Bits and Pieces September 2016


  • From the team
  • Support group news
  • In the media
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Resources
  • Community
  • Research
  • Seeking contact
  • GSNV Calendar

From the team

Dear GSNV community,

Welcome to the latest edition of the GSNV E-News Bits and Pieces.

I am pleased to be back in Australia after my overseas stint and once again connecting with the GSNV family and community.  It’s been an eventful transition back, but in all its wonderful to be home and adjusting into my regular life and work.
Over the past few weeks I have been asked many times what I miss the most about life in Italy.  Impossible to answer; I miss everything and all!  However, if I really think about what I yearn for and what I can’t seem to get here (although close), it’s that perfect cup of coffee.  Although we have come a long way in Melbourne (many cafés now offer authenticity by way of baristas who only speak Italian) and our café latte is now served with lashings of Italian prowess, I still can’s seem to get the same buzz. Albeit, I’m addicted to the brew and my day is all so much better with coffee in it.
However, is my need for one or more cups of coffee a day simply a force of habit, or is it in actual fact partly genetic?  Researchers at Edinburgh University have looked into this very idea and have explored the ‘one or more’ cup phenomena with greater understanding.  This research extends further in assisting an understanding of why people respond differently to certain drugs, but for me, its evidence that the ’humble cuppa’ has the potential to unlock important information that goes beyond habit and lifestyle.  Brava!  For more on this story click here.

Please scroll down the bulletin, as once again this edition is full of important events and support group initiatives; all contributing toward the empowerment of the genetics community.  A number of family education sessions and conferences are worth noting in the diary and passing on to your own networks.  Please disseminate freely.  I note in particular the Genetic Alliance Australia, Genetic Disorders Awareness Week Launch in NSW, which is once again promising to be an important national event.  Here in Victoria the GSNV is pleased to support the Usher Kids Australia, Usher Syndrome Awareness Day. This is an important event communicating important developments in therapy and support of Usher Kids, and the potential of motivated and inspired individuals.  We hope to see you on the day.
There are a number of important developments in genomics in Victoria and the GSNV remains closely connected, involved and engaged in order that we represent the voice of our members and community.  The Department of Health and Human Services is currently calling for community feedback into its Genomic Healthcare for Victoria, Discussion Paper.  The GSNV encourages individuals and groups to read the Discussion Paper, and provide their input and response to the priority areas and actions explored. 
The Discussion Paper invites community input and discussion in order that a new statewide genetics/genomics framework and subsequent service-planning model reflects all important community opinions and views. 
A response template has been developed in order to guide stakeholders in providing comment. Click here to access the template

Louisa Di Pietro
Group Leader

Support group news

5th, 6th, 7th, 8th September 2016
FSHD Global Annual Science Meetings
Be part of a global conversation about FSHD research!
The Foundation is gathering world class international scientists and clinicians to meet with the FSHD community in Australia. This is your invitation to hear what research is currently happening, to share your stories about living with FSHD, to make connections with clinicians and support networks. 

One of the most important aspects of research is telling people about it.  The researchers the Foundation fund lead the world in FSHD basics, therapeutic and diagnostic investigation. The Annual Science Week is your chance to hear what they have achieved with FSHD Global funding, and what this means for progress into treatments and an ultimate cure. 

Sydney -  Monday 5th September 2016
6.00pm - 9.00pm
Garvan Institute
384 Victoria St (enter via Burton St) Darlinghurst NSW

Melbourne - Tuesday 6th September 2016
Novotel on Collins St - Room1
6.00pm - 9.00pm
270 Collins St
Melbourne VIC

Brisbane - Wednesday 7th September 2016
6.00pm - 9.00pm
Novotel Brisbane
Kendall Room
200 Creeki St
Brisbane City QLD

Perth - Thursday 8th September 2016
5.30pm - 8.30pm
Harry Perkins Institute
Seminar Room G24
6 Verdun St
Nedlands WA

More info here.

Please RSVP to by Thursday 1st September

21st September 2016
Muscular Dystrophy Australia AFL Finals BBQ Lunch
RSVP by the 14th of September
Time: 11am – 3pm
Venue: Muscular Dystrophy Association, 111 Boundary Road North Melbourne VIC 3051
For more info call 03 9320 9555 

28th September - 2nd October 2016 
MDDA Family Retreat and Teens Camp (NSW) - save the date

The next MDDA Family retreat and Teens camp will be held in Narrabeen, Sydney as follows:
Teens Camp: Wednesday 28th September – Sunday 2nd October, 2016  (Open to all PKU/IEM teens from ages 10-17 yrs). Siblings welcome to join from Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October.
Family Retreat: Friday 30th September – Sunday 2nd October, 2016 (Open to all IEM parents, adults, kids and siblings)
Further details here will follow shortly, but in the meantime save the date and start planning your trip. 

