Media Release by The Hon John Cobb MP

Australian Government delivers $271 000 to disability conferences

The Minister for Community Services, John Cobb, today announced the Australian Government would deliver $271 000 in funding to 39 conferences focusing on people with a disability.

Mr Cobb said the funding, under the National Disability Conference Funding Program, would help with the costs associated with special technology and equipment to assist people with disabilities’ participation, travel and registration.

‘The funding will help more people with disability, their families and carers, become better informed and share knowledge on current research, issues and trends,’ Mr Cobb said.

‘For example Pathways8 Organising Committee will hold its national conference, Towards 2020 – What we do now will make the difference, in November 2006, aimed at improving the education and career outcomes for students with a disability.

‘Funding will also be delivered to the Australian Mental Health Consumer Network’s Perspectives 2006: Peer Support and Innovative Practices in Recovery conference, in October 2006, providing mental health consumers with ideas and options for a recovery focused lifestyle.

‘The National Disability Conference Funding Program aims to assist organisers to maximise the participation of people with disability, their families and carers, at disability focussed conferences.

‘National conferences will receive up to $10 000 in funding, while international conferences, being held in Australia, will receive up to $20 000 in funding.

‘Not only will this funding support the attendance of people with a disability, it will also raise awareness in the community about people with disabilities, their families and carers,’ Mr Cobb said.

Name of Organisation Name of Conference
ACE National Network Inc Disability Employment Services – 20 Years building success
Alzheimer’s Australia WA Ltd Alzheimer’s Australia National Conference 2007- A journey of passion and purpose the next 100 years.
Arts Access Australia Arts Access Australia Face to Face 2006.
Arts Access Victoria The Other Film Festival 2006
Australasian Society for the Study of Intellectual Disability NSW Inc 41st Annual Conference Risk & Resilience: Hope for the Future.
Australasian Tuberous Sclerosis Society Inc Australasian Tuberous Sclerosis Society Family Conference.
Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Science Care – Inspiration, Australian & New Zealand Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting 2006
Australian Anthroposophil Medicine Association Inc The health-giving power of education.
Australian Aphasia Association Inc Spreading the news: Independence, aphasia and me.
Australian Association of the Deaf Inc Auslan: Our Past, Present and Future
Australian Association Teachers of the Deaf Victorian Chapter T.O.D.A.C 2006 Teachers of the Deaf Annual Conference
Australian CHARGE Association Syndrome Association Ltd Families in CHARGE – 7th Australasian CHARGE Conference
Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment Inc AGOSCI 007: Licence to Communicate, 8th National AGOSCI Conference
Australian Mental Health Consumer Network Inc Perspectives 2006: Peer Support and Innovative Practices in Recovery
Australian Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Association Inc ARATA National Conference 2006: Connecting People & Community Through Technology
Australian Sign Language Interpreters Association (WA) Inc ASLIA Winterschool 2006 – Perceptions & Possibilities
Autism Behavioural Intervention Queensland The ARMS Global Autism Conference: Growing and achieving together
Autism Queensland 2007 Biennial Australian Conference on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Better Hearing Australia Central Coast Inc Sound Waves – Better Hearing 60th National Conference
Centre for Ageing and Pastoral St Marks Theological Centre Ageing, Disability & Spirituality: Addressing the challenges of disability in later life
Centre for Developmental Disability Studies Ltd “The Right to the Right Health Care”: Evidence, ethics and health in people with developmental disability
Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland Thinking outside the chair – The 2007 National Conference of CP Australia
Community Resource Unit Inc Truth and the lives of people with disabilities: a conference for truth sayers and truth seekers
Cornelia Delange Syndrome Association (Australasian) Inc Cdls Making Waves
Council of Intellectual Disability Agencies (Vic) Inc You’ve got to have friends: Relationships, connection, social engagement
Ishar Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health Broadening the Horizon
Metabolic Dietary Disorders Association Inc Rising to the Challenge – 2006 MDDA National Conference
Mucopolysaccharide & Related Diseases Society Aust Ltd 11th National MPS Conference
National Ethnic Disability Alliance Inc From Tolerance to Respect: Cultural Competence in Practice
NSW Council for Intellectual Disability Pathways to Employment ‘Towards meaningful employment for people with intellectual disability’
Parent Project Australia Inc Turning the Tide (Research, Treatment, Hope) – A Parent Project Australia & Montrose Access Joint Educational Event
Pathways8 Organising Committee (Leishman Pty Ltd) Pathways8 National conference: Towards 2020 – What we do now will make the difference
Retina Australia (ACT) Inc Retina Australia National Biennial Congress – Looking to the Future
Roundtable on reading materials for people with print disabilities Inc Annual Conference – Round table on reading materials for people with print disabilities inc
The Junction Works Inc Spark Festival III
University of Queensland, acting through the Centre of National Research on Disability & Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) Third International Forum on Disability Management
Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability Inc Having a Say Conference 2007
Victorian Deaf Society Mental Health & the Deaf Community Workshop 2006 – Signs of Change
Wimmera Uniting Care Awakenings Festival