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PEER SUPPORT GROUPS IN PERTH METRO AND REGIONS

Would you like to find out more about peer support groups in WA?

 

Are you looking for a service provider?

Click here to find:

- the link to the list of disability service organisations which provide service on behalf of Disability Services Commission, sorted by region: REGION

- the list of services registered to provide services under NDIS in our State: WA

Are you interested in participating in research projects?

 

 

 

 

Telethon Kids Institute has developed a questionnaire to measure 'quality of life' in children with Down Syndrome.

They are seeking parents with a school aged child or adolescent with Down syndrome to road test their new questionnaire.

Siblings Australia is running a project, "Creating Capacity: Support for Adult Siblings Project" to build the capacity of siblings to understand the NDIS and to support their brothers and sister with disbility in the transition to the NDIS environment.

A reference group is being set up to guide the implementation of the project, and the group will oversee the governance and help maximise outcomes for siblings, people living with disability and their broader families in the light of the NDIS.

If you would like to find out more about this project, or be part of the reference group:

  

 

Click on the image above to read the report....

"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

(Report authors Samantha Connor and Ben Keely)

The Peer Connect website is for people living with disability, their families and supporters.

The website has information about having choice and control in your life, the NDIS, connecting with Peer Support Networks and getting involved with your community.

www.peerconnect.org.au/

 

Duchenne Foundation in WA have published a great new story for children called "That's What Wings Are For". Part proceeds from sales of the book will go to the Duchenne Foundation.

Read more about it here, including an author interview 

  

 

 

 

 

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BOARD CHAIR Mr Mal Cronstedt - Mal's public service career spans over thirty years, and he was apppointed Executive Director, State Emergency Management Committee Secretariat in 2014. Mal and his wife Marcie have three children; a 10 year old son with Down Syndrome, a 17 year old son with Autism and an 18 year old daughter with Autism. Mal has delved deepily into the disability sector in search of services and advice over many years, building a strong passion for improving the capability and capacity of individuals and their families to live a fulfilling life. In 2013 Mal was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.

 


DEPUTY CHAIR Mr André Shannon, Family Support WA -  André has been Executive Officer of Family Support WA Inc., a not-for-profit disability services organisation since 2009.  André previously held positions in the offices of several members of parliament, including the former Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Daryl Williams AM QC and Senator the Hon David Johnston.  André is heavily involved in disability sector associations and groups in WA. He is the Constitution & By-Laws Chair of Lions Clubs International District 2012.  André holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Murdoch University.

 

 

TREASURER Mr Bill Marchbank - Bill was appointed to the Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Bill operates his own business, providing commercial, environmental and marketing services to business and government, and he also has 15 years experience working with community and industry-based not-for-profit organisations in various voluntary roles. Bill has a 20 year old daughter who has an intellectual disability, and he and his families have been members of DDWA for several years. As the Treasurer, Bill supports the board and organisation with his guidance in commercial, financial and governance matters.

 

 

 MEMBER Mr Darren Ginnelly, My Place - Darren has over 24 years experience in the disability field in both government and non-government organisations.  After 13 years working in a number of government roles, including as a Local Area Co-ordinator, Darren was appointed as Manager, Accommodation Services at Nulsen Inc.  He joined My Place in 2004 and was appointed the inaugural Manager, Direct Care Services.  Darren currently is the Managing Director of My Place.  Darren has been Chair of the National Disability Services (NDS) National Committee on Accommodation and Chair of the NDS (WA) Accommodation Sub-committee. He is also Board member of WA’s Individualised Services Inc. (WAIS). 

 

   

MEMBER Mr Kieron Flynn, Individual Member - Kieron has two young children, one of whom has autism and one has a developmental delay.  He is a director of public relations consultancy Blue Bay Communications, having previously worked as a senior Asia-Pacific correspondent and editor with international news agencies and newspapers in Australia and Hong Kong.  Kieron was also a public relations manager for Australian corporations operating in Hong Kong and China, and worked as a consultant to multinational companies with bases in Jakarta.

 

 

MEMBER Ms Wendy Cox, Ability Centre - Wendy joined the DDWA Board in June 2015. Wendy has been the General Manager Home and Community Options with Ability Centre since October 2014. Her career in service provision for people with disability started in the 1990's including over 11 years as Executive Director Accommodation Services at Disability Services Commission. Wendy has a particular interest in social justice, community development and facilitating projects and facilitating opportunities to support people with a disability achieve their aspirations. 

    

MEMBER Mr Peter Batini, Nulsen - Peter currently works part-time with both Nulsen Disability Services and Baxter-Lawley. From January 2014-October 2016 Peter was the Manager: Sector Knowledge & Development at Active Foundation where was was engaged in a comparable role. Prior to this time Peter worked at the Disability Services Commission for over 30 years including roles as Regional Director of the South West and North Metropolitan regions and was the Chief Clinical Psychologist. Peter holds a Bachelor of Psychology and Master in Applied Psychology, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has also completed a Churchill Fellowship in de-institutionalisation and the development of community-based services.

 

Immediate Past President 2013-October 2016


Mrs Katie Perpitch, Individual Member - Katie comes to the Board as a parent of three daughters, the eldest of whom is in primary school and has autism and intellectual disability. Katie's middle daughter attends the same school, where Katie is P&C president. A solicitor with the Australian Government, Katie has previously served on the Board of Kids are Kids. Prior to her law degree she worked in advertising and marketing, and she is soon to finish a diploma of sociology and anthropology. Katie is passionate about the rights of people with disability to be included in and supported by their community and equally passionate about those same rights for their families and carers. Katie concluded her term as Board Chair at the 2016 AGM and remains a member of the Board of DDWA.