Complex Needs Resources

Useful Services, Contacts and links


Acquired Brain InjuryCriminal Justice Contact - Disability Services -

Intellectual Disablity - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Further Resources - Training


Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury Services NSW Inc.
Acquired Brain Injury Services is a not for profit specialist service for people with an ABI.  Their aim is to enhance clients' lifestyle by maintaining and promoting independence and providing opportunities for socialisation and community integration with appropriate and quality service provision.

Website: www.abis.org.au
Phone: 02 9649 7299
Email: dstafford@wcl.org.au

Alcohol Related Brain Injury Australian Services (arbias)
Arbias is a case management and specialist assessment and intervention service targeted at people living with an ABI in NSW aged 16 to 65.  Arbias also provides a range of training options and resources for working with clients with an ABI.

Website:  www.arbias.org.au
Phone: 02 9708 0027


Brain Injury Association NSW (BIANSW)
BIANSW is a statewide organisation in NSW dedicated to serving all persons affected by ABI including those with acquired brain injuries, family members, friends, professionals, and the broader community.

The website includes a range of useful links and resources, including factsheets in community languages and links to services in your region.

BIANSW also provide tailored training for drug and alcohol services. Visit the NADA training directory for more information.

Website: www.biansw.org.au
Phone:   (02) 9868 5261 or Freecall: 1800 802 840
Email:   mail@biansw.org.au

Brain Injury Association Tasmania
The Brain Injury Association of Tasmania is a non-government, state-wide, not for profit organisation which is the peak body for people with or affected by brain injury in Tasmania.
A range of resources are available online at www.biat.org.au

Brain Injury Australia
Brain Injury Australia is the peak ABI advocacy body representing, through its state and territory member organisations, the needs of people with an acquired brain injury, their families and carers.   It works at a national level to ensure that all people living with acquired brain injury have access to the supports and resources they need to optimise their social and economic participation in the community.

A range of useful links and resources including factsheets can be accessed via the website www.braininjuryaustralia.org.au


Diverge (Victoria)
Diverge is a not for profit organisation working with Acquired Brain Injury and behaviour management.   The Diverge website includes links to current research and client case studies visit: www.diverge.org.au


Synapse - Brain Injury Association of Qld
Synapse (formerly The Brain Injury Association of Queensland Inc.) is the peak disability organisation providing specialist services to Queenslanders living with Acquired Brain Injury or behaviours that challenge our understanding.

A range of useful publications, factsheets and posters are available via the website www.synapse.org.au


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Criminal Justice Contact / Criminal Justice Clients


Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN)
The CJSN is a service of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service Inc. (IDRS) that provides volunteer support workers for people with an intellectual disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system.  The CJSN also provides education and training to staff in the criminal justice system including police and court workers, lawyers and service agency workers, carers and people with an intellectual disability.

Website: www.idrs.org.au
Phone: (02) 9318 0144
Email:  cjsn@idrs.org.au

Community Restorative Centre (CRC) NSW
CRC is a NSW community organisation dedicated to supporting people affected by the criminal justice system, particularly prisoners, ex-prisoners, and their families and friends.  Staff offer personal and practical assistance such as counselling, accommodation, a subsidised transport service, a court support service, outreach to prisons, and information, advice and referrals.

Website: www.crcnsw.org.au
Phone: (02) 9288 8700 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Email:  info@crcnsw.org.au

NO BARS: Supporting drug and alcohol service to work with criminal justice clients
This web resource provides a wide range of information on prisoners, ex-prisoners and the criminal justice system in NSW.

Visit the resources section for a list of useful contacts and research and publications that may be of interest.

Website: www.nobars.org.au

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Disability Services

Disability Advocacy (DA) NSW
DA provides information and advocacy services for persons with any disability in the Hunter, New England and Mid-North Coast regions of NSW.  DA also provides advocacy workshops for workers, families and carers.

Website: www.da.org.au
Phone:  1300 365 085
Email: check the contacts page of the website for email details in your areas : www.da.org.au/contact.asp

Indigenous Disability Advocacy Service (IDAS)
IDAS is funded to service Indigenous persons with a disability in Western Sydney and Regional centres in areas of high need in NSW, in consultation with Family and Community Service and Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care.

