Wimmera’s health and social services have warned that regional Victorians are falling through the gaps

Under the current reforms, designed to enhance sector efficiency, some of the most vulnerable clients are falling through the cracks, including those with disabilities, said Grampians Disability Advocacy’s Deb Verdon.
“At every turn a person with a disability is asked to provide medical evidence about their situation, be it by Centrelink or the NDIS,” she said. “Reports from GPs are no longer good enough. Support agencies demand a report from a specialist, but where are the specialists to be found?”

Alternatives to Coercion in Mental Health Settings: A Literature Review

A Melbourne Social Equity Institute research team examined ways of avoiding coercive practices to ensure people experiencing mental health crises are treated with dignity and respect.  The team undertook a systematic review of global practices that aim to reduce, prevent and end coercive practices in mental health settings.

Disabled teens suffering the mental health effects of bullying

If we could stop the high levels of bullying that adolescents with a disability experience, we could make a big difference to their health, learning and wellbeing. So school anti-bullying programs need to acknowledge the link between having a disability, being bullied and poorer mental health.

NDIS and Health Working Together

Summer Foundation has released a new guide to assist health and NDIS staff to working with people with disabilities- from hospital admission to discharge.