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.



Disability Advocates working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities; Disability Advocacy Innovation Fund Initiatives 
Lance Yousten, Rights Information Advocacy Centre (RIAC) and Deb Verdon, Grampians DisAbility Advocacy (GDA)

RIAC and GDA 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. This presentation 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 Relationships
Dr Amie O’Shea, Monica Wellington and SL&RR Peer Educators, Deakin University

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, VicHelath

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.

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For regular forum participants, please note the change of venue. Queen Victoria Women’s Centre is replacing their lift which renders our beloved Victoria Room inaccessible. We’ll be back later in the year once the works are completed.

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Tue 9th Jul, 201911:00am - 4:00pmSt Michael's Hall
Ground Floor
120 Collins Street

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