Change of Date for Advocacy Sector Conversations- 9th July 2019

Please note that the Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum has had a date change. Previously it was to be held on 25th June, however due to so many conflicting events, we have decided to postpone this forum.

The new forum date is Tuesday 9th July 2019 at 11-4pm, at St Michaels Hall, 120 Collins Street Melbourne.  If you have not been to St Michaels before, this is not in the church, but in the building just behind it, on the ground floor.

Please  register here on Eventbrite to book your spot.

Agenda for the day:

Disability Advocates working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities; Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund Initiatives  – Lance Yousten (RIAC) and Deb Verdon (GDA)

Grampians disAbility Advocacy and Rights Information Advocacy Centre both have projects funded by the Disability Advocacy Innovation Grants round to engage with and reach out to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability and the communities they live in.

RIAC and GdA will provide a presentation that details the outcomes and learnings of their work over the past two years. It will include time for a discussion of the challenges presented by NDIA/Indigenous understandings of disability, and associated issues, as raised by Scott Avery from First Peoples Disability Network in his publication ‘Culture Is Inclusion’. Scott was a presenter at a previous DARU Sector Conversation

Sexual Lives and Respectful RelationshipsDr Amie O’Shea, Monica Wellington and SL&RR Peer Educators

Sexuality is often overlooked, or left until last in the practice of supporting people with disability.

With a focus on sexuality for people with cognitive impairment (intellectual disability and acquired brain injury) and drawing on our work with LGBTIQ people with disability, this presentation will introduce the rights-based program Sexual Lives & Respectful Relationships as told by Peer Educators experienced in the program. We will also reflect on the broader themes in research and practice relating to sexuality and disability including developing a focus on rights, sexual ableism and how to promote voice and lived experience.

VicHealth Indicators Survey- Supplementary Report Disability Maya Rivis, Manager – Health Promotion Operations

The presentation will cover key findings from the VicHealth Indicators Survey 2015 supplementary report on disability.  The VicHealth Indicators survey is a population-level survey focused on behaviors and attitudes associated with chronic disease risk conducted every four years.  The findings show inequities in health and wellbeing exist between Victorians with a disability and those without.  VicHealth consulted with organizations working to improve outcomes for people with disability in Victoria around what could be done to address these inequities.  The key insights from this consultation will also be presented.

We will end the day with an Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Information Session.