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A Message from WDV CEO Leah van Poppel
The sun is shining, the double doughnut days (zero new cases and zero deaths) keep coming, and it's time for another edition of WDV eNews. We know that getting out and about will be a gradual process for many of you, and some of you won't be thinking about it at all - COVID life simply reflects normal life. Where-ever you're up to, we've got easy links to the latest DHHS information so you can make the most informed decisions possible. If you've got questions, or experiences you'd like to share, please get in touch. 

As you'll see, we're pretty busy at the moment. We've just had our Annual General Meeting - the first ever online only AGM for us, held entirely over Zoom. I'd like to thank everyone who came, and to congratulate our new Board members. We've lost three valued Board members this year - Esperanza Torres, Saphron Hastie and Trudy Ryall. Thank you to all three of you for your dedication, wisdom and support for WDV.

The AGM was all about what we've done in the last year. Next week we're very excited to launch our new Strategic Plan, looking forward for until 2024. You can find the details in this edition of eNews. We'd love to see you there!
WDV event: WDV Annual General Meeting

Our 2020 Annual General Meeting took place online on Tuesday 17 November 2020. 

Thank you to our dedicated members and supporters who were in attendance. We sincerely thank our outgoing Board Members: co-chair Saphron Hastie, Trudy Ryall and Esperanza Torres for their good governance, experience and wisdom. We congratulate newly elected Board Members: Shakira Hussein (who also spoke of her experience as the WDV 2019 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award recipient), Anaab Rooble, Dianna Piantedosi, Susan Stork-Finlay, Amber Karanikolas.  The standard of all Board nominees was extremely high, and is evidence that the organisation is headed in a very positive direction.

We also launched the 2019 - 2020 WDV Annual Report. All members who have an e-mail address were sent the Annual Report electronically. If you would like a version posted to you, please contact the WDV office.


Read the 2019 - 2020 WDV Annual Report
Statements of newly elected Board Members

WDV event: 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan Launch

We are excited to be launching WDV's 2021 - 2024 Strategic Plan. The plan sets out WDV's organisational priorities for the next four years.

Join me and WDV Board Members for a panel presentation including a Q & A.

When: Tuesday 24 November 2020

Time: 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Where: via Zoom (link will be provided upon registration)


or by phoning Women with Disabilities Victoria on 9286 7800

If you have any questions, about the event please contact: Nicole Smith

WDV event: Respect, Inclusion and Equality: Building Workforce Capacity to Prevent Violence Against Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria are hosting an event to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities.

We would like workforces working with women with disabilities to join us.

We will be showcasing our new workforce development resources along with a panel discussion on prevention of violence against women with disabilities.

  • Presentation from CEO launching new resources
  • Presentation on prevention of violence against women with disabilities
  • Panel presentation and audience Q&A on respect for women with disabilities

Date: Thursday 3 December 2020

Time: 10am–12pm

Location: via Zoom

Cost: Free

Register: by 26 November via Eventbrite via

For more information contact Nicole Smith on

DHHS release new Coronavirus resources

Easy English

Third Step from 9 November – the same rules now apply across all of Victoria (metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria). 

For more information about the current restrictions go to the Roadmap to reopening web page.

Other resources in accessible format will continue to be updated to reflect current restrictions. They will be shared as soon as they become available.

Read the DHHS Coronavirus resources

External Role: Disability Advocate - Team Leader with Disability Resources Centre

The Disability Resources Centre (DRC) is a member-driven organisation managed and staffed by people with disabilities. We are currently funded to provide individual advocacy for adults with disability in the Melbourne Metropolitan and outer South-East areas. We also work on systemic issues and conduct and support campaigns that aim to provide long-term benefits for many people.

Working closely with the Executive Officer, this part-time (0.7FTE) role will be responsible for overseeing the Individual Advocacy program and leading a small team of Disability Advocates. This individual will have a direct experience of disability and can demonstrate a commitment to the rights and empowerment of people with disabilities.

Applications close 5pm Wednesday 9 December 2020

View the Event Flyer (Microsoft Word version)
Our Right to Safety Online Presentation for Communities of Respect and Equality

On Wednesday 11th November, members of the Community Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment Team presented to the Communities of Respect and Equality Network (CoRE). CoRE is an alliance of organisations in the Grampians region who share a commitment to safety and respect for all women. We were fortunate to speak to local Sexual Assault and Family Violence Services, as well as disability advocates who serve communities from Ballarat to Horsham. WDV’s Women’s Empowerment Officer Brigitte Stone spoke powerfully as a leading advocate for women with disability. We were lucky to have many different professionals attend, including those from employment and legal services. We’d like to thank Grampians Women’s Health for their hard work in support of the Our Right to Safety Resources Project.

If you are concerned about violence and need help or support, you can call 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or go to They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Disability Royal Commission interim report 

The Disability Royal Commission has released its interim report about violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation experienced by people with disability.

If the report creates difficult feelings for you, you can talk to a trauma-informed counsellor.

A counsellor provides a safe space for you to be listened to and heard, and supported to explore your needs. For free, independent and confidential support call the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468.

Read the Disability Royal Commission Interim Report
External event: Housing Hub Online Workshops

The HousingHub is running online workshops about housing options for people with disability.

The Housing Hub was made by the Summer Foundation.
These workshops are for people with disability and their families. The workshops will be held in November and December 2020.
People with disability will run the workshops. They will give you information about your housing options. You will hear their stories of how they found the right home for them.

A workbook will help you to think about what you need in a home. You will learn who can support you in your housing journey. The Housing Hub will show you how to talk to the NDIS about your housing goals.

The workshops will be held on:
● 24th November
● 25th November
● 26th November
● 27th November
● 10th December
● 11th December

Read more about the Housing Hub Online Workshops

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