Category: Updates

CE’s Update – 29 September 2021


Transcript - Chief Executive’s update 29th Sept 2021:
Hello. I’m Jen Blyth, CE of Deaf Australia. I have few updates to share.

First of all, last week we launched our advocacy campaign for the Prime Minister to have Auslan interpreters at all press conferences. We asked the community to be involved in this campaign. That week ABC NewsRadio asked for an interview about this issue, and of course I said yes! The Auslan translation of the radio interview is on our Facebook and Instagram pages. I can announce that after the radio interview, the PM Office has been in contact with Deaf Services, because Deaf Services has a contract to provide Auslan interpreters. They had a discussion and I’m sure Deaf Services will give us update when they can. This is an exciting update because this is a wonderful example of collective and community advocacy. We worked together to make a small change happen! That is how advocacy works – with a series of small achievements. Advocacy can’t always result in one dramatically big change in a second. We need to work together, persevere, and keep working on the small things to make big changes. I also want to say thank you to the team who worked hard on this to make such an impactful campaign happen. And thank you to everyone in the community who were involved, shared our links, wrote to the PM and encouraged us. Thank you I really appreciate your support.

Secondly, I want to update on NDIS Safeguarding Commission. I hope you know that you can make a complaint or report to them about anything you see that is wrong when using your NDIS. Like for example – if you feel your interpreter didn’t do their job properly, you can complain to the NDIS Commission who will investigate. If you want to know more about this, please contact us and we can expand more on this. Same goes for interpreters – they can complain about any matters that concern deaf people.

We have a new website launch this week!! Thank you to the team, especially Shirley for designing and working on this awesome website. We hope you enjoy the website and give us (positive) feedback!

We will host our AGM on 31 October 7pm – Halloween night – perfect night for an AGM! Members should have gotten an AGM notice this week. This will be livestreamed online. Speaking of the AGM – we will be announcing the winners of the Dot Shaw Writers Competition then – we are excited to get your submissions! They can be stories, poetry, comics. We are SO excited to read them all. Please send them in!

The Colin Allen Lecture will be on 26 November which will be launched this week as well. You can nominate who you would like to present at this Lecture on our website.

We will soon be hosting in few weeks time for consultation with Deaf people for digital health, this includes things like Telehealth and Medicare online. We can consult only with 10 people. We will send out more information about this soon so keep your eyes out for this for the opportunity to share your feedback for digital health. This is a nation-wide opportunity.

Thank you. As usual, if you have any feedback, thoughts or enquires – please do contact us via many different methods shown on slide at end of this video. Thank you.

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CE’s update (17 September 2021)


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Introducing our team


Hi! I’m excited to introduce this team. I’m Jen Blyth, Chief Executive of Deaf Australia.

Hello, I’m Shirley, I work as a community and development officer.

Hello, I’m Catherine, I work as a content writer.

Hello, I’m Sal, I’m the Auslan Shop co-ordinator.

Hello! I’m Rosalie, I work as an accountant.

Hello, I’m Paula, I’m a resource officer.

Hello, I’m Darlene, I work as a DRC (Disability Royal Commission) support officer.

This is our team, we’re really excited to work with you all in Australia!

CE’s update (1 September 2021)


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Message from Deaf Australia’s new Chief Executive, Jen Blyth


Hello! I’m Jen Blyth. I am the new Chief Executive here at Deaf Australia. I have only started last Monday, I am in awe with Deaf Austalia’s amazing work to date, amazing team with great staff members. It has been really exciting start, I am thrilled to be part of the team and work with them.

I would also like to acknowledge the last Chief Executive, Kyle Miers who have worked with Deaf Australia for many years. In the last few months, we had an interim Chief Executive, Rodney Adams. Many thanks to both of them for the work they have done to date.

Moving forward, I really would love to hear from the community, including Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing people, interpreters, CODAs etc. I am keen for you to share with us what you would like to see Deaf Australia do. You can contact me anytime. My email address is [email protected] My mobile number is 0477 551 844. You can use that number to video call via my mobile or Skype. Otherwise you can search deafaustraliajenblyth on Skype and call me through that. I am also available on WhatsApp, direct text message or through Deaf Australia’s platforms, for example, Facebook or email [email protected] I am really looking forward to hear from you, and to work closely with you all to make sure Deaf Australia continues to be in good position for many years to come. Thank you.

Queen’s Honours 2021


Queen’s Birthday Honours 2021
Deaf Australia board and community would like to give a heartfelt and warm congratulate to three members of the deaf community who received their 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours last weekend.
1. Dr Breda Carty – AO (Officer of the Order of Australia)
For distinguished services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing, to education and research and to the community.
2. Anne Bremner – AM (Member of the Order of Australia)
For significant services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing through sporting associations.
3. Mark Durdin – OAM (Honorary Medal of the Order of Australia)
For services to people who are deaf or hard of hearing – Football.
On behalf of the board, staff and members, we express our sincere congratulations to Breda, Anne and Mark for all their work, commitment and excellence support in education, sport, language, culture, history and deaf community. We indeed are proud of your achievements.

Auslan Day on 13th April video


Why are people calling tomorrow “Auslan Day”? 

13th April 1989 was the date of publication of the first Auslan dictionary.  In 2019 DSNSW made a video to celebrate 30 years since the first publication, and last year several of our members suggested through their social media posts that this date should become an annual celebration, and gave it the name Auslan Day.  This seemed to be a very popular suggestion in the community, and at 

Deaf Australia we think it’s a really interesting idea and a great way to remember the starting point of Auslan being recognised as a distinct language in its own right by our community and the public.  It could also be a great platform for Auslan users to proudly promote Auslan as the natural communication mode for Deaf people, as well the culture & history of the Deaf community. 

This year Deaf Australia is celebrating the anniversary of the first Auslan dictionary in a few ways. First by releasing a video of an interview with Professor Trevor Johnston, who created the dictionary, about the use of term ‘Auslan’. Then later in the evening, DA will host a webinar about the history of Auslan by Darlene Thornton. For this week, DA is encouraging members of Deaf community to use the custom designed frame celebrating Auslan Day to use on your Facebook’s Profile – you can find the frames on DA’s Facebook Page.  

DA is keen to get your feedback about making this celebration a permanent official fixture on the Deaf Community’s calendar, and calling it “Auslan Day”.   We will discuss and vote on this at the next DA AGM, which will be later this year.  Many members of DA believe this will help promote awareness of Auslan and its community of users to the broader Australian community, and help us in pushing for Auslan to be formally recognised as an official minority language in Australia. Auslan was recognised as a community language in Australia in 1991. 

Public Announcement: Interim CEO


PAULA: We have an ecstatic update about CEO changes. Please see what Vanessa have got to say.
VANESSA: So, we will have interim CEO for a while and advertise for a permanent CEO. Your turn, Darlene!
DARLENE: Yeah, it is really exciting! I bet you are keen to know who! Look!
RODNEY: Hello! I am Rodney Adams.
I am stepping down as a Deaf Australia Board Member to take up on the role as Interim CEO. I am looking forward to work with you all. We will make additional announcement in the near future about CEO recruitment process. Looking forward to work with Deaf Australia team.

International Women’s Day (8 March 2021)


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