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Aug 25, 2011
James O'Brien

Star studded DisabiliTEA sends the message – Every Australian Counts!

Check out the attached video clip from the recent DisabiliTEA hosted by Moonya in Wonthaggi in southern Victoria.

The Moonya DisabiliTEA was a star studded affair, with guest appearances from Packed to the Rafters star Angus McLaren and Olympian Linda Ryan – whose presence may have inspired the tailor made ‘green and gold’ campaign tee shirts amongst the crowd!

Over 300 people enjoyed the carnival type atmosphere, complete with musicians, face painters and jumping castles.

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Aug 4, 2011

DisabiliTea wrap: Ipswich

Ipswich DisabiliTea afternoon was organised by Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN Ipswich Regional Facilitators Peter & Linda Tully) with the support of Ipswich City Council Seniors & Disabilities Community Development Officer (Karri Browne) and Carers Queensland Ipswich Regional Carer Services Officer (Alex Galea).

See more photos and stories from Tuesday’s DisabiliTea on Facebook.

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Jul 28, 2011
Fiona Anderson

Ipswich Council is counted in

Congratulations to Ipswich Council – the first local government council in Queensland to support the introduction of the NDIS.

DisabiliTea-ready: Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, QDN Peter Tully and Linda Tully and Cr Sheila Ireland

To demonstrate its support for the NDIS Ipswich Council Mayor Paul Pisasale said Council was proud to support the DisabiliTEA afternoon on August 2 to help raise awareness of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) proposal by the Productivity Commission. The DisabiliTea is co-hosted by QDN-Ipswich, Carers Qld and Ipswich Council.
Details: DisabiliTEA Afternoon, Tuesday, 2 August 2011, Auditorium, Humanities Centre, 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm, Ipswich
RSVP: Peter & Linda Tully –
Everyone welcome!

Jul 27, 2011
Daniel Kyriacou

One Break You Should Take – By Wendy Harmer

By Wendy Harmer July 27, 2011 Posted on her website at

Fancy a Tuesday cuppa and a bikkie that could bring about a better deal for people with disability, their carers and families? Trust me, this is one tea break you really should take.

It’s called DisabiliTea and on August 2 at 900 events, some 20,000 Australians will be taking part in what’s been called the biggest disability campaign in the nation’s history.

North, south, east, west – in cosy lounge rooms, offices and on sunny sea-side decks – all across Australia, the kettle’s on!

It’s all in support of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), a revolution in health services that will mean that if you are ever disabled – no matter whether it’s a disability acquired at birth, through accident, ill-health or old age – the money and services will be there to support you.

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Jul 25, 2011
James O'Brien

Athol Guy from The Seekers invites us to DisabiliTEA!!!

Athol Guy from The Seekers invites us to DisabiliTEA!!!

Athol Guy from the legendary Australian music group The Seekers has joined the Every Australian Counts campaign by acting as an ambassador for the forthcoming DisabiliTEA event at Woodend in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

Here Athol is pictured catching up with Macedon Ranges Shire Councillor Helen Relph, who recently sponsored a resolution to have Macedon Ranges Shire Council come on board as formal supporters of the campaign.

Athol has an enduring commitment to the wellbeing of people with disabilities, their families and carers.

The Seekers played their hit song,  “The Carnival is Over” as part of the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Paralympics.

The Woodend DisabiliTEA will be at the Woodend Community Centre from 10am on Tuesday 2 August. To join Athol, Helen and many others from the local community, please rsvp by emailing Bev Watson at:


Jul 22, 2011

20,000 Australians say ‘Count Us In’ for Fair Go for Disability

Media Release:

July 21, 2011: More than 20,000 Australians will attend 900 events around the country calling for a better deal for people with a disability, their families and carers in this country.

On August 2 Australians will be getting together at DisabiliTea, a nationwide event held as part of the Every Australian Counts campaign.

The Every Australian Counts campaign is calling on the Federal government to introduce a National Disability Insurance Scheme to better support Australians with a disability and their families.

Campaign organisers have been overwhelmed with the response to the event which has become the biggest national disability campaign in Australia’s history.

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Jul 19, 2011
Daniel Kyriacou

24 hours until registrations close for the DisabiliTEA.

So far a whopping 809 DisabiliTEA’s have been registered.

Registrations close at 5pm on Wednesday the 20th of July. That’s tomorrow night.

You can register by clicking here:

The DisabiliTEA will be the largest disability event in Australia’s history. Join in the movement and host a tea on August 2nd

If you don’t wish to host a DisabiliTEA you can find a public event to attend near your home by using the TEA FINDER by clicking:

Jul 8, 2011
Daniel Kyriacou

DisabiliTEA – More than 500 registered already!

The Every Australian Counts Campaign has been overwhelmed by individuals, disability organisations, local councils and community groups registering to hold a DisabiliTea.

As of June 8th more than 520 different events have been registered nationally.

This is an unprecedented number of people participating in events big and small right across the country – an event on a scale the disability community has not seen before.

Every Australian Counts Campaign Director John Della Bosca said that August 2 would be a critical day in the campaign.

“Support for the campaign grows every day – but on August 2 we will be announcing ourselves to the Australian community as a movement that cannot be ignored,” he said.

The amazing response to DisabiliTea has resulted a short delay in getting packs out to supporters. But don’t worry – we expect to have caught up with demand by the middle of next week. In the meantime you can get going and download DisabiliTEA materials at:

Registrations for the DisabiliTEA don’t close until Friday the 22nd of July. You can register to be a part of this h

istoric event at

Anyone can host a tea at home with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues. Organisations big and small can host a tea and invite clients, staff, supporters and local community members.

You could even invite your local Federal MP to hear firsthand how the NDIS could change the lives of people with a disability, their families and carers in this country.

DisabiliTea comes one week after the Government receives its confidential copy of the final Productivity Commission report into disability care and support. It is the day we can say with one voice to the members of the Australian Parliament  - “The time has come to revolutionise disability services in Australia. The time has come to make every Australian count. The time has come for an NDIS”.

Jul 5, 2011
Fiona Anderson

3 weeks to go …

3 weeks to go ...

Until the Productivity Commission delivers to the Federal Government its final report into Disability Care and Support, recommending the introduction of a national disability insurance scheme (NDIS).

The NDIS has the potential to transform the lives of people with disability and their families, changing the system from a charity-mindset to a focus on investing in people.

But it won’t happen without your support.  How do we convince the government and the federal opposition to support the NDIS?

1  Learn about the proposed NDIS

The next Queensland NDIS community forum is at Ipswich, 11am, 11 July, Auditorium, Humanities Building, 56 South Street.  Smaller NDIS information sessions can be held for your group or organisation – for inquiries email

2  Support the NDIS – it takes 10 seconds!

Go to and add your name to the supporters’ list.  We need 100,000 supporters.  When you’ve signed up your support, send it to your friends and ask them to support the NDIS.

3.  Register for DisabiliTea

An easy, fun way to spread the word about the NDIS.  DisabiliTeas will be held across Australia on 2 August.  For info or to register to host a DisabiliTea go to  Over 300 people have registered already!


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