Entries by Faye Lougheed

WEARING A MASK – SOCIAL STORIES

Since our Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced that the wearing of masks would be a legal requirement from Thursday 23 July 2020 for anyone over the age of 12 (some exemptions apply), some uneasiness was created within the disability community. This surrounds not only the wearing of masks for people with heightened anxiety and sensory difficulties, […]

RULES FOR LIFE; PANDEMIC EDITION

I was told it was about time for another CEO’s blog and given a suggested topic: What I’ve learnt living and leading an organisation through a global pandemic Blimey, thanks Faye! OK, here goes. I have some rules which I stand by whenever something difficult comes up; and a global pandemic rates right up there as […]

NDIS PRICE GUIDE 2020-21

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has published the NDIS Price Guide and Support Catalogue 2020‒21, effective 1 July 2021. For most participants, families and organisations, making sense of changes and updates is a daunting task. Disability Services Consulting has done a lot of the hard work and has released a Price Guide series of articles […]

LGBTQIA+ DEVELOPMENT

Interchange Outer East recognises the challenges that the LGBTQIA+ community faces and the positive contribution LGBTQIA+ people make within our communities. To assist in supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, IOE has appointed Recreation Coordinator Jesse Baker as the LGBTQIA+ Development Worker. This role will include: Ensuring that IOE is a welcoming and inclusive community for people […]

DISABILITY WORKER REGULATION SCHEME

The Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Abuse in Disability Services found a long history of widespread abuse and neglect of people with disability. The Inquiry determined that more effective safeguards and oversight measures were needed to ensure disability workers deliver high quality care. In August 2018, the Victorian Parliament passed the Disability Service Safeguards Act 2018 […]

ONLINE RECREATION AND COVID-19

I wear multiple hats around Interchange Outer East (IOE). I’m a recreation coordinator, working mainly in the GAP Programs (Group After-Hours Programs), mum of a junior support worker, mum of a participant and Mumma Fish; general supporter of many! When the government announced the COVID-19 lockdown, like most of us, I was really worried how we […]