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PWDA E-Bulletin
Edition #91 June 2014
 
ISSN 2202-0705
IMAGE: Ngila Bevan, Advocacy and Communications Manager with members of the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF)
IMAGE: Ngila Bevan, Advocacy and Communications Manager with Sandya Manickam
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Welcome to PWDA’s June 2014 E-Bulletin.
 
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Contents
 
 

PWDA News
 
 
  • NDIA Hunter Engagement
  • Social Action Partners: Peer Support with children, young people and families
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
  • Federal Budget 2014
  • Proposed changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP)
  • Wage Justice Campaign
  • Welfare Reform Interim Report
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
  • International AIDS Society Conference
  • The Right to Choose – Housing, Homelessness and Disability
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE 
  • PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
  • Stop the Violence Project (STVP) Resource Compendium Released
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
  • International co-operation with disability services in China
  • Disability Awareness and Confidence in the Workplace
  • International News
  • National News
  • Australia Capital Territory News
  • New South Wales News
  • Northern Territory News
  • Queensland News
  • South Australia News
  • Tasmania News
  • Victoria News
  • Western Australia News
 
 
 
 
 
From the President
 
This has been a period of continued strong advocacy for PWDA flowing out of the Federal Budget and the release of the McClure Welfare Review. PWDA responded to the release of the review, which includes a range of recommendations, with a strong and clear position.

While we welcome some aspects of the discussion paper, such as the overall reform pillars and the focus on employment, we have real concerns about proposals to limit DSP to people with a permanent disability with no capacity to work.  We continue to be concerned about what this might mean for people with episodic disability and the need to consider work capacity in the context of other issues like skills, location and barriers faced by people with disability.
 
 Photograph of Craig Wallace
Craig Wallace
President of People with Disability Australia
 
 
I have also been working to step up our efforts to directly combat negative stereotypes of disability in some sections of the media.  We need to stop ignoring these negative attitudes and get the message through that we are not rorters and we are not slackers.  

The best way to do this is by taking charge of the conversation – write to your papers, ring your local talkback station, talk to your MP and tell your stories about jobs – the successes and the knockbacks.  Most of us work hard simply to get out of bed in the morning and the world needs to hear this. 

We will need to work together to retain our voice following the loss of ABC Ramp Up and the decision not to replace the Disability Discrimination Commissioner in a full time capacity.   I offer thanks to Graeme Innes and Stella Young who have offered an incredible profile and presence to disability issues and congratulate those involved in the recent protest outside the ABC in Melbourne

We are in a time of change to disability advocacy funding nationally.  PWDA will be working hard to ensure that cross disability perspective has a place at the table. 

PWDA is one of the organisations funded by the Australian Government to provide support to abuse survivors affected by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. PWDA believes that the Commission should be given every opportunity to shine sunlight on the appalling treatment of children with disability in institutions, schools and out of home care and we call for the inquiry to be given the extra time it needs

While these are challenging times the NDIS remains a beacon for people denied basic disability supports for too long.  Last week I attended the launch of the ACT office of the Scheme.  The agency has assembled an impressive staff of professional people in a short amount of time.  It is important that we maintain a close watching brief on the scheme while ensuring its full roll out – on time and in full.   

Craig Wallace
PWDA President

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PWDA News
 
INDIVIDUAL ADVOCACY
 
Fraser Coast – Advocacy for children with disability
Recently, PWDA has been working with several children with disability and their families to address the lack of inclusion and opportunities to learn which they are experiencing in the Fraser Coast region of Queensland.
 
PWDA has been advocating for these children to receive appropriate levels of support from the Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment to enable their equal participation in the schools. Issues include schools failing to implement necessary accommodations and utilise equipment, communication devices and adaptive technologies to assist with the children’s education and social engagement.
 
IMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy is spelt out in white capital letters
IMAGE: Green road sign. The word Advocacy
is spelt out in white capital letters
 
The failure to provide these fundamental accommodations can result in poor learning outcomes, the development of maladaptive communication and isolation within the school community and has resulted in some instances of exclusion from the school. 
 
PWDA is continuing to work alongside these children and their families seeking redress to ensure appropriate and supportive strategies are in place with a positive, inclusive regard towards the students with disability. 
 
