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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #93 August 2014
 
ISSN 2202-0705
IMAGE: Advocates at Parliament House to discuss Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014 with Senators on Tuesday 26 August: L to R: Mary Mallett (Disability Advocacy Network Australia), Paul Cain (Inclusion Australia) and Ngila Bevan, Human Rights Advisor, PWDA.
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Welcome to PWDA’s August 2014 E-Bulletin.
 
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IMAGE: Advocates at Parliament House to discuss Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014 with Senators on Tuesday 26 August: L to R: Mary Mallett (Disability Advocacy Network Australia), Paul Cain (Inclusion Australia) and Ngila Bevan (Human Rights Advisor, PWDA).
 
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Contents
 
 
 

  • Evan receives his individualised support package
  • National Framework for quality assurance and safeguards
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT 
  • Welfare Reform Consultations
  • Wage Justice Campaign - Update 
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
  • Seclusion and Restraint Declaration
  • Federal Inquiry into Income Inequality in Australia
  • NSW Inquiry into Tenancy Management
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 
  • PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project - Update 
  • Ambassador Program
  • Women in Prison Forum
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
  • Vale Frederick Miller
  • Training for disability advocates in Queensland
  • Responding to Sexual Assault for people with disability
  • Volunteer Fundraising Adviser
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
Like all of you I have been worried about the issues for disability rights and attitudes opened up by the case of baby Gammy, the small child abandoned in Thailand who has Down Syndrome. 
 
I've commented in the media about how this sad case touches on issues far wider than surrogacy and points to deeper problems in the way that we segregate and exclude people with disability. Our comments on these issues have been reported as far away as Germany
 
I congratulate Down Syndrome Australia for the excellent media work on issues like this as well as their release on the ABC reality television show The Dreamhouse and their response to the outrageous comments by Richard Dawkins.  
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
 
It’s a worry to see the same media depictions of people with disability cropping up again when we've made so much progress elsewhere. This points to the idea that the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is only the start of the work we need to do.
 
One of the most pressing issues is ensuring people with disability are properly and fairly paid for work in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs). For that reason PWDA is actively campaigning for the rejection of the BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill in the Senate.  I have also met with a number of MPs and new cross bench senators to raise the need for fairness for disability support pensioners in the budget, the case against the BSWAT Bill and to reinforce the need for a comprehensive, fully funded and timely NDIS.
 
As NDIS passes a year in operation in most of the trial sites, we're beginning to know more about the strengths and development areas.  The scheme has been successful in delivering more support to more people.  There is a more person centred approach being experienced by many people.  I have been impressed by the culture that I've seen developing inside the NDIA. 
 
Some of gaps in the transition speak to areas where the States and Territories have prematurely decided to pull back from service provision.  Up till now it’s been unclear if the NDIA fully appreciates the importance of information and advocacy in helping people to make value for money choices with quality outcomes.  There are areas where we need more light such as the nature and timing of services to people in what has been known as Tier Two of the scheme.  I have made these views known to the agency and it is positive that people seem to be listening.    
 
One of the things that we need to get right is better communication between the agency and disability organisations like PWDA working at the frontline.  It is also time that people with disability have the opportunity to deliver a scorecard on areas where the NDIS is doing well and those where improvement is needed. 
 
We need a voice in the media, so I'd like to encourage PWDA members to consider contributing to the crowdfunding initiative which is seeking support for a private venture alternative to the ABC Ramp Up website. 
 
To ensure we all have a say in the future of NDIS and other reforms, pass on the word about joining PWDA – it’s online, easy and free.
 
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
 
Follow Craig on Twitter via @CraigWtweets
 
PWDA Nominations
On Monday 15 September, nomination papers will be sent to all full individual members and delegates of full organisational members who are eligible to nominate for the 2014-2015 PWDA Board. This year’s nomination period will be open from the 15-30 September 2014.
 
If you have disability and would like to nominate as a Director or President for the 2014-2015 PWDA Board, you can take out free membership of People with Disability Australia using the links below.
 
If you would like to check your membership with PWDA, you can contact the office on freecall 1800 422 015 and speak to Craig Andrews, Membership Development.
 
PWDA Membership
 
Membership of People with Disability Australia
Do you believe in the equality and dignity of all people living with disability? Do you believe everyone has the right to fully participate in our society? 
 
Then show your support for equality and dignity and become part of a growing national disability rights movement in Australia!
 
It’s easy, online and it’s free.
 
Membership for Individuals
Membership for Organisations
 
If you represent an organisation incorporated in Australia with a governing body and a membership base of at least 75% of people with disability, your organisation can take Full Organisational Membership.
 
If you represent an organisation interested in supporting the disability rights movement and the aims and objectives of PWDA, your organisation can take Associate Organisational Membership.
 
 
Media Releases and Alerts
 
 
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PWDA News
 
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
 
Evan* receives his individualised support package
PWDA was contacted by a caseworker concerned about Evan, a man with severe HIV-related impairments living in supported accommodation. As Evan’s physical condition has deteriorated due to his chronic health issues, he has become vulnerable to falls.
 
Evan’s caseworker had applied for an individualised support package on his behalf.  She did everything required of her by the government agency in order to ensure Evan’s application would be accepted, and she was told by staff that Evan fitted the criteria and was deemed eligible. However, other people with disability were deemed more in need of packages than Evan – even those who applied after him.
 
PWDA wrote to the government agency stating Evan’s case and emphasised that his health was getting worse.  PWDA continued to assist Evan and his caseworker after the government agency continued to refuse an individualised support package for Evan. Eventually the government agency reassessed Evan’s circumstances and he received his individualised support package.
 




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is spelt out in white capital letters
 
For individual advocacy support contact the Disability Rights Information Service (DRIS) between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm (AEST) Monday to Friday on (02) 9370 3100 or Toll Free on 1800 422 015 or TTY Toll Free on 1800 422 016 or emaildris@pwd.org.au
 
* not his real name
DISABILITY SUPPORT AND THE NDIS
 
National Framework for quality assurance and safeguards
PWDA is participating in pre-engagement consultations with the NSW and Commonwealth Governments on the development of the framework for quality assurance and safeguards as part of the NDIS.
 
The framework and implementation arrangements are a critical element of the NDIS, and require the agreement of all jurisdictions through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).
 
PWDA has highlighted the importance of representative disability organisations and independent advocacy to the quality assurance and safeguards framework, and recommended the establishment of an independent, national protection authority with broad functions and powers to protect, investigate and enforce findings related to violence and abuse and breaches of the NDIS Act.
 
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IMAGE: A puzzle made up of blue and green has several puzzle pieces missing. They leave white gaps in the shape of the missing puzzle pieces. Image courtesy of Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
 
A discussion paper will be released by the Commonwealth following the pre-engagement consultations.
 
For further information contact Therese Sands, Co-Chief Executive Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email thereses@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Therese on Twitter @TheresePWDA
 
 
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
 
Welfare Reform Consultations
In August, PWDA made submission to the Welfare Reform Reference Group’s Interim Report consultation. The Reference Group on Welfare Reform, chaired by Mr Patrick McClure AO, will now consider the evidence provided through the public consultation process and deliver a final report to Government over the next couple of months.  This is only the beginning of the review process and PWDA will continue to represent the concerns of our members throughout this process.

Over the past six weeks, PWDA has received feedback from members and stakeholders via Facebook and online surveys regarding the budget changes and the proposed reform of the welfare system. This input has fed directly into our Welfare Reform submission and the submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment Bills 1 and 2.

 
 
 
IMAGE: Someone points to black bold block letters on a glass board which spell out You Have A Voice
IMAGE: Someone points to black bold block letters
on a glass board which spell out You Have A Voice
On Wednesday 27 August, PWDA took part in a sector wide advocacy day in Canberra organised by the Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS) to discuss with parliamentarians the impact recent budget changes and proposed legislation will have on people with disability.  

PWDA President, Craig Wallace participated in the sector press conference as well as a number of meetings with MPs and Senators.

For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda

 
Update: Wage Justice Campaign
The Business Services Payment Scheme Bill 2014 is currently before the Senate.  PWDA has joined with the AED Legal Centre, Inclusion Australia (formerly the National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID)), the Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) to campaign against the Bill.

Voting NO to this Bill is about ensuring that over 10,000 people with intellectual disability are provided with fair compensation for lost wages resulting from disability discrimination in the workplace. 

The Federal and High Courts have ruled that this discrimination took place and that these people have been paid unfairly.  The Bill before the Senate offers a payment to
 
 
 
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
workers with intellectual disability which may be only half of what they are owed, and if they accept the payment they lose their right to seek fair compensation through the courts, or to complain about their mistreatment any further. This is unfair.

Throughout August we met with Labour, Green, Palmer United Party and other cross bench Senators to gain their support.   By voting NO to the Bill, Senators will be upholding the right of people with intellectual disability to receive an effective remedy for unlawful violations of their rights.  Voting NO will also send a strong message to people with disability that their rights as workers must be protected to the same degree as everyone else’s, and that a fair days work deserves a fair days pay.


The report from the inquiry into the Bill undertaken by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs has been released and recommended that the Bill should pass.  However, both the Greens and ALP Senators provided dissenting reports that did not support the Bill in its current form.

As a national disability coalition, we advocate that the Government must do the right thing and pay workers with intellectual disability the full compensation they are owed.  Our position is supported by national disability organisations and over 30 state disability advocacy organisations.
For further information contact Ngila Bevan, Manager Advocacy and Communications, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Ngila on Twitter @NgilaPWDA
 
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
 
Seclusion and Restraint Declaration
PWDA has signed up to the Seclusion and Restraint Declaration from the National Mental Health Commission.  A key aspect of the Declaration is recognising that seclusion and restraint is a human rights issue.

Despite all Australian Governments agreeing to reduce or eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint, the National Mental Health Commission has found that seclusion and restraint is an ongoing issue of concern for people with psychosocial disability and their families.
 
Individuals and organisations can sign up to the Declaration online.
 
For further information contact Ngila Bevan, Manager Advocacy and Communications, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email ngilab@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Ngila on Twitter @NgilaPWDA
 
 
Image: White text on a blue background reads I believe that seclusion and restraint of people with mental health problems is a human rights issue. The Australian Government crest in white is below the words.
IMAGE: White text on a blue background reads
I believe that seclusion and restraint of people with mental health problems is a human rights issue.
The Australian Government crest in white
is below the words.
 
 
 
INCOME INEQUALITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS
 
Federal Inquiry into Income Inequality in Australia
PWDA made submission to the Senate Committee Affairs Committee Inquiry into income inequality in Australia. In the context of the current situation for people with disability including the consequences of the 2014-15 budget, PWDA’s submission is a snapshot of the inequality people with disability face as it relates to the six outcome areas of the National Disability Strategy (NDS). 

Australia ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2008.  The NDS is the mechanism through which Australia has committed to delivering its commitments under the CRPD.
 
The NDS is broken down into six broad outcome areas under which PWDA’s submission is based - Inclusive and accessible communities; Rights protection, justice and legislation; Economic security; Personal and community support; Learning and skills; and Health and wellbeing.
 
 
 
IMAGE: A man turns his pocket inside out showing it is empty. He has a few coins in his hand.
IMAGE: A man turns his pocket inside out
showing it is empty. He has a few coins in his hand.
Image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net
 
Our submission provides evidence that people with disability in Australia continue to face persistent inequality due to societal, legislative and economic barriers, and that successive policy changes in response to budget measures only exacerbates this inequality and undermines Australia’s commitments made through the CRPD and the NDS.
 
Under each of the NDS outcomes, PWDA's submission provides some context to the current situation for people with disability and how social security reform, including recent budget measures, has perpetuated inequality in these areas.
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
HOUSING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
 
NSW Inquiry into Tenancy Management
The NSW Parliament Public Accounts Committee is currently undertaking an Inquiry into tenancy management in social housing in NSW. PWDA has made submission to the Inquiry, expressing our concerns about tenancy issues for people with disability who live in public housing.
 
The Committee Inquiry is considering the cost-effectiveness of tenancy management in social housing and PWDA has warned against outsourcing tenancy management services to private contractors who may not be concerned about the personal well-being of people with disability in social housing who face tenancy issues.
 
For further information contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email katef@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Kate on Twitter @katepwda
 
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IMAGE: Many identical small houses with black roofs are arranged in rows. One house is larger with a red roof. It has the words For Rent in black lettering on it. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
 
Update: PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project 
The Royal Commission Disability Support Project website is now online.  This website has been designed to specifically highlight our work supporting people with disability affected by the Royal Commission and provide information to people with disability who might like to share their story with the Commission.
 
 
 
IMAGE: Royal Commission Support Project logo
IMAGE: Royal Commission Support Project logo
 
PWDA has also been involved with three well attended Information Forums in NSW, Victoria and Queensland. All provided details about how people with disability can access support and advocacy when sharing their story with the Royal Commission.  
 
