History

Update from the NIDS regarding bushfires – January 2020

https://www.ndis.gov.au/news/4143-bushfires-information-and-support
 

The National Disability Insurace Scheme

The NDIS can be challenging to navigate. There are a number of resources that you can access. Please see the links below

clickability.com.au/

Clickability 

Clickability is an Australian Disability Service Directory who feature ratings and reviews from the people who actually use the services.

Summer Foundation

The Summer Foundation has great resources to assist people with their NDIS plan.

October 17, 2019

National Carers Week

Acknowledging all the carers

www.carersvictoria.org.au/events/national-carers-week-2019

September 11, 2019

Aged Care Royal Commission

For this week, the Aged Care Royal Commission is in Melbourne focusing on young people. You can view a live stream here:

webstreaming.lawinorder.com.au

SBS has published a piece about why 6000 younger Australians are living in aged care: www.sbs.com.au/news/why-6000-younger-australians-are-living-in-aged-care

March 25, 2019

Consultation begins for 2020 National Disability Strategy

Consultation with the Australian community is now open to shape the future of Australia’s disability policy for 2020 and beyond. Please see the link below:

www.disabilitysupportguide.com.au/talking-disability/consultation-begins-for-2020-national-disability-strategy

January 17, 2019

Aged Care Royal Commission

The Summer Foundation are holding workshops to help people tell their story to the Royal Commission into Aged Care. Please see the link below for more information and dates.

www.summerfoundation.org.au/get-involved/everystorymatters

December 03, 2018

International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability. The theme for 2018 is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Let’s keep working to make sure this happens every day.

August 14, 2018

9th Annual National Disability Summit

The 9th Annual National Disability Summit will take place on the 20th-21st August 2018 at the Novotel Melbourne on Collins, and will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disabilities and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.
Concession Rates are available for people with disabilities, their family and carers.

www.informa.com.au/event/conference/national-disability-summit

March 05, 2018

Frontiers of the changeable brain

Below is a link to an ABC report on the changeable brain

If something goes wrong with the brain we often assume that things can’t change much—especially with extreme conditions. But neuroplasticity, and the almost limitless capacity of the brain to remould itself, is beginning to turn that assumption on its head. A leading brain researcher is exploring therapies to help with stroke and epilepsy—even for locked-in syndrome, and psychopathy.

www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/frontiers-of-the-changeable-brain

October 25, 2017

2017 Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference

Mary Nolan at the Informa 2017 Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference in Melbourne.

IP Members Mary and Chris Nolan at the Informa 2017 Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference in Melbourne.

September 04, 2017

The Annual National Acquired Brain Injury Conference is on the 24th and 25th of October. There is a Concession Rate available for people with a disability, their family and carers

https://www.informa.com.au/event/national-acquired-brain-injury-conference/

August 21, 2017

This week is National Brain Injury Awareness Week which is devoted to Brain Injury in the Military

July 18, 2017

Inquiry into the delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities

Inability Possability’s submission was accepted and can be accessed with the other public submissions from the committee’s website:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/AccessibleCommunities/Submissions

November 09, 2016

IP member, Mary Nolan presenting ‘Living life fully, 20 years post severe ABI’ at the National ABI conference in Sydney #abi16 

November 07, 2016

The Summer Foundation’s Allen Martin Memorial Lecture is on Wednesday November 23. Details on the Summer Foundation website:

November 02, 2016 

IP member Mary Nolan AM and physiotherapist Marg Darcy will present a paper at the upcoming 2016 National ABI Conference in Sydney
‘Systems & Success – Living Life Fully 20 Years Post Severe ABI as Non-Verbal & with Multiple Disabilities’
We wish Mary and Marg all the best for next week.

October 25, 2016 

IP Members Mary and Rak and Chris attended the Summer Foundation annual forum ‘Young People living in Nursing homes and the new NDIS World’. You can watch the forum on the Summer Foundation website:

August 15, 2016 

This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. #braininjuryweek

June 14 and 15, 2016 

Mary Nolan represented Inability Possability at the Younger People with very High & Complex Care Needs Conference in Melbourne.

The conference brought together “state disability services and health representatives, care and accommodation providers, key national bodies and researchers to discuss how to ensure that young people under 65 years of age with very high & complex care needs have greater choice and control in terms of their support and accommodation options” (www.informa.com.au)

There were a range of interesting and engaging presentations and it was great to see such a diverse group of participants

June 02, 2016

Younger People with very High & Complex Care Needs Conference
Concession rate for people with a disability, their family and carers
is available until the 15th of June 2016

May 17, 2016

Representing Inability Possability, member Mary Nolan OAM is attending a workshop by Norman Doidge

March 15, 2016

A great first day of the National Disability Summit in Sydney. Member Nerida Burnham is representing IP at the conference this year.

December 2015

Wishing all our members and supporters a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2016. Thank you for your support.

October 2015

Health 2040

IP, on behalf of the Family and Friends Association wrote a response to the

Victorian State Government Health 2040: A discussion paper on the future of healthcare in Victoria foucsing on the needs of young people with severe ABI and their families and carers.

August 17-23

National ABI Week

This week is National Brain Injury Awareness Week. The national launch is happening in Geelong

http://www.karingal.org.au/events/?event=10445

and Karingal have a number of events for the week 

Brain Injury Awareness Week Film Festival

http://www.karingal.org.au/events/?event=10464

Brain Injury Awareness Week Community Forum and Expo

http://www.karingal.org.au/events/?event=10466

Caring for the Carers Day

http://www.karingal.org.au/events/?event=10459

August 13-14, 2015

3rd National ABI Conference

Inability Possability was proud to be a supporter and attend the 3rd National ABI Conference held in Melbourne. A link to all the presentations can be found at:

http://www.slideshare.net/informaoz

June 26 2015

Senate Enquiry 

The Federal Government Senate Inquiry report into the ‘Adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with a severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia’ is now available from the following link:

 http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Young_people_in_aged_care/Report

You can obtain transcripts of the public hearings from the Senate Inquiry from the following link:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Young_people_in_aged_care/Public_Hearings

March 18 2015

National Disability Summit Melbourne

Congratulations to IP member Mary Nolan AM on her presentation at the National Disability Summit 2015: A Socio-Medical Model in Practice – Integrating Care and Support across the Health and Disability Sectors
‪#‎disability15

February 06 2015

Senate Inquiry

On behalf of our Family and Friends Association, Inability Possability made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into ‘The adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia’.

September 24 2014

Senate Inquiry – Submissions Due

The Federal Government has announced a Senate Inquiry into ‘The adequacy of existing residential care arrangements available for young people with severe physical, mental or intellectual disabilities in Australia’

Submissions are invited by 6 February 2015

Please see the following link for more information: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Young_people_in_aged_care

September 24 2014

National Acquired Brain Injury Conference: 10 – 11 November 2014

Early bird registration for the conference ends this week. Follow the link below:

www.informa.com.au/abi14

#ABI2014

September 03 2014

National Acquired Brain Injury Conference: 10 – 11 November 2014

Inability Possibility is proud to support the 2nd National Acquired Brain Injury Conference in Sydney, from the 10th to 11th of November. More information can be found via the following link: 

www.informa.com.au/conferences/health-care-conference/national-acquired-brain-injury-conference

August 11 2014

ABI Awareness Week 2014

Today is the start of Brain Injury Awareness Week for 2014. 1 in 12 Australians are affected by brain injury. Let’s keep raising awareness and working with, and for, young people with an ABI!

May 29 2014

Better Practice in Aged Care Conference, Melbourne

Great presentation by IP member Mary Nolan at the Better Practice in Aged Care Conference today.

March 17-18 2014

5th Annual National Disability Summit, Melbourne

Well done to IP member Mary Nolan who was part of a panel discussion on: National Disability Insurance Scheme/NDIS Participants with Complex Support Needs – Building an enabling infrastructure and Maximising Health Outcomes.

Chairing the panel was Bob Davis Clinical Director and General Practitioner, Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria. Also on the panel was Nick Rushworth, Executive Officer Brain Injury Australia, Joanne Watson, Speech Pathologist and researcher and Dr Jane Tracy, Director of The Centre for Developmental Disability Health School of Primary Health Care Monash University.

March 03 2014

Victorian Government Inquiry into Social Inclusion and Victorians with a Disability 

IP made a submission to the Victorian Government Inquiry into Social Inclusion and Victorians with a Disability which focused on young people with severe Acquired Brain Injury. You can download a copy of the submission below:

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_VicGov_SocialInclusionInquiry_Feb_2014.pdf

September 26-27 2013

National Acquired Brain Injury Conference – Melbourne

IP Member Mary Nolan presented a paper at the National Acquired Brain Injury Conference in Melbourne. The conference covered many areas of ABI and included a keynote address from Dr. Time Feeney, Executive Driector of Transitional Services for Youth and Families in the USA. Mary was joined by IP members Chris Nolan and Meg Atkins, who attended as delegates. Mary and Chris are pictured here with the chair of the conference Nick Rushworth from Brain Injury Australia.

August 12-18 2013

Brain Injury Awareness Week

Minister Jenny Macklin launched Brain Injury Awareness Week on August 12 in Geelong. There is a national campaign supporting people with acquired brain injury ‘Bang On a Beanie’ – buy and wear a blue beanie in support of Brain Injury Awareness Week.

June 17-18 2013

Young People with Very High and Complex Care Needs National Conference, Melbourne

Inability Possability provided support for member Mary Nolan to attend this conference. Below is her experience:

Since this conference last year, I noticed significant change, notably in the quality of papers and the movement towards Disability Care DC (previously NDIS) in reality – especially in the launch sites. Challenges and opportunities were openly raised.  What struck me is the huge mindset shift at all levels – people with disability, families and organisations – to even imagine what life might be like, to have control and make decisions about how to manage their care and lives. And organisations/providers to enable real choices. Not from a passive recipient perspective, but living life as one is. People with ABI and high needs and their families will need assistance to even imagine, and an education in what is possible with DC. Changing attitudes and culture is hard work! Hopefully the Disability Care Barwon Launch site (in Geelong) will pioneer and share some of their experiences.

I particularly liked two papers on non verbal communication and interpretation strategies – the first I have heard with such depth. Both were presented by speech pathologists doing PhDs – one with people with very severe intellectual disability and the other with people with ABI.

Several tried and new accommodation and support options were described. One from SA with cutting edge technology, but all required the person to be able to call for help or operate a switch. Apart from living at home or in NH with high support, there is still nothing for someone like Chris with high and complex medical needs, who hears and understands but is unable to move, speak or see much. Despite his inabilities, Chris is very connected and engaged and likes to make a difference and does – with good support.

Mary Nolan AM

June 11, 2013

Twitter and Facebook

Inability Possability is now on Twitter and Facebook; please follow or ‘like’ us if you can!

March, 2013

National Disability Insurance Scheme – Rules Consultation Paper

Inability Possability has provided a response to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Rules Consultation Paper and also a response to the revised rules.

You can download a copy of the responses below:

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_NDIS_Rules Consutlation Paper_March_2013.pdf 

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_NDIS_Rules_Response_March23_2013.pdf

14 March, 2013

4th Annual National Disability Summit

Inability Possability provided funds for a member to attend the 4th Annual National Disability Summit, representing the family and friends of young people with a severe acquired brain injury.

