2016 Information Day for Families – Programme

We are very pleased to release the programme for the information day, to be held on Saturday 27th August 2016 in Sydney.

Draft Programme- word version

Draft Programme – pdf version

Summary of the day:

Auditorium (Main Room)

9.30am – Registration and morning tea

10.00am – Welcome and housekeeping

10.05am – “The hunt for Harrison” – Harrison Kirkwood, SSI Youth Ambassador

10.15am – “Finding my voice” – Rachael Leahcar, Singer and Songwriter

10.40am – “When the world’s just gotta change” – Connor McLeod, Accessibility Advocate

10.50am – “Conversation with my younger self” – Sacha Thomas, SSI Youth Ambassador

11.00am – “Transformation and Healing” – Jonathan Goerlach, Elite Paratriathlete and SSI Ambassdor

11.15am – Break

11.30am – “Finding A Way” – Graeme Innes AM, Author and former Disability Discrimination Commissioner

12.00pm – “New models of caring for people” – A/Professor John Grigg, Head of Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology

12.15pm – “Research processes and advent of personalised medicine” – A/Professor Robyn Jamieson, Head of Discipline of Genetics

12.30pm – Lunch

1.00pm – “A report card for parents and teachers” – Sarah Hirst

1.15pm – “A day in the life of a vision support teacher” – Ann Larkins, Sydney Catholic Schools

1.30pm –“Roll-out of the NDIS” – Mary Hawkins, National Disability Insurance Agency

2.00pm –  “Healthy heads for kids with disability” – Vicki Papageorgopoulos, headspace Camperdown

2.30pm – Break

2.45pm – “PokemonGo – crazy fun or a useful O&M tool?” – Guide Dogs NSW/ACT

3.00pm – “Connecting better with technology” – Greg Alchin, Accessibility Specialist

3.30pm – “Know your rights” – Krystel Keller, Blind Citizens Australia

3.45pm – “Tertiary studies support for students with low vision and blindness” – Lisa Maude, Centre for Disability Studies, The University of Sydney

4.00pm – “Employment and better futures” – Donna Purcell, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

4.15pm – Close, optional drinks and nibblies.

Break Out Sessions

1.00pm – Healthy Heads for Teens (with headspace Camperdown)

1.30pm – Career Planning for Teens (with Vision Australia)

2.00pm  – Travelling More Independently (with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT)

2.45pm – Early years and school readiness for parents/carers of children under 5 (with Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children)

3.30pm – Ask a doctor (Q&As with Dr Caroline Catt, Dr Con Petsoglou and C/Prof Stephanie Watson.


  • Save Sight Institute
  • Guide Dogs NSW/ACT
  • Vision Australia
  • Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
  • Blind Citizens Australia

Programme is subject to change without notice.