Rhubarb - ISADD Newsletter
ISADD Newsletter - Editorial

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Another year is underway, and in WA, we welcome a new intake of DSC-funded families. I trust you, and newcomers elsewhere, will enjoy reading our Newsletter, “Rhubarb”, which we endeavour to publish every two months – although at times, it stretches to three, depending on what news is available to publish, and other demands on the Editor’s time.

I will also mention here that there is no more news on whether ISADD has any chance of receiving the 15% increase in funding granted last year to other WA agencies in order that they could improve their services. For now, we battle on without it, meaning that we have little chance to improve our service, or to adequately reimburse personnel for the work they do. It really is a most inequitable situation! One wonders if there are covert motives to the Government’s actions, are they trying to cut spending by driving some agencies out of business – meaning there would be less services they would have to fund?

In this issue there is news, a report from the ABAI international conference held in Spain last November, a report of our recently held Case Manager Training course, and other bits and pieces of information. I hope it makes interesting reading.

Daryl Cooper





To Zenia Lotach, Lithuanian Case Manager on the birth of her son, Joris. Or as they say in Lithuania, “Sveikiname!”


Sadly, we are saying Farewell to Psychologist, Jaimee Smith after a long career with ISADD, where she started as a Therapist while still studying for her degree.

After qualifying, she was promoted to Case Manager and Psychologist Registrar, and soon to full-time Psychologist. She has travelled extensively with ISADD, including South Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia and Singapore – and even as far as Texas USA, where she attended an ABAI conference.

Jaimee will be well-known to Perth families, as she has for the past couple of years, presented the Introductory workshop which all families attend: a job she did in exemplary fashion.

Jaimee’s contribution to ISADD in the past has been immense, and we thank her sincerely for her efforts, and wish her well for the future.


To the new Case Managers who successfully completed their two week training course in Perth in December:

  • Emina Cholich – WA
  • Nysha Joseph – WA
  • Suzanne Mitchell – WA
  • Nadija Panich – WA
  • Marijana Sinkovic – Vic
  • Susan Zebic – Vic
  • Anna Ritson – Tas
  • Rebecca Robinson – SA
  • Kelly Shennan – NZ
  • Yvonne Chua – Singapore
  • Astrid Kiesekoms from Belgium, who attended the course as part of her internship with ISADD

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