8th October 2016
Klinefelter's Information Day - Melbourne

Save the date! More info to follow in the next issue of Bits & Pieces.

9th October 2016
Angelman Syndrome Association Australia Family Fun Day - Melbourne

Venue: Port Phillip Specialist School, Port Melbourne, cnr Pool and Nott Streets. Read more here.


In the media

Google and Stanford Launching Clinical Genomics Service

A new collaboration between Stanford Medicine and Google will allow clinicians using genomic sequencing to help diagnose disease, to harness the power of Google Genomics. This service applies the same technologies that power Google Search and Maps to securely store, process, explore and share anonymous genomic data sets. This initiative is set to transform patient care and medical research with its potential to expand genomics research and establish new methods of real-time data analysis. Read more here.

ALS Research Advanced by the Ice Bucket Challenge
The ice bucket challenge, the charity campaign that went viral in 2014 and left scores of notable persons shivering and drenched, has paid off in the most spectacular way. Now, scientists funded with the proceeds have discovered a gene, NEK1, that is associated with the condition Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. This new finding has helped scientists better understand motor neurone disease; the NEK1 gene normally works to help repair DNA damage and maintain various cellular structures. People with a faulty copy of the NEK1 gene could therefore accumulate DNA and cellular damage in their bodies. Read more here or view the story here

Exome Sequencing Helps Uncover New Congenital Heart Defect Disorders
A recent study published in the journal Nature has identified several new gene mutations linked to three new rare syndromic congenital heart disease (CHD) disorders. The scientists did this by sequencing the exomes (gene coding regions) of 1,900 CHD patients and their parents. Interestingly, the team also found that in some CHD patients, the damaging gene variants were inherited from their seemingly healthy parents (implying that environmental factors or other genetic factors are also at play in some CHD disorders). Read more here.

New Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer
Australian scientists have developed a new “gene silencing” nanomedicine drug to successfully treat pancreatic cancer in research studies using a mouse model. This new treatment can get past scar tissue, which can make up to 90 per cent of a tumour, normally acting to block chemotherapy drugs from reaching the tumour. This technology has potential to be personalised, and used to target the unique genetic profile of a patient’s particular tumour. Read more here and here.


1st September 2016
Melbourne Genomics Demonstrating Success Symposium

The symposium will highlight:
Lessons learnt from the clinical 'Flagships'
Spanning adult and paediatric medicine, cancer and germline conditions, the Flagships illustrated:
  • when and how genomic sequencing is useful for patient care
  • considerations for current and future service delivery
Impact of shared approaches
  • for analysis and management of genomic information
  • to consent and ethical issues
Symposium RSVP

1st - 2nd September 2016
Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference - Melbourne

The theme of this year's conference is Putting rights center stage. This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability. More info here.

7th - 9th September 2016

National Paediatric Bioethics Conference  - Melbourne

The National Paediatric Bioethics Conference brings together paediatric and adolescent health practitioners of all disciplines, ethicists, policy makers and community sector practitioners. Attend the conference to hear robust dialogue and different perspectives on ethical issues facing the paediatric healthcare sector. More info here.

7th - 10th September 2016
Early Childhood Intervention Australia 12th Biennial National Conference  - Melbourne

ECIA is the peak national organisation promoting the interests of young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families. Come along to discuss and debate new approaches and new solutions to guide Australia’s future approach to newly roll out of the NDIS Scheme. More info here.

11th - 12th September 2016
National MND Conference  - Melbourne

MND Australia is pleased to announce the 8th National Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Conference.
Theme: Care, Collaboration, Communication. More details here.

15th - 16th September 2016
Fourth International Conference on Oesophageal Atresia - Sydney

Oesophageal Atresia (OA) is a rare congenital malformation which affects the gastrointestinal and respiratory systems primarily. OA patients have respiratory, nutritional and gastroenterological issues not only in the first years of life but also in adolescence and adulthood. The Conference program aims to lead to an improved understanding of Oesophageal Atresia, inspire development of innovative therapies, enhance local and international collaborations and help establish well defined evidence based standards of care for Oesophageal Atresia. Visit the conference website to have a look at the scientific program which has world renowned international and national speakers.

