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This fortnightly email is to keep you updated on the work of Women with Disabilities Victoria, and updated on news related to our priority areas. Contributions to this eNews are welcome, email

In this Issue:  
Be part of 'Enabling Women' in Western Melbourne

WDV are partnering with City of Maribyrnong to deliver the Enabling Women Leadership Program in Footscray in October/November. The leadership program will be open to women with a disability from Melbourne’s Western region (Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Wyndham, Brimbank and Moonee Valley local government areas). If you have any questions about the program contact Cath McNamara, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every second Thursday, 9286 7810 or

Do you know someone contributing to the quality of life of people with disability in the City of Maribyrnong? Nominate them for a MIRA!

Nominations for the Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards are open from Mon 12 September to Wed 2 November 2016. You can nominate individuals, organisations or businesses

Queer cabaret, Criptopia

In their annual extravaganza the Quippings: DISABILITY UNLEASHED! troupe will be opening 'Criptopia'- the worlds we want and dream of.
The show is a celebration of all things disabled; an adventure to see the world as a Criptopian Paradise. A mix of song, dance, comedy and slam poetry – the show is wall to wall entertainment AND directed by and features guest comedian Sue Ann Post. WDV are proud to have some of our members in the show.

IMAGE: Quippings artists

The shows are being held over two weekends at Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St, Richmond, VIC,
September 17th, 18th, 24th and 25th. (Auslan interpreted night, sat 24th Sept.)
Contacts and tickets:
Ticket sales site
Twitter: @criptopia

3 days of feminism and music - Melbourne Oct 14 - 16

LISTEN Conference 2016: Feminist Futures is a three day feminist music conference featuring keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops and live performances. Writer and feminist activist Clementine Ford and performer and activist Alok Vaid-Menon of Darkmatter (USA) will serve as keynotes. The venue is the Bella Union - check for accessibility.

Let's talk about respect in Wangaratta - 26th Spt

Women's Health Goulburn North East is holding it's Annual General Meeting in Wangaratta featuring local MP, Cathy McGowan. Cathy will share her take on the importance of respect. Drinks start at 5pm on September 26th, and formalities kick off at 5:30. Register for WHGNE's AGM.

Come down to the Comedy Lab to do some Stand-Up

Mary Luckhurst’s Comedy Lab is partnering with comic Nelly Thomas, Women with Disabilities Victoria and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on a project to encourage comedy writing and stand-up comedy. You will learn the basics of joke writing, joke telling and comic delivery. You will work with one of Melbourne’s most loved and right-on comediennes, Nelly Thomas, and have an opportunity to perform at a live event.
This project honours the work of the late and great Stella Young, an extraordinary activist, writer and comedian.
Workshops are free but you will need to attend all 5 sessions.
Dates are: 30 October,6 November,13 November, 20 November and 27 November Sundays from 2-4pm.
Register by 21 October to secure your spot.

Contact Jen Rae: or 0406 511 707.

IMAGE: Nelly Thomas with a mic in the project poster which says, 'Comedy with Nelly Thomas - The Comedy Lab

Leadership scholarship for an individual with a disability

Leadership Victoria is offering a scholarship in one of Australia's most sought-after leadership development experiences. The acclaimed Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP) provides a year of leadership–focused activities, designed to develop and connect leaders across sectors, backgrounds and generations. Visit the Leadership Victoria website to learn more.

PhD scholarships on the disability market

The Future Social Service Institute is offering 2 PhD scholarships studying consumer directed care, the introduction of the NDIS and the increased marketisation of human services.

The overarching aim of the Scholarships is to generate new research for the benefit of the community services sector and the people who use their services. 

Learn more at the FSSI website.

Vacancy: Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council

The Victorian Government is promoting a vacancy as Chairperson for the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. See the Government noticeboard for details.

Work at Office of the Public Advocate 

OPA is advertising for two Investigations Support Officers. Applications close September 18th.

Family Violence consultations

You are invited to share your vision for the Victorian family violence system. Government are running a series of community conversations across Victoria. Most have already taken place. Those remaining are:
Morwell Friday 16th September 2pm:
Melbourne Wednesday 21st September 12pm:

If you:
  • have access requirements to organise in advance
  • have any queries or
  • you wish to contribute but cannot attend your regional forum
Please email this consultation email address.

Seen a sexist ad lately? Want to report it?

The City of Melbourne is pleased to announce the release of a new Guide to Reporting Sexist Advertising.

The Guide to Reporting Sexist Advertising is to help people navigate the process for raising a formal complaint. It also provides links to the existing online advocacy tools. It aims to encourage community members to play an active role in challenging the culture of violence against women.

Studies have shown that repeatedly showing images of women as victims or sexualised objects can shape people’s values and attitudes, and create acceptance of these ideas as normal. That's why advertising companies and media organisations have a responsibility to avoid using imagery that's sexist, exploitative or overly violent – and they're bound to that responsibility by their own code of ethics and by state law.

City of Melbourne along with members of the Melbourne Preventing Violence Against Women Coordination Committee wanted to contribute to improving the portrayal of women in media and advertising, and to increase the reporting of sexist and discriminatory advertising.

See the guide.

Video from Bendigo Health: why Auslan interpreters are important in frontline services

This video is a cartoon which shows why interpreters are important in a health setting and how to book them. 

The Age: Beth thought she had no money but she did

The Age reports, "Before, when she wanted to dye her hair, go to movies, or get a massage, Beth was told she couldn't afford it, that she didn't have money, she says.

But actually, she did.

The Financial Ombudsman has ordered the Commonwealth Bank to pay back more than $84,000 to the 28-year-old, after it allowed her mother to regularly withdraw money, over nine years, from her daughter's account." Read the full article.

With NDIS rollout our institutions should be particularly aware of the risks of families economically abusing people with disabilities.

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