Experts By Experience – Health

The Experts in Our Health project aims to build the knowledge, skills and confidence of Victorian women with disabilities to exercise their right to accessible health information and services, and to inform the delivery of health services in their communities. 

The project has employed 12 women with disabilities from across Victoria to form the Experts by Experience Health Team (EBE). The Experts have applied their lived experience to co-design and promote accessible health resources to women with disabilities through workshops across Victoria.  The project aims to build the capacity of service providers to be accessible and inclusive for women with disabilities. 

The project also focuses on leadership and developing the capacity and skills of the Experts in Our Health team to seek leadership positions such as staff roles or board and committee appointments in the health sector. 

Our Key Values

  • Listen to women with disabilities. Take the time to ask women about their health. Ask us how to make life more accessible for us.  

  • Women with Disabilities are individuals. Consider the many factors that impact the health of women with disabilities.    

  • Accessibility is Everyone’s Business. Work to remove physical, communication and attitudinal barriers. 

  • Create partnerships with women with disabilities. Allow women with disabilities to make decisions in collaboration with their health team. 

  • Value the voices of women with disabilities. Ensure that women with disabilities have input at all levels across the organisation. 

Our Training Options

For Women with Disabilities:

Women with disabilities experience many barriers to accessing the healthcare they need. The Experts in Our Health Workshop is for women, trans, gender diverse and non-binary folk with disabilities. The workshop is about health rights, speaking up, finding what we need and sharing our ideas for making services accessible.   

For Healthcare Workforces:

Women with disabilities experience multiple barriers to accessing health services. The Experts in Our Health training supports organisations to improve accessibility and implement inclusive co-design of services and programs.  

Training participants will learn about barriers and engage in a facilitated discussion about practices that uphold rights and support access.   

Resources

As part of this project, Women with Disabilities Victoria have co-designed a series of resources with the Experts, these resources demonstrate best practice in co-design.

The Experts have applied their lived experience to the development and promotion of these accessible health resources to be utilised by women with disabilities across Victoria. As well as build the capacity of service providers to be more inclusive and accessible for women with disabilities.

For Women with Disabilities these resources can be used as an advocacy tool for themselves and other women with disabilities to access appropriate and safe healthcare.  The resources focus on gender and disability-sensitive health empowerment, control of personal healthcare, and access to services.  

For Healthcare Workforces these resources demonstrate how best to engage with and support women in lived experience roles within healthcare settings who often feel powerless or devalued. They will also highlight what staff can do in making their healthcare services sincerely responsive, inclusive and welcoming to women with disabilities.   

These resources have been produced in a variety of accessible formats to extend their reach as well as demonstrate best practice.

Easy English – Experts in Our Health Guide

The Easy English guide has been divided into chapters:

Part 1 – Experts in Our Health Guide – Healthcare access for women with disabilities – EE PDF

Part 2 – Experts in Our Health Guide – Healthcare rights for women with disabilities  – EE PDF

Part 3 – Experts in Our Health Guide – Advocating for healthcare rights for women with disabilities – EE PDF

Part 4 – Experts in Our Health Guide – Healthcare services and supports for women with disabilities – EE PDF

Part 5 – Experts in Our Health Guide – Where to go for support – EE PDF

Fact Sheets

These fact sheets are designed for everyone working in the healthcare sector. As accessibility is everyone’s business, this set of factsheets is created to inform all healthcare staff, including administrative staff, clinical and allied health professionals.   

The fact sheets are designed to increase awareness of challenges faced by women with disabilities receiving healthcare, and support healthcare staff to understand their roles and responsibilities in creating an accessible, safe, and welcoming healthcare environment for all.   

