also been very positive, with a number having been contacted by their LHD disability leads with offers to residents and staff to attend LHD Vaccination Clinics group bookings.

• We understand that Aspen Medical (the vaccination provider engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Health to deliver inreach for disability group homes) is about to begin inreach visits. Once further advice comes to hand about locations we will let you know. In the meantime, access options include NSW Health Clinics, GPs (for those over 50) or the two Sonic Pfizer Clinics.

• The Commonwealth has advised that this online form can be used to make a declaration of eligibility under Phase 1a or 1b:

o https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/covid-19-vaccination-eligibility-declaration-form

Alternatively, people working in the disability sector can produce a letter from their employer to show that they work in the disability sector. The letter or declaration can be produced electronically (for example, on a mobile phone).

• Providers are reminded not to forget flu vaccinations and to ensure 14 days between flu and COVID-19 vaccinations.

General
Direct any specific questions or suggestions about COVID-19 vaccines for people with disability or disability workers to the Disability Team at the Vaccine Taskforce by emailing [email protected].

For any other inquiries or concerns call the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9858 or email [email protected].

EH

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Erin Heine posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast  

28th Apr 21, 10:18 AM

NSW Ministry of Health - Updated Guidance to Disability Service Providers - 27/4/21 The advice by NSW Health Public Health Response Branch for residential disability care providers and home care service providers has been UPDATED yesterday (27 April 2021) on the NSW Health Disability Support Providers webpage at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/disability-support.aspx 1. COVID UPDATE: The key messages are:

NSW Ministry of Health - Updated Guidance to Disability Service Providers - 27/4/21

The advice by NSW Health Public Health Response Branch for residential disability care providers and home care service providers has been UPDATED yesterday (27 April 2021) on the NSW Health Disability Support Providers webpage at https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/disability-support.aspx

1. COVID UPDATE: The key messages are:
• The restrictions on entry by staff and visitors who have been to Western Australia close or casual contact venues in the last 14 days has been updated in relation staff:
o Staff are allowed to work if they have been to Perth or the Peel region since 17 April 2021 provided they have had a negative test result. Staff who have been to these areas must continue to wear a mask until further notice

• Visitors are restricted from entry to residential disability and home care services if they have been to Perth or the Peel region Western Australia since 17 April 2021 unless they are providing essential care to residents or with permission based on compassionate reasons.

2. ALERTS AND HELP:
• The advice can still change quickly in response to new information (including identification of community transmission sites)
• We will send an email alert if/when the guidance changes but it is recommended that you regularly check the latest advice on the NSW Health website.
• If you require advice on anything related to the guidance contact:
• your local Public Health Unit on 1300 066 055
• the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9858 or [email protected].

3. VACCINE ROLLOUT:
• The Commonwealth Department of Health has issued a new COVID-19 vaccination – Disability Provider Alert 23 April 2021.

• This provider alert along with other resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available from the dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Department of Health website. This page will be updated regularly.

• The Department of Health will update the following web page Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines with any new advice on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

• Any communications from NSW Health regarding vaccinations and the disability sector will be alerted to you through this email channel and will be posted on our website.

• Flu vaccinations - people with disability, and providers/carers who support them, are recommended to proceed with influenza vaccinations as per their usual annual arrangements as soon as practicable. Note: ATAGI recommends a 14 day period between vaccinations for flu and COVID-19. You can see the statement regarding flu vaccination for 2021 from the Therapeutic Goods Administration here.

• General Information

o Direct any questions in the first instance to the Disability Team at the Vaccine Taskforce by emailing [email protected].
o If you have any remaining questions or concerns call the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9858 or email [email protected].

EH

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Erin Heine posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast  

19th Apr 21, 08:08 AM

NSW Health Disability Provider Alert - Vaccinations - 16 April 2021 VACCINE ROLLOUT: • The Commonwealth Department of Health Provider Alert issued today provides a summary of the current status of the Vaccine Rollout for people with disability in Tranche 1a and 1b. The Department of Health: -States that further information will be provided after the National Cabinet meets on Monday 19 April 2021

NSW Health Disability Provider Alert - Vaccinations - 16 April 2021

VACCINE ROLLOUT:
• The Commonwealth Department of Health Provider Alert issued today provides a summary of the current status of the Vaccine Rollout for people with disability in Tranche 1a and 1b.

