Brenda Gabe Leadership Award

Brenda Gabe Leadership Award

2019 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award

Celebrating Women with Disabilities

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) is proud to announce nominations for the 2019 Brenda Gabe Leadership Award are now open.

About the Award

The Brenda Gabe Leadership Award is a biennial award which recognises the contribution women with disabilities in Victoria have made which has either directly benefited women with disabilities, or ensured a more inclusive community.

We encourage the nomination of women with diverse backgrounds and/or life experiences.

The award recipient will be announced at WDV’s Annual General Meeting on 21 November 2019, and receives $2,000 towards a capacity-building project or professional development. 

Nominations close: 3 September 2019

 “I was surprised and honoured to be nominated for the award, and even more honoured to win given the amazing candidates and the amazing work they have been doing.”– Jenny Godwin, 2017 recipient.

About Brenda Gabe

Brenda Gabe became a devoted disability advocate after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1994. Brenda worked tirelessly on many advocacy campaigns including accessible housing and transport, as well as gender and disability related campaigns.

Contact

To find out more about the Brenda Gabe Leadership Award, including details about previous nominees and winners, please contact Elyse Cox:

P  (03) 9286 7800

E  elyse.cox@wdv.org.au

For media stories, please contact Nicole Smith:

P  (03) 9286 7814

E  nicole.smith@wdv.org.au

Alternatively, refer to our website at www.wdv.org.au/BrendaGabeAward

Women with Disabilities Victoria gratefully acknowledges the significant contribution and support provided by Dr Helen Sykes AM, Director of Future Leaders, in making this award possible.

 

NDIS Forums and Women with Disabilities

NDIS Forums and Women with Disabilities

NDIS Forums and Women with Disabilities

  • Do you identify as a woman with disability living in Moreland, Maribyrnong, Whitehorse or Bairnsdale, or areas nearby?
  • Would you like to hear from other women sharing their experiences of the NDIS?
  • Do you have questions about your plan that you would like answers for?
  • Are services that understand the needs of women with disabilities important to you?

Location/Date:           Moreland – Wednesday 29 May 2019

                                      Maribyrnong – Thursday 20 June 2019

                                      Whitehorse – Monday 24 June 2019

                                      Bairnsdale – Friday 28 June 2019

Time:  10:00am – 2:00pm

Lunch is provided

These forums are for anyone who identifies as a woman with disability

If you would like:

  • to contact someone for more information
  • to discuss access or dietary requirements, or
  • assistance to register

please contact Jane Oldfield at jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au or on 9286 7800.

 If needing an interpreter please register as soon as possible.

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NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Bairnsdale

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Bairnsdale

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Bairnsdale

  • Are you a woman with disability living in East Gippsland or nearby?
  • Would you like to hear from other women sharing their experiences of the NDIS?
  • Do you have questions about your plan that you would like answers for?
  • Are services that understand the needs of women with disabilities important to you?

Time        10:00AM – 2:00PM

Day             Friday 28th June

Location    Bairnsdale Library, 22 Service Street, Bairnsdale 3875

Lunch Provided

These forums are for anyone who identifies as a woman with disability.  

If you would like to discuss access or dietary requirements, need more information or assistance to register, please contact Jane Oldfield at jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au or on 9286 7800

Register for this forum by 5pm Tuesday 25th June.

If needing an interpreter please register as soon as possible

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Maribyrnong

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Maribyrnong

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Maribyrnong

  • Are you a woman with disability living in Maribyrnong or nearby?
  • Would you like to hear from other women sharing their experiences of the NDIS?
  • Do you have questions about your plan that you would like answers for?
  • Are services that understand the needs of women with disabilities important to you?

Time           10:00AM – 2:00PM

Day            Thursday 20th June

Location  Maribyrnong City Council, Community Services Building, Hyde Room. Corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray. (Enter off Hyde Street.)

This is a FREE event and lunch will be provided.

Register for this event by 5pm Monday 17 June

This event is for anyone who identifies as a woman with disability.

If you would like to discuss access or dietary requirements, need more information or assistance to register, please contact Bridget Jolley at bridget.jolley@wdv.org.au or on 9286 7800

If needing an interpreter please register as soon as possible

This forum is run by Women with Disabilities Victoria, and supported by Maribyrnong City Council.

 

NDIS and Women With Disabilities Whitehorse Forum

NDIS and Women With Disabilities Whitehorse Forum

NDIS and Women with Disabilities Forum in Whitehorse

  • Are you a woman with disability living in the City of Whitehorse or nearby?
  • Would you like to hear from other women sharing their experiences of the NDIS?
  • Do you have questions about your plan that you would like answers for?
  • Are services that understand the needs of women with disabilities important to you?

Time           10:00AM – 2:00PM

Day             Monday 24th June

Where        Willis Room, Whitehorse City Council 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading 3131

Lunch Provided

This is an event for Women with disabilities only

Register for this event by C.O.B Monday 17th June

If you would like to discuss access or dietary requirements, need more information or assistance to register, please contact Jane Oldfield at jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au or on 9286 7800

If needing an interpreter please register as soon as possible

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Expression Of Interest Lifeline DV-alert Panel Discussion on Emotional/Psychological Abuse

Expression Of Interest Lifeline DV-alert Panel Discussion on Emotional/Psychological Abuse

 

Lifeline is looking for women*[i] with disabilities to take part in a filmed panel discussion about emotional/psychological abuse.

 

The requirements for Expressions of Interest are below. If you are interested to contribute to the panel discussion, please send the following information to me, Sue Salthouse, M: 0411157164, or sudata@optusnet.com.au:

 

  1. Your name and contact details
  2. A paragraph outlining why you think you are the right person to be involved.
  3. A copy of your Curriculum Vitae (optional)

 

Deadline: The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 5pm, Sunday 28 April.

Successful applicants will be contacted on Monday 29 April.

Others will be contacted between April 30 and May 3.

 

Information about the Filming

 

Background: Under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children (National Plan), Lifeline has developed and runs a Domestic and Family Violence Response Training course. Called DV-alert, the course is designed to build capacity in frontline workers within the community and with allied health services for whom domestic & family violence is not a core function of their role. There are currently 5 separate streams of the DV-alert course. In 4 cases the course includes content about a particular marginalised group. The courses are: General, Indigenous, Multicultural, Refugee, and Disability. Other specialist versions are under development – working with Interpreters and working with men who use violence.

 

In the years since the DV-alert training was first started in 2007[ii], our understanding of the impact of emotional/psychological abuse has grown. It is recognised as a component of all forms of abuse. The Department of Social Services, which funds the National Plan, has asked Lifeline to develop a learning video which will be used to help DV-alert course participants to better understand the characteristics of emotional abuse.

 

Arrangements for the filming of this video are now underway. In this video, a panel comprising 3 women with disabilities who have experienced emotional abuse will discuss the nature of this form of abuse with facilitator, Sue Salthouse. Use of the panel format has been chosen, rather than a one-on-one interview, to enable panellist to be more generalist in their comments, rather than drawing entirely on their individual experiences. The video will be copyright to Lifeline and will be used across all the streams of DV-alert, including in its e-learning course.

 

Lifeline now seeks Expressions of Interest (EOI) from women* with disabilities who are willing to be participants on the panel. The criteria for submitting an EOI are below:

 

Expression of Interest Criteria

Nature of the work

  • Panellists need to be available for filming, in Melbourne, on Tuesday, 7 May, from 10am to 4pm (approximately).
  • The location of the film studio in Melbourne is to be confirmed
  • Ideally we are looking for adult women* with disabilities who live in/near Melbourne, but do not rule out interstate panellists.
  • Panellists need to be able to travel to the filming location.
  • Lifeline will reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation costs. Reasonable costs for a support person, if needed, can also be met.
  • Lifeline will pay a sitting fee for each panellist.
  • Panellists need to be able to discuss the characteristics of emotional abuse. Likely panel questions are below
  • A Lifeline facilitator with counselling experience will be present at the filming.

 

Scope of Emotional Abuse Panel Questions

  1. In your experience, how would you define emotional abuse?
  2. What was the process by which you began to realise what you were being subjected to emotional abuse?
  3. Can you give an example of the language that was used to exert that emotional abuse, or give an example of a situation in which the emotional abuse occurred?
  4. How would you describe the effect of this abuse on your psychological wellbeing?
  5. What message would you like to give to other women who might be experiencing emotional abuse?
  6. How would you like a frontline worker to respond when they recognise the signs of emotional abuse in a woman who comes to their service?

