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Webinar: National Disability Strategy - Beyond 2020

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The Australian Human Rights Commission and the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health are hosting a panel discussion on Stage 2 consultations for Australia's next National Disability Strategy.

The National Disability Strategy is a critical policy for Australia’s future. The new Strategy provides an opportunity for all levels of government in Australia to create meaningful opportunities for people with disability, recognise and respect human rights and ensure all Australians’ needs are considered now and in the future. But people with disability need to provide constructive comment and innovative ideas to ensure this occurs.

The Stage 2 Consultations of the National Disability Strategy are now open with a position paper having been released. However, the position paper requires not just reflection on what has occurred under the previous Strategy but also what could take place in the future.

This panel discussion will help you to provide your own input and ideas to shape the next National Disability Strategy.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 24 September, 2020

Time: 1pm-3pm

Platform: Zoom, hosted by The Social Deck. Auslan and closed captioning will be available.  Watch online here. 

The webinar will be facilitated by Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Ben Gauntlett.

Panellists will include:

  • Senator the Hon Anne Ruston – Minister for Families and Social Services
  • Edward Santow – Human Rights Commissioner, the Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Robert Fitzgerald AM – Commissioner, NSW Ageing and Disability Commission
  • Professor Karen Fisher – Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW
  • Damian Griffis – CEO, First Peoples Disability Network
  • Rosemary Kayess – Committee Member, UN Committee on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities
  • Professor Anne Kavanagh – Co-Director and Lead Investigator of the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health, Academic Director at the Melbourne Disability Institute, University of Melbourne, and Chair in Disability and Health at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health  
  • Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn – Co-Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health, Director at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy at the University of Sydney, and Head, WHO Collaborating Centre in Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care
  • Mary Sayers – CEO, Children and Young People with Disability Australia
  • Paula Tesoriero MNZM – Disability Rights Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission
  • Brandon Tomlin - Communication Access Assessor, Scope
  • Kirsten Deane, Campaign Director, Every Australian Counts
  • Heidi LaPaglia, Project and Policy Officer, Women With Disabilities Australia
  • Associate Professor Gemma Carey, Research Director of the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW, and Chief Investigator at the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health
  • Associate Professor Dr Hannah Badland, Deputy Director of the Centre for Urban Research, RMIT, and Chief Investigator at the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health

Topics for discussion will include:

  • What are critical issues for the new National Disability Strategy?
  • What will the former National Disability Strategy be remembered for?
  • What needs to be reflected in the new National Disability Strategy?

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