Doctor with quadriplegia talks disability, support and inclusion

By Dinesh Palipana and Kate Reid, 23 May 2019 , Comments

“There wasn't a single moment where I didn't want to go back to medical school.” This is Dr Dinesh Palipana’s response when asked how the car accident that lead to him being paralysed from the chest down affected his goal of becoming a doctor. With the support of a Gregory and Dolores Farrell [Tertiary] Scholarship… Read more...

Northcott launches new vacancy page

Northcott believes people with disability should be able to choose where they live, just like anyone else. To make the process of finding your next home that little bit easier, we are proud to launch our Disability Accommodation Vacancies page. Whether it’s the first time you or someone you support are moving out of home, Read more...

Volunteers Week: Patricia’s passion for inclusion

Northcott is privileged to have a committed and dedicated group of more than 100 volunteers across NSW who generously donate their time to assist our customers and staff. Ranging from school students to retirees, our volunteers provide a wealth of skills, support and smiles. To celebrate all of our volunteers during National Volunteers Week, we Read more...

Tales from Two: Jessica and Vickie

Some may say that you should never work with family, but Parramatta’s Everyday Life Skills Coordinator Jessica (pictured left) and Seven Hills’ Centre Based Coordinator Vickie are proving the naysayers wrong. This mother daughter team have both been working at Northcott for over a decade, and for them the positives far outweigh the negatives. From Read more...

Everyday Life Skills Drop-in Days

Date: 12 June 2019

Drop-in and check us out Want to see what Northcott’s Everyday Life Skills program is all about? Then head along to one of our drop in days! The Everyday Life Skills program is designed to support people with disability to develop new skills, take part in a wide rang of fun activities and access community See event details

Stall Holder Expression of Interest

‘We’re looking for potential exhibitor stallholders for our Feel the Vibe Expo – express your interest in exhibiting today!’ Click here to register your expression of interest We’re looking for potential exhibitor stallholders for our Feel the Vibe Expo. Our Feel the Vibe Expo is a fun, welcoming and interactive night for adults with disability Read more...

Support coordination gives Bob what he wants and needs

“My role is about giving [NDIS] participants choice. It’s about giving customers like Bob the opportunity to access the providers he would like to,” explains Northcott Support Coordinator Carla, who is based in Tamworth and one of several disability workers currently supporting Bob. As Bob’s provider of choice for Coordination of Supports, Northcott plays an Read more...

Dancing for joy with Northcott’s orthotics and custom footwear team

When our customer Denise said she felt self-conscious about wearing her Knee-Ankle Foot Orthotic (KAFO), Northcott’s orthotics and custom footwear team really listened. As a result of polio, Denise uses a KAFO, which is an external, custom built brace that prevents her knee from hyperextending, or bending beyond 180 degrees. In response to Denise’s concerns Read more...

Skills 4 life – Term 2

Date: 3 July 2019

Northcott’s ‘Skills 4 Life’ program empowers young people with disability aged 14 to 17 years with the skills to: Express an opinion, communication and participate in discussions Contribute to decision making Work with and respect others Build confidence, independence and a healthy self esteem Identify personal strengths and weaknesses  Our Skills 4 Life program is See event details

Pulse – Movie Screening

Date: 24 May 2019

In acknowledgement of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and to show our support for the LGBTIQ+ community, Northcott will be hosting a film night to raise awareness and discuss the 2019 IDAHOBIT theme: Justice and Protection for All. The feature film for the night is ‘Pulse’, which tells the story of Olly, See event details

How I got into powerchair soccer and why I love it

Hi, I’m Jaxon and I’m 13-years-old. My mum and I had the idea years ago of starting a junior side for Powerchair Soccer to try and get me to join a team sport. We approached NSW Powerchair Football Association and thankfully they were keen to get a junior soccer side started too. I still remember Read more...

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