Yooralla is a finalist in the 2019 Victorian Disability Awards

Yooralla has been announced as a finalist in several categories of the 2019 Victorian Disability Awards.

Yooralla’s Equal@Work program partnership team is a finalist for the Excellence in Employment Outcomes Award, the Ventilator Accommodation Support Service (VASS) Steering Committee – for the Excellence in Promoting Rights, Fairness and Safety Award and Yooralla’s Board Member, Dr Jane Tracy – for the Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll.

The Victorian Disability Awards recognise the achievements of organisations, individuals and teams that support, lead, educate and advocate for people with disability, increasing their rights and participation.


Equal@Work is a tailored learning and mentoring program that supports people with disability to develop employment skills and access paid employment. The program is a collaboration between Yooralla and the Centre for Adult Education, under the auspice of Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

Since commencing in 2017, the program has supported dozens of people with disability to build employment skills and find jobs.

VASS Steering Committee

The VASS Steering Committee (SC) was formed in 2007 by a group of volunteers, comprised of people who are dependent on ventilation and those with a ‘lived experience’.

The VASS SC was fundamental in the creation of Yooralla’s VASS – a world-class purpose built accommodation providing tailored supports for ventilator dependent people.

The VASS SC has been at the forefront for advocating for the rights, fairness and safety of ventilated dependent people, in educating the medical community about their needs, and ensuring that VASS continues to provide be a best-in-class social model of person-centred care.

Dr Jane Tracy

Dr Jane Tracy has made a highly significant contribution to the disability sector over the past 30 years. She has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to improving the healthcare and quality of life of children and adults with disability through her work with mainstream healthcare services in Victoria.

As a long-standing and well-respected medical professional, academic, author, lecturer, public speaker, disability rights advocate and parent of an adult son with disability, Dr Tracy has an exemplary track record of creating systemic change within the disability and healthcare sectors towards individualised and rights-based support for people with disability.

Winners will be announced on 21 August 2019 at a formal awards ceremony.

Congratulations to the finalists and good luck!

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