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Welcome to the Pathways14 Conference

On behalf of the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND) the Pathways14 National Conference Committee Co-Chairs extend a warm welcome to attend the Pathways14 Conference to be held from Wednesday 5th December to Friday 7th December 2018 at the Novotel Manly Pacific, Sydney. The ATEND Pathways Conference is a biennial event organised by the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND).

The conference brings together disability practitioners, NDCOs and a range of other professional, academic staff and students with disability to identify and remove barriers for people with disability participating in post-secondary education and training.

Pathways provides a unique opportunity to improve our knowledge and plays a pivotal role in supporting practitioners and the sector in general with an opportunity for professional development. It encourages discussion and debate which informs the sector and ensures that we are all working towards an improved practice model.

Pathways14 centres around the theme; Progressive Partnerships – Inclusive, Innovative and Ingenuity. The Pathways14 Conference will celebrate the 27th Anniversary of Pathways in Australia. Exploring the past 27 years will enable us to look back since the first Pathways Conference in Geelong in 1991, and explore Changes in the field of post- secondary education and training for people with disability and look forward to the Challenges and Choices of the future.

The conference will bring different perspectives and rich diversity of experience and understanding from all that attend. We hope Pathways14 will allow colleagues from around Australia to come together to share and learn more about current practices in the area of post- secondary education and training for people with disability, to gain inspiration from others and to strengthen networks of friends and colleagues.

Manly is located on Guringai land, on a peninsula with the eastern sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean and our glorious Sydney Harbour on its western side. It has the vibrancy and the beauty of a coastal place with many restaurants, bush trails, tourist attractions as well as a place to relax and enjoy the sunshine. We warmly welcome you to join us for a conference experience as vibrant and re-vitalising as Manly itself.

We hope you will take some time to enjoy Sydney and we warmly welcome you to the Pathways14 Conference.

Petria McGoldrick, Co-Chair, Pathways14 Committee
Disability Liaison Officer
Student Support and Transition
University of Wollongong

Dagmar Kminiak, Co-Chair, Pathways14 Committee
Disability Services
Student Support Services
The University of Sydney

Petria McGoldrick
Petria McGoldrick
Dagmar Kminiak
Dagmar Kminiak

Pathways14 Committee

Conference Executive Committee

Content/Speakers Group

Partnership/Finance Group

Social Group

Social Media


Gold Partner

WISE Employment

Interpreter Partner

Macquarie University

Bronze Partner

Northern Beaches Council

Name Badge and Lanyard Partner


Satchel Partner

Databee Business Systems

Keynote Session Partner

1. UTS

The University of Sydney

UNSW Sydney

Captioning Partner

AI Media

National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) Program

The Department of Education and Training

Disability and Carer Support Grant

Department of Social Services

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