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Southern Higher Education Disability Network (SHEDN)

Victoria and Tasmania have combined to form the Southern Higher Education Disability Network (SHEDN). The network has over 60 members, and has been generously hosted for the past few years by Monash University. Each meeting offers the opportunity for practitioners to share ideas and practice, and often includes a guest speaker. People can come along in person or join by phone. For the past 2 years SHEDN have held a professional development day in December that has drawn from the sector to present on areas of particular interest. In 2015, for example, the day included a guest speaker from APHRA, presentations on learning disability, assistive technology, supporting people with mental health conditions, and making reasonable adjustments. The group is looking to share the hosting into 2016 and beyond, and looks forward to welcoming any new members.

To find out more or to join the network, please contact Michelle Woods, Disability Support Services, Monash University on (03) 9905 5704 or via email

TAFE Disability Network (TDN) - Victoria

The TAFE Disability Network (TDN) in Victoria has been active since the 1980s and has established itself to be the key network for TAFE practitioners in this state.

The TDN provides peer support, Professional development and a vehicle to lobby State and Federal Governments directly, or alternately through the TAFE CEO network or existing bodies where access and equity issues in tertiary education are addressed.

The TDN meets 6 to 8 times over the year in Melbourne

Co-Conveners are:
Baden Cutts, Federation University Australia, (03) 5327 9470
Marion Woods, Box Hill TAFE, (03) 9286 9894