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.
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.
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]
“It is a significant betrayal of trust by a person employed to care for the most vulnerable members of our community,” NSW Police Superintendent Paul Devaney told 9News.
A research report released today calls for Commonwealth Government-led collaboration between disability service providers, their employees and unions to implement actions which will improve NDIS clients’ satisfaction and safety, support worker employment security, and service provider viability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s mostly past announcements, “information that is already in the public domain” and work already underway, Moody said in a statement, noting NDS had been among those calling for just such a plan since 2013.
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.
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.
How is the Disability sector faring? A report from National Disability Services’ Annual Market Survey
This research is intended to identify risks, monitor change and identify any undesirable consequences occurring in the disability sector.