Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability - Independent adviser to the WA Minister for Disability Services - Keeping government informed

Researchers’ Briefing Event

Date:12 September 2014

Researchers who work in all fields related to the health and wellbeing of people living with disabilities were invited to a briefing about the current and foreseeable reforms happening within the disability sector in Western Australia and nationwide.

This event was hosted by the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in conjunction with the Disability Services Commission and the Telethon Kids Institute on 5 August 2014 at the Institute.
Approximately 80 people attended this very successful event, including researchers from University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Notre Dame University together with sector organisations that have embedded researchers.

Key speakers included the Hon Helen Morton Minister for Disability Services who gave the opening address, Dr Ron Chalmers (Director General of Disability Services Commission) and Marita Walker (Manager of the NDIS Perth Hills trial site). Panellists on the Q & A panel, which was chaired by the Jonathon Carapetis Director of the Telethon Kids Institute, were Dr Ron Chalmers (DSC), Samantha Jenkinson (People with Disabilities WA), Terry Simpson (National Disability Service), Fiona Payne (Disability Health Network), Rod Astbury (WA Mental Health Service) and Justine Colyer (WA Council of Social Services). The panellists were asked to give their opinion on priorities for research based on their perspective in the disability sector.

Dr Rachel Skoss, Chair of Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability and a researcher with the Telethon Kids Institute, opened the dialogue by giving the context of the reforms that were occurring. Dr Ron Chalmers spoke of the key findings from the national disability research audit. Dr Skoss closed the session outlining a number of initiatives with potential to enhance the impact of disability research in WA.

After the event Dr Skoss said, “This conversation is continuing beyond MACD, and there seems to be enthusiasm and support for something to happen in this area.”

2015 Annual Work Plan now available

Date:10 July 2015

The Council’s projects and consultations inform the advice we provide to the Minister for Disability Services. Some projects are planned; others are reactive to current issues.

A summary of our 2015 Annual Work Plan is now available on the Current Work page.

For information about previous years’ work, see our Annual Work Reports on the Publications page.

We now do surveys, too!

Date:12 September 2014

Have your say from the comfort of your home, office or even on the go from your mobile device. Our surveys are usually short and quick to complete – around five questions and you always have the option of remaining anonymous if you wish.

This is only one of the methods we use to gather information, but it is an important way because it allows us to reach a large number of people quickly and cost effectively.

Online surveys are a new addition to MACD this year, but already people have shown that they are keen to get involved and to have some input into our projects. They know we are independent of all government agencies, and we aim to gather many perspectives to deliver a balanced report to help guide and inform our minister.

Keep an eye on the Surveys page of our website and join our mailing list for email notifications of when our surveys are open.

Join our mailing list

Date:12 September 2014

Never miss an opportunity to participate in a MACD consultation program or survey again. Join our mailing list by completing the form on the Home page of our website, by emailing your contact details to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability at or by telephoning 9426 9269.

Our members visit organisations

Date:12 September 2014

If you would like to know more about MACD; who we are, what we do and how we do it, our members are available to visit your organisation. These visits can be arranged by contacting the office at or by calling 9426 9269

Retiring members

Date:June 2017