Northcott and Western Sydney Uni develop fast-tracked disability training

To address workforce shortages in the disability care sector brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, Northcott has joined forces with Western Sydney University (WSU) to rapidly upskill, retrain and employ displaced workers. Aligning with the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package – which provides opportunities for significantly discounted short online courses – the Read more...

‘Exploring Inclusion’: last chance to access conference materials

Heard great things about the recent Virtual Disability Conference? It’s not too late to check out all the action! Post-event registration is still available until the end of May. You will get full access to recordings of all four conference streams. E-posters are also now available to anyone who registers for the conference. The content Read more...

From staff member to dedicated volunteer

This week (18-24 May) is National Volunteers Week. We profile Ron Schwenn and pay tribute to him and all volunteers who assist us to do our work at Northcott. We appreciate every one of you. When Ron Schwenn (pictured) retired from Northcott’s Payroll department last year after 18 years in the job, he knew he Read more...

One-on-one support success for Samuel

Our Campbelltown customer, Samuel, looks forward to the school holidays. He usually attends Northcott’s Vacation Care program, where he participates in fun activities including swimming, arts and crafts, science experiments and community outings. When our Easter holidays program was cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Northcott’s Campbelltown In-Home and Community Support team started offering Read more...

Celebrating our disability nurses

Northcott has a team of almost 200 highly experienced disability nurses who play a vital and unique role in the lives of our housing customers with complex medical needs. Today, as we celebrate International Nurses Day, we share insights from one of our Nurse Unit Managers on why she loves her job, and the important Read more...

Balancing motherhood, family and work

In the lead-up to Mothers Day, we spoke to Michelle Finnane, mother of Noah – one of our young Creativity Inc customers – about how she juggles family life and her career running a law firm. It’s late morning on a weekday and Michelle is on her way to work. She’s running behind, but isn’t Read more...

Tales from Two: Amanda and Adriana

In the three years that Creativity Inc Support Worker Adriana has worked with Amanda, the pair has experienced all sorts of situations together … from going on group social outings, to hospital stays, and now adapting to living through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. Amanda is 43 and has intellectual disability and some mobility issues. She Read more...

Exercise, Edmodo and ANZAC bikkies now on the menu

At Northcott, the global pandemic has challenged us to look for new ways of working with our customers, including those who access our Everyday Life Skills programs across New South Wales. While these centre-based programs are essential for customers and remain open, more than 250 customers are currently attending centre-based day programs online. This allows Read more...

Teletherapy keeping young brothers goal focused

When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak forced the suspension of her sons’ therapy sessions at school, Yingyu Chen had no hesitation in trialling Northcott’s teletherapy services delivered via Skype.  “I just wanted the boys to keep on going with therapy because it is very important to keep their routine,” Yingyu said. Her sons, Andrew (12) and Read more...

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