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A Message from CEO Leah van Poppel
Welcome back to WDV e-News! In this edition, we're pleased to give you a wrap up of our first ever online member event, as well as the chance to watch or re-watch it online. Thanks again to everyone who made this such a success, including our fabulous panelists and all of our members who came along. We'll be holding another gathering on September 3rd - save the date and we'll tell you more soon!

In the middle of our continued lock down across Victoria, many of you will have some very practical concerns. We're pleased to be able to share more information about how to get masks provided by the Victorian government if you have a disability, and to tell you more detail about the new Call to Test service from the Victorian government, which means you can get access to COVID testing at home if you have a disability or mental health condition. We also know that some of you will be concerned about the safey of you or other women you know, so we've linked to some great resources from 1800 RESPECT. 

As always, we hope that you and your families are safe and well during this time. If you have a story you'd like to share with us, or a question you'd like to see answered through our eNews, please reach out - we always love hearing from you.
Farewell Fofi
At the end of August after seven wonderful years, WDV will farewell Fofi Christou. Fofi was engaged with WDV for a long time before joining the organisation, especially during her time at the Office for Disability. The workforce development team started as a team of one, Fofi, and under her management it went through a period of immense growth. She  has represented WDV in numerous meetings about workforce development as the NDIS and the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations were implemented. Most recently Fofi was in the role of  Strategic Funding and Partnerships Advisor. The whole way through she has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the principles of feminism and disability rights. 

Thank you Fofi. We will miss you.
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Free WDV Webinar

Women with Disabilities Victoria, Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability (WDV) and Genetic Support Network of Victoria (GSNV) present: Introduction to Violence Against Women with Disabilities webinar.
This webinar will show how gender and disability inequality drives violence, and how you can contribute to violence prevention through your work. You will gain awareness of the causes and types of violence; dynamics of power and control; an introduction to managing disclosures; and referral organisations and self-care. You will be directed to resources to support you in your work. The webinar will also include a panel discussion with experts in family violence, disability and advocacy
This webinar will benefit genetic support group members, advocates allied health professionals, parents and/or carers, students, and academics.
Date: Thursday 3rd September 2020
Time: 10:30am–12:00pm
Location: online via Zoom (details will be provided upon registration)
Register: by Monday 30th August 2020 via Eventbrite
For more information: contact Olivia Franklin on
This webinar is jointly presented by Women with Disabilities Victoria and Genetic Support Network of Victoria.

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Register for the Webinar
Our Right to Safety Presentation
On July 28th Rosie and Nadia presented the Our Right to Safety Resources as part of the DARU Advocacy Sector Conversations Forum Series. This was a fantastic opportunity to speak about safety and respect with advocates and disability support providers from across Victoria. Around 40 organisations attended the online event. Rosie and Nadia showed examples of the Video and Video Guide in different accessible formats. They described how the ideas of women with disability come from experience and can make safety resources better. The presenters hope that organisations will understand that women with disabilities can have unique experiences when it comes to violence and abuse. They described how making connections with communities helps keep women safe. They hope that advocates and support providers will be confident in sharing the resources in ways that are safe and accessible.
First WDV Member Event

WDV's first online member event was held on July 30 and was a great success. The theme of the session was Engaging with Life Online and assisting women with disability to build community online. WDV CEO Leah van Poppel facilitated a two-person panel with Michelle Roger – Australian writer, speaker, fashion lover; and Courtney Baker- Designer, Hearing Loss Awareness Advocate, Public Speaker.The 90 minute session, which included questions from the floor covered social media, boundaries, online advocacy and disability pride.

Our next session is on September 3 with a topic to be announced. Check our website and social media to get involved.

AcceSex - Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshop

This is the final workshop! AcceSex sexual and reproductive health and Disability online workshop for community and health workers with Women’s Health in the North is on September 1st. Best of all it’s free!

Participants will learn how to create more inclusive, accessible reproductive and sexual healthcare services and community programs for women with disabilities.

More information and registration via Eventbrite.

Day: Tuesday 1 September 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Register for the Accesex workshop

Job Opportunity at YDAS

The Youth Disability Advocacy Service is looking for an Individual Advocacy Co-ordinator.

The Individual Advocacy Coordinator is a new role that will provide individual advocacy support to disabled young people, and leadership to the other members of YDAS’s small but dynamic individual advocacy team.

The Individual Advocacy Coordinator will ensure the provision of a high quality and client-centred individual advocacy service to disabled young people aged between 12 and 25 in Victoria. They will ensure that the human rights of the disabled young people are upheld, working with them so they can access services and participate as valued and respected members of their community.

Applications close on August 25.

Read more on the Ethical Jobs website
DHHS releases free face masks factsheet

The Office for Disability has released new resources about Free reusable face masks for Victorians with disability in accessible format for people with disability.  Please share these new resources as widely as possible through your networks, friends and family.

The Easy English factsheet on “Who can get free face masks in Victoria” explains who can get the free masks, what type of masks you can get, when it will be available, and where you can get the free masks. 

Read the resources
Survey to inform inclusive guidelines

Down Syndrome International and Inclusion International are working together to develop guidelines on how organisations can make sure their work is inclusive. The survey is for people with Down Syndrome or who have an Intellectual Disability. The survey is available Online, in Easy Read and Word document formats.

Take the survey
Resources about keeping safe from violence

For those in an unsafe environment, the pressures – financial, health and emotional and wellbeing - that have and will continue to come as a result of COVID-19, could increase the risk of violence and abuse.

We want to make very clear that there is never an excuse for violence under any circumstance.

It’s critical that those impacted by sexual, domestic and family violence know that support is available.

If a person does not feel safe to call 1800RESPECT over the phone, they can speak with our counsellors via webchat.

In an emergency or if someone is in immediate danger, please call 000.

If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

Below are links which you may find useful:

Self-Isolation and Covid 19

Sunny App

Introduction to Responding

Supporting People with Disability

Disability Support Toolkit (recently launched)

Register for the Virtual Disability Expo

The Virtual Disability Expo is a fantastic opportunity to continue to connect and be informed, all from the comfort and safety of your own home.

10am to 5pm Friday 4th September

10am to 3pm Saturday 5th September

You will be able to connect with:

  • Government and advocacy organisation
  • Aids and equipment providers
  • Financial and legal services
  • Education, training and employment providers
  • Social and leisure options
  • Transport and vehicles
  • Health and medical products and services
  • Allied health professionals 
  • Support services including in home care providers
Register for the Expo
In-home COVID testing 

The Victorian Government has established a new Call-to-Test service. The service provides in-home testing conducted by a clinician, to people who can’t easily access other forms of testing.

The service is now in operation in the Melbourne metropolitan area. The Victorian Government is currently looking at whether this can be extended to the rest of Victoria. We will update you on any changes or expansions to the service when they happen.

Who can use the service?

The service is open to Victorians who:
• are symptomatic
• are over 5 years of age
• have a referral from their GP and
• meet eligibility criteria.

The following people are eligible for the in-home testing service:
• a person with an injury, chronic health issue, or frailty affecting mobility
• a person with moderate to severe physical or psychosocial disability
• a person with moderate to severe mental health or behavioural issues not otherwise classified as a psychosocial disability
• a carer for a person with moderate to severe disability.

Find out more about In-home testing on the DHHS website

Disability Royal Commission Progress Report

The Disability Royal Commission (DRC) has released its second progress report, summarising the work carried out by the Royal Commission during the period 1 January 2020 and 30 June 2020.

The report is available to view download in Word, PDF, Easy Read and Auslan on the DRC website.

Read the Report

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