Here are some of the events that have been held recently as part of the BLCW Program. For all current events, you can see the upcoming events page.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Aged and Disability Workforce Roundtable
‘Your Side Aged Care’ and the NSW BLCW team held a roundtable on Sydney’s Northshore to discuss staff recruitment and retention in aged care and disability services.
The teams agreed to a collaborative approach to future recruitment, and a follow up session will be held soon.
Early Childhood Early Intervention Roundtable
A roundtable co-hosted by Orange District Early Education Program (ODEEP) and BLCW on Early Childhood Early Intervention was held in Orange in late August.
It was an opportunity for service providers to network, collaborate and develop partnerships to address the gaps in service delivery of Early Childhood Early Intervention in regional New South Wales.
Health & Community Service Summit
The BLCW team in South Australia presented a half day workshop on contemporary approaches within the allied health sector, the use of allied health assistants and other innovations available under the NDIS.
The workshop revealed an interesting paradox: service providers were seeking good potential staff and students were unaware of employment opportunities in the disability sector. The lack of awareness by students seems to be largely due to universities not incorporating disability and age care courses in their curriculum.
Career hub managers of South Australian universities are now looking at addressing this.
Innovative approaches to address the shortage of allied health workers
Disability service providers in and around Frankston shared their experiences using allied health assistants and teletherapy where the allied health workforce could not meet demand.
Providers also spoke about challenges with delays in assistive technologies and home modifications.
NDIS Regional Employment Opportunities
Local BLCW coordinators hosted an event with the Department of Training and Workforce Development and Central Regional TAFE.
The groups identified strategies for workforce development and planning in Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields region with a focus on increasing Aboriginal workforce participation. A number of options were discussed including funding initiatives from WA Social Assistance and associated sector aligned funding training through Pre-Traineeship Program and Enterprise Training Program initiatives.
During this meeting, the group also expressed interest in forming a ‘Goldfields Regional Community Services Working Group’ to feed into Council of Regional Disability Services (CORDS), BLCW Program, Social Assistance and Allied Health Working Group (SAAHWG).
Launceston, Hobart, Devonport
Disability Expo – Gearing Up for Choice and Control
BLCW was invited to present at three recent Disability Expos across Tasmania.
The expos showcase Australia’s leading not-for-profit organisations and sharing knowledge, information and recognition of people with disability.
The BLCW presentation was designed to reach employers who could engage in the upcoming Disability Pilot project and gather interest in participation in future projects across the state.