The disability sector is pleading for clearer guidelines on how the government will protect disabled children and young people during the coronavirus crisis.
“We call on the Federal Government to urgently update the Australian Health Sector Emergency Response Plan for Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 to include the needs of people with disability. In addition, people with disability must have a place at the table when talking about how we respond to this emergency.”
Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner on what the annual NDIS market survey means for participants
When considering the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) the most important voice should always be the participants with lived experience of disability. These individuals might be the quietest Australians. For this voice of participants to be heard, we need to be mindful of having a new National Disability Strategy and National Disability Data Asset that are fit-for-purpose and mindful of human rights considerations.
Australia needs a targeted response to coronavirus for people with disabilities and the disability service sector, experts warn. Leading health and disability researchers say people with disability are a vulnerable group in the COVID-19 pandemic and that the health and disability sectors were underprepared for the crisis.
Last month, the Centre for Social Impact released the 2020 annual market survey of NDIS providers. Despite small improvements around confidence in costs and the National Disability Insurance Agency, the report found consistently high concerns over pricing, sustainability and cooperation, and made the following recommendations:
Service providers are warning that 250,000 Australians with a disability are feeling “forgotten” by the emergency response planning for the COVID-19 virus. Peak body National Disability Services warned Federal Human Services Minister Stuart Robert yesterday that disability providers were underprepared for the crisis, with urgent action needed to protect and retain the sector’s workforce.
The NDIA has joined the Comcare Collaborative Partnership, a national alliance with a shared focus on improving work participation for people living with disability.
Over and over the last two weeks, the same words echoed. They didn’t listen to me. They didn’t see me. They didn’t think I was worth helping.
Senators heard at an estimates hearing that the National Disability Insurance Agency is still working through 16,000 unopened email enquiries.
The ABC understands there’s now an alarming number of job seekers with disabilities who are being hired to ensure companies meet diversity target, but then are promptly fired. Disability employment experts say it’s doing damage to the economy and risks pushing many of Australia’s 4.3 million people with a disability into long term unemployment or even poverty.
The growing number of Newstart recipients who are sick or have disabilities face “unrealistic” mutual obligations to find work and sometimes have their impairments exacerbated while struggling on welfare payments, a new research paper says.
Ms Mitchell’s testimony at the third public hearing held in western Sydney this month has been one of many to shine a light on the challenges of getting treatment for complex medical conditions, and navigating Australia’s health system.
A Wiradjuri woman who is the full-time carer for two adult sons with intellectual disabilities has told the royal commission that the “double whammy” of being Aboriginal with a disability has pushed her family into homelessness.
The Australian health care system is not equipped to meet the complex needs of people with intellectual disability, UNSW Professor Julian Trollor said. “People with intellectual disability are dying from similar things to most Australians, but there is a large gap when it comes to the proportion of potentially avoidable deaths” he said.
Catastrophically injured Australians still waiting for national insurance scheme meant to roll out with NDIS
After Jess Collins fell off her surfboard two years ago, her family was shocked to learn she’d have been better off being hit by a car.