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What does early intervention really mean, what is best practice in different population groups and how is this changing under the NDIS?

Early intervention is something we talk about when children are first diagnosed, or acquire a disability. It includes specialised support and therapy, skill development, family centred practice and supporting families and caregivers. In this episode we look at what early intervention means, and how it works for different population groups. We talk about research projects that are looking at best practice early intervention and developing tools that can be used in a range of cultures, and look at the changing landscape of early intervention under the NDIS. We also discuss what early intervention looks like for families, and how every journey is different.  

Guests: Cassie and Audrey, Elizabeth Callinan, Karen Dimmock, from the Association for Children with Disability, Tim Moore from the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Department of Paediatrics, Alicia Spittle from the Department for Physiotherapy and Anita D'Aprano from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences  at the University of Melbourne.

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Producer: Joel Supple | Host: Tessa de Vries | Co-production: Mellissa Kavenagh and Sara Donaldson

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