Crowning glory at NDS conference

Wednesday 20th Sep, 2017

People that went to this year’s National Disability Services Conference were lucky to hear from a number of Avivo people sharing their knowledge and experience on the conference themes of Quality and Safeguarding, Sustainability and Transition and Workforce and Employment.

Avivo’s Manager for Quality and Outcomes, Sandra McLatchie took to the stage with Western Beaches Service Coordinator Cheryl Nardi and Jason Lewis, an Avivo Co-facilitator and customer.

The trio shared the insights and success of the Getting it Right program which many Avivo people would be familiar with. It works with teams and customers to review how well a plan is working in terms of achieving goals and if there are any strategies or work that needs to be undertaken to build a team or customer’s capacity.

Sandra was happy with the amount of interest shown through the number of questions they fielded and more than a few came up after wanting more detail or how they would like to see something similar at their organisation.

The conference, held at Crown Perth ran for two days and other speakers noted by Sandra who made an impression included:

  • Ethical Leadership through disruptive times - Professor Robert Wood, Director, Centre for Ethical Leadership
  • Integrated services delivered through the Department of Communities - Grahame Searle, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Department of Communities
  • Leadership & leading culture through change - Robin McClellan, CEO, Leadership WA

Also behind the microphone was Avivo's Training and Development Manager Grace Grennan, and Support & Development Advisor Anita McIntyre with ICL Coordinator Nataasha Balogh speaking about the Quality & Safeguarding work that Avivo does.

Rosie Lawn was also part of the conference, taking part in a panel discussion on the subject of organisations adapting to changing markets in light of NDIS with the theme of “Transformation and Reinvention” As you might imagine, the Working Locally project stretched its legs with Rosie sharing with the audience her insights including:

  • The importance and magic in the relationship between Support Workers and Customers and how the organisation needs to support this and not get in the way.
  • The inspiration we have gained from other businesses in the world that have local, self-managing teams.
  • How we are taking time and working together to develop our own local teams – involving and listening to everyone.  It a big job and we need to do this together.

Joining Rosie on the panel were Godon Trewern, Nulsen (panel Host); Suzie Cowcher, Ability Centre; and Justin O’Meara Smith from Interchange WA.