Archive for October, 2015

Concerned about quality in health care?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Want to have your say?

Researchers from Monash University are exploring factors that impact on people’s experiences with health care, from the perspectives of multiple people who are involved in accessing or delivering that care.

If you are:

  • A final year medical, nursing or allied health student,
  • A person living with a chronic condition or disability, or
  • Providing care for someone.

And you would be interested in taking part in a one-off 1 to 1.5 hour group discussion, please contact Dr Narelle Warren on or call 9903 4046 for more information.

Stepping Into IT opportunities

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

New opportunities for students studying IT are now available with Coles, City of Greater Dandenong and Telstra in Melbourne, as well as further opportunities in Canberra and Sydney.

Visit the Stepping Into website for more details.

ADHD Research

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Do you have a medical diagnosis of ADHD?

Interested in consolidating ADHD learning strategies?

Would you like to participate in a study on the lived experience of adult students with ADHD at university?

You would be required to attend an information session, an interview, on a one on one basis, for one hour, make a sketch, take some photographs that represent your learning strategies and get $50 Woolworths eVoucher for your time.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by the Macquarie University Human Research Ethics Committee.  If you have any complaints or reservations about any ethical aspect of your participation in this research, you may contact the Committee through the Director, Research Ethics (telephone (02) 9850 7854; email  Any complaint you make will be treated in confidence and investigated, and you will be informed of the outcome.

For more information or to register your interest please contact:

Christine Young

Friday DS Link Round Up!

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Happy Friday everyone,

  • On this month’s Ouch Blog show, presenters and guests discuss how much of an impact disability can have on relationships between disabled and non-disabled siblings.
  • Nastasia Campanella discusses how ‘the smells, tastes and textures of a city tell their own story to a blind traveller’.
  • Andrew Purcell discusses how Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte is breaking barriers for actors with disabilities.
  • Rachael Brown reports, Australia’s war veterans could soon be working for the ride-sharing service Uber in a role that could provide flexibility for people with conditions like PTSD.

Gender Equity Training Co-ordinator – Re-advertised

Friday, October 16th, 2015
  • Are you passionate about advancing the rights of women with disabilities?
  • Do you have a flair for developing and delivering engaging training?
  • Do you want to work with women co-facilitators with disabilities and violence prevention workers to deliver an exciting workforce development program?

Women with Disabilities Victoria is a vibrant organisation of women with disabilities working for women with disabilities in Victoria.

We have received funding to expand our Workforce Development Program on Gender and Disability aimed at improving the quality of gender sensitive practice within disability services.

We are seeking an experienced and passionate Gender Equity Training Coordinator.

We strongly encourage women with disabilities to apply. WDV has a disability friendly work environment.

The position is at Grade 4 level 1 of the WHV Enterprise Agreement 2007. Salary is $70,368 per annum pro rata + super. Attractive salary packaging is available. Hours are 53.2 hours per fortnight. A police check will be required to undertake the duties in this position.

We encourage you to contact Fofi Christou, Gender Equity Program Manager on 03 9286 7805 to discuss the position or ask any questions.

The position description can be downloaded from:

Applications close 9am on 9 November 2015

Applications in response to the key selection criteria and marked confidential are to be emailed to or by post to Fofi Christou, Gender Equity Program Manager, Women with Disabilities Victoria, GPO Box 1160, Melbourne 3001.

I CAN Network – October Edition

Friday, October 9th, 2015

From ‘Mentee’ to ‘Mentor’

Over the last month, we ran our 5th I CAN Camp, which was run almost entirely by mentors who were once camp participants. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we have been able to train new mentors, and continue to empower young people on the Autism Spectrum.

In this months Grapevine, we discuss last months camp, Damien’s ‘Tough Mudder’ AWEgust challenge, interview Chloe Stuart (mentor), and learn about the benefits of exercise.

Read the Grapevine here.

Thursday DS Link Round Up!

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Happy long weekend everyone!

  • On Ouch Blog, Rebecca Atkinson asks is it time to stop using the word ‘disability’?
  • ‘Trevor Thomas, 46, had his life abruptly interrupted when he lost his sight 10 years ago through a rare eye condition’. Lee Kumutat discusses Trevor’s experiences hiking after losing his sight.
  • Six young Australians tell their personal stories of managing mental illness as part of the ABC’s annual Heywire competition.
  • Brett Williamson writes, Muscular Dystrophy SA uses art therapy to brush underlying issues with creative counselling
  • Australian surfer Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart has won a gold medal at the first world adaptive surfing championships at La Jolla in California.
  • Emma Wynne writes, next year a modified production of The Lion King will roar into Perth, tailored specifically for the needs of children with autism.