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WDV Updates


Image of Keran Howe smiling, she wears a red cardigan and striped scarf

Hello and welcome to our eNewsletter 
Here we are in August, can you believe it!   WDV is working hard planning for the issues concerning women with disabilities to be heard and included in the policies of the major political parties as part of the Victorian election in November this year.  As part of this we are lobbying all the parties to create a policy position here at WDV to improve health service policy and practice with regard to women with disabilities.  We plan to hold an election forum on the morning of September 30th with representatives of the Liberal Party, ALP and the Greens. We hope you put this in your diaries now and that we see as many of our members as can make it.
In July we held a members lunch and we were delighted to see many members come along. Members networked and shared their stories over lunch and also heard from WDV staff about the different activities we've been involved in.
In July we also presented a submission, based on our recent Voices against Violence research, to the Senate Inquiry into Domestic violence in Australia.  Meanwhile our violence prevention training program has been delivered to executives, managers and direct service workers at Yooralla who have received the program with enthusiasm.
This week we held a presentation to the funding bodies and trusts that support WDV as an opportunity for them to hear about all the different aspects of our work. In doing so we raise awareness of the extreme marginalisation that women with disabilities continue to face. 
We strive always in everything we do to reflect your voice and your concerns as members, please keep the feedback coming in.

Best wishes,

Keran Howe
Executive Director


Image of graduation ceremony of Enabling Women, 12 women with disabilities proudly display their graduation certificates

Enabling Women update:

On Friday 11th July .women from the SE Enabling Women Leadership program gathered with over 30 guests to celebrate their graduation.
The program encourages women to speak up for themselves and others and each of them took the opportunity to do so at graduation. Even one graduate, Ashleigh, who had needed all her courage to speak at all on the program’s first day. 

Many of the reference group members who had supported the process of delivering the group in Dandenong also attended the Graduation.

Women with Disabilities Victoria would like to thank them for their one hundred percent support which included a lovely venue at the new council offices for the training and graduation and a very special afternoon tea. Representatives from SELLEN, Outlook, DHS Disability Resource Centre and ADEC also provided hands on support during the training, as well as a great volunteer, plus interview support and other resources.

It was a special afternoon for a very special group. The feedback from one of the participants in the final session captured some of the group’s feeling about the program.

"I am emotional. It was more than just amazing"
"Seen from the start to where we are now"
"Each week we have grown"
"This opens up new doors for everybody"
"I’m sorry it’s ending"
"I hope we can see more of each other, perhaps via Facebook"

The group have organised a reunion to occur in early September and are also planning to share their experience on Casey radio, Women of Today Program with Amanda Stapledon.

The next Enabling Women Program is scheduled to run in Barwon in late October. Please call Jane Oldfield Women with Disabilities Victoria on 9286 7807 with any questions or email

Reminder: 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

Enabling Women Leadership Program

                                       Image of previous enabling women graduation ceremony

WDV is offering a 4 day leadership program to women who wish to lead in their own communities, Enabling Women.

The Enabling Women program aims to deepen women’s understanding of issues affecting women with disabilities, to empower women to lead and advocate in their own community, and to empower women to advocate as members of Women with Disabilities Victoria.

The leadership program is offered in easy English for those who have difficulty reading or remembering written information.
This program recognizes that women learn in different ways and in different places. As such a variety of learning styles are offered with a key focus being on learning from each other.

Topics covered include
  • Getting to know you,
  • The Social Model of Disability
  • Self-Identity                                   
  • Human Rights
  • Communication
  • Advocacy (speaking up for your rights)
  • Leadership                                          
The program provides opportunity for women from diverse backgrounds with disabilities to come together.  Woman will share their mutual experience of disability and find solutions together to the problems of social disadvantage.  
Join the program and rise to your true leadership potential!

Where: Surf Coast Shire Council Offices – 1 Merrijig Dve Torquay
When:   Wednesdays from Oct 22nd – November 19th
Time:    10:00am -3:00pm 
Your contribution: Just your time and your commitment. The program is free!
To apply, please download the Application Form and return to Jane Oldfield
Jane Oldfield | Ph. 9286 7807 | Email jane.oldfield


Enabling Woman Leadership Program Information Session (Barwon)

An invitation for women with disabilities to take the lead!

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is offering a dynamic 4 day leadership program.  Come to our information session and find out more.

