The Australian Government has commissioned a world-first survey into LGBTIQA+ people’s attitudes and experiences of sexual violence, in partnership with the University of New South Wales (UNSW).
This report builds on the Actuaries Institute’s May 2023 Green Paper that found inequality in Australia is significantly higher than in the 1980s.
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
Consumer Affairs Victoria are warning about unqualified or unscrupulous operators doing dodgy home modifications. Their checklist helps people manage a building project worth $10K
Women living with disabilities are almost twice as likely to experience domestic violence than those without, but most will not seek help.
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 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
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
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.
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.
Two of Australia’s human rights leaders have expressed grave concerns in the wake of shocking videos broadcast on ABC’s Four Corners program, which showed children with intellectual disabilities being repeatedly restrained as part of a radical treatment funded by the NDIS.
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
The Queensland government’s apology to two brothers abused by their father was the easy part. Now the hard work begins
In politics, saying sorry can bring you instant headlines. It can be seen as a sign of humility that says: we’re listening. But it’s not a solution, and the Palaszczuk government’s swift apology on Tuesday following damning findings from the disability royal commission — although welcome — was lacking in detail about what happens next.
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
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