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NFPs To Benefit From Increased Spending On Legal Services

Specialist Not for Profit legal service, PILCH Connect has secured a four year funding agreement with the Victorian Government. The funding mean Victoria’s Not for Profit sector will benefit from $1.2 million in funding over four years for free or low cost legal services. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, … Continued

Policing the Mentally Ill a ‘Drain on Resources’

VICTORIA Police apprehend a disturbed person in the community on average every two hours and transport them to a hospital emergency department, according to a study into the challenges of policing the mentally ill. Such callouts do not often lead to criminal charges, with the bulk of people having threatened or attempted suicide or other … Continued

Threat to Kill Son Finally Stirs Authorities to Act

Last June Lyn Bicknell went to her local police station and told officers that if they did not help her she would kill her intellectually disabled son. As desperate as she was – having just been pinned to a chair by the knife-wielding 15-year-old – she admits she would never have gone through with it. … Continued

Police Encounters with People with Intellectual Disability: Prevalence, Characteristics and Challenges

Closing date: October 31, 2012

This study investigates the experiences and perceptions of operational members of Victoria Police in relation to their contacts with people with intellectual disability (ID). Key interests for exploration included how frequently and in what context police reported coming into contact with people with ID, how they made this identification, and the challenges they experienced at … Continued

Know Your Rights Brochures

The brochures aim to assist people to understand their rights, identify situations where their rights are not being met and know what actions they can take The series of five Know Your Rights brochures are entitled: About Us Age Discrimination Disability Discrimination Race Discrimination Sex Discrimination The About Us brochure explains what the Commission does … Continued

Verbal Communication Support Called into Question

Over the years, seemingly miraculous feats have been performed by profoundly disabled people with the help of a controversial technique known as “facilitated communication”. It’s a method where people who can’t speak or communicate normally are given physical support to help them do so, but there have long been serious doubts over whether it actually … Continued

Disability Advocate Wants Law Overhaul

Violence is ”scarily common” in residential accommodation for people with disabilities and is systemically accepted, according to a disability advocacy group. In a submission to the ACT government, Advocacy for Inclusion has called for an overhaul of domestic violence laws to provide greater security for people with disabilities, including those living in disability group homes … Continued

Twenty Years of the Disability Discrimination ACT (DDA)

This panel session was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. The session was moderated by Julie Phillips, Disability Discrimination Legal Service. Panel members included: Placido Belardo, Principal Solicitor,Disability Discrimination Legal service Graeme Innes, Disability Commissioner Rob Daly, Victoria Legal Aid Beth Gaze, Lecturer … Continued

Keynote Address from Victoria’s Chief Magistrate

This session was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body.

Achieving Systemic Change. People with Disabilities: Missing in Action

This slideshow was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body.  

Fight For Your Rights

This session was presented at the 2012 Strengthening Disability Advocacy Conference: You Be The Judge held at Melbourne Park Conference Centre. This is a biennial event hosted by the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit (DARU), the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) and Disability Advocacy Victoria (DAV), the sector’s peak body.  

Criminally Insane Face Pay-to-Stay Care Charge

Patients at Victoria’s largest hospital for the criminally insane will have a third of their pension deducted as part of a pay-to-stay policy designed to give them ”real life budgeting experience”. Documents obtained by The Age reveal the fee plan was approved by the board of the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health, known as … Continued