Busy month with a couple of key takeaways of interest. The first of which was the Federal budget 2018. Two main things for me from the budget – (1)a positive, government committing an increase of $338 million in mental health funding and (2) the negative, and the abandonment of NDIS funding via the Medicare levee. For a good overview of all things Federal budget make sure you check out the special budget article from Pro Bono news by following this link.
Second key takeaway was the submission of my annual report to the Department and subsequent pause as we wait to see the details of a new four year contract. Given the extensive consultation done by the department I am expecting business as usual, but you never know.
All the usual features covered in this edition and I highly recommend checking out the Podcast link posted on page 2.
Another month of interruptions as I managed sometime off in line with the school holidays bookended by Easter and Anzac day celebrations. So again this months edition is a little bit abbreviated but still filled with lots of news.
I note the latest twist in the NDIS rollout with politics playing its latest part regards funding with the upcoming delivery of all things budget in this an election year. I stand very much with most advocates who see the latest Medicare levy announcement as a regressive step, on the other hand I also note that there a range of much more urgent issues to be addressed in the medium term.
Key features for me in this months edition are (1) the return of the NDCO podcast, (2) the launch of the disability awareness on-line training resource and (3) that April was ‘Autism Awareness month’ and I have included a link to some great webinars in recognition of that event. In regards to things to keep a lookout for as we head into May the key feature will be the budget announcements (State and Federal). Its also reporting time again for the NDCO program so not sure how out and about I will again this month. My apologies in advance. Either way, have a great month and…be well!
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.