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Stage 3 restrictions apply to Regional Victoria

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From 6pm tonight, Victoria will enter a State of Disaster.   This will give our police additional powers to make sure people are complying with public health directions, which will be updated in coming days. From 11:59pm on Wednesday, regional Victoria will return to Stage 3 “Stay at Home” restrictions. That means there’ll again only be four reasons to be out:  Shopping for food …

Living the Values Award Winners

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The Living the Values Awards are presented each year at the Amicus Annual General Meeting for participants who have been nominated by staff as living and achieving things in their life that are consistent with the Amicus Values. These values include Self Direction, Individuality, Active Participation and Capacity Building – all of which are principles that help our participants live …

Should I Self Manage My NDIS Plan?

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Self direction is an Amicus Value, which means that prioritising it is fundamental to how we work. We believe that everyone has the right to decide what happens in their lives and self-managing your NDIS funding is a great way to ensure you’re receiving the best supports for you. Self-managing your NDIS funding means that you have the option to …

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Everything you need to know about Amicus Behavioural Support Services

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Amicus’ newest service, Behavioural Support, is already having great success helping Victorian’s living with a disability manage behaviours of concern and decrease the use of restrictive practise with an individual approach to assessment, planning and therapy. Increasing demand for services locally and long metropolitan waitlists, compelled Amicus to introduce Behavioural Support to its expanding suite of services in 2018. Behavioural …

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NDIA backflip raises prices for NDIS services and leaves organisations out of pocket.

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Thousands of Australians living with a disability may be forced to reduce their support services under recent changes to the Temporary Transformation Payment (TTP) made by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). Amicus is outraged by the surprise amendments, which came into force on October 1, and is calling on the federal government and NDIA to reverse the decision immediately. …

Equipment funding updates for the NDIS

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Starting from October 1 2019, the NDIS are now funding supports and equipment that is related to a participant’s health condition and is required because of their disability. In the past the NDIS said that this was the responsibility of the health sector, but following advocacy and legal cases at the administrative appeals tribunal, this has now changed. The health …

Seven Apps for a More Accessible Life

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At Amicus we welcome all initiatives that help to create an inclusive community and society. With the rise of smartphones and advances in technology, we are seeing fantastic apps being developed across Android and iPhones that may benefit you or someone you know with a disability. From visual and reading assistance apps to ones that can help to reduce sensory …

The NDIS, your burning questions – NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

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This month we will introduce the new NDIS Quality and safeguards Commission, an important new service available to anyone involved with the NDIS.The commission is separate to and independent from the NDIS. It started in Victoria on July 1st 2019 and is in all states and territories other than West Australia. The Commission aims to: Respond to concerns, complaints and …

Wonderful Weekend Away for Participant Peter

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This week’s blog was written by Amicus Support Worker Jaiden Kellow. He and participant Peter Brewer enjoyed a weekend away in Melbourne recently.  On the 4th of May, Peter Brewer and myself went on a trip for the weekend to Melbourne, which we have done on this weekend for the past two years. We caught the train down to Melbourne …