Royal Commission Disability Information Forum – Sydney
On 11 August, PWDA facilitated a Disability Information Session for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.  Commissioner Fitzgerald spoke in detail about the Royal Commission’s concern about and interest in unpacking the increased vulnerability to child sexual abuse experienced by children with disability in institutional settings. Around 40 people attended, many from agencies providing support to people with disability, and some individuals with disability who wanted to hear more about the Royal Commission’s processes.
 
Royal Commission Disability Information Forum – Melbourne
On the 29 July, PWDA attended the Melbourne Disability Information Session for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Children with Disability Australia facilitated this forum, and Commissioner Justice Jennifer Coate identified the pathways into the Royal Commission for people with disability. Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Officer, Violence Prevention, provided information regarding PWDA’s support for people with disability affected by the Royal Commission.
 
PWDA Disability Support for the Royal Commission Information Sessions – Queensland
On the 18 August, Matthew Bowden, Co-CEO of PWDA, held information sessions in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg, Queensland. These sessions were designed to inform attendees about the Royal Commission and the various forms of support that PWDA is providing to people with disability, services and supporters.
 
If you are a person with disability who would like to share your story with the Royal Commission or you are affected by the Royal Commission and would like advocacy support, please call tollfree 1800 422 015 or TTY 1800 422 016.
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 
 
Ambassador Program
PWDA is running an Ambassador Program in support of our work supporting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission Disability Support Team within PWDA is seeking 100 Ambassadors across Australia to distribute information packs to various locations – urban, regional and remote – to help raise awareness about the Royal Commission and the support available.
 
These information packs will contain brochures and posters encouraging children, young people and adults with disability to share their story, and copies of our Advocates’ Toolkit. The Toolkit is designed to support formal and informal advocates and supporters who might be assisting someone to tell their story to the Royal Commission.
 
To express your interest in becoming an Ambassador, please send your name, postal address and suggestions about where you might be able to distribute information packs to Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager, Violence Prevention at jessc@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 

Women in Prison Forum
On Wednesday 13 August, PWDA attended a forum held by the Community Justice Coalition, the International Commission of Jurists and the Women in Prison Advocacy Network.

Professor Eileen Baldry detailed recent research carried out with Professor Chris Cunneen, which demonstrated that the recent dramatic increase in the incarceration of women was almost entirely the result of an increase in the imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. She emphasised that the vast majority of women in prison have disability, mostly resulting from cognitive impairment and mental illness. Along with the Honourable Pat O’Shane and Kat Armstrong, she called for decarceration and better services, including services for women with disability within the community rather than in prisons.
 
The report released at this event is publicly available (pdf only)
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Officer on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Follow Jess on Twitter @JessPWDA
 

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Vale Frederick Miller
On Thursday 7 August 2014, disability rights leader and champion in Fiji and the Pacific, Frederick Miller passed away at the Suva Private Hospital.  At the time, Mr Miller held the role as the Regional Disability Inclusive Development Specialist (Pacific) at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Australian High Commission in Suva, Fiji.  
 
Prior to this, he spearheaded the disability inclusion work at the University of the South Pacific (USP) for six months between January and June 2013 setting a solid platform for the USP Disability Resource Centre to continue this momentum at this regional academic institution. From 2006 to December 2012, he served as the first Disability Coordination Officer at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) playing a very key role in the development and implementation of the Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability (PRSD).
 
A high school teacher by training, he taught at Cathedral Secondary School in Suva for many years. He was the first male Co-Chairperson for the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), the former President of Fiji Disabled Peoples Association and member of the DPI Regional and World Council. 
 
PWDA sends its condolences to all our friends and colleagues at the PDF and to his family.  We have lost a champion of disability rights, but his legacy for people with disability in the Pacific and for disability inclusive development continues. 
 
IMAGE: Photograph of Frederick Miller

IMAGE: Photograph of Frederick Miller.

 
Vale Frederick Miller. 
 
PWDA TRAINING
 
Training for disability advocates in Queensland
On Tuesday 19 August, PWDA delivered Responding to Sexual Assault training to Queensland advocates in Bundaberg. Participants said they found the content to be very relevant and informative particularly in understanding the indicators of sexual assault, the nature of sexual violence and how they can support people who had been sexually assaulted.

In response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse to assist victims and to support the prevention of further abuse, PWDA is placing greater emphasis on the delivery of training to service providers nationally, specific to Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault.

For further information contact Greg Robertson, Training Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email gregr@pwd.org.au
 
Follow Greg on Twitter @gregPWDA 
 
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IMAGE: A green sign has bold white lettering on it. The word spells out Advocates. Another green sign above has a white arrow pointing upwards.


