The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-10-09T21:11:48Z Indigenous Scholarship in NDIS Business Development helps close the gap in Indigenous health and leadership 2018-10-09T21:11:48Z indigenous-scholarship-in-ndis-business-development-helps-close-the-gap-in-indigenous-health-and-leadership Applications for the 2019 Growing Potential Indigenous Scholarship in the field of National Disability Insurance Scheme Business Development are now open.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across the country with an interest in disability services are encouraged to apply. This is the second round in a series of four scholarships, borne out of a joint initiative between Growing Potential Limited and the University of New England (UNE) aimed at strengthening Indigenous leadership in the disability sector. Chief Executive Officer Mr Otto Henfling said that Growing Potential is dedicated to empowering Indigenous people in all areas of their lives. “With our commitment to disability and Indigenous services through our Windaan and Growing Early Minds services, we saw a need to help others build their Indigenous businesses in the NDIS and disability space.  Mr. Henfling said. “The scholarship is our way of giving back; to help Indigenous people reach their education and leadership goals so they can provide disability and NDIS support to their own communities.”  The scholarship will support an Indigenous recipient to study UNE’s Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development.  This two-year, part-time course was developed by UNE in consultation with the disability sector to help organisations adapt to the new NDIS client-centred business model.  The content is highly relevant to industry and equips students with a deeper understanding and appreciation of the issues affecting the disability sector, in particular, legal processes and obligations applicable to organisational business development priorities in the NDIS. The scholarship has proved very beneficial to the inaugural recipient, Carroll Towney of Galambila Aboriginal Health Services, who continues to go from strength to strength.  “The course is giving me greater knowledge for responding to the needs of our clients with disabilities so we can give our mob the best possible outcomes.” Carroll said.  Applications for the 2019 Scholarship close on 31 October 2018. The finalist will be announced at a Scholarship Ceremony to be held in March 2019. For more information and to apply for the Scholarship, please visit     New scholarship boosts career opportunities for Kamilaroi woman 2018-07-10T00:39:59Z new-scholarship-boosts-career-opportunities-for-kamilaroi-woman Making a difference to the lives of Aboriginal people with a disability is what drives Carroll Towney, the first recipient of the Growing Potential Scholarship.   The scholarship is a joint initiative between Growing Potential Limited and the University of New England (UNE) that will provide an opportunity for four Indigenous students to study a Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development between 2018 and 2021. Carroll is a proud Kamilaroi woman, working as the Quality & Strategic Development Officer at Galambila Aboriginal Health Service in Coffs Harbour, NSW.  She travelled to Sydney to accept her scholarship at a function held at UNE’s Sydney Campus. “I was overwhelmed with emotion and didn’t think I could do an acceptance speech,” Carroll said.   “I would like to thank UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Annabelle Duncan and Otto Henfling of Growing Potential Limited for the opportunity to study business development in disability services.” “The Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development Scholarship will allow me to gain greater knowledge to assist Galambila’s workforce to respond to the needs of our clients with disabilities. It will also help my capacity to work along-side the Windaan team to provide culturally appropriate NDIS support to the Aboriginal Community of Coffs Harbour, giving the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes to our mob.” When asked what inspires her, Carroll said that as an Aboriginal woman she believes it is important to have role models who are a tower of strength to look up to.  “With the national NAIDOC theme for 2018 being ‘Because of Her, We Can’, I would like to acknowledge and give thanks to my sisters Tracey, Belinda, Alison and Megen. My sisters are my tower of strengths, we may not agree, we fight, but when I need support I know can rely on them giving me strength to carry on.” Professor Duncan congratulated Carroll on her scholarship and said the inter-sector partnership is a pathway to industry-specific education for graduates looking to future-proof their work and will boost Aboriginal leadership in the disability sector. The scholarships will also deliver a range of learning support options to be provided by UNE’s Oorala Aboriginal Centre and access to executive mentoring through Growing Potential Limited.  Applications for the 2019 Scholarship will be announced later this year. If you are interested in learning more about the Scholarship and would like to be kept up to date with proceedings, please contact Major Rebrand Announcement 2018-03-01T06:38:13Z major-rebrand-announcement Western Sydney based early intervention leader, Children First Early Intervention & Disability Support, has unveiled a new name, a new logo and a new website as part of an extensive rebranding initiative. The service is now known as Growing Early Minds.   The rebranding initiative coincided with recent changes to the company’s internal structure and processes as well as the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The rebrand has provided a platform to evolve the service offerings, to be a true full-service, innovative, early intervention provider to all families, in all locations. Previous funding models limited the types of services offered as well as restrictions geographically.   “This rename and rebrand represents a significant step in the company’s evolution. We are redefining who we are, driving change and shaping the future of the early childhood and human services industry,” said Dylan Reynolds, Executive General Manager. “Our brand ethos has always been built on trust, credibility and industry knowledge – that’s what’s kept our business running seamlessly for the past two decades. We pride ourselves on our relationships and our ability to help, support and connect families.”   The new name and logo was developed through a collaborative process, and reflects the company’s passion for giving every child the opportunity to reach their full potential. The name also aligns with the company’s mission; to support and grow the potential of children, families and the community. The leaves strategically resemble the shape of a brain, the colours used are derived from the family brand colour pallet, with the addition of two new colours; pastel blue and lilac purple.    The new website offers a warm and engaging design, easy to use navigation optimised perfectly for either desktop, mobile or tablet use. Access to essential information about services, assessments, programs, funding, referrals and culture is intuitive and quick. The website also boasts a blog and resource centre, amongst other helpful content.   Growing Early Minds is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation with a proud history that started in 1994. Servicing North West and Western Sydney, families can access support from experienced allied health professionals in speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, dietetics/nutrition, psychology and behaviour support. The service also provides short screeners, longer assessments as well as Autism and Intellectual Disability diagnosis and is a registered Medicare and NDIS provider.     -ENDS-   About Growing Early Minds Growing Early Minds is an industry leader, providing early intervention and disability support services to children and young people aged 0-16 years across North West and Western Sydney. Established in 1994, and running seamlessly for the last two decades, families have access and support from experienced allied health professionals that follow best-practice, evidence-based methods.   Growing Early Minds also delivers a wide range of learning enrichment programs under sub-brands Mobile Community Hub and Familylinks. These programs are delivered by qualified and accredited facilitators and include supported playgroups, school readiness, PALS (Play and Learn to Socialise), parenting programs such as Triple P (Power of Positive Parenting) and Circle of Security to name a few.   Growing Early Minds is an initiative of Growing Potential Ltd. For more information visit or follow Growing Early Minds on Facebook.   About Growing Potential Ltd. (Parent company) Growing Potential Ltd. is a long established, community based, not-for-profit organisation that has a solid foundation of community ties across Western Sydney, and beyond. Growing Potential Ltd. operates a number of services including Children First, Growing Early Minds, Mobile Community Hub, Familylinks, Ngallu Wal and Windaan.  Supporting Indigenous leadership in the disability sector 2017-12-06T04:50:56Z supporting-indigenous-leadership-in-the-disability-sector 06 December 2017 WHAT: Launch of a scholarship program for Indigenous people working with organisational change under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). WHERE: University of New England FutureCampus, Level 1, 232 Church Street, Parramatta WHEN: Friday 08 December, 3pm. DETAILS: Indigenous people are being given a valuable opportunity to study business development in the disability sector through a four-year scholarship program developed by Growing Potential Limited (GPL) in partnership with the University of New England (UNE).The scholarships support Indigenous people studying UNE’s new Graduate Certificate National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Business Development program. This two-year, part-time course was jointly developed by the disability sector and UNE to help organisations adapt to the new NDIS client-centred business model introduced in 2014.The scholarship program will provide one scholarship annually over four years, with the 2018 scholarship recipient to be announced at the launch of the GPL-UNE NDIS Scholarship Program in Parramatta on December 8. “It is our sincere hope that as each scholarship recipient completes their Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development, they go on to become leaders, championing innovative ways in which the disability sector can evolve to meet the service needs of Indigenous people with disability,” said Dylan Reynolds, GPL’s Executive Manager – Family Services. UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, welcomed the program as an important addition to UNE’s social contract. “We have nearly 900 Aboriginal students enrolled with us, and many of them are here specifically because we provide a hospitable and supportive environment for learning,” Professor Duncan said. “The Graduate Certificate in NDIS was developed by a UNE lecturer, Bronwen Jackman, in consultation with the disability industry to ensure the course content is highly relevant and current. It is an important step in our University’s social commitment to be able to lend our expertise to the disability sector and Indigenous people in one program, and we thank Growing Potential for its endorsement.” Mr Reynolds said that Indigenous people suffer higher levels of disability relative to the rest of Australia’s population.“This scholarship, and the certificate-level education it supports, will help Indigenous people working in the disability sector to transform their organisations to best support the needs Indigenous people with a disability.”“We are delighted that UNE has seen a need to better educate people in the sector about organisational change, and we’re keen to see how the course that has been developed between the sector and the university can bring better disability service support to Indigenous people.”The program’s first scholarship winner will be announced at UNE’s Parramatta FutureCampus on Friday, 08 December, at 3pm.   ends   Image Caption: UNE Vice-Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan and Growing Potential Ltd. CEO Otto Henfling signing the four-year scholarship agreement.