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2018 Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards

November 8, 2018, 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


The Centre for Disability Studies is pleased to announce the 2018 Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards to be presented at CDS’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 8 November 2018.

The Trevor Parmenter Lecture:

Achieving Dignity without Restraints presented by Dr Jeffrey Chan.

A rights-based approach to the reduction and elimination of restrictive practices in disability services. With the establishment of the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission, the Australian Government is committed to empowering the lives of people with disability to achieve quality and safety when they are receiving NDIS services. Inclusive in this commitment is the bold vision of eliminating restrictive practices. It is a vision aligned with the CRPD. The lecture will discuss how the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission intends to achieve this vision. Preceding this discussion, the lecture will briefly introduce the CRPD and the implication of the CRPD on research, and a summary of the evidence on restrictive practices.

Dr Jeffrey Chan commenced as the Senior Practitioner, Behaviour Support, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission on 9 July 2018. Jeff has worked in human services for nearly 30 years in government, non-government and statutory roles, in disability and health services. He was the inaugural Victorian Senior Practitioner with the responsibility of protecting the rights of people with disability subject to restrictive interventions and compulsory detention. Jeff was also Queensland’s inaugural Chief Practitioner and Director of Forensic Disability (Governor-in-Council appointment) where he was responsible for protecting the rights of people with cognitive impairment subject to restrictive practices and those in the forensic disability setting. Prior to his current role, Jeff was Deputy CEO of the largest intellectual disability service provider in Singapore. He was also a Finalist in the Australian Human Rights Award 2010 for Community (Individual) category for his work in protecting the rights of people with disabilities subjected to restrictive interventions. Emeritus Professor Trevor Parmenter was Jeff’s PhD supervisor. 

The Trevor Parmenter Awards:

There are two awards to be presented: Lifetime Achievement Award* and CDS Excellence Award**.

To nominate someone for one of both of these awards complete a nomination form https://goo.gl/forms/bVTWRgz9y0ToFhiz1 and include two Peer Testimonials.

Please complete your nomination by COB 1 November 2018.

All applications will be reviewed by the CDS Selection Panel.

* Nominees for Lifetime Achievement Award will be recognised for a lifetime contribution to improving the life of people with disabilities in regards to the criteria below:

  • Systems change
  • Transfer of knowledge
  • Advocacy
  • other related areas

** Nominees for CDS Excellence Award will be recognised by their contribution to one or more of the following areas:

  • Education and training
  • Advocacy
  • Community contribution
  • Clinical practice

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Click here if you would like to also attend CDS’s AGM being held prior to the Trevor Parmenter Lecture and Awards.


November 8, 2018
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm


Til Nagle
02 9036 3600


The Auditorium, Ground Floor, Medical Foundation Building
92-94 Parramatta road
Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia
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