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WDV Updates

Enabling Women Graduation
The photo depicts the group participants celebrating and wearing their strength scarves on their last day


Enabling Women Dandenong.

The graduation ceremony for the women who participated in the Enabling Women based at Dandenong happened last Friday 11th July.

The ceremony took place at the new council office on Lonsdale St Dandenong.

The photo depicts the group participants celebrating and wearing their strength scarves on their last day. 

Enabling Women is next scheduled to run in Barwon in mid October. For further details please contact Jane Oldfield.

Brenda Gabe Award - Nominations now open.

Do you know a woman with a disability (or a group of women with disabilities) who have inspired you, or provided and enhanced opportunities for women with disabilities to participate in a safer and more inclusive community in some way?

Women with Disabilities Victoria is proud to offer the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award again this year.

This award recognises and celebrates the contribution that women with disabilities make to improve the status of women with disabilities.

A secondary focus is their contribution to their local and/or wider community.

  • Individual women being nominated for this award must have a disability and be a resident of Victoria.
  • Groups nominated for this award must have a majority membership of women with disabilities and be residents of Victoria. 
Selection Criteria:
The winner will be selected based on the following criteria;
  • Key selection criterion The contribution the woman with a disability or group has made to improve the individual or group status of women with disabilities.
  • Secondary selection criterion The contribution the woman with a disability or group has made to their local and/or the wider community.
Nominators are welcome to represent their nominees from last year. Their nominations will be viewed favourably.

We encourage women from diverse backgrounds and/or life experiences to be nominated.

The winner of the award receives $2000 toward a capacity building project or professional development. 
This award would not be possible without the generous support of Dr Helen Sykes the Director of Future Leaders.
For a nomination form or details on the selection process please download the forms below
or contact:
Jane Oldfield 
Partnership and Leadership Development
Women with Disabilities Victoria  
9286 7807 or
Brenda Gabe Award - Nomination Form 2014
Brenda Gabe Brochure 2014


Employment update -  Co-facilitator position available.  

We are looking for a woman who identifies as having a disability, with some experience of supporting other people with a disability, to assist with the delivery of the Enabling Women Program – a Leadership Program for Women with Disabilities in the Barwon region.

The leadership program provides the opportunity for women with disabilities to come together, share their mutual experience of disability, find solutions together to the problems of social disadvantage and to rise to their true leadership potential

Further inquiries can be made to Jane Oldfield Partnership and Leadership Development Officer on 9286 7807 or Sharon Granek 9286 7802.
Applications close 5pm on Monday July 28th.

Download position description and selection criteria

WDV has exemption from the Equal Opportunity Act to employ women with disabilities only.  E.O Exemption No. A141/2011

Invitation to quote to develop a Workforce Development Program

Healthy Services Healthy Women: Making Health Care Relevant for Women with Disabilities
Women with Disabilities Victoria works on behalf of Victorian women with disabilities to improve their choices by being a voice for women with disabilities, building partnerships and providing information and community education. Our three priority areas for action are:
  • Preventing and responding to violence against women with disabilities
  • Accessible and inclusive health systems
  • A gendered approach to the NDIS
Women with Disabilities Victoria has received funding from the Ian Potter Foundation to develop a professional educational program for health workers. The program will be delivered to health professionals by women with disabilities in conjunction with co-facilitators from the health field.

We invite quotations to develop this workforce learning package.

This is a time limited contract commencing early October 2014 and concluding end February 2015. The available budget is $20,000.
The expected deliverables are:
  • A health and disability learning package.
  • An accompanying train the trainer learning package.
  • The health professional’s package is to have been tested in a healthcare setting.
We welcome joint applications from individuals or organisations.
Closing date is 9-00 am Monday 28th July 2014

Download the expression of interest form



Sharon Granek - Program Manager          or       Keran Howe - Executive Director
Women with Disabilities Victoria                          Women with Disabilities Victoria 
Phone: 9286 7802                                                   Phone: 9286 7803
Email:                     Email:


Victorian schools to educate against gender-based violence

Friday, 13 June 2014

Victorian secondary students will learn about respectful relationships and preventing gender-based violence through a new school resource announced today by Minister for Education Martin Dixon.

