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A Message from Acting CEO Nadia Mattiazzo

Welcome to another edition of WDV’s E-News. Haven’t things changed in the short time since our last newsletter?
I hope you are all taking care of yourselves, looking after each other and staying safe during this ever-changing time.
I know many of you have been inundated with information regarding how the country is managing the challenges which Coronavirus has thrown at us but we wanted to let you know that WDV is still working (although remotely) to ensure that women with disabilities are not forgotten during this time. Please stay in touch with our webpage or our social media to learn more about what we are doing. We have also written to both State Ministers for the Prevention of Violence and the Minister for Disability, Ageing and carers to highlight the concerns of women with disabilities at this time and the need for inclusion to be considered at all levels of how government manages this challenge.
We also have some information about a scholarship you may want to apply for, as well as opportunities for you to contribute to the new State Disability Plan.
Finally, for those of you who have been involved with wDV for a while, we welcome back an old face!
We hope you enjoy our E-News.

A Note from WDV 

To assist in reducing the spread of Coronavirus, the Women with Disabilities Victoria office will not be open to the public until further notice and WDV staff are mainly working from home.

During this time WDV staff will not be participating in face-to-face meetings, but will maintain contact with key stakeholders and funders, project partners and members, via email, e-newsletters, website, mobile phone, tele- and video-conferencing as needed.  

We will also be monitoring our WDV email address and our office telephone.

WDV remains focused on delivery of advocacy and funded programs on behalf of women with disabilities in Victoria, within present constraints.

Coronavirus Information
If you have any concerns about your health and Coronavirus please telephone:
  • the Victorian Department of Health and Human Service Hotline on 1800 675 398, or
  • the Commonwealth Coronavirus Information Health Line on 1800 020 080 (including with National Relay Service). For language translations: 131 450.
 Both hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Auslan-interpreted information is available via Expression Australia
More detailed information about Coronavirus is at the DHHS website at

NDIS: Supermarkets
Woolworths and Coles supermarkets will open from 7am-8am in a dedicated shopping hour for the disability community and the elderly.

Entry to stores will be granted with a relevant government-issued Companion or Carer Card, disability permit, Pensioner Concession Card and Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

Woolworths Online Shopping has resumed with a new “Priority Assistance” feature.  Read the Woolworths update online
  • Online Shopping resumed 18th March.  Woolworths have updated their website to include a new "priority assistance" feature for seniors, people with disability, those with compromised immunity, or those who are required to self-isolate. Woolworths says it will prioritise these groups for home delivery.  You need to fill in a form, and the website says it might take up to 48 hours to process applications.  You can call 1800 000 610 for assistance.
Managing Corona Virus (Covid-19) Anxiety
The blog 'Blessing Manifesting' has the following list for managing anxiety you may feel during this time:

For You
  • avoid excessive exposure to media
  • connect through calls/text/internet
  • add extra time for daily stress relief
  • practice self-care
  • focus on your mental health
For Kids
  • reassure them that they're safe
  • let them talk about their worries
  • share your own coping skills
  • limit their news exposure
  • create a routine and structure
For Quarantine/Isolation
  • keep in contact with your loved ones via social media, texts, and phone calls
  • create a daily self-care routine
  • keep yourself busy: games, books, movies
  • focus on new relaxation techniques
WDV will provide updated information as often as we can. Please take care.
Welcome back Dee!
WDV is excited to welcome Dee Henry as the new Administration Support Officer. Some of you might remember Dee as a previous WDV employee! Dee worked as Administration Officer and Project Administration Officer for WDV over two years. She has had some time off travelling and living in South Korea. She was lucky enough to travel throughout Scandinavia making her way down to Spain via Germany, France and Switzerland. We are so excited to have her back in Melbourne!

PHOTO: Dee Henry
WDV recognises International Women's Day 2020

WDV staff celebrating International Women's Day Staff have arms out front at right angle to the body, elbows bent and palms down to make an equal sign, to show that WDV is committed to challenging the status quo and helping to create a gender-equal world.
March 8 was International Women's Day. 

The 2020 theme is Generation Equality.

According to UN Women Australia, 'Generation Equality is a call to action to join forces across generations, to create a world where every girl and woman has equal opportunities to fulfil their full potential.'

The International Women's Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual, based on the concept that our individual actions can lead to stronger collective action.

According to the International Women's Day website: "We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women's achievements.

Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world."

On March 5, community groups held the annual International Women's Day March in Melbourne. Some WDV staff were part of the diverse crowd who filled the rainy streets with a feminist buzz. WDV member, Nicole Lee, was one of the first speakers to take the mic at the State Library. She spoke about the need to recognise the rights of women with disabilities to sexual and reproductive health choices and to safety. There was Auslan interpreting for all the speeches including at the end of the march at the Victorian Parliament.

After being one of the speakers, WDV member, Nicole Lee, catches up with WDV staff member, Olivia.
 A union leader and an Auslan interpreter present from the steps of the Victorian Parliament behind a banner reading 'International Women's Day - women of the world unite.'
WDV staff gather before the march. Pictured are Olivia, Zoe, Helen, Jen and Rosie. Olivia (wearing a t-shirt which says 'women hold up half the sky') is holding a sign and Zoe (wearing a t-shirt that says girls support girls) are both holding signs.
WDV is seeking a Board Treasurer

We are currently seeking a voluntary Treasurer to join our Board and to Chair the Finance and Risk Committee of the Board.

Board & Committee Meetings (frequency): Every two months
Board & Committee Meetings Held: Usually after working hours
Board & Committee Meetings Held: Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Job Advertisement WDV Board Treasurer

Position Description WDV Board Treasurer 

Applications are ongoing

Expressions of Interest - Board or Subcommittees

  • Are you a member of WDV? 
  • Do you have expertise in either finance or risk, or legal expertise in the Not-for-Profit or Corporate Law fields?
  • Are you interested in becoming more involved in the work of WDV by being a member of our Board or our various subcommittees?

If you answered yes to these questions, then we would love to hear from you.

Please send an email to with a short statement about yourself and your area of expertise, either risk and finance or legal (NFP/corporate governance).

 We will then contact you to discuss your interest.

2020 Victorian Disability Awards - Nominations now open
The awards celebrate the hardworking individuals and groups who promote the rights and participation of people with disability in Victoria.Nominations for the 10th annual Victorian Disability Awards are now open. 

Nominations are open to individuals and groups - including people with disability, family members, volunteers and people working in the sector - in seven categories:
•    Emerging leader award
•    Excellence in creating inclusive communities award
•    Excellence in employment outcomes award
•    Excellence in promoting health, housing and wellbeing award
•    Excellence in promoting rights, fairness and safety award
•    Volunteer award
•    Lifetime achievement honour roll

How can I nominate?
Nominations opened Monday 24 February, 2020 and will be closing on Sunday 5 April, 2020. Nominate online or if you require a paper form contact the Awards Secretariat via email or on (03) 9096 8712.
Nominate for the 2020 Victorian Disability Awards
Department of Justice and Community Safety's Disability Scholarship Program

Are you a person with a disability who is studying a justice-related course eg Law, Criminology, Social Work, Psychology, Paralegal? 

A new program from the Department of Justice and Community Safety is offering three scholarships for people living with disability in Victoria at the diploma, advanced diploma, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

It aims to increase the amount of people with disability employed in the justice and public service sectors. The closing date is March 27.

Download scholarship guidelines
Download scholarship application form
WWDA launches Our Place

Women with Disabilities Australia has launched a new website for women and girls with disability called Our Place. The website provides accessible, inclusive and relevant information to women and girls with disability across Australia.

WDV training co-facilitator Nicole Lee, and 
Sexual and Reproductive Health Project Co-Faciliator Carlie Park, are among the women who have their stories published on the site.

Read Carlie's story about navigating the health system
Read Nicole's story about the stereotypes and discrimination women with disability face as parents.

WDV's Community Calendar

WDV now has a community calendar on our website. If you have an event you want to advertise, which is accessible to women with disability, please feel free to add it to our public calendar.

Make a submission for the 2021-2024 State Disability Plan 

Registration is open for the 2021-2024 State Disability Plan consultation sessions running until April 4. The Victorian Government wants the next State Disability Plan to continue to create more opportunities for people with disabilities and to drive lasting positive change.

Read about the 2021-2024 State Disability Plan
Make a submission to the 2021-2024 State Disability Plan

News and Comments

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