Responding to Sexual Assault for people with disability

Are your staff confident when responding to sexual assault matters regarding people with disability?

PWDA has extensive experience in the development and delivery of training across a wide range of disability areas including Responding to Sexual Assault, Disability Awareness and Responding to Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability.

Our two-day Responding to Sexual Assault training aims to challenge myths surrounding sexual assault and people with intellectual disability, build capacity of staff to support victims of sexual assault, as well as decrease the vulnerability of people with intellectual disability to this crime. 

 
 
 
IMAGE: A person holds up a pink card with white lowercase letters which spell out training.IMAGE: A person holds up a pink card with white lowercase letters which spell out training.
We explore guidelines around Good Practice when providing personal care, Impact of Sexual Assault and Responding to Sexual Assault and Creating Safe Environments. Training sessions are highly interactive and participants work together to develop strategies and procedures, with guidance from experienced trainers who have direct experience of disability.

For further information contact Greg Robertson, Training Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email gregr@pwd.org.au

Follow Greg on Twitter @gregPWDA 
PWDA VOLUNTEER or EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
Volunteer Fundraising Adviser
This is a three month volunteer opportunity to provide advice and recommendations to an existing board advisory group to
  • propose strategies to secure new or increased contributions
  • develop and implement practical strategic fundraising initiatives
  • refine and relaunch existing fundraising program.
Mature aged volunteers are encouraged to apply. Current fundraising plan available.
 
Please email your CV and your expression of interest to pwd@pwd.org.au  
 
For further information contact Craig Andrews, Communications Manager and Membership Development on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email craiga@pwd.org.au
 
Follow PWDA on twitter @pwdaustralia
 
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IMAGE: Large block purple letters spell out Advice. These recede into the distance. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 
 
DISABILITY NEWS
 
International News
 
7 August 2014
Live News
A key group monitoring disability rights in New Zealand says proposed changes to building regulations are unnecessary and infringe disabled people’s right to access buildings.
 
1 August 2014
Shampa Sengupta, Tarshi
Motherhood is hallowed concept in Indian society – folklore and stories of branding women who do not bear a child as wicked abound here.
 
5 August 2014
SAGE Connection
The research in this special issue is all about disability and poverty. There is an initial set of articles that looks at how growing up in poverty influences education and employment outcomes for students with disabilities.
 
15 August 2014
John Pring, DNS
The UK government appears to have become the first country to face a high-level inquiry by a United Nations committee, as a result of “grave or systemic violations” of the rights of disabled people.
 
National News
 
People with disability of any age living in Australia may apply for any assistance to help with both formal and informal education. The closing date for the Education Fund is 30 September 2014
 
Independent film maker Sarah Barton seeks photographs, film footage, newsletters, banners, posters or other memorabilia related to the disability rights movement and protests (Political and Direct action) throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s for her upcoming film about the history of the movement.  The Miss Australia protests are of particular interest but all contributions would be greatly appreciated.
 
If you can assist by sharing the above or can suggest where they can be located, please contact Veronica Gregoric on veronica@darlingproductions.com.au
 
To view more about the work of Sarah Barton please visit http://fertilefilms.com.au/anyone-anytime-weird-and-wonderful and http://vimeo.com/24215085
 
5 August 2014
ProBono News
The Federal Government is effectively trying to shut down an advocacy voice in the disability sector through funding cuts, says former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes.
 
27 July 2014
Emily Howie, Human Rights Law Centre
Governments should ensure that people with disabilities fully enjoy the right to vote by ensuring that all people who express a wish to vote are provided necessary supports and assistance.
 
27 August 2014
Dan Harrison, SMH
Labor will oppose Coalition proposals which would require intellectually disabled workers to waive their right to make discrimination claims in return for a payment.
 
21 August 2014
Judith Ireland, SMH
The peak body representing Australian psychiatrists has rejected the proposal that only people with a ''permanent impairment'' should get the disability support pension, saying the plan fails to understand the nature of mental illness.
 
National Mental Health Commission
In 2005, all Australian Governments agreed to act to reduce and where possible to eliminate the use of seclusion and restraint. PWDA has signed up to this declaration.
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
19 August 2014
Carl Smith, ABC News
Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) have been able to identify the genetic cause of lupus in a specific individual for the first time.
 
