Melissa Hale is the coordinator of Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) which resources and builds the capacity of the disability advocacy sector in Victoria. Melissa has a passion for disability advocacy and to see bridges built where barriers once were. Professionally, Melissa came to DARU after five years managing Deaf Victoria, where she, in conjunction with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, was a major contributor to the Auslan Interpreting in Public Hospital inquiry. She also coordinated a national conference to discuss and create a plan of action for barriers of accessing Mental Health support for Deaf and hard of hearing people.
Friday 15th September, 2017: 9:30am - 9:50am
An Elder representing VACHO will open proceedings with a Welcome to Country. Melissa Hale, DARU Coordinator will be the MC for the day and will cover house-keeping and introduce the conference theme.