2 February Registrations for the Managers' Forum will close soon! February 2, 2018 By Lee Edmonson Events Conferences 0 Registrations for the ECI Managers' Forum will close soon! The next ECIA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Managers’ Forum will be held on Thursday 1st March 2018. The ECI Managers’ Forum will be held at the Portside Centre, Symantec House, Level 5, 207 Kent Street, Sydney. This forum will include: · a panel session on Work Health and Safety · an update on the outcome of the Early Childhood (EC) Partner Tender · discussion on the key issues, challenges and concerns around transition of Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Transition Advisors to EC Partners · updates from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), ECIA NSW/ACT and ECIA National Attendance is free for members. Non members are welcome to attend at a cost of $99. Click here to register for this event. Related Inclusion Symposium 2017 Registrations Now Open! 2017 Registrations Now Open! The 2017 Inclusion Symposium Partners in practice is all about collaboration and exploring innovative ways to improve inclusive practice in the context of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). The symposium will have an interactive format with many opportunities for discussion and networking. Click here to register or for more information. FACS is providing $5.6m for the well-being of Carers in NSW Carers Investment Program The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is providing $5.6m over three years for projects that will improve the well-being of carers in NSW. Carers are people who provide ongoing unpaid support to people who need help because of disability, mental illness, chronic or terminal illness, dementia or frail age. The Carer Investment Program has evolved from the current Carer Grants program. FACS will continue to invest $1.86m per annum in projects to improve support for carers, with a focus on evidence-based outcomes and alignment with carer priorities identified in the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19, the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and other relevant reforms in the sector. FACS will consider applications from a wide range of organisations. The Carers Investment Program will have a strong focus on innovation and collaboration. A two stage procurement process will be used. The first stage will be an Expression of Interest (EOI), open to all interested organisations, open from 28 August to 29 September 2017. Applicants that are successful in the EOI process will then be invited to provide a more detailed proposal. Successful applicants will be identified at the conclusion of the second stage of the procurement process. How to apply Click here for further information and to access the application form via the NSW eTender website. Organisations need to register with eTenders NSW to apply. The EOI reference is Carers Investment Program - FACS.17.143. Briefing Session An information briefing session for the Carers Investment Program will be held on Wednesday 6 September, 2pm at 4-6 Cavill Ave, Ashfield. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business Monday 4 September. Contact Person: Helen McFarlane Email Address: Helen.email@example.com Telephone Number: (02) 8753 9339 NEW ECIA NSW/ACT Website Launched! ECIA NSW/ACT has now launched a new website that is more intuitive, easy to use and mobile responsive! ECIA NSW/ACT Members will be required to create a new login and password in order to access member content. More information will be sent to members via an email communication shortly, with further instructions on how to create a new login and password. If you require immediate access to member content or would like to register for an event and are unable to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 9873 2593 for assistance. ILC National Readiness Grants The 2nd grant round closes at 2pm on Friday 29 September 2017 The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Implementing Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants from 2017-18 to 2018-19. As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants are designed to make the community more accessible and help increase the independence, social and community participation of people with a disability. Click here for more information or to apply. 2017 Annual Report now available The 2017 Annual Report is now available. Click here to view or download the 2017 Annual Report. Click here to view or download the 2017 Financial Statements. PRESIDENT & CEO REPORT The major focus for ECIA NSW/ACT over the last financial year has been supporting the sector to implement the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach and transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Our commitment to inclusion has been pivotal to inform all our supports and services. With inclusion at the forefront, we have worked with the sector to build capacity, promote evidence-based practice and support services to achieve outcomes for children with a developmental delay or disability and their families in their local communities. ECIA NSW/ACT worked actively with Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC) and the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to achieve the outcome of the ECEI Transition Provider Approach across NSW. We proudly endorsed an approach that focused on a wide gateway, soft initial supports, referral to mainstream services and the provision of specialised early childhood intervention (ECI) as required. We recognise the significant work and challenges overcome by our sector over the last year, simultaneously traversing the transition to the NDIS, services have continued to provide funded ECI services. ECIA NSW/ACT has continued to work with other State and Territory Chapters of ECIA and contributed significantly towards the establishment of a single ECIA National organisation that included the CEO taking on the National CEO role for a period of six months. Our Chapter is therefore presenting our last Annual General Meeting (AGM) and will be formally inviting our members to join the National ECIA organisation within the next 6 months. "The past Board forged the importance of ECI across our state and informed best practice across our nation. We are forever indebted to all past and present Board members and to our magnificent inaugural CEO who over the last three years facilitated the growth of our organisation and has left a legacy to transition into a National model" (Susan MacGillycuddy, President ECIA NSW/ACT). AGM & ANNUAL REPORT The Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 30 November 2017 following the Inclusion Symposium. Nominations were received 8 weeks prior to this AGM for all Board positions: President: Susan Macgillycuddy For the position of President there was 1 nomination from Susan Macgillycuddy, who was declared as President. Vice President: Rani Dibley For the position of Vice President there was 1 nomination from Rani Dibley, who was declared as Vice President. Treasurer: Sylvana Mahmic For the position of Treasurer there was 1 nomination from Sylvana Mahmic, who was declared as Treasurer. Non-Executive Board (6 positions) 6 nominations were received for the Non-Executive Board positions from: Trish Hanna, Lifestart Susan Montrose, KU Children's Services Beth Todd, Early Connections Kerry Dominish, Early Ed Jenna Goalab, Shepherd Centre (ACT) Alice Lans, Noah's The (6) named above were declared Non-Executive Board members. No ballot was required as nominations received filled all outgoing vacancies. Janelle Burke from Dubbo and Robyn Bryce from Orange both retired at this AGM; their contribution to ECI services and to ECIA in NSW over many years was gratefully acknowledged. Treasurer Report 2017 “I am pleased to report on the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending 30 June 2017. The financial statements, audited by Flavio Meoli of Meoli & Co. Chartered Accountants are now available. ECIA NSW/ACT has had another positive financial year with a surplus of $62,047 achieved through a significant increase in membership and a successful Professional Development program, including the well attended biennial conference” (Sylvana Mahmic, ECIA NSW/ACT Treasurer). Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.