At the 48th SSPA AGM held in Perth, Western Australia, a new National Council has been elected.
Congratulations to the following newly-appointed SSPA National Council members:
President: Sam Millard (Victoria)
Vice-President: Linda Henderson (NSW)
Secretary: Alicia Jenkins (New South Wales)
Treasurer: Rosemary Hobbs (Victoria)
Overseas Liaison Officer: Samantha Lilly (Victoria)
Journal Editor: Tony Munro (New South Wales)
Membership Secretary: Vicki Fallon (New South Wales)
Sports Coordinator: Kobie Donovan (Queensland)
Anthony Koedyk (Victoria)
Carly Myers (Victoria)
Meredith Young (Victoria)
Lena Snook (Western Australia)
Michael Blair (New South Wales)
Sandra Lundie (Queensland)
Rob Millard (Victoria)
Troy Parker (New South Wales)
Suzann Franklin (Western Australia)
What is it?
October was officially recognised as “Dwarfism Awareness Month” by the Little People of America (LPA) in 2009. October was chosen as the month to celebrate dwarfism as it’s the birth month of the late Billy Barty, founder of the LPA. It is now celebrated around the world, with several countries passing a resolution to officially name October as Dwarfism Awareness Month.
The Short Statured People of Australia Inc. (SSPA), with the support of the Australian Federal Government joined the LPA in 2012 and officially declared October as Dwarfism Awareness Month. Dwarfism Awareness Month is now listed on the Department of Health’s website, along with all other major awareness days and months relating to health: www.health.gov.au/calendar
Why do we need it?
Dwarfism is a medical condition that is not fully understood. Generally, there is insufficient knowledge about dwarfism. This lack of knowledge has driven speculation and superstition about dwarfism, enabling discrimination.
The declaration of Dwarfism Awareness Month has been a huge step forward for people living with the condition and their families by providing an opportunity to educate society and create general awareness.
What do we hope to achieve?
Acceptance – for people born with a condition of dwarfism, the challenge is to be accepted and integrated into everyday society – this can be hampered by the common misconceptions and lack of education around the condition.
How you can help?
Purchase a wrist band:
Hold an event:
Contact local media:
The facts, the figures and the questions answered
What is dwarfism?
Dwarfism is a condition of short stature caused as a result of a medical or genetic condition. There are over 350 distinct forms of dwarfism and skeletal dysplasia’s.
Short Statured People of Australia Inc. (SSPA) – Equality of Opportunity
The SSPA is a non-profit organisation that provides support and information for people with conditions of dwarfism, their families and other interested members of the community. The SSPA is made up of volunteers who aim to educate the community, provide peer and parent support, participate in programs that benefit the dwarfism community and promote the achievements of people with dwarfism. The SSPA’s main aim is to assimilate people of short stature into society with the goal of equality of education and social status, and of employment opportunities.
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Notice is hereby given that the 48th Annual General Meeting of the Short Statured People of Australia (SSPA) will take place on Wednesday 30th September 2015 at the Woodman Point Recreation Camp Perth Western Australia at 9.30am.
Members may nominate a person/s for election to National Council. The following positions must be filled: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Journal Editor, Overseas Liaison Officer, Membership Secretary, Sports Coordinator and a minimum of six National Council members.
It is suggested that the following is thought of when electing National Council members:
# All active states are represented;
# Male and female representation is equally spread;
# Detailed knowledge of and experience within the SSPA.
To enable members to decide whether they or someone they know would be suitable for a National Council position, please refer to the summary of the responsibilities and obligations of National Councillors that appears here.
For the attention of SSPA members who will be attending the upcoming National Convention in Perth, Western Australia, new information has been made available by the 2015 Convention Committee concerning costs for day participants. This information can be viewed from the following link:
SSPA membership subscriptions are due from 1st August 2015. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your membership and hope that you continue in the year ahead. Please renew your membership to remain financial and enjoy the benefits of being an SSPA member.
Complete and submit the SSPA Membership form by clicking on the link below:
Remember your membership needs to be current to receive a discount on your Convention fees and to vote at the AGM.
**A big THANK YOU to the early birds who have already enrolled for 2015/2016.
2015 SSPA National Convention
Venue – Woodman Point Recreation Camp – Perth, Western Australia
Sunday 27 September – Saturday 3 October 2015
The Western Australian Branch will be hosting the 48th SSPA Convention and is inviting all members and their friends to attend.
The Convention starts on Sunday 27th September, running through until Saturday 3 October, most of which is within school holidays for the majority of states. Check here for more information. The Convention programme is available for viewing from here
Phillip Island Adventure Resort: http://piar.cyc.org.au/
Situated on 80 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Phillip Island, The Resort benefits from its close proximity to many local attractions and beaches. Featured among The Resort’s large choice of recreational facilities are 2 outdoor solar heated pools, 1 indoor heated pool, an extensive range of professionally built and accredited adventure activities, including 3 giant swings, 2 high ropes courses, 2 twin flying foxes, and 2 single flying foxes, plus 2 large recreational lakes.
We will be staying in Silverleaves which features air-conditioned dining, function and meeting areas plus activity facilities. Guest rooms are air-conditioned and ensuited.
The Resort offers disabled access to all and is fully accredited by – Australian Camping Association (ACA) and the National Accommodation Recreation & Tourism Accreditation (NARTA).
Lock it in your diaries now!
The 7th World Dwarf Games are to be held in 2017 with the country and dates to be announced. Although this is over two years away planning is well underway both here and abroad. We need to begin the process of organising training programs, camps, sponsorship and funding proposals, etc. As such we need to gauge interest from the members of the SSPA to determine the number of athletes wishing to compete and which events they will compete in. Additionally athletes will need to indicate attendance to the first national training camp – attendance and participation at training camps will be a key component of the selection criteria, which will be outlined at the first camp to be held in Sydney on 7th-9th August 2015.
Please complete the form below and return to Kobie Donovan (National Sports Coordinator) via email to: [email protected] A prompt reply would be much appreciated.
We would like to congratulate Clemence de Limburg who attended our 2011 National Convention at Alexandra Headland in Queensland, as our guest. Clemence was visiting Australia to add to her photography project about Little People, “Living Large”.
Clemence recently sent through an article which has been published by LENS blog of the New York Times, regarding Clemence’s work in progress.
This article features our very own Ella Sargison, Ashleigh Hutchinson, Sophie Cowlishaw, & Tayler Shannen, on their way to the ‘Glitz & Glamour’ Dinner Dance at the 2011 Convention.
Congratulations Clemence, we look forward to seeing your next publication.
To read the article, go here.