Tales from Two: Deanna and Mel

By Deanna Beaumont, Mel Crawford and Luisa Bustos, 11 June 2019 , Comments

Northcott Support Coordinator Melissa (right) has been working with Wagga Wagga customer Deanna (left) for a few years, supporting her to get the most from her NDIS funding and plan. Connected through the Coordination of Supports service, their weekly chats about what Deanna wants to achieve and the services she accesses have seen the pair develop… Read more...

Tales from Two: Shane and Johan

What do you get when you cross a dancing and singing Michael Jackson fan with a sports-mad Dutch joker? A friendship so unpredictable it can’t be summarised simply. In this Tales from Two story, our Taree customer, Shane Zammit and his support worker, Johan Kloosterhof, share what makes their bond so special. Shane: When I Read more...

Kayla’s proving the doctors wrong

Kayla Gibson is a typical 20-year-old. She’s bright, bubbly, and full of dreams for her future – including moving out of home and working as a writer or motivational speaker. But this wasn’t always the case. As a child Kayla was told she may not ever see adulthood. We spoke to Kayla to find out Read more...

Natalie found employment and independence with Northcott

Former Northcott customer Natalie loves her job. It’s a job she’s been working in for eight years now and one she gained with support from Northcott’s Vocational Skills service (formally known as Transition to Work). Through the service, Natalie learned important vocational skills like how to write a resume, how to tackle an interview scenario, Read more...

Doctor with quadriplegia talks disability, support and inclusion

“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...

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...

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