John Cieslak leads the RED Inc Signing Choir at the Down Under Institute Conference in Lismore on Monday.
John Cieslak leads the RED Inc Signing Choir at the Down Under Institute Conference in Lismore on Monday.

Down Under conference a good sign

About 150 people from all over Australia and New Zealand converged on Lismore this week for the first Australian Down Under Institute conference.

The conference, being hosted by Multitask, has attracted people working in areas such as disability support, mental health care, aged care, youth work and with other marginalised communities.

According to Multitask’s Liz Gehring it is all about “inclusion, diversity and community”.

“The aim of the conference is to look at inclusion and to work towards better practices of inclusion and that involves respecting diversity, supporting diversity and working within the community, not separate from it,” she said.

The Down Under Institute is essentially a network of support organisations and is based on the Summer Institute that was formed in Toronto in 1983. Several of the key speakers have come from Canada and the United States for the conference.


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