International Day of People with Disability 2017

On Thursday 30 November we celebrated International Day of People with Disability (IDPWD) through the Clinical & Public Health seminar at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.​ The global theme for this day was “Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all: leave no one behind.” The seminar was organised by the Diversity working group including members of the ND&D team. It involved short presentations and a panel discussion on this theme disability from a fantastic group of speakers including:

  • Louisa Di Pietro, Genetic Support Network of Victoria,
  • Jenny Salgo, Association for Children with Disabilities
  • Mark Glascodine, Diversity Recruitment and Training & Bravo Consulting
  • Hayley Loftus, Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register
  • Sophia Frentz, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Prof Martin Delatycki, Victorian Clinical Genetics Service (chair)

Each speaker for brought a unique perspective across the spectrum of individual, family, community, workplace and global lived experiences of disability. We were also hoping to show a video on Disability Confidence produced by four final year Doctor of Physiotherapy students from the University of Melbourne in partnership with young people with cerebral palsy and supported by the Centre of Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy and the Cerebral Palsy Support Network. The panel discussion was so fantastic that we ran out of time but the video can be viewed via this link. We look forward to celebrating IDPWP again in 2018!


Hayley Loftus (Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register) presenting on the role of disability registers in creating a more inclusive society
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