Seniors Festival 2019

14 February 2019 NSW Seniors Festival 2019: Love Your Life – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes The NSW Seniors Festival is being celebrated from 13th to 24th February 2019 with the theme ‘Love Your Life‘. Local communities are invited to celebrate by hosting events featuring music, art, recreational activities and much more! Many of…

Respite Services

5 February 2019 Respite Services – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Genevieve Vel Funding for respite is available under the NDIS, however, the terminologies used for “respite” can be a bit confusing for service users. Respite is listed as follows under NDIS: • Short term accommodation and assistance; • Assistance in living arrangements (host family/alternative family)…

Changes to the Aged Care Sector

30 January 2019 Changes to the Aged Care Sector – By Interchange Australia Operations Manager, Anne-Marie Kennedy Currently, eligible people over 65 requiring low level support to remain living at home independently like cleaning, shopping, meal preparation and showering assistance can access these services under the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP). People with more complex…

Thomas’ Story

25 January 2019 Thomas’ Story – By Interchange Australia Marketing Manager, Joseph Lyons Thomas has been an Interchange Australia client for over a decade and has received a wide range of services that have assisted him to develop life skills, to participate in group based activities, to engage in the community and to live independently.…

James’ Story

16 January 2019 James’ Story – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall James is a long-term client of Interchange Australia. He has received support to live independently in his own home and has participated in a wide variety of exciting activities including the drama program, dinner groups and a wide range of exciting activities. An Interchange Australia…

Private Domestic Assistance Services

9 January 2019 Private Domestic Assistance Services – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes Domestic assistance is the most requested government subsidised service under My Aged Care. This has resulted in many funded service providers having long waiting lists for this service type. In some areas eligible people can wait six months or more until…

Abuse of Vulnerable People

2 January 2019 Abuse of Vulnerable People – by Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes In the Community Services sector, most people are well aware of the term “vulnerable people” or “adults at risk”. These are people who are unable to take care of themselves or unable to protect themselves from significant harm and exploitation due…

Plan Management

5 December 2018 Plan Management – By Edwiena Deep If you are an NDIS participant, you can choose how your NDIS funding is managed. It can be managed through different methods: Agency Managed, Self Managed, Plan Managed or a combination of all three. The type of fund management you choose is decided at the initial…

International Day of People with Disability 2018

30 November 2018 International Day of People with Disability – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day celebrated on Monday 3 December every year. The aim of the day is to “increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate…