2017 Inspire Awards - Jane Rosengrave wins Public Advocate's Best Achievement in Disability Advocacy
The Public Advocate, Colleen Pearce, was delighted to award Jane Rosegrave the Public Advocate's Best Achievement in Disability Advocacy award at the 2017 Funds in Court Inspire Award presentations, held on Wednesday 26 April in Melbourne.
"Jane is a very worthy recipient," Ms Pearce said.
"Jane is a proud Aboriginal woman and disability advocate who is widely respected for her fearless advocacy regarding violence against people with disability. With 90% of women with an intellectual disability experiencing sexual abuse, Jane's willingness to speak about her experiences and tireless advocacy has given a human face to this shocking statistic and brought much-needed public attention to this previously ignored issue".
Ms Pearce congratulated all the nominees for their achievements in disability advocacy, saying all were worthy of recognition.
Second place went to Ms Jeanette Lee, who has played a key role in the birth and growth of the disability pride movement in Victoria, passionately advocating for herself and others after experiencing significant discrimination while completing a social work degree.
Third place went to Lynne Foreman, an incredibly passionate disability advocate who is now an Independent Panel Member on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and voracious public speaker.
Other nominees were:
- Carla Anderson
- Kathleen Fawssett
- Tricia Mallowney
- Colin Rose
- Tully Zygier
The Funds in Court Inspire Awards recognise people 18 years and older, living in Victoria, who identify with a disability and are well respected in their field of work/interest and community.
Nominees are acknowledged not only for their professional contribution to their work but for their enduring leadership qualities, role modelling, mentoring and/or volunteering.
The peer-based awards provide an important opportunity to raise awareness about disability issues and, ultimately, support the development of an inclusive Australian society.
The Victorian Public Advocate is empowered by law to promote and safeguard the rights and interests of people with disability. The Public Advocate is supported by staff and volunteers at the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA).
Funds in Court is an office of the Supreme Court that administers funds held in court, and assets purchased from them, for more than 5,000 people with a disability.