The Department of Health:

-States that further information will be provided after the National Cabinet meets on Monday 19 April 2021

-Asks for patience as they adjust to the new information regarding the advice from ATAGI on the Astra Zeneca vaccine

-encourages people with disability and staff to organise their flu vaccinations so that they do not interfere with access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Reminds providers that:

-the alert, along with other resources and information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, is available from a dedicated web page for disability service providers on the Department of Health website. This page will be updated regularly https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/information-for-covid-19-vaccination-providers/covid-19-vaccine-information-for-disability-service-providers

-The Department of Health will update the following web page Information for people with disability about COVID-19 vaccines https://www.health.gov.au/initiatives-and-programs/covid-19-vaccines/getting-vaccinated-for-covid-19/information-for-people-with-disability-about-covid-19-vaccines with any new advice on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

General Information

-Direct any questions in the first instance to the Disability Team at the Vaccine Taskforce by emailing [email protected]

-If you have any remaining questions or concerns call the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9858 or email [email protected].

AL

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Angelina Lee posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast  

2nd Sep 20, 11:43 AM

Hi all, I would like to introduce myself as the Central Coast Local Health District Intellectual Disability Care Coordinator (IDCC). This newly created position is to provide specialised consultation and education to CCLHD health clinicians on the assessment and management of a person with intellectual disability.

Hi all,

I would like to introduce myself as the Central Coast Local Health District Intellectual Disability Care Coordinator (IDCC). This newly created position is to provide specialised consultation and education to CCLHD health clinicians on the assessment and management of a person with intellectual disability.

Also to provide consultation and education to external stakeholders GPs, Department of Education, Juvenile Justice, Department of Communities and Justice and local Central Coast Non-government Organisations. IDCC will provide capacity building to enhance knowledge and skills in working with people with an intellectual disability. For example, this can be working with GPs one on one in relation to a particular patient, or providing skills training or other education sessions to groups.

As the IDCC, my aim to address the gap in local health care for people with an intellectual disability of all ages and create pathways to increase the systemic capacity of the region to better serve consumers, carers and their families.

Also to devise and implement systems to encourage collaboration and information sharing across clinicians, specialties, service providers and agencies.

IDCC is also the conduit between CCLHD and Hunter New England (HNE) Specialised Intellectual Disability Health Team (SIDHT).

Furthermore, I work as a conduit between CCLHD and HNE Specialised Intellectual Disability Health Team (SIDHT) to lead the roll out of the Specialised Intellectual Disability Health Team outreach assessment clinic for the district. The SIDHT will include multidisciplinary assessment and care planning to manage complex consumers with an intellectual disability and a current unresolved health issue that cannot be addressed through usual care.

I have attached SIDHT Factsheets for your perusal/ distribution as you see fit.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information or to make referrals to myself and SIDHT.

Angelina Lee | District Intellectual Disability Care Coordinator
Central Coast Local Health District
Tel 02 4320 3041 | Mob: 0436286442
Email: [email protected]

KC

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Keiko Clements posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

16th Apr 21, 10:45 AM

Welcome to eBility! eBility is a one-stop accessible marketplace for all disability equipment and products. Established in 1998, eBility is owned by IDEAS, the knowledge experts in fact-checked verified disability information and connection. eBility's purpose is: 1. To make it easier and quicker for people with disability to find relevant new and used products in an accessible format, so you can power up your life.

Welcome to eBility!

eBility is a one-stop accessible marketplace for all disability equipment and products. Established in 1998, eBility is owned by IDEAS, the knowledge experts in fact-checked verified disability information and connection.

eBility's purpose is:
1. To make it easier and quicker for people with disability to find relevant new and used products in an accessible format, so you can power up your life.
2.To offer value by connecting sellers and buyers and free access for those wishing to donate items to new homes and users.
3.To support and promote web accessibility always, with tips, tricks and hacks written by subject experts.

