During 2012-16, disability advocates reported assisting on average 61 people with health issues in any three-month period.
|Disability advocacy Issue||Health|
|Number||61 people on average per quarter|
|Trend||≈ generally stable|
|Rights under the CRPD||Governments will:
|Commitments in the State Disability Plan||The Victorian government will:
The number of people recorded as seeking assistance with health issues appears to be relatively stable, with some variation over reporting periods (figure 11).
The overall health of people with disabilities is much worse than that of the general population. This difference is more than can be explained by the presence of a disability, and includes health problems not related to a person’s disability. The health of people with disabilities is associated with the health and wellbeing of their carers, a group shown to have the lowest wellbeing of any group in Australia.
Case study: Accessing primary care
Emily* was having difficulties accessing local Medical Clinic. Emily has multiple health issues as a result of two car accidents that she was involved in the past couple of years. She was unable to make an appointment to see her doctor recently when she became unwell. She also needed to see the doctor to get a prescription for her medication for pain in her knee joints.
Emily had recently moved to a place which is about an hour drive from last place of residence. She still wanted to continue seeing the doctor at previous location. However, she was told by the clinic that she was no longer able to see the doctor of her choice because she has too many problems and it is only a small practicing clinic.
The advocate had further discussion with Emily about the option of seeing a local doctor close to her home because it was not cost or time effective to continue to visit the previous clinic. Trying to access local clinics met with similar difficulties- they were also not taking new patients because they were full. However the advocate managed to work with one of the doctors at the clinic, explaining that they have a duty of care to provide service to Emily as she has right to access medical care. At first the doctor seemed reluctant to contact Emily’s previous medical clinic for release of medical records on her behalf, nevertheless, after discussions with the advocate, he agreed to contact the clinic by phone as a matter of urgency.
* names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals
- Executive Summary
- Data integrity
- 1. People receiving disability advocacy services
- 2. Identified characteristics of people receiving disability advocacy services
- 3. Advocacy issues
- Appendix: Data tables