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 to understand the impact this will have on the practice of disability advocacy.


NDIS Quality and Safeguards Framework  
Miranda Bruyniks, NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework Complaints Commissioner

The NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework has considered the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities and provides an avenue of accountability for upholding these rights.  Miranda Bruyniks will introduce the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Commission and how it works to help you and your clients.

The NDIS and mental health: A game of snakes and ladders
Jenny Bretnall

The landscape for mental health is in fluctuation and no one at this stage knows with certainty what it will eventually look like.  While service providers, the broader health system and the NDIS continue to tussle in this time of change – the one constant in all of this are the consumers of mental health services; people with mental health conditions. Focusing on delivery services; whether that be the health system, service providers or the NDIS, Jenny will provide a snapshot on the current state of play (or abandonment) felt by consumers of mental health services. Neil-Turton Lane (VMIAC) will also talk about the latest changes in the NDIS sphere as it relates to psychosocial disability.

The Strength of Advocacy Shared Intelligence
Geoff Southwell, Leadership Plus

Demand for advocacy  is growing,  the rules are changing and dealing with new situations challenges our knowledge every day. Now, with the development of a new app, advocates can connect to share information, advice or fresh perspectives to support their advocacy work.

Teachers Toolkits for Students with little or no speech
Monique Sweetland, Communication Rights Australia

This toolkit was developed through a collaborative process with educators, speech pathologists, students with communication support needs and their families, and the Victorian Department of Education. It provides teachers with the latest information and practical step-by-step recommendations for supporting students with little or no speech,   to reach their highest potential both academically and socially.


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Tue 27th Nov, 201811:00am - 4:00pmQueen Victoria Women's Centre
Victoria Room Level 4
210 Lonsdale Street

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Event type:
ASC forum

Contact person:
Natasha Brake

Phone number:
03) 9639 5807


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