Yvette Maker is a Senior Research Associate in the Melbourne Social Equity Institute. She has a background in law and social policy and her current work focuses on the disability- and gender-related dimensions of law, policy and practice.
Dr Maker's key areas of research focus are the interpretation and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; accessibility and support for the exercise of consumer rights (including the relationship between law, accessibility and technology); the interactions and tensions between disability and feminist perspectives on social rights to care and support; and the design and regulation of disability, mental health and aged care systems and services, including social care and social security.
Dr Maker is currently engaged in research to develop model laws and guidelines to reduce, with a view to eliminating, the use of various forms of restraint on persons with disabilities in the mental health, disability and aged care sectors, and research to improve access to consumer information and processes for people with cognitive disability. Her first monograph, Care and Support Rights After Neoliberalism (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) will propose a set of principles for designing care and support legislation and policy that balances feminist, carer and disability rights claims.
Prior to her current role, Dr Maker worked in research, investigation and policy roles in non-profit and government bodies, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. She has also provided research support to the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on topics including the right to education and the right to liberty and security of the person. Yvette was the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative's Research Fellow from 2015 to 2017, and has been a lecturer and supervisor in the Disability Human Rights Clinic at Melbourne Law School since its inaugural semester in 2015.
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Regulating restraint use in mental health and aged care settings: Lessons from the Oakden scandal
Yvette Maker, Bernadette McSherry
Journal article | 2019 | Alternative Law Journal
This article argues that there exist unnecessary gaps in the regulation of the use of physical, mechanical and chemical restraints..
From Safety Nets to Support Networks: Beyond 'Vulnerability' in Protection for Consumers with Cognitive Disabilities
Y Maker, Jeannie Paterson, Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Bernadette McSherry, Lisa Brophy
Journal article | 2018 | University of New South Wales Law Journal
This article considers the significance of the obligations in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabili..
Ensuring Equality for Persons with Cognitive Disabilities in Consumer Contracting: An International Human Rights Law Perspective
Y Maker, Anna Arstein-Kerslake, Bernadette McSherry, Jeannie Paterson, Lisa Brophy
Journal article | 2018 | MELBOURNE JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
This article explores the implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (‘CRPD’) for th..
Disability Human Rights Clinics as a model for teaching Participatory International Human Rights Lawyering
Yvette Maker, Jana Offergeld, Anna Arstein-Kerslake
Journal article | 2018 | International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
The Disability Human Rights Clinic (DHRC) was established at Melbourne Law School, the University of Melbourne, in 2015. Its super..
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Senior Research Associate
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Laws
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)