View this email in your browser
  Forward this email to a friend
PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #95 October 2014
 
ISSN 2202-0705
IMAGE: Chris and Katherine Gallehawke and their son are pictured above outside the Hervey Bay Courthouse.
People with Disability Australia on Facebook People with Disability Australia on Twitter People with Disability Australia on Pinterest People with Disability Australia on Youtube
Stay up-to-date with the latest Australian disability human rights news, views and developments
Dear ,
Welcome to PWDA’s October 2014 E-Bulletin.
 
Our E-Bulletin goes out to subscribers regularly by email. Please share this ebulletin with anyone you might think would like to receive it.
 
Chris and Katherine Gallehawke and their son are pictured above outside the Hervey Bay Courthouse. Their story is below in Individual Advocacy
 
To be added or removed from our E-Bulletin mailing list or to change your details, please email us, click on the "Unsubscribe / Change Profile" link at the very end of this E-Bulletin or contact PWDA on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin. 
 
If you want to receive these emails as text-only with no graphics or images at all, please email pwd@pwd.org.au or call on one of the numbers listed below and speak to the Communications Manager.
 
If you would like to become a member of PWDA please visit pwd.org.au/membership.html or contact us for a membership form. 
 
PWDA Disability Rights Defenders
Disability Rights Defenders can change lives through regular, monthly, tax-deductible donations. These regular donations support:
  • systemic and legal advocacy projects,
  • members’ and stakeholders consultations,
  • other essential projects like the Boarding House project,
  • work with Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) in the Pacific,
  • information and training to people with disability and their associates.
Learn more about the Disability Rights Defenders and sign up online.
 
Contents
 
 

  • Chris and Katherine back in charge
ACCESSIBILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
  • NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) Forum
  • OPAL card
  • PWDA Campaigners - 2014 NSW Election Campaign
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT 
  • Update: Social Security legislation
  • Update: Wage Justice Campaign
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
  • UN Convention against Torture.
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 
  • Update: PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
  • Ambassador Program
  • Policy Exchange workshop for persons with disability in Asia Pacific
  • Vanuatu Delegation visits PWDA
  • Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
As we approach the end of 2014 I want to acknowledge the hard work of members, Board, Executive and our staff across many fronts. 

As you read this we are busy finalising arrangements for the PWDA Annual General Meeting.  Our Annual Report catalogues a busy year of project, individual and systemic advocacy work. 

I want to acknowledge those who took part in the recent Board election for PWDA.  This was a contested, tight election with 13 candidates vying for five positions and one casual vacancy.  That’s healthy and stepping up for election can be a testing thing to do, so I’d congratulate all PWDA members who put yourselves forward. 
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
 
Congratulations in no particular order to Bonnie Millen, Stuart Mawbey, Kevin Boyce, Suresh Rajan, Thomas Banks and Joel Wilson on your election to the Board. My thanks to retiring members Fiona Given, Kristy Trajcevski and Irene McMinn.

New members are coming onto the Board at an exciting and challenging time for PWDA.  We have many balls in the air and we approach a period of change in advocacy funding at both the State and Federal levels.  The Board remains vigilant of its governance responsibilities while continuing to drive forward with key and emerging projects. 

A project which is both strategic and exciting is a project to develop a participant lead scorecard from the trial sites for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  I will have more to say about this project but I am pleased that we will now reach across the trial sites and will be using an appropriate deliberative methodology to render a balanced verdict. 

We are keen for members to form PWDA’s submission to the Jury and I hope you will get involved in a coming PWDA social media forum to be held on Saturday 29 November 2014. This forum will seek feedback to determine the extent that the NDIS is delivering on the themes of choice, control and person centred supports envisaged by the Productivity Commission in 2010.  This is OUR scheme and a person-centered scorecard is the right approach. 

I also hope that as many members as possible will attend PWDA’s Annual General Meeting from 5.30pm on Thursday 13 November 2014.  A highlight of the AGM will be an opportunity to hear from PWDA Life Member and former Disability Discrimination Commissioner via our “Graeme Innes Unplugged” interview.  It promises to be a “no holds barred” conversation ranging over Graeme’s advocacy work and you can join via webcast on the night and also join the conversation via #innesunplugged 
 
Craig Wallace
PWDA President
 
Follow Craig on Twitter via @CraigWtweets
 
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.
 
Get Involved!

We have two opportunities below where members can get involved and achieve something on behalf of PWDA, to the benefit of people with disability and engage in their community at the same time.
 
Media Releases and Alerts
Subscribe here to receive PWDA Alerts and PWDA Media Releases as they become available.
 
 
PWDA News
 
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
 
Chris and Katherine back in charge
Chris and Katherine Gallehawke approached People with Disability Australia late last year with the goal of having the State Public Trustee office removed as Katherine’s financial manager.
 
Chris and Katherine have a young son and would like to purchase a larger home with a backyard using the equity they currently hold in their own property. PWDA assisted Katherine and her husband Chris to demonstrate to the Public Trustee that Katherine was able to manage her own finances. 
 
PWDA then assisted Katherine to complete an application to the relevant State Administrative Tribunal and to appear at the Tribunal hearing. The Tribunal determined that Katherine does have capacity to manage her own finances and the Public Trustee office were removed as financial managers in September 2014.
 
IMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy is spelt out in white capital lettersIMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy
is spelt out in white capital letters
 
Katherine and Chris are very pleased to be back in charge of their own finances and look forward to exploring options of better suited housing for them and their young son.
 
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 email dris@pwd.org.au
 
ACCESSIBILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSION
 
NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) Forum
PWDA Director Mark Tonga and Advocacy Projects Manager Samantha French participated in a Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) Forum at NSW Parliament House on Tuesday 21 October, to discuss affordability and access for participants in the TTSS.
 
This Forum was hosted by Jan Barham MLC, a Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council.  The Forum was attended by Parliamentarians, users of TTSS and disability representative organisations from across the disability and transport sector. Mark and Sam participated on the Forum panel and argued for a range of improvements to the NSW TTSS, including the urgent need for an increase to the level of subsidy.
 
The NSW TTSS was introduced in 1981 at a time when there were few public transport options available to people with disability. The TTSS offers subsidised taxi fares for people with disability who are unable to access public transport in the form of vouchers
 
 
 
IMAGE: Taxi Cab roof sign. Red block letters spell out Taxi. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
IMAGE: White Taxi Cab roof sign. Red block letters spell out Taxi. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net.
which pay for half of the fare up to a maximum of $30. The maximum subsidy cap of $30 was last increased in 1999, 15 years ago.  In that time, taxi fares have increased by more than 60%. Victoria increased its scheme in 2008 (from $30 up to $60): which is double the subsidy cap in NSW.
 
The 2010 Select Committee Inquiry into the NSW Taxi Industry recommended an ‘increase in the value of the subsidy provided by the TTSS to half the total fare, up to a maximum of $50 per fare’ and also that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) consider the value of the subsidy as part of its annual review of taxi fares. Government responses have been noncommittal.
 
The Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Customer Research of June 2013, found that:
  • affordability is a key barrier to those taking additional journeys
  • around a quarter of users have foregone other things to afford a wheelchair accessible taxi such as entertainment or cutting down on groceries
  • WAT users are far more likely to have paid more than $30 for their personal share of a taxi fare, particularly in Sydney
  • average monthly spend: $185.70
NCOSS Pre-budget Submission 2014-15 recommended raising the subsidy cap for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme to $60 per trip.
 
In April 2013, the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC), The Council of Social Services of NSW (NCOSS), Physical Disability Council of NSW (PDCN) and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) produced a report titled The Shrinking Circle: Report on a Survey of TTSS Users. This was a survey of TTSS participants which concluded with several key findings: 
  • 32% of respondents said that taxis were their only mode of transport,
  • 54.7% of respondents received the Disability Support Pension, 15.1% were in part-time employment and 12.3% were in full-time employment, and
  • of those people receiving the Disability Support Pension, almost half (47.5%) spent between 11 and 30% of their income on taxis, and that this percentage was higher for those in part-time employment (50%) and slightly lower for those in full-time employment (35.7%).
PWDA will continue to advocate for improvements to the TTSS including an increase in the subsidy level. PWDA Director, Mark Tonga has a petition which you can sign here.
 
You can also hear more about the issue and the effects of a low taxi transport subsidy on people’s lives in this ABC radio report.
 
Jan Barham MLC is also collecting signatures on a petition calling on the NSW Government to increase the subsidy cap. Because the Parliament doesn’t accept electronic petitions, they have to be received in printed form. Please download the petition using the links below, then sign them and collect as many signatures as you can, and send them in to her office (the address is on the petition):
 
For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
 

OPAL Card
PWDA is an active participant on the Transport for NSW Accessible Transport Advisory Committee (ATAC), which next meets on Wednesday 19 November 2014.
 
One of the issues that the ATAC has been discussing is the new ticketing system that is being rolled out across NSW, called the Opal Card. PWDA has received some feedback from members concerning the accessibility of the new system for people with disability.
 
 
IMAGE: A person holds the OPAL card
IMAGE: A person holds the opal card. 
 
We are interested to hear stories from members about your experience in using the Opal Card, both positive and negative experiences.
 
If you would like to provide feedback on your experiences of using the Opal Card, please contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au

^ Return to Contents
 
 
PWDA Campaigners – 2014 NSW Election Campaign
In March 2015, there will be a NSW State Election. On International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD), 3 December 2014, PWDA will launch our state Election Platform which will draw out the key issues affecting people with disability in NSW.
 
PWDA is looking for PWDA members in NSW to promote the issues that are important to people with disability in NSW.
 
What’s involved?
We will ask you do some or all of the following:
  • Tell us about some of the challenges you face as a person with disability living in NSW
  • Share your story through video, print and online as part of the campaign
  • Act as a media spokespeople for the campaign in your local area
  • Promote key election issues through social media
  • Provide peer support to other PWDA members encouraging them to become actively involved in promoting the rights of people with disability in NSW.
 
You will be provided with templates, information and support to carry out your activities.
 
If you’re interested in becoming an Election Campaigner for the PWDA 2015 NSW election campaign, 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

ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
 
Update: Social Security legislation
Following the release of the 2014 Federal budget, the Government introduced two Bills into Parliament, which proposed changes to legislation that would adversely affect people with disability.
 
As we have been reporting in our previous E-Bulletins, PWDA have been strongly opposing the legislation through our submissions to Government and meetings with parliamentarians. Encouragingly, the two original Bills that the Government introduced (Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 1) Bill 2014, and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 2) Bill 2014) were blocked in the Senate.
 
However, in order to try and push these budget measures through, the Government has now repackaged these measures that were
 
 
 
IMAGE: An open book sits on top of two other books titled Law and Legislation. Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
IMAGE: An open book sits on top of two other books titled Law and Legislation. Image courtesy of
Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
included in the first two Bills into three new Bills. As we reported in our September e-bulletin, the Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 6) Bill 2014 passed through the House of Representatives on Thursday 2 October.

This Bill includes legislation that requires certain recipients of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) to actively participate in a program of support. The other measure included in this Bill affects the amount of time DSP recipients can travel overseas, limiting portability to a maximum of four weeks per year. If a person is out of the country for more than four weeks, their DSP will be cancelled and they would need to reapply. The Government estimates this may happen to 2,000 people who are currently on the DSP. This Bill is now being debated in the Senate. 

The two other Bills that the Government has introduced are Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 4) Bill 2014 and Social Services and Other Legislation Amendment (2014 Budget Measures No 5) Bill 2014, both of which are still to be debated by the House of Representatives. These Bills include budget measures such as the cancellation of the Pensioner Education Supplement (PES), changes to indexation of the DSP as well as increases in the age pension age.

PWDA is continuing our advocacy towards parliamentarians to try and have all these measures blocked. The Federal Parliament will sit again for three weeks from Monday 17 November, during which time we expect that these Bills will be debated and voted on.

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
PWDA continues to work on wage justice for employees with disability in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs), previously known as ‘sheltered workshops’.  The Business Services Supported Employment Tool (BSWAT) that is used to calculate the wages of many ADE employees was found to be discriminatory by the full bench of the Federal Court and confirmed by the High Court of Australia in 2012.

In December 2013, United Voice and Health Services Union made an application to the Fair Work Commission (FWC) to vary the Business Services Award to remove the BSWAT on basis of this discrimination.
 
 
 
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
 
PWDA’s application to intervene in proceedings before the Fair Work Commission (FWC) was granted by the Full Bench at a Hearing on 20 June 2014.  This means that PWDA has a right to represent ADE employees in the FWC Hearing and to be actively involved in the Conciliation discussions.

The first Mediation Conference was convened by Deputy President Booth on 15 September 2014. PWDA was represented at that meeting by Samantha French and Phillip French from the Australian Disability Legal Centre (ACDL), which is providing legal representation for PWDA in these matters.

Deputy President Booth has set aside five days over Nov and Dec 2014 to conduct the mediation. PWDA participated in the second Mediation Conference on 5 November and will continue to be an active party throughout the mediation.

More information on the Wage Justice Campaign is on the PWDA website.  

