Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum – March 2021

This forum series provides an opportunity for advocates to gain access to in depth expert knowledge on topical issues which directly impact on the practice of disability advocacy.

Sessions were held online  on 2, 3 & 4 March 2021.  Full resources are now available for each session including video, audio, transcript and links to resources mentioned in the session.

Counselling and advocacy support for the Disability Royal Commission

Dr Cathy Kezelman, President at Blue Knot Foundation and Mary Mallett, CEO of  Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)  talk about counselling,support and referral pathways and where advocacy fits into the crucial work that the Disability Royal Commission is undertaking.

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Regulated Restrictive Practice

Julie Phillips from the Disability Discrimination Legal Service talks about what the regulations cover and  what advocates need to know in order to keep people with disability under Positive Behaviour Support Plans free from abuse.

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Building Community Networks – Circles of Support

Teresa Micallef who is responsible for Building Community Networks at Belonging Matters, talks about the Circles of Support  process where intentional networks of people are built around a person with disability  to assist them in the creation of a good life in community and support their decision making

through developing trusted relationships.  The positive outcomes for all involved ,  as well as the limitations and challenges, are covered.

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