New South Wales News
 
13 August 2014
Jessica Oxford, Daily Telegraph
Blacktown police are ramping up training to be better equipped to deal with the high rates of mental health issues they’re confronted with daily.
 
FACS Media Release
NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka this evening welcomed the passage of the Disability Inclusion Bill through the NSW Parliament, which sets in place a legacy of inclusion and protection for people with disability during and following the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
 
15 August 2014
Peter Collins, The Standard
It’s a sad reflection on Warrnambool when key speakers at a major conference on disabilities can’t get their wheelchair on the train or in to restaurants.
 
13 August 2014
Deborah Field, The Leader
Kym Flowers, 30, has a range of physical disabilities but can't get funding for basic mobility equipment. She studies at TAFE and wants nothing more than to be active in the community. She has been told a walking frame and supportive cushions are luxury items.
 
Northern Territory News
 
12 August 2014
Matt Garrick, NT News
DISABLED residents of Alice Springs have not only to struggle with their lack of mobility – they also battle to find a parking spot.
 
16 August 2014
Josh Jennings, SMH
Dr Siva Bala, a regional psychiatrist with the Kimberley mental-health and drug service, says he has to dispense with some conventions of traditional psychiatry to forge ties with remote indigenous communities.
 
Queensland News
 
17 August 2014
Julia Medew, Brisbane Times
Doctors are calling for Australians with pacemakers to write clear instructions about the circumstances in which they would like them switched off in case they want doctors to help them die at some point in the future.
 
13 August 2014
The Morning Bulletin
ROCKHAMPTON-BORN Paralympian Karni Liddell says people have said some outrageous things to her over the years.
 
South Australia News
 
27 August 2014
Brett Williamson, ABC News
The only lack of vision Adelaide's blind apprentice chef is limited from is from those who did not employ him according to Alex Kolberg's new boss.
 
18 August 2014
Loukas Founten, ABC News
A woman with autism and epilepsy has begun legal action over severe burns it is alleged she suffered when left in a hot bath at a residential care facility in Adelaide.
 
Tasmania News
 
25 August 2014
Jonathan Mallison, The Advocate
THIS week's state budget has many Tasmanians concerned. For some, this is caused by a ruthless federal budget, others are concerned for the future of Tasmania.
 
12 August 2014
Darragh O’Keeffe, Australian Ageing Agenda
With a shrinking workforce in the state, aged services in Tasmania are forced to compete with the health and disability sectors for staff, but as AAA discovers, stakeholders have decided their future lies in collaboration.  
 
Victoria News
 
13 August 2014
Benn Dorrington, Morning Peninsula Leader
A love of travel and the thrill of taking off has pushed Simon Rodman to gain his pilot’s licence.
 
19 August 2014
Peter Collins, The Standard
SEVEN years ago when Terry Mulder was in Opposition he criticised the lack of wheelchair accessible rail carriages on the Warrnambool line.
 
Western Australia News
 
11 August 2014
Rachel Browne, SMH
The parents of baby Gammy have said they demanded a refund from the agency upon learning their son had a disability late into the pregnancy.
 
Phoebe Wearn, The West Australian
WA's Mental Health Commissioner says he does not know how anyone manages to navigate their way through WA's mental health system to find the help they need, particularly if they are unwell.
 
13 August 2014
WA Today
The deaths of nine West Australian fly-in fly-out workers who took their own lives will be investigated by a senior mental health clinician.
 
Consultations, Studies, Surveys and Petitions
 
Below are consultations, submissions, surveys and petitions for the benefit of PWDA members and subscribers to participate, get active and make your voice heard on a range of issues relevant to people with disability from a range of different organisations, researchers and individuals. Please consult with the specific survey/consultation/petition if you require more information.
 
STUDIES & SURVEYS
 
2014 Access at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1749811/2014-Access-at-the-MCA-Survey
 
Accessing accessible amenities
 
Attitudes to sexuality, relationships and child-rearing: A study about people with genetic neurodevelopmental disorders – University of Newcastle
 
Autism Spectrum Disorders – University of Sydney
 
Brain Injury Australia (NSW) Newsletter Survey July 2014
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7TW9HPS
 
Disability and Mental Health – PDA
 
Disability discrimination in employment in Australia – ANU
 
Do-It-Yourself Home Modifications – UNSW
 
Down Syndrome Clinical Research Study in Australia
 
Employment For All – NCID
 
Impact of Ageing on Needs of People with Mobility Limitations – PDCN
 
On-line survey for dyslexia in Victoria – University of Melbourne
 
Perceptions of Dementia, causes and sources of information – Canberra Uni
 
Private vehicle access, modification and trip planning by people with a disability – UTS
http://utsbusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOXonyWdHig8lcV
 
Review of the ADHC Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Manual
 
Stepping Stones Triple P Project
 
 
 
PETITIONS
 
Archbishop Wilson: stop avoiding responsibility for abuse of our children & help pay for counselling
 
Federal, State & Local Government, employers in business & the third sector: Work together to create 20,000 jobs a year for people with disability.
 
Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, eBay, Twitter, Yelp, Facebook: It's time to finally kill CAPTCHA
 
 
NSW Transport Minister: Increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme for people living with disabilities
 
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian: Do my commute for a day - try to use Sydney trains in a wheelchair
http://www.change.org/petitions/transport-minister-gladys-berejiklian-do-my-commute-for-a-day-try-to-use-sydney-trains-in-a-wheelchair
 
 
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New Resources
 
All In! A guide to including children with disability in the community
Gives advice on how to make a child with disability and those around them, feel more included and valued as a member of the community.
 
Bank on Human Rights Coalition
This newly formed global coalition of social movements, civil society organisations and grassroots groups work together to ensure all development finance institutions respect human rights and strive to bring more coordination to a global movement led by communities and supported by civil society organisations.
 
Changing Places: Transforming Lives
Information kit provides key people such as architects, councils, developers, designers and facility managers with all the information required to build a Changing Place toilet.
 
Disability Arts International
Promoting the work of artists with disability across the globe.
 
Disability zone at AIDS2014 conference in Melbourne 20-25 July 2014
Reports, video, photographs and presentations
 
Discussion Paper on Cross Sector Service Coordination for people with high and complex needs: Harnessing existing evidence and knowledge
http://sydney.edu.au/health-sciences/cdrp/publications/policy-bulletins.shtml
 
Estimated prevalence and living circumstances of parents with intellectual disability in Australia
 
HIV and Ageing Booklet
A 12-page, easy-to-understand resource for Aged Care Workers about HIV and Ageing
http://www.ashm.org.au/News.asp?NewsID=1585
 
Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK)
Enables people with disability to gain 24/7 access to a network of public facilities.
http://www.masterlocksmiths.com.au/mlak.php
 
Reuseability
Australian classifieds for disability, aged care and rehabilitation aids
 
The Rainbow Shoebox
A group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people, and their friends, with intellectual disability
 
Transition to School online resource
Provides a community-wide approach to the transition to school.
 
 
 
Conferences and Events
 
1-3 Sep 2014: Adelaide SA 7th International Urban Design Conference. InterContinental, Adelaide.
 
4 Sep 2014: Ashfield NSW 2014 Recovery Forum, Whole of Health. 9-5pm Ashfield Town Hall.
http://www.nswcag.org.au/recovery-forum.html
 
4 Sep 2014: Inverell NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Inverell Town Hall Annex
 
5 Sep 2014: Coffs Harbour NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Coffs Harbour Ex Services Club
 
6 Sep 2014: Ashfield NSW Sexuality and Relationships Forum for parents and carers of people with intellectual disability
 
8-9 Sep 2014: Goulburn NSW Getting Ready: Living the Life I Want to Live,
Community Care (Northern Beaches) Ltd, Annie’s Room, Best Western A Trappers Motor Inn, 2 Lockyer Street, Goulburn NSW. Contact admin@pdcnsw.org.au or call (02) 9552 1606
http://www.pdcnsw.org.au/ 
 
8-9 Sep 2014: Camperdown NSW Person Centredness in Employment Settings workshop. Medical Foundation Building, Auditorium,92-94 Parramatta Road, Camperdown. Contact margaret.carrick@sydney.edu.au or (02) 9036 3600
http://cds.med.usyd.edu.au/person-centredness-in-employment-settings
 
9 Sep 2014: Kensington NSW Seminar 12.30-1.30pm, National disability (social) policy and technology: Do we have a framework? And does it work?
https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/event/sprc-seminar-series-2014-national-disability-social-policy-and-technology-do-we-have-a-framework-and-does-it-work/
 
9 Sep 2014: Windsor NSW Hoarding and Squalor effective service responses, Deerubbin Centre, Hawkesbury Central Library, 300 George Street, Windsor
http://www.wscf.org.au/training/534-parramatta-2
 
