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A resource directory for community information, client, family, peer support, advocacy, professional and peak associations .

Provided as a free service for people who have a disability or health issues and for their families, friends and/or carers.
NOTE: Some references may move location or become out-of-date. To advise of corrections or to request consideration for an addition to this page and possible inclusion in the Global Gazette Disability & Ageing e-newsletter then please email GlobalGazetteDisabilityAgeing@gmail.com


The Auslan Signbank Dictionary

Auslan Signbank is a language resources site for Auslan (Australian Sign Language). Auslan is the language of the deaf community in Australia.

Here you will find:

  • a dictionary
  • a special medical and health dictionary
  • grammar examples on video
  • videos of deaf people using Auslan naturally
  • information on the deaf community in Australia
  • links to Auslan classes

http://www.auslan.org.au/


Chinese Parents Association - Children with Disabilities (CPA) Inc.

Established in 1988 by a group of Chinese parents with children with disabilities in Australia.

It is a non-religious, non-political and non-profit making organization with the objective to provide a range of services specially needed by people with disabilities and their families.

http://www.chineseparents.org.au/  (This site is in English and Chinese languages)

Translate this web site into chinese by clicking on the Chinese flag


Self Advocacy Sydney Inc.
http://www.sasinc.com.au

Self Advocacy Sydney is an organisation run by and for people
with Intellectual Disability.


Their Mission Statement

  • Give training support and information to all members / consumers to develop their skills as self advocates.
  • Provide information and education to the community about self advocacy and the rights of the people who have Intellectual Disability.
  • Develop strong links with other advocacy and community groups.

Self Advocacy Sydney Suite 4, 2A Newton & Flushcombe Roads Blacktown NSW 2148 Australia Ph (02) 9622 3005 Fax (02) 9622 6030 Email info@sasinc.com.au


NDS - National Disability Services
Promoting the development of quality services and life
opportunities for Australians with disabilities.

NDS is the national industry association for disability services, representing over 600 not-for-profit organisations. Collectively, their members operate several thousand services for Australians with all types of disability. NDS’s members range in size from small support groups to large multi-service organisations, and are located in every State and Territory across Australia. They have a national body and very active state branches.

Check out their web site at http://www.nds.org.au


NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID)

The NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID) is the peak organisation in NSW representing the interests of people with intellectual disability. The Council takes on such activities as providing policy advice, systemic advocacy, community education, and information provision and dissemination. NSW CID has an information service and resource centre providing information to people with intellectual disability, their families, carers, advocates and service providers. NSW CID is committed to the principles of inclusion and participation and we aim to ensure people with intellectual disability are included in every aspect of the work we undertake.

The above information is from their informative web site at http://www.nswcid.org.au


Brain Injury Association of NSW

http://www.biansw.org.au

The Brain Injury Association of New South Wales is the leading advocacy body in NSW for people with an acquired brain injury, their families, carers and interested organisations. They represent their needs to government, service providers, broader community and the media.

Affiliated/Related Organisations:

The Brain Injury Support Service Incorporated (BISSI) can be found at http://www.bissi.org.au

Headway Adult Development Program can be found at http://www.headwayadp.org.au

Brain Injury Australia


Down Syndrome Association NSW

http://www.dsansw.org.au

Down Syndrome NSW is an independent, registered charity established and run by parents. The work of Down Syndrome NSW depends on the generosity of its members and the general public in supporting its fundraising efforts and through donations. Annual funding from the State Government through the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care assists in meeting administrative costs.

The Aim of Down Syndrome NSW is to encourage people with Down syndrome to fulfill their potential for successful and happy lives, in a society which knows their abilities and is supportive of their needs. The work of Down Syndrome NSW is to represent the interests and respond to the needs of people with Down syndrome in the major aspects of their lives; as members of the family, in their individual pursuits, and as members of the community.The Association’s web site is very informative as is their newsletter that is sent out to members. Membership is a great way to keep up to date on their activities for people who have a disability, the parent support meetings held at different locations across the state and other developments.


Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc (ADEC)

ADEC is a community based organisation which represents the rights and needs of people of non-English speaking background with a disability and their carers. It empowers people with a disability from non-English speaking backgrounds, their carers, and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.

Contact: Anastasia Meimeteas Administration Address: 175 Plenty Road PRESTON VIC 3072

Phone: 03 9480 1666 Fax: 03 9480 3444 Email: info@adec.org.au Website: www.adec.org.au


Professional Association of Nurses in Developmental Disability Areas [PANDDA] (Australia) Inc.

PANDDA http://www.pandda.net
A professional association for nurses (registered and enrolled) working in the disability field. They review professional practice issues and conduct an excellent annual professional development conference in August every year.


Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID)

http://www.assid.org.au

ASSID is a long standing association in the disability field and membership is open to any interested person. Their mission isto enhance the skills, knowledge and commitment of it's members and to facilitate a supportive network in order to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual or developmental disability. (Their conferences are excellent and the publications members receive are of a high quality – a great way to keep up to date. Editor)

The goals of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability are:

  • Promote the research and understanding of intellectual disability
  • Bring together people with an interest in the field of intellectual disability 
  • Promote high standards of practice in the field of intellectual disability

Center for Developmental Disability Studies

The Centre for Developmental Disability Studies is a non-profit organisation that began operating in April 1997.CDDS creates and disseminates knowledge that can improve the lives of people with developmental disabilities.

We design and develop research, teaching and clinical practice to inform policy and practice which have an impact on people who have developmental disabilities.

http://www.cdds.med.usyd.edu.au/


Physical Disability Council of NSW

http://www.pdcnsw.org.au/

PDCN is the peak body in NSW representing people with life-long physical disability across the state.

Objectives

  • To educate, inform and assist people with physical disabilities in New South Wales regarding the range of services, structures and programs available that enable their full participation, equality of opportunity and equality of citizenship;
  • To develop the capacity of people with physical disabilities in New South Wales to identify their own goals and the confidence to indentify a pathway to achieve their goals;
  • To educate and inform all stakeholders about the needs of people with physical disabilities so they are able to achieve and maintain full participation, equality of opportunity and equality of citizenship.

Epilepsy Action Australia

www.epilepsy.org.au

Epilepsy Action provides education and support services to children and adults with epilepsy or other seizure disorders across Australia. Their vision is that all Australians affected by seizures will have the opportunity to live confident lives. The peak national not-for-profit association representing people who have epilepsy.
You can join for only $20 per year and this includes a subscription to Epilepsy 360’ a quarterly magazine for people with epilepsy, their families and professionals. Membership information and application form at
http://www.epilepsy.org.au/membership.asp


IDEAS – Information on Disability & Education Awareness Services

A not-for-profit incorporated association dedicated to providing a range of high quality information services and products for people with disability and people with age related disability, their families, carers and other supporters.
Their activities include IDEAS Disability Info Line, IDEAS Online information, IDEAS Expo, IDEAS Community Education, IDEAS Disability Advocacy Brokerage, IDEAS Newsletter, IDEAS e-News, IDEAS Directories, IDEAS Blog, Access Aware online directory of accessible businesses and services.
Check out their resource full web site, become a member and/or subscribe to their informative publications, at
http://www.ideas.org.au/

Trace their origins back to 1981 IYDP and see how good IDEAS has grown at http://www.ideas.org.au/contentid71.html


Aged Care Association Of Australia

The peak national association representing the aged care services sector. A federated peak body, ACAA is the only organisation that represents care providers from the private and voluntary sectors on a national basis. ACAA provides a truly representative voice for the residential care industry to the Commonwealth and State governments, all associated agencies and professional bodies, via a structure of autonomous state association, and a national presence in Canberra. They provide support services to members, annual national and state conferences for professional development, trade exhibitions, study tours, publications, newsletters, and other events.

http://www.agedcareassociation.com.au//  - national body

http://www.acaansw.com.au/ - NSW association
http://www.accv.com.au/ - Victorian association


    Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association

    http://www.e-bility.com/arata/index.php

    ARATA is a national association whose purpose is to serve as a forum for issues in rehabilitation and assistive technology. Activities include special interest groups and forums as well as the annual Conference.

