A community information expo for aged care and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will be held by the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (DDHHS) in conjunction with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Public Health Network (DDWMPHN) on Friday, 1 June, 2018.
The expo will be from 10am to 2pm at HumeRidge Church of Christ, 461 Hume Street, Toowoomba and will feature information booths, NDIS and aged care displays and health and wellness stalls.
DDHHS consumer and community engagement officer Donna Lucas said the expo provides an opportunity for the community to access a vast array of information supporting healthy lifestyles.
"We have more than 60 exhibitors booked in, giving people the opportunity to connect with local NDIS service providers, aged care service providers and health and wellbeing suppliers," Ms Lucas said.
"Whether you would like to talk to someone about your own care of the care of a loved one, the range of options can seem overwhelming," she said.
"The expo will provide access to the latest information and the opportunity to explore and connect with care choices, all under the one roof, helping you to find the most suitable options for your particular circumstances."
Exhibitors will be from the government, government-funded and private sectors, and include the local area co-ordinator for NDIS, AusCare, St Vincent’s Care Services, Mercy Community Services, Toowoomba Transport Services, BlueCare, Big Dog Support Services, Alzheimer’s Association, Dementia Australia, Carers Queensland, Lifetec, Right at Home, Anglicare, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific health organisations.
An opening ceremony will start at 10.15am featuring guest speakers including Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts, Member for Toowoomba South David Janetzki, Toowoomba Regional Council mayor Paul Antonio, and DDWMPHN chief executive officer Merrilyn Strohfeldt.
The expo will be officially opened by Darling Hospital and Health Service Board Chair Mr Mike Horan AM.
Anyone wanting to connect with aged care providers or interested in learning more about the NDIS or healthy living options is encouraged to attend. Entry is free and there will be light refreshments.
Two mini buses will be transporting people from retirement villages and aged care facilities who wish to attend the expo – to organise pick up and drop off please phone 0472 863 658.