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.
Supported decision-making, whereby people experiencing severe mental health problems are supported in relation to decision-making, is a cornerstone of recovery-oriented and rights-based approaches to mental health care. These two online resources are aimed at improving supported decision-making practices for people with experience of severe mental health problems, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making.
Resources from the Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference, held on Friday 15 September at NAB The Hall, include video with Auslan, transcription and full biographical information about the presenters and panelists.
The Disability Services Commissioner (DSC) has tabled his 2017 annual report in Victorian Parliament with statistics and information about complaints and serious incidents that occur in disability services. In the first full year of transition to the NDIS, DSC has seen an increase in the number of NDIS-related enquiries and complaints, from 12 complaints in … Continued
Why 19 stories? Because Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities refers to the right to live independently and participate in the community. Australia has ratified the Convention and under Article 19, it must ensure “the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others, and [must] take effective and appropriate measures to facilitate full enjoyment by persons with disabilities of this right and their full inclusion and participation in the community.”
This quarterly publication highlights projects, resources and research responding to violence against women with disabilities.
This newsletter provides a series of blog posts, events and resources to inform and support disability service providers in the transition to the NDIS.
This report provides an overview of activities that relate to the implementation, performance and governance of the NDIS from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017, and considers the general issues that have been raised in evidence to the committee. The report makes a number of recommendations,.
Strengthening the Medicare Levy to secure the future of the NDIS and other essential universal services
ACOSS has written a report arguing that the NDIS and health care need a fair and robust revenue source to ensure that they are continued to be adequately funded, urging them to quickly resolve these issues.
This research report aims to help tertiary response services to respond effectively to the needs of women with disabilities. Women with disabilities who have experienced violence seek help and support from tertiary services for similar reasons that other women do, including family and intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and assault, coercive control, and stalking. However, women with disabilities also experience abuse related to their disability, including institutional violence and denial of provision of essential care