Empowered Leadership

"Resilience, adaptability, innovation and collaboration are skills every great leader strives to develop and often they spend years doing so. When you have a disability these are tools essential to our survival, these building blocks are already in place and all we need to do is develop them." - ben aldridge


Empowered Leadership is a six day Leadership Development course that develops the leadership potential of the disability community across WA.


Using modern Leadership Theories, combined with proven, highly validated tools and the honest insights of leaders with a disability we will introduce you to key leadership fundamentals


The workshop takes place over two weeks with a mixture of digital and face to face delivery. Our team will work with all participants to ensure their accessibility needs are met, allowing participants to fully focus on the content and dynamic activities.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Increased autonomy, confidence in speaking out and resolving issues.
  • Improved skills and knowledge in the areas of respectful relationships, social connection, communication accessibility and leadership.
  • Have the skills and knowledge to start filling the current void of people with disability in politics,  high levels of business or government and boards or advisory groups.
  • Prepare participants for further leadership development.


This workshop is free to attend due to the generous support of the Department of Social Services as part of the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building Program.  The Department’s goal is to increase the number and quality of opportunities for people with disability to be included, connected, become leaders within their communities and having the opportunity to create lasting change.


2021 Courses





Perth, Central

14 June - 25 June 2021


Online  dates are Monday 14th June, Wednesday 16th June and Friday 18th June.  Online link will be sent once application has been successful.


Attended workshop will be held at City West Lotteries House from Tuesday 22nd June to Thursday 24th June.


26 July - 6 August 2021


Online  dates are Monday 26th July, Wednesday 28th July and Friday 30th July.  Online link will be sent once application has been successful.



Attended workshop will be held at Karratha Lotteries House from Tuesday 3rd August to Thursday 5th August.

Perth, North

16 August - 27 August 2021


6 September - 17 September 2021


18 October - 29 October 2021


1 November - 12 November 2021

Perth, West

22 November - 3 December 2021


2022 Courses





31 January - 11 February 2022


21 February - 4 March 2022


14 March - 25 March 2022


2 May - 13 May 2022

Perth, South

23 May - 3 June 2022


13 June - 24 June 2022


Meet The Leaders who have contributed their insights

A photo of Dr James Muecke


Dr James Muecke AM graduated with Honors from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 1987. Following his internship, James lived and worked as a doctor in Africa and subsequently as an eye surgeon in the Middle East, battling malaria, wild animals, and rebel soldiers. He founded Sight For All in 2008, turning his boundless energy into a fight against blindness in the Aboriginal and mainstream communities of Australia and some of the poorest countries of Asia and Africa. Sight For All’s comprehensive and sustainable projects are now impacting on the lives of over one million people each year.


His commitment to social impact and humanitarian endeavors has earnt him a number of awards including an Order of Australia in 2012, the Australian Medical Association’s President’s Leadership Award in 2013, and Ernst & Young’s Social Entrepreneur for Australia in 2015. James is Australian of the Year for 2020.


James is a researcher, a teacher, an author, a musician, a photographer, and a film producer, and uses his many skills to deliver passionate, fascinating, and at times confronting presentations about his life, his work, philanthropy, resilience and social entrepreneurship. A neurological condition impacting on his dexterity has forced James into a premature retirement from surgery. Not letting his disability slow him down, James has redirected his vigor to crafting films, and has a number of powerful documentaries under his belt and several compelling projects in production.