    If you are looking for assistive technology assistance then download the AT Services Directory 2007 at http://www.e-bility.com/arata/download/tech_services07.doc


    Accessible Accommodation in Sydney for travelers

    http://www.easyaccessaustralia.com.au/sydney/


      NSW Centre for Mental Health
      http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policy/cmh/
      The Centre for Mental Health is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Health Department policy in relation to mental health services. This includes developing, implementing and monitoring strategies for transition to the mental health service development agreed under the National Mental health Strategy and the Australian Health Care Agreements.
      The Centre is also responsible for developing and maintaining the regulatory framework for the delivery and monitoring of mental health services under the
      Mental Health Act 1990 and related legislation affecting clients of mental health services.


        Enrolled Nurses Professional Association (ENPA)

        http://www.enpansw.org.au

        The peak consultative body and professional association for enrolled nursing in NSW. Promoting professionalism and greater standards of care. Global Advantage has recently come to an affiliation arrangement with the ENPA and will sponsor the membership for Enrolled Nurses and Endorsed Enrolled Nurses joining the agency and working active shifts. Global is actively recruiting more enrolled nurses and medication endorsed enrolled nurses.


          HSNet NSW – Human Services Network
          https://www.hsnet.nsw.gov.au

          HSNet, or the Human Services Network, is a whole-of-government initiative supporting agencies in the human services sector to deliver services in a coordinated and effective manner.

          HSNet is FREE and secure for use by staff working in the NSW human services sector providing a central location for sharing information and enabling human services staff to:
          *
          easily locate health, housing, family, legal and community service information locally and across NSW
          *exchange information, make referrals securely and provide the best possible service to their clients.


              Technical Aids for the Disabled
              http://www.technicalaidnsw.org.au/

              TADNSW can assist in all aspects of everyday living, including equipment to assist the development of young children, tools and devices for education, work, recreation, daily living and personal care, and aids to assist older people retain mobility and independence. In some cases we may also modify a commercially available item to suit individual needs.

              With main offices in Sydney and a corps of volunteers throughout NSW, TADNSW has been serving people with disabilities for over 30 years and have developed over 25,000 devices that have assisted people with disabilities from all age groups.


                The Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability
                QCIDD, Australia, supports people with intellectual disability. It does this through research, teaching and clinical activities.

                They believe that all people with disability have the right to a healthy and full life and recognise that people with intellectual and developmental disability have historically experienced systematic neglect of their health and well-being needs. This neglect and lack of access to appropriate, high quality medical services continue to impact on the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disability. 

                Collaboration and negotiation with the person with disability and their carers provides better health outcomes and we support persons with intellectual and developmental disability and their carer/s to become involved in their health care and health care planning. Given that people with intellectual and developmental disability have been historically underrepresented in research, we seek their involvement in research development around health issues. We actively promote improvement of health and well-being for people with intellectual and developmental disability through our education programmes for students, services and practitioners.

                They also produce resources on a range of health and well-being issues. http://www.som.uq.edu.au/research/qcidd/resources.asp


                    Royal Australian College of Nursing Australia

                    http://www.rcna.org.au/

                    Royal College of Nursing, Australia (RCNA) is Australia’s peak professional nursing organisation and is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). We are a membership organisation open to nurses and nursing students in all areas of the profession.
                    RCNA was established in 1949, and was initially a provider of formal ongoing education for nurses who wished to gain higher qualifications in nursing. After the transfer of nursing to the higher education sector in 1993, RCNA’s focus shifted to professional development and policy analysis and development. The College moved from Melbourne to Canberra to be closer to the political issues impacting the nursing profession.

                    In 1997, RCNA became the Australian member of ICN, creating an important link between Australian nurses and the global nursing community. As Australia’s member of ICN, RCNA represents Australia’s nurses in the development and reform of international nursing policy, and seeks to enhance and promote the nursing profession across the globe.


                      Carers NSW Inc.

                      http://www.carersnsw.asn.au/

                      Carers NSW is an association for relatives and friends caring for people with a disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependencies, chronic condition, terminal illness or who are frail. We are the peak organisation for carers in New South Wales.


                        NSW Nurses Association

                        The New South Wales Nurses' Association (NSWNA) is the registered union for all nurses in New South Wales. The Association represents the industrial interest of nurses employed under all awards and agreements registered in this State in both the public and private sectors. Its role is to protect the interests of nurses and the nursing profession. Publishers of “The Lamp” nurses magazine. Over 50,000 nurse members. http://www.nswnurses.asn.au/


                          Mental Health Council of Australia

                          http://www.mhca.org.au/

                          The Mental Health Council ODF Australia is the peak, national non-government organisation representing and promoting the interests of Australian mental health sector, committed to achieving better mental health for all Australians. MHCA members include national organisations representing consumers, carers, special needs groups, clinical service providers, public and private mental health service providers, researchers and state/territory community mental health peak bodies.


                            Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS)

                            http://www.ncoss.org.au/

                            NCOSS provides independent and informed policy development, advice and review and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the non government social and community services sector in New South Wales.

                            NCOSS works with our members, the sector, the NSW Government and its departments and other relevant agencies on current and emerging (and ongoing) social, systemic and operational issues.


                              People With Disability ( PWD )

                              http://www.pwd.org.au/

                              People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation. Its primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. PWD also has a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement. PWD was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus - we represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability. PWD is a non-profit, non-government organisation.


                                  Mental Health Association of NSW

                                  http://www.mentalhealth.asn.au/

                                  They provide information, support and education to people who are affected by the symptoms of mental illness, whether they be a consumer, partner, friend, or concerned citizen. We advocate for systemic change to improve the lives of consumers and carers. We promote evidence-based practices in the community that are designed to elicit a lifestyle that encompasses mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing for everyone, but especially for the people of NSW .


                                    Spinal Cord Injuries Australia ( SCI )

                                    http://www.scia.org.au/

                                    A society without barriers for people with spinal cord injury. Our constant innovation creates independence and unlimited opportunity for people living with spinal cord injury.


                                      Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

                                      http://www.sfnsw.org.au/

                                      The Schizophrenia Fellowship is a nonprofit, community based organisation working in the field of mental illness. As such, it is governed by a management committee who guides the organisation strategically. The management committee is made up of 13 members, three of which must have a mental illness. The Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Inc. is committed to improving the circumstances and welfare of people living with schizophrenia, their relatives and carers, and professionals working in the area.


                                         Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)

                                        http://www.idrs.org.au/

                                        The Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) is a community legal centre in New South Wales. We work with people with an intellectual disability to exercise and advance their rights.


                                          Australiasian College of Mental Health Nurses

                                          http://www.acmhn.org/

                                          The ACMHN is the peak professional body for mental health nurses in Australia. We are a dynamic group of volunteers supported by a small number of employees and we seek to represent mental health nurses, promote mental health nursing as a profession and play an active role in the promotion of mental health care and prevention in the Australian community.


                                              Ageing, Disability & Home Care, NSW
                                              http://www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au/DADHC.htm

                                              Ageing, Disability and Home Care is one of the largest human services organisations in NSW. We provide support and services to more than 1 million older people, people with disabilities and their carers in NSW. In 2008-09 the Department had a total budget of $2 billion and employed more than 12,000 staff. We are committed to ensuring that older people, people with disabilities and their carers are valued, lead independent lives and have the opportunity to participate fully in community life.


                                                Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA)

                                                http://www.mmha.org.au/

                                                Multicultural Mental Health Australia (MMHA) provides national leadership in building greater awareness of mental health and suicide prevention amongst Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Through unique partnerships with Australian mental health specialists, services advocacy groups and tertiary institutions, MMHA actively promotes the mental health andw ellbeing of Australia's diverse communities through a series of campaigns, projects and information fact sheets. MMHA also produced a series of resources and training for specialist and mainstream mental health professionals. MMHA maintains strong connections with CALD consumers/carers through focus groups, and by disseminating information on multicultural mental health, support services, stigma reduction and suicide prevention. Multicultural Mental Health Australia is funded under the National Mental Health Strategy and National Suicide Prevention Strategy by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing.


                                                  Relationships Australia

                                                  http://www.relationships.com.au/

                                                  Relationships Australia is a leading provider of relationship support services.  We aim to support all Australians to achieve positive and respectful relationships. We are a community-based, not-for-profit organisation with no religious affiliations.  Our services are for all members of the community, regardless of religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, lifestyle choice, cultural background or economic circumstances. We are committed to enhancing the lives of communities, families and individuals and supporting positive and respectful relationships.  We have a federated structure with large autonomous member organisations in every state and territory and a national office based in Canberra. With more than 60 years experience, Relationships Australia has been helping Australians to build positive relationships through the provision of confidential relationship support services by our professionally-trained and highly-skilled staff. Relationships Australia delivers a wide range of services, including counselling, family dispute resolution, personal development and education, parenting skills training, men and family relationships programs, specialised family violence programs, early intervention services, child-focused programs and practices, and programs which specifically engage indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) families, groups and communities.  We frequently partner local community organisations, for instance building capacity through training. Relationships Australia's staff provides family and community support services to over 100,000 clients from over 200 outlets in city, suburban, regional, rural and remote locations across Australia - from Port Hedland to Palm Island to Bass Strait Islands. We receive funding from the Australian Government through the Family Relationship Services Program (FRSP) and other related programs.  This funding is supplemented by client fees, training programs, state and territory government support, sponsorships, donations and other sources.


                                                    Alzheimer's Australia

                                                    http://www.alzheimers.org.au/

                                                    Alzheimer's Australia is the peak body providing support and advocacy for the 245,400 Australians living with dementia.


                                                      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

                                                      http://www.aihw.gov.au/

                                                      The AIHW is the national agency set up to provide information on Australia's health and welfare, through statistics and data development that inform discussion and decisions on policy and services. We work closely with all State, Territory and Australian Government health, housing and community services agencies in collecting, analysing and disseminating data.


                                                        Black Dog Institute

                                                        http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/

                                                        he Black Dog Institute is an educational, research, clinical and community-oriented facility offering specialist expertise in mood disorders - a range of disorders that include depression and bipolar disorder (formerly called 'manic depression'). The Institute is attached to the Prince of Wales Hospital and affiliated with the University of New South Wales. The Institute was formally launched in February 2002. The Institute builds on the work of its predecessor, the Mood Disorders Unit, established 17 years earlier as a state-wide clinical research facility. The Institute's mission is to advance the understanding, diagnosis and management of the mood disorders by continuously raising clinical, research, education and training standards. In so doing, the Institute aims to improve the lives of those affected - and in turn - the lives of their families and friends.


                                                          Multiple Sclerosis Australia

                                                          http://www.mssociety.org.au/live/default.asp

                                                          Multiple Sclerosis Limited is the entity that manages and operates the MS Australia - ACT/NSW/VIC. MS Australia - ACT/NSW/VIC has been supporting and helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) since 1956. Through an extensive network of centres, branches, support groups and health services, MS Australia - ACT/NSW/VIC provides specialist programs to people with MS, their families, carers, friends and health care professionals. MS Australia - ACT/NSW/VIC informs people with multiple sclerosis how best to achieve as full and healthy a lifestyle as possible while managing the symptoms of MS, raises funds for the provision of services, programs and research, educates the community, and liaises with government and other bodies on MS-related issues.


                                                            Department of Health & Ageing

                                                            http://www.health.gov.au/

                                                            Australia’s health system is world class, supporting universal and affordable access to high quality medical, pharmaceutical and hospital services, while helping people to stay healthy through health promotion and disease prevention activities. The Department of Health and Ageing has a diverse set of responsibilities, but throughout there is a common purpose, which is reflected in our Vision statement:Better health and active ageing for all Australians.


