During a session at the Victorian Homelessness Conference, panellists from across the social sector discussed how the NDIS was catering to people with disability who were homeless or at risk.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety turns its attention this week to hearings focused on younger people with disabilities living in residential aged care facilities. Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 live in aged care, and numbers have only changed slightly in the last decade.
It is hard to live your life surrounded by death. That is the confronting challenge facing around 6,000 young people with disabilities who are in Australian nursing homes. One young woman recently told us of the pain of watching 40 people she knew die in her first two years in a home. Another had tears streaming down her face every time a death was announced on the public address system and the favourite song of the deceased was played.
A new research hub will be established in Victoria to develop personalised ‘smart home’ technology for people with disability. The Government will invest $3 million to launch the Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living at Deakin University in Melbourne.
In a bid to keep young people with disabilities out of aged care facilities, an organisation in Melbourne has launched a new type of portable house.
Sarah Brady was a 39-year-old woman who could walk, talk and eat solid food when she was put into a nursing home to share a room with someone in their 90s who could no longer communicate.
Disability advocates have renewed their push for local councils nationwide to ensure that new housing is universally accessible to address what they describe as a critical shortage of accommodation.
Gregory Parsons was left facing homelessness or one of the country’s most unaffordable rental markets after being told to pack bags
While the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has helped improve the care available for people with disabilities in Australia, experts say only a small percentage of recipients are eligible for accommodation under the scheme.
That’s left families and carers considering a range of solutions and not all of them are good.
Garry Saville is now fighting for accountability and for the future of his disabled daughter, after an NDIS failure called “one of the worst” by a disability advocate. A simple renovation on his Elmhurst home for his wife Marilyn has turned into a nightmare.
Closing date: May 13, 2019
Access to adequate, safe, secure, accessible and affordable housing is a fundamental human right. But in Australia, right now, housing disadvantage is impossible to ignore, and the situation is particularly alarming for disabled Australians.
Ageing parents worn down by years of caring for their intellectually disabled adult children living at home are calling on both sides of government to provide them with independent housing that is permanent, safe and secure.
The options for the Regulatory Impact Assessment of options for potential minimum accessibility standards for housing were outlined in the Options Paper released in 2018 and was accompanied by a national consultation process. This report details the results from the consultations.
The federal government will help young people with disability in aged care facilities to move into homes of their choosing, as part of a new national action plan. The government aims to get all people under 45 who wish to leave aged care homes into alternative, age-appropriate housing by 2022, while removing all those under 65 by 2025.
“The purpose of the SDA reference group is to represent participants, providers, investors and other key stakeholders, and to support and promote the development of the SDA market as we implement reforms announced in February, improving choice and control for participants.