Invited Speakers

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO

Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO

Professor Marie Bashir was elected Chancellor of the University of Sydney on 1 June 2007, and has been re-elected for a second term of office commencing on 1 June 2011.

Born, of Lebanese descent, in Narrandera in the Riverina district of NSW, and educated at Narrandera Public School and Sydney Girls High School, she gained her bachelor degrees in medicine and surgery in 1956 from the University of Sydney.

She taught at the universities of Sydney and New South Wales, increasingly working with children's services, psychiatry and mental health services, and Indigenous health programs.

She was appointed Governor of New South Wales on 1 March 2001, the first woman to hold the position. At the time of her appointment, she was Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney (a post she took up in 1993); Area Director of Mental Health Services Central Sydney (from 1994); and Senior Consultant to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Redfern (from 1996) and to the Aboriginal Medical Service, Kempsey.

Professor Bashir's widespread involvements and interests have included juvenile justice, research on adolescent depression, health issues in developing countries, education for health professionals and telemedicine and new technologies for health service delivery

Rex Adivoso Bernardo

Director for Research and a Faculty member of Mabini Colleges in Daet

Rex Adivoso Bernardo

Afflicted with polio at the age of five which rendered him triplegic and unschooled until the age of 20, Rex willed himself to study and eventually finished three postgraduate degrees at age 31. He was an AusAID scholar at Sydney University in 2000. Presently, he is the Director for Research and a Faculty member of Mabini Colleges in Daet, south of Manila. He is also a leading light in the disability inclusive development in the Philippines and as such, received numerous recognitions from national and international organizations for his outstanding service in the disability sector.

The Hon Andrew Constance MP

New South Wales Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services

Minister Andrew Constance

Minister Constance was elected to the NSW Legislative Assembly in 2003 as the Member for Bega. From 2006-2011 he served as the Shadow Minister for Ageing and Shadow Minister for Disability Services. In April 2011 he was appointed Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services in the NSW Government.
Prior to entering politics, he worked as a public affairs and public relations consultant.
As Minister for Disability Services, Minister Constance is determined to implement the NSW Government’s Stronger Together 2 policy, which amongst other things, provides people with disabilities and their carers greater choice and flexibility in the services they require, by allowing them to personalise service delivery. This person centred approach will enable people with disabilities and their carers to choose the services that reflect their needs, rather than having such decisions dictated to them by government.

Eric Emerson

Professor of Disability & Health Research, Faculty of Health & Medicine, Lancaster University
Professsor of Disability & Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Eric Emerson

Eric Emerson is Co-Director of the English specialist Public Health Observatory on intellectual disabilities.

He is also Professor of Disability & Health Research at the
Centre for Disability Research, Faculty of Health & Medicine, Lancaster University and Professsor of Disability & Population Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. He is also part of the Australian Family and Disabilities Studies Research Collaboration Team]], University of Sydney.

Currently responsible for liaison between [[https://www.iassid.org/IASSID
and the World Health Organization, he has been a member of several advisory groups to government and non-government organizations. He has written widely on issues related to the health and social inequalities faced by children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. For more information see http://www.lancs.ac.uk/cedr/profiles/Eric-Emerson


Damian Griffis

Executive Officer, First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)

Damian Griffis

Damian Griffis is a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. In 2004 - 05 Damian undertook a major consultative project visiting Aboriginal communities across New South Wales discussing the unmet needs of Aboriginal people with disability directly with Aboriginal people with disability and their carers. This culminated in the groundbreaking report entitled Telling It Like It Is. Damian is currently the Executive Officer of the First Peoples Disability Network (Australia) the new national peak organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities.

Lesley Hall

CEO, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations

Lesley Hall

Lesley Hall has worked in disability advocacy organisations since 1980 including Disability Resources Centre and Action for Community Living. In 1986 she was engaged as a consultant with the United Nations in Bangkok to develop a resource manual on training and funding opportunities for people with disability as well as develop project proposals. She also has an extensive background in the arts having worked with Melbourne Workers Theatre, Opa Theatre Productions, the Little Big Tops and as an Arts and Cultural Development Officer with the City of Darebin. She is presently employed as CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. Present membership of committees include, the National People with Disability and Carer Council, the National Disability and Carers Alliance, Chair of Arts Access Victoria and Board member of Arts Access Australia. From 2007 to 2010 she was a member of the Victoria Disability Advisory Council. Lesley is also a trustee for the Australian People with Disability and Indigneous Education Fund.

Sally Hartley

Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia, UK
Professor of Community based Rehabilitation’ (CBR) , Faculty of Health Sciences , University of Sydney
Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sally Hartley

Professor Hartley is a leader in the field of community-based rehabilitation (CBR) research, with a particular interest in people with communication disabilities in low-income countries. Prof. Hartley has been involved in the development of CBR programs worldwide, with a strong focus on using collaborative approaches to improve the validity of interventions and research. She is a Founder member of the CBR African Network (CAN) and worked as its first Executive Officer for over 10 years.

Prof. Hartley is a co-editor of the World Report on Disability from WHO and the World Bank. She has also contributed to the new WHO and International Disability and Development Consortium Guidelines on CBR.

Graeme Innes AM

Disability Discrimination Commissioner , Australian Human Rights Commission

Graeme Innes AM

Graeme Innes has been Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner since December 2005. During that time he has also served as Australia's Human Rights Commissioner for three and a half years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for two years. Graeme is a Lawyer, Mediator and Company Director. He has been a Human Rights Practitioner for 30 years in NSW, WA and nationally.
As Commissioner, Graeme has led or contributed to the success of a number of initiatives including the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and its ratification by Australia.

Rosemary Kayess

Director, Human Rights and Disability Project, Australian Human Rights Centre, Faculty of Law, University of New
South Wales

Rosemary Kayess

Ms Kayess , teaches international human rights law at the Faculty of Law, UNSW. Rosemary is also
chair of the Australian Centre for Disability Law, a specialist disability discrimination legal service
engaged in legal advice, casework and law reform. Rosemary was a member of the Australian
government delegation to the General Assembly ad hoc Committee for the negotiations on the
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and is a member of the AusAID Disability
Reference Group with oversight of the disability inclusive development strategy Development For All.

Pim Kuipers

Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor, Centre for Functioning and Health Research (Queensland Health and Griffith University)

Pim Kuipers

Pim is a psychologist and completed his doctoral research in community based rehabilitation (CBR). He conducts research in areas of health service delivery, rural and remote primary health care, Indigenous health, community based rehabilitation, and disability services, specifically for people with brain injuries and people with spinal cord injuries.

His work in the area of CBR has led to engagement with projects in a number of Asian countries. Pim is involved in research on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), community integration after injury, family and patient engagement in health care, allied health practice, and primary health care. He focuses on qualitative and mixed methods research.

Gwynnyth Llewellyn

Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney
Director of the Australian Family and Disability Studies Research Collaboration

Gwynnyth Llewellyn

Prof Llewellyn research areas are in family and disability studies and in disability and disadvantage. Professor Llewellyn is an international leading authority in this area; her work on parenting with intellectual disability has lead national strategies in Australia, Sweden and most recently in The Netherlands. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities and Consulting Editor for the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research.

Professor Llewellyn has published widely in international and national journals and contributed book chapters and consumer resources in the field of parental disability and families with children with disabilities; she continues to supervise research candidates from many disciplines in these areas. Gwynnyth also serves as a Director of the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney.

Setareki Macanawei

CEO for the Pacific Disability Forum

Setareki Macanawei

Mr Macanawai was previously a civil servant working as the Executive Director for the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and Principal of the Fiji School for the Blind. He graduated from Corpus Christi Teachers College in Suva, Fiji with a Primary Teachers Certificate and studied at the Auckland College of Education in New Zealand, graduating with a Diploma in the Education of Visually Impaired Children. He also attended the University of Tennessee at Chattannooga in the United States before completing his Bachelor of Education (Special Education) and Masters in Educational Administration (Honours) degree at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Setareki is a leading disability advocate in theregion, and has served on the committees of many international and regional organisations concerned with disability. He has presented papers at regional and international meetings and conferences, and has written several articles, chapters and thesis on disability.

Ros Madden

Director, Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Ros Madden

Ros Madden leads the Australian ICF Disability and Rehabilitation Research Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. She has played a major role in the development of national disability definition, measurement and statistics in Australia since 1992, and internationally in the development and implementation of the WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Ros co-chairs the WHO’s technical advisory group on the ICF (the Functioning and Disability Reference Group) and was a member of the Editorial Committee of the World Report on Disability and Rehabilitation.

Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers

Senator Jan McLucas

Elected to the Senate in the Federal Parliament in 1999, Jan has served in a number of capacities including as the Shadow Minister for Ageing, Disabilities and Carers and as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing.

She has had a long association with the disability and carers sector and is working hard with them to deliver the government’s reform agenda designed to improve the lives of people with disability

Ron McCallum AO

Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Ron McCallum AO

Emeritus Professor, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney
Ronald C McCallum AO was the foundational Professor in Industrial Law at the University of Sydney, and from 2002, he served five years as Dean of Law. He was the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship at any university in Australia. He has pursued equal rights for working people across the globe and was the inaugural President of the Australian Labour Law Association 2001-2009. Professor McCallum has been a national and international leader in the disabled people’s community. He is, among numerous other things, former Chair of Radio for the Print Handicapped of New South Wales Co-Operative and one of two Deputy Chairs of Vision Australia. He is currently the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Janet Meagher

Divisional Manager - Inclusion, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia

Janet Meagher

Janet Meagher AM is an international mental health consumer advocate, public speaker and lecturer, employed as the Divisional Manager-Inclusion at Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia and, is author of Partnership or Pretence, and other publications, articles and training packages.
Ms Meagher is an appointed member of the Australian Mental Health Expert Working Group (under Minister for Mental Health –Mark Butler) Australian Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and National People with Disabilities and Carer Advisory Council, as well as being on the consultative committee of National Judicial College of Australia. Additionally, she is mental health consumer advisor to: Australian Federation of Disability Organizations, Consumer Activity Network, and Mental Health Association (NSW).
Ms Meagher is former Honorary Secretary of the World Federation for Mental Health and was inaugural Co-Chairperson of the National Consumer Carer Forum (Australia).
As a person living with schizophrenia this mental health advocate speaks of necessary reforms at policy and service level that arise from experiences of consumers. For over three decades she has worked to improve and effect change in policies, practices and especially in the status and rights of people who experience mental distress.
Janet Meagher was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia in 1996, was a Churchill Fellow (1994), recipient of TheMHS Gold Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health (2000), Hughes Award (2006) and Hon. Life member of Mental Health Association (NSW).