For further information contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD

UN Convention against Torture
From 7-11 November, PWDA will be lead the Australian Civil Society Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva for the review of Australia under the Convention Against Torture.
 
This review will be conducted by the UN Committee Against Torture during their 53rd session.  The Committee will consider the 4th and 5th periodic reports of Australia and make Recommendations and Concluding Observations about Australia’s progress in implementing the Convention Against Torture.
 
 
 
IMAGE: A computer keyboard. The word Justice is spelt out in white letters on a blue key.
IMAGE: A computer keyboard. The word Justice
is spelt out in white letters on a blue key. 
 
People with disability in Australia are frequently subject to treatment that may constitute torture, or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment), including persistent and severe violence and abuse, forced or coerced non-therapeutic sterilisation, long-term neglect of basic human needs, and painful and degrading behaviour modification techniques or ‘restrictive practices’. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (the Special Rapporteur on Torture) has expressed concern that, ‘’in many cases such practices, when perpetrated against persons with disabilities, remain invisible or are being justified, and are not recognised as torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
 
The Australian Civil Society Delegation is made up of representatives from:
In relation to people with disability, the delegation will be advocating strongly that many practices experienced by people with disability constitute ill-treatment, for example, indefinite detention, restrictive practices, and forced sterilisation. We will be sending back daily reports from Geneva to update you on our activities.  Sign up for Alerts here!
 
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
 
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
 
UPDATE: PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
The Project Steering Group (PSG) of the Disability Support for the Royal Commission project had their first meeting on Friday 24 October 2014.
 
The PSG is made up of experienced disability advocates, and includes people with disability with lived experience of sexual abuse as children in institutional settings. The PSG consists of members and representatives from:
  • People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
  • Children with Disability Australia (CDA)
  • Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
  • National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
  • First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
  • Reinforce Self-Advocacy (Reinforce)
  • Australian Centre for Disability Law (ACDL)
  • Southern Cross University (SCUni)
 
 
 
IMAGE: White text spells out Speak up and let your voice make a difference over an image of two people talking
IMAGE: White text spells out Speak up and let your voice make a difference over an image of two people talking.
The PSG discussed a range of matters related to the project, including:
  • how best to engage with people with disability who are currently living in residential congregate care settings;
  • how to ensure that people are provided with adequate support in coming forward to the Royal Commission; and
  • how to ensure that all of those who may know about sexual abuse of children in institutional settings, such as former staff, guardians, trustees, families or carers of children with disability are all aware that they can participate in the Royal Commission.
L to R Back row: Matthew Bowden (PWDA Co-CEO), Dwayne Cranfield (NEDA CEO), Jacqui Ward (Support), Annie Parkinson (WWDA/PWDA Member), Jane Rosengrave (Reinforce), Dr Sally Robinson (SCUni), Stephanie Gotlib (CDA CEO), Damien Griffis (FPDN CEO), Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA CEO), Phillip French (ACDL), Greg Robertson (PWDA Training Manager), Jess Cadwallader (PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager) L to R Front row: Fran Vicary (PWDA Member), Faye Druett (PWDA Director) and Sam Connor (PWDA Director).
L to R Back row: Matthew Bowden (PWDA Co-CEO), Dwayne Cranfield (NEDA CEO), Jacqui Ward (Support), Annie Parkinson (WWDA/PWDA Member), Jane Rosengrave (Reinforce), Dr Sally Robinson (SCUni), Stephanie Gotlib (CDA CEO), Damien Griffis (FPDN CEO), Carolyn Frohmader (WWDA CEO),
Phillip French (ACDL), Greg Robertson (PWDA Training Manager),
Jess Cadwallader (PWDA Advocacy Projects Manager) 
L to R Front row: Fran Vicary (PWDA Member), Faye Druett (PWDA Director)
and Sam Connor (PWDA Director).
 
The PWDA website for the Disability Support for the Royal Commission project is up and running: http://rcsupport.pwd.org.au Please visit the website to see what we are doing, and to sign up to the mailing list.

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. 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.
 
PWDA is pleased to welcome a number of Ambassadors to this program and we thank you for your support. For others interested in becoming Ambassadors 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  

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 & ADVOCACY
 
Policy Exchange workshop for person with disability in Asia Pacific
PWDA participated in the Policy Exchange Workshop, convened by Asia Pacific Disabled Peoples Organisations United (DPO United) and supported by the Korean Government and United Nations Economic and Social Committee for the Asia Pacific (UN ESCAP), which was held in the Republic of South Korea 23-25 September 2014. 
 
