Better Start & Moving Forward Workshop

The Better Start for Children with Disability initiative provides funding for early intervention services for children under 7 with eligible disability.

Children are eligible for the Better Start program if diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Deafblindness
  • Down syndrome, including mosaic Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome with full mutation.
  • Hearing impairment (threshold)
  • Sight impairment (threshold)
  • Prader-Willi syndrome
  • Williams syndrome
  • Angelman syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Smith-Magenis syndrome
  • CHARGE syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange syndrome
  • Rett’s Disorder
  • Cri du Chat syndrome; or
  • Microcephaly (threshold)

Children registered with Better Start can access up to $12,000 (maximum $6,000 per year) to pay for early intervention services.

These services include:

  • audiology
  • occupational therapy
  • orthoptics
  • physiotherapy
  • psychology and
  • speech pathology

Families living in outer regional or remote areas may be eligible for an additional one-off payment of $2,000.

This payment is to assist with additional expenses associated with accessing services.

Registration and Information Pack

Moving Forward Workshop at Wollongong on the 8th of March 2016 10am-3pm.

The workshop will have speakers from Department of Education to talk about transition to schools, Ability/Early Links and hopefully somebody from Centrelink and other organisations.

Moving Forward Workshop Invite Wollongong.pdf - Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Counselling Brochure (2013)

Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference

It’s that time of year again and organisation for the Illawarra and South Coast Youth Services Conference is well underway. The conference is in its 16th year of operation and continues to be an affordable and responsive training opportunity for local professionals working with young people in a variety of services and organisations.

In 2014 the conference is scheduled for Wednesday 29th and Thursday, 30th of October at Coolangatta Wine Estate Shoalhaven Heads.

Please see attached  the 2014 Conference Program outline. We have organised interactive and interesting workshops that are aimed to increase your networks and provide training on contemporary issues.

Training starts with our keynote speaker for day one being  Mel Brown, the Director of Spirit Dreaming Australia. Mel has spent over 20 years working in the areas of alternative therapies, and specialises in providing Aboriginal counselling, spiritual healing and wellbeing programs for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. As a Professional Speaker, Mel has presented workshops and papers at many National and International conferences across Australia. As an Artist, Mel has established herself as a recognised Aboriginal Artist, and is the sole creator and designer of the Aboriginal Spirit Oracle Cards.

We also welcome a keynote by : Prof Sandra Jones, ARC Future Fellow Director, Centre for Health and Social Research, Australian Catholic University who will talk about Alcohol advertising and how young people get sucked in and how can we counteract these messages

Professor Gordian Fulde, Director, Emergency Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney will facilitate a workshop on the effects and impact of ice and other drugs from an ED perspective.

On day 2 best-selling author, motivational speaker and child advocate Dr Michael Davey  will inspire us.  In 2012, Michael’s autobiography, Journey of Hope, became an Australian best seller he now tries inspire others to make a difference in the lives of Australia’s youth.

In addition to great keynote speakers we have a terrific program of training for people working with youth. The Youth Services Conference provides workers an opportunity to participate in dynamic and interactive training that will inspire conversation and increase practical skills. Workshops and networking provide ideal opportunities to learn, engage and interact with other industry professionals.

WEB REGISTRATION for the conference is NOW OPEN.

To REGISTER  your attendance follow the steps listed below:

FIRST – Go to


  1. Download the 2014 Conference Program & 2014 Code of Conduct link on the Registration page
  2. Choose your workshop preferences
  3. Fill out rego form on the website making sure all fields marked with an asterisk (*)  are correctly filled out, ENTER the requested code and submit.

When you have submitted your registration, a confirmation email will be sent to you within 3 working days. If you do not receive a confirmation email within this time, your registration has not been successful.

If this happens please call 42952209 or email  for registration assistance


Following a successful Registration, a tax invoice will be sent to the email address indicated in your registration.

Payment option one: Cheque

Please return payment with a copy of the Tax Invoice (cheques payable to: Albion Park Youth & Community Care – Conference)

Payment option two: Direct deposit

Details for Direct Deposit payments will be forwarded on your invoice. ALL direct deposits must note the Conference Registration invoice number on the deposit record to assist us with record keeping.

If you require further information about this year’s conference, lack access to technology to register or have any trouble with access to the site please contact Berenice Murphy on 42 952209 or via