As we come into 2023 and even look towards 2024, Interchange Outer East (IOE) has vacancies on two programs supporting young adults to take steps to independent living. These programs support young adults with disability in small groups to learn all that is involved in living outside the family home. From self care (hygiene, grooming, exercise) to meal preparation, social skills (respecting others, conflict resolution, teamwork), domestic tasks, life skills and more; participants will experience all facets of living independently with support from dedicated IOE staff.

For any young adult, taking steps to living independently can be a daunting prospect. This is why Interchange Outer East offers two different programs for young adults to develop their skills and independence.

House Intensive

The IOE House Intensive program supports participants to have a taste of independent living one night and 2 days each week in one of our rental homes in Chirnside Park and Scoresby. This program is covered by NDIS; there are minimal out of pocket costs. Participants in this program will have goals relating to increasing independent living skills such as domestic tasks, self-care, budgeting, and social skills. Each small, tailored group supports participants to learn all that is involved living outside the family home whilst being supported 24/7 by our passionate and skilled staff. Participants in the program may be working towards differing levels of independence. For some, this may simply start with becoming comfortable away from the family home. For others they may commence the program with far higher expectations and goals they wish to achieve.

Suitable participants may transition into our next steps Home Experience Program (HEP) where three housemates live together in a rental property for six months. 

For House Intensive eligibility, cost, outcomes and more – view the program flyer HERE.

Home Experience Program (HEP)

This unique program offers young people over 18 years of age the opportunity to live in a share house for six months with two other IOE participants. Participants live in a rental property 24/7 for six months where they will experience fully what it is like to live independently with housemates. The program provides part-time staffing and a lead tenant overnight to ensure participants receive the freedom and experience of living away from home but with supports to develop and build on skills and capacities. During the day participants may choose to go to day programs, work or volunteer, or simply stay home.

To be eligible for HEP, participants will have completed at least 12 months in the House Intensive program and/or reached a level of independence to ensure that they are able to participate fully in the program. Further details about eligibility, cost, outcomes and more, can be found in the program flyer HERE.

Current Vacancies

Both programs are now accepting expressions of interest from young adults who may wish to take part in 2023 and/or 2024. Participants do not need to be registered with IOE express interest in House Intensive or Home Experience Program. For more information or to enrol in these programs, contact Linda Hull on 9758 5522 or


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In 2022, we held our first Burmese Family Camp for carers and their families. We are excited to announce that we will be holding another Family Camp for our local Burmese carer community very soon! This camp is for all local Burmese carers (including carers of an elderly family member or someone with disability), and their families including the person they care for.

When: Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April 2023
Where: CYC The Island, Phillip Island
Cost: Free!

Interested? Complete this online form: by Sunday 15 January 2023.

For enquiries or assistance: Contact Lucy on 0438 444 199 or 9758 5522 or email

If you know someone who is a carer within the Burmese community – a neighbour, friend, colleague, please let them know about this camp. We would love to see them there!


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Chickens I like. They do chicken things each day – scratching, clucking, dust baths, creating eggs – go to sleep and repeat. Sure, there is the occasional unrest but they sort themselves out and get on with their chicken lives.

There is no chicken manual they follow. No quality standards to adhere to. No words on the wall extolling the higher values they should aspire to – Trust, Integrity, Respect, Transparency…etc. They don’t need nice words on their chookhouse they have a way and they behave accordingly.

It seems that our lives are increasingly complex and it’s difficult to keep absorbing, learning, adjusting, understanding and responding to the ever-changing environment we find ourselves in. Division, derision, dishonesty, disaster, despair, disease, disharmony … are all typical of what has been going on in our community and the communal discourse throughout this year. At times it’s a challenge to know what to do. Yet at the base of all, like chooks, we have a way forward that we all know and can choose – kindness, being nice, honesty, inclusion and knowing that hope will always defeat hate. Sometimes we have to stop and remember the way.

So as 2022 draws nigh, and amidst the hustle and business that we associate with the end of the year, I like to think of what’s next. It would be nice to explore new frontiers, for people to be kind and for all to aspire to be heroic and rescue something; like books trapped in a bookshop or a discarded chair on hard rubbish.

Whatever your future aspirations I wish all the best for you and your family and hope you have a great festive season filled with fun and laughter.




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