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Yarnin’ Disability: July 2024 edition

We want to know if there is community interest in a potential new service specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with a disability.

The new service would use the Early Childhood Education Intervention (ECEI) Key Worker model to ensure that we provide services aligned with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways, in a culturally safe environment and framework. Our team would work with families to identify the needs and priorities of their children and to connect them with the community and services.

We are seeking expressions of interest from carers of children under nine years old with a disability who would be interested in accessing this service, or finding out more about it.

We joined forces with HELP Enterprises and All Abilities to employ two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander graduate interns on three-month contracts as part of our focus to support Mob into employment.

Both interns will finish their contracts at the end of June with on-the-job experience and ready to secure employment either within the IUIH network or in the wider disability services sector.

This is what Jade had to say about the experience:

“My working experience in the disability team has been amazing. Especially since it’s an entirely new work environment for me. The girls were so lovely and helpful when needed. I’ve really enjoyed my placement and being able to go out and see/connect with Mob and see what other business units also do. Last week I was on placement in reception and had a ball! The girls were so nice and explained things very well. I wasn’t expecting to be taking phone calls the first day, but I just jumped in and had a go, which went really well. I think my favourite part of this internship is being able to work with the disability team and being able to help them with their tasks. I’ve learnt so much working besides Temika, she’s great at explaining things and very helpful with any questions I have. I’ve definitely learnt so much about IUIH and the NDIS and hope to continue to learn more.”

– Jade (pictured)

We’re excited to be part of some upcoming community events:

  • 5 July – Buranga Widjung Justice Group – Caboolture NAIDOC event
  • 17 July – NAIDOC for Jarjums
  • 13 September – Burpengary School and Community Expo
  • 25 September – Kyabra Family Fun Day – Kyabra Community Association.

Throughout July, we are coming to a clinic near you! The IUIH Disability Services team will visit each clinic across Moreton ATSICHS and Yulu-Burri-Ba to provide information about the NDIS and the services available. Ensure you have your questions ready to ask!

Check with your local MATSICHS or YBB clinic to find out when the disability team will next be there.

We are sure that you have noticed the chill in the air! Now is the time to get the flu shot.

Our public health physician, Dr Jacqui Murdoch, was recently on DC Radio, talking all things flu. Click the picture on the right to hear it!

Book in to your local clinic to get your flu shot today.