Call for disability status of pregnant women to be recorded to improve the standard of care

Mrs Bonanno is among an estimated 9 per cent of Australian women of childbearing age who have a disability, but little is known about their health during pregnancy, birth and the first year of motherhood. Researchers from La Trobe University and the Royal Women’s want to change that by improving the way disabilities are identified at maternity hospitals.

Vaccination communication resources

These resources have been produced to help people with disability and low English literacy understand more about coronavirus vaccinations. The resources include a social script, visual schedule, Easy English document and Key Word Sign video.

Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern

The report analyses and summarises the evidence presented during public hearing 6.  It suggests that psychotropic medication, which are drugs that affect a person’s mind, emotions or behaviour, is being over-prescribed to people with cognitive disability to deal with what are commonly described as ‘behaviours of concern’. Medical evidence along with observations from family and carers indicate people with cognitive disability often experience serious negative consequences from using psychotropic medication And there is not much evidence to support the effectiveness of psychotropic medication as a way to address behaviours of concern

People with Disability Struggle to Access COVID vaccine

Disability representative organisation People with Disability Australia has found people with disability are struggling to work out if they are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and are getting extremely inconsistent access to vaccination appointments.

Telehealth valued by NDIS participants

And while the positive impacts are widespread across specific patient groups, it has been particularly beneficial for vulnerable populations, such as those accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Fears are justified, says PWDA President

I spoke not in my capacity as President of People with Disability Australia, nor as a board member on any of the other boards that I sit on. I spoke as a disabled woman and a carer who, like many of us, has spent a lifetime battling disability and mainstream services and systems.

Vaccine delays anger disability service provider

The federal government’s given up putting a date on when all Australians will get their COVID-19 vaccination, as one of the nation’s largest disability service providers says not one of their residents has received a jab;

Hospital Ins & Outs for Support Coordinators

Hospital admissions for NDIS Participants can mean a challenging game of ‘who is doing what’ when considering the Support Coordination role, the Participant, the State- or Territory-funded health supports, and inpatient clinical teams.

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System: Final Report

This report finds that Victoria’s mental health system operates in crisis mode, has “catastrophically failed to live up to expectations” and must be rebuilt. Demand has now overtaken the capacity of the system. Among the final report’s 65 recommendations, outlined in a mammoth five-volume report, are the phasing out of seclusion and restraints treatments over the next decade, and making compulsory treatments an option of last resort.

Support workers say information vacuum surrounds vaccinations

Many of the workers who’re caring for people with disability have been waiting for news about when they might be able to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Some say they’re worried they’re going to miss out because of what they describe as an “information vacuum”. It’s particularly a problem for the carers who are independent contractors … getting their work through Uber-style apps.. with limited contact with disability service providers.

Guideline on the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine

The administration of the COVID-19 vaccine is considered to be medical treatment under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (MTPDA). In summary: If a person has decision-making capacity, they can consent to or refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. If they don’t have capacity, and there is no advance care directive, their medical treatment decision … Continued