January, 2013

Senate Enquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill, 2012

Inability Possability has provided a response to the Senate Enquiry into the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

You can download a copy of the response below: 

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_NDIS Bil_Jan_2013.pdf 

12 August, 2012

Victoria to take part in National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Victorian State Government released a statement today regarding Victoria’s participation in the National Disability Insurance scheme

‘People with significant and profound disabilities in the Barwon region of Victoria are set to benefit from a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) from the middle of next year, after the Australian and Victorian Governments today reached an agreement on arrangements for the Barwon launch site.

The trial in Barwon Region will commence 1 July 2013 and over the course of the trial about 5,000 people with significant and profound disabilities, their families and carers in the Barwon region will have their needs assessed and will start to receive individual care and support packages under an NDIS model.

Under an NDIS people with disability in the Barwon region will:

  • be assessed to receive NDIS individualised care and support packages;
  • have decision-making power about their care and support, including choice of service provider;
  • be assisted by local coordinators to help manage and deliver their support; and
  • access a system they can easily navigate and that will link them to mainstream and community services.The Australian and Victorian Governments will work together to provide people with disability, their families and carers with the care and support they need, when they need it.

This work will include developing a consistent approach to assessing people’s needs; and working with service providers to build the capacity of the disability care workforce in the Barwon region.’

July, 2012

Release of the Draft Victorian State Disability Plan.

The Victorian State Government released a draft Victorian state disability plan for 2013-2016. You can download a copy of the report below, and Inability Possability’s response to this draft report.

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http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_VicStateDisabilityPlan_Submission_July_2012.pdf

May, 2012

Inability Possability has changed our postal address to PO Box 411, Carlton North, VIC, 3054

12 August, 2011

 Release of the Productivity Commission’s report into Disability Care and Support. 

The Federal Government announced that it will start work immediately, allocating 10 million dollars, with states and territories on measures that will build the foundations for a National Disability Insurance Scheme, following the release of the Productivity Commission’s final report into the matter. You can download a copy of the report below.

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/disability-support-plain english.pdf

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support/report

12 May, 2011

Presentation of Australia Day Honours and Awards

Mary Nolan, founding member of Inability Possability and the Family and Friends Association was among the 97 Victorian award recipients gathered at Government House for the annual ceremony.

Mrs Nolan was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to people with acquired brain injuries and also for her work as an advocate for age-appropriate accommodation.  “I was really moved and completely and utterly surprised when I found out,” she said. “It’s recognition of a lot of people though, not just myself. The attention this raises for people with brain injuries is really important.”

 06 April, 2011

Inability Possability presented at the Productivity Commission Disability Care and Support Public Hearings

Mary Nolan and Megan Atkins presented to the Commissioners on behalf on Inability Possability and the Family and Friends Association.

A transcript of the public hearings can be accessed below:

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/20110406-melbourne_IP.pdf

21 March, 2011

 The National Disability Strategy – launched by Senator Jan McLucas.

‘The National Disability Strategy sets out a ten year national plan for improving life for Australians with disability, their families and carers. It represents a commitment by all levels of government, industry and the community to a unified, national approach to policy and program development.  This new approach will assist in addressing the challenges faced by people with disability, both now and into the future.The Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Governments have developed the Strategy in partnership under the auspices of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).’

A full overview of the National Disability Strategy can be access from the FAHSCIA website

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/govtint/nds_2010_2020/Pages/default.aspx

Inability Possability made a submission on behalf of the Family and Friends Association which lead to the report  SHUT OUT: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia. You can find a link this report below.

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/pubs/policy/community_consult/Pages/default.aspx

Please click on this link to access the submission prepared by Inability Possability

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_NDS_Sub_Dec_2008.pdf

28 February, 2011

Productivity Commission inquiry into a National Disability Long-term Care and Support Scheme – Draft Report

A draft report in response to submission was released on February 28, 2011. The link to this report is:

http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support/draft

Inability Possability will be presenting evidence at the public hearings in Melbourne on Tuesday April 5, 2011. A copy of the submission is available below:

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/sub0514_2010.pdf

January 26, 2011

Australia Day Honours

Inability Possability Member Mary Nolan was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Services to people with acquired brain injury particularly as an advocate for age appropriate accommodation. We would like to congratulate Mary on her award.

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/01/27/3123295.htm
http://www.gg.gov.au/res/file/2011/honours/ad11/Media%20Notes%20AM%20(M-Z)%20(final)%202.pdf

December 21, 2010 

References inquiry into the Funding and Operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement 

The Senate Community Affairs Committee today received a Government Response to its former References inquiry into the Funding and Operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement. 

The Government Response is available via the following link:

 http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/pubs/general/cstda_agreement/Documents/cstda_agre ement.pdf

November, 2010 

National Disability Long-term Care and Support Scheme

http://www.ndis.org.au/

Australia’s approach to disability services is crisis-driven and welfare-based. A National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) would change this. The Scheme would provide funding for essential care, support, therapy, aids, equipment, home modifications and access to the community, education and training.

Productivity Commission inquiry into a National Disability Long-term Care and Support Scheme

http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/govtint/Pages/tor.aspx

Terms of Reference 

The Australian Government is committed to developing a National Disability Strategy to enhance the quality of life and increase economic and social participation for people with disability and their carers.

The Commonwealth, along with the States and Territories, has a major investment in disability specific support.  However, there remains a significant level of unmet demand for disability services which impacts upon the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.  Demographic change and the anticipated decline in the availability of informal care are expected to place further pressure on the existing system over the coming decades.

While Australia’s social security and universal health care systems provide an entitlement to services based on need, there is currently no equivalent entitlement to disability care and support services.

The Government is committed to finding the best solutions to improve care and support services for people with disability.  An exploration of alternative approaches to funding and delivering disability services with a focus on early intervention and long-term care will be an important contribution to the National Disability Strategy.’

