Some of Our Highlights
Some of Our Highlights
Figtree Conference Centre
24 new businesses chose Figtree Conference Centre as a venue for their event. In recognition of our celebration of diversity, We won the “A Taste of Harmony” diversity competition. The prize being a visit from TV celebrity chef Fast Ed. Fast Ed spent the day cooking with the Figtree Conference centre team.
Flourish Australia and Mirvac joined forces to host ConnectFest 2017, a fun filled community day in support of young people who access Flourish Australia services. The event was part of Mirvac’s National Community Day program, where it’s staff volunteer and help charitable organisations with the aim of enhancing the health and wellbeing of the community and strengthening social inclusion
We had our first booth at Fair Day during Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with staff from metro and greater Sydney, Wollongong, Newcastle and Nowra coming together to spread the important message of mental health support in the LGBTI communities.
Flourish Australia received a TheMHS award in the Consumer and
Peer category for growing the Peer workforce.
November 2017 saw the completion of the Guildford Building
International Womens Day
International Womens Day saw 21 Flourish Australia women receive a certificate of recognition for participating in the Women Advancing Flourish Australia program
We attended the 47th NSW Aboriginal Rugby League Knockout to provide information about where our services are and how we support people. Over 35,000 people attended the event over 4 days
Family & Carers brochure
A new Family & Carers brochure was developed to further support staff, carers and people accessing our services
headspace at Broken Hill
We opened a new headpace centre in Broken Hill, this was the 100th headspace center opened!
NDIS & Flourish Australia
It has been five years since the start of the NDIS trial in the Hunter and since then NSW has completed the roll out of the NDIS, with the last areas being incorporated on 1 July 2017. During the year Flourish Australia expanded its NDIS footprint to cover all sites in NSW, with outreach into the ACT from our Queanbeyan office.
This year Flourish Australia provided support for 1496 people with NDIS packages. These supports range from complex housing support, employment, education, day services, coordination of supports and individual outreach support.
The NDIS continues to transform the lives of people with a psychosocial disability. It is enhancing and improving opportunities and choices for people – those who were already connected to Flourish Australia, as well as those who had never accessed support previously, particularly in rural and remote areas of NSW.
Many services have believed that some communities are too remote to provide supports. Flourish Australia is choosing to think differently and actively reaching out to people in these communities who have a psychosocial disability. In one small town four people with a psychosocial disability have secured NDIS packages, and are now choosing how they want their services delivered in their local community.
Throughout the course of this year the NDIS grew to become the second largest funding source for Flourish Australia. This growth is expected to increase as National rollout continues. In the next twelve months our sites in Queensland will begin delivering NDIS supports and we will be considering whether we begin NDIS services in other States.
The organisation continues to adapt and change to meet the flexibility required to deliver quality services in a fee for service model. Flourish Australia has invested in technology and systems which are helping streamline processes in relation to record keeping, claiming, finances and a mobile workforce. These new and enhanced approaches are essential building blocks that will support growth, whilst maintaining quality and recovery orientation in service delivery.
Flourish Australia continues to embrace the NDIS. We champion and celebrate a system that provides people with choice about who supports them and gives them control in relation to what activities will improve their quality of life. This is consistent with our values and being a recovery-oriented organisation.