Disability professionals examine new trends in support

19 July 2013

The University of Sydney's Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) will host a conference bringing together disability professionals from all over Australia on Monday 22 and Tuesday, 23 July.

The theme of the conference, The new workplace: professionalism, disability care and inclusion, is relevant to the recent introduction of DisabilityCare Australia. The conference will include dedicated workshops across a range of sub-themes, including:

  • Person-centred support
  • Disability employment, job search and 'on the job'
  • Gaining support for the carer professional
  • Ongoing professional development
  • New environment, new ways
  • Supporting health, well-being and behaviour of concern.

Keynote guest speakers include:

John O'Brien and Connie Lyle O'Brien (USA): Connie Lyle O'Brien and John O'Brien advise people with disabilities and their families, advocacy groups, service providers, and governments on how to build more inclusive communities. They work in partnership with a group of friends and campaigners from 12 countries and are affiliated with the Center on Human Policy, Law & Disability Studies (USA), inControl Partnerships (UK), and the Marsha Forest Centre: Inclusion. Family. Community (Canada).

Dr Peter Gibilisco (UMelb): Dr Gibilisco was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia at 14,and by 23, he was confined permanently to a wheelchair. By 2007, he had graduated with a PhD in Sociology and in that year was presented with the Emerging Disability Leader of the Year Award.

Mr Phil Tuckerman AM (CEO, Jobsupport): Mr Tuckerman initiated Jobsupport in 1986 as an open employment project for the commonwealth government to show that open employment was possible for people with a significant intellectual disability. He has written manuals for the NSW Department of Education and Training and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2012.

Clinical Associate Professor Vivienne Riches: Associate Professor Riches (BA, Dip Ed, MA (Hons), PhD, MAPS) is a registered psychologist, researcher and educator at the Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney. She has worked in the disability field for many years and has undertaken significant research and development work in various areas of specialisation.


Date: Monday 22 and Tuesday 23 July

Venue: New Law Building, University of Sydney (Camperdown)

To register: Go to

Enquiries: Vera Laptev - 02 9036 3610

Media contact: Rachel Gleeson 02 9351 4630, 0481 004 782,