Statement of Purpose

The purposes of INABILITY POSSABILITY Inc. are to work together with young Australians with acquired brain injury who require nursing home levels of care to

1) increase awareness of the core people’s needs;

2) create and facilitate opportunities for the core people to participate as interdependent members of society. Opportunities may be so created to secure appropriate accommodation and environment, to enhance their social, creative and recreational functions, interactions and possibilities;

3) respect the dignity, uniqueness and choice of the individuals with whom the organisation works;

4) offer a supportive environment to the core people’s families, friends and carers to enhance their ability to identify and meet the needs of the core people;

5) work collaboratively with other appropriate bodies and organisations in achieving the above; and

6) seek funding to support the programs to meet the above purposes.

Family and Friends Association

INABILITY POSSABILITY Inc. has provided support for the formation and operation of a Family and Friends Association since March 2002. The Family and Friends Association is for families, friends and carers of young people with an ABI with high and complex needs. This includes young people who not only live in a nursing home, but who are cared for at home or who are awaiting placement in an acute care facility.  The Association has contact with over 20 young people living with an ABI. Please use our contact form or telephone 0409 171 089 if you would like to receive updates or attend the gatherings.

INABILITY POSSABILITY INC. CHRONOLOGY OF ACTIVITIES & ACHIEVEMENTS
Working interdependently with Young People with ABI requiring high levels of care
February, 2001
Jenny Scott, Chris Nolan’s dance and movement therapist, asked Chris, who acquired a brain injury in 1996, if he would like to take part in the 2001 Federation Day Parade. Chris gave a long blink for “Yes” and a group formed which made a successful application to Arts Access to participate in as one of six Disability groups in the Parade. That group:  Chris, Jenny, Eileen McCormack, Megan Atkins, Keith Storace, Bernard Ryan and Mary Nolan met several times to plan how to represent Young People with Acquired Brain Injury living in Nursing Homes. They defined their central message as INABILITY POSSABILITY.  They set out to design and build a float with the grant of $1000 provided by Arts Access Victoria. The float was designed to convey the message that we can do better for young people with ABI, who are isolated and out of sight in aged care facilities.
6 May, 2001
Before a crowd of 300,000 people, Chris, Wayne and Colleen, young people with an ABI, in wheelchairs led their float in the Melbourne Federation Day Parade.  The core team, calling themselves Inability Possability, was assisted on the day by family and friends and in all they numbered 23 people for the parade.
June, 2001 
The group, moved by the isolation of young people in nursing homes, and inspired by the support for their cause that they encountered through the float building experience, continued to meet and take on other projects to help young people with ABI requiring nursing home levels of care have ‘voice’ and a better life. Inability Possability started fund raising with the dream of a tandem recliner bike for YPINH with ABI.
10 August, 2001
A ‘Jazz Concert’ was the first fund raising event and raised $300.
September, 2001
Inability Possability became incorporated after deciding that they would have more success fund raising and applying for grants if they were an incorporated entity. A Constitution was prepared and they defined their Statement of Purposes.    
September, 2001
A Consortium for YPINH (including those with ABI) began.  The Consortium comprises people concerned about young people in nursing homes, including representatives from: MS Society, Melbourne City Mission, and family members and friends. Mary Nolan, a member of Inability Possability, is a founding member of that Consortium.  The Consortium ran a very successful pre election campaign including a strong email campaign. Labor, Democrats and Greens included YPINH in policy. Labor and Democrats launched their Disability policy in Melbourne.  (Links were also established with other states and the Head Injury Council of Australia). Inability Possability supported the Consortium.
October, 2001
Federal Election – Flushed with their success, the Consortium began planning a National Summit about the issue of YPINH, scheduled for May 2002. Inability Possability supported the Consortium, in designing the logo and letterhead for the Consortium. The latter part of 2001 was dotted with occasional opportunities to give profile to the cause of ABI and Young People in Nursing Homes (YPINH), including a segment aired on the ABC 7:30 Report.
10 October, 2001
Mary Nolan and Eileen McCormack presented a paper at the VCOSS Conference about YPINH with ABI. 
December, 2001
Chris Nolan’s story was featured in Thompsons Real Estate Magazine in November. In December 2001. It was chosen as one of the best stories for 2001 and Thompsons made a donation of $500 to further the work of Inability Possability.
19 December, 2001
Inability Possability had discussed the isolation of YP with ABI and families and carers of young people in nursing homes and agreed to support Mary Nolan in giving opportunity for such a group to meet. Mary Nolan forwarded a letter of invitation to relevant bodies working with young people with ABI in nursing homes. The letter identified the isolation of young people living in nursing homes (and their families and friends) and invited them to a meeting on 20 January 2002 to share their experiences, develop a communication network and to be a stronger voice to bring about change where it was needed.
20 January, 2002
25 people attended the first meeting for Young People with Acquired Brain Injury Requiring Nursing Home Levels of Care and their Family and Friends meeting, There were a further 41 apologies from invitees who could not make it on the day. Stories were shared. Hopes were recorded. The meeting ultimately resolved to remain in contact and form ‘The Association’.
Jan to October, 2002
Inability Possability assisted with the hosting of the meetings of the Association throughout 2002, preparing the agendas, recording and sending out the minutes, and keeping them informed of events surrounding the issue of YPINH with ABI.
March, 2002
Following a one-page article appearing in The Age about Young People in Nursing homes, several people associated with Inability Possability and The Association wrote letters to the Editor, and fives of the letters were published.
