NDCO eDIN newsletter, 50th edition March 2018

eDIN 50th edition now available.

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=185247

Welcome to Easter. Hope you have an enjoyable and safe break. (Or ‘have had’ — depending on when you received this).
First mention this month is a congratulations to Sally Bailey, NDCO region 14 (Southern Melbourne) who has managed to secure a seat around the table at the newly formed Department of Education and Training’s NDIS Workforce Expert Advisory Group. I look forward to having some access to the discussions and will keep all informed re any major actions coming out of this group. The origins and details of this initiative can be found in the Victoria’s workforce plan for the NDIS document.
Second thing to mention is the on-going discussions behind the scenes for the extension of the program. At this stage I am hoping to have some firm (and positive) news by the end of May. In the interim I will continue with an expectation of things continuing as per nor-mal.
In this regard also note that I am about to launch into a series of pod-casts after a previous experimental phase with this format last year. If you have any specific topics you want me to cover please give me a call or send a message. Until next time, be well…

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NDCO eDIN newsletter (49th edition) February 2018 now available.

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=184232

eDIN 49th edition now available. 

Welcome to Autumn as February came and went in its usual quick fashion. Personally I was slowed up with a foot injury so not as many out and about articles this month.
My key points this month; firstly I am very much enjoying the input of the new Federal Senator Jordon Steele-John who seems to be one of the few people making sense in Parliament this year. I highly rec-ommend following his posts on Facebook.
Second thing to note is that I have made some subtle changes to for-matting in the newsletter . This follows a conversation with our new NDCO colleague Ramona Mandy (vision impaired) who was kind enough to help me with some improvements regarding accessibility for eDIN. I have made some limited progress so far and look forward to more changes in the coming weeks.
Last thing to mention before I sign off is the breaking news from the NDIA in which they have announced, “NDIA accepts Independent Pricing Review recommendations.” There a 25 recommenda-tions in all in which the NDIA have indicated an in principle support for all of them.

Cheers, Mark Cottee.

NDCO eDIN newsletter 48th edition now available (January 2018)

NDCO eDIN newsletter 48th edition now available (January 2018)

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=183016

Welcome back everyone. ‘Living the dream 2018’ is my new catchphrase since returning to work. Despite the  holiday feel I have been busy planning the next twelve months and revamping a lot of resources. At this stage I haven’t made any major changes to the eDIN format although I am considering the move away from once a month to once every two months.

For this particular edition I have kept things fairly light and concise with some usual features not appearing due to the hiatus of some information streams.

As mentioned late last year I will also be conducting some survey feedback research in preparation for the program being formally extended for several years  in the near future. I do hope, and encourage everyone to participate in the feedback process and as such I will make it as easy as possible.

One quick thing before I go. I missed commenting on this late last year but a big congratulations to Senator Jordon Steele-John. I highly recommend checking out his maiden speech by clicking here.  In particular if you do not know who he is.  Also a quick hello to Ramona Mandy who joins the NDCO team in region 11. Great to have Ramona on board and I look forward to her sharing her expertise on accessibility for the vision impaired.

 

44th edition of NDCO eDIN news now available

44th edition of NDCO eDIN news now available –http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=177725

This months edition comes to you in the middle of the school holidays
and I hope everyone had a little bit of time off. I managed to slip
in a small but rewarding break with my kids, and with the football
season all done and ‘dusty’ed’ (congratulations to the Richmond Tigers
and Melbourne Storm), its back to normal programing.
With the usual range of topics covered in this edition, my main conversation
here is about what is that normal programing. The main
one for me is the upcoming NDCO national conference happening in
Canberra. As per previous years I will be focused on brining a special
edition of the eDIN news in October featuring all the latest news
from the gathering. This years conference will likely be one of regeneration
as many of the previous NDCO’s have moved out of the
program with a new cohort commencing.
Also for the month of October is the usual focus on mental health and
wellbeing activities. (Mental Health Week—8th—14th October).
‘From its beginnings in 1985, the week has grown to encompass
hundreds of events, organised by a multitude of individuals, community
groups and service providers throughout the state.’ I hope you
take the chance to join in, reflect and participate where and when
any opportunities present themselves.

NDCO eDIN newsletter 43rd edition now available

August 2017 edition of eDIN news now available: http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=176548

Spring has sprung, the buds are busting, jack frost is packing his bag and the magpies are sharpening their beaks. Must admit that spring is my favourite season of the year. As for the last month of winter, things have been busy despite the cold.
My key takeaways for the month; firstly, the opportunity to deliver more workshops in regards ‘Pathway Options’ and ‘Assistive Technology’ is allowing refinement of delivery re style and content. I look forward to presenting more of these in the future. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call if you need me to deliver a session to your group.
Second mention goes to the NDIS and the fact that the world still spins as the rollout continues. It was good to catch-up with Merri Health this month to learn more about the Early Childhood component of the Scheme. I look forward to their participation in the local networks.
Lastly, a big welcome to all the new NDCO’s across the country-side. Seems to have been a big change in personnel across many regions lately. (Which also means a big farewell to all those that have left). I very much look forward to the re-invigorated team at the next national conference in October.

 

42nd eDIN newsletter now available July 2017

42nd eDIN newsletter now available July 2017http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=175107

I actually managed a little time off over the school holidays but when I look back at this month it doesn’t feel like it. So much I haven’t included in this months newsletter with some articles being held over to next time.
Key takeaways for the NDCO program this month include the finalization and submission of reports to head office in Canberra and the inaugural meeting of the new NDCO advisory committee in Melbourne. (see page 2).
In Ovens and Murray this month we saw the roll out of the NDIS information roadshow featuring the key players as they got to most major centres in that region. Anecdotally I am receiving a lot of feed-back from potential NDIS participants indicating that they are still very much unaware of the ins and outs of the new systems. This would indicate that information sessions will need to continue during the implementation phase.
We also had NAIDOC come and go although I know a lot of events were postponed due to the weather, with these to occur later in the year when it warms up.
Good luck to all the nominees in the Victorian 2017 Disability Sport and Recreation Awards which closed recently, I look forward to highlighting the winners once announced.

Yours Sincerely,
Mark Cottee

NDCO eDIN newsletter 41st edition now available

NDCO eDIN newsletter 41st edition now available.

http://www.ndcovictoria.net.au/region-15#newsletters

Another busy month as  the mid year term break approaches. I will be having a few days rest that  I am very much looking forward to despite the colder weather. Having completed the annual NDCO reports it’s nice to know I will be returning to a  revised set  of planned activities to focus on.

This month saw a strong move forward with the Victorian NDCO’s fully realizing the intent to have an all of Victorian State advisory committee. The inaugural meeting is scheduled for mid July and I look forward  to bringing you my reflections on the achievements of this  initiative throughout 2017/18.

July is a lot about NAIDOC, make sure you check out the Koorie catch up page for some of the local events happening near you.

It is also that time of year  when there seems to be an influx of staff changes in various program areas. To all those, too many to name here, that are moving on, thanks for your input and contributions to the sector. For all the replacements, I look forward to meeting you soon  and I hope this newsletter finds its way into your in tray sooner rather than later.

Sincerely, Mark Cottee. NDCO region 15 Northern Victoria