Disability Royal Commission must be far-reaching

Yes, as has often been the case, the Coalition government has had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the point where the proposal finally has bipartisan support. But, as with last year’s banking Royal Commission, the important thing is it got there.

Podcast: Greens push for Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector

A motion from Greens Senator Jordan Steele-John to establish a Royal Commission into abuse in the disability sector passed the Senate and had the numbers to pass the House of Representatives. The Government extended Question Time by an extra hour to avoid the vote, but they’ll have to deal with it when Parliament resumes on Monday.

Aged care royal commission should include disability sector as well, argues Greens senator Jordon Steele-John

As the first person with a disability to sit in the Upper House, Senator Steele-John said he often heard of horrific cases of abuse in the disability sector. “We speak every day with each other about people who have died because of the neglect they have been subjected to,” he said. “I’m talking about being locked in rooms, I’m talking about being kicked, I’m talking about being spat at and restrained.

National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017

An important law was approved by the Government last week – the “National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Quality and Safeguards Commission and Other Measures) Bill 2017. This means there will be a new organisation in the NDIS set up to keep an eye on things to try to make sure NDIS participants are safe from harm. It is called the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.

Whatever it takes: Access for women with disabilities to domestic and family violence services

This research report aims to help tertiary response services to respond effectively to the needs of women with disabilities. Women with disabilities who have experienced violence seek help and support from tertiary services for similar reasons that other women do, including family and intimate partner abuse, sexual harassment and assault, coercive control, and stalking. However, women with disabilities also experience abuse related to their disability, including institutional violence and denial of provision of essential care

Lifestyle Solutions: Accusations of sexual abuse at national disability provider

A Queensland mother has called for national disability provider Lifestyle Solutions to be closed down after it reinstated a carer accused of abusing her intellectually disabled daughter. The call comes as the Victorian Government announces it has ripped up contracts with Lifestyle Solutions to run two state-owned group homes over client safety concerns and “shortcomings” … Continued

‘Shocking’ abuse of Victorians with disabilities

In investigating the abuse of disabled people, Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass found a system where process rates above the needs and human rights of people. We must support the independence and decision making of people with disability, and never more steadfastly than when they make allegations of abuse. We must support the independence and decision … Continued

People with disabilities raped, beaten, neglected while in care, hearing told

The inquiry into the abuse and neglect of people with disabilities in residential and institutional settings began hearings in Perth today. A group of six women from the disability advocacy group Bolshy Divas gave collective evidence before the hearing, citing 40 examples where disabled people had been severely beaten or raped.

Women with disabilities – questions we need answered

A recent forum saw women with disabilities ask the three major parties contesting the Victorian State Election in November to answer questions around healthcare, equal access and violence against women. Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV) has long been at the forefront of Systemic advocacy, ensuring that the voices of Victorian women with disabilities continue to … Continued