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A Message from Acting CEO Nadia Mattiazzo
Welcome again to another packed edition of E-News. I can’t believe we’re at the end of February already!
We are certainly back into the swing of things at WDV as you will see from our upcoming events. Please make sure you register if you are interested in participating. We’ve also been out and about - check us out at the Having a Say Conference and speaking to some students from Papua New Guinea who are currently studying in Australia.
There is also news about some public transport forums which are being held both in regional and metropolitan Melbourne. I hope I can hear you all scrabbling to register to attend these as public transport is a huge challenge in many areas of our state.
Finally, there are some opportunities to nominate for the Victorian Disability Awards, apply for scholarships and visit some interesting places and exhibits.
Enjoy this edition!

PHOTO: Rosie and Amanda behind WDV's stall at Valid's Having a Say Conference on February 25.
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.

Spotlight on Invisible Women in Horsham 

Come to our Community Consultation
There will be an opportunity to complete a survey  tell us about life as a woman with disability aged 50-65 living in rural or regional Victoria

  • Are you from Horsham or surrounding areas?
  • Do you identify as a woman with disability?
  • Are you aged between 50 and 65?

Where: Grampians Community Health 70-72 Hamilton Street Horsham
Date: Tuesday 17th March 2020
Time:12 noon – 2.00pm
RSVP: or (03) 9286 7827

Register for the Community Consultation
Tickets for AcceSex are now available 

AcceSex is a project partnership between WDV and WHIN - Women's Health in the North. It is supporting health and community workers to create more inclusive and accessible reproductive and sexual healthcare services and community programs for women with disabilities.

AcceSex is now offering low cost, highly practical half-day training for any health and community workers in the Northern Metro Region of Melbourne. This includes workers in the local council areas of Banyule, Darebin, Hume, Moreland, Nillumbik, Whittlesea and Yarra.

View the EventBrite page

WDV meets Papua New Guinea Scholars

On February 26, WDV representatives had a fantastic morning meeting Australia Awards Papua New Guinea scholars. These are scholars studying various courses in Australia, mostly post-graduate, with scholarships.
Acting CEO Nadia Mattiazzo, and Senior Policy Officer Jen Hargrave, presented on Gender Equality and Disability Inclusion and enjoyed discussing many related issues with the group.
The workshop was brought together by Coffey International Development and CBM Australia.

PHOTO: Nadia, Olympia and Jen with Australia Awards PGN scholarship winners and Glenn Davies, Senior Development Specialist Gender, Disability and Social Inclusion, Coffey International Development.

Presenting the 'Our Right to Safety' Resources to Goulburn Valley Health

On Wednesday February 19, WDV's Our Right to Safety Resources Project Officer Rosie Granland and Cobram Hub Liaison Officer Jenny Godwin presented the Our Right to Safety Video and Accessible Video Guide to the staff at Goulburn Valley Health (GVH) in Shepparton.

GVH provides violence prevention and response services for women and this presentation was part of their first training day for 2020. They discussed particular challenges faced by women with disability in rural and regional Victoria, and talked about ways that local organisations can make their services accessible and safe for women with disability who experience violence and abuse. Jenny spoke about how Regional Hubs and WDV’s outreach programs such as Enabling Women, help to empower women in remote areas.

The staff at Goulburn Valley Health were excited by WDV’s commitment to leadership and self-advocacy, and we look forward to sharing our resources with many regional communities in 2020!

Our Right to Safety Workshop - Mt Evelyn

You are invited to participate in the Our Right to Safety Workshop.

The focus of the workshop is to support women with disability to recognise abuse, stay safe and seek support if you experience violence.

WDV will screen the ‘Our Right to Safety’ Video, with the accessible Video Guide. There will be time for a facilitated discussion led by WDV and supported by staff from the Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA)

Please note this workshop is for women over 18 years of age.

WHEN: Monday March 23.

TIME: 1.00pm – 2.30pm

WHERE: Community Room,

Mt Evelyn Community House

50 Wray Crescent Mt Evelyn

RSVP: Monday 16 March 2020

CONTACT: Rosie Granland E:, Ph. (03) 9286 7816

PHOTO: Our Right to Safety and Respect resources
2020 Victorian Disability Awards - Nominations now open

Nominations for the 10th annual Victorian Disability Awards are now open.

The awards celebrate the hardworking individuals and groups who promote the rights and participation of people with disability in Victoria.

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.

Visit the 2020 Victorian Disability Awards website
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.

Download scholarship guidelines
Download scholarship application form
Campaign for accessible public transport

Had enough of inaccessible public transport?

Over the next few weeks, the Disability Resource Centre is hosting a series of free, one-day campaigning workshops focused on improving access to public transport for people with disabilities. 

You’ll work with writing mentors, public speaking trainers, the Public Transport Ombudsman and other people who are passionate about improving how we get around Victoria. You can also choose to be part of planning a fun and creative direct action in your area to make the message even louder.

The Disability Resource Centre will be partnering with regional advocacy groups and local councils to hold workshops in:

  • Sale
  • Traralgon
  • Geelong
  • Warrnambool
  • Ballarat
  • Shepparton
  • Wodonga
  • Melbourne
View campaigning workshop details

Accessing the Community

Each E-News we will direct you to a resource that lists accessibility features at a particular public place. This time, read about Scienceworks which includes an Autism-friendly museum. 
View accessibility information for Scienceworks

Black Dog Community Art Creative Hubs

We are excited to share that the Black Dog Community Art Project will be opening two new creative hubs in the City of Monash.

All are welcome including people with lived experience of anxiety, depression, isolation and loneliness. It’s a place to meet and create or just be. An open studio format offering directive and non-directive sessions.

Where: Monash Community Inn
72 Clayton Road, Clayton.
When: Monday’s (2.00pm—6.00pm)
And at:
Where: Mount Waverley Community Centre
Meeting Room 2
47 Miller Crescent, Mount Waverley.
When: Wednesday’s (3.00pm—6.00pm)

A place to explore, create and play.
For more information please contact:
Emma Finch - 0415 278 580 ||

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

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