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Information for you about NDIS funding in WA

The Disability Services Commission has been planning local, individualised plan-based funding for several years. Next year, in 2017 the Commission will be ready to roll into this scheme.

This change means that the NDIS will no longer operate funding based on just past budget allocations. It will move in a direction where funding is based on an individuals assessment of needs.

Currently, this change does not affect people from Rise who are in the NDIS Perth Hills trial or the WA NDIS trial in Cockburn-Kwinana.

Key NDIS dates and area trials:

  • From 1st October 2016, the WA NDIS will continue in Cockburn and Kwinana. It will expand into areas of Armadale, Murray, and Serpentine-Jarrahdale.
  • From 1st January 2017, the National Disability Insurance Agency will continue in Swan, Kalamunda and Mundaring. It will expand its trial to include Bayswater, Bassendean, Chittering, Toodyay, York and Northam.
  • Both of these trials will be extended until 30 June 2017.
  • The full WA NDIS roll out will be announced in October 2016.
  • Rise will keep you informed about the progress of NDIS as they develop.

If you have any queries or would like to learn more, please check the information links below:

NDIS Further Information

Please contact@risenetwork.com.au or by phone on (08) 6274 3700

You can also find further information about NDIS here.

Read Akesa’s story about how NDIS funding allowed her to live a more active and enjoyable life.

Image of Owen and Andrea sitting on our new part bench outside, as a gift from CATA

CATA surprises Rise with new woodwork gift

Rise HQ were left pleasantly surprised last week, as Owen (Senior Activity Officer) from CATA (Creative and Therapy Activities) delivered our new wooden bench.

On a recent visit to CATA, Tony (Property Manager) had been really impressed with CATA’s woodwork pieces. Tony was so impressed, he requested could a park bench be made for Helen’s Place?

The new addition outdoor furniture arrived on Friday, and we can’t wait for the sunny weather to arrive, so we can have a try!

Image of two-seater wooden part bench outside

Did you know about the Rise and CATA merger?

Rise merged with not-for-profit provider, Creative and Therapy Activities (CATA) several months ago.

CATA have a base in Warwick, offering a range of fantastic activities such as pottery and woodwork.

Read more about our merger here.


You are not alone dementia poster

Rise staff member wins Unicare Health, “Share the Care” competition

“Share the Care” Competition

Vanessa Williams, one of our Aged Care Coordinators won this month’s Share the Care competition for Unicare Health. Unicare Health provides Rise with essential equipment for aged care clients, such as reclining chairs.

The brief for the competition was to share a story about individuals who had their lives transformed by a piece of equipment.

Vanessa’s competition entry: Mr B and his “Lift and Recline” chair

As Mr B grew older, he began to spend a lot more time sitting in the comfort of his favourite armchair in his lounge room.

Unfortunately, as his Alzheimer’s Disease progressed it became harder and harder for Mrs B to assist him up and out of that chair.

With Mr B’s Home Care Package and the assistance from the friendly team at Unicare, Rise Network were able to purchase him a Lift and Recline chair. This meant he could still sit in the comfort of his familiar lounge room in his new favourite arm chair, yet Mrs B can safely support him in and out of the chair with ease.

Mr B and his wife feel that the chair has made a real change for them, and it is a great comfort to the family knowing that Mrs B will not be at risk of injuring herself while helping their father. She is able to use the handheld remote to slowly raise Mr B to a nearly standing position, and from there she can gently assist him to his walking frame

Congratulations Vanessa!

Unicare Health said about Vanessa’s story:

We were very touched by Vanessa’s story, and look forward to seeing it printed in the September edition of our Uniway Newsletter

Dementia Awareness Month

Did you know it’s dementia awareness month? This year’s theme by Alzheimer’s Australia is, “You are Not Alone”. This theme aims to highlight the support and services for people with dementia and their carers. It also encourages the public to be more dementia aware.

You can find more information at Alzheimer’s Australia here.

Image of fundraiser Chris in a wheelchair outside. Next to him is a BBQ with some local councillors. They are dressed in all blue, with funny fancy dress items, like a feather boa and giant wigs/hats

Chris breaks down disability barriers by organising “Big Aussie Barbie” for PCFA

Chris has cerebral palsy and has been inspiring people far and wide by breaking down disability barriers. This week, he organised an amazing event “Big Aussie Barbie” in support of PCFA (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia). Did you know more than 3000 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year?

Event Preparations

Amanda O’Brien (Team Leader People with Disability Services) and his amazing team of support workers, have worked tirelessly to make this event a success!

They helped to put the plans in place and visited the local supermarkets to get food donated for the big day. Amanda supported Chris to write emails inviting the local press. He even sourced all the raffle prizes, and put together a music playlist for the day!