April/Ma,y 2002  
Inability Possability and The Association members assisted in a campaign to increase awareness in politicians and the community about the YPINH issue in readiness for both the National Summit on YPINH and the forthcoming negotiation of the Commonwealth, State and Territories Disability Funding Agreement. Some members of the Association provided case studies to the print, radio and television media.  Print: The Age (Gary Tippet) 5/3/02; The Australian (Richard Yallop) 22/4/02; Melbourne Times (Alison Dean) 24/4/02;  Radio: Community Radio 3 CR 10/4/02, 16/4/02 23/4/02; ABC Radio Gippsland Morning Show 5 minutes 2/5/02; Life Matters Radio National (Geraldine Doogue) 9 Minutes 1/5/02;  Television: 7.30 Report ABCTV (Natasha Johnson) 7 Minutes 1/5/02.
2 May, 2002
‘National Summit on Young People in Nursing Homes’ organized by the Consortium for YPINH Members of Inability Possability assisted with the organisation and operation of a very successful Summit at the Hotel Sofitel, Melbourne.  180 participants attended from every state and territory in Australia. Mary Nolan was a keynote speaker presenting ‘The Human Experience’. There was agreement on a Call for Action, which included the formation of a National Advocacy Alliance. ‘still the doors are open – writings of life’ a book of stories from and of young people with ABI, families and friends was published by Inability Possability and launched at the Summit. Copies were given to all 180 participants at the Summit.  Many of the contributions for the publication came from members of The Association and Inability Possability. This book, designed and produced by member Megan Atkins and funded by an anonymous donation, is a very useful tool in giving voice to the experience of Young People with ABI in Nursing Homes, their families and friends, and educating those unaware of the issue.
25 May, 2002
Inability Possability conducted a trash and treasure stall at Camberwell market and raised a further $650 toward their plan to purchase an appropriate bike to give young ABI sufferers who would normally be confined to wheel chairs, theopportunity to have some broader life experiences.
26 May, 2002
Several members of Inability Possability attended the inaugural meeting to give support to the formation of the National Advocacy Alliance for YPINH in Melbourne.
July, 2002
Two IP members had letters published in The Age Good Weekend, and were contacted by friends of YP with ABI from NSW. Cath Dwyer from Triple J Radio recorded for a program on Young People in Nursing Homes, with Chris Nolan, his frineds and 3 members in Inability Possability taking part. The 16 minute program went to air on the Triple J Morning Show on 24/07/02 and was re-played on Radio National ‘Life Matters’ on 25/07/02.
August/September, 2002
Inability Possability, assisted by Carolyn Atkins, worked to define goals and a formulated strategic plan. They also designed a promotional and information ‘flyer’ for the group.
September, 2002
Brain Injury Awareness Day Prahran – ten years on from the MICCHI Report, a landmark study into ABI, the original MICCHI panel was present to look at progress 1991 – 2002. Three IP members attended.
December, 2003
Inability Possability member, Kieth Storace, completed his Honours thesis, ‘Quality of Life of YP with ABI living in Nursing Homes: Contribustion of Social Support and Psychological Wellbeing’. This research compares the quality of life of young people with ABI living in nursing homes with young people with ABI living in other situations.
Twenty peple from Inabilty Possability and the Family and Friends Association attended a meeting wth Dr Chris Fyffe, a member of the Grimwood group, which also includes Kris Honey and Jeff McCubbery. THe group was commissioned by Disability Services DHS to report on YP with ABI in NH (as promised by the State Goverment Acquired Brain Injury Strategic Plan of 2000).
The Family and Friends Association is now incontact with 27 young people with ABI requiring high levels of care across urban and rural Victoria. Most of these young people and their families and friends experienced isolation before the formation of the association.
December, 2002
Mary Nolan, a member of Inability Possablity, received a commendation in the Community SEction of the Human Rights Awards for her work in the area of young people with an ABI.
March, 2003
A Camberwell Market stall organised by Eileen McCormack and Jacinta Coulston raised over $700.00.
Family and Friends association meeting in North Fitzroy.
May, 2003
Inability Possability were successful in a submission to the Art of Difference Festival at Gasworks Arts Park. They commissioned an artist to work with a YPINH with an ABI to produce an artowrk in response to the young person and their experiences. This was the first time a project of this nature had been undertaken.
Recumbent Bike Project: members of Inability Possability met with Heather and Ian Safstrom to test a recumbent bike.
June, 2003
The Family and Friends Association met with Chris Fyfe to hear a summary of the outcomes of the report into young people with ABI living in nursing homes.
Inability Possability were successful in obtaining a funding grant from the RE Ross Trust to purchase a computer for the organisation and develop a website.
Inability Possability participated in the co-ordination of the National Conference on Young People in Nursing Homes held at the Hyatt in Melbourne. Three members of IP presented a paper at the conference on the work of INability Possability under the theme of Momentum: Advocacy and Moving Forward.
August, 2003
Inability Possability purchased a computer and printer with a grant from the RE Ross Trust.
Inability Possability met with Dominion Private Clients to discuss how the company and Inability Possablity can work together.
September, 2003
Inability Possability facilitated a meeting of the Family and Friends Association, with Heather Lawson from HDG Consulting who is preparing a report to review the Slow to Recover Program, a program which many young people with an ABI are funded by.
Clayton Utz Solicitors prepared Copyright Documents and an Insurance REview for Inability Possability pro bono. Our thanks go to Clayton Utz for their support.
Inability Possability received a grant from the Lord Mayors Fund to produce display panels to be used at conferences and fundraising events.
October, 2003
An Inability Possability member has a letter published in the Age Good Weekend magazine on the barriers faced by young people with ABI living as interdependent members of the community.
