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Tune in as we talk about the NDIS and disability sector topics. In this podcast series, the NDS team along with studio guests explore the changing shape of the sector. You will hear the voices of experts in our sector and people with disability providing real life examples and operational advice for disability service providers.
 
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A podcast from the Foreign Policy Research Institute examining America’s role on the world stage. Every two weeks we’ll talk to experts about policy relevant news from around the world and why it matters for U.S. foreign policy. Please note this podcast was named the Middle East Brief prior to 2021.
 
Shepherd Autrey is a Quaker, a physician, and a man deeply disturbed by the madness around him as the War Between the tates bears down on his America in 1863. Dared by a friend to take an active role, Shep volunteers to provide humanitarian aid to the victims of Sherman’s scorched earth campaign in the Shenandoah Valley. There he runs foul of a Confederate recruiting drive and fi nds himself hanged by the neck from a tree. Awakening in a strange land which can’t possibly be earth, Shep is pl ...
 
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On this week's show, Aaron speak with Becca Wasser, a fellow in the defense program and co-lead of the Gaming Lab at the Center for a New American Security, about her recent article for War on the Rocks about the next National Defense Strategy, integrated deterrence, and the issues Washington should be considering as it plans for strategic competit…
 
Deb Howcroft from NDS is joined by COVID-19 vaccine champion Uli Kaplan who is a disability advocate and filmmaker. Uli talks about his belief in the vaccine program, his decision to get the vaccine, and his experience in overcoming his skepticism of it.By National Disability Services - Victoria
 
On this episode, Aaron speaks with Susannah Patton, a Research Fellow in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre, about the recent submarine agreement. For listeners, check out Susannah's latest report, Correcting the Course: How the Biden Administration can Compete for Influence in the Indo-Pacific.…
 
Deb Howcroft from NDS is joined by Vaccine Champion Peter Romer, a house supervisor in regional Victoria. Peter discusses overcoming his hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine, the importance of seeking credible information, and shares some helpful insights on assisting participants to access the vaccine.…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special episode recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and the…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special episode recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and the…
 
In the second part of a two part series on communication with staff during emergencies Daniel Muggeridge of Blue Bike Solutions talks through some of the principals and practices that can shape your communication choices during the COVID-19 pandemic.By National Disability Services - Victoria
 
To discuss recent events in Ukraine, Aaron speaks this week with Rob Lee, a FPRI Eurasia Fellow, about his recent report, Russia's Coercive Diplomacy. The conversation explores Rob's research about Russia's military build up around Ukraine and what that could signal for Russian coercive signaling during Zapad 2021.…
 
NDS Sector Consultant Graeme West is joined by Daniel Muggeridge from Blue Bike Solutions, a community sector transformation specialist provider. This is the first part in a 2 part series on communicating to staff during emergencies. In this episode, Daniel takes you through four scenarios highlighting the use of tools and technologies used to comm…
 
The Iranian government is accused of using a loitering munition to strike the tanker Mercer Street, killing two crew members. The attack is the latest incident at sea involving the Iranians and international shipping. To discuss Iranian strategy in the Persian Gulf, Aaron speaks with Afshon Ostovar, an Associate Professor of National Security Affai…
 
Clinical Champion for the Victorian COVID-19 Vaccine Champions program Dr Anita Munoz joins NDS Communications Officer Deb Howcroft to discuss the importance of getting the right information out regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. They discuss the concerns posed by the delta variant, the importance of getting vaccinated, and communicating vaccine infor…
 
Amy Whelan from client experience consultancy Mesh CX Talks to Graeme West about the importance of client experience in disability services. This episode covers the challenges of upholding a client centred focus while dealing with changes brought about by the NDIS, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the Royal Commission.…
 
In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and their intersection in Russia, Ukraine, and the post-Soviet space and beyond. This week Aaron speaks with Fabian Burkhardt, a research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, about Russian P…
 
NDS Disability Sector Consultant Graeme West is joined by Senior Policy Officer Henry Newton. Henry provides an update on important recent findings from the Disability Royal Commission and suggests some actions that providers should be taking right now. You can find more information and stay updated on the disability by googling 'nds royal commissi…
 
President Biden just finished a three-country trip, where he met with world leaders in the United Kingdom, Belgium, and in Switzerland. The main focus of the trip was to reinvigorate U.S. alliances in Europe and with NATO. To discuss the trip, Aaron spoke this week with Rachel Ellehuus, the deputy director and a senior fellow with the Europe, Russi…
 
This week we’d like to introduce a special series recorded in collaboration with FPRI’s BMB Russia, a news brief that brings together the latest on Russia’s economy, politics, business, and political risk environment. In this special series hosted by FPRI Fellow and BMB Russia founder, Aaron Schwartzbaum, we’ll explore politics, economics, and thei…
 
Safer and Stronger Project Lead Louise Currie is joined by Josie Prioletti of Catalyst Training and Disability Services where they discuss the experiences of CALD Disability Support Workers and participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. Catalyst undertook research into the main challenges disability service providers faced in 2020 and if these chal…
 
On this episode, Aaron speaks with Mike Benitez, a U.S. military officer and creator of the Merge newsletter, about the challenges of finding mobile rocket launchers in an urban environment. The views expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.…
 
Eugene Liston from NDS is joined by Bernie Goulding, OHS manager at Scope Australia, where they discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health and wellbeing in disability services. Bernie talks about how her team managed the changing needs of the workforce during this time, and the importance of taking an integrated approach to employ…
 
