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A Message from CEO Leah van Poppel
Welcome to another edition of WDV eNews! What a huge amount of change we've seen across Victoria in the past fortnight. Across WDV, we've been exploring ways to make sure we can have the most positive impact in the 'new normal'. Some of our regional leadership hubs have begun using Zoom to meet, and we're about to host our very fist online member's forum exploring what it means for women with disabilities to engage online.You can find out how to book later in this newsletter. 

WDV has also been working with government and a range of community groups to make sure the lock down - both in the public housing towers and more broadly across Melbourne and Mitchell Shire - is done in a way that supports women with disabilities. This fortnight we're sharing a statement about what needs to change, and we'll share others as they come out. If you've got a story you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch through the main WDV email address and phone number (03) 9286 7800.

As always, please stay safe and look out for yourselves and your families. 
Farewell Amanda

WDV are saying a very sad goodbye to Amanda McCartney. Amanda joined us in January 2018 and has worked on two significant community regional development projects including 'Here We Are' and 'Spotlight on Invisible Women'. Amanda has accepted a position within the Suicide and Prevention Team at Wellways, coordinating support and raising community awareness. Thank you for all your work Amanda and best wishes.                                     
External Opportunities to Get Involved

1. National Disability Research Partnership – Expression of Interest

Opportunity for a person with disability and expertise in advocacy to join the National Disability Research Partnership (NDRP) Working Party.

The role of the new working party members is to help the National Disability Research Partnership build a disability-inclusive research program and deliver on its intended outcomes. Responsibilities will include attending monthly meetings of the NDRP working party and some out of session meetings, engaging with stakeholders and contributing to writing and reviewing documents produced for the NDRP activities.

Download document outlining role and how to apply

2. VMIAC Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) Expression of Interest

The Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council is looking for a consumer to join their Lived Experience Advisory Group.

The Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) was established to ensure that consumer, family and carers are partners in public mental health policy development, service design and delivery.

The overall purpose of the Lived Experience Advisory Group (LEAG) is to:

  • Ensure lived experience perspectives are incorporated into the operations of the Mental Health Branch.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the Department on current and emerging issues
  • Advise on current and emerging policy and practice, based on members’ expertise.
  • Provide oversight of engagement activities, such as targeted advisory groups (TAGs)

The LEAG has been meeting since April 2019 and currently meets monthly.

Download Expression of Interest form

3. Three new project roles at Blind Citizens Australia

Blind Citizens Australia have three new roles available within the projects team: Projects Officer – BCA Initiatives, Project Officer – Life Ready Project, and a Project Support Internship.

Applications close on the 31st July 2020.

Any questions can be directed to Sally Aurisch – General Manager – Projects and Engagement on 1800 033 660 or


Find out more about the roles available at Blind Citizens Australia

4. WWDA are hiring a Senior Project Officer

Women With Disabilities Australia has received a NDIA ILC grant to build the capacity of women and girls with disabilities across Australia.

Applications close 20th July 2020.

Find out more about the WWDA Senior Project Officer role

5. Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand is hiring co-design facilitator who will work in collaboration with WIRE.

Good Shepherd are looking for someone with experience, knowledge, passion and capability in the space of addressing intersectional disadvantage with a particular focus on improved financial capability as a force for personal empowerment.

The successful candidate will deploy their skills and experience in collaboration, co-design and facilitation to surface evidence-based design principles to inform the development of financial capability programs that best support the needs of Refugee, Immigrant and Asylum-Seeker women, Indigenous women and women with a disability.

The role will work closely with consultants and advocates with lived experience of disability the Financial Capability Program Manager, program partners and governance group.

Applications close 17th July 2020.

Find out more about the Women's Financial Capability Co-design Facilitator role
Be part of our 'Spotlight on Invisible Women' project
Are you a woman with disability aged between 50 – 65 years living in rural, regional or metro Victoria? We would love to hear from you!

The ‘Spotlight on Invisible Women’ project is aimed at engaging with  women in this age group to identify your needs and improve the provision of information. We would like to hear what life is like for you.

A survey has been designed to capture the unique barriers experienced by older women with disability in rural, regional and metro areas across Victoria.

Results of the survey and community consultations will be captured in a report designed to influence and inform national and specialist organisations (e.g. disability-specific organisations) and the Victorian government. The final project report will provide feedback and recommendations on the findings of the surveys.

Complete the Spotlight on Invisible Women Survey
Attend our Online Member Event about Engaging with Online Life

In the recent WDV Member Survey, you told us you wanted more Member events and we have listened! Please join us for the first in a series of free online sessions for the WDV community.

The first event (with special guests!) will focus on how women with disabilities can engage with life online and how to build an online community.

Join us Thursday July 30 from 4:30pm - 6pm.

There are only 30 places so register now.

Once you register on EventBrite, you will recieve a Zoom link.

Register for Online Member Event
If you would like to become a WDV Member, please visit our website. If you are not sure if you are a Member, please email
Become a Member
New Resources – Family Violence Response for Women with Disabilities Guides

We have just released two new guides for workers about responding to violence against women with disabilities in the COVID-19 context. These resources were designed for members of the disability workforce, who are looking for advice or guidance on working with women who may be experiencing violence. These resources also contain a list of referral services for women with disabilities.

View these new resources
"Our Right to Safety and Respect": Adapted resources for women who are vision impaired, blind, or deaf/blind

We have adapted one of our most popular information resources specifically tailored to women who identify as vision impaired, blind, or deaf/blind about violence prevention and response, “Our Right to Safety and Respect. A video resource and video guide, developed by, and for, women with disabilities about violence, abuse, safety and respect”.

The resources include:

  • Braille hardcopy and an electronic Braille Ready File (BRF) of the video resource guide available in both Grade 1 and Grade 2.
  • Audio Described DVD format and electronic file of the video resource.
  • Audible (MP3) file of the video guide.

If you would like a hardcopy of these resources please contact

The purpose of these resources are for women who identify as vision impaired, blind, deaf/blind having equal access to resources on how to keep themselves safe and free from violence. Providing this resource in Audio Description, Braille and Audible (MP3) formats will empower these women to speak up and seek support when leaving a violent situation. These resources were developed by women who identify as, vision impaired, blind, or deaf/blind.

This project was supported by the Victorian Women's Trust

These resources are an extension of the Safeguards project, which was supported by the Victorian Government.

If you are using these resources can you please take a moment to fill out this evaluation form.


View these new resources
Coronavirus: Recommendations for a tailored response for people with disability

The University of Melbourne Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health has released a position statement outlining recommendations around planning for people with disability in areas with high rates of COVID-19.

Read Position Statement
Supporting Victorians with Disability during Coronavirus Restrictions

The Empowered Lives campaign has released a statement on supporting Victorians with disability during COVID-19 restrictions.

This statement was sent to the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on behalf of Empowered Lives by Victorian Council of Social Service CEO Emma King.

Read the Empowered Lives Statement
Share your Story at the Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission is investigating ways to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability. If you need information in your own language about making a submission, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450. Ask to be connected to 07 3734 1900. 

Here are some methods by which you can share your story.

Visit the official Disability Royal Commission website
View the PDF infographic which explains how to submit a story
Watch the YouTube video which explains how to submit a story (includes Auslan)

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