Building Respectful Relationships – Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence is a whole-of-school approach to gender based violence with curriculum activities specifically targeted at Years 8-9.

Mr Dixon said the Victorian Coalition Government has committed to preventing gender-based violence through a range of initiatives reaching all areas of the community.

“Our schools, in partnership with families and communities, play an important role in demonstrating and communicating to students what the Victorian community expects respectful behaviour in all relationships,” Mr Dixon said.

“We know that adolescence is a crucial period when young people develop attitudes towards relationships, and that’s why this resource specifically targets students in the important middle years of secondary school.”

The resource, developed in partnership with CASA House and Deakin University, is part of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s commitment in Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence against Women and Children – Everyone has a responsibility to act.

Minister for Community Services, Mary Wooldridge welcomed the new school resource saying raising awareness and preventing violence from occurring is a central focus of our efforts to address family violence

“The Coalition Government is putting in place the resources to drive the attitudinal change needed in that gender-based violence is completely unacceptable and making Victoria a place where everyone in our community feels safe,” Ms Wooldridge said.

Building Respectful Relationships – Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence complements the Coalition Government’s investment in student wellbeing, including the $4 million Bully Stoppers initiative, the $10.5 million eSmart cyber safety initiative, and a new student Resilience Framework, currently under development.

Last month, the Napthine Government announced additional funding of $55 million to protect and support women and children at risk of family violence. The Action Plan outlines a whole-of-government approach to prevent violence, intervene early, respond effectively and hold perpetrators to account.

For more information on Building Respectful Relationships – Stepping Out Against Gender-Based Violence visit:

To view or download Victoria’s Action Plan to Address Violence Against Women and Children - Everyone has a Responsibility, 

Everybody’s Business: Taking action to prevent and respond to violence against women with disabilities

An important free forum for all staff and management of South West Carer and Respite Services Network member organisations, carers, people with disability and organisations interested in taking collaborative action.
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
When: Thursday 14 August 2014
Where: The Quality Suites Deep Blue Warrnambool
‘The Ball Room’
16 Pertobe Road, Warrnambool
Key Note Speaker Stella Young
Panel discussion including  Keran Howe Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Vic, Disabilities Services Commissioner, Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria Police, SW Centre Against Sexual Assault, Emma House Domestic Violence Services Inc.
The panel will be followed by workshops to develop action.

RSVP: by Monday 11 August 2014
To book contact Mpower 5561 8111
For further information contact:
Wendy Jones - Phone 5561 8127 Email:


Second Action Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children


The Second Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan) was launched on Friday 27 June by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. It runs from 2013 to 2016 and has 26 practical actions that all governments say are important for improving women’s safety. The Second Action Plan has a strong focus on women and communities that have diverse experiences of violence, including women with disability, and on working better across services and systems. The Second Action Plan will include:

• Implementing key outcomes from the Stop the Violence project, including through bringing together and talking about good practice information on preventing violence against women with disability;
• Providing training for frontline workers to prevent violence against women and girls with disability;
• Improving data collection on violence against women with disability;
• Working with the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children to strengthen the focus on women and girls with disability;
• Funding Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety to continue building the evidence base on ‘what works’ for women and girls with disability experiencing violence and/or sexual assault;
• Developing a communications strategy to improve access to information and resources for women with disability and to show what opportunities there are for participation and leadership.

For more information and to download a copy of Second Action Plan, go to:

For copies of the Stop the Violence Project Reports:

Stop the Violence - Background Paper

Stop the Violence - National Symposium Report



Reproductive Rights for All: Perspectives from Marginalized Communities

Hosted by The Australian Committee for Human Rights Watch and the Royal Women’s Hospital

Facilitated by: Dr Sue Matthews, Chief Executive of the Royal Women's Hospital
Topics include:
  • An introduction to Human Rights Watch’s work on Health and Disability Rights
  • Criminalizing Condoms: Police Interference with Condom Possession for Sex Workers
  • Women with Disabilities in Healthcare Settings: violence, post-rape care, forced sterilization and access to services
When: Tuesday 22 July 2014
Time: 5pm start
Where: The Royal Women’s Hospital, Conference Centre, Ground Floor, Cnr Grattan St & Flemington Rd Parkville VIC 3052
Refreshments will be served after the event.
RSVP: By 17 July to  and list your needs such as interpreters
email: or telephone 8345 2954


NDIS Just the Beginning of Disability Reform

A new organisation, The Able Movement, has launched recently with an online crowd funding campaign to launch a new vision and voice in the disability space in Australia.

It is driven by a simple belief that people with disability are far more capable of contributing to our society than most people believe and that the power of sharing real stories can change perceptions and drive real change.

“The NDIS is the opportunity of a generation to close the participation gap for people with disability in this country” says the founder of The Able Movement, Mark Bagshaw, “but if we only talk about service provision, we’ll miss that chance. We need to talk about cultural change.”

Australia’s welfare-driven approach has led to a 40% gap in participation and employment for people with disability in Australia.

Other shocking statistics, such as 45% of people with a disability live in poverty, highlight the urgency for change for our community.

Founder Mark Bagshaw has had a successful career in management roles in the IT industry through 28 years with IBM. As a result of a spinal injury at age 16, he has successfully met the challenges of living with a disability for all of his adult life. “I want every person with a disability to have the opportunities I have had to lead a full and rewarding life” says Mark. “I want people with disability to believe in their own capacity, and all Australians to welcome people with disability into our wonderful society”.

The Able Movement has the support of renowned corporate partners including OddfellowsDentsu advertising and the Boston Consulting Group.
For more information contact:
Caroline English – Campaign Manager
T: 0423 713 053
Mark Bagshaw – Founder and Spokesperson
T: 02 9011 7588

Or visit:

Human Rights 

Survey: Disability Discrimination in the field of Employment
Australian National University, Dale Reardon, College of Law

This Research Project asks the question â€Can Australian disability anti-discrimination laws in the area of employment be made more effective through the creation of an enforcement body and more effective remedies?”

Part of the research involves a detailed survey focusing on the experiences of disabled Australians in their use of the Australian anti-discrimination law (ADL) system in the field of employment. 

Optional subsequent in depth interviews of both disabled people and relevant experts in the field will also be conducted.

You are invited to participate in the research by undertaking this survey that should take about 20 minutes to complete. You are not required to reveal your identity.

Go to Survey

The online survey has been designed to be fully accessible but if you encounter any problems using the online survey, or would prefer to complete the survey by phone or hardcopy, contact Dale Reardon:
T: 03 6286 7105


Evan Walker Discussions - Housing Choices Australia

Housing Choices Australia invites you to attend the Evan Walker Discussions that highlight the significant contribution that Professor Evan Walker AO has made to architecture, planning and housing over many years within Victoria.
Attend the event to hear from:
Gregory Anderson, CEO Places Victoria
Professor Michael Buxton, RMIT University

Gregory and Michael, two prominent leaders from the planning and property sectors will discuss the future management of Melbourne's growth, and examine the challenges we face as the population increases.

When:Tuesday 22 July from 5.30pm for a 6pm start
Where: ACMI, Federation Square
Flinders Street, Melbourne
Click here to register your place at this free event.
For further details, contact Danica Pasinis at or call her on 8636 9440.

Employment, Training & Conferences

Reminder: Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference 


The 2014 conference will bring together champions of change from across Australia. The conference will look at ways to better safeguard the rights of people with a disability. It will be a great opportunity to:
  • learn more about the big issues facing people with a disability including employment, inclusive education, the justice system and the NDIS
  • discuss new and creative ways to advocate for change
  • meet new people and increase your professional and personal networks
  • Judy Huett, self-advocate from Tasmania, representative on the expert group that presented to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in Switzerland, 2013
  • The Hon. Mary Wooldridge MP, Minister for Disability Services and Reform
  • Graeme Innes AM, Disability Discrimination Commissioner
  • Colleen Pearce, Victoria’s Public Advocate
  • Kate Jenkins, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner
  • Bernie Geary, Principal Commissioner for Children and Young People
  • Frank Lambrick, Senior Practitioner, Department of Human Services
  • Dr Grant Davies, Acting Health Services Commissioner
  • Laurie Harkin, Disability Services Commissioner
  • Bill Lawler, Disability Advocate
  • Lauren Matthews, Executive Officer of Early Childhood Intervention Australia Victorian Chapter
  • Dream Theatre, producers of Bully or Victim? DVD
  • Maryanne Diamond, General Manager Advocacy and Engagement at Vision Australia and former World Blind Union president
  • Sue Smith, Coordinator of Self Advocacy Resource Unit • Walkley Award winning cartoonist First Dog on the Moon, who started drawing audio described cartoons, currently at The Guardian
The Reel Zone is a movie theatre with a difference. The films tell real life stories about how people with disabilities realise that their right to a fulfilled life is not straightforward. The stories share the many challenges people have to overcome before making real changes for themselves.
Features include:
  • Twenty Years Twenty Stories, where twenty individuals share how they used the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) – developed by the Australian Human Rights Commission.
  • Bungee Jumping, Lawyers & Love, is a series all about plunging into life. Kylie, Jane, Andrew and Chris each give an account of their struggles to live and love without anyone bringing in the lawyers.

Mon 4th Aug, 2014 - Mon 4th Aug, 2014: 9:30am - 4:30pm, Melbourne
Cost: Concession $250 |Disability Advocate $300 | Community Sector $350 |Government Sector $470
Register online
More information


Advocacy, Leadership and Representation



Police asked a disabled man to leave the foyer of the ABC at Southbank in Melbourne during a protest against the axing of the disability website, Ramp Up.
About 20 people held a protest outside the building.

Some of the protesters entered the foyer and security called police when a 39-year-old man in a wheelchair refused to leave.

Dr George Taleporos said he wanted to voice his concerns directly to management.
“I’ve just been escorted out of the ABC premises by the police, I was hoping to have a say to the ABC execs that they should not cut our only voice at the national broadcaster,” Dr Taleporos said.

Read the full story here.

Colleen Hartland MP Released a video about the protest

On 30 June 2014 Victorian Greens spokesperson on disability rights, Colleen Hartland MP, joined the protest against the cutting of funding to the ABC's Ramp Up. Ramp Up is the website that featured news, discussion, debate and humour for everyone in Australia's disability communities. 

The federal government has cut funding to the ABC and on this date the Ramp Up site closed, putting an end to an incredibly important, independent source of information for people living with a disability and the wider community.
View the video here.



Webinar: Self-Development and Goal Setting for People with Disabilities.

Field are now calling for Expressions of Interest for participants across the state to participate in an upcoming webinar.
The aim of the webinar is to explore what has influenced people with disabilities in their self-development, their ability to set goals and their self-belief to achieve these goals. The main discussion topics include:
  • How your living environment affects your self-development, ability to set goals and your self-belief to achieve these goals
  • How personal development courses can enhance your ability to believe in yourself and stick to your dreams and goals
Each presenter will talk about what influences have affected them within their life stages, from the 1960's to the present day.
Presenters are:
Maree Ireland (1960 - 1970)
Raelene West (1980 - 1990)
Michelle Wilson (2000 - 2010)
Patrick Henderson, representative from ACD (present day)

This is an online-based event. Once registered, participants will receive a separate email outlining how to access the event and any computer system requirements.   Participants will also be given the opportunity for a question and answer session at the end of the discussions.

A webinar is an interactive live meeting that takes place over the internet. This allows people from any location to access and participate in the event. Participants have the ability to listen to the discussion, see visual aids (such as presentations or videos) and ask questions through a text-based chat window.

Webinar Details
Date: Tuesday 29th July 2014
Time: 2:00pm - 3.00pm
Cost: Free of charge
Location: Online webinar
To register your interest to participate in this online webinar, please  visit:

For all enquiries, please contact field on (03) 9982 0100 or by email at

Out and About - Accessible Events

   image of Melbourne WebFest logo

Reminder: Discount tickets to Melb WebFest for WDV subscribers!

Melbourne WebFest, Australia's international web series festival launches this weekend.

The festival works to acknowledge and promote the work of established and emerging screen producers in the online space, both domestic and international, and to provide a space that facilitates dialogue, professional development and networking.

The festival includes an opening night gala, professional workshops, screenings and Q&As with creators, a live show with special guests, which culminates in an awards ceremony — and, of course, an after-party.

Melbourne WebFest is the hub for web-based content creators to come together to share their experience, network, be acknowledged, and learn about the emerging trends in digital entertainment and the emerging web series industry.

32 series from 12 countries are represented in their 2014 Official Selection. 

Melbourne WebFest  is committed to providing access so everyone can enjoy the festival. 

All sessions are wheelchair accessible.
Session 1 on Sunday 20th July will be Auslan interpreted.
Please advise them of any access requirements at the time of booking and every effort will be made to provide these. If you have accessibility requirements that are not listed here please contact them.

Melbourne WebFest would like to offer WDV subscribers a 10% discount on tickets to any session during the festival.

To take up this offer, or for more information about the festival email

When: 18-20 July 2014
Where: Federation Square, Kindred Studios and Loop Bar.

Girls On Film Festival Pozible Campaign

                                 Image of GOFF logo

Girl On Film Festival (GOFF) will be a live mixtape of feminism, film, parties and talk to be first held in Melbourne 12-14 Sept 2014, at the Northcote Town Hall.

It’s fan club meets movie marathon meets feminist salon meets house party with girl bands!

To help make this one-of-a-kind three-day event possible(!), the GOFF team has just launched their Pozible, crowd funding campaign.

If you feel like Melbourne needs more festivals like this, then dig deep - and there are some awesome rewards up for grabs! 
If you have some spare funds to support it, that would be wonderful - if not though, you can still help by sharing this post with your friends and followers! 

Click here to support the Girls On Film Festival Pozible Campaign.

GOFF is the brainchild of Karen Pickering (Creator of Cherchez La Femme), Rohan Spong (independent filmmaker whose work includes 'T is for Teacher’ and ‘All the Way Through Evening’), Tara Judah (Astor Theatre Programming Assistant, writer and critic) and many other amazing feminist Melbournians. Our very own Communications Officer Simone Flanagan, is also a member of this feminist dream team.

This event will be fully wheelchair accessible, and selected sessions will be Auslan interpreted.

For more info, check out 


Just for fun

My Mary Cate: A blog about a family who have a child with Apert Syndrome

Leveling the Playing Field: My Lesson From Stella Young and the Dangers of "Inspiration Porn"

"Inspiration Porn" Objectifies People With Disabilities

My Gimpy Life Season Series Trailer

Get involved, become a member!

“I'm on this path but I've been a bit lost. I felt like I was a solo singer but now I feel like I've got a choir.”  WDV member

What does it mean to become a member of WDV?

Members can contribute to Women with Disabilities Victoria in the following ways:
  • Become involved in one of our leadership programs designed to promote sharing leadership skills.
  • Sharing information with other women through our e-newsletter and email bulletins.
  • Representing women with disabilities on Boards, Committees and forums. These opportunities are circulated to members who have an interest in a particular field.
  • Contributing to government submissions, representations to government and organisations and presentation of conference papers.

There are two types of membership:

Full membership is available to women with disabilities in Victoria. Full membership is free.

Associate membership is open to individuals and/or organisations supportive of the aims of Women with Disabilities Victoria and enables exchange of knowledge, and participation with Women with Disabilities Victoria and its members. Associate membership is $20 for individuals and $50 for organisations (this includes GST).
For more information about membership, visit our website or email
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