ECIA News

  • Family Booklet

    7th Feb 17

    Choosing Quality Early Childhood Intervention Services and Supports for Your Child: What you need to know. This booklet provides information for families on choosing quality early childhood intervention (ECI) supports for their child (birth to eight years) with disability and/or developmental delay. ECI services have changed over the years. These changes have been based on research evidence and family input. This means that sometimes services may look different to what families might expect. This booklet provides information on what high quality evidence-based services and supports look like, to assist you in choosing the right supports and services that…

  • ECIA / NDIA Project based in SA

    9th Jan 17

    ECIA in partnership with its SA Chapter and National Disability Insurance Australia (NDIA) have been contracted to manage two projects concurrently within SA. 1.      Early Childhood Intervention Stakeholder Engagement Project We have appointed Tracy Neldner as our Program Manager for this exciting project with a primary objective to increase an understanding across the Early Childhood sector about the NDIS and support services for children within our target group (0 to 6 years).  Over the next 12 months Tracy aims to undertake presentations, workshops and forums throughout metropolitan Adelaide. Whether you represent a key partner…

  • 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.

  • ECIA National response to NDIS Act review

    9th Oct 15

    ECIA has submitted a response to the review of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013, being undertaken by EY on behalf of the Department of Social Services. The submission focuses on the following areas: - Convention on the Rights of the Child - Principles relating to plans - Early Childhood Intervention Eligibility - Developmental Delay - Residency requirements - Principles relating to the participation of people with disability - Governance arrangements The full submission can be downloaded here.

  • Victoria and NSW NDIS Rollout Plan Announced

    21st Sep 15

    The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be rolled out across Victoria and NSW as scheduled, from 1 July 2016, with remaining areas of those states transitioning over the following three years. It is expected that all areas of Victoria and NSW will covered by the NDIS by 30 June 2019.  NDIA has released a Stakeholder Pack for Victoria and NSW which includes information and resources on the rollout of the scheme. Read the full ECIA media release under the NDIS section of the ECIA website.

  • ECI National Guidelines Project – Expert Advisory Group

    27th Apr 15

    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.

  • Conference highlights role of families

    27th Sep 14

    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.

  • ECIA governance structure discussion paper

    21st Sep 14

    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.  

  • Carl Dunst in WA 2014

    19th Apr 14

    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.

  • Notification of potential changes to ECIA operations

    9th Mar 14

    As a member or supporter of ECIA we would like to inform you of some potential 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 end of year meeting

    18th Dec 13

    The ECIA WA committee celebrated the end of a very successful 2013 highlighted by the Parent Education Options Forums, NGCS funded Working with Children with Disability workshops, collaborating with The Smith Family to provide the Bridges out of Poverty workshop and strengthened relationships with the Developmental Disability Council of WA and Carers WA.  

  • ECIA TAS Chapter Update 2013

    3rd Dec 13

    The Tasmanian Chapter as a small passionate chapter of ECIA  has been busy with a strong focus on Professional Learning for the sector. We work to raise awareness within interagency meetings, and across the early childhood field as a whole, of the importance of early childhood intervention within the field. We continue to seek greater recognition for children with disabilities and their families. We continue to increase our membership; however we have maintained a small but enthusiastic group of members around the state. Members from allied health and other sectors continue to be encouraged and are warmly welcomed…