Disability support worker shortage leads to 20yo autistic man being put in hospital

A 20-year-old autistic man has been “languishing” in a country hospital for nearly a month because his family cannot find suitable skilled support workers. Ryan Croft’s family said they had to admit him to Bunbury Hospital because they could not find the right support for his destructive and sometimes violent behaviour.

Best practice to service Australians living with a disability focus of future action plan

Families and social services minister Anne Ruston says a new action plan and guide will be developed for ‘disability confidence training’ for professional service providers. “We’re hoping to provide educational institutions and professional bodies with the tools they need to incorporate disability awareness and confidence into their training.”

NDIS participants stuck in Canberra hospitals amid bureaucratic delays

The paper revealed that administrative delays were the main barrier to discharge of “long stay” disabled patients in states including Queensland and Victoria.  But a range of other barriers were reported, including a lack of housing options or supports for patients after their release.

Disability staff with COVID still working

They are the only two staff supporting six residents, who have all tested positive to COVID-19 themselves after being exposed to a case during a one-day program last week.

State seizes control of supported care homes over abuse, ‘uninhabitable conditions’

The Victorian government has seized control of two supported care homes in Melbourne’s outer north-west after an investigation revealed coercion and abuse of residents, uninhabitable living conditions, forgery of signatures and access to NDIS services being hindered. Sydenham Grace and Gracemanor (formerly Meadowbrook) supported residential services in Sydenham and Melton South, which house people with mental illness and disabilities, have been placed into administration.

Disability home CEO faces royal commission

Life Without Barriers chief executive Claire Robbs began her evidence by publicly apologising to the resident – known by the pseudonym Sophie – but said she did not escalate the incident to board level as it did not occur while in the organisation’s care.

Sneak Preview! NDIS Workforce Capability Framework

The Framework applies to any worker funded under the NDIS and translates the NDIS Principles, Practice Standards, and Code of Conduct into observable behaviours that service providers and workers should demonstrate when delivering services to people with a disability. The Framework provides a common language to describe “what good looks like.”

Lack of career prospects driving community and disability workers away

Despite disability and care sector workers being proud of the work they do, many report wanting to leave the sector because of a lack of career development opportunities, new research finds.  The report found that this was predominantly because of poor leadership, inadequate pay, a lack of career opportunities such as promotions or learning new skills, and significant periods of unpaid work and travel time. 

Occasional Paper No. 3: Learning from reviews of Victorian disability service provision to people who have died 2017 to 2021 – A reflection for future safeguarding.

This report provides an overview of the lessons learnt from more than three years of reviewing disability service provision to people who have died. Sadly, the majority of deaths reviewed are ‘unexpected’ and raise significant concerns about the quality of service provision, possible preventable early deaths, and teach us that oversight and action must continue to be taken on both an individual and system-wide level.