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Student Disability Scholarship Opportunity

March 21st, 2019 by tperry

Students With Disability Scholarship Opportunity: Applications Open May 6th 2019

Professor Jamie Rossjohn, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow, Head of the Infection and Immunity Program at the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute within the Faculty of Medicine, is offering Monash undergraduate students who have a disability, the opportunity to apply for a scholarship in his laboratory. The scholarship program will equip students with valuable skills and experience in either laboratory research work or office administration.

Laboratory work may include assisting with the operation and maintenance of technical equipment and services, the preparation of solutions and experimental design, and other laboratory tasks.

Administrative duties may include clerical and book keeping tasks and other office duties pertaining to the running of the office and laboratory including assisting in the preparation and management of documentations and coordinating the routine back-up of laboratory research and administration data.

These scholarships are generally of one month duration and provide flexible work hours and the stipend is equivalent to other Monash student vacation scholarship programs.

This opportunity is anticipated to provide students who have a disability with work experience and skills that will increase their post university employment prospects.

Students who have a strong work ethic, are currently studying in a science related discipline or in office administration, and have a strong motivation to work in this field are encouraged to apply.

These scholarships will align with the winter and summer research scholarship programs – see link:

It is an online application and expected to open on May 6th.

Winter applications: Monday 6 May – Friday 24 May

  • Notice of outcome: mid-June

Summer Round 1 applications: Monday 8 July – Friday 26 July

  • Notice of outcome: early September

Summer Round 2 applications: Monday 9 Sep – Friday 4 Oct

  • Notice of outcome: mid-November

Project dates:

  • Winter: 1 July – 26 July 2019
  • Summer (Rounds 1 and 2): 25 Nov 2019 – 21 Feb 2020

Further information about the Rossjohn lab:

The academic research program within the laboratory is focused on defining the key molecular interactions underlying receptor recognition events that are
the primary determinants of immunity.

The laboratory’s research has provided an understanding of the basis of peptide, metabolite and lipid presentation – events that underpin protective immunity and deleterious immune reactivity. The team’s research on anti-viral immunity has provided an understanding of the factors that shape MHCrestriction (e.g. Nature Immunology 2015; Immunity 2016; Nature Rev Immunol 2018), while also demonstrating how the pre-TCR, a receptor crucial for T-cell development, functions by autonomous dimerization (Nature 2010).

In relation to aberrant T-cell reactivity, our team has provided insight into alloreactivity (Immunity 2009), Tregs and autoimmunity (Nature, 2017) Celiac Disease (Immunity 2012, NSMB 2014), rheumatoid arthritis (JEM 2013) and HLA-linked drug hypersensitivities (Nature 2012). Regarding innate and innate-like recognition, the team has shed light into how Natural Killer cell receptors interact with their cognate ligands and viral immunoevasins (Nature 2011; JEM 2016; NSMB 2017; Cell 2017; PNAS 2018).

Further, we have provided fundamental insight into TCR recognition of lipid-based antigens in protective and aberrant immunity (e.g. Nature 2007; Nature Immunology 2016; Nature Communications 2016; Nature Immunology 2018). Most recently, our team identified the long sought after ligand for MAIT cells, namely showing that MAIT cells are activated by metabolites of vitamin B and can also respond to commonly prescribed therapeutics (Nature 2012, 2014; Nature Immunology 2016, 2017).

Our research program uses numerous biochemical and biophysical techniques including protein expression and purification, surface plasmon resonance and three-dimensional structure determination with the use of the Australian Synchrotron.

Further, cellular immunology techniques are taught within the laboratories of the collaborators of the Rossjohn laboratory. The industrial research program of the laboratory includes a close collaboration with Janssen, for the development of new therapies to treat psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The laboratory is funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC), the ARC Centre of Excellence in Advanced Molecular Imaging, Cancer Council Victoria, National Institutes of Health, Worldwide Cancer Research, Wellcome Trust and Janssen (of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceuticals).

For more details on the research themes, fellowships awarded and publication
outputs see,

Peter Gibilisco Book Launch

March 21st, 2019 by tperry

6 and ½ Years on a Dunghill: Life in Specialist Disability Accommodation

New Book by Monash Alumnus Peter Gibilisco

Peter Gibilisco’s aim in this book is to affirm vital principles that must be better understood and implemented if the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is going to be of benefit and fulfil its mandate; so that care doesn’t become careless.

