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CQUni support for staff and clients of disability services on Central Highlands

Published:01 May 2018

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands) Blake Repine with Yumba Bimbi Support Services CEO Rachel Freeman (centre) and CQUniversity Nursing Associate Lecturer Angie Griessel.

CQUniversity has partnered with Yumba Bimbi Support Services to work cooperatively on activities that will increase the capability and capacity of its staff and clients, while providing opportunities for CQUni students and staff and the Central Highlands community.

CQUniversity Associate Vice-Chancellor (Central Highlands Region) Blake Repine and Yumba Bimbi Support Services Chief Executive Officer Rachel Freeman recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will see the two organisations working together to create and manage shared activities.

Mr Repine said he was excited to be working with Yumba Bimbi Support Services in delivering these activities.

Under the partnership, a program of short courses will be delivered at CQUniversity’s Emerald Campus that will embed literacy and numeracy in meaningful contexts.

“This program will aim to break down some of the barriers that often limit educational opportunities for people with disabilities and will enable them to develop their capabilities and skills,” Mr Repine said.

“The partnership will also provide opportunities for Yumba Bimbi Support Services staff to undertake VET training and education through CQUniversity.”

Ms Freeman said that, in developing the short course program, they acknowledged not only the human right of all people to access education, but also Yumba Bimbi Support Services’ ongoing responsibility and commitment to people with disability, stakeholders and the community.

“In providing these short courses, we will promote the success, dignity and independence of students with disabilities in a safe, enjoyable and positive learning environment.”

Ms Freeman said the short courses were designed around a number of topics, including pre-employment and workplace readiness skills; understanding your NDIS plan; online safety; community safety; emotional resilience; independent living skills; money management skills; and literacy and numeracy.

The first offering of short courses will be open for registration in June for commencement in Term 3.

Registration and enrolment will be managed through Yumba Bimbi Support Services.