Archive for June, 2017

VCs D&I Awards

Friday, June 30th, 2017


Vice-Chancellor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017. visit

Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards 2017. visit

The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards take place during Diversity and Inclusion Week (28 August – 1 September 2017). If you would like to put forward an event proposal for Diversity and Inclusion Week, please visit the website.

Please contact Whitney Etheve on 9905 9499 or if you have any queries.



Women with Disabilities Victoria – Brenda Gabe Leadership Award

Friday, June 30th, 2017

WDV invite nominations for the 2017 Biennial Brenda Gabe Leadership Award. This award recognises and rewards the contribution women with disabilities have made that is of direct benefit to women with disabilities, or to making a more inclusive community, in Victoria.

All award nominees are acknowledged and celebrated at our AGM in November 2017. The winner will receive $2,000 towards professional development, or a capacity building project. Thanks to Dr Helen Sykes, Director of Future Leaders, for supporting this award.

See information about the award, past nominees and recipients.

Contact Bridget Jolley at WDV:  / 9286 7813.

Nominations close: 5pm, Monday 7th August 2017.

Kind regards,
Saphron Hastie
Academic Registrar
The Cairnmillar Institute

Saphron Hastie
Academic Registrar

993 Burke Road
Camberwell 3124
T: (03) 9813 3400
F: (03) 9882 9764

Success stories – PACE Mentoring

Thursday, June 29th, 2017


Nadine Maroney is District Manager for ANZ bank in the ACT. Shirley Sjaputra, from Crace in the ACT was born profoundly deaf. She uses a cochlear implant and a hearing aid.Shirley describes her disability as being a barrier to employment because employers often feel unsure about what type of assistance she may require. “It can feel like a big struggle, I know that I am more than capable of doing many administration roles, but my lack of ability to hear makes companies believe that I am unable to do the job,” said Shirley. Shirley decided to participate in PACE as a way to develop her confidence in group meetings, help her to network effectively and gain experience in the financial services industry.  Read about Nadine and Shirley’s successful PACE Mentoring experience here.

PACE Mentoring is the Australian Network on Disability’s dynamic mentoring program designed to assist employers in engaging with students and jobseekers with disability.

Applications for the Spring cohort of PACE Mentoring are open all year round and students & job seekers can Apply Here. For more information about the program and eligibility requirements visit our website.


Title: Screenshot and Link to youtube video for PACE Mentoring

Advocacy support to negotiate the NDIS

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Nine advocacy organisations in Victoria have been funded by the Department of Social Services to offer free support to participants who would like to challenge a decision made by the National Disability Insurance Agency. This includes those who have been denied access to participate in the NDIS. For more info see these links ….


NDIS appeals postcard PRINT VERSION

NDIS appeals support providers Victoria

Thanks to AMIDA for sending us this information.

Young people with disabilities and discrimination in public places research project

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Young people with disabilities will receive a $30 Coles Myer voucher for each interview in recognition of their time, and will be invited to provide feedback on written reports at a later date. The researcher (either myself or Cathy) are happy to travel to young people to attend the interview.

Thank you for your consideration of this and I look forward to hearing from you if you have any questions or would like any additional information!



Liz Gill-Atkinson  |  Research Assistant, PhD Candidate

Gender and Women’s Health Unit | Centre for Health Equity | Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


download: information flyer. Young people with disabilities and discrimination in public places.pdf

Oops – here is the link to the application form

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Please complete the online application form to register your interest in becoming a DSS Peer Mentor.

now recruiting PEER MENTORS for semester 2

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Are you interested in becoming a Mentor?

Disability Support Services is seeking volunteer student mentors as part of our Peer Mentor Program. Successful registered students who are willing to share their knowledge and experience are encouraged to apply. We also welcome applications from mature-age students.

The program matches students with a student mentor who is also registered with Disability Support Services for regular meetings throughout semester. Mentors provide support, encouragement and information to their mentee to assist them successfully navigate university life. This could mean attending university social events together, referral to appropriate Monash services, navigation around campus or simply having a chat over coffee.

Mentors are trained and supported by the Disability Support Services. Participants will receive a Certificate of Appreciation at the end of semester (*a minimum of 6 mentor/mentee meetings is required to receive a certificate).

Why be a mentor?

Being a mentor can:

· Enhance your personal and professional development

· Add skills to your résumé to enhance employability

· Introduce you to new friends and social activities

· Increase your networking potential across the University

Peer mentors should:

· Be available to attend a 1 hour training and induction session

· Be able to meet with your mentee regularly for the duration of the semester (about once a week is recommended)

· Be able to provide the details of a referee upon request

· Have knowledge of Monash academic and social life

Please complete the online application form to register your interest in becoming a DSS Peer Mentor.

We will be in touch with further information before the beginning of semester. Participation in the program is obviously dependent upon finding a suitable student for you to be matched with.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Tom Perry on 03 9905 1354 or email .

great simple explanation of ASD for earthlings (etc.)

Monday, June 19th, 2017

If you haven’t already, check this out!  …

The Story Behind 'Amazing Things Happen'

Two years of love and care went into creating this wonderful animation to raise understanding and acceptance of autism. Enjoy Amazing Things Happen.

Posted by Ai-Media on Wednesday, May 3, 2017