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Big Day for Tasmanians with a Disability

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-12-03 - New offices in Wellington Street North Hobart will help improve care for people with acquired brain injury and disabilities. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Tasmanian Government.

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A run-down warehouse has been transformed into the modern and professional headquarters of Headway Rebuilding Lives and the Stroke Foundation.

The Secretary to Cabinet Cassy O'Connor today officially opened the new offices in Wellington Street, North Hobart, which will help improve care for people with acquired brain injury and disabilities.

The opening coincides with International Day of People with Disability, with Ms O'Connor also participating in National Disability Services celebrations at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and launching Cosmos' new recreational respite program for children.

Ms O'Connor said Headway Rebuilding Lives, now in its 25th year, provided support to more than 250 Tasmanians with disabilities and their families and carers each year.

HRL specializes in supporting people with acquired brain injury (ABI), as well as other physical and mental health, and neurological and degenerative disabilities in southern Tasmania.

The organization helps individuals to rebuild their lives through the development of physical, social, academic, vocational and personal skills.

Ms O'Connor said the move to improved premises represented a new era for the organization and for the people it supported.

"The building is designed and built to provide maximum social and rehabilitative support and assistance to help people with disabilities rebuild their lives.

"Significant renovations have been completed, including building 285-square meter client activity areas, with five separate activity sections including specifically designed disability toilet and change areas.

"The services provided are not only for people affected by Acquired Brain Injury - but for everyone involved - from family members to other services that work with ABI.

"The new premises also provide an opportunity for HRL to grow and enable other community sector organizations to potentially benefit from sharing facilities and resources."

Ms O'Connor also officially launched a new State Government funded Recreational Respite program for children with a disability and their families, to be run by Cosmos.

She said International Day of People with Disability was about celebrating, acknowledging and encouraging the involvement of people with a disability in all areas of political, economic, and community life.

"In Tasmania, we have been working hard to implement the ongoing reforms that continue to support people with a disability in the community."

Ms O'Connor said the implementation of the Operational Framework for Disability Services, launched last year, had already led to significant changes in the way Tasmania delivered services.

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