Chief Executive Officer update - 8 April 2022

Posted on 08 April 2022 by

Hi there,

The last month has been jam-packed for Yooralla, as we had many important events taking place at Yooralla and also out in the community.

We held an engaging client and family forum in the last week of March, with former Yooralla and NDIA Chair Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM—where our clients and families shared their reflections on the NDIS. We heard their experiences with the scheme – what’s gone well, not so well and areas where change is needed.

This was very timely indeed as we raised some of these concerns directly with Minister for the NDIS, Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC and local member for Chisholm the Hon. Gladys Liu MP at their visit to our Whitehorse and Box Hill Community Hubs the following day. The Minister got to meet some of the clients and staff before we had an opportunity to discuss some of Yooralla’s key initiatives and the major issues facing people with disability.

Some of the key topics we covered were reform of the Supported Independent Living (SIL) process, concerns with cuts to SIL plans, inconsistencies in plan reviews – especially for those whose support needs remain consistent and the need for more tier 2 support outside of the scheme. We look forward to continuing these discussions with whomever is the Minister after the election in May.

While we advocate for change, we are also striving to be more inclusive of people who are part of LGBTQIA+ communities. Last week marked a key step in this journey when we launched our new LGBTQIA+ resources.

During the launch event we heard from two members of the LGBTQIA+ community who are also people with disability, Is Hay and Jax Jacki Brown. Is and Jax shared some of their thoughts around the importance of connection between members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

We hope these resources will start the conversations that result in safe and supportive environments that will improve health and save lives.

And finally, I had a fantastic day at the Yooralla stall at the Melbourne Disability Expo last weekend, meeting people with disabilities and families looking for services, and people looking for work in the sector.

It was great to spend time with our fabulous team and to reconnect with the wider community after such a long time away from face-to-face events due to COVID-19. We look forward to supporting many of the connections we made on their NDIS journey!

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and stay safe and well.

Yooralla CEO Terry Symonds

Terry Symonds
Chief Executive Officer


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