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Ian Potter Auditorium

Melbourne Brain Centre Auditorium

Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade

Parkville, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

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In this lecture you will hear from Professor Tom Shakespeare – a leading disability expert in the UK and Europe – about his ground-breaking research with people with disabilities and support workers in the UK. He will talk about how new models of social care that facilitate greater flexibility and freedom, empowering people with disability while presenting new risks to workers, as support work becomes increasingly insecure.

Professor Shakespeare’s research is of particular relevance to Australia. Because of the introduction to the NDIS, the disability workforce is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia, with an increasingly casualised workforce. At the same time, through individualised funding packages, people with disability now have unprecedented choice and control over the services and supports they receive.

The lecture will conclude with comments from leading advocates from the sector commenting on the relevance of the UK’s experience for Australia.

Tom Shakespeare is visiting Australia as a guest of the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health and the Melbourne Disability Institute. He is presenting at Sydney Ideas on 11 July on 'What does it take to achieve choice and control for people with disabilities?' with Sue Salthouse. Both Sydney Ideas and the lecture in Melbourne are free events but bookings are required.

About Tom Shakespeare


Portrait of Tom Shakespeare

Professor Tom Shakespeare is a medical sociologist with research interests in disability studies and the ethical aspects of genetics. He has had a long involvement with the disabled people’s movement in UK and internationally. He has also been active in arts and culture, and was a member of Arts Council England from 2003-2008. He is author of Disability Rights and Wrongs (2006) and co-authored The Sexual Politics of Disability (1996). He spent five years at the World Health Organization (WHO), where he developed the World Report on Disability (2011) and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (2013). He was also vice-chair of the WHO Ethics Review Committee. In the UK, he founded several disabled people’s organisations; is a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics; and a former member of Arts Council England. He has developed television documentaries and presents ‘A Point of View’ regularly on BBC Radio 4. He continues to consult to the World Bank, the WHO and other United Nations agencies.


Accessibility

Please notify us of any access requirements when booking on email cre-dh@unimelb.edu.au and we can provide you with a Building Access Guide.

Auslan and Live Captioning

The will be Auslan interpreters signing at the event and captioning as well. Please contact us to reserve a seat near the interpreter or captioning screen.

Hearing Loop
There is a hearing loop in the Ian Potter Auditorium which enables patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue.

Physical Access
Every effort has been made to ensure that the budiling is accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Please contact us if you require reserved seating to accommodate your access needs.

Companion pets
Assistance animals are very welcome.

Live streaming

The event will be live streamed here and available on-line at the end of July.


Public Transport

The Route 19 tram travels along Elizabeth Street from the City into Royal Parade, Parkville, or from the North it travels along Sydney Road into Royal Parade, Parkville. The nearest accessible tram stop to the Venue is Stop 10 or Stop 11 on Royal Parade, not far from the entrance to the Melbourne Brain Centre. Please visit the link to the timetable and map routes. There are also a number of bus routes along Sydney Road and Royal Parade that stop outside the Melbourne Brain Centre. Go to Public Transport Victoria's Journey Planner to check which route and timetable suits you best.


Parking

Car parking is available underneath the Melbourne Brain Centre in the Kenneth Myer Building. The entry is on Royal Parade, Parkville.


Metro Tunnel Works

Please note that Grattan Street between Royal Parade and Swanston St is closed due to the construction of the Metro Tunnell and the new Parkville Station.

Further queries Call us on 8344 0717 or email cre-dh@unimelb.edu.au

Image courtesy of Eberhard Grossgasteiger


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Parkville, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010

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