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‘We must act now’: Barriers uncovered for young people with disability

The Mission Australia Youth Survey has taken a disability lens to its data for the first time Young people with disability are more likely to report poor mental health and are twice as likely to have been bullied in the past year than young people without disability, according to data analysis from Mission Australia. 

Disability, health and the coronavirus: Why action is urgently needed

The lack of awareness of our human rights permeates throughout the health sector and recent hearingsby the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability have shed light on the human cost. Health sector responses have been a life-and-death matter for people with disabilities for a very long time. Throw in a global pandemic and reforms to health sector policy and practice have never been more urgent.

Hundreds of preventable disability deaths

The Australian health care system is not equipped to meet the complex needs of people with intellectual disability, UNSW Professor Julian Trollor said. “People with intellectual disability are dying from similar things to most Australians, but there is a large gap when it comes to the proportion of potentially avoidable deaths” he said.

Health struggle for people with disability

People with intellectual disability face a profound life-time struggle with a health system that at times ignores and mistreats them, a royal commission has been told. A doctor says patients with intellectual disability may not understand they are receiving inadequate care nor have the ability to report it.

Investigating the impact of NDIS market settings on participants with a psychosocial disability and providers

Closing date: March 2, 2020

Pre-NDIS, psychosocial supports were delivered by a skilled workforce with specialist capability and competence to practice in ways that promote recovery, as well as identify and appropriately intervene to prevent relapse, psychiatric crises and suicide risk. The type of providers, workforce and nature of supports traditionally provided to people with a psychosocial disability is evolving under the NDIS. This project will determine if differential market settings are needed to ensure providers are able to respond effectively, safely and viably to the unique needs of NDIS participants with a psychosocial disability. Have your say by completing a survey.

Medicos dismissing concerns of intellectually disabled people

Experts are shining new light on the reasons why so many Australians with intellectual disabilities are dying from potentially avoidable deaths at a young age. Those living with an intellectual disability say it’s not uncommon for doctors to dismiss their concerns or even ignore them all together.