About the Event

Allied health disability service demand has expanded dramatically across all of the diverse professional disciplines. With the person with disability at the centre of allied health practice new, practice and business models are required. All allied health practitioners need guidance to develop their skills and connections to evolve from multi-disciplinary into full interdisciplinary service delivery across Australia.

This conference invests in you and your practice, supporting you to embrace interdisciplinary practice.

By attending you will:

  • Hear from disability leaders on the NDIS and Quality and Safeguards, workforce development initiatives and digital innovation as it relates to allied health;
  • Learn from the allied health experiences of people with disability and their views on interdisciplinary services;
  • Learn from; and have your questions answered by allied health experts about:
    • Interdisciplinary practice development research and outcomes;
    • Innovative solutions within separate professional disciplines;
    • Private practice business models
    • Rural, remote and regional allied health development
  • Gain new contacts to network within and across the Allied Health professions.
  • Access new tools, ongoing learning and business supports.
  • Find out the latest product and service developments from our conference partners.

View presentations from sector experts as they are released throughout the live event day on Wednesday, 11 December 2019 or access presentations on demand for 30 days following the event.

This virtual conference is FREE for all South Australian practitioners and is discounted at $80 for members of National Disability Practitioners (NDP) and National Disability Services (NDS). NDP Student category members receive a discounted rate of $50.

Non-members can register for just $120 (includes 30-day access).

Contact Donna Blanchard, NDP Program Manager for any queries on: 02 9256 3188 or donna.blanchard@nds.org.au

Funding acknowledgment

This virtual conference is supported by the Government of South Australia.

Sa Gov

Conference Program

9:00 AM
Welcome to Country
Aunty Norma

Welcome address
David Moody, CEO, National Disability Services

NDP team introduction
Danielle Newport, NDP Chair

Fiona Phipps, NDP Committee

10:00 AM
The dance with technology - how do we ensure we lead?
Dr Fiona Kerr,  The NeuroTech Institute. 

Fiona presents an impressive and thought provoking keynote about the neurophysiological effects of interaction between humans and technology. She discusses how the brain is shaped by our interaction with others, and will be shaped by our interactions with the many machines in our lives. How do we ensure that we take full advantage of both humans and technology going forward?



11:00 AM
Supporting practitioners in business
Nardine Presland, Member Development Advisor, ESSA


11:00 AM
Allied Health – Disability and Health Interface.
Mary Hawkins, Director Strategic Initiatives,
National Disability Insurance Agency
12:00 PM
NDIS Q&S – Behavioural Practitioners
Kerrie Hancox, Director, Behaviour Support,
NDIS Commission

12:00 PM
The NDIS and person centred practice in Allied Health online.
Edward Johnson, Co-founder and Chief Clinical
Officer, Umbo

1:00 PM
Walking the Support Coordination Tight Rope: Managing Expectations.
Anne Alexander, Specialist Support Coordinator

1:00 PM
Supervision and Delegation framework for Allied Health Assistants and the support workforce in disability
Annette Davis, Monash Health

2:00 PM
Allied health workforce capacity: key issues and emerging opportunities
Katie Bourke, Specialist Coordinator – Allied Health, Boosting the Local Care Workforce

This session starts with an overview of the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program, how are building an understanding of the sector and supporting providers. We then take a look at the current supply and demand for allied health professionals nationally, before exploring some of the issues and opportunities for allied health providers emerging from the BLCW program conversations.



3:00 PM
The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway.
Cath Maloney, CEO, SARRAH


3:00 PM
Can I delegate this Allied Health task?
Tilly Waite, Teacher-Allied Health Assistance, WodongaTAFE

4:00 PM
Clinical Excellence in Short Term Intervention.
Alison O’Toole / Cathy Crane, Cerebral Palsy Alliance

4:00 PM
 Entwining Allied Health Assistants into practice.
Gail Bennell, Industry Relationship
Lead-Community Services, TAFE NSW

Leveraging the vocationally trained sector to strengthen the Allied Health workforce
Nerida Volker, Industry Relationship Lead – Allied Health, TAFE NSW

5:00 PM
Community InterD practice.
Deanne Wilson, SA Spinal Cord Injury Service

5:00 PM
ROAM – Remote Orientation and Mobility.
Amy Barrett-Lennard, Orientation & Mobility
Specialist and OT, ROAM

6:00 PM
Royal Commission Readiness.
Henry Newton, Senior Policy Officer, National Disability Services

Frequently Asked Questions

This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
The virtual conference live day takes place on 11th December 2019 and is followed by a 30 day on-demand access period where you can watch presentations, download resources and send an email to exhibitors
Yes please register via this homepage, you need to be an NDS or NDP member to register for this event for free, otherwise the event is $120 as a non-member. If you are not sure if you are a current member, contact Isabelle.Vertucci@nds.org.au
NO. You do not need to download or install any software to participate in our conference. You only need to have access to the Internet.
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