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Women with Disabilities

Our new online program for women with disabilities thinking about applying for work. Everyone has strengths they can call on! See how they can be used to seek work, whether in a paid or a volunteer position.

“In developing this tool Working from our Strengths, it is hoped many women with disability will dare to begin the exciting journey of discovery to personal satisfaction of volunteer work and/or, realise new or renewed financial independence and security that paid work can provide.” Working from our Strengths Launch speech Aug 2019
Mary Henley-Collopy, Launch of Working from our Strengths 27 August 2019

Peer Support for Chronic and Complex Conditions Lit Rev March 2019

Table of articles reviewed on peer support FINAL

This literature review updates the evidence of effectiveness and cost -effectiveness of peer support as part of the care and self-management of many chronic conditions including physical ones and mental health. In this updated review randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews conducted between mid-2011 and 2018 are included as well as some ‘grey’ literature. The discussion raises questions as to whether other research methods might produce better quality evidence of what peer support does best in improving the lives of people with chronic conditions.

Keeping Us in the Loop 

A new report fromThe Chronic Illness Alliance. Not for Profits in the health sector are losing block funding from both the Federal and State Depts of Health. This is partly due to the perception that people with disability will now receive services through the NDIS. However, many people with chronic illnesses are not eligible for NDIS services but still need help and advice to maintain their health, prevent further disabilities and stay out of hospitals. Without government support, Not for Profits in the health sector will be forced to compete for the philanthropic dollar to provide advice and support. Read on!  Keeping us in the loop FINAL

Highlights from our forum on Obesity in October 2017

Mary Henley-Collopy discusses the needs of people with disabilities with regard to obesity issues

Go to Recent Presentations to see the full forum

How the PBS works

Dr Tim Woodruff supports the basic income guarantee (BIG) to end the demeaning welfare system that punishes people when illness means they are unable to work. Read about it here!

Check out the stunning work of the Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance Community Advisory Group presented at the International Safety and Quality in Health Conference  London 2017

CAG IsQuA 2017 poster 04.09.2017

New Version in 2016! Best Practice Framework In Peer Support

Our new evaluation tool in peer support.

This new tool is set up to let you survey your support group members and the way your group functions.  It will work with all groups, whether face to face or online. You will receive a score and see the areas where your group does well or where it can make improvements.  Click here to try it out!

Ageing Well: Maintaining health as we age

This on-line course allows you to assess your healthy activities and find relevant resources if you need them.

Peer Support

Chronic Illness Alliance Peer Supporters’ Network

The Peer Supporters’ Network (PSN) is a forum for people who work in peer support to share information and knowledge, network, support each other, and strengthen peer support programs.

The network is made up of a broad cross-section of organisations across Victoria who support people with a primary diagnosis of a chronic health condition, and aims to raise awareness amongst health professionals in Victoria about appropriate peer support groups and pathways to access them. For more information contact denise@chronicillness.org.au