Midland Coffee Morning

Title: Midland Coffee Morning
Location: The Colony Coffee House of Midland-53 The Cresent Midland
Description: Open to all members and families.

Sunday Coffee Morning at ‘The Colony Coffee House of Midland’ Please come and join us :)

Non members are also welcome!
Start Time: 10.30am
Date: 22 March
End Time: 12.30pm

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NDIS must take housing policy out of the too hard basket

Australia has an accessible housing crisis. By 2020, if nothing changes more than 100,000 people participating in the NDIS could be without access to adequate, accessible, affordable housing. 

Housing development has a long lead time. The longer policy makers take to formulate a housing strategy the greater the risk that demand for housing will overwhelm the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) capacity to deliver. 

It’s been more than twelve months since the NDIA completed a report canvassing the options for housing, yet it still hasn’t been released. Without this options paper the disability community is being denied the opportunity to participate in the co-design of the NDIS housing strategy. 

NDS is proud to be part of the community campaign calling on the NDIA to make disability housing a priority. 

To assist this campaign NDS has released a paper in NSW (PDF 155KB, DOC 138KB) on how the social housing system can better support people with disability. NDS has also provided the Every Australian Counts campaign with access to research and the support of our sector development staff.

NDS is now calling on our members to get behind this campaign. We need you, your staff and the people you support to participate. 

The Every Australian Counts team have created a simple online action that sends an email to David Bowen the CEO of the NDIA. The email is calling on the NDIA to take housing policy out of the too hard basket. 

You can support the campaign by visiting the Every Australian Counts Website


Contact information: Ken Baker, Chief Executive, 02 6283 3203, ken.baker@nds.org.au

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Mindarie Marina Food & Wine Festival

On Sunday, 06th April 2014, we’ll have a stall at this festival, selling the most amazing liquorice, chips and other delights.

Please come and visit us on the day. If you have a few spare hours on the day, please contact Jacinta at 9346 7525 to offer your services at manning the stall.


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SBHAWA Newsletter

This new-look publication has replaceed Caliper and will be published monthly.  If anyone has any suggestions for content or articles, please contact Jacinta on 9346 7525.  The Newsletter can be found in the Members Zone.  We hope you enjoy reading it.

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Carers WA ‘Linking Together’ Social Support Groups

Carers WA are holding monthly events in rural and metro starting July 2013 areas to encourage new and old carers to have some respite and re-connect with the community and friends.  The events are held as following:

Margaret River  When:  First Thursday of each month at 10.30 am

Busselton  When:  Third Thursday of each month at 10.30 am

Bunbury  When:  Fourth Thursday of each month 2pm – 3pm

Please RSVP for confirmation of venue to Carers WA on 1300 227 377 or visit www.carerswa.asn.au

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New Innovations in Reproductive Health for people with Spina Bifida

For the first time in the United States, a surgical procedure has been performed to “establish feeling in the penis for men with Spina Bifida” with an amount of success.  The surgery is also being assessed to see if it can assist women with Spina Bifida to increase nerve impulses in a similar manner.

For further information please visit the following website: 


The full article is available in the Journal of Urology.

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New Innovation in Microvalve Technology for Hydrocephalus

An article released by the Arizona State University in  the United States, reports the invention of a new microvalve  for use in treating Hydrocephalus.  According to the article, the valve shows “marked improvements in safety and reliability, valve sealing, leakage and failure rate” (Arizona State University, 2012).  For more information, click here.  At the current time the patent for the device is pending.

Information re-printed by kind permission of Dr John Goodman, Arizona State University.


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