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Brain injury community: seeking action on Royal Commission findings

I was an anaesthetist and intensive care specialist, commissioning Western Australia’s first non‐tertiary intensive care unit and becoming the State Medical Director of DonateLife WA. On 16 September 2018, I broke my neck, lumbar spine, jaw, multiple ribs and both hands in a cycling accident during a charity race in Melbourne. Worst of all was … Continued

Report: Urgent Need for Inclusive Domestic Violence Services for Disabled Women

A new report from People with Disability Australia (PWDA) has revealed the significant barriers women and children with disability face when accessing domestic and family violence services. The report, produced as part of the national peak body’s Building Access Project, outlines the roadmap forward to ensure these essential services are safe, inclusive and accessible to … Continued

Disability advocacy and the family violence response system

Disability Advocates are highly likely to identify family violence or receive disclosures of experiences of violence in their work. Rates of violence against people with disabilities are around twice as high as across the general population. Yet the links between the disability advocacy sector and the family violence response system is not clear. This short … Continued

Trapped

It’s Christmas Day. A man paces the caged courtyard attached to his secure unit. There are bits of tinsel strewn around it – an attempt to bring colour into his world. He’s rarely left this space in the past 11 years. There’s no date for his release. He’s never been convicted of a crime. Adrian* … Continued

Ten Steps Govt. Must Take to Halt Disabled Abuse, Neglect

People with Disability Australia (PWDA) is calling for urgent reform to ensure the human rights of people with disability are upheld in Australia, outlining 10 actions that all Australian governments must prioritise.

Four Corners investigation sparks disability advocates’ calls for better NDIS regulation

Disability advocates say tighter regulation of NDIS service providers is needed after an ABC investigation uncovered “sickening” practices being used against children with disabilities. The ABC’s Four Corners revealed children with autism and intellectual disabilities were unlawfully pinned to the ground facedown by up to six workers as part of a controversial therapy funded by the NDIS.

How disabled scam victims are turning the tide on scammers

Scams to people with a disability have risen by over 58 per cent in 2 years, according to data from Scamwatch. Now a TAC-funded program, co-designed by people with brain injuries, is seeking to provide safety training and psychological interventions for those at risk. CyberAbility project lead Dr Kare Gould told Trevor Chappell about the free … Continued

Email the Government to act now and end the violence!

Closing date: November 10, 2023

It is critical as it gets closer to the release of the Disability Royal Commission report and recommendations that we keep the pressure up on the Australian Government to act now and end the violence against people with disability.  We have set up this easy-to-use letter that we encourage you to add your own stories to and tell Prime Minister Albanese … Continued

Reducing restrictive practices: A review of evidence-based alternatives

The Disability Royal Commission was concerned about restrictive practices and wanted to know more about alternative strategies that could be used to reduce and eliminate them. We also wanted to better under the role of ‘positive behaviour support plans’ as a way of reducing the use of restrictive practices. We asked researchers from the University … Continued