Australian Leaders with a Disability

Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 -  Episode 1

Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 1

Shannon Brookes is a Para Equestrian rider on the WA State High Performance Squad and aiming to qualify for the Australian National Squad and represent them at the Tokyo Paralympics. Shannon lives in Dowerin, Wheatbelt WA.

In this episode Dr Harry from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Shannon's journey as a professional athlete with a disability and what Shannon thinks might make a more inclusive community.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 2 -  Senator Jordon Steele-John

Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 2 - Senator Jordon Steele-John

Senator Jordon Steele-John is currently the youngest member of the Australian Senate representing Western Australia for the Australian Greens. Jordon is a disability rights advocate and and talks with Anna Cornish from the Wheatbelt Health Network about his values and outlook as a leader with a disability as well as describing what is required to make communities inclusive of people with a disability.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 3 - Matthew Fernihough

Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 3 - Matthew Fernihough

Matthew Fernihough is a Muay Thai champion who has represented Australia in the World Championships . His dream is to represent Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Matthew lives in Northam, Wheatbelt WA.

In this episode Anna from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Matthew's journey as a professional Muay Thai fighter with a disability.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services
Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 4 - Katrina Barber and Julianne Ryan

Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20 - Episode 4 - Katrina Barber and Julianne Ryan

Katrina Barber is an WA Artist who uses new media illuminating the most direct and intimate way of the artist herself. Barber’s practice is directly informed by her experience as a Deaf artist, her artwork opening pathways for communication. Her paintings, watercolours and sculptures are self-reflective transient feelings as well as explorations and examinations of light that traverse the personal and innate to process driven theoretical creations. Katrina has held many exhibitions including in Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Illumine II, Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne and been an artist in residencies at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, and CASM Mandurah.

Julianne Ryan is mixed media artist, creative and poet. Inspired by Australian native flora and fauna, Julianne layers and overlaps line, form and colour to capture an essence of her explorations of emotions and life experiences. Julianne provides art mentoring and helps train budding artists with intellectual disability to develop new skills and continue artistic development.

In this episode Dr Harry Randhawa from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Katrina's and Julianne's journey as professional artists with a disabilities and what might make a more inclusive community.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Australian Leaders with a Disability 2019/20 - Episode 5 - Dr Dinesh Palipana

Australian Leaders with a Disability 2019/20 - Episode 5 - Dr Dinesh Palipana

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, legal professional and disability advocate. He is the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, Australia. He is the second person with quadriplegia to graduate as a doctor in Australia and the first with spinal cord injury. Dr Dinesh has been an advocate for medical students with disabilities in Australia as well of the founding members of Doctors with Disability and an ambassador for Physical Disabilities Australia

In this episode Dr Harry Randhawa from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Dr Dinesh journey as a medical and legal professional with a disabilities and what might make a more inclusive community.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Australian Leaders with a Disability 2019/20 - Episode 6 -  Dr Harry Eeman

Australian Leaders with a Disability 2019/20 - Episode 6 - Dr Harry Eeman

Dr. Harry Eeman is a Rehabilitation Physician and a Pain Physician. He sustained a severe form of Guillain Barre Syndrome in 1999 that saw him hospitalised for 2 years, of which 5 months were in ICU. He now works in Melbourne, and has won the Inspire Award recipient in 2016 for outstanding achievement in a medical specialty. He is one of the founding members of Doctors with Disability Australia.

In this episode Dr Harry Randhawa from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Dr Harry Eaman's journey as a medical student and practising doctor with a disability and gets his views on what might make a more inclusive community.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Australian Leaders with a Disability Series 2019/20 - Episode 7 - Imogen Blackwell

Australian Leaders with a Disability Series 2019/20 - Episode 7 - Imogen Blackwell

Imogen Blackwell is a performing arts professional and during her career has been involved in community theatre, dancing, acting and teaching. Imogen is the co founder of the Perth Academy of Performing Arts (PAPA). She teaches over 100 kids in Perth and regional WA.

In this episode Anna Cornish from the Wheatbelt Health Network explores Imogen's journey as professional actor with a disability and how her experience has shaped what inclusion means to her.

This DISCO project is funded by the ILC grant via the Department of Communities - Disability services.
Episode 8 of our Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20

Episode 8 of our Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20

Drisana Levitzke-Gray was awarded both the Young Australian and the WA Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her advocacy for the human rights of deaf people. Drisana raises awareness about Auslan (Australian Sign Language), and the right of deaf children in Australia to access Auslan from birth. Drisana Embodies the concept of ‘Deaf gain’, not ‘hearing loss’, inspiring the Deaf community, and encouraging the wider community to accept diversity.

In this episode, Dr Harry Randhawa from the Wheatbelt Health Network chats with Drisana about what makes an inclusive community.

This DISCO project is part of a NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) initiative funded by the Department of Communities.
Episode 9 of our Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20

Episode 9 of our Australian Leaders with a Disability series 2019/20

Ms Christine Kerr was the recipient of the 2003 Centenary medal for service to the disabled community and is the WA Disability Services Commission "Count Me In" Mid-West Ambassador. She has had a long-term involvement in the TAFE, labour market and disability sectors with a focus on human rights, social inclusion and disability inclusive development. Ms Kerr advocates for fair inclusion of all people in every aspect of community. She has been on the boards of the Mid West Development Commission, WA Disability Services Commission and National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.

In this episode, Eliza Wynn on behalf of Wheatbelt Health Network talks to Christine about what makes a community inclusive.

This DISCO project is part of a NDIS Information, Linkages and Capacity (ILC) initiative funded by the Department of Communities

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