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National Disability Summit

14-15 AUGUST 2019 | Crown Conference Centre, Melbourne

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The 10th Annual National Disability Summit will return this year to Melbourne on the 14 & 15 of August and will continue the discussion and review the progress and initiatives in supporting people with disability and their families to maximise independence and participation by creating greater choice.


Quality and Safeguarding in the NDIS
Graeme Head AO, Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

The role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman in overseeing the rollout of the NDIS – 2019 update
Michael Manthorpe, Commonwealth Ombudsman

National Disability Strategy and National Disability Insurance Scheme: working together for inclusion
Dr Ben Gauntlett, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Health/NDIS: The interface and beyond
  • Client Voice Framework for the TAC
  • Communication and the NDIS
  • A practical guide to NDIS appeals from the perspective of carer advocates
  • Working with people who present with complex behaviours within an NDIS framework
  • Freedom for the forgotten few
  • Housing, technology and support design within the NDIS: An audit of current opportunities and resources to guide responses
  • Building a bolder life through local area co-ordination and the NDIS
  • HNEMH Interface with NDIS providers – The change system
  • Project Independence – An innovative home ownership model
  • Ethical governance in health care
  • NDIS and ethnic communities-The story so far




Nick Mann

Founder and Principal, Polaris Lawyers

Graeme Head AO

Commissioner, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Peter van Vliet

Assistant Director, Disability and NDIS Branch, Children, Families, Disability and Operations Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Steven Davison

Director, Social Policy Implementation, Government Relations Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Thomas Banks

Managing Director, Centre for Access

Catherine Jolly

Mother of three, qualified Pharmacist, ceased practicing in 2010 to provide full time care for her youngest child Josh

David Grey

Father, works full time locally, nationally and internationally, also helps care for Joshua with several overnights a week including Sunday care

Nadia Kettle

Client Voice Project Lead, Transport Accident Commission (TAC)

Wayne Zahra

General Manager, Mentoring Services, Disability Services Australia (DSA)

Zoe Harrison

Senior Psychologist, Mentoring Services, Disability Services Australia (DSA)

Jenny Weldon

Project Manager, My Choice - Pathways to Community Living Initiative (PCLI), SWSLHD

Kim Lane

Executive Lead for Innovation, Partnership and Engagement, Hunter New England Mental Health

Daniel Valiente-Riedl

General Manager, JobAccess

Adrian Munro

CEO, Richmond Wellbeing

Libby Callaway

Occupational Therapist, School of Primary and Allied Healthcare, Monash University

Linda Hayes

National Program Manager – LAC, Feros Care

Walter Tran

Head of Disability Solutions, Centro ASSIST

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald

CEO, Scope (Aust) Ltd

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Dr Ben Gauntlett

Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Michael Manthorpe

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Stacey Sheppard

Manager Capacity Building and Engagement – LAC, Feros Care

Joseph Yeung

Board Member, Project Independence and Chief Executive Officer, Portable Long Service Benefits Authority

Bruce Woodhouse

Partnerships Manager - Customer and Communities Division, SGCH

Kate Smith

General Manager Business Development, Civic

A/Prof Kate Tregloan

Faculty of Architecture Building & Planning, The University of Melbourne

Robyn Canning

Team Manager, Transport Accident Commission

Sarah Johnstone

Work Lead, Transport Accident Commission

Mini Dahiya

Projects Manager, Capacity Building, ADEC

Jane Ogbah

Officer/Advocate, Capacity Building, ADEC

Paul Grundy

Director, Management Consulting, KPMG

Nathan Clark

Community Support Worker and TAC Client

Kathryn Whitfield

Acting Director Policy and Planning, Health and Wellbeing Division, Department of Health and Human Services Victoria


“Attending the National Disability Summit was a great experience. There was a wide variety of speakers and the Informa staff were amazing and accommodating to meeting everybody’s needs.”
Louise Bugeja, Internode

“You need to be there, to learn more.”
Stephen Odusa, CatholiccareNT

“Always a great event for networking with decision makers and key people from disability organisations that are working on innovative projects.”
Danny Hui, Sameview

“Such an interesting 2 days with a great quality and range of speakers. Well organised and great flow of themes.”

when & where

14 - 15 Aug 2019

Crown Conference Centre
Crown Promenade, Crown Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank VIC 3006
+61 (03) 9292 6222

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