16th September 2016
Innovations in Cancer Treatment and Care Conference - Sydney

This free conference provides health professionals across NSW with an opportunity to hear, collaborate and share the latest innovations in quality cancer treatment and care. Find out more here.

18th -19th September 2016
International Conference on Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences - Tehran-Iran

The aim objective of 2016 International Conference on Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences is to provide a platform for researchers, academic staffs, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Medicine, Public Health and Biological Sciences. Read more here.

22nd - 24th September 2016
COGEN Congress - Spain

The 2nd World Congress on Controversies in Preconception, Preimplantation and Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis (COGEN), will be held in Barcelona, Spain.
The Congress includes:
- The use of Next Generation Sequencing for expanded preconception carrier screening
- Technology options for clinics with a review of strategies for evaluation of chromosome copy number in human embryos and oocytes
- Advances in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) and the latest data on Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
- Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) and Non-invasive Prenatal Diagnosis (NIPD)
- From Chromosomal Microarrays (CMA) to Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) in the evaluation of the malformed fetus
- Controversies in this burgeoning area of clinical practice.
For more information click here.

23rd - 24th September 2016

First Asia-Pacific Bone Disorder Symposium - Melbourne

This meeting will showcase the latest research in inherited bone disorders including new therapies, new management and new stem cell approaches to understanding these conditions. It is designed to attract a diverse group of researchers, clinicians, surgeons, and allied health workers. For more information please click here.

25th September - 1st October 2016
SSPA National Convention  - Cowes, VIC

Philip Island Adventure Resort, 1775–1801 Philip Island Road, Cowes, Victoria, 3922. Register by filling out this form.
The will also be a Medical Day on Monday 26th September, as part of the convention, but this can be attended separately. See page 4 of the SSPA newsletter for more details.

30th September - 2nd October 2016
12th Biennial Australasian CHARGE Syndrome Conference - Gold Coast

For individuals with CHARGE, families, extended family members, medical professionals. More details here.

7th - 8th October 2016
11th National Angelman Syndrome Association Australia Conference - Melbourne

Theme: "Finding Our Voice" The program is aimed at professionals including medical practitioners, therapists, educators, students in these fields and disability support workers, and is of interest to Angelman syndrome families. Presentations include topics such as current research in Australia, the Angelman Registry, literacy, Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), supporting students with complex communication needs and Video Self Modelling. Read more here.

16th - 17th November 2016

10th National Deafblind Conference - Fremantle

The theme of the conference is "Celebrating Experiences Across the Lifespan" and it is hoped that the conference will provide delegates with an opportunity to connect with people who are deafblind, family members, educators, allied health professional, medical and nursing staff, and researchers.  The program will cater for a range of interests, from early childhood and congenital deafblindness to elderly people with acquired combined vision and hearing loss.  Advocacy, research and best practice will also feature in the program. For more information, click here.

26th - 28th November 2016

AussieMit 2016 - Sydney

AussieMit is the fifth biennial meeting of researchers in Australia that brings together scientists and clinicians studying biochemistry, molecular biology, plant sciences, and cell and developmental biology with mitochondria as the focal point. The diverse backgrounds of the delegates contribute to lively and stimulating meetings. The aim of this meeting is to update researchers of new data, to outline relevant techniques, and to foster new collaborative and career opportunities.
Venue: The Kolling Institute, St Leonards
Keep up to date with AussieMit 2016 by liking the AussieMit Facebook page.

6th - 7th May 2017

Connections 2017 - Melbourne

Save the date for the Disorders of the Corpus conference organised by AusDoCC.


The Keune Foundation
The Keune Foundation provides financial assistance to families that have a child that has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness. To be eligible for assistance you need to be an Australia citizen or permanent resident and the child has to be under 18. For more info see the Keune Brochure, Application Form and Information.

The Stepping Into program
A paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability, aimed at levelling the playing field. Find out more here.