                                                            SANE Australia

                                                            http://www.sane.org/

                                                            SANE Australia is a national charity working for a better life for people affected by mental illness. SANE campaigns for improved services for, and attitudes towards, people affected by mental illness.  As well as ongoing advocacy for improved services, SANE lobbies on specific issues such as the effect of welfare reform and drug strategies on the lives of people with a mental illness. SANE promotes understanding of mental illness through an award-winning range of education products and services for those affected, their family and friends, health professionals and the general community. SANE conducts applied research which aims to make a real difference to the lives of Australians affected by mental illness and to those who care for them.


                                                            Interchange Respire Care NSW Inc.

                                                            http://www.interchangensw.com.au/

                                                            Interchange NSW is the peak body for organisations involved in providing respite care and social support services to families who have a member with a disability, or is frail aged. Our role is to support these organisations to help them deliver better services to families/ carers. We do this by providing members with a range of services designed to expose them to the latest information and developments in the respite care sector. We also offer a range of networking and specialised training opportunities for staff, co-ordinators, managers and board members of member organisation.  


                                                            Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) 

                                                            http://www.facsia.gov.au

                                                            Our purpose is improving the lives of Australians by creating opportunities for economic and social participation by individuals, families and communities. What We DoAbout our Secretary, our Organisation Chart and our Strategic Framework give information about our work, structure and the objectives of the Department.


                                                            Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)

                                                            http://www.mhcc.org.au

                                                            The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) is the peak body for community mental health organisations in New South Wales. Our membership is primarily comprised of not-for-profit Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) whose business or activity is wholly or in part, related to the promotion or delivery of services for the wellbeing and recovery of people with mental health problems and organisations that support carers and families of people with a mental health problem. Membership also includes Associate Members such as Area Health Services, legal or medical organisations, disability, housing, employment and education who have an interest in mental health education, promotion and recovery oriented service delivery. Individuals not representing a specific organisation may become subscription members.


                                                            Muscular Dystrophy Association

                                                            http://mdnsw.org.au/

                                                            Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW (MDNSW) has been serving and supporting people with neuromuscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy for over 50 years. Through the provision of respite care, essential equipment, activities and client contact in homes and clinics, MDNSW actively supports individuals and families in numerous practical ways.


                                                            NSW Health

                                                            http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/

                                                             We support the executive and statutory roles of the NSW Minister for Health and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Health (Mental Health and Cancer). We monitor the performance of the NSW public health system, known as NSW Health. Our vision is for everyone in NSW Health to work together to achieve "Healthy People - now and in the future". In addition to the Department of Health, NSW Health comprises Area Health Services, statutory health corporations and affiliated health organisations.


                                                            ARAFMI (Association of Friends And Relatives of the Mentally Ill)

                                                            http://www.arafmi.org

                                                            ARAFMI provides support and advocacy for families and friends of people living with a mental illness or disorder. If you have just discovered that a family member or friend has a mental illness or disorder you may be feeling shocked, confused and afraid.


                                                            Parkinson’s Australia

                                                            http://www.parkinsons.org.au/

                                                            Parkinson’s Australia is made up of a Board consisting of the Presidents of all the State and Territory Parkinson’s organisations. Our principal service is advocacy and to be the voice of people with Parkinson’s. As the peak nationwide agency, we represent the needs and interests of people with Parkinson’s to all levels of government seeking improved funding for services, research and awareness. Improving the understanding of Parkinson’s within the Australian community is recognised as one of priorities.


                                                            NCOSS (NSW Council Of Social Services)

                                                            The Council of Social Service of New South Wales (NCOSS)

                                                            NCOSS provides independent and informed policy development, advice and review and plays a key coordination and leadership role for the non government social and community services sector in New South Wales.  NCOSS works with our members, the sector, the NSW Government and its departments and other relevant agencies on current and emerging (and ongoing) social, systemic and operational issues.


                                                            Community Services (formerly DoCS NSW)

                                                            http://www.community.nsw.gov.au

                                                            Community Services (formerly DoCS) is the leading NSW Government agency responsible for community services. We work to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to build stronger families and communities. In particular, we help those who are vulnerable and most in need. We work to protect children and young people from risk of harm and to provide care for children and young people who are not able to live with their families. See more about our services. The majority of these services are provided through our community partners such as non-government organisations and other government agencies.
                                                            We provide services via a network of seven
                                                            regional offices and over 85 Community Services Centres throughout NSW.
                                                            The Child Protection Helpline (132 111) is a 24 hour statewide telephone service that allows you to report suspected child abuse or neglect.


