Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016

Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference

Putting rights centre stage

Friday 2 September @ NAB, The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands


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It’s a huge year for people with disability coming to terms with the impact of the NDIS roll out across Australia. This conference is uniquely positioned to consider the crucial role of disability advocacy in safeguarding the rights of people with disability through this biggest reform since Medicare.

We’re Putting rights centre stage with sessions on promoting rights into the future, the role of advocacy in safeguarding against abuse and neglect, and applying a human rights-based approach to consumer-directed service delivery. Speakers and panelists will provide a range of perspectives gained from lived experience, evidence based research and applied practice in disability advocacy.

Rights Retrospective is the pre-conference event that celebrates the 30-year anniversary of funded disability advocacy in Australia. This multimedia session will take us through the history of the disability rights movement globally,  and remind us of the local campaigns and personalities that laid the foundation for a future where rights are respected for all.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability. This includes disability advocates, self advocates, people with disability, legal workers, government and non government officers, community workers and allied health professionals.
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This conference is hosted by Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) with the support of a conference planning committee:

  • Melissa Coe, DARU
  • Natasha Brake, DARU
  • Melanie Muir, Disability Advocacy Victoria
  • Sue Smith, Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
  • Mary Sayers, Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
  • Nick Lawler, representing the Victorian Regional Advocacy Network (VicRAN)
  • Maureen D’Arcy, representing the Local Government Disability Planners Network
  • Peta Ferguson, Brain Injury Matters (representing the consumer voice)

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Speakers announced for Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 2016

We will certainly be “Putting Rights Centre Stage” at this year’s Strengthening Disability Advocacy conference with a heap of speakers who know a thing or two about rights!

The conference planning committee is very pleased to confirm the following speakers with more to come:

  • Minister Martin Foley MP
  • Mary Mallett, Disability Advocacy Network Australia
  • Jax (Jacki) Brown, Advocate and Performer
  • Daniel Leighton, Inclusion Melbourne
  • Robyn Gaile, Australian Federation of Disability organisations
  • Deborah Glass, Victorian Ombudsman
  • Lauren Henly, Advocate
  • Dr Patsie Frawley, Senior Research Fellow at Monash University
  • Trevor Carroll, Disability Justice Advocacy

We’re also thrilled to announce The Rights Tough, our own in-house band, who will be performing live at the Rights Retrospective. Further details for this pre-conference event coming soon.

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Sarah Barton to MC the Rights Retrospective

We are thrilled that Sarah Barton has agreed to be the MC for our special Rights Retrospective event.

Sarah Barton has worked mainly as a documentary writer and director since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film and Television in 1992. She is probably best known for her work with No Limits, an award winning community television series (2003),which looks at living life to the fullest with a disability. Sarah was the founding series producer of this long running series which still screens on community television stations across Australia.

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