One-Day Seminar – Retirement Living Choices for People with a Disability

Date:                        Wednesday, 3rd June, 2015

Time:                         9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Venue:                      Northcott Conference and Function Centre, Ground Floor, 1 Fennell Street, Parramatta

A special arrangement has been made to enable members and friends attending the Seminar to park in the Parramatta Leagues Club car park, thanks to the generosity of the Club management. Simply tell the security person at the car park entrance in Grose Street that you are attending the Polio NSW Seminar in the Northcott Building, and please park in the right-hand back corner of the car park. You can then enter the Northcott Building via the gate into its adjacent playground.

Refreshments:        Morning tea and a light lunch will be provided (cost subsidised by Polio NSW)

Cost:                         $15 per person – please RSVP by Friday 29th May 2015

Complete and return this Registration Form with your payment to the Polio NSW Office by 29th May.  Alternatively, you can pay on the day when you arrive at the Seminar, however, if you elect to do this, you MUST still contact the Office [email [email protected] or Phone 02 9890 0946] by Friday 29th May to confirm your attendance so sufficient catering can be arranged.


9:30 am     Registration

10:00 am     Alyson Dyer – Senior Customer Officer, Specialist Unit, NSW Fair Trading – “Moving into a Retirement Village”

11:00 am     Morning Tea

11:30 am      Robyn Helm, Care Development Manager Home Services Baptist Care, Baulkham Hills – “Home Care Packages”

12:30 pm     Lunch

1:30 pm     Members’ Panel: Nola Buck, David Carter, Anne O’Halloran, Merle Thompson

2:30 pm     Question Time

3:00 pm     Close


Alyson Dyer: Alyson has been working for NSW Fair Trading for the past 15 years. She is highly experienced with the legislation relevant to retirement village living and provides education about retirement village living across NSW. Alison will address issues related to rights and obligations of prospective residents of retirement villages. This information will encourage people to make the right choice by seeking expert advice at the outset.

Robyn Helm: Robyn has worked in the aged and community service area for 20 years and is committed to the provision of quality home care services that meet client expectations and needs. Robyn is a Registered Nurse with a Diploma of Management. Robyn will be covering Home Care Packages (a coordinated package of services tailored to meet consumer’s care needs), referred to as Consumer Directed Care, and the changes which will occur from 1st July 2015.

Members’ Panel

Merle Thompson, Polio NSW Committee, Secretary and Life Member
Nola Buck, Polio NSW Committee Newsletter Co-editor, Past President and Life Member
Anne O’Halloran, Polio NSW Committee Seminar Co-ordinator and founding member
David Carter, long-term member of Polio NSW

All now reside in retirement villages. They will be discussing what prompted them to consider other living arrangements, how they researched the available options, and what factors they took into account when selecting their current accommodation in a retirement village.

The panel presentation will be followed by interactive participation from our audience.