What We Do > STRATEGIC PLANNING
Our consulting approach acknowledges that long term planning processes do not fit the volatile NDIS environment. Instead, we support organisations to develop the organisational capabilities required to succeed in the rapidly evolving NDIS market.
DSC combines a deep knowledge of the NDIS with a passion for facilitating groups to reach their own solutions. Talk to us about how we can support your team to plan for the uncertain future ahead.
NDIS SUBJECT MATTER SPECIALISTS
DSC's Subject Matter Specialists are sector leaders in their fields.
Roland’s three decades of disability experience and insistence with doing thing better have earned him a reputation as one of the sectors foremost truth-tellers. He thrives on straight-talking, finding hidden business opportunities and providing insights into things that matter in disability.
Roland worked extensively on disability deinstitutionalisation, and has lectured on the politics and history of disability. From 2012-2014, he consulted on NDIS design for the National Disability & Carer Alliance and was the winner of the 2002 Harvard Club Disability Fellowship. Roland has held leadership roles in some of Australia’s best known disability organisations and is now one of Australia’s most knowledgeable NDIS consultants and trainers.
Ann is the very model of a modern Major General, a woman who gets stuff done at DSC with serious NDIS commercial smarts and an inimitable straightforward style. She has worked in the disability, mental health, and aged care sectors for over 25 years in a diverse range of management roles for both not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. Prior to joining DSC, Ann led the transition of a national organisation to the NDIS, developing Core, Capacity Building & SDA services in trial and rollout sites. Ann has first-hand experience with system and process review, acquisitions, the integration of merged/acquired services and the NDIS registration process across four states,
Ann has established and run a number of social enterprises and her experience includes designing, creating and implementing new services and products across employment, accommodation, community inclusion and training.
Leighton a consultant, facilitator, parent, former academic, self-confessed cricket tragic and committed bush walker. When he is not tramping through the bush somewhere, he is using his many talents to assists organisations with strategically important projects. Leighton is extremely passionate about creating a society that includes, values and amplifies the voice of people with disabilities. His work is deeply informed by his experience as the father of a young man with complex disability support needs.
Leighton is a member of Australia’s National Disability Insurance Agency’s Intellectual Disability Reference Group, a qualified Company Director, and a University Associate with Curtin University’s School of Occupational Therapy & Social Work. He has spoken at numerous national and international conferences, and has worked with service providers and government agencies in Australia and Canada.
Sally is our resident NDIS wonderwoman (also fondly known as our ‘pocket rocket’). Don't be disarmed by her humour, she packs a punch with her huge NDIS knowledge, intellect and energy. Sally has diverse experience across financial services, human services, B2B, B2C, for profit and for purpose industries around the world. Sally is especially passionate marketing products, services, spaces and experiences for people with a disability.
Sally is a dynamic trainer and presenter, a Certified Practicing Marketer and lecturer in Marketing at the University of Newcastle. She is a Director of the Centre for Universal Design and a past member of the NSW Disability Council. Sally was also the CEO of a disability service provider during the Hunter NDIS trial. And, she finished her Masters at Harvard (did we mention she’s dynamic?). One of Sally's three daughters, Nicky, who passed away in 2018, was an NDIS participant for four years. Sally translates her personal and professional experience into a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities for business.
Matthew is a Brisbane based consultant with extensive experience across the community, government and private sectors. He is passionate about helping organisations embrace change, pursue authentic partnerships with their customers and have the conversations that matter.
Matthew’s previous roles include managerial positions in the human services sector, leading government teams to develop quality systems and lecturing in management and planning. This diverse background enables him to respond to the particular needs and circumstances of a client.
Despite evidence to the contrary, Matthew still holds out hope that St Kilda can win a second AFL Premiership.
INSIGHT IN ACTION
Last year, we called out for nominations for the DSC Annual Provider Award for NDIS Transition. We are excited to award it to a provider who tackled the challenges of NDIS transition with creativity and fantastic stakeholder engagement.
Everyone is looking for the magical IT solution which will solve all their problems. But as Shiung explains, the problem is rarely ever about technology.
Sara profiles Enhanced Lifestyles, an SA-based organisation who took out our 2017 Award for Pioneering Organisational Adaptation.
The more you engage the experts - people with disability - in your service design, the more your services will reflect desires and aspirations of your customers. This handy co-design toolkit includes foundation principles, practical examples and engagement strategies.
Sara Gingold profiles The Art of Human Connection, a standout program for NDIS staff engagement that is an exemplary model for the sector.
In the first of our series profiling exceptional organisations, Sara Gingold details a a strategic and segmented approach to NDIS staff education.
Some recent advice to leaders in the disability space specifying a reduction in service quality as a strategy to survival has caused a stir amongst participants and their families. And rightly so. Sally Coddington explores some of the many alternatives providers have to reduce costs and improve quality.
Twas the night before Christmas and all through Australia
People were praying the scheme would not be a failure
Christmas in July had lacked some finesse
The launch of full scheme proved quite a mess...
The QLD Government recently released a set of NDIS transition resources. One we love is their guide to gauge non-financial impacts of adding or changing a services under the NDIS.
Libby Mears is the CEO of Leisure Networks, an organisation in the Barwon trial site that has been going through significant NDIS driven growth. We sat down with Libby to find out how her experience has changed in the three years since the trial site was launched.
Talks That Matter is an online video project from Belonging Matters which brings together a range of interesting people with fascinating stories to tell about disability, community, diversity and social change.
Regardless of how successful you have been in the past, the ambiguous and uncertain NDIS environment is likely to require a vastly different leadership approach. Vanessa outlines the best available models for assessing your business environment and responding appropriately.
If the NDIS has taken away the barriers to offering the services that people with disability need, why haven’t we seen the development of radically new services? Luke outlines the four key barriers to innovation and what you can do about them.
BUt don't just take our word for it...
At DSC we live, eat and breathe the NDIS. We've been working on the Scheme since before trial - Here's what some of the people we've worked with have had to say about our work:
What we do
DSC is where NDIS expertise lives. Check out the links below to find out more about our specialist NDIS work.