Past CDRP events

September 2016 - Depressed Cake Stall

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"...Where there is cake, there is hope. And there is always cake.”

CDRPs Depressed Cake Stall, hosted by Stream Leaders Dr Michelle Villeneuve and Dr Jen Smith-Merry, has been featured on the website as a great example of ways to raise awareness for mental health and raise money to keep their organisation running. provides specially targeted information to help any young person who visits the service. When they visit, a young person will be guided to practical tools designed just for their needs, even when they don’t know what they’re looking for.

The Depressed Cake Stall was held at the Faculty of Health Sciences Cumberland Campus as part of the University of Sydney's Disability Inclusion Week.

25 August 2016 - Forum: NDIS for people with Brain Injury, ensuring choice and control

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A recent sold out forum on The NDIS for People with brain injury: ensuring choice and control hosted by Brain Injury Australia and CDRP, in association with Royal Rehab was attended by people with a brain injury, families, carers, service providers, researchers and policy makers.

Due to the overwhelming interest in this forum, the event was recorded. A Summary of Themes of the Forum that arose from the presentations and discussions throughout the day is also available for download.

Keynote presentation

Video 1: Keynote - Ensuring Choice and Control

Consumer Perspective

Video 2: Consumer Perspective

Client centred planning

Video 3: Client centred goal setting

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Video 4: NDIS Update

Panel discussion

Video 5: Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Moderator: Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Director, CDRP
Panel: Kerry Stafford, Executive Director, Acquired Brain Injury Services NSW Rachael Alderton-Smith, Case Coordinator and Training Coordinator, Headstart ABI Services, Newcastle Vicki Lovegreen OAM, NDIS participant Ian Maynard, Deputy Chief Executive Officer - Operations, National Disability Insurance Agency Mary Hawkins, Director-Engagement, New South Wales Central, National Disability Insurance Agency

1 September 2015 - Launch of Blind.Wiki App at the University of Sydney, a Sydney Ideas Event

Social Media and Arts for Visually Impaired People:

In conjunction with the Spanish Culture Institute (Cervantes Institute), CDRP will hosted a presentation by the artist Antoni Abad, included in the "Catedra Instituto Cervantes" program. The artist reflected on his project - an interactive, community-based smartphone project that invites the Sydney blind and visually impaired to share their own news and opinions on the difficulties and facilities they find in their day-to-day lives.

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30 June 2015 - End of Life for People with Intellectual Disability

Adults with intellectual disability deserve information and support about end of life to help them understand and plan. The symposium featured Australian and UK researchers and practitioners who are currently working on end-of-life issues with people with intellectual disability. These are universal concerns that apply regardless of disability, so several other speakers discussed end of life as experienced by members of the broader community. The symposium included reports on the findings of Part 1 of the Sydney-based 3-year research project, Dying to Talk, and featured a preview screening of excerpts from the new educational video Dying to Talk.


19 June 2015 - ICF Education Webinar

More Information: This webinar covered issues concerning International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) education, with the Australian ICF Network and the WHOCC in Health Workforce Development in Rehabilitation and Long Term Care. The event was held in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - Australia’s national health and welfare statistics and information agency and also the Australian Collaborating Centre for WHO classifications.

For more information and resources, CLICK HERE.

The seminar received positive feedback and was attended by academics, health professionals, and policy makers from around Australia.

Future webinars are planned, so stay tuned.

Contact: Ros Madden

23 November 2014 - Wednesday 26 November 2014 - 2nd World Congress on Integrated Care

CDRP participated as associate partner at the 2nd World Congress on Integrated Care
"21st Century Integrated Care: Serving Citizens, Patients and Communities" held in Sydney.

For more information about the Conference, please see the link here

11 November 2014 - In Conversation with Dr Tom Shakespeare - "What are we doing, when we do disability studies?"

Dr Tom Shakespeare, internationally renowned disability scholar who is an Honorary Associate of CDRP, discussed the question “What are we doing, when we do disability studies”?

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10 November 2014 – Update on diagnosis and classification in intellectual disabilities. Moving from DSM5 and ICD-11. Seminar with Professor James Harris (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine USA) and Associate Professor Kerim Munir, Harvard Medical School

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7 November 2014 - Developmental Disabilities, Challenging Behaviour and Mental Health: Research to Practice and Policy Conference

The latest development in disability and mental health research was presented by leading international and Australian researchers. This conference was for researchers and clinical practitioners, and would benefit those working with people with developmental disabilities in the community.

For more information and full program, visit the conference website at

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24 October 2014 - Transition to Retirement for Older People with Disability workshop

Geelong Waterfront Campus, Deakin University Victoria

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13 June 2014 - Transition to Retirement 1-day workshop

This workshop was held at the Darlington Centre, The University of Sydney.

For more information click here

5 and 6 June 2014 - ICF update workshop and Interest Group Forum

These were held at the University of Sydney Cumberland campus, co-hosted by the University and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (which is the Australian Collaborating Centre for the WHO Family of international Classifications).

