PWD E-Bulletin

Issue 55 July 2009 - ISSN 2202-0705

Welcome to PWD’s E-Bulletin. The e-bulletin goes out to members and interested others regularly by email. For members who do not have access to email, a printed version of the e-bulletin will be sent by post. To be added to or removed from our mailing list, or to change your email address, please email or contact Sidney Sure on one of the numbers listed at the end of this bulletin.

NOTE: PWD apologises if our IT disruptions caused difficulties for subscribers in receiving or opening links in the June edition of E-Bulletin, number 54. Click here to download the June edition from the PWD website.


New South Wales News

·  NSW Parliament to inquire into substitute decision making for persons with disability

·  NSW Ombudsman reports on review of individualised planning in large residential centres

·  Shelter NSW conference looks at the housing crisis in Australia

Other State and Territory News

·  Victoria’s Guardianship laws to be reviewed

·  Women with Disabilities (WA) Inc now has a website

·  Assisting domestic violence services to better support women with disability

National News

·  Australia Accedes to the Optional Protocol on the CRPD

·  Australian Development Gateway launches disability inclusive development section

·  Australian Football League extends vilification policy to cover disability

·  Protest at Telstra bill payment fee

·  Concern about cuts to Continence Aids

International News

·  Australian Volunteers International assignment opportunity with the Cambodian Disabled Peoples Organisation

·  PWD reports to United Nations Committee on Non-Government Organisations

·  UN experts call for enhancing the protection of persons with disability

·  Disability Rights Fund announces second funding round

·  World Federation of the Deaf releases human rights report

The Inside Story

·  Interim Board Arrangements

·  We need your views on ‘Health and Wellness’

·  Vale Maruska Hanak


About PWD

·  PWD’s training services

Privacy Statement

Contact Us

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New South Wales News

NSW Parliament to inquire into substitute decision making for persons with disability


We reported in the last E-Bulletin that the NSW Trustee and Guardian Bill 2009 was enacted into law commencing on 1 July 2009 in spite of the fact that a number of its provisions are inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations related to persons with disability and their right to equality before the law.  PWD had called for a parliamentary inquiry into the Bill and related issues to be conducted before the Bill became law, so that this situation might be avoided, but was unsuccessful in persuading the Government to commission such an inquiry.


However, at the time of the Bill’s passage, the Attorney-General, Hon John Hatzistergos, did acknowledge that further reforms to NSW’s guardianship and estate management laws may be required. To identify the reforms required he announced that Legislative Council’s Social Issues Committee would now conduct an inquiry into the issue.  Arrangements for this inquiry have now been finalised.


The terms of reference for the inquiry are cast in very broadly. The Social Issues Committee is to advise ‘if any NSW legislation requires amendment: to make better provision for the management of the estates of people incapable of managing their affairs; and, for the guardianship of people who have disabilities.’


As part of this inquiry the Social Issues Committee has been asked to advise in particular if Supreme Court or Mental Health Review Tribunal ought to be able to exclude parts of an estate from a financial management order; if the Supreme Court or MHRT ought to have the power to vary or revoke an order (even when a person remains incapable of managing their affairs) on the application of a person who has a genuine concern for the welfare of the person; and whether the MHRT ought to have the power to appoint a private manager.


The Social Issues Committee is to report on these issues by the end of February 2010.


The Social Issues Committee has now called for public submissions on these issues which must be submitted by 21 August 2009.  PWD will be making a submission to this inquiry.  If you have views on these issues that you would like PWD to take into account in developing its submission, please contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager, on the numbers below or at email


Further information about this inquiry is available on the NSW Parliament’s website at


NSW Ombudsman reports on review of individualised planning in large residential centres


The NSW Ombudsman has recently released a report on its review of individual planning in large residential centres for persons with disability operated by the NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.


A fundamental component of disability legislation and standards in NSW is that each person with disability receives a service that is designed to meet their individual needs in the least restrictive way. The review examined the individual planning process, decision-making and choice, health care, behaviour support, and community participation and integration.


The review was conducted during 2008, and incorporated each of the nine DADHC large residential centres.  Between them these centres accommodate approximately 1260 persons with disability.  Sixty residents were selected for review and this group reflected a mix of ages, gender, cultural background, and level of support need.


The review identified substantial gaps between DADHC policy and the requirements of the Disability Services Act and actual service delivery to residents.  Many residents were found not to be active participants in the own individual planning process.  Resident involvement in making decisions about their lives, including what they wanted to do, how they wanted to live and who they wanted to live with, was found to be infrequent.  Family contact, assistance to communicate, health care planning, unmet lifestyle and environmental needs for individuals requiring behaviour support and adequate and meaningful participation and integration into the community were all identified as areas of concern.  The involvement of advocates who might facilitate greater participation by residents in these processes and decisions was minimal.


The review identified a number of factors as contributing to the gap between requirements and practice.  These include staffing levels and staff training, the inherent nature of congregate settings, and the structured routines of centres impacting on the ability of staff to meet the individual needs of residents.


A copy of the report and DADHC’s response may be obtained from the NSW Ombudsman’s website at


Shelter NSW conference looks at the housing crisis in Australia


Shelter NSW is NSW’s peak body on housing for low income and disadvantaged persons.  Shelter recently hosted a one-day conference focused on the housing crisis in Australia.  The conference program covered issues such as the Federal Government’s Nation-building Economic Stimulus plan, tax reform, sustainable homeownership, and the responses of non-profit housing providers, and the impacts on homeless persons and tenants.  The conference included keynote addresses by the Commonwealth Minister for Housing, Hon Tanya Plibersek, and the NSW Minister for Housing, Hon David Borger.


PWD Advocacy Projects Manager, Dean Price, presented a paper at the conference entitled ‘Terror, like charity, begins at home.’  This paper examined Australia’s international obligations in relation to persons with disability and the right to housing.  The paper focused in particular on the right of persons with disability to live independently and be included in the community.  The paper noted that current specialist housing and support policy for persons with disability in NSW, which is investing substantially in institutional models of accommodation, breach Australia’s international human rights obligations, and violate the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disability.   The paper outlined an agenda for action based on closing institutions; providing persons with disability with control over the resources they require to live with dignity in the community; and, ensuring that building regulation mandates that all future housing will be accessible and adaptable.


For further information contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager, on the numbers below or by email at

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Other State and Territory News

Victoria’s Guardianship laws to be reviewed

The Victorian Attorney-General, Hon Rob Hulls, has announced that the Victorian Law Reform Commission will undertake a review of Victoria’s guardianship laws.  The overall aim of this review is to ensure that these laws reflect modern standards and a changing population.  This will be the first review of Victoria’s guardianship and administration laws in more than twenty years.


Chair of the Commission, Professor Neil Rees said that ‘under the terms of reference the Commission is to be guided by the principles of respect for dignity and individual autonomy and to advance promote and protect the rights of persons with impaired decision making capacity.’ He also noted that ‘both the current law and any changes proposed by the Commission must be consistent with Australia’s human rights obligations and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities.’


Among its terms of reference the Commission is to have regard to: the role of guardians and administrators; the need to balance the protection of a person with impaired capacity by a guardian or administrator with the person’s exercise and enjoyment of their human rights; the role of informal decision-making for an adult with impaired capacity; and the functions of the Public Advocate.


The initial consultation process has commenced.  The Commission will publish a consultation paper in 2010.  A Final report is due to the Attorney General by 30 June 2011.


Further information about this review is available on the Commission’s website at

Women with Disabilities (WA) Inc now has a website

Women with Disabilities (WA) Inc is a non-profit organisation run by women with disability for women with disability in Western Australia.  WWD (WA) conducts monthly forums on a wide range of topics of interest to women with disability in Perth.  It also provides input into government and other policy development processes in relation to issues affecting women with disability.


WWD (WA) has recently launched its new website – at this stage a blog spot – that will provide information about the organisation’s activities and other issues relevant to women with disability in Western Australia.  The website is available at

Assisting domestic violence services to better support women with disability

Women with Disabilities (ACT), the ACT Women’s Centre for Health Matters, and the ACT Domestic Violence Crisis Service have recently completed a project that focused on increasing the capacity of domestic violence and crisis service providers to support women with disability escaping domestic and family violence.  The project aimed at exploring current practices, raising awareness, and developing a set of best practice principles.


