Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum

This forum series provides a space for advocates to gain practical information and share knowledge by participating in topical, interactive sessions. It’s more imperative than ever to keep abreast with the ever changing disability services and supports landscape with the introduction of the NDIS and to understand the impact this will have on the practice of disability advocacy.

May forum agenda

Disability Advocacy by the Numbers 2012-16 Report Launch

DARU has completed the Disability Advocacy by the Numbers report which showcases the trends and issues that Disability Advocacy Organisations are working on across the sector.

Family Violence and People with Disability- Alison McDonald, Domestic Violence Victoria

Domestic Violence Victoria will discuss the family violence reforms and how this impacts on people with disability experiencing family violence. This session will also cover protections/reforms there are for people with disability, and anything else that advocates working with people with disabilities in vulnerable situations need to know.

Child Protection- Barbara Carter and Kate Fitt

This session will cover the issues around child protection and how to support parents with disability in their dealings with child protection. Barbara Carter was the author of a two part report titled “Whatever Happened to the Village; the removal of children from parents with disability” and Kate Fitt was the author of “Our Forgotten Families; issues and Challenges faced by parents with a disability in Victoria”.

Self-Managed vs Agency Managed Plans: Plan Management options in the NDIS- Carl Thompson, AFDO

Carl Thompson will give an in-depth overview of the pros and cons of self-managing or opting for an agency to manage NDIS plans.

Office for Disability Update- Felix Neighbour, Office for Disability

This session provides a unique opportunity for the Office for Disability to update the sector directly on key government initiatives including ongoing work to strengthen the Victorian Disability Advocacy Program.

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Thu 18th May, 201711:00am - 4:00pmQueen Victoria Women's Centre
Victoria Room
Level 4/210 Lonsdale Street
Tue 21st Nov, 201711:00am - 4:00pmQueen Victoria Women's Centre
Victoria Room
Level 4/210 Lonsdale Street

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Event type
Sector Forum
Contact Person
Natasha Brake
Phone number
(03) 9639 5807
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