May 2017

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A message from RIAC's CEO

Welcome to our Autumn RIAC Newsletter.  Such a busy year.  So many wonderful things happening at RIAC.  

I would like to report that both James and I were guest speakers at the recent VicDAN advocacy conference which was held at the NAB centre in Southern Cross. There were approx 100 people present including advocates, solicitors, and some Departmental funders. The conference was in particular reference to the NDIS and covered many areas of concern for Advocates to consider as the scheme continues to rollout.

I would like to take this opportunity say thank you to Nicole.  Nicole has been based in RIAC's Geelong Office and now is transferring to our Bendigo office from early June.  Nicole has had a lot of experience representing participants in both an advocacy and NDIS Appeals role. Our team in Geelong are sad to lose Nicole as she has been an exceptional advocate and support person during her time here with us. We are so pleased that Nicole will be able to support the Central Highlands and Bendigo areas participants of the NDIS in this role. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Bendigo office if you need help with reviews or advocacy or to book Nicole for information session for your organisation or participant/carer groups.
Hope you enjoy all else that is included in this newsletter.  We would value your feedback and any contributions that you may have.  Please feel free to send through any interesting information that you receive to  

Kind regards, Leah Kateiva CEO

RIAC Board Member Vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated person to join our dynamic Board. RIAC has offices across regional and rural Victoria and provides a range of programs including Advocacy, NDIS Appeals and Access and Support. The Board meets on a monthly basis and there is the capacity for Board Members to Skype in for meetings.
We are looking for someone who has a strong commitment to supporting people with a disability, a focus on human rights and ensuring all people have a voice.
For more Information

NDIS Forum - Why Self Advocacy Matters 

The Shout Out Shepparton Self Advocacy Group and RIAC in partnership with SARU and Vision Australia  are holding an NDIS Forum - highlighting 'why self advocacy matters'.  There will be lots of open discussion on the day, allowing those who attend to talk about what they already know about the NDIS and also to ask lots of questions about the NDIS.  If you would like to know who is eligible for support; or what supports people can get; gain information about writing a plan or even what to do do if you are unhappy with your plan or a decision, this forum may be of interest to you.  To know more 

Getting into Gear for the NDIS

The Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference is hosted by DARU and is the flagship event for the disability advocacy sector in Victoria.  The conference planning committee is comprised of representatives from a number of disability advocacy organisations including RIAC. 

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability - If you would like to know more: 

Being Seen and Heard Through Arts Exhibition

Congratulations to Brad - the winner of the recent 'Being Seen and Heard Through Art Exhibition.

Brad is drawn to painting and drawing portraits and abstract works using divisions of form and colour.
In his art piece Brad was expressing the feelings he had on that particular day as “behind the shadow” or     being held back. The colours Brad used and the expressions of the portrait reflect the feeling that he had on the day. 

If you would like to view the wonderful art work please visit the Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre - or the read about the event please see 

Advocacy Program Update

At RIAC we never know what the next phone call or press of the doorbell will bring. Not long ago two young overseas backpackers were referred to RIAC by Centerlink social workers and they approached RIAC requesting Advocacy assistance.
Turns out that both had seasonal work permits and had successfully applied for fruit picking via a local contractor with contact via the internet and mobile telephone. On the second day of work a ladder collapsed resulting in a broken arm for one of the workers. 
To learn more:

My New Life Group

Life with a new disability can be daunting.  Where can you go to get the support you need?
What resources and opportunities are available in your local community? How do you meet others in the same situation?  To read more

Remarkable Women - Do you know Someone?

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
Nominations close 5pm Monday 17 July, 2017.

For More Information

27 May - A Significant Date
The 1967 referendum altered the Australian Constitution. More than 90 per cent of Australian voters chose ‘Yes’ to count Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the census and give the Australian Government the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  To learn more

Invitation Focus Group Consultation 

Lifeline Australia wants to consult with you, as a women with disabilities who is currently seeking support for domestic or family violence or sexual assault, no matter where you live, or how long ago you had these experiences, or where you are now on a pathway to establish safety.

The Australian Hearing Bus
The Australian Hearing bus is stopping by Strathfieldsaye SUPA IGA to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness, to locals in the community. No appointment is necessary. Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults over 18 who visit the bus on the day.  If you would like to know more

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Your donation is vital to ensure that the future looks brighter for us all.

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