6 June 2014 - Inaugural Australian ICF Network forum

At last year’s ICF updates workshop, those attending enjoyed the opportunity to meet others working in similar fields and with similar interests. It was suggested that, in the future, time could be allowed for further discussion on selected topics of mutual interest. Hence the idea of the forum and the creation of an Australian ICF Network (or Interest Group).

It was also suggested that people be given the opportunity beforehand to propose key topics for discussion – if they are willing to discuss the topic, raise questions, promote the exchange of information and resources, participate in solving problems raised by those attending, or explore possible opportunities for collaboration on the topic.

Suggested topics for this year were:

  • The use of the ICF in mental health
  • The use of ICF in other clinical settings
  • ICF and cultural variation
  • ICF and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • The use of the ICF in legal settings
  • ICF education (in universities, in administrative or clinical settings)

5 June 2014 - ICF updates workshop

The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) is updated via an annual process which involves on-line commentary on a web platform run by WHO. The workshop offers an opportunity to learn to use the platform and to discuss and enter comments on proposals in small groups.

These events were by invitation but if you would like further information, please contact;

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4 June 2014 - The National Disability Insurance Scheme Forum - Investing in people with disability: Financing and costs of the NDIS

A forum on the costs and financing of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, held jointly by Macquarie University, the University of Sydney and Australian National University, was held on Wednesday 4 June in Sydney.

The new National Disability Insurance Scheme is anticipated to provide support to over 400,000 Australians with disability, and will have a major impact on the Australian social and financial landscape. Active examination of the financial progress of the NDIS, and continuing policy development and reform, are essential so that the NDIS can achieve its potential.

At the forum session, leading disability experts and actuaries analysed the 2014 budget papers and scheme experience, and an expert panel discussed the implications for service providers and for people with disability.

The speakers and panellists included:

  • Cain Beckett – PricewaterhouseCoopers and Chair of the Disability Council of NSW
  • Peter Martin – Australian Government Actuary and NDIS Reviewing Actuary
  • Gordon Duff - Executive Officer, National Policy Research Unit, National Disability Services
  • Professor Richard Madden – University of Sydney
  • Professor Jim Butler – Australian National University
  • Associate Professor Leonie Tickle – Macquarie University

To view the presentations from the event, please click here

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6 November 2013 - Why are we failing disabled young people?

Professor Eric Emerson, Professor and Chair in Disability Population Health and Disability and Disadvantage work stream leader at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, The University of Sydney co-presented at The Sydney Ideas Lecture Series.

The Lecture Series is one part of a five part series of lectures in conjunction with the University’s Sydney Ideas programme entitled: ‘Your Health and Wellbeing Across the Lifespan”.

For more information please click here

24 October 2013 - The University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences - Faculty Forum

To view the powerpoint presentation presented at the Faculty Forum, please click here

30 August 2013 - Disability and Health. A population health perspective

Dr Gloria Kahn, PhD, MPH. Director, Division of Human Development and Disability at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention presented a seminar with a focus on critical issues in disability and health from a population health perspective, drawing on her many years experience as an academic clinician, researcher, teacher, administrator and as Director, Human Development and Disability.

Please contact if you would like more information.

20 August 2013 - Roundtable discussion on Adults with Autism (invitation only)

Prof Pat Howlin led a discussion on developing a plan for Australian research on adults with autism. Participants will include members of the “Living with Autism CRC” and other researchers active in this field. Convenor: Prof Stewart Einfeld

Please contact if you would like more information.

8 July 2013 - Seminar: Financing Disability: New Frontiers in Social Economy

This seminar is co-ordinated with the Cervantes Institute. It provided an overview of the financing aspects related to the development of new disability schemes in Europe during the last decade with a particular focus on Spain. Tentative implications of this case to the NDIS financing were discussed.

View Prof Lopez-Casasnovas' presentation here

View Prof Richard Madden's presentation here

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24 June 2013 - Social skills training for children with autism: A real world trial.

Professor Stewart Einfeld presented at the Faculty's Mental Health Research Team Meeting.

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14 June 2013 - Seminar: Disability and Retirement: Inclusive and Active Ageing

The seminar took place at New Law School, University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus.

Older Australians with a disability are working in open employment and in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs), but many know little about retirement and are ill-prepared for their third age. What will they do when they are no longer working? Will they be socially isolated and bored or will they enjoy an active, socially connected retirement? How can disability service providers support these individuals to plan for and achieve a fulfilling retirement? Will supporting these individuals to reduce their days at work actually enhance productivity at ADEs?

Concurrently to the seminar CDRP Policy Bulletin 2: Transition to Retirement was published. Further information can be found here

View presentations from the seminar here

7 March 2013 - Official Centre Launch

The centre was officially launched at the New Law School University of Sydney.

Keynote speaker Mr Graeme Innes AM, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, opened the event, which was preceded by a roundtable discussion around the National Disability Insurance scheme (NDIS), chaired by Mr John Della Bosca.

To view photographs taken at the launch, please click here

Further information


15 November 2012 - ACI Annual Intellectual Disability Forum

The Forum was opened by The Hon. Jillian Skinner, Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research and Eric Emerson, Professor and Chair in Disability Population Health, presented the keynote address.

Please contact if you would like more information.