Queensland in Focus by Jason McKey, October 2022
I am pleased to share that I have been appointed as the State Manager for Queensland, which you may have read in a recent news update from NDS, along with the announcement of results from the Queensland divisional committee election for 2022-2023.
Recently, I met with the Queensland Health Disability Interface Working Group who were also involved in leading a well-attended webinar addressing the recent changes to the mandated COVID-19 Queensland health directive.
Queensland Health were also involved in our webinar with representatives from various Federal Government departments on the topic of keeping vaccinations current to assist in protecting those living with a disability.
As mentioned in the last update the Senior Sector Development Officers and I have been travelling to various parts of Queensland to gain a better understanding of the current issues facing the sector and ways we can assist providers to deliver best practice, whilst negotiating local and state-wide sector matters. You will be able to see where our staff have been recently on the map found in this issue.
Our state recently held NDS’s ‘Navigating the Change’ conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC) on 12 & 13 September which attracted locals and interstate colleagues alike and where many commented on enjoying being together face to face, as well as specific sessions within the program.
As per her recent update, Laurie Leigh, NDS’s CEO, has been involved in examining the terms of reference for a review into the NDIS which has been brought forward by Minister Shorten. NDS will be providing input into the review and will ensure members are supported to have their say once the process is open for submissions.
There will also be a review into the culture as well as capability of the NDIA via the Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS, which members will be able to provide submissions for.
Craig Crawford, the Minister for the Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships along with senior departmental representatives hosted a Town Hall in Longreach on the 28 September. The focus was on rural/remote issues, particularly where there are thin markets and other barriers to adequate service provision.
A follow up meeting with service providers is being held on 29 October and feedback from those events will be used to assist in planning interventions to increase effective service delivery options across Queensland.
Finally, a comment about a second conference we are fortunate to be holding in Queensland and that is the Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit on 24 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
This is a national summit aimed at board and senior leaders within disability service organisations. The focus will on governance strategy, best practice and how to implement it, with a line-up of great speakers. You can read the program and register at Contemporary Governance and Leadership Summit.