The Sydney commitment on disability research

27 January 2012

Thought leaders and policy makers in the disability field from Asia and the Pacific came together at the University in December to discuss the first ever 'World report on disability', a report released in June 2011 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank.

Hosted by the University and co-sponsored by the WHO, the symposium was opened by Senator the Hon. Jan McLucas, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers. The opening also included a video message from the Hon. Kevin Rudd MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and addresses by Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence and the Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir.

Attracting 220 participants from 21 countries, the event offered a forum for free, open and vigorous discussion of the report and its implications for the Asia Pacific region. The participants agreed to a way forward for the region as outlined in the 'Sydney Commitment on Disability Research'.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is eager to carry forward the momentum of this event and see the potential of the World Report realised. If you are interested in discussing or contributing to the implementation of the Sydney Commitment on Disability Research, please contact the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.