Diversity Update November / December 2015

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Register now for 2015 International Day of People with Disability! 3 Dec Worldwide
A dedicated day to place a greater emphasis on the abilities and achievements of people living with disability.

Event registrations for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) are now open for people planning celebrations for the United Nations sanctioned day.

IDPwD is celebrated globally on 3 December each year.
Last year, almost 1000 events were held across Australia including music festivals, sporting events, fishing tournaments and barbecues. Organisers who register their events will receive free promotional packs. Registered events will also be added to an online community calendar.
To register and to find out more, go to www.idpwd.com.au
New & Emerging Communities Aged Care Forum, 3 Dec, Carlton

ECCV will host a half-day forum on the aged care needs of new and emerging communities in Victoria.  You will have an opportunity to raise issues regarding providing aged care that meets your community needs and learn about and discuss new aged care reforms and eligibility criteria, resourcing and supporting new and emerging communities to set up their own aged care programs, employment challenges for community members interested in working in aged care, gaps in ABS data on new and emerging communities relating to age, numbers of eligible ageing, and those needing assistance due to a range of factors and the importance of accurate data in funding allocations and service provision. Registration details TBA. If you have any queries, contact Mathias Stevenson on 9349 4122.

Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference - call for abstracts
2015 December 7, 8
The 2015 National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference will be hosted by the National Ageing Research Institute in Parkville, Melbourne on 7-8 December.


Cultural Diversity in Aged Care: Developing an Inclusive Approach, 17 Nov Melbourne, 9 Dec Dandenong:

As a peak body for aged care providers, Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) is committed to improving standards and efficiency throughout Australia and is running these three workshops. For details and other workshops and courses, please visit their workshops page. http://lasavictoria.asn.au/education-training/workshops/

Online Training

Get ready for the NDIS with this new, free training resource ‘Every Moment Has Potential’. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is coming and this resource can help prepare disability support workers. It is a five-module online course about “Person Centred Active Support”, and was developed by Greystanes Disability Services and La Trobe University. Head to the website, http://www.activesupportresource.net.au/ read the introductory page, and when you’re ready, get started with module one.
Online dementia Training:

University of Tasmania - free online Dementia training

FREE!! LGBTI related Online training / Resources

  • Link to GP online education: http://www22.anthem.com/lgbt/

  • Transgender link to online course – American but good:  https://lgbt.ucsf.edu/news/free-acknowledging-sex-gender-training

  • LGBTI Mental Health traininghttp://lgbtihealth.org.au/mindout-training-rainbow-blues-online/

  • This link is to Australian training developed by Dr Ruth McNair – she presented at the health in Difference conference in August (Canberra).  You need to be registered to use.  http://www.ashm.org.au/Pages/LMS/Gay-Friendly-GP-Online-Learning-Module.aspx

  • A resource utilised for GP’s Australian: http://www.glhv.org.au/files/LGB_GP%20Guide_RACGP%20logo%20July%202012.pdf

  • NZ LGBT ageing resource kit: http://www.gayline.org.nz/residents%E2%80%99-rights-rainbow-older-people

Free LGBTI awareness training, until June 2016. Transgender Victoria (TGV) http://www.transgendervictoria.com/projects/lgbti-aged-care-sector-training and Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) http://www.glhv.org.au/training are providing federally funded LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector. Contact either organisation to express interest in a session.
Free online LGBTI Aged Care Training

This online module is designed to give staff an introduction to the core principles of working in an inclusive way with older lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people.

It's available to organisations throughout Australia. This training covers the basics and compliments face-to-face training. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. For more information and registrations go to: http://acon.formstack.com/forms/aged_care_online_learning

Sex, Age & Me Survey: This national project is the first Australian study to explore older Australian's sexual health and experiences of sex and relationships. It is conducted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and focuses on relationships, dating, and sexual practices among older people, as well as their knowledge of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Participants must be aged 60+, live in Australia and be fluent in English. It’s open to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Complete the survey here.

Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) Review

A review of the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) has commenced and community consultations have recently begun.  

A discussion paper has been prepared outlining ideas presented to improve the program and asks questions of the industry, program users and community groups.

The VTA is hosting an industry specific meeting about the MPTP review at our office. All members are welcome to attend. The meeting will be attended by representatives of the Department of Transport (now called The Dept of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources or EcoDev) and will also help inform the VTA’s submission to the review.

Where: VTA
Date: Tuesday 17 November
Time: 1.30-3.3pm
RSVP: to

The VTA will consult with members over the coming weeks to prepare our submission. Contributions close on Friday 4 December.

Members can participate individually by completing an online survey, attending a workshop (details below) or preparing a submission by uploading a written submission, emailing your submission to mptp-review@ecodev.vic.gov.au or posting it to Multi Purpose Taxi Program, Reply Paid 4509, Melbourne VIC 8060.

Full details on consultation process are available here.


Discussion Paper:


On-Line Survey:


Australia@2015 is a national survey: created by Monash University that will capture a snapshot of Australia's views. For the first time, the survey will be conducted in a range of community languages as well as English and will help us to understand the outlook of Australian-born and immigrants at this important time in our history – a time of rapid population growth, rising security concerns and questioning of the working of Australian democracy. ECCV is assisting the Scanlon Foundation in this important initiative to reach out and hear from individuals from a culturally diverse background about their experiences in Australia.

We would also appreciate if you could share this survey through your network, staff, members, Facebook and newsletter. For more information please contact Tatiana from ECCV - tslezak@eccv.org.au - and have your say!


Funding Grants


Grants now open - participation for CALD Seniors:

Staying connected to social networks is important for maintaining independence, and can potentially be a preventative measure for elder abuse. The Participation for CALD Seniors Grant aims to reduce social isolation for older CALD people. Organisations are invited to apply for funding to create or expand opportunities for socially isolated CALD seniors. Grants are now open and applications are due on 5 February 2016. Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded here. The grants help seniors with multicultural backgrounds who are socially isolated to connect to new or existing social networks and activities through innovative community projects. Projects can range from events, cultural activities, social outings, classes and information sessions, as well as organising help with transport.

For more information or additional support with the application process, please contact Fiona York at the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria on (03) 9349 4122.

Victorian Grant Finder:


Australian Grants Link:


Katie Goodrope |Southern Metro Region HDA - Home & Community Care Diversity Adviser
Bayside City Council | 76 Royal Avenue Sandringham VIC 3191
M: 0428 137 984| E: kgoodrope@bayside.vic.gov.au

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