Supports in the time of COVID

The continuation of supports remains one of the biggest challenges for the disability sector. Many providers are increasingly worried about how they are going to continue delivering essential services with so many of their employees unable to work. Meanwhile, people with disability are anxious about what will happen with their disability supports if they or their regular support worker test positive for COVID.

Disabled man unable to get Covid booster after Australian vaccine contractor prioritises aged care

“Last time around we were able to get a team to come out and do the vaccination at home where he’s obviously more comfortable,” Walker said. “I called [Aspen Medical] again this week, to ask them to do the booster.  “They were really lovely, very nice, but they said they’re trying to do all the nursing homes right now. So they can’t do him for another month or two.”

State seizes control of supported care homes over abuse, ‘uninhabitable conditions’

The Victorian government has seized control of two supported care homes in Melbourne’s outer north-west after an investigation revealed coercion and abuse of residents, uninhabitable living conditions, forgery of signatures and access to NDIS services being hindered. Sydenham Grace and Gracemanor (formerly Meadowbrook) supported residential services in Sydenham and Melton South, which house people with mental illness and disabilities, have been placed into administration.

Virus causes disability staffing shortages

Disability service workers urgently need more support from state and federal governments as COVID-19 has caused severe staffing shortages, according to union officials and the industry’s peak body.

NDIS recipients are being sued by their service providers

Joshua and Nicole’s case highlights a problem in the NDIS system where recipients of services end up taking on legal liability in the case of a dispute over payment.  Jo Evans, a senior solicitor in the Consumer Law team at Legal Aid NSW, says she’s more and more concerned about the number of cases she’s seeing of NDIS recipients being sued or facing action from debt collectors over unpaid invoices.

Project Manager – Engagement

Closing date: February 11, 2022

the main key accountabilities include leading the development of a stakeholder engagement plan to support the delivery of Sport, Recreation and Racing and producing and implement a coordinated program of engagement products (including digital communications, social media campaigns and digital marketing) to achieve clearly articulated objectives in the stakeholder engagement plan. This is a prioritised position. People with disability are strongly encouraged to apply and will be given priority consideration for this role.

Beach Access Coordinator

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic all-rounder with a love for beaches and a passion for access and inclusion. With flexible hours across up to three days per week, the role is a six month position and will include coordinating beach access events, content development for social media, website support, attending events and coordinating volunteers.

Directing Change Scholarship

Closing date: February 13, 2022

1 in 5 people in Australia have a disability, however, this number is far from represented at executive and board level positions. Inclusion, diversity and equity cannot be met if people with disability are not part of decision making across business.  Without Board and Executive representation, businesses are not making informed decisions with true market representation. This historic opportunity will support leaders with disability to increase their governance knowledge and access to board positions.  

Community Inclusion Grants

Closing date: February 11, 2022

Grants of up to $20,000 are available to charities and non-profits from a total pool of $250,000. This year’s grant round will focus on projects that provide opportunities for social inclusion and social participation for people with disability in Victoria.

Experts call for a change of course on COVID, with urgent recommendations for care of people with disabilities

On 30 December, a senior psychiatrist tweeted out her frustration at mismanagement of the COVID pandemic in Australia using the “#LetItRip” hashtag.  “Australia is a failing nation state with no leadership, accountability, provision of basic services or public health. Any wonder we are disillusioned,” said Professor Louise Newman, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.