Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Excellence in disability standards recognised

    5/06/2008 12:00 AM

    A group home for people with disabilities in Ferndale has been acknowledged for its outstanding service in this year’s Disability Services Standards Excellence Awards.


    Disability Services Minister Sheila McHale said Mosaic Community Care’s Jaccard House in Ferndale received the Disability Services Commission’s Certificate of Excellence.


    “These annual awards encourage and acknowledge those services which have excelled in providing the best possible service to people with disabilities, their families and carers,” Ms McHale said.


    “Jaccard House won the award for its innovation and excellence in a number of areas including the skill of staff in managing challenging behaviours, their commitment to staff development and the way they empower residents with opportunities and choices in their daily lives.”


    Disability service providers across the State are assessed against nine Disability Services Standards by independent monitors.


    During 2007, monitors examined 155 Government and non-Government services across Western Australia. Of these, 57 were monitored comprehensively and met all the standards, with no required actions.


    The panel also looked for innovation and consumer involvement in the service, feedback and opportunities for improvement.


    Certificates of high commendation were awarded to:

    ·          Autism Association of WA’s Blackboy Way Respite Service, Morley;

    ·          Disability Services Commission’s Dorset Hostel, Armadale;

    ·          Disability Services Commission’s Adult Community Living Team Swan River, Joondalup;

    ·          Intework’s Alternatives to Employment, Interface Program, Post School Options (LifeSkills Program), Joondalup; and

    ·          Landsdale Family Support Association’s Respite and Holiday Care programs, Darch.


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