17th - 20th September 2016
Challenge supporting kids with cancer urban camp - Melbourne

Applications for 8 - 12 year old members are now open for the four day extravaganza, starting on Saturday September 17 through to Tuesday September 20. This camp is jam packed with fun inner city activities including a visit to the Melbourne Zoo, Royal Melbourne Show, movies, bowling and lots more. To apply, call Challenge on (03) 9329 8474 or

28th September, 26th October 2016
NDIS information sessions for carers, people with intellectual disability and children

The roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of the biggest reforms in the disability sector. To assist in preparedness for the NDIS roll out in Maribyrnong in July 2018, Council is running NDIS Information sessions for:
Carer Information Session – Presented by Carers Vic
People with Intellectual Disability Information Session – Presented by VALID
Children Information Session – Presented by the Association for Children with a Disability
Provider/Organiser: Maribyrnong City Council
Wed 28th Sep, 2016: Intellectual disability - 10:30am-12:30pm, Footscray
Wed 26th Oct, 2016: Children - 10:30am-12:30pm, Footscray
Cost: free but booking is essential
Contact: Liz Wright
Phone: 9688 0313


Control participant need for autism study
The Collaborative Autism Study are currently looking for one male adult (aged 36-46) without a family history of Autism who would be interested to participate as a 'control' in a behavioural and neuroimaging (MRI) study for Autism research.  Data from control participants will be compared to same-aged family members of individuals with Autism. 

Selection criteria include:
  • No family history of Autism (i.e., no relative diagnosed with Autism)
  • No diagnosis of a psychiatric/neurological condition (and not on medication for mental health)
  • Responses on a questionnaire, which I will send out and revise ahead of time
  • Responses on a medical screen, to ensure they are suitable to have an MRI 
Testing will take place at the Melbourne Brain Centre (Austin Health, Heidelberg) over a 4-5 hour session, during which participants will do tasks related to verbal interaction, thinking skills, emotions and have the MRI scan.  The study is only open during working hours on weekdays, as the MRI scanner is not available at other times--therefore, it will ideally suit those who work part-time or on a casual basis.  
Healthy male children needed
Do you have, or do you know, a male child aged 9-10 or 14-15? MCRI are looking for some help with a study on the causes of speech disorders, and need some healthy participants with normal speech, language and literacy skills, who’ve never had a speech disorder, hearing impairment, central nervous system disorder, or anything that may affect speech. They'd need you and your child to allow us access to his/her medical history information, perform speech assessments, and have a 1 hour MRI brain scan at the Melbourne Brain Centre in Heidelberg. If you think you can help, or for more information, please email Olivia at

The Compass Trial
Compass is currently recruiting Victorian or South Australian female residents born on or after 1 July 1980 AND aged at least 25, attending for routine cervical screening at participating practices across the state of Victoria. For more information on whether or not you are eligible to participate please click here.

Your experiences of parenting a child with a rare disease  
Parents who have a child aged 6 to 18 with a rare disease are invited to take part in this research project which involves completing an online questionnaire that will take approximately 30 minutes. Participants are eligible to enter a draw to win one of four $100 COLES SUPERMARKET GIFT VOUCHERS! To participate or learn more, click here

Fontan Registry  
Fontan Registry are currently recruiting individuals aged 13 years+ with a Fontan circulation to take part in a Melbourne-based study over several days on the impact of blood thinning medication and fenestration on bone density, heart and brain function, and exercise capacity. Travel support available to Melbourne from other Australian States. Learn more here.

Do you have a child with a developmental disability?
Researchers at the University of Newcastle would like to invite you to complete a survey exploring your experience of being a parent of a child with a developmental disability. In particular, we are interested in how cultural factors may or may not affect your experience. We are also particularly interested in the positive and the negative experiences that you may have had and how this has affected you in your day-to-day life. If you are interested in participating, click here. It will take you to our website where you can read more about the study before deciding if you would like to complete it or not. On the webpage you can also find a link to the survey.

Consultation: People with a disability affected by breast cancer, their families and supporters
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) wants to ensure that we provide accessible and appropriate breast cancer information and support to people with a disability and their families and supporters. To better understand the information and support needs of people with a disability affected by breast cancer, their families and supporters, BCNA wants to talk with people with a broad range of experiences of disability.
To find out more, contact Grace Daley:
T: 1800 500 258
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact Grace through the National Relay Service

