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Queensland Advocacy Incorporated present: "Renaissance - now or??"

Continuing the deinstitutionalisation of people with disability

Date:  Friday 8 August 2014, 9.30am - 3.30pm

About the Forum:

The purpose of this project is to enliven, enlighten, encourage and bring renaissance to the continuation of including people with disability into community life.  

Over the last decade the impetus of the deinstitutionalisation of people with disability had lost momentum.  With the potential risk of former efforts being lost in the wake of a turbulent political climate it is vital to reignite this agenda, and to launch an effective campaign that will serve vulnerable people with disability the best opportunity to return to community living in light of the impending NDIS.

At this forum QAI will launch our DVD Renaissance Now or ?? - a collation of stories from some former residents of institutional life.  They have kindly allowed us to intrude into some dark painful memories, but have also shared the transformation into the lives they now live.

Every person has dreams and hopes of a better life, and it is possible for everyone if afforded the opportunities and supports to do so.  Each participant is willing to share their story because they also believe that this is possible for everyone and want to assist people to understand that there are avenues and means for this to happen. Two family members have also agreed to share their experiences as they have supported their loved ones to move out of unsuccessful care arrangements and into a good life that most of us are able to expect and take for granted.

Our guest speakers will make the following presentations:

  • History of how and why people with disability came to live in institutions;
  • History of activism deinstitutionalisation in Qld. to move people back to community Challinor, Basil Stafford, Ward 10 B Maryborough;
  • Who was left behind and is still there Baillie Henderson Hospital, Jacana Rehabilitation Hospital, nursing homes, other hospitals, hostels and boarding houses.
  • Efforts for these people. Human Rights, The CRPD, breaches, and what will continuing to institutionalise people mean for Australia and Queensland?
  • NDIS and the future what actions now?  Who will do?  Housing? Support? Funding?   Who will drive this for individuals who have no family?

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Kevin Cocks Anti Discrimination Commissioner of Queensland
  • Jodie Cook Public Advocate of Queensland
  • Jeremy Ward former Director QAI and advocate
  • Dianne Toohey and SUFY individual advocates supporting people with disabilities

Forum and registration details

Date: Friday 8th August 2014
Time: Registration: 9:30am - 9:50am
Forum: 10.00am 3:30pm
Venue: ADCQ, Level 17, 53 Albert Street, Brisbane, Qld 4000
Cost: $150.00 for Government and For-Profit Workers; $100.00 for NGO Workers; $40.00 for people who are unwaged

docInvitation and Registration form 201455.00 KB (Queensland Advocacy Incorporated)

(Morning Tea upon registration and Lunch provided) Registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the DVD ($10.00 for additional copies)

If you are a person with disability or family member or carer of a person with a disability and require financial assistance to attend the forum, we may be able to assist. However please note that funding is limited. Please contact us for more information regarding this.

Registration Closes: Friday 25th July 2014.

For more information, contact Reception at Queensland Advocacy Incorporated on 3844 4200 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .