Early Childhood Intervention Australia

ECIA is the peak body for early childhood intervention in Australia, representing professionals and organisations that provide services for young children with disability and developmental delays and their families.

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  • NSW/ACT Conference Registrations now open - REGISTER NOW! 

    5th Oct 16

      Registrations are now open for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future. Register now to receive the Early Bird discounted rate. The NSW/ACT Conference Call for Papers DEADLINE is also fast approaching. In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. Completed proposals are to be e-mailed to lforsyth@ecia-nsw.org.au before 23rd October 2016. For more information or to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission, click 'read more…

  • #ECIA2016 National Conference update

    14th Sep 16

    The ECIA 12th Biennial National Conference, 'Choices that matter: ECI in a new era', generated much discussion and debate, along with some frustration and tears. What was clear though, for those who did not manage to attend #ECIA2016, is that there is still a long journey ahead for the ECI sector as they move towards successful implementation of the #NDIS. In his closing remarks, Dr. Norman Swan, Master of Ceremonies, proclaimed "...let's make it work". This final comment seemed to resonate; and as the auditorium emptied, discussions continued. Click here…

  • ECIA toolkit for families, communities & ECI providers navigating NDIS

    13th Jul 16

    The Inclusion Hub is a new online tool to support Australian families, communities and practitioners with the resources they need to take control of their journey with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). With the NDIS now being rolled out across Australia, it's important that ECI providers, families and our communities know how to navigate it. ECIA's early childhood intervention experts have selected all the best available online tools and resources to assist families with children with a disability and/ or developmental delay better navigate the NDIS. The online space has been designed to…

  • Early Intervention Best Practice Guidelines now available

    24th Apr 16

    New National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention  are now available. The first standards of their kind in Australia, the guidelines equip health professionals and educators with the information they need to help any child fulfil their potential. Informed by national and international research, the guidelines provide evidenced-based recommendations to improve practices across Australia’s early childhood intervention services. Ultimately, the guidelines will make it easier for families and children to access consistent and equitable childhood disability services, wherever they are in Australia – from service providers large or small, in rural, remote or regional…

  • ECIA media release: NDIA national framework for an approach to ECEI

    26th Feb 16

    The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has released its national framework for an approach to Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) on 26 February 2016. This will provide a single nationally consistent approach to Early Childhood Intervention. ECIA has been directly involved with the NDIA in co-designing the key elements that are critical factors for positive outcomes for young children with developmental delay or disability. Read the ECIA media release, along with the NDIS ECEI approach and the NDIA media release, under the NDIS section of the ECIA website.

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  • Perth ECI Cultural Competency Workshop

    10th November 2016

    ECI Cultural Competency Workshop

    Thursday 10th November, 2016 9.00am - 1.00pm

    Lotteries House 2 Delhi Street West Perth

    $50.00 ECIA members $75.00 Non-members

    (NB: If you join ECIA WA/NT now, your membership will extend until December 2017)

    Presented by Wendy Rose (Ethnic Disability Advisory Centre)

    Perth is the most culturally diverse city in Australia. It is home to people from over 200 countries and who speak more than 270 languages and dialects. This is reflected in the families supported by early childhood intervention practitioners as well as the workforce itself. The main elements of the workshop will comprise:

    1. An understanding of the trajectory of migration
    2. How culture laden perceptions can influence outcomes of service provision
    3. Insight and strategies to ensure cultural sensitivities are appropriately addressed
    4. Strategies for working with accredited interpreters

    The expected outcome is that participants have an improved capacity to effectively recognise and respond to the individual needs of CaLD clients and their families.

    This workshop supports Quality Area 1 of the National Guidelines for Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention

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