Women's Groups 2013 - Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)

Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)

Purpose of the group

WWDWA is a consumer-led organisation that works to actively promote the participation of West Australian women with disability in all aspects of social, economic, political and cultural life. The organisation provides support, information and education to women with disability by regularly engaging their participation in forums to address identified needs. WWDWA undertakes, where possible, relevant systemic advocacy and research, as well as providing support and advice to individuals, agencies and governments that relate to the organisation’s objectives.

WWDWA began as Women On Wellness after the successful 2002 conference of the same name, hosted by Rocky Bay (a not-for-profit disability service provider). The conference led to a training course for women with disability at Leederville’s Loftus Street Community Centre. The training group further highlighted the need for a regular forum to specifically consider the needs of women with disability.

Research and development found there was a lack of opportunities for women with disability to meet, share information and build community and social networks that would promote their inclusion and empowerment in Perth. The Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre donated the use of office space and equipment, as well as administration support for the coordinator to develop monthly forums and other activities for women with disability. WWDWA is now an incorporated organisation.

Time period

WWDWA was established in October 2003 and continues to operate.

Key achievements

2007 Community Services Industry Awards finalist in the ‘Working creatively to make a difference (small group/organisation)’ category. Creation of GALS (Girls Against LimitationS), a group for women with disability in Rockingham. Ongoing monthly forums for women with disability in WA. Projects include Self-Defence for Women With Disabilities (two six-week courses), Feeling Good And Having Fun (series of forums), Making The Most of Moving (series of forums), Information Technology and Women With Disabilities (workshop), Women With Disabilities Need Pap Smears Too (brochure) and What About Pap Smears? (flip-chart resource).

Key people and positions in the group

  • Barbara Mackay (first chairperson), Rayna Lamb (founder/coordinator), Zeliha Iscel (treasurer), Ingrid Moore (secretary).
  • Jenny Au Yeong (former Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre executive officer and mentor/supporter), Carolyn Fromader (Women With Disabilities Australia executive officer).
  • Vilma Palicios (mentor/supporter), Annie Macbeth (volunteer/mentor/supporter), Janni Goss (volunteer/mentor/supporter), Jane Akerman (women’s health).


  • Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WWDWA.
  • Website: http://wwdwa.org.au/about.
  • Information provided by Rayna Lamb.

Article Index
Women's Groups 2013
Abortion Law Repeal Association/Association for the Legal Right to Abortion (ALRA)
American Women's Club of Perth (AWC)
Association of Civilian Widows of WA Inc
Australian College of Midwives WA Branch (ACM)
Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA)
Beta Sigma Phi
Business and Professional Women Western Australia (BPW)
Catholic Women’s League of Western Australia (Inc)
Chrysalis House Women's Refuge
Cine-Matrix: Women in Film and Television WA
Cockburn Women’s Peace Camp
Combined Equal Pay Committee/WA Council for Equal Pay and Opportunity
Community Midwifery WA
Country Women’s Association (CWA)
Domestic Violence Action Group (Geraldton)
Emily’s List
Equal Opportunity Law Reform Coalition
Fremantle Women’s Health Centre (FWHC)
Girl Guides WA
Graduate Women Western Australia (GWWA)/Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Western Australia
Grapevine/Perth Wimmin’s Collective
Gretel Club of Perth (Inc)
Harvest Guild
Incest Survivors Association (Inc.)
Inner Wheel Australia
Inside Out Project
Ishar Multicultural Women’s Health Centre
Kalgoorlie Auxiliary of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Karrakatta Club
Labor Women’s Association
Lespar Library
Living Child Inc.—Safe Village Births
Lutheran Women WA
Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Resource Centre
Mining Mums
Modern Women's Club
Mothers’ Union Australia
Movement for the Ordination of Women
Muslim Women’s Support Centre of WA (Inc)
National Council of Women of Western Australia (previously known as West Australian National Council of Women and Western Australian National Council of Women)
National Council of Jewish Women of Australia—WA section (NCJWA)
Nintirri Centre
Older Women’s Network (OWN WA)
Penguin Club
Perth Ionian Club
Polyhymnia Reading Group
Rape Crisis Line
Rural Remote Regional Women’s Network (RRR)
Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC)
Sibyl/University of Western Australia Student Guild Women’s Collective
Society of Women Writers WA
Soroptimist International of Western Australia
Starick Services Inc
Status of Women Committee WA—Australian Labor Party
Tradeswomen on the Move
UN Women Australia (formerly UNIFEM Australia)—Perth Chapter Young UN Women Perth Chapter
Union of Australian Women—WA Branch
V.I.E.W. Western Australia
West Australian Women’s Society of Fine Arts and Crafts
War Widows’ Guild
Warrawee Women’s Refuge
Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL)
West Australian Housewives’ Association (Inc)
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Women in Media
Women’s Information Referral Exchange (WIRE)
Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Western Australia
Women in Education Coalition
Women in Mining WA (WIMWA)
Women in Sailing (WIS)
Women in Sport Committee of the Western Australian Sports Council
Women in Technology WA (Inc) (WiTWA)
Women Lawyers of Western Australia (Inc) (WLWA)
Women with Disabilities WA Inc (WWDWA)
Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)
Women’s Advisory Council (WAC)
Women’s Broadcasting Cooperative
Women’s Committee of State School Teachers’ Union WA Executive
Women's Committee of the Waterside Workers Federation
Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA)/Women’s Refuge Group of WA (WRG)
Women’s Health and Family Services/Women’s Health Care House/Perth Women’s Centre/Women’s Health Service
Women’s Information Service (WIS)
Women’s Interest Network
Women in Engineering WA (WIE WA)
Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO)
Women’s Liberation
Women’s Service Guilds
Women’s Studies Group
Yanay Yanma
YWCA of Perth
Zonta International
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