The tragic death of Ann-Marie Smith has shocked us all

The essence of human rights is the right of everyone to live a dignified life. A life with shelter, food, access to health care, safety, inclusion in the community and respect. As a community we should value human rights because we value people. People from all backgrounds, living circumstances and abilities. People like Ann-Marie. A police investigation is now underway, and Ann-Marie’s death has been declared a major crime. 

Adelaide woman’s ‘degrading’ death shows community’s ‘devaluation’ of people with disabilities

The case of an Adelaide woman who died after being left by carers in a cane chair 24-hours-a-day for a year shows the community still does not value people with disabilities as much as it should, advocates say. Her death, which Detective Superintendent Des Bray described as happening in “disgusting and degrading circumstances”, is now the subject of a manslaughter investigation.

Supported Independent Living Report

The committee was very critical of how complicated and confusing the whole process was – and just how little had changed over the last few years. The report makes 45 sensible and  practical recommendations – including making things simpler, easier and faster. And giving people more support so they can genuinely explore alternatives. Importantly, the committee also recommended more funding for advocacy so that people have support to make choices for themselves about where they live, who they live with and how they want to live their lives.

Awesome support work starts with support worker training

There has never been a bigger need for engaging, easy to understand training for frontline workers that delivers practical, up to date, essential information and alignswith both the NDIS and the Quality and Safeguarding Framework This free online training suite uses best-practice online training methods and software and is anchored in the voices of people with disability

The disability workforce and COVID-19: initial experiences of the outbreak

This report shares the initial experiences of the disability workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 2,300 disability workers were surveyed and their responses show how COVID-19 has massively increased the risks of working in disability services.  United Workers Union National Director, Demi Pnevmatikos said, “The key findings including lack of PPE, concerns around safety protocols and risks, and workload issues must spur action to assist this vital workforce during the coronavirus crisis.”

HSU calls for a COVID-19 Care Allowance for disability support workers

The HSU, along with other NDIS Unions (HSU, the Australian Services Union and the United Workers Union) and the employer peak-body, National Disability Services (NDS), filed the application to vary the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 to insert the allowance.

Calls for Australia’s disability carers to get the same coronavirus protections as aged care workers

As more than three billion people across the world isolate themselvesagainst coronavirus, George Taleporos is forced to invite two or three people into his home every day. The disability advocate from Melbourne, who lives with a severe physical disability and uses a wheelchair, relies on carers to complete the daily tasks he needs to live, including eating, showering and getting in and out of bed.