“Did you know, that there are almost 850,00 people in Australia under the age of 25 years with a disability?” -Source Kids
The Source Kids Disability Expo provides young people with a disability and their families and carers with the opportunity to connect with services. With the NDIS now available to all Victorians, the Source Kids Melbourne Expo gave participants the chance to meet and speak to over 155 service providers and product experts. There were also activities, speakers and a range of ‘zones’ set up for all age groups.
This year the Melbourne Expo had over 2.5k people register to attend. Pictured above are Shannon and Marie, who are a part of the Patch team and had a great time meeting and greeting the families, young people, carers and professional’s who attended the stand. The team handed out fun Patch pigs, colour in sheets with pencils and information about how the Patch may be able to help.
“We think the PATCH is pretty special because it helps families and young people receive support from a group of dedicated specialists, all in the one place”.
-Kate, Patch Clinic Manager
The Patch are our dedicated Paedaetric team, who together provide support and assessment for children from infancy through to adolescence. Take for example Scott*, who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 4 after coming to the Patch. Scott met with our Speech and Occupational Therapist’s, who provided their assessment information to our Paediatrician so she was able to make a formal diagnosis.
Scott’s family have since found out that he is eligible for the NDIS, which has opened up their access to therapies and support avenues for Scott and his family.
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*Please note that although Scott’s family were happy for Carrington Health to share his story, we have changed his name to keep his confidentiality.