7 May Gaps Position Paper May 7, 2018 By Lee Edmondson e Bulletin 0 On Thursday, 26 April 2018 ECIA NSW/ACT released a Position Paper on 'Gaps'. This ECIA NSW/ACT Position Paper has been the culmination of various discussions, consultations and two round tables with key government agencies, the ECI sector and Non-Government (NGO) representatives and makes a number of strategic recommendations addressing and highlighting key issues, concerns and possible ways forward. It reflects the issues raised by our members during the last 12 months, with the focus on historic issues regarding the interface with other government systems and the redefined role of early childhood intervention (ECI) providers under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ECIA will continue to represent our case to Government and to work with all our stakeholders to improve the opportunities for and needs of children with developmental delay and disability and their families. Click here to view or download a copy of the 'Gaps' Position Paper. Attached Files ECIA-Logo-News 7 KB Related ISEI Conference Call for Papers opens 1 June 2018 Call for Papers opens Friday 1 June 2018 The Scientific Program Committee and Local Organisation Committee of the International Society on Early Intervention (ISEI) would like to invite you to submit a paper for presentation at the 2019 ISEI Conference. ISEI is seeking Abstracts addressing a wide variety of topics in the field of early childhood intervention. Abstract Submission Guidelines Call for Papers opens: 1 June 2018 Call for Papers deadline: 1 October 2018 How do I submit abstracts? Abstracts must be submitted online via the conference website using the abstract submission portal. What type of abstract can be submitted? Abstracts can be submitted as individual Papers, individual Posters or a Symposium (group of 2-3 papers). Individuals can submit one Abstract as a presenting author for an individual Paper as well as one Abstract as a presenting author for a Poster presentation. In addition to an individual Paper and/or Poster, individuals may also be part of a Symposium. All abstracts are limited to no more than 150 words. Paper presentations will be limited to 15 minutes. Please note that if there is insufficient room for a submitted individual Paper, that Paper may be accepted as a Poster. The language for all Abstract submissions as well as presentations at the conference sessions is English. Read More... CEO Report March 2018 CEO REPORT March 2018 e-Newsletter For the next three months, the NDIS e-News and the e-Bulletin will be combined into a monthly e-Newsletter. We are also working with ECIA nationally to support a national newsletter, due to be released in June 2018. ECEI TENDER At the time of writing this e-Newsletter, there is still no news about the outcome of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner Tender for NSW. The impact of this transition was the subject of a workshop at the Managers Forum on Thursday, 1st March 2018. We have summarised the key issues and plan to have a meeting with the ECEI Transition Providers and hopefully Partners, once the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have made the formal announcement. ECIA NSW: ROUND TABLE AND WHITE PAPER ON CHILDREN AT RISK ECIA NSW/ACT and its Executive, continue to represent the organisation and to meet regularly with Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC), the Department of Education (DoE), Family & Community Services (FACs) and other relevant state and territory agencies. Several meeting were held with the Executive and the Department of Premiere and Cabinet (DPC), culminating in a Round Table event held on the 29 November 2017, in relation to the future of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) disability services in NSW post June 2018. A second Round Table was held on the 21st March 2018. A comprehensive White Paper has been developed and a series of case studies. In summary, the paper identifies 'cohorts of children' who are not likely to be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and children and their families who are at risk, who may or may not access or be supported by the ECEI Partner and/or mainstream services. These are collectively defined as the 'gaps' cohort. This White Paper aims to address the role, capacity and remit of agencies involved in the child’s life including shared responsibilities. This includes the need for a common data set across NSW Government services accessed by children with a developmental delay or disability aged 0-6. We want a solutions focus on the best means of providing wrap around services for families and children experiencing vulnerability and who are at risk of developmental delay and disability. The outcome of the Round Table was is essence to affirm that children and families at risk, continue to be those experiencing trauma; the interplay between NDIS and health; Out of Home Care; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities or families; vulnerable and socially isolated families, babies at risk (2-3 year olds); complex families (e.g. mental health challenges) and rural and remote families and children. Next steps ECIA NSW/ACT will be finalising the White Paper into a Position Paper, that will be sent out to members with additional comments to be incorporated as required. The Position Paper will be submitted to relevant agencies including the NDIA and state government departments. In April and May, ECIA NSW/ACT will continue to meet with DPC to support a holistic ‘all of government’ approach and make appropriate representations to government. MANAGER'S FORUM Another successful Manager's Forum was held on the 21 March 2018. I trust all members have received feedback from those attending these forums. The forum heard from an excellent Panel on Work, Health & Safety (WHS) The panel discussed emerging occupational, health and safety issues, the NDIS impact (e.g. home visits and travel); child protection; managing stress; mental health and positive psychology. Our guest panelists were: Alan Hough, Sector Support Consultant, National Disability Services (NDS) Sue Becker, CEO, Lifestart and Jane Robinson, General Manager, People Services, KU Children’s Services The second forum work-shopped gaps in mainstream and community services for children with a developmental delay or disability aged 0-6 I introduced ECIA NSW/ACT's work on the 'gaps' and Children at Risk. The main afternoon session was devoted to the ECEI Transition. Chris McClelland from the NDIA, gave us some of her valuable time and the forum discussed the key issues and concerns associated with the soon to be announced Early Childhood (EC) Partners. Click here view or download a 'wrap-up' of the Managers' Forum. SECTOR DEVELOPMENT / NDIS Regional / Sector NDIS readiness A number of regional ECIA NSW/ACT meetings with members are being scheduled across NSW and ACT regional areas over the next two months. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS Online best practice project ECIA has contracted ACT based Sue Davies as Project Manager, Denise Luscombe (WA) and Noahs (VIC) to develop a series of online e-Learning Modules on the National Best Practice Guidelines. This will complement the online legacy projects that ECIA NSW/ACT are finalising, namely Does This Child Need Help? (DTCNH?) and the Inclusion Partners in Practice (IPIP) e-Learning modules. National Constitution / Transition A national ECIA Constitution for a company limited by guarantee has been adopted by the ECIA Board by way of a special resolution meeting held on the 20th March 2018. Transition plans have been developed for each Chapter and are running to schedule. For the NSW/ACT Chapter, this is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). RESEARCH PROJECTS The two year research project with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is coming to a close. Thank you to everyone for your support and contribution. · The project with UNSW is tracking well to the project plan, is on time and overall has been successful to date · The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) team is currently looking at secondary data to include in the report along with the primary data received from surveys and interviews · First draft of the final report will be received by ECIA NSW/ACT in 20 April 2018 · A Reference Committee meeting will be held on 1st May 2018 · The final report will be disseminated to our members and will be available on the website and circulated to relevant stakeholders PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT · The Leap Pad learning Program and Professional Development Calendar is currently winding down, with the focus now on delivering in-house courses ‘on-demand’ · We are currently finalising the online modules for DTCNH? as an online e-Learning program. This will eventually be available via the ECIA National website. MEMBERSHIP · Over 78 ECI services have now become Organisational Members · Individual (Professional) Membership is at 300 in addition to our organisations We are currently working with ECIA national to support the development of a national membership database and national website. COMMUNICATIONS A New ECIA NSW/ACT Website was launched in February 2018. Please go and have a look and update your details! The NDIS e-News and e-Bulletin has been combined into a monthly e-Newsletter, with the 1st National e-Newsletter due to be released in June 2018! INCLUSION · The main activity currently and over the next few months will be the development of the IPIP e-Learning Modules and associated videos and resources · The latest online Inclusion Community of Practice BLOG has been released · Cases for Change is being finalised, that will include practical cases on best practice that will be a stand-alone resource and will be incorporated into the IPIP modules Until next time, best wishes. Margie O’Tarpey CEO ECIA NSW/ACT March 2018 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). CEO Report April 2018 Margie O'Tarpey (CEO ECIA NSW/ACT) talks about the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Tender, the release of the 'Gaps' Position Paper, the winners of the Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant, sector developments and the NDIS, ECIA National, projects including ECIA NSW/ACT e-Learning, National Best Practice, the research project and ECIA NSW/ACT programs and initiatives. Read More... CEO Report JAN/FEB 18 CEO REPORT January / February 2018 ECEI TENDER At the time of writing this e-Bulletin, there is no news about the outcome of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner Tender for NSW. The impact of this transition will be workshopped at the Managers Forum on Thursday, 1st March 2018. REPRESENTATION ECIA NSW/ACT continues to represent the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) sector and meets regularly with Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC), the Department of Education (DEC), Family & Community Services (FACS), Department of Premiere and Cabinet (DPC), Health, Education and other relevant state and territory agencies. Several meeting were held with DPC in relation to the future of ECI disability services in NSW post June 2018, culminating in a round table discussion held on the 29 November 2017. A second round table has now been organised for the 21 March 2018 with a discussion paper being developed. Executive representative Sylvana Mahmic and I met with FACS to discuss the future role of FACS post ADHC. It is still under consideration and ECIA NSW/ACT will continue to keep regular dialogue with them. ECIA NSW/ACT met with DEC to progress communication and engagement around the Working Together Agreement, Round Two funding of Stronger Pathways and proposed ECI Panels. Enis Jusufsphacic, ECIA NSW/ACT Manager of Sector Development (NDIS) and I, met with Carers NSW and agreed to provide ongoing support and information as appropriate. Enis and I met with the State Manager, National Manager and sector consultants to discuss a range of issues, in particular the Readiness Forums and focus on quality framework. SECTOR DEVELOPMENT / NDIS Regional / Sector and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) readiness The