11 Sep 2014: Katoomba NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Katoomba Leura Community Centre
 
12-13 Sep 2014: Nepean NSW Nepean Disability Expo. Penrith Panthers Pavilion. http://disabilityexpo.org.au/
 
16-17 Sep 2014: Ultimo Sydney ACCAN National Conference, Connecting Today’s Consumer, Aerial UTS Function Centre
https://www.regonline.com.au/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1560951
 
16 Sep 2014: Kempsey NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Address TBC
 
17 Sep 2014: Campbelltown NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Address TBC
 
17 Sep 2014: Sydney NSW ACCAN National Conference – Connecting Today’s Consumer. Levl 7, 235 Jones Street, Ultimo
http://www.accan.org.au/
 
18-19 Sep 2014: Homebush NSW Rising to the Challenge Conference, Waterview at Bicentennial Park, Homebush
http://cds.med.usyd.edu.au/rising-to-the-challenge
 
19 Sep 2014: Taree NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Club Taree
 
19-21 Sept 2014: Melbourne VIC A Weekend Intensive Workshop in Inclusive Dance. http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/
 
22 Sep 2014: Sydney University NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, New Law School Building Annex
 
22-23 Sep 2014: Coffs Harbour NSW Getting Ready: Living the Life I Want to Live, Manuel Room, Country Comfort Coffs Harbour, 353 Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour NSW. Contact admin@pdcnsw.org.au or call (02) 9552 1606
http://www.pdcnsw.org.au/ 
 
1-2 Oct 2014: Newcastle NSW Living My Way: Being Prepared Conference, Western Suburbs Leagues Club, 88 Hobart Road, New Lambton, NSW. Contact Carol Vale 0400 294 331 or carol@murawin.com.au
 
2 Oct 2014: Lismore NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Lismore Workers Club
 
9-10 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Return2Sport, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, Olympic Blvd, Sydney Olympic Park NSW. Contact Sebastian on (02) 8607 6507
http://www.royalrehab.com.au/Return2Sport.html
 
11 Oct 2014: Batemans Bay NSW The Bay Push 2014. Entry forms from the Bay Push website or contact Rob on 0411 285 533
 
13 Oct 2014: Perth WA 'Advocacy in Action' Short Course at Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA)
 
14 Oct 2014: Newcastle NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, The Place Charlestown
 
18 Oct 2014: Parramatta NSW Deaf Festival 10am-4pm, on the north side of Parramatta River in Parramatta (between Wilde Ave and Elizabeth Street)
http://deafsocietynsw.org.au/events_main/event/487/
 
18 Oct 2014: Belmore (Chinese Community) NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Belmore Senior Citizens Centre
 
20-21 Oct 2014: Wyong NSW Getting Ready: Living the Life I Want to Live,
Tasman Board Room, Mingara Recreation Club, Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi NSW 2261. Contact admin@pdcnsw.org.au or call (02) 9552 1606 
http://www.pdcnsw.org.au/ 
 
22 Oct 2014: Glebe NSW Ageing with Disability – panel presentation 6pm, St Helen’s Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe NSW. Contact (02) 9552 1606
http://www.pdcnsw.org.au/
 
27 Oct 2014: Parramatta NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Northcott
 
27-28 Oct 2014: Chatswood NSW Mind and Its Potential 2014, The Concourse, Chatswood. Contact (02) 8719 5118 or email conferences@viconferences.com.au
 
28-29 Oct 2014: National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference, Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Street, Melbourne
 
28-29 Oct 2014: Chatswood NSW Arts Activated Conference, The Concourse Chatswood Sydney
 
30 Oct 2014: Sydney NSW Our Daughters 2014, Aerial UTS Function Centre, University of Technology (UTS) Sydney
http://www.regodirect.com.au/ourdaughtersconference
 
30 October 2014: Auburn NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, (Turkish Community) Address TBC
 
5-7 Nov 2014: Fremantle WA 49th Annual ASID Conference, Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia. Contact conference2014@asid.asn.au
 
7 Nov 2014: Adelaide SA Disability & Lifestyles Expo 2014, Adelaide Showgrounds, 10am-4pm, phone (08) 8236 0555.
http://events.dircsa.org.au/expos/
 
23-24 March 2015: Melbourne VIC Third Sector Expo Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. http://thirdsectorevents.com.au/

July 2015: Hobart TAS Beyond our Boundaries. Expressions of interest are now invited http://www.beyondourboundaries.org/#!about/c10fk
 
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