Fact sheet 1: Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – Easy English

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – Plain Language Word Doc

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – Plain Language PDF

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – Word Doc

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – PDF

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – Audio mp3

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – BRF Grade 1

Creating Accessible and Safe Healthcare Settings for Women with Disabilities – BRF Grade 2

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Fact sheet 2: Your Role in Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – Easy English

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – Plain Language Word Doc

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – Plain Language PDF

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – Word Doc

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – PDF

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – Audio mp3

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – BRF Grade 1

Upholding the Rights of Women with Disabilities – BFR Grade 2

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Fact sheet 3: Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – Easy English

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – Plain Language Word Doc

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – Plain Language PDF

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – Word Doc

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – PDF

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – Audio mp3

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – BRF Grade 1

Take an Active Approach to Understanding Gender, Health and Disability – BRF Grade 2

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Fact sheet 4: Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – Easy English

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – Plain Language Word Doc

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – Plain Language PDF

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service  – Word Doc

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – PDF

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – Audio mp3

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service- BRF Grade 1

Your Roles and Responsibilities in Providing an Accessible and Inclusive Service – BRF Grade 2

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Fact sheet 5: Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Setting

This fact sheet is designed for women with disabilities working in any role within healthcare services, including service provision, administration, management, governance and other paid or voluntary roles.

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – Easy English

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – Plain Language Word Doc

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – Plain Language PDF

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – Word Doc

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – PDF

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – Audio mp3

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – BRF Grade 1

Women with Disabilities Working in Healthcare Settings  – BRF Grade 2

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Posters, Postcards and Media Tiles

We Are Experts in Our Health 

Poster: This informative poster highlights key actions for healthcare services to embed into their practice to demonstrate their commitment to providing equal, accessible and inclusive health services to women with disabilities. 

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Plain Language A4 Word Doc

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Plain Language A3 PDF 

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Plain Language A2 PDF 

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Audio mp3

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – BRF Grade 1

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – BRF Grade 2

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Arabic A3 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Arabic A2 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Simplified Chinese A3 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Simplified Chinese A2 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Traditional Chinese A3 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Traditional Chinese A2 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Vietnamese A3 PDF

We Are Experts in Our Health poster – Vietnamese A2 PDF

Braille Hardcopy Grade 1

Braille Hardcopy Grade 2

If you would like to receive any of the Braille Hardcopy resources, please contact WDV to request them, at [email protected]

Inclusive Co-Design in Practice 

Poster: This informative poster demonstrates the seven ways Women with Disabilities Victoria promotes accessible and inclusive co-design of resources, services and programs. 

Inclusive Co-Design in Practice poster – Standard A4 Word Doc 

Inclusive Co-Design in Practice poster – Standard A3 Word Doc 

Postcards:

Inclusive Co-Design in Practice – postcards

Media Tiles:

Creating Safe and Accessible Co-Design – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 1 in a series of 7 tiles, it features two women pictured under the value statement ‘Creating Safe and Accessible Co-Design’. One of the women is sitting to the left on a stool facing to the right, she is wearing a shirt and pants and has short hair. The woman has her legs crossed and looks like she is speaking to the other woman who is facing her. The other woman is sitting in a wheelchair. The woman is wearing a top and pants and has shoulder-length hair. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Empowering Each Other in Co-Design Teams – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 2 in a series of 7 tiles, it features three women standing centred under the value statement ‘Empowering each other in co-design teams’. The first woman is wearing a jacket with a skirt and has shoulder-length hair. The woman looks like she is talking to the other two women. The next woman looks young, she is wearing a dress with a vest and has shoulder-length hair. The woman is holding a clipboard in front of her with both her arms. The third woman has shoulder-length hair and is wearing a shirt and pants. The woman is wearing dark glasses to indicate she has a vision impairment, she is holding the lead of a guide dog who is in a harness, and the guide dog is standing in front of her. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Supporting Participation Through Valuing Diversity – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 3 in a series of 7 tiles, it features three women standing centred under the value statement ‘Supporting participation through valuing diversity’. The first woman is wearing pants and a shirt and has short hair. The woman is holding a phone with both hands. The next woman has grey hair pulled back, she is wearing round dark glasses and a top and black skirt. The last woman is wearing a head scarf, a long-sleeved top and a long skirt. The woman has her left arm crossed in front of her. The woman’s left arm is a prosthetic limb. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Developing Relationships Based on Authenticity, Empathy and Trust – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 4 in a series of 7 tiles, it features two women standing centred under the value statement ‘Developing relationships based on authenticity, empathy and trust’, there is a young girl standing in between the two women. The first woman is holding Progress Pride flag. The woman is wearing a top and pants and has short hair. There is a young girl in the middle, she is wearing a long sleeve shirt and pants. The young girl has shoulder-length hair with a ribbon and bow tied in it. The young girl is holding onto the right leg of a woman on her right. The woman is standing and facing the front and smiling. The woman is holding a young baby close to her chest with her left arm, it appears she is an amputee as her right arm is missing. She is wearing pants and a top and has long hair. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Building Capacity Through Continuous Learning – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 5 in a series of 7 tiles, it features two women standing centred under the value statement ‘Building capacity through continuous learning’. One of the women is a medical professional, wearing hospital scrubs, has long hair tied back and is looking at an xray she is holding in her left hand in discussion with the other woman. The other woman who is wearing a shirt with a jacket and pants and has short hair. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Improving Through Continuous Feedback – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 6 in a series of 7 tiles, it features two women, both centred under the value statement ‘Improving through continuous feedback’. There is a woman on the left sitting in a wheelchair. The woman is wearing a top and pants and has shoulder-length hair. The woman is facing to the right and looks like she is speaking to the other woman. The other woman is standing and holding a walking stick in her left hand. The woman is wearing pants with a top and has shoulder-length hair.  The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Ongoing Monitoring and Evaluation – media tile