Frederick Miller

Disability Coordination Officer , Pacific islands Forum Secretariat

Frederick Miller

Frederick is a teacher by profession. Before furthering his studies Frederick was very active in the formation of the Fiji Disabled Peoples Association and the Fiji Spinal Injuries Association and became president of both organisations in the early nineties. He was also Vice Chair of Disabled Peoples International, Oceania Region until 1998 when he went to Australia to further his studies. He graduated from Deakin University in the year 2000 with a masters of Health Science. He went back to Fiji and was principal of Champagnat Institute, a special vocational school owned and managed by the Marist Brothers in Fiji. In 2006 he joined the Pacific islands Forum Secretariat as its Disability Coordination Officer and has been there since. Frederick is now currently implementing the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability 2011 to 2015.

Thomas Ng

Thomas NG

Thomas’s main business is eLearning, with clients in more than 10 countries. Apart from carrying global brands like eCornell and U21Global, he started English and Chinese online services for improving conversational language. He has recently launched Abled Online, a remote PC support service, employing disabled people, which won an award in Japan in Nov 2010. 

Prior to embarking as an entrepreneur, Thomas had spent 25 years as an international executive with major multinational companies, in Europe, Asia, and Australia/New Zealand. 

Thomas has been an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (www.ypo.org), and has since graduated into the World’s President Organization (WPO), and is the elected Chairman for the South East Asia Region for 2010 – 2012. He also sits on the WPO International Board, and is certified YPO/WPO trainer. 

Not all business, Thomas was on the Board of Trustees of ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind (www.atriev.org.ph) for several years. He was also invited to be on the panel of experts for the ASEAN Institute for Disability and Public Policy, the Blind Future Leaders Dialogue, and he sits on 3 committees of the Asia Pacific Centre for Disability, to brainstorm on Inclusive Business for UNESCAP’s 3rd decade on disability


Alana Officer

Coordinator, Disability and Rehabilitation, World Health Organization

Alana Officer

Alana Officer joined WHO in July 2006, and is now Coordinator for the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP). She oversees WHO's work on disability and rehabilitation related to policies, medical care and rehabilitation, community-based rehabilitation, assistive devices and technologies, and capacity building. She is the executive editor of the World report on disability.

Tom Shakespeare

Technical Officer, Disability and Rehabilitation, World Health Organization

Tom Shakespeare

Dr Shakespeare joined the Disability and Rehabilitation Team (DAR) in the Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability in March 2008. He is an author and editor of the World report on disability and is part of the team working on the launch and implementation of the Report. He also supports the Task Force on Disability, a WHO-wide network which aims to remove barriers to the participation of people with disabilities and to support mainstreaming of disability in technical programmes. His collaborations across WHO include several projects with the Reproductive Health Research department. Dr Shakespeare is also a member of the WHO Ethics Review Committee and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Photo by Belinda Mason, Sydney

Michael Spence

Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney

Michael Spence

As Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence is the University of Sydney's principal executive officer with responsibility for promoting the interests and furthering the development of the University. He took up the position in July 2008 and is the University’s 25th Vice-Chancellor.
He plays a major role in nurturing and sustaining the University's relationships with its many key external stakeholder groups, including alumni, donors, local, state and federal governments, and leaders in business, industry and the professions.

Qiu Zhuoying

Director and Senior Research Professor of Research Institute of Rehabilitation Information, China Rehabilitation Research Center
Director, ICF Branch of WHO-FIC CC China

Prof Zhuoying Qiu

Qiu Zhuoying is a famous scholar in disability studies and rehabilitation. As coordinator of ICF Chinese Version and WHO FDRG member, Prof. Qiu plays leading roles in ICF development and application in different areas, such as disability census and survey, eligibility criteria and measurement of disability, disability assessment and evaluation, and CBR in China. He has established a platform of ICF development and applications in China, conducted many international and national projects of ICF applications and published many articles and chapters of ICF in Chinese and English. He has implemented ICF to develop classification and grading criteria of disability in China since 2004. In 2007, he developed eligibility criteria of disability using the ICF framework in Macao, SAR. From 2009 to 2011, Prof. QIU participated in the development of the World Report on Disability as an international editor. Since 2010, he has been invited to be a senior counselor on the CBM CBR project in China and tried to implement WHO ICF, WHO CBR guidelines and WHO World Report on Disability to CBR development in China to establish modern approaches and model of CBR in China in regards to the conceptual framework and approaches of the ICF, CBR guidelines and the World Report.