Inability Possablity receives a grant from the Good Shepherd Sisters and an anonymous donation to assist in publishing a second editioin of ‘still the doors are open – writings of life’.
November, 2003
Inability Possability writes to all City of Yarra councilors in preparation for their Aged Care Crisis Forum.
Inability Possability received a donation of T-Shirts and Vests from DM Promotions.
December, 2003
Members of Inability Possability ran a raffle at the Meredith Music Festival to raise funds for the Bike Project.
Inability Possability launched their website at www.inabilitypossability.org.au
January, 2004
Inability Possability assisted the YPINH Consortium with the design of a brochure, postcard and logo for the Labour Party Conference in Sydney
February, 2004
Inability Possability submitted an eight page response on behalf of the Young People with ABI Family and Friends Association to the Acquired Brain Injury Slow to Recover Review. This review was commissioned by the State Government. The report was prepared with feedback from members of the Family and Friends Association from a meeting held in early February, attended by Merilee Cox from Headway Victoria. Copies of the response are available.
March, 2004
Inability Possability members had a stall at the Camberwell Market to raise funds for the Bike Project.
Inability Possability members called into the Radio National Program ‘Australia Talks Back’ to discuss the social impact of young people with ABlliving in nursing homes.
April, 2004
Inability Possability designed and produced display panels with through a donation from the Lord Mayors Fund and Taylor Made Signs.
Inability Possability produced and launched the second edition of the book ‘still the doors are open – writings of life’ and a brochure on the organisation. The evening was a great success both in attendance and distribution of the book. It is an effective means to allow people’s stories to be told and keep awareness of the issue of young people living in nursing homes at the fore. This booklet is a compilation of writings from a diverse range of people. All have been profoundly affected by ABI, either personally or as a family member, friend or professional. Thank you to all those who contributed.
May, 2004
Dominion Private Clients take on IP as pro bono clients
July, 2004
Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Aged Care. Young people living in Aged Care Facilities were included in the Terms of Reference in the recent Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into aged Care. 196 submissions were received from all around Australia. To view a complete list of submissions, please visit the website: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/aged_care04/submissions/sublist.html
September, 2004
In September film maker Rob McCafferty and his brother Beau and cousin Sean Kelly along with amateur actors Chris Nolan, Marcus Downey, Matt High and Gregor Peele made a short film to help raise awareness of the issue of young people with an ABI who live in nursing homes. In our lobbying of politicians, bureaucrats and service providers we will include this DVD along with our letters or submissions. It is approximately 2 minutes and has a strong impact.
IP launch the DVD “Dirty Old Town’. This film was produced and funded by IP with Rob and Bequ McCafferty and Sean Kelly from Redlands Media. The film is to promote this issue of young people with ABI living in nursing homes.
October, 2004
Inability Possability further developed their website adding additional information and links.
November, 2004
Inability Possability is supporting a group of people working on suitable accommodation options for a young person with ABl living in a nursing home.
December, 2004
As some of you will be aware Chris Nolan was one of the founding members of the Meredith Music Festival. 2004 saw another successful MMF and with the support of the organizers Matt High and Gregor Peele and the Nolan family, Inability Possability used the festival magazine as a place for the issue of young people with ABI message to be put out there amongst other young people. Inability Possability also use the festival to raise funds by running a raffle and in doing this we get to talk to young people and tell of Chris’ story and others like him who lives the reality of life in a nursing home. We were amazed at the empathy and sense of injustice this issue arouses in the young people we talk to as we sold the tickets and gave out information pamphlets.
May 07, 2006
Family and Friends Association meeting in North Fitzroy
August, 2006
Inability Possability made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Funding and Operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement. IP was invited to give evidence to the enquiry.
October 29, 2006
Family and Friends Association meeting in North Fitzroy
June, 2007
Family and Friends Association meeting in North Fitzroy
October 14, 2007
Family and Friends Association meeting in North Fitzroy
February, 2008
Inabiltiy Possability held a fundraiser at the Westgarth Cinema showing the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about ‘locked in’ syndrome.  Over 100 people attended the event.
August, 2008
Inability Possabilty fund a research document into ‘Eight years of nutrition intervention for a young person with an acquired brain injury’ carried out by Food Physics.
October, 2008
Inability Possability made a submission to the Victorian Government Family and Community Development Committee Inquiry on the Provision of Support Accommodation for Victorians with a Disability or Mental Illness to represent the views and needs of young people with severe ABI.
December 2008
Inability Possability made a submission to the Federal, State and Territory Government National Disability Strategy to represent the views and needs of young people with severe ABI.
December, 2008
IP designed and funded the printing of a report ‘ABI – A socio-medical model of care’ written by the ‘What Does Chris Want’ Group. The report is a socio-medical model for the care of young people with severe acquired brain injury, and is the first of its kind.
February, 2009
IP became a partner organization in the Building Better Lives Initiative with the Summer Foundation
March, 2009
IP funded of the second print run of the WDCW report ‘ABI – A socio-medical model of care’.
May, 2009
Reproduction of IP poems in the September 09 issue of Synapse magazine published by the Brain injury Association of Queensland.
June 28, 2009
Family and Friends Association meeting Brunswick
October 18, 2009
Family and Friends Association meeting Brunswick
October, 2009
IP members speak at Young People in Nursing Homes Family Forums organised by the Summer Foundation.

