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The young volunteer advocating for people with a disability

Sarah Confoy is passionate about improving the accessibility of Peninsula Health’s sites and services for people with a disability.

“I like helping people in the community and advocating for people with disabilities who can’t advocate for themselves,” explained Sarah, who has been a member of Peninsula Health’s Disability Consumer Advisory Group (CAG) for more than five years.

“I really enjoy being on the CAG and helping Peninsula Health improve its systems for people with a disability.”

The 31-year-old has been involved in many projects with the CAG, including making sure the design of the new Emergency Department, which opened in 2015, was accessible for people with a disability and also improving wayfinding signage at Frankston Hospital.

“I have a lot of knowledge and hands on experience of trying to read signage from my background as a person with a disability,” explained Sarah.

“I have a visual impairment and I’m legally blind so I’ve been able to provide feedback on the colour of signage and where signage is situated.”

The Lyndhurst resident has always wanted to work in health after volunteering with Peninsula Health, and has worked as a receptionist in a medical clinic for around a year.

Sarah is looking forward to continuing her work with the CAG and working on new projects, such as improving the accessibility of the Peninsula Health website for people with a disability.