                                                            Prader-Willi Syndrome Association of Australia Inc

                                                             http://www.pws.org.au/

                                                            We are a self help group comprising people born with Prader-Willi Syndrome, parents, friends and interested professionals. The aim of this site is to provide accurate information on Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and resources that are available.


                                                            Home and Community Care (HACC)
                                                            The Home and Community Care (HACC) Program is a central element of the Australian Government's aged care policy, providing community care services to frail aged and younger people with disabilities, and their carers. The HACC Program is a cost-shared program between the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments. The HACC program provides funding for a range of services which support people who are at risk of inappropriate admission to long term residential care. The HACC Program also supports their carers.

                                                            The aims of the HACC Program are:

                                                            • to provide a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated range of basic maintenance and support services for frail aged people, people with a disability and their carers; and
                                                            • to support these people to be more independent at home and in the community, thereby enhancing their quality of life and/or preventing their inappropriate admission to long term residential care.

                                                            Read more at the Department of Health & Ageing web site at http://www.health.gov.au/internet/wcms/publishing.nsf/Content/hacc-index.htm


                                                            Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability (ASSID)

                                                            http://www.assid.org.au

                                                            ASSID is a long standing association in the disability field and membership is open to any interested person. Their mission isto enhance the skills, knowledge and commitment of it's members and to facilitate a supportive network in order to enhance the quality of life of people with intellectual or developmental disability.  (Their conferences are excellent and the publications members receive are of a high quality – a great way to keep up to date. Editor)

                                                            The goals of the Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability are:

                                                            • Promote the research and understanding of intellectual disability
                                                            • Bring together people with an interest in the field of intellectual disability
                                                            • Promote high standards of practice in the field of intellectual disability

                                                            ADDIT

                                                            Journal of Policy & Practice in Intellectual Disabilities

                                                            Members of ASSID are offered a 40% discount off the personal subscription rate of IASSID's Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disability (JPPID). Read More...


                                                            NSW Centre for Mental Health
                                                            http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policy/cmh/   
                                                            The Centre for Mental Health is responsible for developing, managing and coordinating NSW Health Department policy in relation to mental health services. This includes developing, implementing and monitoring strategies for transition to the mental health service development agreed under the National Mental health Strategy and the Australian Health Care Agreements.
                                                            The Centre is also responsible for developing and maintaining the regulatory framework for the delivery and monitoring of mental health services under the
                                                            Mental Health Act 1990 and related legislation affecting clients of mental health services.
                                                            Charter for Mental health services in NSW.
                                                            http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/policy/cmh/legal/mhcharter.pdf

                                                            Programs for children and young people:


                                                            Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities Inc (ADEC)

                                                            ADEC is a community based organisation which represents the rights and needs of people of non-English speaking background with a disability and their carers. It empowers people with a disability from non-English speaking backgrounds, their carers, and families to fully participate as members of the Victorian community.

                                                            Contact: Anastasia Meimeteas Administration Address: 175 Plenty Road PRESTON VIC 3072

                                                            Phone: 03 9480 1666 Fax: 03 9480 3444 Email: info@adec.org.au  Website: www.adec.org.au


                                                            Community Services & Health Industry Skills Council

                                                            https://www.cshisc.com.au

                                                            The ISC is the recognised national advisory body on the skill and workforce development requirements of these industries, and we are responding to the needs of the community services and health industries to lead the implementation of a ‘demand driven' approach to training delivery. As the honest broker of information from enterprises and industry directly to government it's our job to:

                                                            • Provide intelligence and advice to the new national Skills Australia body on industry workforce development under the Government's Skilling Australia for the Future policy;
                                                            • Collect, analyse and report on data and provide leadership in workforce skill development;
                                                            • Maintain the national qualifications and competency standards for the industries in the Health and Community Services Training Packages; and
                                                            • Influence the supply of skills to industry by promoting implementation of these Training Packages

                                                            The building blocks of skill development and training delivery sit upon the foundations we have built through industry consultation and 10 years' experience.  This experience, coupled with our robust research, enables us to analyse the skills of current workers alongside the needs of enterprise and evaluate whether training delivery designed to bridge any gaps - is meeting industries needs for both today and tomorrow.

