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13 & 14 June 2023


The Direct Support Workers Conference will empower you and your support clients to reach remarkable goals.

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2023 Keynote Speakers

Seamus Evans

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Don Elgin


2023 Keynote Speakers

Seamus Evans

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Don Elgin


2023 Keynote Speakers

Seamus Evans

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM

Don Elgin

Why attend Direct Support Workers Conference 2023? 

The 2023 Direct Support Workers (DSW) Conference is Queensland’s largest conference for support workers in the disability and mental health sectors. Now in its seventh year and proudly hosted by Multicap and Open Minds, the DSW Conference is an opportunity for support workers to invest in their careers and enhance the quality of service for the people they support. 

This year’s DSW Conference will be held on 13 and 14 June 2023 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane. If you have never attended and are wondering how the DSW Conference could benefit you, your organisation and ultimately the people you support, here are seven reasons why you should attend: 

1. Keep up to date with industry trends
2. Take a deep-dive into learning
3. Networking opportunities
4. Be inspired
5. Add value to your organisation
6. Have fun
7. Provide outstanding support to your clients

Limited spots, book your tickets today!

Meet Our Key Speakers

Dr. Dinesh Palipana OAM

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM is a doctor, lawyer, disability advocate, and researcher. Dinesh was the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland and the second person to graduate medical school with quadriplegia in Australia. 

Halfway through medical school, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused a cervical spinal cord injury. As a result of his injury and experiences, Dinesh has been an advocate for inclusion. 

Dinesh works in the emergency department at the Gold Coast University Hospital and is a founding member of Doctors with Disabilities Australia. He is a senior lecturer at the Griffith University and an ambassador to the Human Rights Commission’s Includability program. 

Dr Dinesh Palipana OAM was the 2021 Queensland Australian of the Year and the author of Stronger, how losing everything set me free, published in 2022. 

Don Elgin

Don Elgin is a Paralympian who is well known and much loved for his larrikin, down-to-earth nature and highly respected for his many achievements on and off the field.

He represented Australia in the athletics at four World Championships, three Paralympic Games, two World Cups and a Commonwealth Games. A country boy from Victoria, Don was born without the lower half of his left leg but this didn’t stop him from developing a passion for sport.

 He first represented his country at the age of 18 then spent twenty years as an elite athlete, coming out of retirement to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and making the final in the Discus. These days Don travels the world as a sought-after motivational and after-dinner speaker whose positive approach to life appeals to all audiences and ages.

Don takes his audiences behind the scenes of his extraordinary journey from little bush battler to world-beater and shares his real-life practical strategies to get the most from every day.

Seamus Evans

Seamus Evans is a TV host, Radio personality, Stand up comedian, public speaker and Ambassador for Tourette Syndrome Association Australia. Seamus was faced with adversity when he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, Depression, anxiety at a young age which led to failing school.  He overcome these things to have an amazing career in television, radio and stand up.

Seamus made a conscious decision to break the stigma through revealing his battles in the hope that others will follow. Using powerful storytelling, humour and vulnerability, he will help relinquish ‘imposter syndrome’ from your working life and propel your career.

Seamus will open the conference leaving you motivated and empowered by is energetic and hilarious keynote.

Listen to the special DSW Conference edition of Talking Possibilities Podcast

How attending the DSW conference improved my career as a support worker

In this episode, Multicap Group CEO, Joanne Jessop, joins our host, Rebecca, to talk about the 2023 Direct Support Workers (DSW) Conference and its benefits for support workers. The duo is also joined by Tony (Open Minds Support Worker) and Alex (Multicap Support Worker), who share some of the challenges they have faced, their career aspirations, and their thoughts about how the DSW Conference helped enhance the support they provide to people. Listen to the full episode to hear more from Tony and Alex.

To listen to more Talking Possibilities Podcast episodes click here.

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