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COVID-19 preparation must include people with disability

“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.

Urgent calls for targeted COVID-19 response for people with disability

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.

NDIA, NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission respond to 2020 provider survey

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:

Disability services are essential services’: NDS CEO

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.

Disability RC reveals important medical history

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.

Hired only to be fired, the plight of workers with disabilities revealed

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.

Toowoomba mum tells royal commission she was urged to abort disabled son

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.

Hundreds of preventable disability deaths

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.