Seeking Contact

The GSNV works hard to connect individuals and families interested in sharing their experiences and insights with others. People interested in contacting others “in the same boat” can contact the GSNV to provide details and we will assist in making connections.
  • 4q34 deletion
  • Arthrogryposis
  • Autosomal Dominant Osteopetrosis
  • Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome
  • Constitutional Mismatch Repair Deficiency (CMMRD)
  • Disorders of the corpus callosum
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome coexisting with Lynch syndrome
  • GGCX gene mutation
  • Hajdu Cheney syndrome
  • Hay-Wells syndrome/ankyloblepharon-ectodermal dysplasia-clefting (AEC) syndrome.
  • Hereditary Spysiotosis with Iga Nephrophy
  • Megalencephaly Capillary Malformation (MCAP) syndrome
  • Milroy disease
  • Moebius Syndrome
  • Neutropenia
  • Pantothenate Kinase-associated Neurodegeneration
  • Polymicrogyria
  • Schizencephaly
  • Succinic Semialdehyde Dehydrogenase Deficiency (SSADH)
  • Wolfran syndrome
  • Xp11.3-11.4 deletion
If you would like to make contact with others in the same boat and share your experiences with the above conditions, please either contact the GSNV office by emailing or phoning (03) 8341 6315.

For a listing of support groups in Victoria see the links page on the GSNV website:


Click here to see the GSNV calendar of events.


National Superhero Week

Don your best superhero costume, warm up your super powers and bring a donation to your workplace or school to be a superhero for Muscular Dystrophy as part of National Superhero Week 2016, running from Monday August 29th - Sunday September 4th!

It's easy to get involved, simply ask your school, kindergarten, day care centre, workplace, office, community group or even your friends and family to take part. Follow this by registering your group, nominating a date for your National Superhero Week event and... start planning your costume!

Proceeds from National Superhero Week support Muscular Dystrophy Australia's  programs, services and research at the National Muscular Dystrophy Research Centre.

Find out more here.

Call for Expression of Interest for Women Leading By Example 2 day Leadership Program

Would you like to design and facilitate a workshop of up to 90 minutes as part of our Women Leading By Example program?

Participants will be 30 women with disabilities, most under the age of 30, who are commencing or continuing on their leadership journeys.

To be held on the 20th and 21st  September in Melbourne, the program will provide a unique opportunity to present to emerging and established female leaders who have come together to learn from one another, challenge, share ideas and develop strategies for good practice.

We invite workshops that address personal and professional experiences as they relate to leadership, gender and/or disability.

For more information, contact Karen McKenzie:
T: 9286 7802

More info here (download)
On Sunday 16th October, come and take part in Melbourne's premier running festival and help to make a difference! This is your chance to run, jog or walk your way through the streets of Melbourne and finish on the hallowed turf in the MCG!

Whether it is completing your first 5.7km run or doing your first full 42.2km Marathon, or just doing a personal best time, we Run As One. Don't miss this chance to get outside, get active, and go the extra mile by fundraising for an amazing charity.
More info here.
Join the Australian Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (AMDF) on Sunday 23 October to walk or run 35km from Melbourne to the coast in the 2016 Bloody Long Walk. Find out more here.
Australia’s most inspirational sporting event, the Australian Transplant Games is held every two years. The Games provide living proof of the success of transplantation and encourage all Australians to discuss organ and tissue donation with their families.

In 2016 the Australian Transplant Games will be held in Western Sydney, bringing together up to 1,500 people touched by organ and tissue donation from across Australia and overseas. Athletes come from a range of cultural, age and socio-economic demographics – but they all have one goal – to demonstrate the gift of life.

Many transplant recipients use the Games as motivation to a greater end goal, setting various health and fitness targets along the way as they train for The Games. The Australian Transplant Games is also the country’s largest awareness activity for organ and tissue donation. 

Transplant Australia boasts an enviable record of influencing public understanding of organ and tissue donation through the staging of the Australian Transplant Games.

We look forward to seeing you there. 24 Sept ~ 1 Oct, 2016

More info here.
Ready to go crazy and raise awareness about cystic fibrosis? Crazy Hair Day is an annual fundraising event held in schools across Australia. For a gold coin donation encourage your students and teachers to wear their craziest hair at school.

Getting involved couldn't be easier. Simply fill out the registration form, nominate a date, and receive your free starter kit.
The 2016 StepUP for Down syndrome is coming soon... With walks to be held across Australia in the month of October and Victoria will be hosting 4 events and we are looking forward to you joining us to make this year’s StepUP a great success.
Dates and locations:
Melbourne - Sunday 9 October
Bendigo - Sunday 16 October
Wodonga - Sunday 16 October
Geelong - Saturday 22 October

If you need more information about StepUP please contact Emily Bruce on

Auckland, NZ


Artist Gabriela Georges is seeking poets, musicians and dancers who have experienced grief and loss and express it through their art for a new work she is developing. For more information, call AAV on 03 9699 8299 or email

St Martins Youth Arts Centre is hosting a series of free forums to explore diversity in the arts – on 2 September, check out Engaging Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in Arts.

The Challenge Biggest Aussie Pie Night campaign

IT'S AS EASY AS PIE to hold a Friday Pie Day or Pie Event during Challenge’s Biggest Aussie Pie Night campaign. You can hold it at your home, sports club or work place anytime until the end of September.

If you hold a Pie Event or Friday Pie Day during the campaign, you can go into the draw to win the Ultimate AFL Grand Final Prize!

For more information and to register your event go to the website.

Women Leading by Example Workshop

Women with Disabilities Victoria is hosting a two-day leadership workshop for young women with disability aged 18 - 30 in Melbourne on the 20-21 September.

High profile leaders, mentors, and workshop facilitators from corporate, government, and non-profit sectors will present and interact with participants. Further information about the workshop is available here.
Finding a job, pursuing a career or further education is a culturally valued and common aspiration for most adults. While many people support the idea that such options should be available to people with intellectual disabilities (and/or other disabilities), finding work, with the hope of a good life for decades to come, is both challenging and uncertain. This means the concept of real work and study remains aspirational and a remarkably low number of people with an intellectual disability are encouraged or supported to pursue such options.

In this seminar, Bruce Uditsky and Anne Hughson, Canada, have extensive knowledge and experience in creating promising employment pathways.

Provider/Organiser: Belonging Matters
Mon 5th Sep, 2016: 9:30am to 4:30pm, Moorabbin
Cost: Concession $65.00 (incl. GST) | Standard $200.00 (incl. GST) | Bursaries available on application

Register online, Flyer

Early Days Support Workshop - One

Down Syndrome Victoria will be hosting an evening gathering of parents with a young baby with Down syndrome on:
Monday 5th Sept - 6.15pm to  9:15pm
Down Syndrome Victoria’s Office in Abbotsford
RSVP’s essential by 1st Sept
The evening will include:
  • an introduction to Down Syndrome Victoria  and our services
  • exploring  the potential of people with Down syndrome
  • practical things to consider in the early days including information on services & supports
  • a chance to browse our library of resources
  • supper will be provided (please advise any specific dietary requirements)
  • the opportunity to meet and get to know some other families, and
  • time to reflect on the journey so far and share ideas and experiences.
This session is part of a suite of workshops that are designed to support parents and the family unit. The intent of Workshop One is to bring parents of babies with Down syndrome into one space in which you can not only access information, but can meet, share and unite with others in a similar situation. The sessions are relaxed and quite informal to allow for the sharing of experiences and learning from others.

Save the date – DSV comes 2U Warragul
Monday 17th October - 6pm onwards catch up with families at a local pub TBC
Tuesday 18th October – 9:30am to 2:30pm information workshops for families including a school session from one of our Education Consultants and an NDIS update (Venue and final topics TBC)
Expressions of interest to attend –

Cuppa for HeartKids

Anytime throughout August and September is a great reason to have a Cuppa for HeartKids.

Also a great excuse to get together with friends, family or work colleagues to raise funds and awareness for some very special heart children. 

For more infromation or to register your cuppa for HeartKids Victoria/Tasmania please visit

Save the date!

Sunday 6 November
Aiden's Heart Awareness
Family Fun Day

Sunday 13 November
Car and Bike Show

Sunday 13 November
Registrations open soon

Sunday 20 November
Hobart HeartKids
Christmas Party  

Special Children's Christmas Parties. Click on the location below to see more information and to reserve your place.
Sunday 13 November
Strict RSVP 29 August

Saturday 26 November
RSVP asap

Sunday 11 December
Strict RSVP 1 Oct
Having clear professional boundaries protects your employees and your organisation.
Presented by Carers Victoria, the ‘Managing Your Boundaries’ workshop is for people who are currently employed as support workers providing personal care and social support.
The workshop will help your employees to:
  • Identify challenges that can occur when working with clients and families.
  • Discover the benefits of working to boundaries and what can go wrong when they don’t!
  • Learn some strategies that protect your employees, your clients and your organisation.
“After this workshop I found my job less stressful as I had a clearer understanding of where my job started and stopped.” 

When: 10am–1pm, Thursday 8 September 2016  quote #4029
Where: Carers Victoria, Level 1, 37 Albert Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Cost per person: $125 + GST.
For more information please call 1800 242 636 
or email: and quote #4029. More
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