MyLink - Port Stephens Community Information Hub

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MyLink is an online community information hub. It's purpose is to inform and connect community groups, service providers and members of the community.

This webpage provides information to local community service providers and community groups. This page is designed to provide an online noticeboard to share initiatives, training and community information that are of interest to you, your clients and stakeholders.

Information that you would like to be shared can be sent to us at mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Please allow one week for the noticeboard to be updated. All news stories can then be forwarded on with a click of the mouse button, via either email, Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

MyLink is an online community information hub. It's purpose is to inform and connect community groups, service providers and members of the community.

This webpage provides information to local community service providers and community groups. This page is designed to provide an online noticeboard to share initiatives, training and community information that are of interest to you, your clients and stakeholders.

Information that you would like to be shared can be sent to us at mylink@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

Please allow one week for the noticeboard to be updated. All news stories can then be forwarded on with a click of the mouse button, via either email, Facebook, twitter or LinkedIn.

  • Free Virtual Indigenous Careers Conference targeting Hunter-Central Coast

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    17 Nov 2020

    Kauma Wiyelliko Indigenous Careers Conference

    Registrations are open for the Kauma Wiyelliko Indigenous Careers Conference. The conference is for employers, HR practitioners, educators, career advisors, employment services, community organisations and individuals in Newcastle, the Hunter, Central Coast, and further afield.

    Hear inspiring stories from a top lineup of Indigenous entrepreneurs, community organisations, business and employment experts, and individuals, and learn about good practice models for increasing Indigenous employment opportunities. There will also be opportunities to share your own experiences and knowledge.

    There are 3 main sessions of about 45 minutes each, and participants can drop in and out of the virtual format. There is also a breakout session to participate in.

    Register here : https://cutt.ly/ngSREaB
    When: Wednesday 18th November, 9-12


    Details and program here (more to come):
    https://kauma-wiyelliko.com.au/


  • Online forum on domestic and family violence with key community figures from the Port Stephens area | 20 November 10AM

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    16 Nov 2020
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    Our panel of commmunity leaders will share their insight on tackling domestic and family violence, with a particular focus on the Port Stephens community. Joining us on Friday 20th November between 10:00am and 11:00am are:

    Meryl Swanson (MP), Federal Member for Paterson Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence.

    In July 2016, Ms Swanson was elected to the House of Representatives as the first female Member for Paterson. In her first term in Parliament, Ms Swanson was a member of several joint committees, Labor Caucus committees and parliamentary friendship groups. In 2019 Ms Swanson was re-elected into the House of Representatives. She was soon after appointed as Chair of Labor’s Regional Jobs Taskforce which is to complete a thorough investigation into unemployment rates across regional and rural Australia. On 11 August 2020 Ms Swanson was appointed Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence.

    Brooke Vitnell - Solicitor

    Brooke is a Solicitor for David A Vitnell Solicitors, practicing in Family Law, Property Law, Wills & Contested Estates, Probate and Deceased Estates Administration. She is a passionate community advocate on the issues of family violence, child sexual abuse, youth mental health and elder abuse including others. Previously, Brooke spent seven years working in the highest Ministerial offices within the Federal Government as a Senior Media Adviser and Policy Adviser.

    Brooke’s political experience included playing a key role in preparation and communication of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, the Stop it at the Start Campaign, launch of 1800RESPECT and managing communications surrounding the establishment of the Disability Royal Commission. Brooke’s passions include greater support networks and funding for families impacted by the scourge of domestic and family violence, reducing youth unemployment in the Hunter and helping more people find gainful employment.

    Sue Pollock - Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services


    Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services is an amalgamation of Port Stephens Family Support Service and the Raymond Terrace Neighbourhood Centre; both centres delivering service to the Port Stephens Community for over 30 years.

    Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services advocates for services, projects and resources to inform, support and empower the individuals or groups that are being disadvantaged. Port Stephens Family and Neighbourhood Services is a strong advocate for social wellbeing to its local community and has formed close partnerships with various government and non/government agencies with similar objectives. These partnerships give opportunity to enhance outcomes and social conditions in the community particularly in respect of vulnerable groups and individuals.

    Ranald Urquhart, Crime Manager - Port Stephens-Hunter Police District, NSW Police


    Join our Zoom session with the information below:

    Topic: Domestic & Family Violence online forum
    Time: Nov 20, 2020 10:00 AM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

    Join Zoom Meeting
    https://zoom.us/j/97550005807

    Meeting ID: 975 5000 5807
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    +61861193900,,97550005807# Australia
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  • Update on FREE Counselling Support Service at Interrelate for people with a disability and their family / carers

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    16 Nov 2020

    Counselling Support Service

    Just a reminder that our Trauma-informed Specialist Counselling Support Service is FREE and available for people with a disability and their family / carers whether they are keen to make a submission to the Disability Royal Commission or not. https://www.interrelate.org.au/programs/disability-royal-commission

    We have welcomed the opportunity recently to give brief presentations on trauma-informed care / counselling to various organisations. Please send me an email if you would like a similar presentation in the new year (Sara Phillips ).

    Disability Royal Commission:

    2021 Schedule of Public Hearings

    https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/about-royal-commission/our-schedule

    Animated Video - how to make a submission

    https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/share-your-story/make-your-submission

  • International Day of People with Disability - Uniting LAC NDIS Information Day - 3rd December 2020

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    16 Nov 2020
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    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/ecei-to-lac-tickets-128953247635


  • Next series of Lifeline's DV-alert workshops

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    11 Nov 2020
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    https://www.dvalert.org.au/

  • Invitation: Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention Half Day Training - East Maitland NSW - 3 December 2020

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    09 Nov 2020

    Wesley LifeForce will be conducting a Suicide Prevention Workshop at East Maitland Bowling Club, Scarborough Conference Room, 23 Banks Street, East Maitland, NSW 2323 on Thursday, 3 December 2020 from 10.30am – 3.30pm. There is no charge to attend the workshop.

    Our Suicide Prevention Workshops are designed to teach people how to identify the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and appropriate action to take. Effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives.

    If you know of any individuals or groups who may be interested in attending this workshop please ask them to register using this link:

    https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wesley-lifeforce-suicide-prevention-half-day-workshop-east-maitland-nsw-tickets-127792515855

    The training is open to community members aged over 18 years

    - As spots are limited and demand is high for our workshops, please ensure you only book if there is a genuine intent to attend.-

    We will ensure that appropriate safety precautions are taken into consideration on the latest guidelines for Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) as advised by the Australian Government and Department of Health. Please ensure that you take appropriate actions to be safe. As we build a COVIDSafe Australia, everyone must continue to practise physical distancing and good hygiene, and stay at home if you are sick.

    Please forward this information on to others who you feel may also be interested in attending the workshop. Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance as well as support materials.

    Lunch will be provided.

  • NDIS Community update

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    09 Nov 2020

    Following our commitment to help keep you updated in regards to scheme changes please see below updates.


    Second Independent Assessment Pilot

    This month we have restarted our Independent Assessment Pilot. We’re aiming to complete 4,000 independent assessments so that we can use the data we collect in this pilot to help us implement independent assessments in 2021. We’ll be contacting participants directly, and inviting them to volunteer to complete a free, independent assessment. This will be an Australian-wide pilot, however due to current coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions in Victoria; Victorian participants won’t be asked to volunteer for the pilot.


    Further information about the second Independent Assessment Pilot is available at the below links:


    If you have any questions or would like to discuss this update in more detail, don’t hesitate to contact us at community.engagement.nsw@ndis.gov.au


    To keep up to date with the latest information around Independent Assessment please visit the website pages below:


    Other NDIS and Sector updates


    Changes to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5564-changes-ndis-independent-advisory-council

    Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Stuart Robert, today announced the appointment of Dr Leighton Jay to the Independent Advisory Council (Council) to the NDIS.


    Delivering the NDIS: Improving access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5520-delivering-ndis-improving-access-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-communities

    The Australian Government is providing $5.9 million over the next two years to the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) to strengthen NDIS services within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

    Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability will see improved access to disability services as a result of this $5.9 million investment.

    Delivering the NDIS: New data to stimulate specialist housing market https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/5515-delivering-ndis-new-data-stimulate-specialist-housing-market

    Minister for the NDIS, Stuart Robert, says the release of new data on Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) will further stimulate the market and ensure better long-term options for Australians needing specialised housing solutions. The NDIA regularly releases data on participants receiving SDA funding but for the first time will provide data on the demand for SDA across Australia. That data will be broken down to Level 3 Statistical Areas, distinct geographical regions which will help the NDIA and registered providers identify those areas in greatest need.

    Price Guide and Support Catalogue

    With the recent release of the updated Price Guide and Support Catalogue we are sharing a resource that explains the pricing information.


    National Counselling and Referral Services

    The National Counselling and Referral Service is available for people with a disability. A counsellor can support you to talk about your feelings and emotions in a safe space to work out a problem or issue you may be facing; they can also support you to engage with the Disability Royal Commission.

    You can contact the National Counselling and Referral Service by calling 1800 421 468 or 02 6146 1468.

    The service is available 9am to 6pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm weekends and public holidays.

    For information, including Auslan and Easy Read resources visit: https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/disability-counselling-and-advocacy-support

    Early Childhood Early Intervention Implementation Reset Project https://www.ndis.gov.au/community/have-your-say/early-childhood-early-intervention-implementation-reset-project

    The NDIA has commenced a review of its Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach with families and children.

    The NDIA ECEI approach is based on best practice, family-centred early intervention with a focus on providing quality information, research and evidence based advice to families and children with developmental delay or disabilities. The review is investigating what is working well, understanding the pain points, gaps and issues in the implementation of the ECEI approach.

    We are consulting widely on this project, including speaking with families, peak bodies, the early childhood sector, and state and territory governments. If you are interested in participating please complete the online survey .

    ILC Funded Project - Everyone can work: https://www.everyonecanwork.org.au/
    Is finding employment is one of your goals? The new Everyone can work website, funded with an NDIS grant, is for people with intellectual disability, their families and supports. The resource has information about finding open employment and employment pathways to help guide you.


    If you have direct feedback or questions we encourage you to get in touch with us at: community.engagement.nsw@ndis.gov.au

  • Puberty and Disability support - Webinar

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    09 Nov 2020
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    https://enrol.vetenrol.com.au/(S(ei1qzxzr3k43ohuko1i0jd50))/Enrol?398097059

  • Minutes of the November Port Stephens Interagency

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    04 Nov 2020
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    Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting yesterday, it was great to see such a good turnout and some amazing conversations. The Minutes are in the library here

  • Free webinars for parents of secondary school students with disability

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    03 Nov 2020
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    https://www.ric.org.au/events/