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For the past year the we have been working on a number of toolkits that promote better connections between the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), hospitals, residential aged care (RAC) providers and aged care assessment teams (ACAT).

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A novel project being rolled out by the Summer Foundation will lead to a disability workforce being partially trained by the people they support.

People with disability who have complex support needs are being assisted to make videos that tell their support workers what is important to them and how they want to be supported.

The ‘Participant Led Videos’ project aims to document and demonstrate a simple, easy-to-follow process for a person with disability to make a short personalised training video for their support workers.

A suite of materials includes a workbook outlining the steps to plan and produce the training video; a ‘how to’ video demonstrating the steps; and a guide for service provider organisations.

It is an initiative of the Department of Social Services, funded by the NDIS Sector Development Fund.

MYPLACE PORTAL CHANGES

The NDIS recently made changes to the privacy settings of the MyPlace participant portal to make it easier to share information with providers.

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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is aiming to give people with disability more control over their housing and support, offering individualised options not previously available.

The NDIS has introduced Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) payments to support people with extreme functional impairment or very high support needs to access housing.

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The Summer Foundation’s popular Breakfast Club lecture series for 2018 kicked off on March 7 with a delve into the burgeoning field of art therapy for people with acquired brain injury.

Art as a Catalyst for Change was presented by art therapist Erica Mainprize and speech pathologist Dr Bronwyn Moorhouse, who both work at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.

This first lecture in the series discussed the positive findings of an art group therapy session in a long-stay unit at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Hospital as well as initial findings of another study that compared the outcomes of an art therapy group with traditional discussion group therapy.

The Summer Foundation’s Breakfast Club lectures were originally established by the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association and are intended as professional development sessions for people working in the field of acquired brain injury recovery.

The second lecture in the series, Emerging technologies and rehabilitation of the upper limb, will be held on May 16. Lecture 3, Changing service models in the NDIS, is on August 8 and lecture 4, Music therapy in neurorehabilitation, is on October 10.

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