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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Winter 18

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NDIS UPDATE NIGEL CAREY, MSWA MANAGER NDIS BUSINESS UNIT A WINNER AND INSPIRATION IN OUR EYES LIZ STEWART, MSWA MANAGER QUALITY AND SAFETY Exciting news! The NDIS continues to roll out across the State and is coming to the areas of Fremantle, the City of Melville and the City of South Perth on July 1. The MSWA NDIS team have already been busy talking to our Members and putting on a series of information sessions to explain what it all means, and how the NDIS could benefit them. We have started early as we are keen to submit NDIS application forms before July 1 to beat the rush. We are running more information sessions in June, July and August in the City of South Perth, City of Melville and City of Fremantle. Please contact the MSWA NDIS Team and we will register you for a date and location which is convenient for you or will chat with you one-on-one. These sessions are open to anyone with a neurological condition such as Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease, and acquired Brain Injury to name a few. If you can’t make any of the dates, then please phone the team and we can arrange an individual meeting. We are also assisting our Members who currently have a State WA NDIS plan to smoothly transition to the Federal NDIS Scheme. This is mandatory now that WA is joining the Federal NDIS. We strongly recommend that you get in touch with the MSWA team when you are advised that your plan is about to transfer to the NDIS: we are here to help you. We can assist you to ensure the value of your current plan is maintained. Otherwise key supports in your current plan may not be included in your new Federal NDIS plan. A quick reminder of the transfer dates: April – July: WA NDIS clients living in Perth Hills, Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Northam, Toodyay and York will be asked to transfer to the NDIS July – November: WA NDIS clients living in Rockingham, Mandurah, Armadale, Murray and Serpentine-Jarrahdale will be asked to transfer to the NDIS August – October: WA NDIS clients living in Cockburn and Kwinana will be asked to transfer to the NDIS For those living in the Joondalup, Wanneroo, and Bunbury surrounds, you will be entering the NDIS from October 1, 2018. We will be contacting you and offering the information sessions and supports closer to that date. The NDIS team at MSWA are always available if you have any questions or if you require further information about the NDIS. We are here to help you understand eligibility, what could be possible and to get your best plan. Our MSWA NDIS team members are: Christine Richards: Client Relationship Coordinator Email: Phone: 9365 4867 Pranjal Pawar: Client Relationship Coordinator Email: Phone: 9365 4810 Annabel Vasquez: Client Relationship Coordinator Email: Phone: 9365 4806 Nominated for Excellence in Leadership 2018 WA Disability Support Awards Jayne O’Sullivan Hamilton Hill Manager “A WINNER AND INSPIRATION IN OUR EYES” Several Managers along with Jo Nouwland (Coordinator Hamilton Hill), Haylie Anderson (Coordinator Hamilton Hill), Deborah Banbury (EN Hamilton Hill), Yolande Maguire (Care Support Worker Hamilton Hill), Michael O’Sullivan (Jayne’s Husband) and myself, were honoured to attend the NDS WA Disability Support Awards night alongside Jayne who had been nominated for an Excellence in Leadership award. Although Jayne was not a finalist in her category, in our eyes, she most certainly is a winner and a leader in her field! I would like to share part of the submission: Jayne’s MSWA Career commenced in September 1997, she had been working as an enrolled nurse at Mount Henry Hospital, and when it was being closed, six patients with MS chose to relocate to the new MSWA Fern River supported accommodation facility. Jayne was offered work at another hospital but chose to apply for a position as a care support worker with MSWA. Colleagues at the time stated Jayne was a strong advocate for the six residents and worked hard to meet their needs and enable them to live a life that they chose. The residents were all happy to move from a hospital environment to their community based new home. Within a short period of time Jayne was offered a position as an enrolled nurse, her career in mentoring and leading a team of care support workers began. Now manager at our Hamilton Hill facility, Jayne exemplifies what is a leader in the field. She is truly inspirational. Jayne leads by example, getting involved in all aspects of the facility and those working or living under her care. She listens to all perspectives. The accommodation support facility is well kept and well maintained. The residents, staff and volunteers work well together, setting a vision of what a model quality supported accommodation facility should look like inside and out. Hamilton Hill is the benchmark. Jayne mentored me when I started as a care support worker and continued to support and encourage me as I took on more senior roles. She’s not scared to get her hands dirty. Jayne will complete personal care tasks by working side by side with the support workers, explaining the importance of personal hygiene, leading by example. She actively promotes individual rights and ensures all staff adhere to the six Disability Standards. This clearly stands out as you pull up outside the Hamilton Hill facility. You see two beautiful buildings, with a small parking lot, in a community setting, you instinctively know that there is something special happening inside. Ringing the doorbell at number 59 you can hear laughter coming from within, and when they open the door you are greeted with warm smiles and welcomed into this vibrant home. You may be greeted by a resident or a staff member. The team are smartly dressed, no uniforms here. Beyond the entrance is laughter and a lot of banter going on, it’s all happening in the large communal area! The vibe is second to none. There is great excitement amongst the residents and staff. When you talk to Jayne’s staff, they all say she is great to work for, a real advocate for people living with a disability and a great mentor. She embraces all our core values of professionalism, teamwork, service and respect. As manager, Jayne has created a positive environment which demonstrates how coordinators and care support workers should work. When I was appointed manager of Fern River, Jayne once again became a mentor, teaching me all angles of the business of managing a facility. Most importantly she showed me how to become a leader and mentor to my own team to ensure residents were living in a homely environment that they chose, in the way they choose to live Because of Jayne’s leadership skills and experience, gained over a period of 20 years, MSWA sees Hamilton Hill as a shining of our supported accommodation facilities. September – December: WA NDIS clients living in the Lower South West will be asked to transfer to the NDIS 14 | MSWA BULLETIN WINTER 2018 MSWA BULLETIN WINTER 2018 | 15