News in brief

LIVERPOOL school 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 would be able to take part in a range of races and novelty events like the noodle race and ping pong event. "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 fully supervised by Northcott staff to ensure each student taking part has the fun they deserve."

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Get kids vaccinated

SOUTH Western Sydney Medicare Local is encouraging parents to make sure their children are 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 officer Rene Pennock said 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 in our neighbouring countries," Mr Pennock said.