Ian Parsons's background is in writing, community development, research, policy and law reform in both public and community sectors, with a major focus on human rights issues for people with disabilities.
He worked in the community disability advocacy sector for around 15 years before taking on a variety of roles in the public sector. This began with work in community legal education at Victoria Legal Aid, after which he was employed at the Victorian Department of Human Services on the development of the Disability State Plan and the redevelopment of the disability advocacy sector.
He has also worked in a research and policy capacity at the Victorian Law Reform Commission firstly on the development of a new compulsory treatment regime for people with cognitive impairment who are at risk of harming others, and then on a comprehensive review of Victoria’s guardianship legislation.
He has also worked in the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development on the development of new regulations for children’s services in Victoria.
From 2002-2006 he worked as a Ministerial Adviser to the Hon Sherryl Garbutt, Minister for Community Services and Minister for Children in the Bracks Victorian State Government.
He has written several books on disability rights issues, all published by Villamanta Publishing Service.
Outside of his work at Deakin University, Ian presents a weekly program of experimental and avant-garde music on Melbourne’s 3 PBS FM, as well as undertaking postgraduate studies in musicology at Monash University.
Medical-legal partnerships : the role of mental health providers and legal authorities in the development of a coordinated approach to supporting mental health clients' legal needs in regional and rural settings
Mr Christopher Andrew Speldewinde, Mr Ian Parsons
(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1-11, Rural and remote health, Geelong, Vic., C1