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Overview

The 15th Annual National Disability Summit will return to Melbourne on 19-20 September 2024. This is a key event on the calendar of disability service providers and industry leaders. Not only for discussion on the NDIS but also critically, for addressing the wider range of issues and considerations for the disability sector in Australia. At the heart questioning how can we better support people with disability, and their families. As well as maximising independence and participation by creating greater choice.

The National Disability Summit bring together an extremely passionate audience broken down into NDIS, and wider disability services providers, high-level executives, policy makers, community care organisations, support coordinators, people with disability, carers, intermediaries, state & federal government agencies, council organisations nationwide, NDIS representatives, aged care facilities, and aged care providers.

Each year we grow and evolve the event in line with the needs and feedback from the industry ensuring an objective platform for discussion and networking. We pride ourselves on listening to our audience and building a non-biased agenda from suggestions, requests, and submissions.

This year the agenda will seek to understand the sector post Royal Commission and the NDIS Review. Delving into pertinent topics around disability workforce, sustainable disability employment, housing, health, and sports, the role of government bodies, and building inclusive communities.

We will explore strategies and initiatives for improving quality, person-centered care. Providing tangible takeaway actions for delegates, we will include data-driven insights, thought leadership to challenge how we think about support and services, and lived experiences that articulate not only the challenges but also the potential solutions and discuss quality improvement.

Find out more about the National Disability Summit


CALL FOR PAPERS – NOW CLOSED!

We encourage you to register your interest to speak, and/or nominate topic ideas that you would like to see featured.

For speaker submissions, please include the following information:

  • Name, job title, organisation
  • Presentation title
  • 3-5 bullet points explaining your main discussion points (40 words max.)
  • Would you like to join a panel discussion? Please list your topic suggestions
  • Would you like to facilitate a workshop? Please suggest workshop topics

To submit and for any queries, please contact:

Katrina Bowns
Senior Conference Producer
e: katrina.bowns@informa.com.au
t: 02 9080 4322

Closing date: 1st April 2024

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2024 Sponsors

Silver Sponsor
Shift Care

Lanyard Sponsor
Simply Helping

2024 Exhibitors

Warner Institute

LBM Fleet

Blue Light Card

All about caring

Disability gateway

Bupa

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2024 Supporting Partner

Talking Disability

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Don’t miss this opportunity to get involved early in next year’s National Disability Summit!

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, lunch and refreshments breaks making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry experience.

Sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential & existing clients
  • Network with the industry
  • Generate leads from a targeted audience
  • Demonstrate your product/service in person
  • Build brand awareness

To see what we have available please contact;

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
P: 02 9080 4318
E: Danielle.newman@informa.com

Speakers

Myron Mann, CEO, Bedford Group
Myron Mann
CEO,
Bedford Group

Carol Berry, CEO, The Disability Trust
Carol Berry
CEO,
The Disability Trust

Pauline Luchetta, Founder & CEO, Custodia
Pauline Luchetta
Founder & CEO,
Custodia


Emma Gierschick OAM
Woman of the Year 2019, Nominee Victorian Woman of Honour 2019 & 2020


Simone Austin
Chief Health Officer and Chair of the Advisory Board, healthylife, Accredited, Practising Dietitian


Stu Schonell
CEO,
Advocacy WA


Professor Christine Bigby
Director, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University


Jethro Hepton
Board Chairperson,
Advocacy WA


David Swain
CEO,
Endeavour Foundation


Cat Lancaster
Life Without Barriers


Catherine Pollaers
Emerging Leader, Queensland Disability Network


Jess Harpers
CEO, Disability Intermediaries Australia


Briar Harte
Inclusive Design Principal, NAB, Disability Inclusion Changemaker of the Year 2024


Perrin Abbas
Project Lead – Disability Inclusion, Multicultural Communities Council of SA


Bianca Stern
General Manager,
All Things Equal


Jessica Lane
Innovation Manager,
Community Lifestyle Agenda


Belinda Kochanowska
Principal & Founder, Intrepidus Law


Jeff Smith
CEO, DANA


Jeswynn Yogaratnam
Commissioner,
NT Anti-Discrimination Commission


Robyne Burridge OAM


Graeme Innes AM


Rosemary Kayess
Disability Discrimination Commissioner


Dr Alex Harrison
Senior Veterinarian, Eastside Veterinary Clinic, Treasurer, The Veterinary Kaleidoscope


Dr Jennie Hutton
Emergency Physician, Senior Research Fellow La Trobe and Melbourne University. Priority Population Lead VVED, Northern Health

Agenda

08:15

Registration & Morning Coffee

09:00

DAY ONE OPENING

09:00

Opening remarks from the Chair

Emma Gierschick OAM

09:10

OPENING ADDRESS | Changing Peoples Perspectives: Becoming the 2022 NT Australian of the Year

