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Mary Kealy – Balancing Innovation & Stability – the challenge of organisational change

September 8, 2014 @ 9:00 am - September 9, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Agency Transformation

Balancing Innovation & Stability – the challenge of organisational change

About the Event

Increased choice and control; individualised support and self-direction are important features of the NDIS, which is designed to support people with a disability to become empowered, valued members of their communities.

However, for agencies, working out how to genuinely serve and partner with people with disability and their families on a day to day, issue by issue basis can be complex. For those founded as group models, ‘undoing’ the group to serve people one by one adds further layers of complexity.

CRU is offering a two day event to explore this topic. Mary Kealy will share her experience as CEO of an organisation that underwent significant change.

This event will have limited numbers to enable conversation and down to earth discussion with the presenter and fellow participants. It is designed to offer useful insights into the key requirements for services to undertake this change.

Topics will include:

  • Initial decisions regarding service & agency transformation
  • Processes and strategies that helped move innovation forward
  • Revising the use of agency authority
  • Key leadership challenges in generating & initiating this change
  • Meeting the complex needs of multiple stakeholders
  • Outcomes e.g. downsizing and closing some group homes
  • Building capacity to sustain the changes

Who should attend?

This event will be of most relevance to people who have decision making authority around the design and direction of services eg Managers, Board members, Co-ordinators.  However others who are interested in authentic service transformation are also encouraged to attend.

The Presenter

Mary KealyMary Kealy is the former CEO of Brothers of Charity, Clare, in the West of Ireland. Over a ten year period, Mary led a radical change in how support was provided. The agency’s focus changed from supporting people in segregated group settings to supporting each individual to pursue opportunities, enabling them to live a ‘real life in a real place’.


As a lead consultant for a family leadership organisation, LEAP she shares her experiences in Ireland and internationally.



Preference will be given to two day registrants but if there are vacancies we are happy to consider single day registrations for the Monday. Please email CRU on cru@cru.org.au if you can only attend the Monday and wish to be placed on a wait list in the occurance that places are available.

**RSVP by Friday 29th August ** Numbers are limited **

Need some assistance with fees?

CRU has some capacity to reduce registration fees and assist with other costs, particularly for people with disability and family members not sponsored by an organisation.

Please indicate on the registration form (in the ‘Additional Information’ section) if you require a fee reduction or other assistance to attend and a CRU consultant will contact you.

* Copies of the bursary policy are available from the CRU office.

No refunds for cancellations made 7 days prior to the event.  Substitutes accepted.

Contact cru@cru.org.au


September 8, 2014 @ 9:00 am
September 9, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
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