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Valentine Holmes joins Down Syndrome Australia as ambassador

Australian Rugby League star Valentine Holmes joins Down Syndrome Australia as ambassador October 19, 2020 Down Syndrome Australia is pleased to welcome Australian Rugby League star Valentine Holmes as an ambassador for Down Syndrome Australia. Holmes’ older sister April has Down syndrome and she has always been a big… Read More

Submission to the Royal Commission on Employment

Our submission to the Royal Commission on Employment October 8, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Disability Royal Commission with a submission on Employment. We believe it is critical that the Royal Commission acknowledge that segregation of people with disability is a violation of the UNCRPD and… Read More

Health Ambassador Position

We’re hiring! Down Syndrome Australia is very excited to announce we are recruiting a number of casual Health Ambassadors to assist in the implementation of our new ILC grant ‘Improving health outcomes for people with Down syndrome through improved communication with Health professionals’. The Health Ambassadors will help doctors… Read More

Submission on the Disability Standards for Education

Our submission on the Disability Standards for Education September 18, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Department of Education, Skills and Employment with a submission on the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education. The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Standards) seek to ensure… Read More

Submission to the Royal Commission on Rights and Attitudes

Submission to the Royal Commission on Rights and Attitudes 25 August, 2020 This week Down Syndrome Australia provided the Disability Royal Commission with a submission on their issue paper on ‘Rights and Attitudes’. I am pleased that the Commission is examining this important issue.  So often, abuse and neglect… Read More

Health Survey for people with Down syndrome

Health Survey for people with Down syndrome Down Syndrome Australia has launched a new project to improve health outcomes for people with Down syndrome. We’d like to understand the experiences that people with Down syndrome have when visiting a doctor or health care worker. Your feedback will help doctors and health care workers… Read More

Submission to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues paper

Submission to the Emergency Planning and Response Issues paper 8 July, 2020 The recent bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted the need for a comprehensive approach to providing the right support to people with a disability as part of Emergency Planning and Response. These events have had a significant… Read More

Claire Mitchell appointed to Down Syndrome Australia’s Board

Claire Mitchell appointed to Down Syndrome Australia’s Board 4 June 2020 We are excited to announce that Claire Mitchell has accepted a position on the Down Syndrome Australia Board as an Independent Director.  Claire is passionate about being a voice for people with Down syndrome. Claire believes in having a… Read More

New national Down syndrome website

New national Down syndrome website 3 June 2020 Down Syndrome Australia has launched a new comprehensive and interactive national website which provides resources and information about Down syndrome and a fresh new look for the federation of Down syndrome associations. This two-year project connects people with Down syndrome, families, friends… Read More

Media release

Death of young girl in Brisbane unacceptable Down Syndrome Australia is incredibly saddened to hear about the death of 4-year-old Willow Dunn from Cannon Hill in Brisbane. “The neglect or abuse of any child is not acceptable,” Down Syndrome Australia CEO Dr Ellen Skladzien says. “Children with disabilities, as any other… Read More

South Australia Information update

South Australia Information service Our Information Service SA is now up and running.  I’m Samantha Roach and I have taken on the role of Information Officer. As a local mum of a child with Down syndrome, I’m looking forward to finding ways to connect the community in South Australia.  Here are some things to look out for. We’re launching… Read More

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