July 2004

Senate Community Affairs References Committee Inquiry into Aged Care. Young people living in Aged Care Facilities were included in the Terms of Reference in the recent Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into aged Care. 196 submissions were received from all around Australia. To view a complete list of submissions, please visit the website:

http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/clac_ctte/aged_care04/submissions/sublist.html

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/Sub126_InabilityPossability.pdf

September 2004

In September film maker Rob McCafferty and his brother Beau and cousin Sean Kelly along with amateur actors Chris Nolan, Marcus Downey, Matt High and Gregor Peele made a short film to help raise awareness of the issue of young people with an ABI who live in nursing homes. In our lobbying of politicians, bureaucrats and service providers we will include this DVD along with our letters or submissions. It is approximately 2 minutes and has a strong impact.

IP launch the DVD “Dirty Old Town’. This film was produced and funded by IP with Rob and Bequ McCafferty and Sean Kelly from Redlands Media. The film is to promote this issue of young people with ABI living in nursing homes.

August 2006

Inability Possability made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Funding and Operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement. IP was invited to give evidence to the enquiry.

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_Sub75_CSTDA_2006.pdf

February 2008

Inability Possability held a fundraiser at the Westgarth Cinema showing the movie The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, about ‘locked in’ syndrome.  Over 100 people attended the event.

August 2008

Inability Possabilty fund a research document into ‘Eight years of nutrition intervention for a young person with an acquired brain injury’ carried out by Food Physics.

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/Voevodin_Haala_ABI_Nutrition2007.pdf

October 2008

Inability Possability made a submission to the Victorian Government Family and Community Development Committee Inquiry on the Provision of Support Accommodation for Victorians with a Disability or Mental Illness to represent the views and needs of young people with severe ABI.

December 2008

Inability Possability made a submission to the Federal, State and Territory Government National Disability Strategy to represent the views and needs of young people with severe ABI.

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/IP_NDS_Sub_Dec2008.doc

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/NDS_report.pdf

August 2006

Inability Possability made a submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee inquiry into the Funding and Operation of the Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement to represent the views and needs of young people with severe ABI.

http://www.inabilitypossability.com/InabilityPossability_Sub75.pdf
18 OCTOBER, 2009

YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SEVERE ABI FAMILY AND FRIENDS ASSOCIATION

You are invited to join in a conversation on Sunday October 18 2009
To be held at the St Ambrose’s parish meeting room 287 Sydney Road, Brunswick
(opposite ALDI) from 2.00 – 5.00pm.
(Directions: just north of Glenlyon Rd and half way to Albert Street. Transport: Sydney Road Tram #19 or 350 metres from Brunswick Railway Station on the Upfield line.)
Most of us find meeting others and sharing ideas to be helpful. The conversation will include:
– Discussion on the recently published ‘Acquired Brain Injury (ABI): A socio-medical model for the care of young people with severe acquired brain injury’. Written and published by the ‘What Does Chris Want Group’ and funded by Inability Possability,
The socio-medical model of partnership has been developed from eleven years’ experience of caring for Chris Nolan, and eight other young people with ABI (acquired brain injury), accommodated in a residential aged care facility…A socio-medical model of partnership is a synthesis of both the medical and the social response to disability. The medical model view disability as a problem of the person, to be treated individually by appropriate professionals and other carers. The social model views the response as more complex, involving broad social action aimed at the person’s full participation in society. (extract from the Executive Summary)
– An update on the DHS new purpose-built service being developed in Alphington to provide support to 10 people who have very high and complex care needs.
– News of the Department of Human Services, Brain Link, Inability Possability, Summer    Foundation Building Better Lives
– Updates from the Victorian YPINH (Young people in nursing homes) Consortium
– An opportunity to speak with other members of the Family and Friends Association
Please let us know in advance of any issues that you would like added to the agenda.
Please circulate this invitation to anyone who may be interested. If you are unable to attend, we will send out minutes of the meeting.
Tea, coffee and afternoon tea will be provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and there is usually parking on the street and in the church yard. The afternoon will be facilitated by Inability Possability.
Please RSVP by Friday October 9th by email: secretary@inabilitypossability.org.au,
Telephone: Meg on 0409 171 089, or by post: PO Box 298 North Carlton 3054.
05 AUGUST, 2009
News
Below a media release announcing the release of the National People with Disabilities and Carers Council’s report examining the barriers faced by people with disability. Inability Possability made a submission on behalf of young people with severe ABI. Copies are available via the website mentioned or a hard copy can be obtained by contacting the department.
Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services
Media ReShut Out: The experience of people with disabilities and their families in Australia

05/08/2009
Joint Media Release  with  The Hon Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Families Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

The Australian Government today welcomed the release of the National People with Disabilities and Carer Council’s report examining the barriers faced by people with disability. 

Shut Out: The Experience of People with Disabilities and their Families in Australia is the culmination of thousands of views expressed through submissions, forums and focus groups across Australia, and was commissioned by the Australian Government to inform the National Disability Strategy. 

The Minister for Families and Community Services Jenny Macklin said the report will open people’s eyes to what life is like when you are ‘shut out’ from the opportunities most people enjoy and expect in their lives. 

“The report provides a real and human experience of the barriers people with disability encounter every day of their lives, ” Ms Macklin said.

“For many years, people with disability have found themselves shut out of buildings, homes, schools, businesses, sports and community groups. Today their voices will be heard.

“The Government is determined to turn around the years of neglect to make sure people with disability have the opportunity to be involved in their communities, where possible have a job and a life that is meaningful and worthwhile.” 

The Australian Government is providing more than $5 billion to the states and territories over the next five years through the National Disability Agreement to provide specialist disability services, including respite, supported accommodation and early intervention. 

The Disability Support Pension will be increased for around 720,000 Australians. Carers on the Carer Payment will also receive the increases, as well as an annual carer supplement to give carers certainty and security. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Disability Bill Shorten said that more than 2,500 people attended the public consultations and over 750 submissions were received. 

“The incredible input from the public highlights how far-reaching the impacts of disability are,” Mr Shorten said.

“The report details the key barriers and issues facing people with disability and highlights solutions and best practice examples to increase participation.

“A strong theme from the report is the desire for people with disability to have the same opportunities as everyone else and to lead a productive life.”

