Information, Linkages and Capacity Building grant activity in the Kimberley
Far North Community Services (Far North) is supporting the NDIS in WA engage with Aboriginal people living in the Kimberley in a culturally appropriate manner, as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) strategy.
Since its inception, Far North has been working hard to build and maintain positive and collaborative relationships with the local community. Discussions about ILC strategies have been well received by key members of the community who will participate in a project advisory committee.
Far North are also providing disability training to the Kununurra Children and Family Centre, and supporting Kununurra Medical with information and resources for people wanting to test their eligibility for the NDIS in WA.
Far North recently employed three information coordinators who will work with different geographic communities within the Kimberley.
Broome, Dampier Peninsula and Derby
Jade Presenza spent her childhood in Sydney before moving to south-east Queensland and then the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. After many years of working in the addiction, mental health and family support sectors, Jade managed multiple disability programs in metro and rural Victoria. Jade’s sense of adventure has led her to Broome.
Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek and surrounding areas
Marcus Chibisa has worked with people with disability in the central Kimberley for the past five years. Marcus is well known and respected in many communities, and works in a respectful way with Aboriginal people. He has made great connections with local organisations that are eager to share information about the NDIS in WA.
Recent feedback from a Halls Creek family expressed they were very happy that Marcus provided information in their home rather than in an office, and that they did not feel their appointment was rushed.
Kununurra, north of Halls Creek and Wyndham
Tegan Parker’s passion for disabilities started in her childhood and she has worked in the disability field for more than 10 years. Tegan is the parent of an amazing child with a disability. Tegan is based at Kununurra District High School one day per week.