Avoiding ‘Othering’: How should disability policy be established with Indigenous people?

There has long been concern and evidence that the NDIS, which promised so much for people with disability, is not meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) highlighted many of the reasons why in its 2018 submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into NDIS Readiness.

Ask An Expert: The Balancing Act of Supported Decision Making

The right to make your own decisions. It doesn’t get more fundamental than that when considering what makes us human. Questioning a person’s capacity to make decisions is one of the gravest insults one can make, yet in disability it can be thought of like an item on a grocery list. The assumption that people with disability have the right to make their own decisions, and should be given every support to do so, is a transgressive idea in our society. And as with any rights based social change, implementation can get a little tricky.

Concerns over disability support in Australia brought to the UN

An Australian delegation has travelled to Geneva to highlight concerns about the lack of support services for people with a disability in this country. The group will address a United Nations committee reviewing Australia’s progress on the rights of people with disabilities. They will also present the findings of a new report, with the high incarceration rates of Indigenous Australians among the key issues.

Advocacy groups call for NDIS to fund sexual supports

The position statement released by Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPO) demands a comprehensive national policy on sexuality and the NDIS, saying “governments have an obligation to ensure people with disability can enjoy rich and fulfilling lives equal to others in society”.

Jenny Macklin and the creation of the NDIS

Jenny Macklin held many social policy portfolios over her long political career. As Minister for Disability Reform in the Gillard government she ushered in the NDIS. Jenny talks about the process of winning support for big social policy changes.

Australia ‘failing’ those with disabilities, advocacy groups warn

Women with Disabilities Australia executive director Carolyn Frohmader said Australia’s most vulnerable continue to face unacceptable barriers. “There’s widespread hardship, discrimination, violence and poverty, they face these every day,” she said.