Winners in the 2017 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards

From left to right: Jim Longley, Deputy Secretary, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC); Deanna Mooney, Project Coordinator – Research & Evaluation, Northcott; Joanne Travaglia, Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney; Sarah Migliorino, Account Director, Cultural Perspectives Group (on behalf of DiverseWerks)

From left to right: Jim Longley, Deputy Secretary, Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC); Deanna Mooney, Project Coordinator – Research & Evaluation, Northcott; Joanne Travaglia, Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney; Sarah Migliorino, Account Director, Cultural Perspectives Group (on behalf of DiverseWerks)

‘Diversity in Disability’ wins the 2017 NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards at the Hilton in Sydney’s CBD for excellence in promoting cultural competency.

As a finalist in the ‘Excellence in promoting cultural competency (organisation)’ category at the awards, DiverseWerks stood with project lead Northoctt to claim the prestigious accolade. As part of the ‘Diversity in Disability’ project, DiverseWerks conducted a series of workshops and consultations to understand the needs within the disability, ethno-specific and mainstream sectors to ensure the Diversity in Disability framework was adopted within the sector.

“We’re very proud that our client Northcott won this award. It’s a privilege to be here to be recognised in the industry for our innovations which is one of our values at pillar of Cultural Perspectives Group”, said Sarah Migliorino, Account Director of Cultural Perspectives Group.

DiverseWerks developed a sustainable framework to fit the needs of the range of staff, clients and families/carers in terms of experiences and preferences, particularly in relation to culturally competent person centred planning, support and service provision. To read more about the toolkit and report, please visit http://www.diversityindisability.org

The NSW Disability Industry Innovation Awards are an initiative of the NSW Government in partnership with National Disability Services (NDS). Initially launched in 2012, the Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation demonstrated by people, groups and organisations that make a difference in the lives of people with disability. There are eight categories of the awards, and the Excellence in Promoting Cultural Competency award recognises the outstanding work of an individual or organisation in promoting cross-cultural awareness in the sector and/or in building the capacity of people with disability from CALD backgrounds to exercise choice and control.