Nippers Program for Children with Disability
During the last 12 months, Surf Life Saving Tasmania (SLST) has been working to provide Tasmanians with the opportunity to be part of the Starfish Nippers Program that enables children with a disability to take part in swimming, catching waves, beach runs and exercise just like surf lifesavers.
The program was held in January over two days at Long Beach, Sandy Bay with fourteen children successfully completing the program with the support of twenty lifesavers who volunteered their time to work with the children.
Bridget Fasnacht, Program Coordinator (SLST) said “The program was an absolute success and there was so much positive feedback from the parents. It is so rewarding being able to see the children having so much fun and to see Tasmanian surf lifesavers being part of something new.”
Plans are underway to get Starfish Nippers rolled out in other areas in the state. To register your interest or for further information on the program, please contact Leanne on (03) 6222 6555 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tasmanian teachers voice concerns about class sizes
TEACHERS are alarmed by the ballooning number of pupils in Tasmanian classrooms, with a survey revealing more than 10 per cent of high school classes have 31-plus students.
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL PARENTS AND CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY - TLRI to review review the Guardianship and Administration Act
IMPORTANT NEWS FOR ALL PARENTS AND CARERS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY
The Tasmania Law Reform Institute (TLRI) has been asked by the State Government to review the Guardianship and Administration Act 1995 (Tas). The Act provide for decision-making for people with disability deemed unable to make their own decisions about personal and financial matters, or medical treatment.
Whilst the Act deals with decisions about personal and financial matters for adults only, it also contains the law about consent to medical treatment for all Tasmanians, including children.
Some matters that parents and children with disability might want to share their views about include:
• how a person’s ability to make decisions is assessed
• the test that the Guardianship and Administration Board applies to appoint a guardian and administrator
• whether family and friends should have priority to be a guardian or administrator over the Public Guardian and Public Trustee
• whether children should be able to appoint an enduring guardian, or give directions about medical treatment in an advance care directive
• what medical treatment parents should be able to give consent for, and those that must be referred to the Guardianship and Administration Board
• whether there are any decisions that should not be able to be substituted and made on a person’s behalf
• whether, and if so, how the Act could better recognise and assist families and broader social networks in supporting people to make decisions.
For more information take a look at the Issues Paper and an Easy Read summary which is available at: http://www.utas.edu.au/law-reform/publications/ongoing-law-reform-projects2.
There is also a video about the review can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqAsgKyGnpA.
Siblings Australia Mapping Report Completed
Siblings Australia have now completed the Mapping Project report on the availability of support services for siblings of children and adults with disability, you can review the report by clicking on the website address below.
IMPORTANT – Survey for carers of people living with disability
The Minister’s Disability Advisory Committee (for Jacquie Petrusma MP) is currently conducting a survey aimed at families and/or carers of people living with disability. This survey aims to identify future housing, employment services and supports (i.e. respite) required for individuals with disability.
Your response will assist MDAC with providing advice to the Minister on the need for future specialist support services across Tasmania.