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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.



Sydney, New South Wales

Allambie Heights (35 minutes by car from City)

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) Head Office is based in Allambie Heights, other offices located across Sydney, Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra/Shoalhaven and Central West regions. Visits can be arranged at any site. 

CPA is a trusted and experienced early childhood intervention service for babies and children diagnosed with or at risk of cerebral palsy, autism, global developmental delay, acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophies, stroke and genetic syndromes throughout NSW and ACT.

Our early intervention program makes the most of a child’s early development through the use of best practice early intervention principles and the latest international science in neuroplasticity. We create innovative and evidence-based interventions that give children significant and long lasting results.

The Cerebral Palsy Early Diagnosis Clinic is a bulk-billed diagnostic clinic for babies at high risk of cerebral palsy. The clinic aims to fast track diagnosis and enable quicker access to early interventions, family support and better outcomes for the future.

Infants 12 months or younger are eligible if they have clinical history indicating risk for cerebral palsy or motor dysfunction. The clinic comprises an expert multi-disciplinary team, including a paediatric neurologist, social worker, occupational therapist, physiotherapist and speech pathologist. The team conduct comprehensive assessment, which includes physical (including vision and pain), neurological, motor function, feeding, communication and parent well-being.


Contact: Jo Ford

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 have developed a comprehensive program for the site visits for more informtion please click here.

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:

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

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.


Contact person & email address Kelly Rogers

North Rocks, North-West Sydney (public transport from the CBD will require a train and bus)
Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC)

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of early childhood early intervention, education, therapy and cochlear implant services for children and adults with vision or hearing loss. We deliver family-centered, evidence based early intervention services within a transdisciplinary keyworker model in our Early Learning Programs, preschools and via tele-practice. RIDBC has 20 sites across Australia. The North Rocks site is RIDBC’s largest site with a variety of education and clinical service offerings. We offer a range of communication approaches for children with hearing loss including Auditory-Verbal Therapy, Auslan or other communication methods such as pictures in order to address each child and family’s individual communication needs and goals. For children with vison impairment, we work with families to support their child’s early exploration and mobility skills, development of meaningful interactions and concepts, and early literacy through Braille, large print, low vision aids and/or assistive technology. Individual sessions and groups are provided, e.g. play groups and parent-to-parent support groups.

Monday 24th of June 2019 between 10am-4.30pm  


Contact: Inge Kaltenbrunn (; or Harzita Hashim (


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:

Melbourne, Victoria

Full day forum and visits
Hosted by the Centre for Community Child Health (CCCH), Royal Children’s Hospital and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victoria and Tasmania) a morning forum will discuss: Best practice in ECI in Victoria: Support for the inclusion of children with a disability in Early Childhood Education and Care and Schools; and Current challenges in practice. The afternoon will include visits to ECI agencies located centrally to Melbourne.

This forum will be run in the week prior to the ISEI conference and in the week after the conference, based on demand. The dates will be finalised with prospective participants.

Contact: John Forster –

Visits to Early Childhood Intervention services – Melbourne
Visits with individual services can be organised directly (organised by distance from Central Melbourne).

Note: In Australia the term Key Worker is used for a role like a Primary Service Provider.

Royal Children’s Hospital
We are offering early childhood intervention services to families with children aged 0-6 with a developmental delay or disability.  We work using the key worker model and work in children’s natural environments.



Melbourne City Mission
At Melbourne City Mission we base our service model on the ‘trans-disciplinary key worker’ model, which is recognised as best practice under the NDIS.  One worker from within the team will act as a key contact for a family and will work alongside the family to achieve their goals, assist help coordinate services, support families access their local community services and ensure communication is at the forefront of our work.



Noahs Ark Inc
Noah’s Ark offers a range of everyday learning and therapy services for children aged 0-8 years across Victoria, as well as training Early Childhood Intervention teams and early childhood educators in routines based early childhood intervention and inclusion. Our approach to Early Childhood Intervention is based on the ‘key worker’ model in which one worker from within the team acts as a primary therapist for a family and works alongside the family to achieve their goals.



Aurora School (Department of Education and Training)
Aurora School provides optimal learning environments for young (0-7 Years) Deaf and Deafblind children and their families across the State of Victoria. We support children and families in their home, in small group programs and in the centre based early education kindergarten and school program. Our specific focus is on communication and language development through a bilingual program (English and Auslan) and support for families and the child’s community.



Biala Peninsula
Biala Peninsula is an early childhood intervention service with a registered children’s service venue as its operations base. An extensive and innovative range of services, supports, resources and information is provided by the 40 strong education and therapy staff team for children and their families with additional services in training and professional development for staff in the early years sector.



New Zealand

To assist New Zealand operators to make travel arrangements to attend the ISEI Conference, please contact Susan Foster-Cohen at by 15th April.


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: