WDV eNews

Thursday 6 May 2021

A Message from WDV CEO

Welcome to another edition of WDV eNews. This is the first week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, in which we remember women who have died as a result of domestic violence, and redouble our resolve to make sure that all homes are safe for everybody. I am humbled to have participated in the Safe Steps Candlelight Vigil for victims of domestic violence, held yesterday online, to acknowledge that women with disabilities are affected by domestic violence. WDV works to honour the women who have passed away and acknowledge the strength and resilience of victim survivors who are women with disabilities in all the work that we do.

In this edition of eNews you’ll find some resources from the wonderful team over at the Domestic Violence Resource Centre and Domestic Violence Victoria, aimed at recognising the people around us who may not be safe at home and working out how best to support them. They’re available in a range of community languages too. 

A lot of the work that WDV does is aimed at stopping violence before it starts - creating awareness of the links between gender and disability, working to make sure the services we use every day are accessible to us, and empowering women and gender diverse people to lead. You can find out more about a range of our work in this issue of eNews. If you’d like to know more about any of what we’re doing, please get in touch.

AcceSex Goes Rural

WDV is conducting an AcceSex (sexual and reproductive health and disability) workshop  as part of the University of Melbourne's Centre for Excellence in Rural Sexual Health  network meeting.  The meeting is for community and health workers across Victoria.  

Participants will learn how to create more inclusive, accessible reproductive and sexual healthcare services and community programs for women with disabilities. 

Day: Wednesday 9th June 2021 

Time: 1pm – 2:45pm 

Accesex Banner with WDV Logo and University of Melbourne logo
Visit EventBrite for more information and to book tickets

Equity and Inclusion: Workforce Development Resources Webinar and Launch

Women with Disabilities Victoria are pleased to invite you to Equity and Inclusion: Workforce Development Resources a FREE webinar and launch of our newest resources. 

Research shows that women with disabilities experience considerable discrimination based on gender inequality and disability inequality. Women with disabilities also experience higher rates of gender and disability-based violence.  

To combat this, Women with Disabilities Victoria have developed new resources to increase awareness and build the capacity of disability, health service, social service and prevention workforces to deliver gender and disability equitable, responsive and inclusive services. 

Resources to be launched are: 

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health, suite of videos, information handout, fact sheet, and lived experience stories. 

  • Women’s Mental Health and COVID-19 project: fact sheets and guides. 

  • Prevention of Violence Against Women with Disabilities: new video resource.  

This important event is open to those who work in the disability, social services and the Prevention of Violence Against Women sectors. 

This event is supported by the Victorian Government. 

Date: Wednesday 2nd June 2021, online via Zoom

Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm 

This event will be recorded. 

Captions and Auslan Interpreters will be available 

For more information: contact Carly Myers on carly.myers@wdv.org.au or 0430 231 557 

    Register here

    WDV's Youth Co-Design Group

    WDV is starting a group to help us learn how we can support people to be better leaders. 

    Since 2013, WDV has been running the Enabling Women Leadership Program. The program empowers women with disabilities to speak up and have a voice about issues that relate to them, and other women with disabilities. The program builds on, and expands the knowledge, skills, tools, and networks of women with disabilities, so they are confident to take on advocacy and leadership roles within their communities. 

    Three of the Enabling Women Programs that have been run, have been youth specific, for girls/women aged 15-25. And whilst great things have come from the programs, WDV recognises that the existing program may need to be updated. Or, that there may be other ways to better support youth with disabilities to develop their leadership potential. To help determine what this may look like, WDV is developing a Youth Project Co-Design Group (YPCG). 

    So far we have many fantastic applications but we are seeking applications from more youth (15 - 18 year olds) in rural and regional Victoria, or with CALD backgrounds.

    How to apply 

    If you are interested in being a member of WDV’s Youth Project Co-design Group, please complete and send the application form. 

    You can complete the application form in multiple ways: 

    • Complete the form electronically or by hand, and email it to Bridget Jolley (Women’s Empowerment Officer – Youth) at WDV  youth@wdv.org.au 
    • Complete the application form in a video or audio recording, and send it using WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please refer to these Instructions or how to do this.  

    Please contact WDV using contact details below, to let them know that you have applied using WeTransfer or Dropbox. 

    Contact Bridget Jolley at WDV to assist you in completing the application form 

    Via phone – 03 9286 7800, or email - youth@wdv.org.au 

    You can also ask someone that you trust to help you complete and send the application form.  

    Application form

    Leadership Opportunities at VMIAC

    Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) are recruiting for four leadership roles:

    • CEO
    • Deputy CEO
    • Policy and Research Lead
    • Membership Lead

    The roles, other than the CEO, are new positions that will add depth and strength to their work. VMIAC is excited to make these once in a generation leadership positions available to lived experience leaders who want to make a difference!

    More information about these jobs

    Get involved in a pre-pregnancy project

    Monash Health/Monash University are seeking women from the community to support them with the co-design of a preconception health initiative. This is a paid role ($40/hour).


    They are looking for women aged between 18 and 45 who either:

    • have had a child recently or are planning to become pregnant in the near future, or

    • do not have children and are not planning to become pregnant in the near future.


    To apply or to find out more information, email women.monash@monash.edu

    COVID-19 Vaccine and People With Disability

    COVID vaccines Pfizer/BioNTech and AstraZeneca have been approved for use in Australia. At the moment, people who are more at risk of contracting coronavirus are first to receive the vaccine. This includes those living in residential aged care and disability support settings. These in-reach services will be managed by the Australian Government.

    COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone in Australia. Vaccination in Australia is voluntary, and you can choose if you want to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

    View Easy Read Resources about COVID-19
    View AUSLAN Resources about COVID-19

    'Are you safe at home' campaign resources 

    Since the onset of the pandemic, there has been a notable spike in family violence rates across our community. 

    In response, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV) and Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic) have developed an awareness raising campaign to provide victim survivors of family violence, their friends, family and other community members with information about what family violence is, ways to stay safe and where to find support during COVID-19. 
     
    To ensure inclusive and accessible family violence information is available, we have translated our ‘Are you safe at home?’ flyer and social media tiles into Easy English and 15 different community languages. These include Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Karen, Khmer, Macedonian, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Traditional Chinese and Turkish.
    Visit the Are You Safe at Home website

    Join Arts Access Victoria's Nexus Program

    Arts Access Victoria is inviting artists with Acquired Disability aged 18-26 to take part in a new Nexus program. To be run on Tuesdays from 11 May – 29 June, Nexus will be facilitated by Eva Sifis, a performer, trainer, and arts worker with her own head injury - an artist who also experienced a complete transformation of life.

    Nexus is an informative series of 8 workshops that will walk you through maintaining a successful arts practice or career. The tools shared will give skills vital to practicing within the ‘sector’ of Disability Arts. The contents are based on life and experiences common to artists after acquiring an injury.

    You may have been an established artist before your injury or arts is something you have found since. It doesn’t matter! This is an opportunity for you to learn about the business, to hear from artists and professionals in the field and, perhaps most importantly, build a network that can support you in your future career.

    These sessions are based on a model originally developed by Heidi Everett for artists with Mental Health however the format has been altered to allow for cognitive rest and there will be regular 'Brain Break'. 

    Read more information and apply for the Nexus Program

    You Can't Ask That

    There may be some familiar faces on ABC's 'You Can't Ask That': Margherita Coppolino on the Lesbians episode and Kath Duncan on the Amputees episode. 'You Can't Ask That'  is advertised as asking 'the most outrageous and uncomfortable questions to uncover the truth behind what it's like for marginalised and misunderstood Australians'. Well done to you both!

    Watch on ABC iView

    Do you have news, comments, questions or feedback for us? 

    We love to hear from the WDV community. If you have something you think should be included in this newsletter please contact our Membership Engagement and Communications Officer Nicole at nicole.smith@wdv.org.au

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