IMAGE: Attendees at the Policy Exchange Workshop for Persons with Disabilities of Asia-Pacific
Attendees at the Policy Exchange Workshop for Persons with Disabilities of Asia-Pacific
 
The Workshop brought together Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) from across the Asia and Pacific to discuss progress on implementing the CRPD and practical actions taken at the national level to incorporate the Incheon Strategy to progress the rights of people with disability in the region. The Incheon Strategy represents the world’s first set of regionally agreed disability-inclusive development goals and was a key area of focus for the workshop.
 
DPO United has come a long way since it was established only two years ago and was a founding member of the 30-member Intergovernmental Working Group which was set up to oversee the New Asia Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities (2012-2022). The Working Group has 50% representation of Government and Civil Society, which is unprecedented in a Committee of this type and enables Government and Civil Society to work side-by-side on the full and effective implementation of the Incheon Strategy.
 
The Working Group has recently developed a ‘Roadmap for Implementation of the Incheon Strategy’, which outlines actions and roles for Government and Civil Society, including DPOs, and other key partners at national, sub-regional and regional level on how we move forward to fully and effectively implement the Incheon Strategy and CRPD in this region.
 
The Workshop also had a central focus on women and girls with disability and included a separate meeting for women participants.
 
PWDA holds the position of Vice-Chair on the DPO United Executive Committee and was an active contributor to the meeting, including delivering one of the key presentations on Goal 3 of the Incheon Strategy ‘Actions to Enhance Accessibility’. We were also represented on a panel discussing Education and Women with Disability.
 
PWDA will continue to support the work of DPO United as an important voice for people with disability in our region.
 
For further information on the Policy Exchange Workshop and on PWDA’s involvement in DPO United, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
 
Vanuatu Delegation visits PWDA
On Thursday 2 October 2014 a high level delegation from Vanuatu visited PWDA to discuss disability policy initiatives in our respective countries and future reforms to promote the rights pf persons with disability in the Pacific region.
 
The delegation included Hon. Minister Alfred Carlo, Minister for Justice and Community Services; Mr Sam Kaiapam, National Disability Focal Point Officer; and Ms Nelly Caleb, CEO Disability Advocacy Promotion Association Vanuatu (DPA Vanuatu). The visit also provided the opportunity to discuss some of the agenda for the upcoming Pacific Forum Disability Ministers Meeting.  Both Australia and Vanuatu will have high level government representation at this meeting and DPA Vanuatu and PWDA will be representing people with disability from our countries. 
 
 
Image: Vanuatu Delegation - L-R: Nelly Caleb, DPA Vanuatu; Stephen H, PWDA; Hon. Minister Alfred Carlo, Minister for Justice and Community Services Vanuatu; Chief A, PWDA; Susan B PWDA; Sam F PWDA; David S PWDA; Mr Sam Kaiapam, National Disability Focal Point Officer Vanuatu.
L-R: Nelly Caleb, DPA Vanuatu; Stephen H, PWDA; Hon. Minister Alfred Carlo, Minister for Justice and Community Services Vanuatu; Chief A, PWDA; Susan B PWDA; Sam F PWDA; David S PWDA;
Mr Sam Kaiapam, National Disability Focal Point Officer Vanuatu.
 
PWDA and DPA Vanuatu have worked collaboratively for many years to ensure a voice for people with disability from Pacific Island Nations is heard within the international disability rights arena, and this includes successful lobbying to get a representative from Vanuatu to the United Nations during the development of the CRPD.
 
For further information on the Policy Exchange Workshop and on PWDA’s involvement in DPO United, contact Samantha French, Advocacy Projects Manager, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email samanthaf@pwd.org.au
 
 

PWDA TRAINING
 
Disability Awareness and Responding to Sexual Assault
Are your staff confident when responding to sexual assault matters regarding people with disability?

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.  

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.
 
 
 
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.
 
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. We will also explore guidelines around Good Practice when providing personal care, Impact of Sexual Assault and Responding to Sexual Assault and Creating Safe Environments.

T
raining 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 

Greg is also on Twitter @gregpwda
 
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
 
Advocate Position
PWDA has an advocate position opportunity available in the Queanbeyan regional office, NSW.

This role is to provide advocacy support to individuals or groups of individuals with disability, and their associates, to promote and protect their human, legal and service user rights in accordance with the National Standards for Disability Services.

People with disability and associates of people with disability, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, are encouraged to apply.

