Disability groups say a holistic plan is urgently needed to protect Victorians with disability during the state’s extended lockdown period, and prevent a deadly outbreak from occurring in group homes.
Access to stable, adequate income support can represent a significant improvement to the quality of life of vulnerable Australians. The DSP provides income support for people who cannot work due to permanent illness, injury, or disability, but getting it is challenging. DSP eligibility criteria is complex and success often depends on the quality of supporting medical evidence.
The DSP Help resource aims to help DSP applicants and the people who support them understand what is required, how to get suitable medical evidence, and how to approach an application.
The NDIA and Victorian Government must prioritise people with disability so they do not suffer in Stage 4 lockdowns
As the Victorian COVID-19 situation worsens and ‘a state of disaster’ is declared, children and adults with disability need to be a primary focus of government. We have already seen infections in group homes for people with disability, and significant impacts on their access to services and children’s right to education.
As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks. As the situation in the aged care system shows, it is vital that the Commonwealth and states work together to eliminate critical gaps for people with disability during the pandemic, including children and young people. A lack of joined-up planning and response creates preventable harm and risks.
This report describes the findings from a national survey of 357 disability support workers conducted online between May and June 2020.
COVID-19 really emphasised in my mind how overlooked the disability sector is. At the beginning the government kept talking about health care workers and nursing homes but I never heard any mention of disability. It left us in unknown territory and felt like we had just been forgotten
In an historic new partnership between government and indigenous organisations, the Closing the Gap program is undergoing a major reset. A key Indigenous group is disappointed that disability has not been included in the 16 new Closing the Gap targets. While disability is a significant issue in health, education, justice and employment, it hasn’t been included as a target.
Progress on the national demand and gap analysis of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports being led by the Commonwealth was discussed, and reports of increasing demand for advocacy services. Findings of this analysis will inform discussions on future arrangements for the funding of independent disability advocacy and decision-making supports.
In this course you will learn how to be inclusive for the LGBTIQA+ community and look at how to advocate for LGBTIQA+ people with a disability. This is a free online course available to anyone through the DARU website.
Regional Disability Advocacy Service executive officer Martin Butcher said people had been overwhelmed by the ‘border resident’ zone and permit application system. “Care workers who go into people’s homes are having difficulty moving from one side of the border to the other,” he said.
The residents, who live with intellectual disabilities and autism, are in a household of six at Pascoe Vale in Melbourne’s northern suburbs run by Aruma.
Three police officers who assaulted a disability pensioner on his front lawn after they attended his home for a welfare check have been spared jail. Senior constables Brad McLeod, John Edney and Florian Hilgart were found guilty last Friday of a combined six charges over their use of force against the pensioner, John, outside his Preston home on September 19, 2017.
National Disability Insurance Scheme participants in New South Wales and Victoria who rely on face-to-face supports will now be able to use NDIS funding to buy masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE), the federal government has announced.
A group of local fintechs is preparing to line-up against global technology giants and big banks in a beauty parade for the federal government’s new digital claims and payments system for the $20 billion-plus National Disability Insurance Scheme.
The resources provide information about what chronic pain is, the lived experience of people living with chronic pain, and insight into what a day in their life is like. There is also information for people caring for family members or friends living with chronic pain and factsheets available to help people manage their chronic pain. Also featured is the ‘Faces of Pain’ video series.
Closing date: August 10, 2020
This is a part-time position to support The CP Info Project team to review and evaluate established information resources, particularly online, that are designed to help people with cerebral palsy and their families make decision about services and supports. The ideal candidate for this position is highly self-motivated, possesses research and evaluation experience and skills (communication, community education type roles, developing information resources, managing, or producing content for websites). Experience in communication and information provision for people with a disability is highly desirable.