To find out more information on the report or to obtain a copy, please visit
http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/disability/progserv/govtint/Pages/nds.aspx
 
28 JUNE, 2009
Inability Possability will be facilitating an afternoon gathering for the Family and Friends Association Members
You are invited to join in a conversation on Sunday 28th of June, to be held at the St Ambrose’s parish meeting room 287 Sydney Road, Brunswick (just opposite ALDI) from 2.00 – 4.00pm.
(Directions: just north of Glenlyon Rd and half way to Albert Street.  Transport: Sydney Road Tram #19 or only 350 metres from Brunswick Railway Station on the Upfield line.)
Most of us find meeting others and sharing ideas to be helpful. As well as any topics you put forward, the conversation will include:
– News of the Department of Human Services, Brain Link, Inability Possability, Summer Foundation,  Building Better Lives
–  Updates from the Victorian YPINH (Young people in nursing homes) Consortium
–  An update on the DHS new purpose-built service being developed in Alphington to provide support to 10 people who have very high and complex care needs.
–   An opportunity to speak with other members of the Family and Friends Association
 Please circulate this invitation to anyone who may be interested. If you are unable to attend, we will send out a report of the meeting.
 Tea, coffee and afternoon tea will be provided. The venue is wheelchair accessible, and there is usually parking on the street and in the church yard.
 The afternoon will be facilitated by Inability Possability.
 Please RSVP by Friday June 24th by email:  secretary@inabilitypossability.org.au,
telephone: Janine on  (m) 0438 318 461 or by post:  PO Box 298 North Carlton 3054.
MAY 28, 2008
The Summer Foundation is running a forum which may be of interest to young people with severe ABI, their families and carers on the 28th and 29th of May. The Forum is titled ‘Transition Planning Forum – People with ABI and Complex Care Needs: Transition to Community Settings’. Please contact the Summer foundation to register or for more information, T: 03 8812 2551or email admin@summerfoundation.org.au
 
FEBRUARY 28, 2008
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Inability Possability Inc Fundraiser
You are invited to a screening of the film ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ 7.00pm Thursday February 28 
PALACE WESTGARTH, 89 High Street, Northcote (wheelchair accessable)
Tickets $20.00 payable on the night (all proceeds to Inabilitly Possability Inc.)
Tickets can be collected from Inability Possability members on the night.
Please RSVP by Tuesday February 19 as minimum numbers are required.
Email: secretary@inabilitypossability.org.au or Tel: 0409 171 089
Winner of two Golden Globe Awards (Best foreign language film and Best director – motion picture) and four Oscar Nominations
A remarkable true story of one man’s struggle with a stroke that’s left him totally paralysed. In 1995 at the age of 43, Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a stroke that paralysed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his mind. 
Starring: Emmanuelle Seigner and Directed by: Julian Schnabel
 
FEBRUARY 27, 2007
MEDIA RELEASE
From the Minsiter of Community Services, State Government of Victoria

Tuesday, 27 February 2007
VICTORIA’S FIRST HOME TO HELP YOUNGER PEOPLE MOVE OUT OF AGED CARE

Victoria’s first specialist home for young people with a disability will be built in Alphington, Community
Services Minister Gavin Jennings announced today.
 Mr Jennings said the Bracks Government was investing $2.2 million a year to run the 10-bed unit to give
younger people with a disability an alternative to living in residential aged care.
 “Until now, many younger people requiring intensive, long term support have had no choice but to live in
nursing homes,” Mr Jennings said.
 “In many instances, aged care accommodation is inappropriate for a younger person who should be mixing with people their own age.
 “This innovative, purpose-built facility will provide 10 people, possibly with acquired brain injury or neurological conditions, a new home specifically designed for their needs.”
 “For the first time it brings together the support needs of people with a disability with an equally important focus on individual rehabilitation and health care.” 
 Mr Jennings announced today that the Villa Maria Society have contributed the land for the facility and will run the new facility to be built on the Austin Street, Alphington site.
 “An architect will now work with the future residents to design a home that suits their needs and is in keeping with the local neighbourhood,” he said.
 “The new home will be designed to meet the high care needs of young people with a disability such as potential resident, 38 year old Christopher Nolan, who experienced an acquired brain injury 10 years ago.”
 Mr Jennings said the Alphington home was being delivered as part of a $60.2 million my future, my choice partnership between the Victorian and Federal Governments.
 “This will benefit more than 200 Victorians by providing more accommodation and support options so people with disabilities can choose what works for them,” he said.
“We are also considering two more similar services in other parts of Melbourne.”

The Alphington home which is close to shops, public transport, recreational facilities and other community services is expected to open in 2008.

DECEMBER, 2006
The Labor government  has released its pre election policy ‘Addressing Disadvantage’ http://www.vic.alp.org.au/alp/pdf/policies/Addressing_Disadvantage_Investing%20_in_a_Fairer_Victoria.pdf
 In this policy, it announced  “Labor will provide an additional $12.3 million to support young people with Acquired Brain Injury”.
3. Labor will provide an additional $12.3 million to support young people with Acquired Brain Injury. Labor recognises that people with an Acquired Brain Injury often require long-term specialist services, including rehabilitation, not available elsewhere in the disability system. Labor will invest in additional services to build on the services already provided under the Bracks Labor Government. This will include expanding our Slow to Recover program to reduce waiting lists, and  increasing assessments,  case management and support for around 300 Victorians with Acquired Brain Injury with each year.
This includes additional funding for the Slow to Recover Program (STR) which assists young people with catastrophic brain injury. These services are for rehabilitation and long term support and have been in operation since 1996. About 30- 40% of YPINH under 50 have ABI – not all have STR funding.
Currently the $5.5 m ABI:STR program supports about 150 young people and about another 56 are on the waiting list. There is tremendous pressure on the program which in unique in Australia and has demonstrated to be a very beneficial program. So this increase is much needed.
 This is a long awaited and significant announcement and offers hope for young people who can’t speak for themselves and for their families.
 We encourage you to write this week to the Premier, Steve Bracks, steve.bracks@parliament.vic.gov.au and  to your local Labor member www.vic.alp.org.au to applaud this initiative, particularly in respect to the Slow to Recover Program.
 We also recommend you contact Ted Baillieu ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au and your local Liberal candidate www.vic.liberal.org.au and ask what Liberals will do