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What matters most: NDS WA Conference wraps up for 2019

Photo of back of audience at NDS WA Conference 2019


The NDS WA Conference was held in Perth this week. Key stakeholders, including people with disability, CEOs, board members, senior and middle managers from the disability services and not-for-profit sectors, and government, gathered at the Crown Perth to discuss what matters most for the disability sector and people with disability into the future.

The Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Disability Services, launched the conference, which saw more than 530 delegates in attendance, 60 high-calibre speakers, 35 presentations, and more than 30 exhibitors, with the objective of sharing knowledge and experience, while showcasing best practice and innovation in the disability sector.

Keynote speakers included Robert Fitzgerald AM, NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner; Dr David Cullen, Chief Economist at the NDIA; Commissioner Graeme Head AO, NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission; and Professor David Gilchrist of the University of Western Australia.

The conference themes included communities and influence, workforce, lifestyle, employment, mainstream interface, co-design, quality and safeguarding, law and independence and managing in difficult circumstances.

NDS WA State Manager Julie Waylen said, “The Conference program was designed in collaboration with an advisory group of NDS member organisations and leaders from individual advocacy services in WA.”

“Feedback from delegates has been very positive, with the conference providing an important forum to share knowledge, trade ideas, absorb the expertise and strive for continuous improvement strategies and solutions that allow us to continue our focus on delivering high-quality supports for people with disability and their families and carers.”

The conference was proudly supported by Lotterywest; platinum sponsor the Government of Western Australia’s Department of Communities; and major sponsors CentroAssist, Integra and Provider Choice.

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Frances Thomas, Marketing Manager, 08 9208 9803,