Eight ‘good practice principles’ are identified for domestic violence and crisis services:

·                    Service information should be accessible to women with disability;

·                    The physical environment of these services should be appropriate and accessible for women with disability;

·                    Communication by these services with women with disability should meet their different access needs;

·                    Service policies, procedures and practices should be inclusive of and appropriate for women with disability;

·                    Domestic violence service workers should have an awareness of the issues of domestic violence for women with disability, and the skills to work with women with disability;

·                    Partnerships should exist between these services and disability services (as well as sexual assault, police, justice and health services) to ensure improvements in access for women with disability escaping domestic violence and to improve the service response provided to women with disability;

·                    Data should be collected on the use of these services by women with disability, and be used to improve services;

·                    Leadership and management practices should be in place that demonstrate a commitment to access for women with disability, and to ensure that planning includes the needs of women with disability.

A copy of this report is available on PWD’s website at


For more information contact Robyn James at ACT Women’s Centre for Health Matters by email at

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National news

Australia Accedes to the Optional Protocol on the CRPD


PWD congratulates the Government on its decision to accede to the Optional Protocol on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The Protocol provides a mechanism for Australians to make complaints directly to the United Nations CRPD Committee in the event that all avenues for redress within Australia have been exhausted.


The announcement was made on 30 June 2009 by the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Bill Shorten.


“This demonstrates the Government’s real commitment to people with a disability as well as demonstrating our serious commitment to leadership in this area at an international level,” Mr McClelland said.


“Accession to the Protocol demonstrates Australia’s commitment to recognising both the rights and capacity of people with disabilities,” Mr Shorten said.


Australia joins more than 40 other nations around the world who have acceded to or ratified the Optional Protocol.


Australian Development Gateway launches disability inclusive development section


The Australian Development Gateway (ADG) is an AusAID funded knowledge sharing website for people working in aid and development in the Asia Pacific Region.  The ADG provides information for development practitioners about development opportunities and resources.


The ADG has recently launched a disability inclusive development section.  PWD assisted in the development of this section and has its own resource page on the site.


The disability inclusive development section of the site provides practical resources on topics such as the link between poverty, disability and the millennium development goals; policies and frameworks which safeguard the rights of persons with disability; inclusive practices and tools; methodologies for measuring progress and data collection; relevant organisations and networks; and, cross-cutting thematic areas and issues specific to persons with disability.


The web address for the ADG disability section is:


Australian Football League extends vilification policy to cover disability


The Australian Football League (AFL) has recently expanded its vilification policy to include sexual preference and disability.  Vilification refers to the severe ridicule or incitement of hatred towards a person.


The League has advised clubs in writing that sexual orientation, preference or identity, and disability – including a disease or illness – have been added to the policy.  The policy covers players and officials.


AFL’s Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Demetriou, said that no specific incident had sparked the change, but that vilification is ‘simply unacceptable in a mature and civilised society.’  ‘The AFL competition expects the highest standards of its players and officials on and off the field,’ he said.


Protest at Telstra bill payment fee


Telstra’s decision to charge consumers an administration fee of $2.20 to pay their bills has drawn sharp protests from consumer rights groups.


Commencing on 14 September 2009, the new administration fee will apply to each bill payment sent by mail or made in person at a Telstra Shop or Australia Post unless an exemption applies.  The existing credit card payment processing fee will increase to one per cent of the payment amount for MasterCard, VISA, and American Express, and to two per cent of the payment amount for Diners Club, plus applicable GST.  All customers can pay bills for free from a savings or cheque account by direct debit or BPAY.


Telstra is offering exemptions to the payment of these additional fees, which will either apply automatically to particular customer groups, or which may be applied for by a customer.


The following groups should receive an automatic exemption from payment of the fees:


-          Customers receiving Telstra’s Pensioner Discount;

-          Customers who rent equipment through Telstra’s Disability Equipment Program;

-          Customers registered for another Telstra Disability Service;

-          Centrepay payments;

-          Telstra Bill Assistance Program Certificate payments.