 

Our panel conversation will include the range of mechanisms used to exert power and control through emotional/psychological abuse.

 

[i] For this panel, the term ‘women’ includes women, non-binary and feminine identifying individuals

[ii] The first courses of DV-alert were known as DiVeRT.

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

A public consultation on the draft terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has been announced. The online survey is asking you for your thoughts about what should be included in the Royal Commission. The survey will be available online from Wednesday, 13 March to Thursday, 28 March 2019. There is support, if you need, to complete the survey. You can contact the Survey Hotline on 1800 880 052 Monday to Friday from 9am to 7pm AEST or your disability advocate for support and advice.

As the survey is requires you to step through each stage, we have summarised some of the questions that are in the survey to help you. Before you do the survey, have a think about:

  • What themes are the most important for the Royal Commission to look at?
  • Should it look into violence and abuse in all settings? Are some settings more of a priority than others?
  • Should it look at all forms of violence and abuse?
  • What support would people need to participate in the Royal Commission?

Some things you might be interested in urging the Royal Commission to focus on, as a woman with disabilities, is ensuring the Royal Commission takes a gender sensitive approach to its work.

If you would like to discuss or provide your thoughts to Women with Disabilities Victoria about what issues are important to you for the Royal Commission, or would like support from us in formulating your responses, you can send an email to wdv@wdv.org.au with the subject line ‘Royal Commission’.”

Link: https://engage.dss.gov.au/royal-commission-into-violence-abuse-neglect-and-exploitation-of-people-with-disability/

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Linking Up and Speaking Out Goes to Geelong

Linking Up and Speaking Out Goes to Geelong

Linking Up and Speaking Out Goes to Geelong

 

 

 

Do you identify as a woman with disability (including chronic health issues and mental illness) living in the Greater Geelong area?

Would you like to learn more about what women with disabilities are doing in your area?

Would you like to learn more about advocacy and how you can be involved?

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) and Rights Information and Advocacy Centre (RIAC) would like to invite you to a community forum.

 

You will learn more about advocacy, speaking up for yourself, and getting support if you need it.

You will also hear from WDV about our work in Geelong, and ways that you can get involved and connect with other women with disability near you.

Date: Thursday 16th May 2019

Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm

Address: Smith Room, Volunteering Geelong

192 Myers Street Geelong VIC 3220

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Please contact elyse.cox@wdv.org.au for access and dietary requirements

NDIS and Women With Disabilities Coburg Forum

NDIS and Women With Disabilities Coburg Forum

(A women with disabilities only event)

  • Are you a woman with disability living in Moreland, Hume or nearby?
  • Would you like to hear from other women sharing their experiences of local service providers?
  • Are services that understand the needs of women with disabilities important to you?

Women with Disabilities Victoria will be at the Moreland City Council in the Inner North on the 29th May 2019. We are offering a session where you can share about what women sensitive services mean to you. Two local women will lead the discussion with their stories.

Time              10:00AM – 2:00PM

Day                 Wednesday 29th May

Location        Concert Hall East – Moreland City Council – 90 Bell Street, Coburg

Register for this event by C.O.B. Monday 27 May.

If you would like to discuss access or dietary requirements, need more information or assistance to register, please contact Jane Oldfield at
jane.oldfield@wdv.org.au or on 9286 7800
If needing an interpreter please register as soon as possible.

Flyer – Inner North Forum (Word Version)

Flyer – Inner North Forum (PDF Version)


Bairnsdale Community Forum

Bairnsdale Community Forum

Bairnsdale Community Forum

 Do you identify as a woman with disability (including chronic health issues and mental illness) living in the East Gippsland area?

Would you like to learn more about what women with disabilities are doing in your area?

Would you like to learn more about advocacy and how you can be involved?

Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) and Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc. (GDAi), and East Gippsland Shire Council would like to invite you to a community forum.

 You will learn more about advocacy, speaking up for yourself, and getting support if you need it.

You will also hear from WDV about our work in Gippsland, and ways that you can get involved and connect with other women with disability near you.

Thursday 30th May 2019

10:00am – 1:30pm

Bairnsdale Library

22 Service Street, Bairnsdale VIC 3875

Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Please contact Vikki Cummings at rsvp@wdv.org.au or (03) 9286 7800 for access and dietary requirements