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Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals (SCIP) Meeting - March 2017

2 March, 2017

The Professionals with SCI Network Group gets a new name and a fresh look, including some exciting changes and initiatives! Meet the newly named Spinal Cord Injury Network of Professionals, also known as SCIP!

SCIP is an open network of professionals, academics and people with spinal cord injury (SCI), that aims to provide networking opportunities for career development and progression, and to help individuals navigate their own pathways to employment.

SCIP held its latest meeting on March 2, 2017. Meeting attendees discussed the new SCIP website; deemed neater, more efficient and a better representation of the group. Lonely Planet, a group members’ workplace, has also generously offered to help design the SCIP information pamphlet and logo, in co-ordination with the website. While still a work in progress, you can check out the SCIP website.

The group also discussed Spire’s aim to develop specialist peer-support employment coaching as part of its Pathways to Employment Project. The aim of this project is to strengthen and expand the capacity of the existing, general peer-support volunteer group, to provide employment support for those with SCI. Specialists may come from the general peer-support group, SCIP group members or others in the SCI community. A new Spire intern from Melbourne University is helping to develop web-based e-learning resources that will be used to train the various employment specialists. Watch this space!!

Some of the topics of interest include:

  • Superannuation
  • Employment related disability rights
  • Pre-compensation employment issues (early barriers to employment thrown up by the compensation determination process)
  • Disability support pension and employment
  • Redundancy
  • NDIS

Potential dates, topics, speakers and methods of delivery are yet to be determined.

The meeting brought together constructive ideas and innovative ways to take the group forward. The group have a busy couple of months ahead bringing all these new ideas to realisation.

SCIP is an initiative of Spire's Pathways to Employment Project and the project’s Advisory Group.

SCIP is an open group, therefore, if you are an individual living with a SCI, or an employer who would like to explore their diversity and disability employment options, please contact the Spire Project Officer: [email protected]

Event Details

Thursday, 25 May 2017

04:00 PM

Lonely Planet Corporate Office

551 Swanston St, Carlton VIC 3053

Session from Maurice Blackburn on areas including: Superannuation, Employment related disability rights, Redundancy, NDIS, Disability support pension and more!

Tags: Events, SCIP, Employment