Members of the following groups may apply for an exemption from payment of the fees:


-          Eligible Pensioner Concession Card holders who are not receiving Telstra’s pensioner discount;

-          Commonwealth Health Care Card holders ($2.20 payment administration fee only);

-          Customers eligible for but not renting disability equipment from Telstra or registered for a Telstra disability service.


Telstra’s decision to impose these additional fees has been condemned by consumer groups, including the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN).


Allan Asher, Chief Executive of ACCAN, said “Tens of thousands of consumers have been affected by poor levels of service and the failure of Telstra to take their complaints seriously.  Rather than charging consumers to pay their bills, Telstra should be providing rebates for consumers who have suffered service failure.”


Telstra customers, who are concerned about these new fees and their eligibility for an exemption, should contact Telstra on 13 22 00.  Customers who are unable to resolve a complaint about Telstra with Telstra directly may also complain to the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman on 1800 062 058.


Concern about cuts to Continence Aids


In E-Bulletin 52 we outlined changes to the Continence Aids Assistance Scheme (CAAS) introduced in this year’s federal budget.  In summary, CASS was replaced by a new program called the Continence Aids Payment Scheme which allows consumers to choose to purchase a range of continence products from a range of providers.  Under CASS, these products were available from a single provider only.  The government announced that the Continence Aid Payment would be set at $479.40 this year and indexed annually.  Eligibility for the new program is the same as for CASS.


The budget papers revealed that the Government intended to make savings of $10.7million over four years as a result of introducing the new program.  At the time it was not clear to PWD how these savings would be realised, or why any such savings would not be reinvested in the new program.


PWD is pleased that consumers can now choose to purchase continence products from a range of providers, which can enable consumers to purchase at the lowest price, however, we are concerned about costs associated with new delivery of continence products.


In recent Senate Estimates hearings it emerged that customers would no longer be eligible for the postage costs associated with the delivery of continence products.  Under CASS, postage delivery costs were covered up to four times a year.  The new arrangement therefore represents a significant cost transfer to consumers.  Postage delivery costs, especially for bulky items, are substantial, and will now add to the costs of impairment and disability.


Senator Mitch Fifield, the Coalition’s spokesperson on Disability, has condemned the hidden changes describing it as ‘penny pinching at its meanest.’  PWD has raised its concerns with the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, the Hon Bill Shorten, protesting against this measure.  For further information contact  Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager, on the numbers below or by email at

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International News

Australian Volunteers International assignment opportunity with the Cambodian Disabled Peoples Organisation


Australian Volunteers International is seeking a suitably qualified person for a volunteer assignment with the Cambodian Disabled Peoples Organisation (CDPO). CDPO is an organisation of persons with disability which has as its mission the development of networks of persons with disability to support, protect and promote their rights to bring about full participation and equality.


CDPO is seeking a Management Adviser to assist management staff to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework, mentor staff through implementing a strategic and operational plan, assist in sourcing funding and advise management on planning and implanting programs.


To be considered for this role, you would need to have a qualification in management, social science or a related field; management experience within a non-government organisation (disability sector preferred); experience in strategic planning and organisational development; experience in advocacy and policy development, monitoring and evaluation.  The CDPO is a disabled peoples’ organisation and have requested a volunteer with disability.


Australian Volunteers International will provide the successful applicant with accommodation, a living allowance, flights, visa, insurance, pre-departure training and ongoing support in the assignment.


For further information about the position go to or contact Erika Drury by email at or by telephone on Toll Free 1800 331 292.  Applications close on 12 August 2009.


PWD reports to United Nations Committee on Non-Government Organisations


In 2005, PWD was granted special observer status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.  This status enables PWD to contribute to United Nations policy processes that allow participation by civil society.  Our primary objective in securing this status has been to contribute to the development and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).


The United Nations requires organisations that have been granted special observer status to report on their activities every four years.  PWD has recently submitted its first report.  The report outlines PWD’s participation at the international, Asia-Pacific Regional and National levels in the development of the CRPD and more recently in implementation efforts.  The report also highlights related work including our contribution to the implementation and monitoring of the Biwako Millennium Framework for Action towards and Inclusive, Barrier Free and Rights Based Society for Persons with Disability, to the development of the Pacific Disability Forum, and to Shadow reporting under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.


For further information contact Therese Sands, Executive Director, on the numbers below or at email


UN experts call for enhancing the protection of persons with disability


On 26 June 2009, the annual observance of the United Nations International Day in Support of the Victims of Torture, a number of independent experts from several United Nations bodies issued a Joint Statement drawing attention to the continuing torture of disabled persons in all parts of the world.


The Joint Statement notes that persons with disability continue to be at increased risk of abuse and neglect in a number of contexts.  Many are confined involuntarily for long periods, and without legal basis and proper review mechanisms, and in inadequate conditions.  Inside institutions they are often subjected to restraint, sometimes severe forms of restraint, physical, mental and sexual violence, and seclusion. The Joint Statement also highlights the violence that persons with disability may experience in the home, and their continuing exposure to medical experimentation.


The Joint Statement stresses that ‘forms of severe violence perpetrated by State or private actors directed at persons with disability can amount to torture since, if their purpose is discriminatory, they fall within the definition of torture.’


The Joint Statement stressed that two key-principles enshrined in several international instruments and re-enforced in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should be at the centre of the protection of persons with disability at all times: non-discrimination in all areas, including confinement, and the requirement of free and informed consent to medical treatment.


Disability Rights Fund announces second funding round


The Disability Rights Fund has been established by the International Human Rights Funders Group.  Its current focus is the provision of financial assistance to disabled peoples organisations situated in the Global South and in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union to build their capacity to advance the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. 


In 2009 the Fund is conducting two grant-making rounds.  The first grant-making round focused on India, Mexico and the Ukraine.  The second grant making round is focused on Ghana, Namibia, Uganda, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Bangladesh and the Pacific Island countries.


Grants ranging from USD 5,000 to 30,000 may be made to disabled peoples organisations or partnerships of disabled peoples organisations for projects designed to increase their skills to build more inclusive organisations or partnerships, and for internal capacity building.


Grants may also be made for rights-based monitoring and advocacy, including in relation to CRPD ratification efforts (in the Pacific Island Countries only), increasing the participation of disabled peoples organisations in decision-making processes regarding the CRPD at the national and local levels, or to directly address implementation of specific CRPD articles.


For further information about the fund go to


World Federation of the Deaf releases human rights report


The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) has recently released a major report entitled “Deaf People and Human Rights” which is based on its survey of the circumstances facing Deaf people in 93 countries, most of which are developing countries.  The report examines equality and sign-language, education, access to services and sign-language interpreting, and life-long learning.


Of the 93 countries surveyed, New Zealand was the only one to have a sign-language specific law, and one of only two countries in the Asia Pacific Region to offer full interpreting services in universities (Thailand being the other).


Launching the report, New Zealand Human Rights Commissioner, Robyn Hunt said that ‘there can be no human rights for deaf people without sign language.’  She commended WFD on the report, for bringing together the largest knowledge base on the situation of Deaf people and their human rights that has been produced to date.


A copy of the report is available from the WFD website at

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The Inside Story

Interim Board Arrangements

Unfortunately, Robert Farley is currently unwell and temporarily unable to carry out his duties as President of PWD.  PWD wishes Robert a speedy recovery and looks forward to him resuming as President as soon as possible.


In the meantime, the Board have made interim arrangements to ensure continuity of the Board's governance of PWD. Until further notice the following arrangements for the Board’s Executive Committee will take effect immediately:


  1. Robert Zoa Manga, the current vice-President, will assume the position of President;
  2. Samantha French will act in the role of Vice-President;
  3. Joana d-Orey Novo will continue as Secretary
  4. Hezel Freed will continue as Treasurer 


If you would like more information, please contact Robert Manga at

We Need Your Views on ‘Health and Wellness’

PWD is developing its next edition of Link Up, which will focus on Health and Wellness of People with Disability.  Robert Manga, Interim President is the Editor for this edition, and he is looking for interested individuals with disability to contribute their views.