He wants to encourage people to keep on pushing the case for disability justice! His book is aimed at those providing a service to people with disabilities with high support needs.

Peter wants to address all who are involved in disability care: professionals, social workers and especially those managing facilities that look after communities and groups of people.

Reviewer’s comments:

“Peter Gibilisco writes of his experience living with a disability and fighting for his rights. It is a remarkable insight into the frustrations of dealing with bureaucracies for those with disabilities. Peter describes his experiences and his views on how the lives of those with a disability can be improved by changing processes and removing barriers.”

Prof. Martin Delatycki, Med. Dir., Victorian Clinical Genetics Services, Dir. Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre, Co-Dir., Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

“This book will strike a chord with people who have disabilities everywhere, especially those with severe physical disabilities living in shared supported accommodation facilities. With great intelligence and integrity it describes the mental torture associated with a disintegration of control and individuality worsened by factors as fundamental as a lack of empathy and continuity in the caring relationship. It gives voice to serious shortcomings in a system that is failing many in the provision of truly individualised care.”

Jenny Williams, BA BSW MSW, Social Worker, Friedreich Ataxia Clinic, Monash Medical Centre 


Six and a Half Years on a Dunghill can be purchased from Amazon as a paperback or in kindle ebook format. It can also be purchased from Fishpond for Australians.

You can also order directly from Peter Gibilisco.

Stepping Into Winter 2019

March 20th, 2019 by tperry

Internship Applications Closing on 7th APRIL 2019

The Australian Network on Disability runs the Stepping into Program twice a year. Stepping Into is a paid internship program designed specifically for university students with disability to assist them to gain meaningful work experience in the area of their study, to assist them to transition into employment once they complete their degree.

Students learn about the recruitment process, job interviews and if successful, gain exposure to degree-relevant work in a forward-thinking organisation

Internships generally last four to eight weeks (with the opportunity for flexible work hours to manage your disability or other commitments).The AND programs team are available throughout the entire process for support, advice and guidance on how to ensure your internship is a success.

This Winter cohort we have a variety of organisation participating

  • Arup Group
  • Max Solutions
  • Australia Post
  • Melbourne Water
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • NSW Department of Family and Community Services
  • City of Yarra
  • NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Department of Education and Training, Federal
  • Office of the Children’s Guardian
  • Department of Environment and Energy, Federal
  • Penrith City Council
  • Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Federal
  • Sparke Helmore Lawyers
  • Department of Jobs and Small Business
  • University of Sydney
  • Department of Social Services, Federal
  • VIC Department of Human and Health Services
  • George Weston Foods
  • VIC Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions
  • Gilbert and Tobin Lawyers
  • VIC Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Hunter Water Corporation
  • VIC Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • IAG
  • Vision Australia
  • IVE Group
  • Victoria Police
  • Yarra Valley Water

To view the current positions available, please visit our website.

Opportunities are based in:

  • Canberra
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide
  • Newcastle

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants must be in the penultimate year of their degree – this means due to graduate either middle or end of 2020
  • Applicants must identify as having disability
  • International students may apply pending they have full time working rights within Australia
  • Applicants from all degree areas are encouraged to apply

How do I apply?

To be considered for the program, Apply Here before midnight Sunday 7th April 2019

  • Please keep your Stepping Into application form generic.
  • The team at AND will contact you to arrange your Skype/ phone/ face-to-face Interview
  • The team at AND will inform you of the outcome of your application May 2019.

For previous applicants and still eligible

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the AND website, email, or call 1300 36 36 45 to speak to a member of the Stepping Into team.

Register for the 2019 Wings for Life World Run

March 1st, 2019 by tperry

Ready, Set, Register! 

The 2019 Wings for Life World Run is shaping up to be huge, and we’ve got a very special offer for you!  A 20% discount for the next 250 registrations with Team Monash!
  • 100% of your entry fee goes to spinal cord research, and even though Wings For Life have already revolutionised early spinal cord treatment, there is still a long way to go to find a cure.
Wings For Life is a GLOBAL movement and this year Team Monash is aiming to create the world’s BIGGEST team, but we can’t do it without your support.
  • Held on Sunday May 5, the 2019 Wings For Life World Run is a fun run like no other. It’s a fun run with a catch. A CATCHER CAR!