                                                            The ISC is a public company limited by guarantee, and is governed by a Board of Directors drawn from public and private/non-government sector employers and unions. 


                                                              Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN)

                                                              The Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN) is a service of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service Inc. (IDRS) that provides volunteer support workers for people with an intellectual disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

                                                              A support worker is allocated to a person with an intellectual disability seeking assistance at police interviews, courts and related legal appointments whether they are victims, witnesses, suspects or defendants.

                                                              Trained support workers are available in targeted areas: Sydney, Southern NSW and the Hunter region.

                                                              For more information http://www.idrs.org.au/cjsn/index.html

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                                                              AGAC National Standards of Public Guardianship

                                                              The National Standards of Public Guardianship were initially endorsed by the Australian Guardianship and Administration Committee in 2001. The standards provide the minimum expectations of guardianship staff in making substitute decisions on behalf of people with decision-making disabilities whose guardian is the Public Guardian/Advocate.
                                                              http://www.agac.org.au/images/stories/national_stands_public_guardianship.pdf


                                                               AGAC National Standards of Public Guardianship

                                                              The National Standards of Public Guardianship were initially endorsed by the Australian Guardianship and Administration Committee in 2001. The standards provide the minimum expectations of guardianship staff in making substitute decisions on behalf of people with decision-making disabilities whose guardian is the Public Guardian/Advocate.
                                                              http://www.agac.org.au/images/stories/national_stands_public_guardianship.pdf


                                                               Aged Care Rights Service

                                                              The Aged Care Rights Service (TARS) is an advocacy service for older residents living in supported accommodation in NSW. This organisation offers free legal advice, advocacy and negotiation services for people coming before the Residential Tenancies Tribunal and the Guardianship Tribunal.
                                                              http://www.tars.com.au


                                                               Australian Guardianship & Administration Council (AGAC)

                                                              AGAC member organisations have a role in protecting adults in Australia who have a disability that impairs their decision making capacity. The website contains information about AGAC and has links to its member organisations' websites.
                                                              http://www.agac.org.au/


                                                               Brain Injury Association of NSW

                                                              This organisation provides information about the needs, services and issues affecting people who have an acquired brain injury. They provide support groups and programs, and have a free information line - 1800 802 840.
                                                              http://www.biansw.org.au/


                                                               Carers NSW

                                                              This organisation offers support, service information and advice to carers of the frail aged and people with disabilities. They have a national free call number - 1800 242 636.
                                                              http://www.carersnsw.asn.au/


                                                               Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association of NSW Inc

                                                              This organisation offers support, service information and advice to pensioners and superannuants as well as promoting their rights and dignity.
                                                              http://www.cpsa.org.au/CPSA/Home.html


                                                               Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW

                                                              This organisation provides counselling and information on issues relating to the aged. Their Seniors Information Service can be contacted on 131 244.
                                                              http://www.cotansw.com.au/


                                                               Deaf Society NSW

                                                              The Deaf Society NSW offers information and services (including vocational support and interpreter assistance) to people with a hearing impairment in NSW.
                                                              http://www.deafsocietynsw.org.au/


                                                              Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC)

                                                              This service provides free, NSW-wide access to information about the law through the State Library and NSW public libraries.
                                                              http://liac.sl.nsw.gov.au/


                                                               The Cerebral Palsy Alliance

                                                              The Cerebral palsy Alliance provides information, advice and a variety of services to people with cerebral palsy and their families and carers who live in NSW.
                                                              http://www.thespasticcentre.org.au/


                                                               Vision Australia NSW

                                                              Vision Australia provides specialist services, information, advice and support to people who are blind or vision impaired, their families and carers, who reside in NSW.
                                                              http://www.visionaustralia.org.au/



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