Friday 2 September,2016 @ NAB, The Hall, 700 Bourke Street, Docklands, Melbourne


It’s a huge year for people with disability coming to terms with the impact of the NDIS roll out across Australia. This conference is uniquely positioned to consider the crucial role of disability advocacy in safeguarding the rights of people with disability through this biggest reform since Medicare.

We’re Putting rights centre stage with sessions on promoting rights into the future, the role of advocacy in safeguarding against abuse and neglect, and applying a human rights-based approach to consumer-directed service delivery. Speakers and panelists will provide a range of perspectives gained from lived experience, evidence based research and applied practice in disability advocacy.

Rights Retrospective is the pre-conference event that celebrates the 30-year anniversary of funded disability advocacy in Australia. This multimedia session will take us through the history of the disability rights movement globally,  and remind us of the local campaigns and personalities that laid the foundation for a future where rights are respected for all.

This conference is for anyone who is interested in strengthening and upholding the rights of people with disability. This includes disability advocates, self advocates, people with disability, legal workers, government and non government officers, community workers and allied health professionals.

This conference is hosted by Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU) with the support of a conference planning committee:

  • Melissa Coe, DARU
  • Natasha Brake, DARU
  • Melanie Muir, Disability Advocacy Victoria
  • Sue Smith, Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU)
  • Mary Sayers, Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS)
  • Nick Lawler, representing the Victorian Regional Advocacy Network (VicRAN)
  • Maureen D’Arcy, representing the Local Government Disability Planners Network
  • Peta Ferguson, Brain Injury Matters (representing the consumer voice)


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