The morning sessions will be live streamed from Cairns
Welcome to country - 9.00 am
Welcome (RTF, 116 KB)

Master of Ceremonies

Lexi Hamilton-Smith

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Opening (RTF, 49 KB)

Minister Coralee O’Rourke MP, will explore the opportunities and challenges for Queensland at this time of transformational change - how we make the most of Queensland’s uniqueness and capitalise on the momentum from the NDIS.

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The ripple effect (RTF, 76 KB)

Mark McCrindle, a leading social researcher will talk about ‘the ripple effect’ – the far-reaching effects on society, as people with disability have more choice and control over how they live their lives.

Mark will take learnings from other major social reforms and explore the potential impacts of the NDIS.

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Morning Tea

My NDIS story (RTF, 62 KB)

NDIS participants, Tina Gulino and Rachael Emerson, share their story of how the NDIS has created opportunities for them, their families and their community.

Tina, an NDIS participant from the trial site in Barwon reflects on the changes in her life, from one of survival to one of excitement, new challenges and possibilities.

Rachael, from Queensland’s early launch in Townsville, shares her experience of transitioning her young daughter to the NDIS and how she prepared.

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Opportunities in our backyard (RTF, 74 KB)

A panel will explore opportunities that the NDIS will create in our own backyard – opportunities for Queenslanders, our communities, our businesses, our workforce and our economy. Members of the panel are:

Tina Gulino – NDIS participant from the Barwon trial site

Paul Calcott – aboriginal artist and Program Manager, Murri Disability Advisory Network (DAN)

Paul Breen – founder and Director of the construction industry’s Productivity Bootcamp

Belinda Drew - CEO of the Community Services Industry Alliance

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Concurrent sessions

growing tomorrow’s NDIS workforce

Ian Stevenson, Local Place-based Coordinator, North Queensland WorkAbility Project, looks at how Queensland will prepare its disability workforce for the future.  We learn about the forecast NDIS jobs growth for south west Queensland, the key areas for workforce development and the strategies that WorkAbility Queensland will employ to support the region’s future workforce

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the unexpected benefits of mentoring

Glen Postle, Toowoomba’s TOMNET project founder, discusses an innovative mentoring project delivering promising benefits for everyone involved.  We also hear personal perspectives from a project mentor and mentoree

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community minded

Laura Scurr, owner of Toowoomba’s Business Solutions, shares her personal story of perseverance to find an employment solution that fits best with her lifestyle and qualifications, and provides security for the future

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Afternoon tea

Concurrent sessions

honouring diversity

A story of the St George Tidda’s Group that invites Aboriginal women to come together to connect with each other, with their culture and look after their health. Tracey Campbell, Disability Services’ local area coordinator and Patricia Morris, Indigenous health worker at Queensland Health, explain how the project works, and Tidda’s Group members talk about the personal benefits they’ve experienced

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directing my own life

Locals Paul Devine and Sharon Boyce share their experiences of self-directing their disability supports and employing their own workers. They discuss why they began self-direction, how it works, their learnings and challenges, and how they are preparing for the NDIS

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community minded

Local business partners David Wallis and Hayley Potter explore the power of collaboration and community partnerships they’ve achieved by investing in Bounce City, a social enterprise organisation in Toowoomba

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Transition to the NDIS (RTF, 156 KB)

Brooke Winters, Regional Executive Director, South West Region with the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Scott McNaughton, General Manager, Operations with the National Disability Insurance Agency discuss Queensland’s transition to the NDIS – what do we know, where are we up to and what’s next

Summary and close - 5.00 pm


Conference program