Graeme West of NDS talks to Maria Padisetti from Digital Armour about the challenges facing disability providers to maintain adequate cyber security and the potential consequences of security breaches. You can register for the online session on cyber security here https://www.nds.org.au/events-and-training/nds-events/how-to-manage-cyber-security-in…
 
What was your first job? What did you learn about yourself during that job? Today over 60% of secondary students have paid, after-school employment. Unfortunately, many students with disability miss out on this important opportunity. In response to this, Ticket to Work embarked on the After School Jobs Project, providing support for over 80 young p…
 
In this podcast we hear about the experiences of a disability service which has found a creative way to improve their staff supervision. Alyssa McIntyre and Dee Evans from Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities or ADEC share how their service, which supports people from ethnic backgrounds, has met the challenges of workforce supervision.…
 
The relationship between the Russian Federation and Republic of Turkey is one of the most important bilateral relationships in Eurasia today. This week Aaron chats with Robert Hamilton and Anna Mikulska, authors of FPRI's latest report "Russian-Turkish Relations and Their Implications for the West '' about the major drivers of the bilateral relatio…
 
In this episode, Aaron speaks with Mule about the lessons that the United States should from the Russian Aerospace Forces’ operations in Syria. Mule is preparing to deploy to Jordan to command an operational support squadron. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the U.S. Ai…
 
On this week's episode, Dr. Thomas Lynch joins the show to discuss his latest book, Strategic Assessment 2020: Into a New Era of Great Power Competition, which includes a series of essays about Great Power Competition and U.S. national security policy. The podcast discussed themes from the essays and U.S. policy under both President Trump and Presi…
 
In this episode we discuss the findings from the 'SVA valuation of key outcomes report'. You will hear Mitch Adams, Manager SVA Consulting and Michelle Wakeford, Ticket to Work Manager talk about the economic benefits of Ticket to Work to government, young people and their families.By National Disability Services - Victoria
 
The air war against the Islamic State was critical to the territorial defeat of the group's territorial caliphate and a key enabler of American partner operation led ground combat. To discuss the air war, Aaron spoke this week with Stacie L. Pettyjohn, director of the Strategy and Doctrine Program of RAND Project AIR FORCE, and Becca Wasser, a fell…
 
Alan Hough from Purpose at Work presents on the role of clinical governance in disability service provision as a means of promoting quality and safeguarding. He outlines the meaning of clinical governance, how it relates to corporate governance, and how clinical governance may differ for different service providers. This episode is part of the NDS …
 
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has launched a global posture review, shortly after taking office. To discuss the process and the likely implications for U.S. posture in the Central Command area of operation, Aaron speaks this week with Becca Wasser, a Fellow at the Center for New American Security's Defense Program and Co-Lead, The Gaming Lab.…
 
Nikki Fraser, Chief Financial Officer at SASI Victoria join's NDS sector consultant Graeme West to discuss a range of software solutions for different business areas like client management, HR processes, finance, and more. This episode is part of the NDS Safer and Stronger Podcast series. This series aims to help disability service providers naviga…
 
When two staff members and then a client in a residential setting tested positive for COVID-19 the team at Ability Assist had to act quickly to appraise the situation, contact trace, and enact measures to limit the spread of infection. Cindy Thomassen, CEO of Ability Asist joins Dylan Snowden from the NDS Safer and Stronger team and shares how her …
 
Great power competition is likely to outlast the Trump presidency. To discuss the Biden Administration’s national security priorities and the role that special forces are likely to play, Aaron speaks with Tim Ball, a special forces officer and a fellow in FPRI’s National Security Program.By Foreign Policy Research Instit
 
ANSVAR's Anthony Black joins NDS sector consultant Graeme west to discuss the need for disability providers to adopt contemporary board models, board roles in internal auditing processes, and demonstrating sound risk management This episode is part of the NDS Safer and Stronger Podcast series. This series aims to help disability service providers n…
 
Natarsha Warren from Bayley House in Melbourne describes her team's experience from a positive COVID-19 case in their day service, and some learnings they took from the experience including the importance of having an effective COVIDSafe plan This episode is part of the NDS Safer and Stronger Podcast series. This series aims to help disability serv…
 
Welcome to the first episode in the NDS Safer and Stronger Podcast series. This series aims to help disability service providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing information and experiences from professionals and providers. In this episode Professor John Catford from the DHHS joins the NDS team to discuss proper COVID response for your wor…
 
The war in Nagorno-Karabakh is a human tragedy, but also provides observers the opportunity to monitor modern conflict and think closely about lessons for Western militaries. To discuss the on-going conflict and what it may mean for future combat, Aaron speaks this week with Michael Kofman, Director of the Russia Studies Program at the CNA, Jack Wa…
 
A few weeks ago, an AI algorithm beat a human pilot in a series of simulated dogfights, as part of the AlphaDogfight challenge to “demonstrate the feasibility of developing effective, intelligent autonomous agents capable of defeating adversary aircraft in a dogfight." The simulation touched off debate about the future of air combat. To discuss thi…
 
Events in Syria have brought American and Russian militaries into close contact. In recent weeks, a video emerged showing Russian helicopters flying low over an American patrol, and it was later revealed that US soldiers were injured when a Russian vehicle rammed an American vehicle. To discuss ground deconfliction, Aaron spoke this week with Bob H…
 
Israel and the United Arab Emirates agreed to begin negotiations to normalize relations, so long as Prime Minister Netanyahu suspends his plans to annex the West Bank. The move was widely welcomed as beneficial for regional stability, but also raised questions about whether it was sustainable. To discuss the agreement, Aaron spoke with Dr. Joshua K…
 
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