NDIS e-News was sent to ECIA NSW/ACT Members mid-February Ongoing meetings are being held across NSW regional areas ACT Inclusion Forum ECIA NSW/ACT hosted and facilitated a very successful Inclusion Forum in Canberra on the 22 February 2018. The outcome of this is a greater understanding of the roles and responsibilities of both Government and the Non-Government (NGO) sector and practitioners around Inclusion policy and practices. A working party has been established to explore the future of an Inclusion Hub in the ACT. We are continuing to engage with and support the ACT ECI sector, attending regular bi-monthly forums. Jenna Golab, ACT representative and ECIA NSW/ACT Board Member provides regular updates and support to ACT members and the sector. We also participated and promoted the National Best Practise Forum in Canberra ACT this February. ECIA (NATIONAL) DEVELOPMENTS 1. Online Best Practice Project ECIA has contracted Sue Davies as Project Manager and Noahs VIC to develop a number of online modules on the ECIA National Best Practice Guidelines. This will complement the online e-Learning legacy projects in NSW/ACT, namely Does This Child Need Help? (DTCNH?) and the Inclusion Partners in Practice (IPIP) Modules. 2. National Constitution The National Constitution is in its last stages of being drafted, with significant input from the ECIA NSW/ACT Board. A special resolution to adopt the new Constitution by National ECIA will be scheduled for late March 2018. 3. Transition Plan ECIA NSW/ACT has developed a transitional work plan and is on schedule, pending developments at a national level. RESEARCH PROJECTS The two year research project is coming to a close. Thank you to everyone for your support and contribution. The project with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is on track, on time and overall has been successful to date The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) is currently looking at secondary data to include in the report, along with primary data received from surveys and interviews The first draft of final report will be sent to ECIA NSW/ACT on 20 April 2018 A Reference Committee meeting is to be held on 1 May 2018 The final report will be disseminated to our members, be made available via the website and circulated to relevant stakeholders. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Professional development is now winding down, with the focus now being on by-demand custom courses. The popular Does This Child Need Help? (DTCNH?) training is nearing the later stages of conversion to an e-Learning package, in addition to being available in some regions as a face-to-face training program. A Certificate of Achievement can still be achieved through the satisfactorily completion of the four online modules through graded assessments; there will therefore be a fee to complete the DTCNH? online package. It is envisaged the DTCNH? e-Learning will be available on the ECIA NSW/ACT website by early April 2018. A new product Inclusion Partners in Practice (IPIP) consisting of five modules will assist learners in the practical aspects of including children with a developmental delay or disability in child care and community settings. This package will also provide a theoretical framework, underpinning the benefits of inclusion for all children. This package will likely be available in June 2018 and will be available at no cost. Cases for Change is a series of online resources that describes the main elements of successful best practice and organisational change initiatives in early childhood intervention and inclusion across NSW. It will be available in April 2018 and will be free of charge. ECIA NSW/ACT appreciates the support of the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC) in the production of these resources. MEMBERSHIP Over 78 ECI services have now become Organisational Members, in addition to around 300 Professional Members. We are currently working with ECIA National to support the development of a national membership database and national website. COMMUNICATIONS We will be working to have one combined electronic newsletter in March 2018, as we progress the communications to an ECIA National e-Bulletin over coming months. The e-Bulletin will be sent out monthly, apart from the Nov/Dec and Jan/Feb Editions The NDIS e-News was sent out mid-February Our Facebook group contains regular stories on inclusion Twitter continues to be used to disseminate ECIA and industry news. The NEW ECIA NSW/ACT Website was launched in February 2018. This new website has an improved look and feel, is more intuitive, easy to use and mobile responsive! Please log in, as you are required to register your account and provide a new login and password. Please ensure your details are correct moving forward. INCLUSION The main activity now and over the next few months will be the development of the e-Learning Inclusion IPIP Modules, associated videos and additional resources. The ECIA / Early Childhood Education & Care (ECEC) Working Together Agreement -Working Group representatives have further developed roles and responsibilities working with the ECEC sector. A further meeting of the working group has been held in February 2018, with KU Children’s Services being asked to further project outcomes moving forward. The online Inclusion BLOG will now post Inclusion Blogs monthly Cases for Change is being finalised and will be incorporated in the IPIP modules The DTCNH? online will be launched in coming months GENERAL ECIA NSW/ACT NEWS Libby Forsyth has now left for maternity leave as of the 15 February 2018 Anne Rauch will be managing all the programs related to the remaining legacy projects; namely the IPIP and DTCNH? e-Learning projects Anne will assist on special projects as required Two part time Multimedia Developers have been engaged to assist with the online learning modules A project officer is being considered to assist with the legacy projects to June 2018 Overall, ECIA NSW/ACT is in a good and sound financial position. Best wishes, Margie O’Tarpey CEO ECIA NSW/ACT Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.