Image Description: This tile is number 7 in a series of 7 tiles, it features three women centred under the value statement ‘Ongoing monitoring and evaluation’. One of the women is wearing pants with a top and has short hair. The woman is sitting down on a stool and has a laptop opened on her lap, she appears to be looking at the screen and typing. The next woman is wearing a jacket over a shirt and a skirt has shoulder-length hair, is wearing lipstick, and is smiling. The woman has her arms crossed in front of her. The last woman in the image is sitting down on a chair facing the other two women to her left. The woman is wearing a skirt and top and has shoulder-length hair. The woman appears to be talking to the other two women. This image of these three women gives the impression that they are in a meeting possibly doing some evaluation. The bottom of the image has the Women with Disabilities empowering women purple logo and website link for more information.

Guide

Experts in Our Health Guide

This guide has been developed by and for women with disabilities to support informed health choices.   

The Guide shows women with disabilities how they can:

  • navigate health systems.
  • advocate for themselves. and others in achieving optimal health.

Experts in Our Health Guide  – Plain Language Word Doc

Experts in Our Health Guide  – Plain Language PDF

Experts in Our Health Guide – Standard Word Doc

Experts in Our Health Guide  – PDF

Experts in Our Health Guide  – BRF Grade 1

Experts in Our Health Guide  – BRF Grade 2

Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3.  The Audio Mp3 has been divided into chapters:

Introduction – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Table of Contents – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Forward – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Acknowledgments – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Women with Disabilities and Health  – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Our Right to Health – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Advocating for Our Health – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Finding Our Way Around Health Systems – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Places to Get Help – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Glossary – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Sources – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Women with Disabilities Contact Information – Experts in Our Health Guide – Audio Mp3

Video

Experts in Our Health Video

We Are Experts in Our Health video is an informative video resource based on the Experts in Our Health Guide. Co-designed and produced by the Experts in Our Health Project team, the video demonstrates best practice in co-design and how to practice this approach in healthcare settings.   

This video features six of our twelve lived experience experts, women with disabilities sharing their experience accessing healthcare. The women talk about actions healthcare services can take to ensure their services and information are accessible, disability and gender-sensitive, inclusive and welcoming for women with disabilities. 

We Are Experts in Our Health Trailer

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We Are Experts in Our Health Full Length

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We Are Experts in Our Health – Chapter 1: Barriers to Access

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We Are Experts in Our Health – Chapter 2: Our Right to Health

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We Are Experts in Our Health – Chapter 3: Advocating for Our Health

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We Are Experts in Our Health – Chapter 4: Finding Our Way Around Health Systems

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Chapter 5: Actions Healthcare Services Can Implement

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Who Are We Working With On This Project?

Women with Disabilities Victoria would like to acknowledge the ongoing support from our partner organisations – Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and Women’s Health in the North, and members of the Project Advisory Group.   

Who Has Funded This Project?

The Experts in Our Health project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. 

Experts in Our Health Resources Survey

We are currently looking for feedback regarding our new Experts in Our Health resources. 

If you have used our resources and would like to complete the short survey, click the link WDV Experts by Experience Health Resources Survey