Position: Contract Position – January 2015 to June 2015 (Possibility of Ext)
 
 
 
IMAGE: White block letters on a green sign spell out the word Adovcates. A large white arrow on a green sign is above the word.IMAGE: White block letters on a green sign spell out the word Adovcates. A large white arrow on a green sign is above the word.
 
Part-time: 28 hours per week

Salary: ($61,227 - $65,709) plus super pro-rated, Salary packaging options available

Location: Queanbeyan office, NSW

Information package Download the Information Package (Word 148kb) that includes the selection criteria, which you must address in your application. 

Application closes: 5pm Friday 14 November 2014For further information contact Susan Barnes, Manager, Individual & Group Advocacy NSW on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email 
 
 
DISABILITY NEWS
 
International News
 
13 October 2014
Christopher Tochia, AAP
WHAT kind of sentence will Oscar Pistorius get for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp? South African judge Thokozile Masipa has wide latitude in deciding the sentence after several days of legal arguments and testimony that begin Monday.
 
12 October 2014
Asia Pacific Forum
Qatar’s human rights watchdog has called on the Qatari government to speed up procedures for implementing proposed amendments to Law No. 2 of 2004 on people with disabilities to make it compatible with the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
 
Funka Nu
Swedavia is the biggest airport group in Sweden. The state-owned group consists of 10 airports and a great number of services related to airport operations. To firmly grasp the accessibility work Swedavia assigned Funka to examine both the physical accessibility and the web-based.
 
15 October 2014
Asa Bennett, Huffington Post
Tory welfare minister Lord Freud has been urged to resign after he suggested that disabled people are "not worth" being paid the full minimum wage.
 
National News
 
17 October 2014
Samantha Connor, The Stringer
We used to call them sheltered workshops. That’s a thing of the past – they’re now branded as ‘Australian Disability Enterprises’, places where people with disability are routinely placed and where you can earn as little as $1.79 an hour.
 
10 October 2014
News.com.au
THE vice chief of the Australian Defence Force says viewing the nation's soldiers as "warriors" poses problems when looked at from a mental health perspective.
 
15 October 2014
Rachel Browne, SMH
The father of a sexual abuse victim has accused his church of abandoning his family and attempting to "minimise losses" if his son sought compensation, a royal commission has heard.
 
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
14 October 2014
Natasha Boddy, Canberra Times
Scott Grimley is a valued employee of the National Museum of Australia. He is also legally blind.
 
14 October 2014
Natasha Boddy, ACT News
The national chair of anti-poverty week says a wide-ranging approach is needed to overcome the close link between poverty and health inequality.
 
15 October 2014
Michael Inman, ACT News
A boy has won a $7.5 million payout from the ACT Government after claiming medical negligence at the Canberra Hospital caused his severe cerebral palsy.
 
New South Wales News
 
13 October 2014
Julie Power, SMH
Blinded when she was 20, Ms Henley uses a form of "echo-location" - clicking her fingers or tongue to produce echos much like a bat's navigation - to find her way around a new office and a new city.
 
20 October 2014
9 News
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has reportedly asked his department to make it an offence for motorists to park in spaces reserved for the disabled.
 
21 October 2014
Rachel Olding, SMH
Police will be able to enter domestic violence scenes with body-mounted cameras and record abused victims, crying children, smashed-up rooms and any other signs of abuse, under legislation to be introduced to State Parliament on Tuesday. 
 
Northern Territory News
 
7 October 2014
Xavier La Canna, ABC News
Darwin's Retta Dixon home was supposed to be a place of God, but that is far from how it was portrayed at a royal commission.
 
15 October 2014
Ellie Turner, NT News
A PSYCHOTIC man saw “people changing shapes” and believed a dog was talking to him before he bludgeoned another man to death — in a case of mistaken identity — a court has heard.
 
Queensland News
 
9 October 2014
Janelle Miles, The Courier-Mail
A PUSH for greater inclusion in sporting clubs, employment and training programs for mentally ill Queenslanders forms part of a five-year mental health strategy to be released today.
 
16 October 2014
Kathy Sundstrom, Sunshine Coast Daily
MARTINA Schweiger wore a stylish red top and skirt as she awaited her fate after confessing to indecent dealings with a severely autistic client in her care.
 
23 October 2014
Renee Cluff, ABC News
A District Court judge in Cairns says legalising marijuana for medical use would be a "good thing".
 
South Australia News
 
9 October 2014
Rebecca Kemp, ABC Rural
In 2010 South Australian documentary film maker Sandra Cook heard about four blokes keen to cross The Simpson Desert and thought it would make a good story.
 
21 October 2014
ABC News
Delays for patients waiting for a mental health bed at Royal Adelaide Hospital's emergency department are becoming more frequent, a mental health advocate says.
 
22 October 2014
9 News
South Australia's education department acted unlawfully by failing to report the alleged sexual assault of five students by a much older student, the state's ombudsman says.
 
 
Tasmania News
 
8 October 2014
News.com.au
THE state’s first dedicated early psychosis service should be available at Headspace in Hobart by the middle of next year.
 
12 October 2014
News.com.au
A PARENT group fears students with disabilities are no closer to receiving as much support as their interstate peers.
 
13 October 2014
Richard Baines, 7 News
A mental health group has raised concerns about a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists in Tasmania, which has the second highest suicide rate in the country.
 
Victoria News
 
7 October 2014
Melissa Merrett, Whittlesea Leader
A WHITTLESEA 18-year-old with severe autism placed in state care is moved from one accommodation service to another several times a week due to a lack of respite facilities, his mother says.
 
13 October 2014
Thomas O’Byrne, Maroondah Leader
A FORMER psychiatric nurse at Maroondah Hospital has been found guilty of misconduct after three patients alleged he sexually and inappropriately touched them.
 
15 October 2014
Melissa Townsend, Dandenong Leader
AN ATTACKER who bashed a deaf man and an autistic boy is on the run from police after the unprovoked attack on a Keysborough-bound bus.
 
Western Australia News
 
15 October 2014
Daniel Emerson, The West Australian
WA's mental health system was plunged into a rare "code yellow" emergency this week as authorities scrambled to admit dozens of patients to secure wards already at capacity.
 
17 October 2014
Nicolas Perpitch, ABC Indigenous
The imprisonment of a mentally impaired Aboriginal man without conviction in Western Australia since 2003 will be reviewed in December.
 
20 October 2014
Nic Perpitch, ABC News
The Law Society is questioning the reliability of the test used by West Australian courts to determine whether an accused offender is fit to stand trial and criminally responsible.
 
Consultations, Studies, Surveys and Petitions
 
Below are consultations, studies, 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
 
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
 
Employment For All – NCID
 
On-line survey for dyslexia in Victoria – University of Melbourne
 
Private vehicle access, modification and trip planning by people with a disability – UTS 
 
Review of the ADHC Behaviour Support Policy and Practice Manual
 
Stepping Stones Triple P Project
 
Young Australians' involvement in their communities
https://mentalhealth.anu.edu.au/survey_200/554322/lang-en
 
 
PETITIONS
 
Archbishop Wilson: stop avoiding responsibility for abuse of our children & help pay for counselling
 
 
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
 
If you would like to promote your consultation, survey or petition
in the PWDA EBulletin please email pwd@pwd.org.au
New Resources
 
Access All Areas Film Festival
The festival aims to increase access to Australian cinema for people with a disability by holding screenings with open captions, audio description and other access services in cinemas, schools and community centres across NSW and Australia. Three cinema screenings coming up in the first week of December.
 
Come in, we’re accessible
Awareness raising tool around accessibility by Melbourne City Council
 
Enabling Health
This evidence-based health promotion resource provides information and guidance on action to improve the health of Australians with a disability.
 
Getting the best from the NDIS" - Making it work for people with intellectual disability
 
Jeenee Telecommunications
A not-for-profit telecommunications company dedicated to the needs of customers with disability. Need a phone? need to get connected safely, simply and affordably? 
http://www.jeenee.org.au/  
 
Loan Vehicle Program
The Honda Foundation offers a vehicle loan program.
 
NRMA Living Well Navigator
Tips and links when modifying your home and building for future needs.
https://www.mynrma.com.au/living-well-navigator/independent-living/building-for-future-needs.htm
 
The Belonging Project
What helps young people with disability who live in country areas feel like they belong and they are connected.
 
The power’s in your hands
The NSW Government has launched a new campaign to help consumers find the best electricity deal they can.
 
Tool to identify ways to make your home more livable
The free self-assessment tool can help you pinpoint the problem areas in your existing home – and identify the simple and straightforward steps you can take to make your home more livable.
https://portal.livablehousingaustralia.org.au/SelfAssessment/Start
 
 
Conferences and Events
Below are details of conferences and events.
 
