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Apr 20, 2017

Warrah News Autumn 2017

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From the CEO

It is the first week of Autumn, and after the hottest Summer on record, we are enjoying wind, rain, and coolness. The backdrop of humidity intervenes every now and again to remind us that Summer is not yet quite banished. It is a lovely time of year – a time to reflect on what we will harvest from our endeavours over the previous months.

A Farewell….. & Some Welcomes

Long-serving Warrah Office Manager Birgit Eaton departed from our administration team in February after 16 years’ service. She is dearly missed – a truly dedicated and hard-working individual who kept the wheels turning in the office!

In place of Office Manager, we have two new roles:

Archie Sharma is our new full time Human Resources Administrator. She will coordinate all staff recruitment and employment processes as well as overseeing all our local and international volunteers.

Zenda Fourie will join us early in April and will coordinate back office administrative support including NDIS administrative processes.

NDIS Transition


We are still battling with a transition to the NDIS that is fraught with difficulties. Some of the continuing issues:

It has been very difficult to get good guidance from the NDIA to clarify policy and practice where it is unclear

Many families do not fully understand their responsibilities in regard to their NDIS plan and

Correcting errors in plans – for example where a stream of funding is completely absent

Gaining a plan review where funding is incorrect or inadequate or simply wrong

There are no processes in place for Warrah to invoice for some areas of funding, such as for Specialist Disability Accommodation

The NDIA seems unable to meet demand: there are long delays for the basic requirement to speak to someone on the phone

There is a huge uplift in administrative requirements for Warrah in implementing and problem solving etc, which is not only time consuming, but often


We are making contact with individual families to resolve issues where we can. We thank our families for their patience. It will get better, but will take some time yet.


Quality Framework under the NDIS

A new national quality framework for the NDIS has been announced for development and implementation post-2018.

It will cover:

A new code of conduct for providers and

Registration procedures for providers

A compulsory orientation module for providers and workers

Practice requirements for addressing complaints and serious incidents

Nationally consistent worker screening

NDIS Senior Practitioner overseeing restrictive practices and developing a competency framework for positive behaviour support


We welcome the new framework.

SDA Housing Provider

Warrah is now an approved Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Housing Provider under the NDIS. As a result, we plan over time to offer more SDA, building some new housing, rental of suitable houses, and continuing to invest in improvements to our current houses. There is significant demand for accommodation for people with disability, and an acute shortage of housing stock. Warrah can do more in this space!


Jasper Road Houses

The tender process is at last underway for our housing project in Baulkham Hills. Current planning expects that completion of the two houses will be at the end of next Summer. We have included here a 3D picture of the houses – with thanks to Gioia Viney of Baxter & Jacobson Architects.


New Kitchens

The new Red Gum kitchen is complete and looks sensational! We are so pleased with the result – staff and residents are very much enjoying the well-designed and equipped modern space. Designs have been finalised for Macs and Wattle Tree houses, and Macs will start in April. Thankyou to Crown Group!


Warrah Summer Ball

What a fantastic night we had at Warrah’s first Summer Ball! We had 80 guests, all dressed in suits and long dresses, and beautifully coiffured. A wonderful menu, as well as lots of dancing, games and prizes added to the fun. Residents, staff and families had a great night. This promises to be an annual event to look forward to in Warrah’s social calendar. See the photos later in the News.

Curative Seminar

April 19-21 at Warrah School. Our annual Curative Seminar will tackle the question of ‘Autism and Sense of Self’. With guest speakers Barbara Baldwin and and Dr Lackshme Prasanna, we have a number of people registered from interstate. It promises to be a
stimulating thought provoking seminar.

International Volunteering Program

Warrah’s International Volunteer Program is stepping up this year! From September 2017, we will accept four full time overseas volunteers for 12 months at a time. We have had substantial interest from young adults through the German Freunde de Ersiehungkunst Rudolf Steiner – Friends of Waldorf Education. This is a wonderful service, based in Germany, that facilitates the placement of suitable young adults in volunteer service in Steiner schools, and Curative Education & Social Therapy institutions world-wide.


Warrah Farm Enterprises

Warrah Farm will soon take some brave new steps with Borja Valls joining us as Enterprise Manager from May 1. Borja will oversee the retail end of Warrah Farm, and brings some established business streams with him to add to Warrah Farm’s trading. With our recent DA approved by Hornsby Council for Saturday trading, we expect that the Farm will become a place to visit for families on weekends. Saturday 6 May will see the launch of Saturday trading. See Warrah Farm News for more information.


Georgina Michaelis







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