Staff profile - Ian Parsons

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Mr Ian Parsons

Position: Casual General - Reports To 00031533
Faculty or Division: Equity and Diversity
Department: Equity and Diversity
Campus: Geelong Waterfront Campus
Phone: +61 3 522 72882 +61 3 522 72882



Ian Parsons currently works as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice in Deakin University’s School of Law.
His background is in 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.



Duty of Care: Who's Responsible? A Guide for carers Supporting People with Disabilities  (Villamanta Publishing Service, 1992, revised 1996)

Oliver Twist Has Asked for More: the Politics and Practice of getting Justice for People with Disabilities (Villamanta Publishing Service, 1994)

Managing Mortality: Euthanasia on Trial (with Dr Christopher Newell) (Villamanta Publishing Service, 1996)

Cripples, Coons, Fags and Fems; a look at how four human rights movements have fought prejudice (Villamanta Publishing Service, 1999)

Acting Against Disability Discrimination: A Practical Manual for Using the Disability Discrimination Act (with Sue Tait) (1994)

Duty of Care and Negligence - A Training Manual for Carers and Support Workers (Revised edition, 1996)

Disability Awareness and Disability Discrimination Law - A Training Manual (Revised edition, 1997)

Managing Finances: A Trainers Manual and Workbook for Carers and Professionals Managing the Finances of Older People and People with Disabilities (1998)

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