Second Virtual Disability Conference – 31st March, 2020 11am AEST

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On behalf of the University of Melbourne, Scope Australia, Ability First Australia and the conference planning committee, welcome to the second Virtual Disability Conference to be held on Tuesday 31st March, 2020. The theme for the conference is “Exploring inclusion: the Australian disability community in conversation online”

In 2020 the conference will focus on inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of society. The way that society views people with disabilities impacts on their experience of inclusion and the barriers they face. How can services, supports, researchers and policy makers work effectively with people with disabilities to facilitate full inclusion and optimise quality of life.

The role people with disabilities can play in changing systems will be explored.

The conference will be online so people can access the conference in their home or workplace, or conference hub. The conference starts at 11.00am and will conclude at 5pm on Tuesday 31st March, 2020.

Welcome Message


About the Conference

The second Virtual Disability Conference will bring together individuals and organisations working to ensure inclusion of people with disabilities in service delivery, decision making processes, research and meaningful community involvement.

The conference has a mix of keynote, panel discussion and workshop style presentations covering a broad range of topics related to inclusion of people with disabilities. Topics include innovative practice, supporting First Nations people, supporting families and children.

We expect over 200 delegates to attend the conference from all over Australia and overseas. Delegates from the disability service sector , advocates, policy makers, support staff and researchers contribute to the conference.

Conference Planning Committee

Keith McVilly (Convenor) Uni of Melbourne / Vic University
Meredith Prain * (Coordinator) Uni of Melbourne / Vic University
Julie Anderson Uni of Melbourne / Vic University
Stella Koritsas Scope Australia / Vic Service Provider
Andrew Rowley Ability First Australia / NSW Industry Alliance
Jessica Hempton Ability First Australia / NSW Industry Alliance
Grace Thompson * Uni of Melbourne / Vic University
Angus Buchanan  Curtain University / WA University
Michael Arthur-Kelly * Uni of Newcastle / NSW University
Jacquie Thompson Ability Centre / WA Service Provider
Kerry Stubbs Northcott / NSW Service Provider
Matthew Lee PWDWA / WA Advocacy Organisation
Justen Thomas * NSW Advocacy Organisation
Simon Chong  *  PWDWA and BCWA / WA Advocacy Organisation

PWDWA – People with Disabilities Western Australia

BCWA – Blind Citizens Western Australia

*Person identifies as having a disability

Important dates

26th September 2019 Call for papers announced
8th November 2019 Call for papers closes
9th December 2019 Registration Opens
20th January 2020 Program available
31st March, 2020 Conference date


Please contact the Conference Coordinator directly for queries about any and all aspects of the conference.

Conference Coordinator

Meredith Prain, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 9035 6142

Email: nvd-conference@unimelb.edu.au