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A Message from CEO Leah van Poppel
Welcome to the WDV e-News! In this edition, we're welcoming (back!) two team members who have worked with us before. Bridget and Liz are returning to build our women's empowerment program. You'll be hearing more about their work with our leadership course for young women and our local leadership hubs in coming editions of eNews, so watch this space! If you're interested in coming to work with us too, this might be your lucky day - we currently have three positions advertised. As always, I'd strongly encourage women with disabilities to apply. Applications close next Monday, so get cracking. 

We're also bringing you news about the ways you can tell your story - whether that's your story as a woman aged 50 - 65, a woman in the Loddon Mallee region, or an NDIS participant. But I also want to acknowledge that while story telling can be empowering for some of us, some of the time, it's not always easy. In bringing you opportunities to speak up, I also want to honour your right to speak in your own way, and your own time. Right now, some of us are experiencing a return to lock down conditions, so please focus on doing what's right for you as circumstances change. Although WDV doesn't provide direct services, we can link you in to other supports - don't hesitate to contact us if you want to find out where you can start if you're stuck. 
Welcome back Bridget and Liz

WDV are excited to welcome back Bridget Jolley and Liz Wright. They will be familiar to the WDV community. Bridget first joined WDV in January 2017 as Project Support Officer then became a Women's Empowerment Officer. She left WDV at the end of 2019, joining the Youth Disability Advocacy Service and has now returned to WDV as Women's Empowerment Officer (Youth).

Liz joined WDV in January this year as Acting Program Manager, Community Inclusion and Women’s Empowerment. Now that Nadia Mattiazzo has stepped back into the Program Manager role, Liz has accepted the new position of Local Leadership Hub Coordinator.          
Work With Us

1. Health Services Manager, Part-time (0.6FTE)

We are currently looking for an experienced Health Services Program Manager who will be responsible for overseeing our Women’s Health Services Capacity Building and Sexual & Reproductive Health projects, and for positioning WDV as a leader in disability and gender-inclusive practice in health services.

Applications close 9am on Monday 6 July 2020

2. Prevention Resources Development Officer, Part-Time (0.7FTE)

We are currently looking for an experienced Prevention Resource Development Officer for our Workforce Development Program on Gender & Disability.

This role will be responsible for developing and disseminating prevention of violence against women (PVAW) resources to enable target workforces to implement PVAW strategies for women with disabilities. The role will also require delivery of training and facilitation of gender and disability violence prevention packages.

Applications close 9am on Monday 6 July 2020 

3. Women’s Empowerment Officer, Part-time(0.8 FTE)

Re-advertised: Previous applicants need not apply.

We are seeking an experienced and passionate Women’s Empowerment Officer..

WDV’s Women’s Empowerment Program is a key platform for the goal of empowering women to advocate both broadly and in their local communities about issues that relate to them and other women with disabilities.

Applications close 9am on Monday 6 July 2020

Find out more information about WDV's job vacancies
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
Court Network Telephone Service

The Court Network Telephone Service provides free, confidential support, information and referral for all court users across Victoria (victims, witnesses, accused, family and friends) during business hours Monday to Friday.

The Court Network Telephone Service will, as much as possible, replicate the current face to face service (with some limitations) and assist callers in the following ways:

  • Provide support and information about what happens before, during or after court
  • Explain how the courts and legal systems operate 
  • Inform court users about how to best contact various courts and tribunals
  • Assist court users to get the help they need to address their safety issues
  • Help to arrange access to a secure room if required
  • Provide court users with up to date information on new arrangements for court since the COVID-19
  • Provide court users with referrals to legal services in your area 
  • Refer court users to services to assist them to fill out and submit orders and paperwork
  • Talk to court users on their day of court either before or after their matter has been heard
  • Help court users to understand the next steps that they might have to take
  • Refer court users to an appropriate service that could assist them with issues such as housing, domestic violence and mental health.
Phone: 1800 571 239 
Complete a Survey 
Experiences with NDIS services during COVID-19

The NDIA is encouraging NDIS participants to take part in the new University of Melbourne survey about the changes made to the NDIS in response to COVID-19.

The survey gives participants, their families and carers a chance to share their experience of interacting with the NDIA and the Scheme during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey will help the NDIA to understand how NDIS participants have found using telehealth to access allied health services.

The survey is screen-reader friendly and will take about 15-25 minutes to complete.

Participants can ask someone they trust, like a family member of friend or support worker, to help them complete the survey.

The survey is voluntary and anonymous. Participants’ responses will not be shared with anyone outside the research team. Completing the survey is not related to the NDIS planning process, and it won’t have any impact on their NDIS plan, funding or services.

The findings will be written in a report for the NDIA. They will also be published in academic journals. Only group data will be included, and individual participants will not be identifiable.

Findings from the survey will be used to help the NDIA and allied health providers to improve services provided to NDIS participants. The results of the survey will help the Agency make decisions about continuing to offer phone or video planning meetings,plan reviews.and responding to significant changes in a participants’ circumstances.

Complete the Experiences with NDIS services during COVID-19 Survey
Story Collection in the Loddon Mallee During COVID-19

Women’s Health Loddon Mallee are inviting women, men, and gender diverse people across the region to share their experiences, feelings, observations, struggles and successes during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

They are collecting this qualitative data through an online survey.

The information collected through this process will help to inform future practice and initiatives. The second aim of this project is to provide people with a safe space to share their thoughts.

If you have any questions about this project, don’t hesitate to email 

Tell your story about experiencing COVID-19 in the Loddon Mallee
Are you a female-identifying creative?

YWCA Australia are looking to add young women and non-binary creatives to their list of freelancers to help with small pieces of work. This might include illustrating a series of graphics for social media channels, creating a short advocacy video, a performance piece, or photographing some clients. 

Pease send your portfolio and a brief summary of your background and experience to

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