Website: www.idas.org.au
Phone:   (02) 4722 3524
Email:    idas@idas.org.au

Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association (MDAA) NSW
MDAA is the peak organisation for people from non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB) with disability, their families and carers in NSW.  MDAA is the only advocacy service in NSW available specifically to people from NESB with disability.

The website contains a range of useful links and resources.

Website: www.mdaa.org.au
Phone:   1800 629 072 / (02) 9891 6400
Email:  mdaa@mdaa.org.au

People with a Disability (PWD)
PWD is a national peak disability rights and advocacy organisation which seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of their own. PWD provide information and advocacy services as well as training for working with people with a disability. The website hosts a range of resources and links including information on training available.
 
Website: www.pwd.org.au
Phone: (02) 9370 3100 or Freecall: 1800 422 015
Email: pwd@pwd.org.au


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Intellectual Disability


Criminal Justice Support Network (CJSN)
The CJSN is a service of the Intellectual Disability Rights Service Inc. (IDRS) that provides volunteer support workers for people with an intellectual disability who are in contact with the criminal justice system.  The CJSN also provides education and training to staff in the criminal justice system, including police and court workers, lawyers and service agency workers, carers and people with an intellectual disability.

Website:www.idrs.org.au
Phone: (02) 9318 0144
Email:  cjsn@idrs.org.au


Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS)
IDRS is a community legal centre in New South Wales which works with people with an intellectual disability to exercise and advance their rights.

Website: www.idrs.org.au
Phone: 02 9318 0144
Email: info@idrs.org.au

 NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (NSW CID)
The NSW CID is a peak body representing the rights and interests of people with intellectual disability in NSW.  The Council provides information and advocacy services and provides expertise in developing resources, modifications and easy English formats.  NSW CID has an information service and resource centre providing information to people with intellectual disability, their families, carers, advocates and service providers.

Website: www.nswcid.org.au
Phone: (02) 9211 1611
Email: mail@nswcid.org.au

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) 

National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (NOFASD)

NOFASD is the peak national non-government organisation representing the interests of parents, carers and others interested in or affected by FASD.

Through education, training and advocacy, NOFASD aims to prevent FASD and improve the lives of children/adults living with FASD and the families who support them. NOFASD delivers support to families living with FASD and education and training workshops for both government and non-government agencies throughout Australia.


Website: www.nofasd.org
Phone:  0418 854 947
Email: sue@nofasd.org.au or vicki@nofasd.org.au

 
Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association (rffada)
The Russell Family Fetal Alcohol Disorders Association  is a not-for-profit health promotion charity dedicated to ensuring that individuals affected prenatally by alcohol have access to diagnostic services, support and multidisciplinary management planning in Australia and that carers and parents are supported with a "no blame no shame" ethos.  The rffada works alongside Training Connections Australia to provide training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for the community and service providers.  The training can be customised and contextualised to the needs of the organisation or group and can be incorporated into policies and procedures to maximise return on investment.

Website: www.rffada.org
Phone: 1800rffada or 0412 550 540
Email:  Elizabeth@rffada.org 

 
Training Connections Australia (TCA)
TCA provide training on working with people affected by FASD.   Information on training modules can be found on the rffada website- www.rffada.org/training (TCA website is under construction).

Website:www.rffada.org/training
Phone: (07) 40 500 120 or 0412 550 540
Email:  anne@trainingca.com.au 

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Further Resources

Useful resources for Working with Complex Clients

Includes a links to factsheets, brouchures, research and practical guides on     working with a range of complex needs issues including acquired brain injury, intellectual disability, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and criminal justice contact.

Practice Enhancement Events

The Practice Enhancement Events page hosts a range of information linked to NADA hosted Practice Enhancement Program activities including powerpoint presentations, event reports and training feedback.

These resource pages are not exhaustive - if you would like to suggest resources, links or services that should be included please contact Ciara



Training

For information on training available visit the NADA TRAINING DIRECTORY on the training grants page (view by training stream or by training organisations) also check out the NADA Events page to find information on NADA hosted events and training.

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