30 minutes after the race starts a catcher car will set off in pursuit. The catcher car slowly speeds up and passes competitors, and when it passes you you’re out! Because there is no finish line Wings For Life World Run is an event for all abilities, with some people running for 80 km and others, recovering from spinal cord injuries, walking assisted for a few hundred meters. All are welcome!

It’s first in, first served for the 20% off discount, so what are you waiting for, register now!

Use the code MONASHWFL20 to access the discount.

Victorian Government Graduate Program Now Open

March 1st, 2019 by tperry

The Victorian Government Graduate Program Disability Pathway is Now Open

Applications for the Victorian Government graduate program are now open until Sunday 24 March. The Disability pathway for graduates is a new feature of the program designed to support Victorians with disability during their application for the Victorian Government graduate program and ensures consistent, personalised support in their career in the public service.

What is the Victorian Government graduate program?

The Victorian Government graduate program is the flagship graduate program of the Victorian public service.

Now in its 36th year, our program is a year-long opportunity for graduates to experience public service, grow their potential and gain new skills. It includes 3 rotations in different departments, development opportunities, and a permanent job for all graduates who successfully complete the program.

What is the Disability pathway?

The Disability pathway provides graduates with disability access to safe and inclusive support and adjustments from a dedicated resource. It enables us to better understand graduates as an individual and assists with equitable access throughout the entire process. It can also include support during the graduate year.

The Disability pathway is consistent with Getting to Work, Victoria’s disability employment action plan.

Graduates choose which supports they want to take advantage of, but the pathway can include:

  • regular contact with a dedicated person who supports graduates with disability;
  • support in accessing workplace adjustments;
  • support in accessing flexible working arrangements;
  • connections with peers with disability;
  • access to mentors with disability; and
  • respect for your choice to share or not share information about your disability

Applications to the graduate program can be made through

Amanda Lawrie-Jones, our Disability Liaison Officer, would welcome a call from anyone who wants to learn more about the pathway. You can reach her at (03) 9651 2016 or at amanda.lawrie-jones@vpsc.vic.

Stepping Into Internship with PwC

February 21st, 2019 by tperry

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is partnering with the Stepping Into Internship Program

Applications Close 28th Feb for PWC’s prestigious Summer 2019/2020 Vacation Program.

Stepping into is a paid internship program designed for university students with disability who want to gain paid, hands-on work experience in their chosen field of study. Students benefit by gaining valuable experience in their desired field of work, and by having the opportunity to develop professional networking and employability skills in a leading Australian organisation.

The PwC opportunity is for penultimate year students based in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle or Brisbane and covers a range of disciplines including Assurance, Consulting, Technology and Tax & Legal. For more information about the program, visit PwC’s website.

Am I eligible?

  • Applicants must be in the penultimate year of their degree – this means due to graduate either middle or end of 2020
  • Applicants must identify as having disability
  • International students may apply pending they have full time working rights within Australia
  • Applicants from all degree areas are encouraged to apply

How do I apply?

To be considered for the program, Apply Here before midnight Thursday 28th February 2019.

  • Please keep your Stepping Into application form generic, not tailored to PwC. If successfully shortlisted, you will be required to submit an application form directly to PwC.
  • The team at AND will inform you of the outcome of your application by mid-March 2019.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you’d like to find out more, please visit the AND website, email, or call 1300 36 36 45 to speak to a member of the Stepping Into team.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The Programs Team (Philip, Sneha & Isabel)

Stepping Into & PACE Mentoring

Level 3, 80 Clarence St, Sydney, 2000

Level 1, 2 Queen St, Melbourne, 3000

1300 36 36 45  |  W  |  E


Inclusive Design Goes Mainstream

February 14th, 2019 by tperry

Taking Accessibility Into The Design Process (Hassell Inclusion)

Inclusive design is starting to ride a wave of popularism, formed from companies like Microsoft and Adobe making a commitment to ID.



Clothing For People With Disability

February 14th, 2019 by tperry

Inclusive Clothing (ABC News)

‘When Trish Jackson goes shopping at any department store, she knows it will be a difficult experience to find items that suit her needs.

