Virus causes disability staffing shortages

Disability service workers urgently need more support from state and federal governments as COVID-19 has caused severe staffing shortages, according to union officials and the industry’s peak body.

Experts call for a change of course on COVID, with urgent recommendations for care of people with disabilities

On 30 December, a senior psychiatrist tweeted out her frustration at mismanagement of the COVID pandemic in Australia using the “#LetItRip” hashtag.  “Australia is a failing nation state with no leadership, accountability, provision of basic services or public health. Any wonder we are disillusioned,” said Professor Louise Newman, a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

People with disability ‘completely overlooked’ as Omicron surges

But Ms Gibbs feels those with disability have been forgotten by state and federal governments as Australia reopens. “I can take all the personal responsibility in the world but if I need to go and do an essential thing like go to the supermarket, other people’s actions have a direct impact on it,” she said. “We are being made to ask enormous, difficult decisions so that other people can go to the pub … and so other people don’t have to wear a mask.”

Reasonable and Necessary Special series: Living with COVID

Reasonable and Necessary is usually a podcast series about making Sense of the NDIS , where each podcast episode aims to simplify the NDIS for participants, their families and anyone supporting NDIS participants to work their way through the system. This is a special series that focusses on how people with disability can live safely with COVID-19.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021

As governments and the international community continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, and chart a course forward, it is essential that disability inclusion is central to health system planning, development, and decision making.  Strong, effective health systems support robust health emergencies management.   

Bushfire recovery project

Communities and individuals are better able to recover from natural disasters, such as bushfires, if the local community is strong, connected and well-supported. This project is engaging community organisations and individuals in those areas of Victoria affected by the 2019-20 bushfires.

The vulnerable disabled who need advocates

Is the government so out of touch with the disability community that it did not realise there were barriers to vaccination, including anxiety and difficult behaviours that would require assistance?  Our son weighs 110 kilograms and was not going to let anybody come at him with a needle. Following an intense search, we were lucky to find medical practitioners who could think outside the box, and with the support of Barwon Health’s Disability Support Unit, our son was vaccinated under anaesthetic in July.

Vaccination blitz for Victorians with a disability begins

Residents with a disability will be able to receive a jab at all state-run vaccination centres without a booking.  Ten new vaccination pop-up hubs will also be launched to speed up vaccination rates for Victorians living with a disability.