Training guide

Self Advocacy Toolkit for Older Australians

The toolkit equips you with the skills, information and resources you need to speak up for better aged care.  Self-advocacy or speaking up means having the right information to get the care and support you need. Explore the topics below:
– Your aged care rights
– Your aged care options
– Solving common aged care problems
– Protecting yourself from harm
– Help with decision making
– Aged care costs

NDIS mental health toolkit

The toolkit has information and worksheets to help people know their rights and speak up for themselves. It guides them on how the NDIS works, setting goals and plans and where to find support.  The toolkit has been co-designed with people with lived experience of the NDIS and mental health system to make sure you get the help you need to advocate for what you want under the NDIS’ psychosocial disability stream.

Include Ability

The rate of employment of people with disability in Australia has remained stagnant for decades. As a country, we need to do more. We know employment and economic participation are good for an individual’s self-esteem, health and financial independence. IncludeAbility is an initiative developed to increase meaningful employment opportunities for people with disability, and to close the gap in workforce participation between people with disability and people without disability.

NDIS Workforce Capability Framework

The Capability Framework describes the attitudes, skills and knowledge expected of all workers funded under the NDIS. It gives clear, practical examples and establishes a shared language of ‘what good looks like’ for participants when they receive NDIS services and support.

Fit and Healthy After Getting Off Chemical Restraints

Ray Ekins, 78, has dementia and was prescribed olanzapine, an antipsychotic prohibited for use in older people with dementia. His daughter Susan asked his geriatrician about significant changes in his mood and behaviour. He told her that her father was old, and she and Ray would just have to accept it. Susan moved Ray to a new facility which helped to wean him off the drugs.

The Advocacy Effect – 2022 AFDO Advocacy Conference

Held in Melbourne on 17 October, the program set out to “unpack and examine the impact and effect that advocacy has in a variety of areas” from large-scale policy to community-led projects. Opening address was presented by Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services with keynote provided by Ben Gauntlett, Disability Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. The livestream is still available so catch up now.

My CP Guide: Understanding cerebral palsy across all stages of life

This online resource about cerebral palsy has been created to bring people with CP, their families and wider circles of support, the most current, practical information resources promoting the health, development, interests and well-being of the CP community.  Several hundred resources are available to read, watch, listen to, download or print out.  You’ll find the latest articles, podcasts, fact sheets, research, videos and useful websites to find the supports needed across all stages of life.

Come Over to My House

This delightful picture bookexplores the home lives of children and parents who are Deaf or disabled. Featuring a gorgeous die-cut cover, bright illustrations and a diverse cast, this is a must-read for all families.  A cast of friendly characters invite friends over for a play – there’s fun to be had, food to eat and families to meet!… RRP $24.99. –

My Home, My Way

Why do so many believe that the only option for people with developmental disabilities once they leave their family home, is to live in a group home. My Home, My Way challenges that idea. In this wealth of resources written or produced by people with disability, and their supporters, you will discover how people, no matter what their needs, are living in their own home and enjoying rich and meaningful lives. They share their stories and experiences in this collection of videos, podcasts and articles that show how much more is possible.

Experts in Our Health

Experts in Our Health resources build the knowledge, skills and confidence of Victorian women with disabilities to exercise their right to accessible health information and services, and to inform the delivery of health services in their communities.  They have been co-designed with a team of lived experience Experts and are for women with disabilities and health workforces.  Resources include Expert in Our Health Guide, series of fact sheets, posters and videos. All have been produced in a variety of accessible formats.   

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Casey and Reece talk about making choices and decisions. This video is designed to teach young people with intellectual disability about choice and decision making.

Know your rights and the principles under the Mental Health Act 2014

These resources provide a simple, accessible way for consumers, carers and their families, as well as lived experience workers and staff, to quickly understand, educate and communicate Victorian mental health rights and principles under the Act. The resource includes a series of social media posts and images, as well as download versions that can be used as reference guides

PS Project: Connecting with people who lived in institutions

Through a survey and online interviews, people who used to live in Victorian Government institutions were asked how they are going, and what could be improved. They shared things they do and what they have in their life, like support, friends and community. The responses showed that they are not having as good a life as they should. A series of tip sheets, templates, information sheets and plain English posters have been created to support staff and organisations to empower people with disability living in accommodation settings.

EMBER app to help you in an emergency

For people living with disability, the need is greater to plan, act early and be prepared for an emergency. Standing for Emergency Management Backpack Evacuation Resource, EMBER comprises resources and helpful content including emergency backpacks designed to support individuals living with disability gain confidence in what to do when there is an emergency. Australian native characters are used as calming narrators and guides on the planning process through animations and storytelling. Easy English and Braille checklists and information is also available. In addition, The communication board app supports people with no speech as well as offering tools for emergency personnel to help communicate with non-verbal individuals during an emergency.

NDIS Fact Sheet for women and girls with disability!

This fact sheet was developed to support women, girls, feminine identifying and non-binary people with disability understand, apply for and navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The fact sheet is available as an online summary with explainer video or as downloads in PDF, Word and Easy Read formats.