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International Society on Early Intervention Conference 2019

25 - 28 June 2019 | International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia

International Society on Early Intervention Conference 2019

International Society on Early Intervention Conference 2019Research to Practice in Early Intervention: An International Perspective25 - 28 June 2019 | International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia

Pre/Post Conference Visits

Pre/Post Conference visits in Australia and New Zealand

The Local Organising Committee is keen to ensure a broad program of professional opportunities are available to delegates attending the ISEI Conference.

The following opportunities for delegates to visit Early Childhood Intervention Organisations both within Australia (currently New South Wales and Victoria) and New Zealand are currently available. If you are interested in arranging a visit please contact the person listed with the location and they will assist you to arrange a suitable date and time.




Manly (30 minutes by ferry from City or 30 minutes by bus)

Royal Far West sees children from across rural and remote NSW with complex developmental needs. The Windmill program is our disability specific, fee for service offering that provides children with access to an immersion week of therapy on site in Manly, as well as in Community. We also deliver therapy via telecare to children who have accessed a week of therapy so as to provide continuity of care. Families may also choose to only access therapy via this modality into school, pre-school or home. Therapy staff consist of Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Dietician and Special Educators.


Contact: Fiona Phipps 

Marrickville (15 minutes from the City)

Plumtree Children’s Services. Plumtree is a community-based, not-for-profit which supports children with developmental delay and their families. We work in a transdisciplinary, key worker approach and provide support through predominantly individual visits held in the family home, early childhood settings, and school with some centre based appointments available. For more information see About Us. We also provide a variety of drop in playgroups and group programs plus focus on education of family through comprehensive training calendar (For more information see the Calendar tab on our website. We also have a paid peer workforce who deliver a variety of services including the Now and Next program. Plumtree also has an inclusive preschool in which up to 7 children with delay or disability per day are enrolled alongside 13 peers.


Contact: Sylvana Mahmic CEO, Email:

Newtown / Macquarie University

The Shepherd Centre – Giving deaf children a voice. 

The Shepherd Centre helps children with hearing loss learn to listen and speak. Their world-leading Early Intervention Program encompasses a range of specialised programs and services delivered by a team of paediatric specialists in audiology, speech pathology and child and family counselling tailored to children with hearing loss to give them the best possible start in life. Services can be accessed in-person at one of the six locations across NSW and the ACT or via their popular online program. The Shepherd Centre’s Early Intervention Program is complemented by parent education groups, playgroups and programs for social skills, music, early literacy and school readiness to ensure a holistic offering. Additionally The Shepherd Centre has two preschools offering small, language-rich environments to support children both with and without hearing loss in an integrated environment. The organisation also offers professional development workshops for health and education specialists and teachers in the field. Children can continue to receive support beyond early intervention through The Shepherd Centre’s School Age Services.

146 Burren Street, Newtown or Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University

Tuesday 25 June, 10am to 12noon - 146 Burren Street, Newtown – Please join us at 10am for a presentation, morning tea and tour of our Newtown Centre.

Tuesday 25 June, 2 to 4pm - Australian Hearing Hub, 16 University Avenue, Macquarie University – Please join us at 2pm for a tour, afternoon tea and presentation


Contact person & email address Kelly Rogers

North - Western Sydney 

A visit to STaR’s flagship Childcare Placement and Support Program will show how a cluster of up to 6 children aged 0-5 with disabilities receives special education support in each of 10 STaR-affiliated mainstream childcare centres in western and north-western Sydney. A team of Special Educators visits the centres regularly to train, mentor and support educators in conducting a functional assessment of each STaR child’s skills and in designing an individual support plan that incorporates family and therapy goals, to be implemented and monitored within the everyday activities and routines of the centre. Family support, professional development for educators and research are additional components of the program.


Contact: Margaret Meaker - General Manager, Email:

Sydney Olympic Park
Lifestart Co-operative. 
Lifestart (Head Office is based in Sydney Olympic Park) other offices located across Sydney/ Central Coast and Illawarra/ Shoalhaven regions. Visits are likely to arranged in the Sydney Metropolitan areas. 

ECEI partner in the community in select regions (specifically working with children 0-6 and their families), Service Delivery programs in select regions working with children and young people aged 0-24yrs, their families and community. Delegates should visit our website for more information about supports we provide and contact us directly to discuss their interests and arrange a time/s to visit. 


Contact: Jennifer Kemp (General Manager, Client Services) Email:


More information to come.

New Zealand


Ohomairangi Trust.  Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Kaupapa Māori early intervention and parent support, home visiting, key worker model, support of children in early childhood education centres and a range of parenting programmes.

CCS Disability Action. Multi-disciplinary early childhood Intervention. Home-based and early childhood centre based.

Contact: Lynaire Doherty. Email:



McKenzie Centre. Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Centre model with group programmes, home visits, key worker.

Conductive Education Waikato. Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Centre model with individual and group therapy, home visits and early childhood education support.

Contact: Trisha Benge. Email:



Champion Centre. Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Centre-based, individual therapy, home visits, community early childhood support.

CCS Disability Action. Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Home-based and early childhood centre based.

Conductive Education Canterbury. Multi-disciplinary early childhood intervention. Centre-based group programmes, home visits, and early childhood education centre support.

Contact: Susan Foster-Cohen. Email: