Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

Each February the important topic of ovarian cancer is highlighted through Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In 2018 it is estimated over 1600 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Of those women it is estimated just over a 1000 will die from the disease…<Read More>

Occupational Therapy – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Suzanne Eustace
Many people struggle to identify the differences between Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy as the two professions promote essential hands on rehabilitation to help clients. Physiotherapists improve the ability to perform movement of the human body and treat the actual impairment. Occupational Therapists focus on improving the client’s ability to perform activities of daily living…<Read More>

 

Shelley the Achiever! – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Shelley is an enthusiastic young woman with a cheeky sense of humour. Her positive energy is contagious whether she is dancing at dinner groups, singing, performing with the Stage Fright Players drama group, working with horses or swimming! Shelley has been a long term client of Interchange Australia and we are proud that she continues to pursue exciting ways to achieve her NDIS goals with peers and our support staff…<Read More>

 

Olivia: Pursuing Her Career Aspirations & Making a Positive Impact On the Lives of Others – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

When you first meet Olivia, you are first taken in by her warm friendly smile and her bubbly personality. The next thing you will notice is her enthusiasm and passion. Olivia loves to help people and her career aspiration is to become a support worker…<Read More>

 

Opportunities to Engage in Ongoing Study and Work Experience – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

Interchange Australia is committed to working with our clients to ensure that they reach the goals that they set in their NDIS plans. Many of our clients aspire to engage in study and work experience to enhance the opportunities available for them to secure employment…<Read More> 

 

The Invaluable Role of Carers and Parents – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

In my role as a consultant with Interchange Australia, I am reminded on a daily basis of the invaluable support and unconditional love parents and carers show towards their children. The positive outcomes that are achieved for our clients result from a combination of the clients own personal aspirations and the support services delivered. However, without the love and support of parents and carers who link with service providers such as Interchange Australia, the child may never get to explore the opportunities that are available to them…<Read More>

 

The Importance of Staff Information Sessions – By Interchange Australia HR Manager, Lynne Busby

Communication amongst staff in any organisation is vital. In an organisation that has staff working in many different places at any given time, ensuring that all staff are up-to-date with changes in the sector and organisational goals can be challenging. Interchange Australia takes an innovative approach to communication…<Read More>

 

Risk Management and Service Delivery – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Suzanne Eustace

We take risk management at Interchange Australia very seriously to ensure staff and clients are safe at all times. Our aim is always to keep our clients and staff safe to ensure our services are delivered according to client needs and employment/award guidelines…<Read More>

 

The Power of the Mind – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne Hatt

Is your mind always racing? Do you have difficulty sleeping because all these thoughts and worries come to mind when you lie down and try to rest? Mindfulness meditation may be just what you are looking for…<Read More>

 

Boundaries and Support Work – By Interchange Australia Human Resources Manager, Lynne Busby

Our staff adhere to a set of ethical guidelines that ensure that their working environment is safe and assists them to provide effective and goal directed services and support. Simply, the guidelines tell everyone what is expected of them in the performance of their work…<Read More>

 

The Power of Asking Questions – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne Hatt

Are you a carer for an older person or a person with a disability? When they come to you with a request do you automatically go into solution mode? Perhaps they ask you to take them shopping for example. You could go into solution mode, pop in the car, pick them up and go to the shops when you have time, or, you could try a different approach. Instead of offering a solution, perhaps you could ask them a question…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of Short-term Accommodation for Carers – By Interchange Australia Consultant Julie Doran

Anyone that is a carer knows it can be a highly demanding and stressful responsibility, and no one is expected to do it without some help. Just like the loved ones they care for, carers also need support and attention to maintain their own health and well-being …<Read More>

 

Claire: Achieving Her Life Goals with Interchange Australia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Katie Dobie

Claire was born with several medical conditions that have impacted on her ability to live life independently. The range of supports she has received from Interchange Australia and her own personal ambitions have assisted her to achieve some of her life goals…<Read More> 

 

Loneliness During the Holiday Season – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

This time of year is very busy for most of us with a string of festive engagements with family and friends, however, there are some in our community who have little social connection and are quite alone…<Read More>

 

The Positive Benefits of Drama – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The Stage Fright Players meet weekly to develop their skills in theatre production, including acting, directing, writing, set design, lighting, sound and costuming under the professional guidance of Director Mandy Bransgrove. The inspiring, supporting environment increases participants’ creative expression abilities, builds confidence and develops communication skills of all clients…<Read More>

 

Qualities of a Good Support Worker – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Lynne Busby

