Mothers with disabilities – future plans

Thanks to the members who attended yesterday’s forum about parenting with a disability. We came up with a number of ideas to start developing support and resources for women with disabilities who are mums or who are looking to start a family. One of those ideas was to have a page on this website about parenting with a disability – Mothers with Disabilities. This page will contain information, resources and links that can assist and support mothers with disabilities in WA.

If you have had good experiences with services or resources that would be that would be useful to other mums with disabilities, or even just tips on things that have made your life easier, please contact us, or leave a comment on this post.

Dealing with an ongoing health condition or caring for some who does? Have your say

A group of researchers at Griffith University in Brisbane are looking to engage more participants (aged 16yrs and over) who live in the greater Perth area in Western Australia to participate in a phone survey later in 2013.

They would like to recruit 150 people who have one or more ongoing health (chronic and long term) condition/s or carers and 50 health care professionals (including Pharmacists, GPs, and other healthcare professionals) who work throughout this region.

Please visit the project website to find out more about this exciting project and the opportunity it is offering people to have their say in future pharmacy services in Australia.

If you are interested or know someone who may be interested (neighbours, family, friends or members of your networks) or if you would like to mention this project to your GP or any other healthcare professional, they would be greatly appreciative.

Eligible participants will be offered a Coles Group and Myers voucher as a token of appreciation of your time, to the value of $50.

Please register your interest in participating NOW. Go to the Chronic Illness Project Website or free call 1800 600 687.

This Project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing as part of the Fifth Community Pharmacy Agreement Research and Development Program managed by The Pharmacy Guild of Australia.

Leadership Program for People With Disabilities

 Applications are now open for the last  intake of  the Leaders for Tomorrow Program.


Leaders for Tomorrow is an individual leadership development program which has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs to develop the leadership capacity of people with disability.


The program is targeted at people who aspire to be leaders or further develop their current leadership capacity.  At the end of the program it is expected that participants will be more skilled, more confident and more active in leadership roles in business, community, government or their chosen area of interest.


Participants will have up to 12 months access to training, coaching, mentoring and other leadership development opportunities based on their individual needs.


People with a broad range of skill levels and leadership interests are encouraged to apply.   The program is committed to including a variety of participants reflecting the diversity of the Australian community.


The Leaders for Tomorrow program is delivered nationally by NSW Consumer Support and Training Project (Hunter TAFE) and E-QUAL (Enhancing Quality).


Visit for further information or an application form or call:


·       In NSW, ACT, Vic and Tas 1800 887 624 or,

·       In WA, SA, NT and Qld 1800 648 021.


Applications for this final intake commencing May 2013 close on 29th March 2013.



Creative Parenting With A Disability

Another great article on parenting with a disability.

This one gives lots of ideas on how to adapt your environment and work around physical issues to make sure your child gets what they need to be healthy and safe. If there is one thing living with a disability teaches you it is how to be creative.

What are some creative ways you have come up with to meet parenting challenges? Share them here, and give other mothers with disabilities ideas.

Sterilisation and People With Disabilities – Senate Inquiry

From Women With Disabilities Australia:


The Senate Inquiry into sterilisation is a critical inquiry for all people with disabilities. It is so important that the voices of people with disabilities are heard in this Inquiry – in whatever way works for the individual and/or organisation concerned. The Terms of reference are very broad and are not just about surgical sterilisation. Among other things, the Inquiry will look into the choices people with disabilities have about:

• contraception
• whether or not to have a baby

It will also look at things like:
• What sort of information people with disabilities have access to about sexuality, relationships, their bodies;
• Whether doctors and other professionals need more training about the rights of people with disabilities to make their own decisions;
• How people with disabilities are treated differently when it comes to their reproductive rights;
• What sort of assistance people with disabilities might need to be able to manage their own reproductive health care;

It is really important that people with disabilities tell the Senate Inquiry their views on some of these issues. It doesn’t have to be a lengthy document or a formal submission. You can just send an email if you want. Or you can ring them up, or ask them to ring you up. Or you can tell WWDA what you think and we can tell the Inquiry on your behalf.

WWDA is helping the Senate Inquiry to speak directly to some groups of people with disabilities. Today some of the Senate Committee members have gone to Brisbane to meet with a group of women with disabilities to hear the women’s views. They are also going to Adelaide soon to meet with another group of women with disabilities. People With Disability Australia (PWD) are also helping to organise a meeting in Sydney. The Senate Committee members have agreed to go out and talk directly to groups of people with disabilities so that our voices and views are heard.

WWDA would strongly encourage everyone to contribute to the Inquiry in some way. The Committee has developed a Plain English version of the Terms of Reference which is available on WWDA’s website at:

If you would like to share your ideas, views, thoughts, experiences etc with the Inquiry, you can do so in the following ways:

Phone: (02) 6277 3515
TTY: (02) 6277 7799

Or by post to:

Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600 Australia

You can submit your views anonymously if you wish.