Funding policy advocacy involves working to achieve change in a particular cause area by seeking to influence public policy – including laws, regulations and government practices. It can be a very effective way to address the complex social and environmental challenges we confront.
This podcast series aims to make sense of the NDIS. Join Dr George and his invited guests to discuss a range of topics covering all things NDIS.
‘I needed help, instead I was punished’: Abuse and Neglect of Prisoners with Disabilities in Australia
People with disabilities, particularly a cognitive or psychosocial disability, are overrepresented in the criminal justice system in Australia—comprising around 18 percent of the country’s population, but almost 50 percent of people entering prison.
Set in rural England and Inspired by real life events. The Silent Child film centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.
People with disability use a range of mainstream health services—such as GPs, medical specialists and dentists. Some experience difficulties in accessing these services, such as unacceptable or lengthy waiting times, cost, inaccessibility of buildings, and discrimination by health professionals. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a web report on this.
An important law was approved by the Government last week – the “National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This means there will be a new organisation in the NDIS set up to keep an eye on things to try to make sure NDIS participants are safe from harm. It is called the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Civil Voices set out to examine NGO perceptions about their capacity to participate in public debate. After surveying the sector, Civil Voices found that civil society organisations are engaging in various forms of “self silencing”. Organisations are treading carefully in their advocacy work, less they risk financial security and political retribution. Not-for-profit organisations, who can best advocate on behalf of their cause, feel that they have to mute their voices.
Support Coordination will play a critical role in ensuring that National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants are able to use their NDIS Plan to live a good life. This is especially the case for participants who are vulnerable and socially isolated – such as younger people in residential aged care – where Support Coordination will be a key determinant of whether younger people have the supports in place to leave aged care.
Some topics of conversation are off limits…right? Maybe not.. Clients of Jewish Care’s Disability Services were posed a range of questions they wouldn’t usually be asked. You’ll be surprised by their responses, and captivated by their humour, honesty, and personality.
This forum series provides advocates with a space for gathering information, sharing knowledge and providing time to network. In the ever shifting landscape reforming disability service delivery and support, it is imperative that disability advocates come together to keep abreast of the changes and understand the impact these have on the practice of disability advocacy. Auslan video, audio, transcript and useful links are available for each session.