Swimming carnival for disabled students

Students with disabilities are invited to take part in two swimming carnivals in March.

Disability service provider Northcott has organised the carnivals to give students the chance to take a dip in a safe, accessible and inclusive way.

Jodie Wilkins, Northcott's recreation service manager, said students could participate in events including the noodle race and table tennis. "In the past the carnivals have only been open to students with physical disabilities, but this year we are going bigger and opening it up to students with intellectual disabilities as well," she said.

"The carnivals are supervised by Northcott staff who will be on hand to ensure each student has the fun they deserve."

Details: visit, northcott.com.au or phone 9890 0143.

Vaccination reminder

South Western Sydney Medicare Local is encouraging parents to make sure their child is fully immunised.

New legislation means children in schools, kindergartens, childcare centres and preschools cannot be enrolled unless documentation is provided proving the child is immunised.

Medicare Local chief executive Rene Pennock said that it was vital children were fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.

The National Immunisation Program provides immunisations for children against measles, diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, hepatitis B, meningococcal C and pneumococcal disease.

"These diseases are still very widespread in many other areas of the world, particularly neighbouring countries," he said.

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