First Peoples Disability Network calls for more support for disabled Indigenous

Preventative measures such as social distancing and self-isolation are solutions that many First Nations communities do not have the lifestyle to adhere to. “As we know, a lot of our mobs live in overcrowded situations and have limited access to equipment and supplies day-to-day generally before this. So now they are locked into a situation where they’ve got less access to important needs or daily supplies,” said FPDN Deputy CEO, June Riemer.

COVID-19 supports announced for NDIS providers

NDIS minister Stuart Robert said the new measures will ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. They include advance payments, a 10 per cent COVID-19 loading on some supports and increased flexibility for cancellation policies.

Families of children with disability left in the dark during COVID-19 crisis

 Disability advocates say governments across Australia need to better communicate their plans for at-risk groups. A survey of over 200 families by the Australian Coalition for Inclusive Education (ACIE) and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) found that COVID-19 was causing havoc and fear for the disability community.

People with disability left behind in Covid-19 response

While the Australian Government has a targeted response for the aged care sector, Professor Dickinson said this is not the case for the disability sector. “Both sectors have many similarities including congregated settings, a precariously employed and inadequately trained care workforce, and families and carers who may face significant challenges meeting the care needs of people with disability in Australia,” Professor Dickinson said.

New measures to support NDIS participants and providers through COVID-19

Following discussions of the COAG Disability Reform Council, Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Stuart Robert, today announced new measures to ensure essential support is in place for NDIS participants, workers and providers through the COVID-19 outbreak. These measures include…

Disability sector fears being left out of COVID19 response

There are concerns the disability sector is being left behind in the national coronavirus response. Disability was absent from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s public health announcement last week and a webinar for home and community aged care providers held on Friday heard there had been “no specific” conversations regarding the sector.