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Aged Care And NDIS Expo Review

Hundreds of people attended a community information expo for aged care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The expo, organised by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) in conjunction with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network (DDWMPHN), was held at HumeRidge Church of Christ, Toowoomba on Friday 1st June, and featured information booths, NDIS and aged care displays and health and wellness stalls.

DDHHS NDIS Transition Officer Joanne Gilbert with DDHHS Consumer and Community Engagement Officer Donna Lucas at the Expo

DDHHS consumer and community engagement officer DonnaLucas said the expo provided an opportunity for the community to access a vast array of information supporting healthy lifestyles. “We had 66 exhibitors in attendance, giving people the opportunity to connect with local NDIS service providers, aged care service providers and health and wellbeing suppliers,” Ms Lucas said. “The expo provided access to the latest information and the opportunity to explore and connect with care choices, all under the one roof, helping people to find the most suitable options for their particular circumstances,” she said.

Practice Manager of Wiltshire Health Physiotherapy & Psychology, Melinda Stewart, at the Expo
Kevin, Camilla and Christine of in-home carers, Right At Home Darling Downs Ph 4692 8204











“We had a lot of great feedback from attendees saying the event was very helpful and well organised and they hope to attend the event again next year.” Exhibitors were from government, government-funded and private sectors, and included the local area co-ordinator for NDIS, AusCare, St Vincent’s Care Services, Mercy Community Services, Toowoomba Transport Services, BlueCare, Big Dog Support Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia Australia, Carers Queensland, Lifetec, Right at Home, Anglicare, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health organisations.

Mary-Ellen Dwan, Kim McNair and Jo Bartetzko on the OzCare stand
PHN’s Martin Ridge and Renata Danisevski promoting Digital Health records










An opening ceremony featured guest speakers Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki, Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio, and DDWMPHN Chief Executive Officer Merrilyn Strohfeldt. The expo was officially opened by Darling Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Mr Mike Horan.

Toowoomba Region Mayor, Paul Antonio was a speaker during the official opening
Chair of Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service, Mike Horan officially opens the Expo








Other Speakers:

Merrilyn Strohfeldt, CEO Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network
David Janetzke, Member for Toowoomba South at the Aged Care & NDIS Expo
Lyn Campbell delivering a ‘Welcome to Country’ watched on by MC Michelle (Ruby) Schneider

Submitted by:
Michelle Hartnett
Media, Communications and Engagement Unit
Darling Downs Hospital and Health Unit

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