ICLA https://icla.org.au Independent Community Living Australia Mon, 08 Apr 2019 01:00:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Suicide Prevention and Recovery Centre https://icla.org.au/suicide-prevention-and-recovery-centre/ https://icla.org.au/suicide-prevention-and-recovery-centre/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:57:52 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=122153

NSW’s First Non-Clinical Suicide Prevention and Recovery Centre (SPARC) to be trialled in Sydney

The Commonwealth Government is providing $1.25 million through the Federal Budget to ICLA to develop and trial a new service providing support and care for people experiencing a suicide-related crisis in a homelike environment in Sydney.

Every year around 3,000 Australians take their own lives and sadly, these numbers are not declining. It is clear that new models of suicide prevention are desperately needed.

Launching in late 2019, Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA) is proud to be trialing NSW’s first non-clinical Suicide Prevention and Recovery Centre (SPARC) at a location within Sydney still to be decided.

Partnering with ICLA, Roses in the Ocean will lead the co-design of the operational model and provide training to Peer Workers who will provide the 24-7 empathetic care and support delivered through SPARC.

Evidence shows that a previous suicide attempt is the strongest risk factor for subsequent suicide1, meaning the care people receive after an attempt is key to saving lives.

Traditionally, people surviving a suicide attempt or experiencing suicidal thinking may end up in a hospital emergency department or psychiatric facility, and for many, this situation does not address the complex clinical and social care required for recovery. Research from overseas has shown that non-clinical residential models of care can be highly successful for giving people the tools and support needed.

CEO of Roses in the Ocean, Bronwen Edwards said:

“Providing people with safe, supportive places to be when they are experiencing suicidal crisis is absolutely critical. Many people in our communities tell us every day that they simply will not present to an emergency department when in crisis – that the busy, clinical environment actually escalates their distress.”

With seed investment from the Federal Government Community Health and Hospitals Programme of $1.25M SPARC will be co-designed by people with a lived experience of suicide and bereavement by suicide to ensure it meets community needs and expectations.

According to ICLA CEO, Rachel Green, this new facility will deliver quality care and support within a comfortable, homelike environment.

“People in crisis deserve a safe space to be valued, heard without judgement and supported by people who have had similar experiences. For families and friends with loved ones in crisis, knowing there is a special place like this to take them will provide enormous relief” Ms Green said.

Bronwen Edwards founded Roses in the Ocean to advocate for people impacted by suicide after her brother Mark took his own life in 2008.

“The number of times my brother needed help before he took his own life, I would have loved to have a place like SPARC to be able to support him. With a place like SPARC, it will no longer just be left up to families to try and keep people alive, we will have a place to go for hope and support” Ms Edwards said.

Rachel Green and Bronwen Edwards are available for interviews.


Rachel Green
Independent Community Living Australia

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Project Embark https://icla.org.au/project-embark/ https://icla.org.au/project-embark/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 00:12:32 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=122139

Project Embark

Supporting people experiencing homelessness and psychosocial disability to access the NDIS. 

Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA) has been funded by the NSW Ministry of Health under an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant to deliver NDIS and mental health engagement, information provision, and skill building for consumers with a psychosocial disability who are experiencing homelessness. This project will operate for 12 weeks completing by 30 June 2019.

Project Embark involves two primary activities:

  1. Capacity building and knowledge exchange
  2. Facilitated engagement and Outreach to support people to access the NDIS

ICLA has 30+ years’ experience supporting people experiencing psychosocial disability to live independently within the community. We operate in the Sydney region, from Central, Eastern, Inner West through to southern Sydney.

Capacity Building and Knowledge Exchange:

Activities will involve workshops, capacity building, knowledge exchange and support for providers to identify people who may be eligible and supporting those individuals to access the NDIS. This will include travel to regional areas of NSW to undertake group forums and events.

Facilitated Engagement and Outreach

Facilitated engagement will include working with individuals identified by service providers in high contact with the target group who may be eligible for the NDIS and supporting them to embark on the process to access the NDIS.

Outreach activities such as ICLA’s ‘Food for thought’ casual BBQs will inform and engage people within the target group.

Individual support using ICLA’s ‘Greeting2Meeting’ process and ‘About Me’ resources will assist people to embark on the journey of accessing the NDIS.

The priority regions where we will be engaging with organisations and directly with individuals in the target group are:

  • Sydney Local Health District
  • Western Sydney Local Health District
  • South West Sydney Local Health District
  • South East Sydney Local Health District
  • Central Coast Local Health District
  • Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District
  • Hunter New England Local Health District
  • Northern NSW Local Health District

Working in Partnership

ICLA is seeking support from organisations working in the mental health, disability and homelessness sectors including:

  1. We have several NDIS Peer Navigator roles to fill and given the project timeframe, would be eager to second people who have experience in homelessness/mental health or lived experience from partner organisations where possible. We hope that seconding people for 12-week project roles will be beneficial and build strong relationships between your organisation and ours. For a copy of the Position Description please email hr@icla.org.au
  2. We would like to reach out to a number of key people in the homelessness and mental health sectors who would be interested in joining a stakeholder information session by teleconference at a later date.
  3. Advice on specific locations within the priority regions where we might best engage with the target group from organisations with local footprints would be valuable.
  4. We are seeking expressions of interest in joining a project advisory group.