We currently don't know how individuals with disability define health and wellness and which practice, barriers and opportunities have the most critical impact on our health status.  Some of the following questions may inspire you to write a personal account on what defines health and wellness, and what are the barriers or facilitators to achieving or maintaining health and wellness:


  1. How do you know you are healthy and well?
  2. How do you know that you are unwell?
  3. Can you describe anything you can do to remain well and healthy?
  4. What do you currently do to remain well and healthy?
  5. Can you describe the things that prevent you from being healthy?
  6. Based on your experience, what things influence being healthy and well?
  7. What are the most important changes that need to happen in order for people with disability to reach their optimal level of health and wellness?
  8. Your personal accounts and case studies will be a valuable contribution to our Link Up publication.


If you would like more information please contact Robert Manga at Personal accounts and case studies can be sent to with the subject heading Health and Wellness.

Vale Maruska Hanak

Maruska Hanak died on 4 July 2009.  This is a terrible loss, many of us will miss her. She was a member of PWD since 1981.  She belonged to many disability rights organisations over the 27 years since 1981 and was always a very busy and dedicated volunteer.


Maruska was a friend to everyone and a comrade in the disability rights movement.


Her funeral was held on 10 July 2009.  Board members Hazel Freed and Joe Mannix attended on behalf of the Board.  Leadership Team Executive Director Matthew Bowden represented the staff.

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  • Healthier Lives – pathways to better health for people with intellectual disability. 11 August 2009; Sydney Masonic Centre; Sydney; For further information contact Lee-Anne Whitten on (02) 9211 1611 or view the website at


  • Accessing the Future: Assistive Technology in Education and Employment Forums. Sydney 19 August 2009: Newcastle 21 August 2009: For further information see:


  • 2009 Protecting Human Rights Conference. Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, the Gilbert and Tobin Centre for Public Law and RegNet: 2 October 2009: Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia: for further information go to


  • The Perfect Body: Between Normativity and Consumerism. European Science Foundation and Linkoping University: 9 to 13 October 2009: Linkoping, Vast, Sweden: for further information go to


  • Beyond Identity Politics? Intersecting disability, ethnicity and religious identities. 21 and 22 October 2009: Stockholm, Sweden: For details contact


  • Families in Law: Investigation, Intervention and Protection. 29 Annual Congress of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law: 26 to 29 November 2009; for further information go to:


  • Present Difference: The Cultural Production of Disability. Manchester Metropolitan University in conjunction with BBC Northwest and the Cultural Disability Studies Research Network: 6 to 8 January 2010; Manchester, United Kingdom. For further information contact Dr Lucy Burke email:



  • Women’s Worlds 2011: Inclusions, Exclusions and Seclusions. Living in a Globalised World: 3 to 7 July 2009: Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada: for further information go to


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About PWD

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Its primary membership is people with disability and organisations primarily made up of people with disability. PWD also has a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement. PWD was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus; we represent the interest of people with all kinds of disability. PWD is a non-profit, non-government organisation.

For information about membership, contact Sidney Sure by email or on one of the numbers below.

PWD’s training services

PWD has extensive experience in the development and delivery of professional training across a wide range of disability areas, including:

  • Disability awareness;
  • Communication with people with disability;
  • Developing information in alternative formats;
  • Human rights and disability;
  • Effective consultation with people with disability;
  • Anti-discrimination;
  • Disability, development and capacity-building;
  • Diversity in the workplace and employment of people with disability;
  • Creating flexible and accessible services for people with disability.

Training packages developed are flexible and tailor-made to meet the needs of the particular organisation. To find out more about PWD's training services or to discuss your specific training needs, contact Fiona Godfrey, Manager, Training.

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Privacy statement

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Contact us

Please note that PWD publishes items contributed by other organisations at our discretion. While we will assist where possible in the dissemination of information, we do not take responsibility for the promotion or advertisement of events organised by other organisations.

If you would like to receive PWD E-Bulletin in an alternative format or have an enquiry, contact PWD by email or by one of the means below.

People with Disability Australia Incorporated
PO Box 666 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone 02 9319 6622, toll-free 1800 422 015
TTY 02 9318 2138, toll-free 1800 422 016

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