Advocacy webinar: Influencing Government

31 October 2019

Have you faced discrimination as a result of being blind or having low vision and want to find out how to make change?

Register for our free Advocacy: Influencing Government webinar, which explores how you can respond to your situation and better understand if the change you’re seeking could benefit others.

During this interactive 60-minute session, our experienced panellists will cover:

  • The link between individual and systemic advocacy
  • Essential steps in campaigning and getting cut-through in an ‘advocacy’ saturated world  
  • How to maintain positive relationships with decision makers while still pressuring them to act.

Our panel is keen to answer questions you may have. Please send them to You will also be able to ask questions via email or through Zoom during the webinar.

Advocacy: Influencing Government webinar

  • When: Wednesday 27 November, 2019
  • Time: 6:30pm NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS; QLD 5:30pm; SA 6pm, NT 5pm; WA 3:30pm
  • Cost: Free (your own data or call charges will apply)
  • Book your place: Please register your details.

Meet our panellists from Vision Australia

Bruce Maguire: Lead Policy Advisor

Bruce Maguire is blind and has a Master’s degree in Policy and Applied Social Research. Before joining Vision Australia in 2008, Bruce worked in the Disability Rights Unit at the Australian Human Rights Commission. He has also been Chair of the Australian Braille Authority and President of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities.

Reeni Ekanayake: Campaigns Advisor

Reeni has over 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of strategy, public affairs and campaign management and holds a post graduate qualification in Human Rights. At Vision Australia, Reeni identifies opportunities to turn social, political and policy issues into advocacy campaigns.

Jess Walbank: Government Relations Advisor

Jess has holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s in Politics and Policy. She has recently joined Vision Australia as the Government Relations Advisor, and comes with diverse experiences including working with the Stroke Foundation in the area of public affairs and advocacy campaigns. Jess has also held positions with Senator Nick Xenophon and the Fair Work Commission.