Thank you

Get in contact with Embark Project Manager Annika Windon for more information.

T +61 2 9281 3338
E annika.windon@icla.org.au
W icla.org.au

Funded by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Visit the NDIS website for more information (www.ndis.gov.au)

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ICLA – Brand strategy and identity https://icla.org.au/icla-brand-strategy-and-identity/ Sun, 10 Feb 2019 02:23:24 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=122050

Independent Community Living Australia (ICLA)

Brand strategy and identity


ICLA provides services and supported accommodation options for men and women with psychiatric and/or other disabilities.

With a new CEO on board, a 100 day plan and a relaunch scheduled, ICLA wanted to announce itself as a vital community organisation with strong beliefs, bold plans, and a big voice.

With its origins in grass-roots advocacy, ICLA support individuals to achieve their personal goals, increase confidence, independence and opportunity for social and community connection. 

Such personal goals included ‘doing their own shopping, banking or cooking, visiting friends or having a girlfriend’. Everyday tasks that – through trauma, circumstance, illness – are immensely challenging. And life-changing if conquered. 

The idea of “voice” – both ICLA’s and individual clients – was the significant thread throughout the research. Together, ICLA staff and clients contribute to daily life decisions. Appropriately, both parties were involved in the brand strategy workshops. 

The logo and illustrations talk to how the ‘everyday’ can become something far more challenging, rewarding, transforming. 

Everyday life changing.

ICLA Relaunched https://icla.org.au/icla-relaunched/ Fri, 30 Nov 2018 00:04:25 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=121816 ICLA Relaunched 

Our roots, our voice, our brand 

We are launching a new brand to help mark the deeper changes in practice that we have achieved through hard work and dedication to reforming ICLA over the past three years. 

In developing a new brand to represent ICLA we aimed to reflect both the staff of ICLA and the people we support. It was also important that we maintain the ’grass roots’ and advocacy aspect as it is an important part of ICLA’s history and how it came to be. In particular was the sense of being a voice for people with psychosocial disabilities and complex needs and advocating for their support needs from a human rights-based approach. 

The new brand has been developed through consultation with the people we support and our staff, and developed in partnership with the fantastic creative consultancy Folk. 


With over 30 years experience in mental health and disability support, ICLA understands the importance of flexible support which gives the people we support real choice and control. 

We provide 

  • a range of person-centred services that can be tailored to meet each person’s individual goals. 
  • support to individuals who have or are experiencing a variety of psychosocial disabilities including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorders, personality disorders, mood disorders, depression, acquired brain injury and intellectual disability. 
  • specialised services for people aged between 18 to 85 years, working creatively with people with complex needs in Inner Sydney, the Eastern Suburbs, the Inner West and South East Sydney. 

…and upwards 

On 30 November 2018, we’re holding a Relaunch
BBQ event to celebrate a big volunteer effort to repaint and refurbish a shared home on Blair Street in Bondi. 

The location is significant as it is the original ICLA residence around which the organisation was established. 

The event involves 30‐40 volunteers repainting the residence and fixing up the garden. We’re using this opportunity to ’relaunch ICLA’ to recognise the past two years of intensive

SUPPORT WORKER – PERMANENT PART TIME https://icla.org.au/support-worker-permanent-part-time/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 10:39:53 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=121483

Do you want to make a genuine difference in the lives of people with disabilities and/or complex mental health issues?

ICLA Support Worker role could be for you. Training Provided! We offer permanent part-time flexible shifts, award wages, training and development.

Job duties:

Our philosophy at ICLA is ‘Active Engagement, Everyday Life’. We achieve this by:

  • Building rapport, supporting people with daily activities according to their care plan (such as cooking, cleaning, self-care, grocery shopping, social activities)
  • Recording regular progress notes
  • Meeting regularly with case managers, health professionals
  • Managing challenging behaviours following established plans
  • Writing accurate case notes and recording them using our smartphone apps
  • Being a professional and friendly representative of ICLA
  • Advocating for the social inclusion of ICLA clients in the community
  • Timely & accurate reporting of maintenance issues, incidents and hazards
  • Following ICLA policies and procedures

How to Apply:


STEP ONE: Write a cover letter that briefly answers ALL of the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to work at ICLA?
  2. Describe a situation where you planned and achieved or supported someone else to plan and achieve an important goal?
  3. Describe a situation where you solved or provided support to someone to solve a challenging problem?
  4. Describe what steps you would take to get to know an ICLA resident and learn about their goals and care plan?
  5. What days and times are you available to work (e.g. 9:00 to 5:00, 7:00am-3:00pm, 3:00pm-10:00pm, overnight etc)

STEP TWO: Email your cover letter and resume to HR@icla.org.au

Please make sure your contact details are up to date. We may call you or email you to invite you to a group interview. If you have any questions on the role or need assistance or further information on how to apply, please email HR@icla.org.au

Essential Criteria:

  • You enjoy getting to know others, have good verbal and written communication skills
  • A ‘can do’ attitude, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn
  • Punctuality and reliability
  • Strong problem-solving skills, ability to follow a plan and creative thinking
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Your own smartphone to access our apps for managing work information (training provided)
  • A current driver’s licence
  • A current First Aid Certificate (we can assist you to undertake a first aid certificate).


  • Experience working in a residential care environment
  • Experience supporting people who have a psychosocial disability
  • Relevant qualification or work experience in mental health or disability support
Working in partnership https://icla.org.au/working-in-partnership/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 23:35:14 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=120573 Assisting in life skills.. Supporting recovery.. https://icla.org.au/assisting-in-life-skills-supporting-recovery/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 23:34:59 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=120570 Living and Learning in Community we care… https://icla.org.au/living-and-learning-in-community-we-care/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 23:34:20 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=120567 Person Centred Services we care… https://icla.org.au/person-centred-services-we-care/ Tue, 27 Nov 2018 23:27:35 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=120556 Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves! https://icla.org.au/sisters-are-doin-it-for-themselves/ Wed, 07 Mar 2018 02:35:28 +0000 https://icla.org.au/?p=121206 So it is 2018, and on the eve of March 8, the eve of International Women’s Day, I have asked myself a forbidden question, is it, International Women’s Day, still relevant? I know what my heart believes.

So, we have the vote, tick; we can have a career and a family, tick; we can undertake any career that we desire, tick; we can make it to the highest political office in the land, tick. However, delve a little deeper, we are not represented equally in parliament, in board rooms, have equal pay, and yes I would argue we do not have equal standing in community. Bold statement I know but it is how I feel and this topic is loaded with emotion.

So what is the origin of International Women’s Day? The first International Women’s Day was celebrated in 1911. It is held in recognition that collective action and shared responsibility is required if we are ever to see gender parity. According to UN Secretary-General, António Guterres“Achieving gender parity equality and empowering women and girls is the unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world”. Another big, bold statement and one I believe.

In line with this thinking it is interesting to know that feminism was Merriam-Webster online dictionary’s most looked up word for 2017. The noun was looked up more than any other word, a 70 percent increase from the previous year, undoubtedly coinciding with a spike in news coverage related to women’s rights. “No one word can ever encapsulate all the news, events, or stories of a given year ” Merriam-Webster said, “But when a single word is looked up in great volume, and also stands out as one associated with several different important stories, we can learn something about ourselves through the prism of vocabulary.”

Jessica Irvine, in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, reports on the release of the findings of the first ever survey of attitudes to work by Australian women aged 16 to 40. The national survey of more than 2100 women and 500 men asked respondents to nominate what matters “a lot” to their working lives.

  • Women ranked “respect” as the number one thing they valued in the workplace, ahead of having an interesting or well-paying job.
  • One in ten women experienced sexual harassment in their current jobs. Furthermore, the report identified prevalent forms of other gender-based discrimination “such as being belittled or singled out for their physical appearance”.
  • Only 31 per cent of women thought they were treated equally at work, compared to 50 per cent of men who said the same.
  • 53 per cent of young working women expect to see an improvement in gender equality in the workforce in the coming decade, while a third expect women’s experiences to remain about the same.

So what can I make out of these facts? There is as much need today in 2018 to herald International Women’s Day as there was in 1911. There is a need to continue the national conversation about the rights, the roles and aspirations of women.

As a CEO in a sector where the workforce is predominantly female I ask myself how I can make a difference. I can work to ensure the industrial tool is not eroded or undermined, I can ensure that there is access to training and opportunity and I can ensure there is no discrimination based on age, race, and gender. I always recognise that many women hold dual jobs, one in the workplace and one in the home and that one will always impact on the other, subject to operational limitations I can offer flexibility in recognition of the important role that family plays in our lives. I can mentor younger women offering my wisdom and experience and I can encourage and make space at the table for younger women wishing to progress their careers.

As I write this article, the anthem by the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin’, “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” is playing in my head, the chorus particularly powerful:

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves.
Standin’ on their own two feet.
And ringin’ on their own bells.

On International Women’s Day, “sisters” let’s keep ringing those bells; there will be a day when we will be heard. I will mostly definitely be wearing the colour of the movement on March 8, purple, and I hope to see many more “sisters” wearing it to!