'Diversity, Participation & People with Disability' begins our new engagement theme

Fri 24 October 2014

The realities of disability policy reform in Australia and the challenges that need to be addressed were the focus of a panel discussion hosted by University of Canberra’s Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis (IGPA).

This panel, which was part of IGPA’s Parliamentary Triangle Seminar series, discussed the concerns about the extent to which current initiatives in disability policy reform enable people with disability to participate more fully in our society..

University of Canberra Emeritus Professor and panel participant Meredith Edwards AM highlighted the importance of this seminar. 

“The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis is known for its policy relevant research and this seminar marked the first stage in its work on disability policy reform and aims to identify key issues of concern to be followed up by policy relevant research,” Professor Edwards said.

“We also hope that it informed governments and the broader community about where future action may be necessary to face the challenges ahead in implementing disability reform," she said.

As the seminar occured on the eve of World Mental Health Day, it particularly addressed gaps in provision of the needs of people with mental health concerns.

Panellists included:

  • Professor Mark Evans  - director, University of Canberra’s IGPA
  • Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards AM, chair of the IGPA Disability Policy Advisory Committee
  • Mr Graeme Innes AM, former Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Canberra yesterday
  • Mr John Walsh AM, appointed member of the Productivity Commission to investigate the feasibility of a National Disability Insurance Scheme
  • Ms Liz Carr, acting director, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council
  • Mr Josh Fear, director, Policy and Projects at Mental Health Australia
  • Ms Sue Salthouse, convenor, Women With Disabilities ACT and University of Canberra Council member

The panel was facilitated by Virginia Haussegger, ABC journalist and University of Canberra adjunct professor. This event was tweeted live. Search the event hashtag for the key points identified in discussion (#disabilitypolicy).  

A new report examining diversity and participation of Australians with disability of working age was also released as part of this event. 'Diversity, Participation and People with Disability' highlights issues related to home and family; education and training; socio-economic well-being; participation in paid work; participation in social, community and civic activities; and transport.

Please click here for a copy of the report.

To find out more about IGPA's new engagement theme, please contact Ellen Grady.


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