VIC CHAMPION

Jess has short pink hair and is wearing a t-shirt, smiling with a nose tube and tape on her cheek.

Jess Cochran (they/them)

LIVED EXPERIENCE
Disability & Multiple Chronic Illnesses

KEY INFORMATION

Place of Birth: Sunbury, VIC, Australia
Current location: Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
Age: 31 years old
Language/s: English only
LGBTQIA+: Yes
NDIS Participant: Yes
Diagnoses: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Gastroparesis, Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME, Migraines, Depression, Anxiety, C-PTSD, ADHD, PCOS, Dysautonomia, Scoliosis, Endometriosis, Raynaud’s
Healthcare Access: Primary Health Care, Mental Health, Allied Health, Secondary and Tertiary care

BIO

Jess Cochran is a queer disability advocate, talented performing artist, speaker and survivor of abuse. Jess' health deterioration landed them in the paediatric system, as they faced challenges with they mental and physical health, before they condition worsened in their mid-20s. Jess now relies on a wheelchair for mobility, port for vascular access and a PEGJ for nutrition. Passionate to raise awareness, create positive change in the health system and promote representation of people with disability in performing arts, Jess has been able to use their lived experience of physical and psychosocial disabilities to be a voice for their community. Their experiences have been given meaning through their work and achievements within health and acting, where they have been able to work with various health stakeholders to improve access, navigation and support for people with disabilities. On a society level, Jess strives to advocate for accessibility, safety and respect for those with disability, and dissembling of ableist constructs.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Extensive experience as a writer across multiple publications

  • Peer Advocate for CoHealth Diversexy Program (creation and presentation) 2020-current

  • Co-Lead creation and implementation of CoHealth Disability Inclusion Plan 2020-2024

  • Actress in Award-winning show "Qualia" at Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019 (with ongoing projects)

  • Disability Consumer Consultant for the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria in the creation of'My Allied Health Space'

  • National Disability Services peer advocate for ProjectABLE and Practice Support Network member 2018-current

  • Focus group participant and content creator for 'Giving it a Go' app and website (resource for people living with musculoskeletal conditions)

  • Blogger for Invacare Australia and New Zealand 2019-current

  • Multiple media interviews in print and radio including The Age, ABC, Triple J, Life Matters and more

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