This lecture series is named in recognition of Derek Readman whose great contribution to U3A Hawthorn over many years is deeply appreciated. Derek was instrumental in sourcing speakers for many U3A Hawthorn events and lecture series, such as the Saturday Series and the Summer School and held such Committee positions as Hon Secretary.
Readman Series #34
Human rights and cognitive disabilities
Julian Gardner AM
Tuesday, 9 August 2022
Julian Gardner has been involved for several decades with human rights and social justice. He was involved in establishing Australia’s first community legal centre, the Fitzroy Legal Service, and was later the first Director of Legal Aid in Victoria. Subsequently he has been the CEO of three different tribunals and from 2000-07 he held the position of Public Advocate for Victoria. in that role he was Victoria’s guardian of last resort for adults lacking decision making capacity and engaged in systemic advocacy to promote and protect the rights of people with cognitive disabilities.
Among his later roles he conducted a review of the Victorian Equal Opportunity Act, chaired a committee advising government on reform of the Mental Health Act, was Vice Chair of the Australian Press Council, Deputy Chair of Alfred Health and Chair of Mind Australia a not-for-profit providing community mental health services. Most recently he was a member of the State government’s Expert Advisory Panel on the drafting of the historic Voluntary Assisted Dying Act and then chaired the committee that implemented that Act.
He is now Chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.