Collage of images from Chris's BBQ, including him making a speech.

The Big Aussie BBQ

Rise were delighted to see so many staff, clients and friends come together to help realise Chris’s fundraising dreams. Even the wet weather couldn’t put us off!

The Deputy Mayor, Dave Lucas and Local Councillor, Patty Williams also attended, and were truly inspired by his efforts.

Chris made a heartfelt speech on the day which he wrote himself,

It’s not often people with disability get opportunities like this. This is a very worthy cause and a good excuse to come together for a BBQ. Special thanks to Amanda who has helped me the most

Help Chris Fund raise!

You can help Chris reach his target by donating here

Find out more about Rise’s NDIS Services

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Stratton Edge School Holiday Program

Stratton Edge School Holiday Program

Join Stratton Edge for some FREE activities during the upcoming school holidays

Program Schedule

Friday 30th September 4pm – 9pm
Dinner and Fremantle Prison Night Tour

Monday 3rd October 9am – 3pm
Indigenous Culture Day, Boomerang Making, Local Tour of Sites and Sausage Sizzle

Thursday 6th October 9am – 3pm
Bounce, Lunch and Skate parks

Saturday 8th October 3.30pm – 9.30pm
Dinner and Wildcats Basketball Game

For more Information and how to apply, check our events page.



Image of Chris, holding a box of chocolate with a happy member of staff!

Princess Margaret Hospital receives kind donations from four year old

Princess Margaret Hospital are close to four year old Cruze’s heart!

Chris, our Outreach Support Worker’s four year old Grandson, Cruze has decided he wants to raise money for the hospital. He said,

I would like to give things to the children that don’t have anything.

Making dreams come true with chocolate

To help realise Cruze’s dream, his mum quickly applied to Cadbury to help fundraise for the charity. Cadbury supplied them with some delicious chocolatey treats.

Chris has been supporting little Cruze’s dreams, by selling the chocolate on his behalf for $1. It’s going down a treat with our staff!

We wish Cruze all the best with his charity efforts, and what an inspirational young man!

Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Manager

Kerryn Swan with Tomoe, showcasing her amazing Japanese resource

No barrier to big for our support staff, as we learn to speak Japanese

Tomoe is one of our excellent support workers in aged care. She has been working at Wahroonga Day Centre with a Japanese client who has dementia. Tomoe has been the key link between breaking down the language barriers. This has ensured our client is able to participate in all the activities he enjoys.

However, he recently needed some extra support outside of the day centre, so Tomoe had a cunning idea to help! She produced this fantastic resource, which meant other support workers were able to communicate and learn Japanese with our client more easily.

The pack produced includes simple instructions translated in Japanese, such as “how are you” and “good afternoon”. There are also some visual images of a walking stick and water, all written in Japanese.

Image of a walking stick, and a glass of water written in Japanese

Tomoe is such a great example of how Rise Support Staff go above and beyond for our client’s everyday.

We hope you have some fun learning some Japanese with these amazing resources created.

Rise would also like to remind you that it’s Dementia Awareness Month. To find out more, visit Health Direct for further information about all aspects of dementia. This includes exploring dementia and its symptoms, effects and caring for someone with dementia and respite care.

Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Manager

Rise gets all doll’d up!

Wahroonga Day Centre recently treated its members to a Glamour Day, designed to spoil and pamper the ladies!

G21All who attended had the choice of facials, hair, makeup and nails completed by professionals. After feeling like ‘a million dollars’ this was then followed by a beautiful gourmet lunch, including a glass of bubbly (or two!) and some quality entertainment.

Each lady received a stunning framed photo of themselves taken by Lens to Soul Photography.

A fantastic day was had by all, and we hope there are many more to come!


Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Officer

Image of The Bachelor Australia star, Richie Strahan posing with CATA client

CATA is caught off-guard by surprise visit from TV star

CATA (Creative Arts Therapy Activities) received a surprise visit from The Bachelor Australia star, Richie Strahan today, which left clients grinning from ear to ear!

He posed for plenty of pictures and hugs throughout the morning. For those who are not TV addicts, this is a reality TV show on Channel 10.

Richie’s mum, Kate, volunteers at CATA in the kitchen three days per week. She heard he had some wonderful fans here and invited him to visit.

Laura, CATA’s Program Manager, commented about her client, Tania’s reaction to the star;

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile as big as it was today!

Image of The Bachelor Australia Star posing with a CATA client.

Whilst all the excitement was happening over in CATA, there were a lot of envious members of staff in the Midland Rise offices!

Thanks for dropping by Richie.

Alison Hill, Marketing and Communications Officer