sunflower program

The program aims to provide more assistance to residents with chronic health conditions or hidden disabilities.


The Sunflower Program is an innovative project aimed at raising awareness and providing support for people with hidden disabilities and chronic health conditions.

Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it is not there

Globally 1 in 6 of us live with a disability. That is approximately 1.3 billion people.

But while some of us experience a disability that is visible, many have a non-visible condition or experience a combination of both visible and non-visible conditions. These disabilities can be temporary, situational or permanent.

Some examples of hidden disabilities include autism, anxiety, dementia, epilepsy and hearing loss. Chronic health conditions can include arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, severe allergies and sleep disorders.

sunflower program
Ku-ring-gai Council recently became a member of the Sunflower Program, meaning that its staff are being trained to assist children and adults with hidden disabilities or chronic health conditions.

The program works through free lanyards or bracelets showing the sunflower symbol, which residents simply wear to show Council staff that they need extra support, understanding or time.

The sunflower lanyards and bracelets are available at the following locations:

  • The Council’s customer service centre, Level 4 818 Pacific Highway Gordon
  • All Ku-ring-gai libraries
  • Ku-ring-gai Fitness and Aquatic Centre at West Pymble
  • The Wildflower Garden at St Ives
  • Ku-ring-gai Art Centre at Roseville
  • Ku-ring-gai Neighbourhood Centre at St Ives

Mayor Jeff Pettett said staff in these locations were being trained to recognise the lanyards and bracelets and provide support to people as required.

“Residents with a hidden disability or health condition can now be confident our frontline staff will be empathetic and considerate if they need extra help,” he said.

Images: Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Australia & New Zealand Facebook page

For more information about the Sunflower Program visit

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