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Inform issue 25 – Winter 2018

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In this issue of Inform we focus on new beginnings and changes. We follow the story of Joel who following a traumatic accident, had to start from scratch in his career.

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Inform is Independence Australia’s crossdisability magazine. We encourage readers to submit suitable content for consideration by Independence Australia. All correspondence of this nature should be directed to: inform@iagroup.org.au While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication, Independence Australia assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions of any consequences of reliance in this publication. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily represent the views of Independence Australia. Medical information included is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Your NDIS journey of care starts here The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a new way to provide support for Australians with a disability, their families and carers. CORE SUPPORTS Daily activities: In-home & in the community. Consumables & continence products. CAPACITY BUILDING Therapy, skills development & co-ordination of support. CAPITAL & ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY Household aids & mobility equipment. As a leading service provider, our dedicated team of co-ordinators are here to support your journey to the NDIS. We’ve got you covered with a wide range of products, equipment, services and supports for your NDIS package, all from our one organisation. ABN 80 973 805 243 Building 1, 9 Ashley Street West Footscray VIC 3012 inform@iagroup.org.au www.independenceaustralia.com 2 independenceaus independenceaus STEP 1. Preparing your plan. STEP 2. Developing your plan. STEP 3. Getting your plan approved by the NDIA. STEP 4. Choosing your providers and implementing your plan. Visit independenceaustralia.com/ndis to learn more about the NDIS and how it affects you. STEP 5. Reviewing your plan.

Welcome Issue #25 contents new beginnings This issue of Inform is all about celebrating new beginnings and changes, as we in the Inform team have our own new beginning to celebrate. In May 2018 we were given the fantastic news that our magazine was selected as part of the NDIS’s Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) framework. This is a great recognition of the work we are doing in the space, and we’re very excited to share this with you. Over the coming months you will see many changes to Inform, so keep your eyes peeled and watch this space. In this issue we follow the story of Joel who, following a traumatic accident, had to start from scratch with his career. His story of determination shows us that you are never too old to find your passion again, and that the sky is the limit when you put your mind to it. In this issue you will also find the first in our series of NDIS features and, as many regions take their first steps into the scheme, we are asking you the question: are you NDIS ready? 7 8 12 14 23 Staying free from Urinary Tract Infections Feature article: Finding Home Again NDIS feature: How to pick a provider NDIS feature: Are you NDIS ready? Healthy eating on a budget 8 Over the coming issues we will be working to de-mystify the scheme, and provide you with the information you need to navigate it effectively. We look forward to sharing this with you, and please get in touch with us if you have an NDIS myth you would like busted in future issues. The Inform team is committed to bringing you quality, informative content wherever you are in Australia, so we encourage you to get in touch with us if you have a story of independence to share. You can reach the team at inform@iagroup.org.au. Alison Crowe Managing Editor: Alison Crowe Deputy Editor: Rachel Tyler Jones Design: Mark Lovatt Cover Story Photography: Meredith O’Shea Special Thanks: NDIA, TAC, Dietitians Association of Australia 3