Lives worth living: Social memory, social action, and contemporary disability advocacy

When:22 Mar 2018, 6pm - 7pm
Venue:Sydney Jewish Museum, Darlinghurst, Sydney
Who:Nastasia Campanella, triple J; Dr Laura Davy, SPRC; Rosemary Kayess, UNSW DIIU; Ayah Wehbe, SPRC

The designation of ‘life unworthy of life’ was used to justify the deaths and persecution of hundreds of thousands of people with disability under National Socialism. The Nazi Government was not alone in endorsing these values, with many other nations, including Australia, also sanctioning a variety of eugenic practices, and the segregation of people with disability from the community a dominant feature of government policy.

The disability movement has made significant progress in transforming social values and attitudes since this dark period of history. However, marginalisation of people with disability continues and there are ongoing campaigns for equal rights and recognition within the Australian disability sector.

This event, hosted by the Sydney Jewish Museum and Sydney Health Ethics (USYD), moves from memorial and remembrance – the focus of the DGPPN exhibition* – to a focus on social action. Academic and community speakers will address the question of how we can all work towards ensuring ‘a life worth living’ for every member of society, discussing the importance of human rights-informed policy and legislation, the importance of advocacy, and the importance of embracing diversity at the community level.


Ms Nastasia Campanella, journalist and broadcaster, ABC triple J
Dr Laura Davy, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney
Ms Rosemary Kayess, Director, Disability Innovation Institute, UNSW Sydney
Ms Ayah Wehbe, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney


Sydney Jewish Museum
148 Darlinghurst Road,
Darlinghurst, NSW Australia 2010

This is a FREE event. To book your place, email or call 02 9360 7999

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* The exhibition “Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated: The sick and disabled under National Socialism” will be on display at the Sydney Jewish Museum 9–25 March, 2018. The exhibition was developed by the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN), in cooperation with the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Topography of Terror Foundation.