Thanks for your continued support.
For more details, please visit eBility website: ebility.com.au

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Gabriel Wingate-Pearse posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

17th Mar 21, 10:24 AM

JOB OPPORTUNITY As the departing Commmunity Development Coordinator at Social Futures, NDIS LAC program on the Central Coast, I can highly recommend this role, the team, and the organisation - it's a great job and I am sorry to be leaving (due to a change in personal circumstances). Feel free to call me for a confidential chat, on: 0474747437 Details as per the links below. LAC Community Development Coordinator – Central Coast

JOB OPPORTUNITY
As the departing Commmunity Development Coordinator at Social Futures, NDIS LAC program on the Central Coast, I can highly recommend this role, the team, and the organisation - it's a great job and I am sorry to be leaving (due to a change in personal circumstances).
Feel free to call me for a confidential chat, on: 0474747437
Details as per the links below.

LAC Community Development Coordinator – Central Coast
https://careers.socialfutures.org.au/job-details/query/8099794

Applications close 8:00am Monday, 29 March 2021. Please contact Lynda Hope for further information:
[email protected]

EH

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Erin Heine posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

25th Feb 21, 09:46 AM

Hi All, An invitation has been extended by the Chair's of the Rainbow Inclusion Network Central Coast (RINCC) to to hear about ACON’s LGBTQ+ People With Disability Project. Charbel (he/him) & Joanna (they/them) will be the presenters. Any members of the Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast (DINCC) group who wish to join next Tuesday 2nd March 10:00am - 11:30am can do so by clicking the zoom link https://zoom.us/j/98837777172

Hi All,

An invitation has been extended by the Chair's of the Rainbow Inclusion Network Central Coast (RINCC) to to hear about ACON’s LGBTQ+ People With Disability Project. Charbel (he/him) & Joanna (they/them) will be the presenters.

Any members of the Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast (DINCC) group who wish to join next Tuesday 2nd March 10:00am - 11:30am can do so by clicking the zoom link
https://zoom.us/j/98837777172

If you wish to join the Rainbow Inclusion Network Central Coast you can search for the group in HSNet and request to join.

Thanks,
Erin Heine, Manager Diversity & Inclusion CCLHD

AC

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Amy Corcoran posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

19th Nov 20, 01:10 PM

Free online workshops for carers: 'Caring through crisis: Covid-19'

Carers NSW is holding practical, interactive workshops for carers to reflect on ways to stay safe, focus on health and wellbeing and make time for self-care during COVID-19.

See attached flyer for more info.

KC

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Keiko Clements posted in Disability Inclusion Network Central Coast

28th Oct 20, 11:47 AM

Introducing CALD Community Connector for Central Coast CALD Community Connector is a part of the National Community Connector Program, an initiative of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more details, please visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/what-ndis/whos-rolling-out-ndis/national-community-connectors

Introducing CALD Community Connector for Central Coast

CALD Community Connector is a part of the National Community Connector Program, an initiative of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). For more details, please visit: https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/what-ndis/whos-rolling-out-ndis/national-community-connectors

CALD Community Connectors will support people with disability and their representatives from CALD backgrounds in understanding and accessing NDIS. They will also support the NDIA, Partners in the Community (Local Area Coordinators (LAC) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services) and the local service sector to establish trusting relationships and enhance their engagement.

Some examples of what the CALD Community Connectors can do:
• Improving community awareness and knowledge about NDIS
• Assertive outreach to CALD communities in a culturally sensitive
manner
• Assisting potential participants on the NDIS access process e.g.
gathering evidence to support NDIS Access Request
• Supporting participants and their families during pre-planning,
planning and plan review meetings
• Assisting those who are not eligible for the NDIS, or who are
exiting the NDIS to access mainstream supports.
• Working closely with Partners in the Community to build their
links with hard to reach communities and to build their capability
to more effectively engage with people from CALD communities.

Please contact me for further information and assistance.

Keiko Clements
CALD Community Connector – Central Coast
National Community Connector Program
Mobile:0429 656 100
Email: [email protected]