ECIA is the peak body for early childhood intervention in Australia. ECIA's work provides a national focus and forum, assisting children with developmental delays and disabilities, their families and the networks that support them.
NDS invites CEOs and senior managers in the disability sector to attend briefings being held across Australia during August to September 2015. They are a one-off opportunity to understand the challenges and opportunities the NDIS presents. Your attendance will help the sector work towards a sustainable and high-quality disability support system. For further information and to register click here
A national Expert Advisory Group has now been formed to assist with the development of national guidelines. This Group was appointed through an Expression of Interest. The Expert Advisory Group brings together a collection of individuals with expert knowledge and skills within the field of Early Childhood Intervention that complement the knowledge and skills of the National Guidelines Project Team. Group Coordinator Dree Ballardin: Dree works for Early Childhood Intervention Australia and is the Project Lead for the National Guidelines Project. Click here to read the full list of Expert Advisory Group members.
A common theme delivered by international keynote speakers such as Barry Carpenter, Mark Innocenti and Manfred Pretis at the 11th Biennial Early Childhood Intervention Australia Conference in Brisbane in August 2014 was the critical role of families in the lives of young children with developmental delay and/or disability. Find here the statement developed and agreed upon by delegates at the conclusion of the conference.
As a member or supporter of ECIA we would like to inform you of current discussions being undertaken in relation to reforms to our organisation’s operations and invite your comment on any aspect you think may have an impact on how ECIA serves children with a disability or developmental delay and their families, or the professionals who support them and make up the ECI sector.
ECIA (WA) were very pleased to host Professor Carl Dunst in Perth in March 2014. As well as completing three workshops, Carl was also able to have some downtime with a committee dinner and lunch at Duckstein Brewery.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is new to disability service provision in Australia and provides funding directly to individuals who are able to choose their own services and purchase directly to providers.
As a national scheme the NDIS requires guidelines that may be consistently applied in all States and Territories. The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have asked Early Childhood Intervention Australia to develop recommendations for these guidelines through national consultation with key stakeholders and based on best practice evidence in early childhood intervention service delivery.
National workshops will be conducted throughout May and June. Registrations for the workshops are now closed.
ECIA will release ‘Emerging Themes’ reports for each of the consultation workshops. The reports provide a summary of the participants responses to topics discussed during the consultation workshops. You can access the reports here on our Website.
If you did not attend a workshop and would like to provide input into the consultation phase of the National Guideline project a consultation form has been developed and can be accessed here.