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Western Australia announces plans to develop State Disability Plan

National Disability Services WA welcomes the state government's decision to develop at State Disability Plan.
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NDS CEO Meeting: One week left!

There is only one week left until NDS’s flagship annual event. Register now to hear from both major political parties, the NDIA, and discuss research findings.

Participate in research on volunteer-based models and a disability research workshop

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Service providers operating volunteer-based models are invited to participate in research to identify the range of volunteer-supported services operating in the disability sector. This survey is the second phase of a project undertaken by Interchange Inc. and the University of Melbourne.

It remains unclear how volunteer services will fit into the NDIS, and this uncertainty may have significant implications for the valuable volunteer services operating today. This research will identify the volunteer models that appear to fit the Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Framework, as well as the models that do not appear to fit that Framework and are at risk during transition to the NDIS.

Services currently funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) in the disability sector or by the Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC-PYP) are encouraged to participate.

This survey will provide evidence to inform State Government decision making about the future of volunteer-based operating models.

Find the survey here.

For any queries regarding this research, please contact Dr Danielle Newton, Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, at .

NDS Disability Research Workshop

In regard to other research opportunities, NDS will be holding a Disability Research Workshop on Thursday 26 July in Parkville. Service providers, people with disability, researchers, and others with an interest in disability research are invited to attend.

This event will focus on how providers conduct research projects and use this evidence to inform their practice. The workshop will aim to showcase the breadth of inclusive research and encourage discussion about research processes, different roles in research, and knowledge-sharing.

If you know of service providers interested in submitting an EOI to present on their involvement in research, please contact Liza Brown-Pinsky at by Monday, 2 July. If organisations would like to submit an EOI but cannot do so by this date, please advise Liza.

Register for this workshop online.

Contact information
Liza Brown-Pinsky, Policy and Project Officer, 03 8341 4309,