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)
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.
Welcome to the 47th (special) edition of eDIN, electronic Disability Information Network monthly newsletter. Designed for the Disability Education and Employment Community of Northern Victoria.
No real need to express how fast the year has past, just a natural condition of getting older, (and wiser, I hope). Welcome to the fourth end of year special of eDIN news where I attempt to summarise the key categories of the year past.
Number one highlight of the year has to be the indication from the Department that the NDCO program is to be extended until June 2022. Not only great to receive some certainty about the program but also knowing this six months out from the close of the current contract allows for better improvement in strategic actions and directions. I am already turning my attentions to a review of environmental scan early in 2018 to guide any changes in direction.
Which brings me to the number two highlight of the year—the rollout of the NDIS. Whilst there had been a lot of speculation around the impacts and implications for the disability sector it is now crunch time. For me as NDCO I have already seen many opportunities come and go and there is clear need for more work to be done around the integration of NDIS and transition pathways for people with disability. Another priority is the engagement of business and industry in the employment and support for people with disability, especially in the framework of NDIS across all community.
Merry Christmas to you all. Have a safe and happy festive season and I look forward to seeing you all on the other side.
Click here to access the latest edition of eDIN news November 2017
Was a bit of a struggle putting this together this month due to the fact that I was out of office for most of it. As such I have made some slight format changes and apologies for any inconvenience if caused.
First thing to mention here is some major news from the Education Department that governs the NDCO program. Not only have they indicated that the program will be continued, it will be rolled over until June 2022. Wow. Wasn’t expecting that. They have also released the evaluation report as promised. I am expecting that there should be no disruption of the program through this rollover process and I am extremely excited to have the chance to re-focus my activities with a longer term vision in mind.
As already mentioned, there was a lot of out and about this month which is reflected in a majority the articles featured in this edition. In particular; a sojourn to the Mallee district, participation in the Local Aboriginal Network state gathering and attendance at the CEAV conference in Melbourne.
I look forward to sending out a special end of year wrap up in a couple of weeks as per previous years. Until then, be well and keep looking after to each other.
Oh—and just before I go, the big thumbs up this month goes to the Australian voters and the positive step forward towards community inclusion and equality in the same sex marriage issue
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.
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.
NDCO eDIN newsletter 41st edition now available.
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