Interchange Australia is an award winning provider of supports for people with a disability and older people. We have an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality of service to our clients and this is attributable to the regular training provided to staff, our quality management and our service principles of communication, adaptability, reliability, empathy and safety…<Read More>

 

The Positive Benefits of Music – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

At Interchange Australia, our music program consisting of band, singing and guitar classes have proven to be extremely popular. Music and singing are known to improve our health and wellbeing. Interchange Australia’s mix of music classes caters for people from beginners through to experts. No matter your level of experience, anyone can participate…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of Gardening for People With Dementia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

Dementia Australia advise that two-thirds of people with dementia reside in their own homes. Support for those living in our community to continue participating in everyday activities is often lacking, resulting in feelings of depression and isolation. Ongoing engagement in outdoor activities such as gardening, can potentially counteract these negative experiences by enabling people with dementia to interact with nature, helping to improve their physical and psychological well-being…<Read More>

 

The Power of Art… – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Julie Doran

Art is a very individual activity even in a workshop. The artist enters their own little world, a world full of possibilities. Art stimulates the creative mind and allows the artist to isolate themselves from reality in a positive way. It also provides mental rest that lowers stress, generates relaxation and feelings of happiness …<Read More>

 

New Information in Dealing with Dementia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

A forum was recently held to identify needs for a multi-disciplinary dementia clinic for the South West Sydney region. Some interesting information arose from this forum…<Read More>

 

The Importance of Activities for Dementia Clients – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Suzanne Eustace

When the diagnosis of dementia is given to someone it is not the end of all activities. The person experiences a normal reduction in their ability to initiate activities and this reduces their socialisation. It is important to maintain their lifestyle and include meaningful activities….<Read More>

 

Coping With Loss and Grief Over the Festive Season – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

The tradition of families coming together during the holiday season can heighten the absence of a loved one. The festive season is nearly upon us and with that a period that can be extremely enjoyable for some and extremely difficult for others. Palliative Care Australia developed the following list of Top Tips for people who are bereaved (and their loved ones) on how to manage grief during the festive season…<Read More>

 

Puppetry: A Fantastic Cultural and Artistic Pursuit – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

Puppetry as an artistic and cultural activity is a wonderful medium for people with a disability to explore their imagination, express their creativity and learn new artistic skills. Our clients were fortunate to learn skills under the professional guidance of Sue and Steve from Sydney Puppet Theatre at Sutton Forest recently…<Read More> 

 

Laughter is the Best Medicine – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

Laughter, it’s hard to beat for medicinal purposes as it comes with only positive effects for the human body. So let’s laugh long and often, after all, it’s good for us! Interchange Australia offers a wide range of fun-filled activities and outings…<Read More>

 

The Magical Effects of Music on the Brain – By Wendy Brown
Most people would agree that music can be very soothing. A lot of research has gone into the effects of music on the brain, and the results have been amazing…<Read More>

 

NDIS Case Study: Achieving Success With Her Goals, Bec’s Story – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Bec has been with Interchange Australia for over six years and commenced her NDIS supports in January this year. She has been happy with her plan and the supports she is receiving. Bec’s story highlights the positive outcomes achieved as a result of her personal ambition and the NDIS support services provided by Interchange Australia…<Read More> 

 

Interchange Australia’s Wide Range of Additional Services – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

Government funding whether through My Aged Care or NDIS is not infinite and many individuals complement their funded services with additional services on a fee for service basis. Interchange Australia provides a myriad of additional services…<Read More>

 

Getting Active – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Springtime is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. At Interchange Australia, we offer a wide range of exciting and engaging activities throughout the year, however, during the warmer months, we are able to offer more opportunities to get outside!…<Read More>

 

Brain Health for Adults: Interesting New Research Findings – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

Can you grow new brain cells as an adult? The short answer is yes, you certainly can! All adults including those with disabilities can maximise neuron growth by adhering to a healthy diet, regular exercise and learning new skills. Interchange Australia offers a wide range of activities that can assist with maximising brain health…<Read More>

 

Interchange Australia: Offering Choice, Opportunities and Positive Outcomes – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

Alice was born with Down syndrome, and despite Alice being a strong-minded, fun loving, caring young woman who loves people and celebrating life, Mary was concerned that her daughter would be vulnerable in society and wanted to ensure that she had access to the supports she needed to provide her with the best opportunities in life…<Read More>

 

Exciting and Rewarding Career Opportunities for Support Workers – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

The disability sector in Australia is growing, and as a result, there is a higher demand for support workers. It’s important that a support worker is not only someone who is caring and supportive, but is also a person who can make people feel empowered, independent and included in the community. A career as a support worker is an exciting and rewarding one and our team of support workers are committed to providing the highest standard of care…<Read More>

