The Institute Bulletin
Edition #4 
September 2017

Welcome to 'The Institute Bulletin'

This bulletin will keep you up-to-date about Future Social Service Institute developments, let you know about training and engagement opportunities and detail ways you can get involved.

Edition #4 includes:

 
LESSONS FROM THE UK "INVALUABLE"

Lessons to learn from the UK for Australia's NDIS were brought to the fore last month by international Fellow Dr Shereen Hussein.

Visiting Melbourne as a guest of the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) and RMIT University, Dr Hussein, from King’s College London, drew on experiences and studies from the UK and Europe to highlight several key issues for Australia.

The importance of safeguards in a market environment, growing and training the workforce to keep up with huge increases in projected demand, and ensuring minimum training and qualification standards are in place were key among them.

FSSI Acting Director David Hayward said it was invaluable for Australia to hear lessons from the UK as it embarks on rolling out the NDIS.

“Australia is more isolated than we sometimes realise, which makes it especially important to hear of the experiences from other countries that have been down a similar path with a market-based disability services system,” Prof. Hayward said.

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LAST DAY FOR REGISTRATIONS:
DELIVERING MISSION IN A MARKET-BASED NDIS WORLD

A lunchtime workshop for not-for-profit Board and Executives.

Challenge your thinking about ways of doing business in a rapidly changing social service environment.

Delivered by expert consultants Joseph Connellan and Dale Renner, expect candid discussions with other industry leaders around areas of strategic change, such as consolidating activities, moving into new areas or divesting activities.

Limited places remain
Friday 15 September
12 - 1.30pm
RMIT University
VCOSS Members $100/Non-members $150

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PEOPLE'S STORIES - INFLUENCING HEALTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

How can personal accounts of health and illness help the community sector improve its services? Join the conversation with Healthtalk Australia.

People’s stories or personal accounts of health and illness are becoming increasingly important to policymakers and health service providers, providing evidence as to what is and isn’t working in our healthcare and community service systems.

Healthtalk Australia (HTA) is the leading research-based online repository of personal accounts of health and illness experiences in Australia.
 
Join this FSSI Seminar Series conversation, where HTA Director and FSSI Fellow Renata Kokanovic and her RMIT team will discuss avenues for collaboration, focusing on translational strategies, including service co-design and future research.

FREE EVENT
Monday 25 September
3:00 pm – 4:30pm
VCOSS Boardroom

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MASTERCLASS 2018 - REGISTER YOUR INTEREST

"Fantastic opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, hear from inspirational speakers, and meet and learn from colleagues in the sector."     
                                                                                                     - FSSI 2017 Masterclass participant

Photo of masterclass participantsAfter an extremely successful 2017 Masterclass series, FSSI invites you to register your interest in Masterclass 2018.

Building on this year's format, in 2018 CEOs and executive leaders will have the chance to interact with speakers who 'ride the boundaries' of the social service, academic, business and government sectors. 

Using co-design, participants will identify their needs, provide feedback and make suggestions to help shape each session's agenda. 

Held over four half-day sessions, Masterclass 2018 will support executives and senior managers in not-for-profit social service organisations adapt to the changing environment and learn new skills to benefit their organisations.

 
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CHANGING PLACES - FUNDING ROUND NOW OPEN

Image of changing places stationFunding of up to $100,000 (plus GST) will be provided to support not-for-profit organisations and/or Local Government Authorities (Victorian) to construct a Changing Places facility.

Changing Places facilities are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers. Each facility has a height adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, space for two people and a safer and cleaner environment.

Applications are due close of business Friday 13 October 2017.

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