Jeremy the Dud is a comedy set in a world where everyone has a disability, and those that don’t are treated with the same prejudice, stigma and condescending attitudes people with disabilities face in our own society.
Last week, Every Australian Counts asked you to share your thoughts about how to make the planning experience better for NDIS participants. Here are the survey results.
This project investigated the prevalence of persistent restraint and its predictors among individuals with a disability accessing residential services in Victoria. Taken together the results suggest that people who are administered antipsychotic medications or who have autism or difficulty communicating to others are at greater risk of being restrained or secluded in the long term and staff report that positive behaviour support is reducing the number of people subjected to restrictive interventions.
The Office of the Disability Services Commissioner held a conference called Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for Victorian disability service providers’ on 12th September 2017. It was well attended by over 400 people. The resources from this conference and videos are available now on their website.
This report explores and makes recommendations around the training and development needs of the mental health workforce in Victoria resulting from the rollout of the NDIS. In particular, the report focuses on the impact on the MHCSS workforce making the transition to NDIS, and draws a picture of the newly emerging workforce providing disability supports to people with psychosocial disability.
The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of controls being implemented and/or developed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to ensure National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) access decisions are consistent with legislative and other requirements.
Unfitness to plead laws in Australia have been widely recognised as requiring reform and modernisation. The Unfitness to Plead Project sought to develop practical and legal options to address the problem of people with cognitive disabilities being found unfit to plead and subject to indefinite detention.
This report is prepared in accordance with the Mental Health Act 2014, the Supported Residential Services (Private Proprietors) Act 2010 and the Disability Act 2006, This year, the findings of 405 volunteer Community Visitors from throughout the State have been drawn from their 5151 visits and includes recommendations from these findings.
The study examined issues including: the sustainability of scheme costs; jurisdictional capacity (including the complementary disability services provided by the States and Territories); cost pressures (including wage pressures); changes in the agreed escalation parameters; whether efficiencies have been achieved within the scheme; whether there has been any impact on mainstream services; and examine the most appropriate levers to manage any potential cost overruns.
Mechanical restraint refers to the use of materials or devices to restrict the behaviours of a person with a disability, where the restraint is neither for therapeutic purposes or required by law. The inappropriate use of mechanical restraint is recognised in legislation and policy as a violation of people’s human rights, and a risk to their health and wellbeing. Understanding who is at risk of mechanical restraint may assist service providers to better support people with a disability.