The free Better Start Early Days workshops are designed to help parents better understand the funding and services available for young children with a disability. They will be held in northern and western metropolitan Melbourne in the coming months.

For parents of children who are eligible, the workshops will provide guidance on how to access up to $12,000 in funding to assist with maximising their child’s potential in their formative years.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Social Services, the workshops help explain how Better Start funding can be used to pay for services and therapies such as speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and psychology.

Eligible chidren must be aged under six years and have been diagnosed with one of the following disabilities:

  •  Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Moderate or greater hearing or vision impairments including deafblindness
  • Prader Willi, Williams
  • Angelman
  • Kabuki
  • Smith-Magenis
  • CHARGE
  • Cornelia de Lange
  • Cri du Chat syndromes
  • Microcephaly or Rett’s Disorder.

Please see below for a list of upcoming sessions.

For further information and to register please call Tania Houghton on (03) 8311 4015 or email thoughton@scopeaust.org.au

Better Start Workshops – Northern and Western Melbourne

Northern Suburbs

Location: South Morang
Date: Monday 2nd May 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Scope Respite, 108 Vincent Drive, South Morang, 3752

Northern Suburbs Workshops with a focus on Cerebral Palsy

Location: Greensborough
Date: Friday 29th April 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: WaterMarc, 1 Flintoff Street, Greensborough, 3088

Location: Glenroy
Date: Friday 17th June 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Scope Glenroy, 177 Glenroy Road,
Glenroy, 3046
West Melbourne workshops

Melbourne’s Western Suburbs

Location: Burnside
Date: Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Burnside Children’s and Community Centre, 23 Lexington Drive, Burnside, 3023

Location: Royal Children’s Hospital
Date: Thursday 9th June 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: RCH Health Education and Learning Precinct, 50 Flemington Road, Parkville, 3052

Western Workshops with a focus on Cerebral palsy

Location: Werribee
Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: ISIS Primary Care, Wyndham Vale Superclinic, 510 Ballan Road, Wyndham, 3024

Location: Maribyrnong
Date: Friday 20th May 2016
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm
Venue: Maribyrnong Community Centre, 9 Randall Street, Maribyrnong, 3032