Keynote Speakers


Michelle has a PhD in Education, a Master’s in Rehabilitation Science, and a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

Michelle Villeneuve, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Disability Research and Policy, University of Sydney. Dr Villeneuve’s research addresses disability inclusive capacity development by engaging with communities to facilitate participatory cross-sector collaborative practices and governance processes required to overcome inequity and enable inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of everyday living. Dr Villeneuve’s program of research: Collaborating 4 Inclusion, focuses on the integration of allied health services in education and early learning contexts and collaboration with families. She has extensive background in international community development with current projects supporting collaborative actions for inclusive education in Indonesia.

Before joining the University of Sydney in 2013, Michelle was an Associate Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University in Canada and an Associate of the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation. In her roles as evaluator, researcher, and community developer Dr Villeneuve works to support learning within organisations (e.g., Early Childcare and Education programs, schools, early intervention & health care) and across professional boundaries so that teams reach their full potential to work collaboratively to achieve and advance inclusion outcomes. Her research into collaborative consultation models of service delivery at school challenged policy decision makers, program administrators, and service providers in Canada to develop more effective strategies for engaging with families to achieve meaningful outcomes for students with disabilities.