New prison unit completes health and wellbeing hub

A new 48-bed unit for women prisoners with complex needs will open at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) today, completing a Mental Health and Wellbeing Precinct worth more than $40 million. the opening of the Rosewood Unit provides for women with complex needs which may include intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

People with disability are more likely to be victims of crime – here’s why

Up to 90% of women with disability have been sexually assaulted. People with disability are three times as likely to die prematurely than the general population from causes that could have been prevented with better quality care. But to provide victims with justice, we need to better understand why people with disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse and assault.

International disability rights and the dilemma of domestic courts

Law plays an important role in tackling this inequality and exclusion. For the past decade, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability Convention) – an instrument of international law – has been both a catalyst and guide for legislative reform enhancing the equality and inclusion of disabled people. To what extent, though, is this Disability Convention influencing domestic case law?

Funding cuts to disability communication service a ‘smack in the face’

State government funding cuts to a South Australian service helping people with disability access the legal system will leave vulnerable people without a voice in police interviews or court, a disability advocates warn.  “This state has seen what happens when vulnerable people cannot give evidence.  We know that cases against alleged paedophiles and other abusers will collapse and offenders go free,” he said.

Securing their future – 2018 edition

This resource is for parents, relatives and significant others caring for Victorians with a decision-making disability. The publication sets out in simple terms, how those caring for Victorians with a decision-making disability can protect and safeguard their futures.

Disabilities in prison – a horror story in our backyard

As the report confirms, many people with disabilities, through lack of support, find themselves on a pathway to prison and they are treated badly when they arrive being deprived of the support in prison that was not provided to them in the community.

County Court Intermediary Pilot Program

Her Honour Judge Meryl Sexton has been leading the County Court’s contribution to the new Intermediary Pilot Program, regularly meeting with representatives from the Supreme Court, Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court, the Department of Justice and Regulation and other stakeholders . The Intermediary Pilot Program was funded in the 2017-18 State Budget and is being managed … Continued

Background Briefing: When carers kill

One person with disabilities is killed by their carer almost every three months in Australia, but these acts of domestic violence are often excused by the media and judiciary. The focus is too often on the killer. Here, we recognise the victims.

‘He was returned to prison’: Detainees fall prey to NDIS process

The ACT Human Rights Commission says a man whose application for the NDIS was lodged more than a year before his release from prison ultimately returned to jail after the relevant agency failed to process his claim and left him in the community without the necessary supports.

Sunsuper faces legal action over alleged ‘improper’ payments for disability benefits

The former fruit picker and cleaner, who was injured at work in July 2016, is locked in a fight with Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds. She has accused them of failing to properly pay out her permanent disability claim, and compensation lawyers say she is one of many being put under severe financial stress by the organisation.

Royal Commission needed to look at abuse of disabled

In NSW there were 1087 cases of assaults on people living with disability in group accommodation reported to the state ombudsman since 2014. Children with disability are at least three times more likely to experience abuse than other children. Frighteningly, over 90% of women with an intellectual disability have been victims of sexual assault. We have not done enough to combat the discrimination that many of these people face when their claims are finally heard in our judicial system.