CQU's School of Nursing & Midwifery to host disability sector virtual conference

18 January 2023

CQUniversity is encouraging healthcare workers in the disability sector' people living with a disability and their carers' to attend a free virtual conference in February.

The "Untangling the Mess: Improving the Lives of People with Disabilities Through Better Access to NDIS Services" Virtual Conference will showcase speakers discussing how to effect change and minimise barriers in the disability sector.

Event organiser Professor Michelle Cleary said focus areas at the conference would include: Employment and Financial Security; Inclusive Homes and Communities; Safety' Rights and Justice; Personal and Community Support; Education and Learning; Health and Wellbeing; and Community Attitudes.

"The conference aims to support people with disabilities' their carers and disability service providers by establishing a platform to share expert information and develop networks'" Prof Cleary said.

She said attendees would hear from guest speakers including The University of Sydney's Associate Professor Loyola McLean' Associate Professor Toby Raeburn from the University of Notre Dame' Sydney' and dual Paralympic medallist and former Captain of the Australian Gliders' Dr Bridie Kean.

CQUniversity is providing this learning and networking opportunity at no cost' understanding the impact of recent global challenges on the health and community care sector.

This conference is facilitated by leading academics from CQU's School of Nursing' Midwifery & Social Sciences.

"You are welcome to attend any' or all' of the sessions'" Prof Cleary added.

"With the assistance of funding from the National Disability Conference Initiative' proceedings will be recorded to enable post-conference access for attendees."

The Virtual Conference will be held 20-21 February from 10am-2pm (AEST time) The event is free' but places are limited. Registrations close 16 February.

Participants will have the opportunity to undertake a micro-credential following the conference based on the conference topics. The micro-credential provides a digital badge for a professional portfolio and is recognised a continuing professional development for health professionals.

REGISTER: https://cqu.syd1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03qxpuLJHXQm5YG