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Holding onto the Ordinary: An evening conversation for brothers and sisters with Libby Ellis

October 16, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lots of brothers and sisters are very involved in their family member’s life and really want to contribute to their brother or sister with disability having the best possible life.  The sibling relationship is precious, and long-term, and brothers and sisters commonly play a critical role in safeguarding their family member’s future well-being.

At the same time, it can feel like a struggle not to be placed in the role of “parent” or “case manager” to their brother or sister.   Often brothers and sisters feel they don’t have the knowledge or capacity to take on a bigger role, or feel daunted by what they see parents doing.

Libby will draw on her own experience as a sister to Matthew, and many conversations with other brothers and sisters, to start our discussion about common feelings and experiences, and how we might “hold onto the ordinary”.

 Some key discussion points will include: 

  • What would a balanced sibling relationship look like to me?
  • What contribution can I see myself making in the future?
  • What would help me to negotiate expectations and relationships more successfully?

Who should attend? 

This evening conversation is for adult brothers and sisters who want to support a good life for their family member with disability. Dinner will be provided.

The Presenter

Libby Ellis lives in New South Wales and has held many roles, including working for advocacy organisations and individualised services for 20 years.  She is the founder of InCharge which has a mission of assisting more people to grasp the opportunity of self-direction.  Much of Libby’s thinking has grown out of her journey as sister to Matthew who lives with significant disability, and who has been supported to have a better life than what was originally offered by the service system.

**RSVP by Wednesday 8 October 2014 ** Numbers are limited **

Please note that this event is only for siblings who have a family member with a disability.  

Need some assistance with fees?

CRU has some capacity to reduce registration fees and assist with other costs, particularly for people with disability and family members not sponsored by an organisation.

Please indicate on the registration form (in the ‘Additional Information’ section) if you require a fee reduction or other assistance to attend and a CRU consultant will contact you.

* Copies of the bursary policy are available from the CRU office.

No refunds for cancellations made after 5pm on the RSVP date.  Substitutes accepted.

Contact cru@cru.org.au



What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.  Turn right at the lifts to the CRU office.

NB –The building is opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church.

The entrance is via Merivale Street. It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side.


Getting here:

Bus the closest bus way is at the Cultural Centre on Melbourne Street. To get to CRU from there turn right into Grey Street – walk along Grey until you reach Peel Street. Turn left at Peel and walk approx 230 m to the corner of Merivale and Peel Sts.

City Cat the city cat terminal closest to CRU is adjacent to QPAC at Southbank. It is approximately 1.2km walk from there.

Train the closest train station is South Brisbane which is on Grey Street opposite QPAC. It is about 600m from there to CRU.

Car Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door.

Parking On street parking in this area is limited. There is some 4hr ($1.60 per hour) ‘on street’ metered parking in Merivale Street and Montague Road. 

Manning Street and Boundary Street have 9 hr on street parking (max cost of $8/day ; 7am – 7pm).
Brisbane city council has a metered parking station on the corner of Montague Rd and Cordelia Streets.
GOMA, Art Gallery and Convention Centre have car parks, which are in walking distance.


 Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


    • If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no additional cost.
    • Please advise substitutions in writing so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk and dietary needs are recorded.


Can I update my registration information?



What is the refund policy?

Before RSVP Date –  Full refund received

After 5pm on the RSVP date –  No Refund provided *

*In exceptional circumstances you can apply in writing for a possible refund.


October 16, 2014
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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