Closing date: September 22, 2023
What is it? A minimum 18-month appointment to the Consumer Voice Working Group (CVWG). The Consumer Voice Working Group will help SCV and the Department of Health to better capture and respond to data on the healthcare experience of consumers and carers in Victoria. Is it paid? Yes. It is a paid position. Attendance will … Continued
The Victoria Health Department have developed a range of fact sheets, video content, easy English guides, posters and other supporting communications products, including information that will be translated into community languages on the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022.
Dear DSC, As a provider delivering Core supports in a regional area, we’ve had mixed messages about whether we can deliver supports when a participant is in hospital. The participant has requested it and the hospital are happy for us to. But a local NDIA rep says it’s against the rules. We’ve scanned the NDIA Operational … Continued
Key Points The social model states that society is the primary cause of disability, so it is a social responsibility. A new study finds that social model beliefs about disability were associated with more COVID-19 precautions. People with stronger social model beliefs were more concerned about disabled people contracting COVID-19.
Victoria will have a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act from 1 September 2023. The new Act replaces the Mental Health Act 2014. It has new rights-based principles that promote the values, preferences and views of Victorians with mental illness or psychological distress. The new principles guide how service providers should deliver assessment, treatment, care and support.
The Andrews Labor Government is supporting women with disabilities to secure work in the health, social and disability service sectors, recognising the wealth of lived experience women with disabilities can bring to these industries.
There’s a lot of pressure on disability advocates to be mentally strong all the time. As a content creator, there’s this self-inflicted pressure to be happy. I took on the responsibility as the person who was going to cheer other people up and also raise awareness at the time, to challenge this misconception that if you have a disability, you’re constantly miserable. And because of this idea that people with disability are always miserable, their mental health needs get dismissed, the assumption being it’s normal for a disabled person to be depressed.
Fewer people with psychosocial disability may be added to the NDIS in the future, as the minister flags that the government expects to divert 27,000 people to outside supports in the next four years, who would have otherwise joined the scheme.
The Ready to Go Home resources have been co-designed and co-developed with health consumers with disability, disability service providers and health professionals to improve the hospital experience for a person with disability, and reduce barriers that contribute to discharge delays. The resources include a series of guides for people with disability and their supporters on topics including preparing for a scheduled or unscheduled hospital stay, what to expect while you are there, decision making during your stay, discharge and what happens afterwards. An associated ‘My hospital kit’ is also available.
Under Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031, federal, state, and territory governments have committed to improving health services to create better health outcomes for people with disability. Notwithstanding this, it was brought to the committee’s attention that people with disability continue to face a range of barriers including accessing appropriate, accessible, responsive and equitable reproductive health services and education.
Sexual and reproductive rights are inherent entitlements of every being, regardless of gender or disability. However, the right to parenthood is particularly precarious for people with disability in Australia.
But none tried to pose the reality before me bravely and empower me for the future. Even the doctors in my family failed to predict the complications, difficulties and challenges ensuing from this accident. The most difficult part I feel is identifying oneself as disabled and shifting your habits, ways and lifestyle from pre-disability to the post life.
My midwife Cherie Desreaux and her team had decades of midwifery experience but they’d never cared for a mum with disability. They didn’t know how to navigate this journey but they were confident together we’d figure it out.
But because of her background in Indigenous health promotion, she knew what she was looking for and what others would need. “And one of the first things that we ever did as a family after his diagnosis was basically [say] how can we support our son better and maintain his culture throughout this journey?”. Davis knew there was a gap that needed to be filled, and in 2019 she started the I Am, Movement.
Cameron Bloomfield hasn’t had a routine dental check-up since he was in primary school. Apart from learning to brush his teeth from his parents, Mr Bloomfield has never been taught about oral health or supported to maintain it, even while living in a group home.