 

Stress Management – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
Stress management is something we often hear about in our day to day lives and there are many options that you can choose from to enhance your well-being by reducing stress and building resilience. Interchange Australia offers a wide range of activities that have relaxing elements, including music, art, cooking and walking…<Read More>

 

Anxiety – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy
Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety. Anxiety is common, but the sooner people with anxiety get help the more likely they are to recover…<Read More>

 

The Importance of Peer Support – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Debra Burford

Many people with disability experience loneliness and isolation, this has been well documented in government reports for many decades. Interchange Australia understands the value of peer support programs and offers a wide range of social and recreational activities that offer participants an opportunity to socialise with peers, learn new skills, enhance self-confidence and wellbeing and to have fun…<Read More>

 

Our Uniform: Flexibility and Choice – By Interchange Australia Human Resources Manager, Lynne Busby
Interchange Australia is committed to providing the opportunity for choice wherever possible. This includes providing choice to our staff who can choose to wear the Interchange Australia uniform or not.  This option for choice also extends to our clients who can decide whether they want our staff to wear the uniform during the service or whether they would prefer our staff not to…<Read More>

 

Respite Under the NDIS – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Julie Doran

Respite is an area that has been confusing for many people transitioning into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Currently there is no item listed under NDIS specifically as ‘respite’ which can cause some confusion…<Read More>

 

The Interchange Australia Music Program and 92.5FM Youth Radio – By Interchange Australia Marketing Manager, Joseph Lyons

At Interchange Australia, we are always exploring new elements to incorporate into our various programs, activities and initiatives for the benefit of our clients. One recent addition to the music program has been the introduction of The RockCan Hour radio show on 92.5FM Youth Radio…<Read More>

 

Grief and Loss – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

When a person dies, we mourn our loss and take comfort in both the person’s and our own rituals that mark the passing. Counsellors, following the Kübler-Ross model, site the five stages of grief to be: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance…<Read More>

 

 Person-Centred Care – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
The term person-centred care is often used to cover a myriad of services provided in both the disability and aged care sectors.
Interchange Australia takes a person-centred approach to service delivery and this approach delivers positive outcomes for all of our clients across the age and disability spectrum…<Read More>

 

Our Thriving Musicians – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Music is a powerful medium of expression and offers a whole range of benefits to people’s lives. At Interchange Australia we are delighted to provide musical programs to ensure our clients are learning and gaining confidence in nurturing musical skills and experiences to improve their enjoyment of life!…<Read More>

 

Work, Health & Safety: Interchange Australia’s Initiatives – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

Work Health and Safety is a major consideration for Interchange Australia. The Commonwealth and every State and Territory have legislation that governs health and safety practices in our workplaces. The legislation sets the parameters for specific responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of the workplace, its employees, visitors and other stakeholders. While the main features of Workplace Health and Safety are similar across each State and Territory in Australia, the laws of each have their own minor differences and procedures….<Read More>

 

Acquired Brain Injuries: Paul’s Story – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Katie Dobie

Interchange Australia provide a range of services that assist people under the aged of 65 who are affected by an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) across NSW. Acquired Brain Injury refers to any type of brain damage that happens after birth. Causes of ABI include disease, blows to the head, alcohol and drug use, or oxygen deprivation. The services Interchange Australia provides have assisted many clients with an ABI, including Paul, who sustained an ABI nearly 10 years ago…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of Social Interaction for People With Dementia – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

People with dementia can benefit from activities that engage their minds and allow them to mix with others.Trips to the cinema or song and dance sessions may become easier for people with dementia to attend, as care providers seek to cater for an increase in Australians living with the condition. Interchange Australia can offer both government-subsidised and private services for people with dementia and their carers…<Read More>

 

Music…Engagement is just the Beginning – By Interchange Australia Music Coordinator, Tim Dickson

We all have experiences of being engaged in music – even if it is only by tapping our foot to a song on the radio, or singing in the shower. Most of us don’t need any help to access the opportunities music offers for socialising, communication, expression or just plain joy. But often people who have a real need for these experiences need help in accessing musical opportunities. Interchange Australia is unique in the disability & aged care sector as it incorporates musical activities into a wide range of programs…<Read More>

 

The Benefits of Physical Activity and Exercise – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Penny Anderson

Whilst most of us are not competitive athletes, physical activity and exercise have many positive benefits that contribute to our overall wellbeing. At Interchange Australia, we provide support to access physical activities for people across the age and disability spectrum…<Read more>

 