Robyne Burridge OAM

09:30

PANEL | The Future of Home and Living

  • SIL
  • How does this process work?
  • Where do you start for a PWD?
  • How to make your own home?
  • Other important considerations, diet, friendship, community, and avoiding homelessness

Simone Austin, Chief Health Officer and Chair of the Advisory Board, healthylife, Accredited, Practising Dietitian
Cat Lancaster, Director, Professional Practice Center for Practice Excellence Disability and Mental Health, Life Without Barriers
Moderated by Stuart Schonell, CEO, Advocacy WA

10:20

The Legislative Impact of Disability Policy Reform: NDIS Provider and Worker Registration Taskforce

Jeff Smith, CEO, DANA

10:50

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:20

PANEL | Surviving to Thriving

Catherine Pollaers, Emerging Leader, Queensland Disability Network
Nina Crumpton, Participant and Founder/CEO, The Hand Up Space
Dr Alex Harrison, Senior Veterinarian, Eastside Veterinary Clinic, Treasurer, The Veterinary Kaleidoscope
Modareted by Emma Gierschick OAM

12:00

SESSION SPOTLIGHT | Streamlined Client Care

Senior Representative, Shiftcare

12:20

EXECUTIVE PANEL | Setting up Your Organisation for Success and Ensuring People with Disability are at the Heart of Your Organisation

  • Are we stronger together?
  • How can qualified and registered providers distinguish themselves from the inexperienced provider?
  • Ensuring person-centred care is at the heart of the organisation
  • Are mergers and acquisitions the way forward?
  • Tangible takeaways from some of Australia’s larger disability service providers

Myron Mann, CEO, Bedford Group
Carol Berry, CEO, The Disability Trust
David Swain, CEO, Endeavour Foundation
Cat Lancaster, Director, Professional Practice Center for Practice Excellence Disability and Mental Health, Life Without Barriers
Moderated by Pauline Luchetta, Founder & CEO, Custodia

13:00

Networking Lunch

13:20

LUNCHTIME BUSINESS CLINIC | How to be Innovative in the Current Climate

It is not an easy time to run a service provision organisation within the current climate, and Pauline has had her fair share in running, selling and building them. Join Pauline in this informal setting (over the latter part of the lunchtime period) and discuss in roundtables how to be innovative when running a company.

Discussion points will include:

  • Hiring and gig economy
  • Merges and acquisitions
  • How do you get clients, and how do you market yourself?
  • What is your point of difference?

Pauline Luchetta, Founder & CEO, Custodia

14:00

KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

Rosemary Kayess, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

14:30

Quality Person Centred Care Means Something Different to Every Person with a Disability, Including Those with the Same Disability

  • Our needs are dependent on many factors including personality and motivation. This means:
    • Funding needs to fit with the life choices of a person with disability as well as their changing life circumstances
    • Diversity of needs is not considered in the regions
    • Clearer budgets and spending areas to make plans easier to manage
    • Disability awareness training by people with disability to all providers, NDIA/S staff, disability related ministers and department heads
  • As a sector what we can do as a whole to improve this

Jethro Hepton, Board Chairperson, Advocacy WA
Stu Schonell, CEO, Advocacy WA

15:00

Person Centred Active Support: What You Should be Aware of

Professor Christine Bigby, Director, Living with Disability Research Centre, La Trobe University

15:30

Afternoon Tea & Networking Break

16:00

Foundational Supports 101

  • How will this affect us?
  • How will this be implemented?
  • What does the eligibility look like?

Jess Harpers, CEO, Disability Intermediaries Australia
Samantha Connor, Project Management Consultant, Disability Activist, PWDA

16:30

PANEL |It’s Not ‘Too Hard’: Creating Better Employment Opportunities for People with Disability

  • Preparing clients and participants for greater employment opportunities
  • Beyond the gaps, what can we really do to assist?
  • Organisational funding supports, existing policies and procedures

Perrin Abbas, Project Lead – Disability Inclusion, Multicultural Communities Council of SA
Bianca Stern, General Manager, All Things Equal
Moderated by Briar Harte, Inclusive Design Principal, NAB, Disability Inclusion Changemaker of the Year 2024

17:15

Closing Remarks from Chair

17:20

Networking Drinks

18:30

Conference Dinner

08:15

Registration & Morning Coffee

09:00

DAY TWO OPENING

09:00

Opening remarks from the Chair

Briar Harte, Inclusive Design Principal, NAB, Disability Inclusion Changemaker of the Year 2024

09:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

Graeme Innes AM

09:40

KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

What is the plan? And what will happen?

10:15

PANEL | The Role of an Unpaid Carer

11:00

Networking Break & Morning Tea

11:15

SESSION SPOTLIGHT |

11:35

NDIS Trends, Developments and Changes

  • Current Trends in NDIS Appeals
  • The Impact on NDIS Appeals & Supports
  • Proposed changes & what is happening within the Scheme

Belinda Kochanowska, Principal Solicitor, Intrepidus Law

12:05

PANEL | Engaging Staff in the Safe Delivery of Care

  • Homegrown innovations
  • Software solutions, such as the power of AI
  • Changes in training
  • Key takeaways and learnings

Jessica Lane, Innovation Manager, Community Lifestyle Agenda
Pauline Luchetta, Founder & CEO, Custodia

13:00

Networking Lunch

13:20

LUNCHTIME BUSINESS CLINIC | Reputation Management Training

14:00

Accessing Accessible Healthcare: Virtual ED and Beyond

  • Benefits of Virtual ED
  • Regional, Rural and Remote Access to Disability Service Providers
  • Access to Healthcare in a Metropolitan Emergency Department

Dr Jennie Hutton, Emergency Physician, Senior

14:30

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Positive Duty in the NT

Jeswynn Yogaratnam, Commissioner, NT Anti-Discrimination Commission

15:00

CLOSING ADDRESS | NDIS is There Another Way? What’s Next for All Those Involved?

  • The Disability Sector Post Royal Commission and NDIS Review

Jess Harpers, CEO, Disability Intermediaries Australia

15:30

Closing Remarks from Chair

15:35

Conference Concludes

Post Event Workshop

23 August 2023

09:00 – 09:30

Registration | Arrival Tea & Coffee

09:30 – 12:00

Including Morning Tea 10:45am – 11am

POST-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP | Building Accessible Cities through co-design and design culture

With the Brisbane Paralympics less than a decade away, accessible and inclusive urban spaces are front of mind for Australian cities. Cityscapes are in constant state of change and renewal, being shaped and moulded by design practices that may intentionally include or unintentionally exclude. Dr Adam Johnson has spent the past 10 years working with local governments to create accessible, co-designed urban environments, particularly in his hometown of Bunbury, Western Australia, which has the goal of becoming the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia (MARCIA). He will share insights and lessons learned, including five key facilitators of Universal Design, as well as work undertaken in advocacy, negotiation, education, and cultivation of leadership in design culture.
Using Bunbury as a case study, this interactive workshop will explore:

  • Strategies for engaging in effective co-design with people with lived experience
  • The distinction between genuine co-design and stakeholder consultation
  • Common opportunities, barriers and challenges for local governments in achieving Universal Design at a city level
  • Key facilitators and safeguards in relation to Universal Design
  • Local, State and Federal policies, design standards, leadership and design culture considerations

Brought to you by Dr Adam Johnson, Researcher and Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

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Insights

The one question people who work with NDIS participants should always ask

What does fun look like for you? It’s not a question that comes up frequently in a professional context; but it is one that Peer Mentor and disability advocate Adrian O’Malley has begun asking a lot in recent years…

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Nothing about us without us – are we there yet with disability rights?

“Nothing about us without us” – the idea that policy shouldn’t be designed without first consulting the people it targets – has become a prominent mantra in the disability rights space in recent years…

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The right way to treat people with disabilities at school

When Matthew De Gruchy was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a rare genetic eye condition, at the age of nine, he did not know that his difficulties with blindness would pale in comparison to the social challenges he later experienced…

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Bite-sized Videos

What does innovation in the disability sector look like?
Accessing support with regional, rural, and remote regions
Providing Access for the Deaf Community

Photos From 2023 Event

Testimonials

Anonymous

“The National Disability Summit was invaluable for connecting with many passionate leaders and speakers in the NDIS, disability and mental health space. I felt recharged from attending and motivated to keep improving the systems and services we provide to persons with a disability and most of all, ensuring that persons with a disability are at the core of everything we do. What a fantastic event!”

Anonymous

“A valuable opportunity to learn about challenges and discuss solutions for people with disability, and to connect with key individuals and organisations in the sector.”

Louise Bugeja, Internode

“Attending the National Disability Summit was a great experience. There was a wide variety of speakers and the Informa staff were amazing and accommodating to meeting everybody’s needs.”

Stephen Odusa, CatholiccareNT

“You need to be there, to learn more.”

Venue

Crown Promenade Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
SOUTHBANK VIC 3006
(Queensbridge St end of Crown Complex)
(03) 9292 8888


SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION RATE
We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 18-19 September 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact

Still have a question?

Katrina Bowns
Conference Producer
Katrina.Bowns@informa.com.au

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4318
Danielle.Newman@informa.com