More than 4 million Australians are estimated to have a disability, yet there are only a handful of boutique manufacturers across the country making inclusive and adaptive clothing for them.’


Funding for People with Print Disabilities Conference in Brisbane May 2019

February 6th, 2019 by tperry

2019 Round Table Conference Funding Support

Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities Inc  (Round Table) has been successful in obtaining a grant from the Commonwealth Department of Social Services’s National Disability Conference Initiative 2018-19 grant, administered under the Disability, Mental Health and Carers Programme. The purpose of the grant is to help offset the financial cost to self-funded individuals with a print disability wishing to attend Round Table’s annual conference, which is to be held in Brisbane from 4-7 May 2019.

All applicants seeking a portion of the funding support made available by this grant must

  • be an Australian resident.
  • complete and lodge an application on or before Friday, 22 February 2019.

Management Process

  • Applicants must complete an applicationThis can be done either by completing and submitting the on-line application form or by contacting the Round Table Administration Officer.
  • Within twenty-one days of the close of applications applicants will be notified in writing of the success or otherwise of their application, the amount of funding allocated to them, and the process to be followed when making a reimbursement claim.
  • Successful applicants must, within fourteen days of receiving this advice, advise the Round Table’s Administration Officer (in writing) that they wish to accept the funding offer. Failure to notify their intention within this time-frame will mean that the offer lapses and the funding support can then be reallocated by Round Table’s Executive Committee.
  • Claims for reimbursement. Receipts pertaining to travel, accommodation and registration fees, for which the applicant is seeking reimbursement, must be in the applicant’s name (not a third party), and must be lodged with the Round Table’s Administration Officer within two working weeks of the close of Conference. Failure to do so will render them ineligible for reimbursement.

Please Note:

  • Late applications may not be able to be considered.
  • All decisions are made by the Round Table Executive Committee and are final.
  • Funding is limited and some applicants may therefore not be successful with their request for support.
  • Priority may be given to first time attendees, as well as those who are listed as a “presenter” in the Conference Program.
  • Each successful applicant will be allocated a predetermined amount of funding reimbursement which will be a contribution only toward the cost of conference travel, accommodation and registration fees.
  • Conference registrants are responsible for payment of their own costs and can only claim reimbursement from Round Table upon presentation of their receipts which must show that costs have been paid in full.
  • All reimbursements will be made according to the instructions given on the application form and within 30 days of the claim being lodged.

 Applicants are requested to complete and lodge an application before 22 February 2019.

For further information, or assistance with completing the application form please contact the Round Table Administration Officer.

MORE PACE Mentoring

February 4th, 2019 by tperry

PACE Mentoring Autumn 2019

The Australian Network on Disability are delighted to inform you that student applications for the PACE Mentoring Program Autumn 2019 are now open! Please find further details about PACE Mentoring below.

Positive Action towards Career Engagement (PACE Mentoring) connects students and jobseekers with disability with mentors from leading Australian businesses. It gives students an opportunity to develop their skills and confidence in a workplace setting. Previous mentors have come from organisations such as ANZ Bank, Victoria Police, Bupa, Cummins, Australian Government Departments etc.

Ria with PACE Mentor

Ria gains invaluable experience as a mentee at QBE

“Coming into this program, my main goal was to get more familiar with what the workplace is from somebody who is very experienced. I wanted to see the types of things I can do with my degree, and what steps I could take to see what else is out there” Ria. To read more about Ria’s experience with the PACE Program, please visit our website.

How it works

Students will be paired with an experienced professional who they will meet with six to eight times within a four-month period between May to August. The meetings last between one and two hours. Students can discuss their career goals and aspirations, and get help to develop a plan for their personal and professional development.

Their mentor will help them identity and reach their career development goals and build their confidence in a workplace environment. Meetings with mentors may include:

  • Reviewing resumes and cover letters
  • Mock interviews
  • Networking with other professionals
  • Building confidence
  • Attending events and team meetings.

Am I eligible?

 How do I apply?

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

  • For all, any other queries about the program, please contact us by email or for urgent matters call 1300 36 36 45.
  • Follow the PACE Mentoring Facebook Page for updates

APPLY HERE before the end of March to be considered for the Autumn 2019 cohort of PACE. (early applications are encouraged).