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

April is the month for all of us to be more aware about Parkinson’s Disease which affects approximately 70,000 Australians. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is characterised by both motor (movement) and non-motor symptoms. While it cannot be cured, treatment can help this chronic condition which may last for years or be lifelong… <Read More>

 

Interchange Australia: Offering a Wide Range of Activities for Clients – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The introduction of the NDIS has brought a significant change to participants and their parents/carers lives. Many participants are reassured that their existing services have been retained whilst some have been given more choices to change the services they are receiving. Interchange Australia provides a wide range of activities to ensure that we are offering choice to meet your goals…<Read More>

 

Gardening and Wellbeing – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

Gardening covers so many aspects of our wellbeing needs, the physicality of planting, propagating and potting are very helpful with our fine motor skills. The interaction with others, or just some much needed solitude, is psychologically beneficial, as is the emotional effect of connecting with our natural surroundings.  In 2010, Interchange Australia received a community development support grant to provide a sustainable therapy garden at Springett House. The garden has evolved into an integral part of the Springett House community and has made a very positive contribution to the wellbeing of our clients across the age and disability spectrum…<Read more>

 

Tips for Maintaining Brain Health – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes

Research suggests certain lifestyle and health factors are good for the brain, body and heart and can help reduce the risk of developing dementia. Keeping your brain stimulated, your body fit and your heart healthy is easier than you think. Here are five simple steps to maximise your brain health…<Read More>

 

What Happens to my Services if I am Aged 65 Years or Over When the National Disability Scheme is Implemented (NDIS)? – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) is the agency responsible for determining eligibility for the NDIS. To become an NDIS participant, you must meet the residency and disability or early intervention access requirements and be under 65 years of age.The important thing for people with disability aged 65 years and over is to know if you are currently receiving specialist disability supports you will not be disadvantaged. You will continue to receive services similar to those you currently receive…<Read More>

 

NDIS Update – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Anne-Marie Kennedy

The number of people joining the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) jumped dramatically in the last three months of 2016, according to official figures with these latest figures representing a major turnaround for enrolment rates. The NDIA is under pressure to keep its enrolment targets on track and disability advocates fear the push to meet targets could come at the cost of quality…<Read More>

 

NDIS Review Process – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Penny Anderson

At Interchange Australia, we have spoken with many participants whose NDIS plans suit them well and meets their needs. However, we have also been contacted by participants whose plans have not met their needs and/or have not maintained their current supports. We have worked with these participants to submit a Plan Review to the NDIS, as occurred with Anthony* and his family…<Read More>

 

Individualised Support and Professional Staff – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Penny Anderson

Interchange Australia provides participants with supports which are individualised and flexible, with our staff who are skilled, professional and personable. The staff who provide your supports have broad-ranging professional training, enabling them to provide assistance with complex and simple care…<Read More>

 

Support for Children Under the NDIS – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The NDIS supports people under the age of 65 with a significant permanent disability that affects how they can independently take part in everyday activities. Interchange Australia is a registered NDIS provider and we provide services across the age spectrum including children and young people…<Read More>

 

Choosing Your NDIS Provider: The Interchange Australia Difference – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

The introduction of the NDIS means that you can choose your service provider to provide the supports detailed in your NDIS plan. We are privileged to assist our clients as they transition into the NDIS and also welcome registered NDIS participants wanting to purchase services…<Read More>

 

Community, Social and Recreational Participation – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Amber Hall

Interchange Australia is a registered provider of NDIS supports including group based community, social and recreational activities. We recognise and value the importance of people being able to access social and recreational activities and the positive impact on physical, social and emotional wellbeing…<Read More>

 

NDIS – Self Managed v Agency Managed – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Rebecca Lackenby

The NDIS has heralded greater choice and control for participants as to which provider they will engage to provide their services. Aside from choosing a provider, participants now have the choice as to how their funds are managed. In the “new world” there are three possible fund management options…<Read More>

 

Interchange Australia Welcomes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to Our Region – Part 2 – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Penny Anderson

The NDIS is now being rolled out in the South West Sydney (SWS) region, which is home to many people and families who receive support from Interchange Australia. At present, several participants have had their plans approved, and we are working with them to put their NDIS supports in place…<Read More>

 

Interchange Australia Welcomes the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to Our Region – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Penny Anderson

The NDIS is now being rolled out in the South West Sydney (SWS) region, which is home to many people and families who receive support from Interchange Australia. People working with our Consultants comment they feel better prepared and more confident about their first planning meeting once their pre-planning is done, their goals are clear and they understand what to expect during their first planning meeting…<Read More>