10 Nov 2014: Wagga Wagga NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Mercure Wagga Wagga
 
11 Nov 2014: Griffith NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Griffith Exies Club
 
12 Nov 2014: Sydney NSW NCOSS and NSW Legislative Council Workshop, Parliamentary Inquiries: How to have your say and maximise your influence
Macquarie Room, 8.45am-12.45am, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney. RSVP by 4 November 2014 to wendy@ncoss.org.au   http://www.ncoss.org.au/mail/141021-FINAL-flyer-legislative-council-wshop-Parliament-House-12Nov2014.pdf
 
12-13 Nov 2014: Adelaide SA No to Institutions, Yes to Valued Lives. Our Space, 104 Greenhill Road Unley, Adelaide. Contact JFA Purple Orange on (08) 8373 8333 or email admin@purpleorange.org.au
 
13 Nov 2014: Bondi Junction (Jewish Community) NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, JewishCare
 
13 Nov 2014: Bondi Junction (Jewish Community) NSW Get More Skills – for people with mental illness and their family members, JewishCare
 
13 Nov 2014: Broken Hill NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Broken Hill Community Centre
 
14-15 Nov 2014: Maitland NSW possible IDEAS Expo, Maitland Showground, Contact 1800 029 904 or email expo@ideas.org.au 
 
15-16 Nov 2014: VIC Accessibility Weekend. Contact 1300 704 456 or email communications@independenceaustralia.com     
 
19 Nov 2014: Mount Druitt NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, The Mount Druitt Hub
 
21 Nov 2014: Wollongong NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre
 
24 Nov 2014: Dubbo NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Western Plains Cultural Centre
 
25 Nov 2014: Cowra NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Cowra Golf Club
 
25 Nov 2014: Sydney NSW 4th Annual Ron McCallum Debate. Four Seasons Hotel 199 George Street, Sydney. RSVP by Tuesday 18 November: 03 9647 9102 or admin@aierights.com.au  
 
25 Nov 2014: West Ryde NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club
 
27 Nov 2014: Bega NSW Get More Skills – for people with disability and their family members, Club Bega
 
28 Nov 2014: Eastwood NSW Side By Side Advocacy Cocktail Party to celebrate IDPwD. 6:30pm – 10pm, Brush Farm House, Lawson Street, Eastwood NSW. To request an invitation contact info@sidebysideadvocacy.org.au
 
23-24 March 2015: Melbourne VIC Third Sector Expo Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. http://thirdsectorevents.com.au/
 
18-19 May 2015: Honolulu, Hawaii Pacific Rim International Conference http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/
 
July 2015: Hobart TAS Beyond our Boundaries. Expressions of interest are now invited http://www.beyondourboundaries.org/#!about/c10fk
 
 
About PWDA
 
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.

PWDA was founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled People, to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus and represent the interests of people with all kinds of disability.

As a non-profit, non-government organisation we depend on public donations, bequests and fundraising activities to maintain our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. As a deductible gift recipient, all donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible. Your tax deductible donations support the work of PWDA. If you are able to support us, please visit pwd.org.au/donations.html
 
Privacy Statement
 
PWDA conforms to the Privacy Amendment (Private Sector) Bill 2000, which came into effect in December 2001, the National Privacy Principles issued by the Australian Privacy Commissioner and the Spam Act 2003. This newsletter is distributed by email. You have provided us with an email address. This email address will be used only for the purpose for which you have provided it and you will not be added to any other mailing lists unless you specifically request that this be done. Your email address will not be disclosed without your consent.

You can have your email address removed from the mailing list for the PWDA E-Bulletin by sending an email to pwd@pwd.org.au or by clicking on the "Unsubscribe / Change Profile" link at the very end of this E-Bulletin.  This E-Bulletin contains links to websites. We cannot be held responsible for the privacy practices (or lack thereof) or the content of other websites.
 
Contact Us
 
If you would like to receive PWDA E-Bulletin in an alternative format or have an enquiry, please contact PWDA by email pwd@pwd.org.au or on one of the numbers listed below.

People with Disability Australia Incorporated
PO Box 666 Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone 02 9370 3100, toll-free 1800 422 015
TTY 02 9318 2138, toll-free 1800 422 016

PWDA publishes items contributed by other organisations at our discretion and we do not take responsibility for the promotion and advertisement of events arranged by other organisations.
People with Disability Australia on Facebook
People with Disability Australia on Twitter
 
Stay informed about the latest Australian, regional and international disability human rights news, views  and developments and join the conversation with People with Disability Australia on social media.