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Support Worker Vanessa Elliott with Suzan Hayes, resident at Nulsen. They're making yummy cupcakes to be enjoyed by fellow staff and residents at home
The Badpiper performing at the 2014 Disability Support Worker Awards.
The 2014 Disability Support Worker Awards


National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with the Disability Services Commission, has established the Disability Support Awards (formerly known as the Disability Support Worker Awards).

The Disability Support Awards recognise people in the disability sector providing supports of the highest standards to increase the quality of life and inclusion of people with disability in Western Australia. These are people who go beyond ordinary standards of service and have a profound impact on the lives of the people they work with and support.

Importantly, the awards showcase the disability services sector as a place of innovation, a place for employment, and a place to have a career.

National Disability Services WA congratulates the following 2016 winners and finalists:

Excellence in Personal and Community Support Award

Winner: Stephen Cathie, Ability Centre
Finalists: Katrina Hart-Smith and Jessica Trezdziack
Highly Commended: Phoebe the Dog

Excellence in Improving Participation Award
Winner: Susie Waller, Nulsen Disability Services
Finalists: Lucy Angus, UnitingCare West; and Mary-Anne Reid, Activ Foundation

Emerging Leader Award
Winner: Ayesha Patterson, Youth Disability Advocacy Network
Finalists: Will Verstappen, Autism Association of WA

Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award
Winner: Renae Hartmann, Enable Southwest
Finalists: Henrikke Evans, SMP Lifeskills2work

Excellence in Regional Support Award
Annie Ryder Team (Tammy Mickle, Slade White-Dunn, Odette Askew and Jocelyn Frearson), Avivo
Finalists: Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association (GIFSA) Team; and Lesley Hook, Community Living Association

Excellence in Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award
Winner: Jenny Au Yeong, Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre
Finalists: Megan Butt, Midlas; and Ayesha Patterson, Youth Disability Advocacy Network

Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen Payne, My Place



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Contact Information

National Disability Services (NDS) WA
PO Box 184, Northbridge WA 6865
12 Lindsay, Street Perth WA 6000
T: 08 9242 5544  |  F: 08 9242 5044  |  E:


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Key dates for 2017 

Nominations for the 2017 Disability Support Awards will open in November 2016. Early bird tickets for the Awards night will go on sale in January 2017.

Event Details:
Saturday 29 April 2017
Crown Perth, Grand Ballroom




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