Tickets are now available for the Perth, Brisbane & online NDIS Community Catch Ups.

Perth (21st May) – Brisbane (24th May) – Online (5th June)

“Join Minister for the NDIS, the Hon. Bill Shorten online where he will answer your questions on NDIS reforms.

The changes will improve the participant experience of the NDIS, and bring the Scheme back to its original intent.”

PERTH NDIS COMMUNITY CATCH UP:
Tuesday 21st May at 10:45am AWST
Pamela Hilton Hotel
14 Mill Street
Perth

Minister Shorten will be answering questions in the room.

Join in-person to ask your questions or watch the event online.

To book your ticket & find out more about event accessibility, go to:
https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-community-catch-up-perth

BRISBANE NDIS COMMUNITY CATCH UP:
Friday May 24th at 11:45am AEST
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Corner Merivale and Glenelg Streets
Brisbane

Minister Shorten will be answering questions in the room.

Join in-person to ask your questions or watch the event online.

To book your ticket & find out more about event accessibility, go to:
https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-community-catch-up-brisbane

ONLINE NDIS COMMUNITY CATCH UP:
Wednesday 5th June
WA: 2:00pm
SA/NT: 3:30pm
NSW, VIC, TAS, QLD, ACT: 4:00pm

To book your ticket, go to:
https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-reform-community-catch-up-online

Menzies Health Institute Queensland is currently looking for individuals to take part in their world renowned thought-controlled cycling study.

Do you have a clinically complete or incomplete chronic traumatic spinal cord injury and live in or around the Gold Coast?

Menzies Health Institute Queensland is currently looking for individuals to take part in their world renowned thought-controlled cycling study.

As a non-invasive rehabilitation system for people with spinal cord injury (SCI), BioSpine combines the effect of multiple technologies and drug therapy. Current evidence suggests that electrical stimulation of muscle and spinal cord, thought-control, virtual reality, cycling, and anti-anxiety drugs could partially restore movement and sensation in people with SCI.

This clinical study assesses the long-term effects of BioSpine’s new type of rehabilitation, following a 6-month intervention, on motor and sensory function of people with SCI.

To take part, participants:

  • * will have a clinically complete or incomplete chronic traumatic spinal cord injury
  • * be over the age of 18
  • * must have incurred their injury at least two years prior to initiation of the study
  • * undertake a screening procedure to determine suitability to participate in the study (cost of these tests will be covered).

The screening procedure includes:

  • * standard blood testing to evaluate your renal and liver function
  • * bone density scan
  • * physiotherapy assessment to evaluate the overall health of your joints as well as your level of SCI as per the American Spinal Injury association (ASIA) assessment

Participants will be required to attend the BioSpine laboratory at Griffith University Gold Coast Campus for at least 150 minutes per week (2-4 sessions per week) over a 6-month period. Training involves thought-controlled electrical stimulation of the legs for cycling.

The study will commence mid-2024.

For more information and to register your interest go to:

https://www.griffith.edu.au/menzies-health-institute-queensland/research-trials/biospine-study

Going through a tough time? Feeling overwhelmed?

Know that you’re not alone and that there are people who care and are available to give support with understanding and no judgment.

Reach out.

Whether this means speaking with a friend, family member, your GP or colleague or getting in contact with a counselling service, it is important that you do this as soon as possible.

Call:

Do it TODAY not tomorrow!

Because you’re worth it.

Has the NDIS become a tick and flick system?

There is concern amongst many NDIS participants, that the scheme has been reduced to a system in which its bureaucracy is supported by a seemingly apathetic tick and flick exercise.

Unnecessary red tape, repetitive paperwork, costly reports, pigeonholing based on generalist views of disability types and an inability to consider participants’ personal cases, reveals an NDIS doomed to failure in attaining its goal to serve one of our country’s most vulnerable groups.

Whilst the NDIS Review is working towards refining (and hopefully improving) many important elements, should it actually be delving internally into its own systems?

What are your experiences, thoughts and hopes around the NDIS?

This coming Wednesday (15th May at 7pm AEST), Minister Bill Shorten will be hosting a light supper and answering your questions at an NDIS Community Catch Up in Canberra.

Venue: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra.

To register for this event go to:

https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-community-catch-up-canberra

Minister Shorten will be hosting similar events to be held in Perth and Brisbane in May.

Details will soon be available at www.dss.gov.au/NDISreforms

Where will disability fit in the 2024-2025 Budget?

With Treasurer Jim Chalmers due to deliver the 2024-2025 Federal Budget next Tuesday (14th May), there is legitimate concern around the allocations set to impact the lives of people with disability.

Disability organisations made pre-submission recommendations geared towards protecting and benefiting Australians living with disability. However, will this input influence Mr Chalmer’s Budget and work for or against one of our country’s most vulnerable groups?

https://iview.abc.net.au/collection/2184

Is Australia the “lucky country” if you’re living with disability?

Having recently read Cathy Roberts’ half glass full to overflowing post (https://www.facebook.com/groups/physicaldisabilityaustralia/permalink/10160530510427599/?) on how fortunate she feels on living in Australia – “the lucky country” – particularly as a person living with disability, we got thinking.

Whilst there’s a lot happening in our country around disability and so many people are going through personal challenges and feeling concerned about issues like the NDIS reforms, lack of disability housing and making ends meet, we only have to look at the way that countries including the UK, America, India and New Zealand are facing disability funding and support crises to see that Australia is trying.

What are your thoughts?

Are we on track?

Are our leaders meeting the needs of Australia’s disability community?

Positives. Negatives. Suggestions.

We’d love to hear from you.

Minister Bill Shorten will be hosting a number of NDIS Community Catch Ups throughout May and you’re invited

Throughout May, Bill Shorten will be hosting a number of face to face NDIS Community Catch Up events across Australia:

  • Sydney – 8 May 10.45am – Sydney Masonic Centre
  • Canberra – 15 May 7pm – QT Canberra
  • Perth – 21 May 10.45am (AWT) – Venue TBC
  • Brisbane – 24 May 10.45am – Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre

These are all in person only events, with a further National online event soon to be scheduled.

Come along and ask your questions about NDIS reform.

Tomorrow’s (Wednesday 8th May at 10:45am AEST) Sydney event will be run as a morning tea.

To attend this event, you must register by going to:

https://events.humanitix.com/ndis-community-catch-up-sydney

Details on the upcoming Canberra, Perth, Brisbane and online events will soon be available at www.dss.gov.au/NDISreforms