The program is designed for women with disabilities. It will be run in easy English for those who have difficulty reading or remembering written information.   You will gain skills in leadership and being a voice in your community.

Where: Simonds Stadium Kardinia Pk, Latrobe Terrace off Kilgour St, Geelong
Deakin Cats Community Centre
When: Wednesday 3rd September 11:30am-12:30pm
Surf Coast Shire Council Offices – 1 Merrijig Dve Torquay
When: Wednesday 3rd September 2.30 pm – 3.30pm
 RSVP Enquiries and support requirements to
Jane Oldfield 9286 7807    


Women's Health Victoria Forum 26th August 2014

Building leadership from where I stand: Preventing violence against women
$55 for Women’s Health Victoria members
$75 for non-members

The forum is a platform for women’s health services, local government, service providers, businesses and other partner organisations to explore opportunities for coordination, leadership and promising practice in the prevention of violence against women. Whether you are experienced or new to the field, the forum aims to engage you in a discussion that builds confidence and new skills to address violence against women.

Dr Shannon Spriggs
Mentors in Violence Prevention Trainer, Research Fellow within Griffith’s Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Dr Shannon Spriggs has spent the last nine years delivering and developing Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), an innovative program created by Dr Jackson Katz in 1993. MVP utilises a bystander approach to violence prevention. Dr Spriggs will be leading a MVP workshop and table discussions.

Dr Lara Fergus
Director, Policy and Evaluation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children (The Foundation)
Dr Fergus has worked as a researcher and writer on human rights—particularly violence against women—for over a decade, with organisations such as Amnesty International, White Ribbon, VicHealth and most recently the United Nations. In 2014 Lara was appointed Director of Policy and Evaluation of the Foundation to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children. Dr Fergus will be speaking on the establishment of the Foundation and progress towards development of a National Framework to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children

Keran Howe
Executive Director of Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV)
Keran is a passionate campaigner for women’s health, in particular reducing the level of violence against women. Her work with the Women with Disabilities Victoria seeks to prevent violence against women with disabilities. In 2004 Keran won a Churchill Scholarship to study hospital responses to women experiencing violence. Through her work she has instigated research, training and project development to understand and further improve the status of women and of women with disabilities in particular. Keran has a background in social work.

Dr Adele Murdolo
Executive Director of the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH)
Adele has a PhD in History and Women’s Studies and has published on a range of topics relevant to immigrant and refugee women’s wellbeing, feminism and diversity. In the area of violence against women, Adele oversaw, and was a contributing author of, the MCWH On Her Way: Primary Prevention of Violence Against Immigrant and Refugee Women report, and she is the author of a forthcoming article about the history and experiences of immigrant and refugee women in the Victorian women’s refuge program. Adele has specialist expertise in the area of gender equity in multicultural contexts, the specific types of violence experienced by immigrant and refugee women, and engaging immigrant and refugee men and boys in violence prevention.

For more information and to register, please visit WHV events page.

ACT women with disabilities offered way to escape domestic violence

By Anna Morozow
 5 Aug 2014

A new scheme has been introduced to help Canberra women with disabilities escape domestic violence and sexual assault.

It means existing agencies will be able to respond to crisis situations for women with disabilities and help them secure a safe place to live.

The program was put together after the Domestic Violence Crisis Service expressed its frustration at the inability to help women with a disability escape from violence in their home.

Disability Services Commissioner Mary Durkin said it had been particularly difficult to provide crisis accommodation for some women who have mobility issues like those who use a wheelchair.

"Women's refuges might not have been accessible, or if a person needs personal care services and it wasn't possible at very short notice to arrange alternative services for the person" she said.
"This project was a wonderful collaboration of all the sorts of organisations that provide services to people with disabilities and provide services to help people escape violence.
"I think this is one of the most exciting reports that we have produced through my offices and it will actually result in real changes in the lives of women with disabilities
A training program has been funded to help crisis organisations, disability support groups and police implement the scheme.
Domestic Violence Crisis Service executive director Mirjana Wilson said she was delighted with the willingness shown to support the scheme.
"In an emergency we may need an overnight personal care service, a wheelchair accessible taxi, or a hotel with the right bathroom," she said.
"All these services are now in place."


Disability and women’s health

Clearinghouse Connector – August 2014

The August WHV Connector explores the issue of: Disability and women's health

They also invite you to visit their website and take the time to explore what's on offer.

You will find listings for events, publications and various other resources of interest.

The full range of Connector topics can be viewed and accessed here.


Survey on women’s reproductive decision-making

Are you a woman living in Victoria aged 18 to 45 years?

If so we would love to hear from you. A Research Team from the School of Health and Social Development at Deakin University is carrying out a project to find out about:
  • women's experiences of the influences on their reproductive decision-making; and
  • social supports women access in regards to their reproductive decision-making.
They are looking for participants to take part in interviews, over the phone or in person.

For more information and to arrange an interview please contact the Women’s Reproductive Decision-Making Project Team via


Parent With A Disability Peer Support Meeting

Parent With A Disability (PWAD) is a Peer Support Group that helps people with a disability who have children, giving and receiving help and advice that founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Because the group are all parents with a disability they understand each another’s situation through the shared experience.
They welcome new participants into the group who:
  • Are a person with a disability who is a parent or thinking of becoming a parent?
  • Have needs or issues that are not being addressed and want to do something about them?
  • Would you like to meet with other parents with a disability and share ideas?
  • Support the human rights of people with disability to be parents.
  • Support the rights of both children and parents.
  • Believe children have the right to live with their natural parent.
  •  Are interested in the issues and needs of parents with a disability?
PWAD purposes are to:
  • Encourage and empower parents with a disability to be actively involved in directing the organisation.
  • Educate the community about the rights of parents with a disability and their needs and issues.
  • Work with and educate the government and service providers to provide relevant and accessible services to parents with a disability.
  • Facilitate peer support networks of parents and potential parents who have a disability in Victoria.
  •  Continue to Develop an information and resource service for parents with a disability

For more information contact:     Michele De Hommel. Telephone 03 5997 1108 or Independent Disability Services 03 9340 5112 (light refreshments available)

Human Rights 

DASSI celebrates its 30th Anniversary.

Image of DASSI 30 year logo

In 1984, DASSI wa started by determined individuals who wanted to maintain their independence and control their choices.

Join DASSI at their function at the Northcote Town Hall on August 21, from 3-5pm, as they celebrate the 30 years of DASSI helping individuals, in their home, in their lives, and in their local communities.

RSVP via email, or call (03) 94889100 to confirm your attendance.


Justice system ill equipped to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are being routinely denied the basic human right of access to justice because police and other parts of our criminal justice system are ill equipped to meet their needs.

In a new report launched on Monday July 21st, Beyond Doubt – the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has found that people with disabilities face significant and complex barriers when reporting crime to police. As a result, crimes go unreported.
Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins called for urgent work to be done to ensure that people with disabilities have equitable access to justice and safety.

Beyond Doubt makes 16 recommendations, including five recommendations for Victoria Police to better respond to the needs of people with disabilities.
“Access to justice for people with disabilities should not be a matter of luck. It is a basic right for everyone,” Ms Jenkins said.

Beyond Doubt has found that when it comes to people with disability trying to report crimes committed against them, Victoria Police are falling short.

But that can change. Just as they have done around family violence and sexual assault, Victoria Police needs to implement a specialist response for a distinct cohort with distinct needs. To do this well requires specific police training, cultural change and coordination centred on delivering a responsive service to people with disabilities.

“It is of great concern that the majority of these crimes go unreported, often because the police who largely want to do the right thing, lack the skills needed to identify disability and make reasonable adjustments. Others did not know where to source assistance,” Ms Jenkins said.

One case study in the report tells the story of a blind, quadriplegic woman who was pulled from her wheelchair and threatened. She then encountered difficulties in convincing the police that a crime had occurred.

Another case study in Beyond Doubt tells of a person with a disability being made to feel like she was “complaining that her fish and chips were cold” when she was trying to report a crime, and was told by the police officer that no one would be interested.

People with disabilities may be more likely to experience violent and sexual crime than other people. Some people are at greater risk, including people with intellectual and mental health disabilities, communication disabilities and women with disabilities.

Beyond Doubt found that barriers people with disabilities face include negative assumptions and attitudes, a lack of support and minimal provision of necessary adjustments.

A key finding of the report is that staff who abuse people with disabilities are able to move to from service to service.

In the report, the Commission recommends that the Victorian Government introduce a registration system for unsuitable persons that prohibits people who have been found to have abused, assaulted or neglected a person with a disability from working or volunteering in services for people with disability.

Beyond Doubt also reveals that people with disabilities do not report crimes when they occur because they fear that the will not be believed or will be seen as lacking credibility.

“People with disabilities reporting crime must be able to access consistent support – when they need it and for as long as they need it, at every stage of their journey through the criminal justice system,” Ms Jenkins said.

VEOHRC media contact: Anna Craig 
Phone: (03) 9032 3482 | Mobile: 0459 114 657 | Email:


Funding and Grants

The Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund is open for grant applications.

The closing date for the Education Fund is 30 September 2014.

Following thirty-four years involvement in disability advocacy, Frank Hall-Bentick has asked his sisters Lesley and Annette and a group of friends Rae, Lyndall, Cath, Ros and Jody to help him setup and run an education fund for people with disability.

Titled the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund (ADIPEF), the fund will assist indigenous and non-indigenous people with disability to participate in both formal and informal education programs through small grants.

Frank has a life-long disability and along with other members of his family has experienced many years of hospitalisation, special schools and disability services. For the last thirty years Frank has been involved in disability advocacy and the empowerment of people with disability locally, nationally and internationally.

Realising that the work to empower people with disability is ongoing he has long considered the best way to support this is through further education and learning.
In April 2008 he with his sisters and these friends set up the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples' Education Fund (ADIPEF) under the auspice of the Australian Communities Foundation.

This Fund will assist people with disability gain empowerment through access to formal and informal education programs. They believe the importance of education should not be measured in graduate degrees and diplomas or in salaries people achieve or careers people have undertaken and achieved. The importance of education should be measured by peoples' continual learning of cultures, relationships, history, tolerance and honing the skills to apply this learning.

Unfortunately for many people with disabilities their early years are more about cure and rehabilitation than stable, well-grounded education. The skills to make and retain careers, relationships and friends are developed while they attend school however continuing disruption of this education impacts greatly on this learning. For many children presently attending school medical treatment and rehabilitation continues to disrupt their education. Many indigenous people with disabilities experience further disruption to their education due to poverty, isolation, lack of services, family breakdown.

Education is continuously growing, developing, changing, so many people undertake courses to begin again the education they never completed or to keep abreast with these new developments. With the development of technology, education has become more accessible for people with disabilities leading to people completing higher levels of education which in turn can lead to more complex and skilled work.
For many people with disabilities from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds, education can go a long way to not only developing their skills but also their self-esteem and the pride of their family, friends and community.

For many, a small financial grant will enable them to undertake a course. This education fund is about helping people complete or undertake courses and programs through providing small grants.

The fund is looking to distribute small six monthly grants of up to $2,500 to assist people with disabilities to continue their learning.
Go to Website
Contact Frank at

Telematics Trust Calls for ICT Funding Applications.
Do you have an innovative educational project that needs funding?
The Telematics Trust is calling for applications.

The Telematics Course Development Fund (Telematics Trust) is committed to the development and use of new information and communication technologies that support innovative educational initiatives within Victoria. Funds are now available in the form of grants and loans.

The Trust provides unique funding opportunities to individuals, Educational Institutes, Government, Business and Not for Profit organisations that are exploring the possibilities of using information and communications technology for educational purposes.

The Trust can provide two forms of funding support:
1. Grants
The Trust requires that all projects provide some level of partnership funding whether it be cash or in-kind support.  The Trust provides grants of up to $30,000 but will consider applications for larger grant requests in exceptional circumstances.

2. Loans of up to $100,000 - Security for all loans must be provided.
Assessment criteria
  • The quality of the applicant and their ability to deliver the project;
  • The excellence of the proposed project and the likelihood that it will lead to:
       - the promotion of public education and training in Victoria;
       - an important innovation or the solution to an important practical problem;
       - economic or social benefit to Victoria; and
  • Where a loan is requested, all of the above plus:
       - sufficient financial return to repay the loan.
The Trust will not fund
  • Projects that are almost entirely infrastructural and/or equipment;
  • Projects that are almost entirely salary and/or travel costs;
  • Projects that merely translate curriculum materials from one medium to another;
  • Core organisational costs;
  • Projects lacking innovation; and/or
  • ‘Apps’ that are compatible with only one platform (must be compatible for both Android and iPhone platforms).
 All projects must
  • Be based in Victoria and be for the benefit of Victoria and Victorians;
  • Be education and/or training driven and market oriented; and
  • Have applicant partnership funding in either cash or in-kind.
Only one application can be considered per applicant. Exceptions are made when multiple applications are received from universities and other large organisations where they represent different faculties, departments or schools, and the proposals are unrelated.
Further information about the Telematics Trust and the application form can be obtained from The Trust meets twice yearly.  The next closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, 25 August 2014.

Sitting on a great idea? How about nine months and $100,000 to make it hatch?
In its inaugural year The Myer Innovation Fellowship program unearthed three amazing individuals
who are now turning their ideas into reality. You can meet the current Fellows on our website.
A Myer Innovation Fellowship could provide you with the unrestricted time and support needed to develop
your ground-breaking idea into a plan for action. Three new Fellows will each receive $100,000 along with
select administrative and operational support for their nine month commitment to the program.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step outside the routine and rhythm of everyday life and chase
down an answer to the great tests we face as a nation.
Applications are open now and close at midnight 31 August 2014 (AEST).
To learn more about the Myer Innovation Fellowships and to start your application, click here.

Advocacy, Leadership and Representation

Jacqueline Freney OAM announced as 2014 IDPwD Patron


Image of Jacqueline displaying her medalsThe Assistant Minister for Social Services, Mitch Fifield, has announced Ms Jacqueline Freney as the 2014 International Day of People with Disability Patron.

Each year, a Patron is appointed on a voluntary basis to help promote activities that raise awareness of the issues faced by people with disability.

As the current young Australian of the year and Australia's most successful Paralympian at a single games, Jacqueline brings a high profile to the role.

Jacqueline was born with Cerebral Palsy Diplegia and learned to swim before she could walk. As a child, Jacqueline paddled in the learner’s pool every day, with the water supporting her to walk unaided. This freedom gave Jacqueline a passion for swimming that turned into determination to make the Australian Paralympic team.

While various obstacles such as injuries, operations and medical conditions interrupted Jacqueline’s goal at times, Jacqueline believes she would not have developed her tough, highly competitive spirit without the challenges on the way.

Jacqueline achieved her dream at the 2012 London Paralympics, where she earned a national record with eight gold medals. She describes winning her first Paralympic Gold Medal in the 100 Backstroke as her greatest moment.

Jacqueline said she was honoured to be chosen as Patron of IDPwD and the National Disability Awards:

"I’ve always believed having a disability should not stop anyone capable from achieving greatness, whether in the sporting arena or any other area of life," Ms Freney said.

"My work in the wider community and working with Swimming Australia as a motivational speaker to help other people with disability reach their potential shows me every day that anything is possible."


New website aims to bring a voice to people with a disability.

Bringing the voices of people with disability back from the wilderness
Australians with disabilities launch crowdfunding campaign to fill void created by closure of ABC’s Ramp Up news site.
Disgruntled members of Australia’s disability community are channelling their outrage at the closure of ABC’s Ramp Up website into a crowdfunding campaign to create a new and independent media outlet aimed at providing news and views about and by disabled Australians with disabilities. Central to the campaign is a controversial YouTube video which shows a woman in a hospital bed being gagged by her nurse.
Dr George Taleporos, co-producer of the crowdfunding campaign wanted to bring attention to the silencing of the disability community that had resulted from the axing of ABC Ramp Up. The former contributor to ABC Ramp Up, recently led a protest at the ABC studios that ended with protesters being escorted off the premises by police.
Commentators such as Crikey writer Shakira Hussein have said that the of scrapping of Ramp Up looks like an attempt to suppress disability dissent at a crucial moment for the sector, as the nation embarks on the building of a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and following the abolition of the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner. The former commissioner, Graeme Innes has publicly lent his support to the campaign.
Banking on a successful crowdfunding campaign, the new site will provide paid employment opportunities for people with disabilities by commissioning content and engaging members of the disability community as expert commentators on issues that matter most to them.
“We are determined to bring back to life this crucial advocacy tool for the disability community and for the wider community to hear our voices and our perspectives" said Rachel Croucher, co-producer of the crowdfunding campaign who has spent the last four months in hospital as a result of inadequate services in the community.
“The 1000+ strong ‘Save ABC Ramp Up’ Facebook group shows our community's commitment to fill the void left behind by the failure to renew funding to Ramp Up and its subsequent axing, and our team wants to harness that commitment and enthusiasm to build a new and independent media outlet for people with disabilities to provide commentary on issues that affect us.”
Croucher is hopeful that this initiative will bring the voices of Australians with disabilities back from the wilderness, thus enabling them “to make our voices heard at a time when our voice needs to be as strong as ever.”
Crowdfunding allows many small donations to be collected towards a funding goal. To contribute and to check out the controversial video visit
Media contact: Dr George Taleporos, 0412814851
Rachel Croucher,

Out and About - Accessible Events

Quippings Fundraiser

The Quippings crew are taking their talents to the Fringe Festival and staging a 5-night extravaganza of performance (1-5 of Oct) at the Melba Spiegeltent! But they need to raise some money to help get them there! 

Come and show your support, cuddle up on the couches and get ready to be warmed up by their unashamedly sexy and always subversive line-up designed to titillate and entertain you; as they give you very a ‘special’ a sneak preview of Quippings: Freaktastic Fringe! 

The night  will begin the night with a screening of  a disability documentary not to be missed! 

Tickets: $15 con/ $20 full 
(alt for those who cant afford it $10/$12)
Buy your tickets online here:

Doors open at 7:30 pm, 8pm the show begins!

This event is fully wheelchair accessible
(but NOT Auslan interpreted as it is a fundraiser and we can not afford it)

Why Freaktastic?
As people with various kinds of visible, and invisible, difference about to preform under a circus tent Quippings wants to draw attention loudly, proudly, boldly and unashamedly to the history/herstory of ‘freaks’ in carnivals or circus 'freak shows'. 
Freak shows are the pornography of disability, where people pay to come see the body deviants, the curiosities. Quippings want to explore this power play and ask who really has the power and what does it mean to have freak pride? 

Quippings is non-normative space where the crips, beautiful freaks, body revolutionaries, non-normative body activists and those with minds who think and see outside the confines of the expected, the boring and the ‘normal’ take to the stage and take up some space, PROUDLY and with passion!

Queers, poets, performers and those looking for something delightfully and unashamedly different and subversive this is the event for you!

Come watch the Quippings crew  get their freak on in a show not to be missed!

Follow Quippings online at: 
Twitter: @Quippingsgroup

Image of a man and a woman embracing with the text "intimacy"

Reminder: Intimacy at The Malthouse

Brought to you by Torque Show

Intimacy is presented as part of Helium, an initiative of Malthouse Theatre

Michelle Ryan started dancing when she was four years old, and went on to become one of the most celebrated dancers in the country. At 30, at the peak of her career, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Although MS has irreparably damaged Michelle’s physical prowess, it cannot undermine a lifetime of physical artistry and creative expression. In Intimacy, Michelle shares her most private thoughts and feelings in a very public way. As Michelle becomes increasingly vulnerable, she is both more isolated and more in need of the help of others. Who will take this dance with her?

Performed with a live score by Lavender Vs Rose, Intimacy is a fictional stage for Michelle’s real-life daily experiences; a world where highly awkward, absurdly humorous and deeply moving moments manifest in unexpected ways. And where other people aren’t sure where to look, and how to help.

Devised and created by Torque Show in collaboration with Michelle Ryan and Lavender vs Rose ~ Directed by Ingrid Weisfelt and Ross Ganf ~ Performed by Michelle Ryan, Vincent Crowley, Emma Bathgate and Simon Eszeky ~ Lighting Design John Ford ~ Set and Costume Design Adrienne Chisholm ~ Production and Stage Man-ager Halley Jean Buckham.

13 – 23 August, 2014
Wed – Sat 7pm ~ Tickets: $25

Bookings: 03 9685 5111 or online at
Venue: Malthouse Tower Theatre - 113 Sturt Street, Southbank

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

Just for fun

Melbourne school students form 'feminist collective' to crowdfund curriculum resource

Anthea Skinner celebrates the life of Aussie rock legend Chrissie Amphlett and looks at the breast cancer campaign inspired by her biggest hit.

An epic battle to make sure that girls everywhere keep their confidence throughout puberty and beyond, and making a start by showing them that doing it #LikeAGirl is an awesome thing.
Vote for Phantom Pain film in the Focus On Ability Film Festival.



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