Disabled ‘abused, in fear’ in group homes

People with disability continue to be abused and live in fear in group homes over which they have little say. Advocate Kevin Stone says the overwhelming majority of group homes are safe and supportive, but the problems of abuse and neglect persist.

Disability providers unhappy with NDIS pricing

More than half of disability providers fear they won’t be able to offer National Disability Insurance Scheme services under current prices, according to a new survey.

NDIS red-tape leaves vulnerable Victorians in abusive homes

This was a key finding the Community Visitors Annual Report, tabled in State Parliament today. Nearly half of all serious incidents in disability group homes reported by the visitors each year relate to violence between co-residents, with 133 notifications being made this year to the Disability Services Commissioner (DSC). [p. 19]

After 12 months, NDIS commission still hasn’t answered family’s questions about son’s bruises

In October 2018, the family of a severely disabled man became so concerned about bruises he was suffering while living in full-time care that they asked for them to be investigated. Almost a year later, the Donaldsons are still waiting for a finding into what happened to Sam Donaldson, who is 33, non-verbal, and, due to his mental disability and severe autism, functions more like a three-year-old.

Why agility is the key for NDIS’ shifting goal posts

It is this process of now receiving funding for individuals under their specific plans that is not only forcing change on how NFPs deliver their service but is also creating a significant change in the administration and record keeping requirements of these organisations.

Young people with disabilities are trapped in nursing homes

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.

Background paper: changing demographics and dynamics of aged care

The background paper puts Australia’s ageing population under the microscope. It explores complex issues associated with the country’s changing demographic profile, including changes in patterns of disease and dependency, the rising incidence of dementia, changing expectations and the changing cultural profile of the Australian community. It also explores current arrangements, future pressures and a greater need for preventative and restorative health.

Providers slam government’s NDIS workforce strategy

Australia’s peak disability services body is deeply disappointed with the federal government’s plan to grow the National Disability Insurance Scheme workforce, arguing much of the strategy is just a rehash of old news.

Horsham equality and disability advocate Bernie O’Shannessy aims to change attitudes

Ms O’Shannessy lives independently, and attends occupation therapy and physiotherapy sessions. She said women living with disabilities faced a wide-facet of challenges, especially living in regional areas. “A lot of women living with a disability don’t have a choice of whether their physio or doctor is a man or woman if they wanted to choose. There is a lack of choice because there are limited services,” she said.

How is the disability sector faring? A report from National Disability Services’ Annual Market Survey

The National Disability Services’ (NDS) Annual Market Survey is a key resource in understanding the state of the Australian disability sector, its challenges and opportunities. A key driver for this research is the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and the substantial restructuring of individual organisations and the supply-side of the scheme. This research is intended to identify risks, monitor change and identify any undesirable consequences occurring in the disability sector.

The NDIS is not Medicare

In times of massive change it is an organisation’s culture that holds it together or splits it apart. It is culture, not pricing, that should determine the working environment: whether rosters are fair, whether workplaces are safe, and whether a quality service is being delivered to the customer.