For more 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
 
DISABILITY SUPPORT AND THE NDIS
 
NDIA Hunter Engagement
 
PWDA is keeping a close eye on the roll-out of the National Disaiblity Insurance Agency (NDIA), especially in the Hunter as it falls within the geographical area that we provide individual advocacy in (NSW-wide). In addition, we provide support to people with disability living in Assisted Boarding Houses as part of the Boarding House Advocacy Project (BHAP), of which there are a number in the trial site. Our Individual Advocates had some concerns about the roll-out of the NDIS to people in Assisted Boarding Houses in the Hunter region. There have also been some concerns about how the NDIS is being provided to residents of the Stockton Centre.
 
Lindy Rodrigues, Individual Advocate on the BHAP, Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Project Manager, along with
 
 IMAGE: A green road sign. The word Advocates is spelt out in white capital letters. A white arrow points upward.  
 
IMAGE: A green road sign. The word Advocates is spelt out in white capital letters. A white arrow points upward.
Wales (NCOSS) and the Coalition for Appropriate Supported Accommodation (CASA) met with representatives of the NDIA Hunter. This meeting clarified that advocates can be included in NDIA planning sessions, and that the NDIA is swiftly modifying the planning process to engage with the vulnerable people living in Assisted Boarding Houses.
 
Although we remain concerned about residents of the Stockton Centre, it is encouraging that if advocacy is requested by residents, this request will be respected by the NDIA. Ensuring that all people with disability know what advocacy is and how to access it remains, of course, a key problem. We will continue to meet with the NDIA in order to ensure that the NDIS can bear out the promise of ‘choice and control’ for people with disability.
 
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 
 
Jess is also on Twitter @jesspwda
 
Social Action Partners: Peer support with children, young people and families
 
In May, PWDA, in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) at the University of NSW, started a 1 year research project, Social Action Partners: Peer support with children, young people and families
 
The project is based in Melbourne and will establish local peer support groups of children and/or young people with intellectual disability and families to conduct action research about information exchange among peers.  Belonging Matters, Inclusion Melbourne, and the Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS) will facilitate the peer support groups, with the intention of building capacity among participants in the transition to an NDIS style of self-directed support. 
 
The research findings will develop a profile of disability support from the perspective of children, young people and their families, and a baseline for a longitudinal study examining service information systems pre and post the introduction of the NDIS.  This research is funded by the Department of Human Services, Victoria.
 
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
 
Ngila is also on Twitter @ngilapwda
 
ECONOMIC SECURITY AND EMPLOYMENT
 
Federal Budget 2014
 
Since the release of the Federal Budget in May 2014, PWDA have been hearing from members concerned about how the proposed measures will impact their lives. A range of measures will hit young people hard, and there is a particular focus on DSP recipients under the age of 35 years of age.
 
The Government intends to introduce tighter participation and compliance requirements for DSP recipients under 35 years old with assessed work capacity of eight hours or more. In addition, recipients under 35 who were granted DSP between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 are to be reassessed under the new impairment tables.
 
PWDA are very concerned about the impact of these measures, and over the next few months we will be supporting the National Welfare Rights Network with a research project aimed at getting a better idea of what these changes will mean for people with disability. 
 
 
 
 
 IMAGE: A red ribbon with white capital letters spell out the word Budget. A pair of scissors cuts into the middle of the ribbon. 2014 appears to the right as large red numbers.
IMAGE: A red ribbon with white capital letters
spell out the word Budget. A pair of scissors
cuts into the middle of the ribbon. 2014 appears
to the right as large red numbers.
If these budget measures will affect you and you are willing to share your views and concerns, 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
 
Kate is also on Twitter @katepwda
Proposed changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP)
 
After the Coalition Government won the election in 2013, they announced that they would be reviewing social welfare and income support in Australia. The 2014 Federal Budget has proposed some significant changes to the welfare system, including changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP).

Many of the proposals will require a change to the law, and these changes still have to pass through parliament. We have a window of opportunity to let the Government know what their proposals mean for people with disability. You can read more detail about the DSP budget proposals by clicking here (Word 34kb).
 
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
Changes to the DSP in the 2014 budget
Under the proposed new budget measures:
  • If you are under 35 years of age,
  • receive the DSP, and
  • are able to work more eight hours or more a day
you will be required to take part in compulsory activities that have a focus on employment, or risk losing your entitlements.

In addition, if you were granted the DSP between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2011 your eligibility may be reassessed against the new impairment tables which were introduced in January 2012. 

How to have your say

While these measures still require changes in legislation, PWDA is supporting the National Welfare Rights Network to research the potential impacts these proposals will have. If you are willing to be involved with this research and share with us how you could be affected, please get in touch as soon as possible. You can call the numbers on the bottom of this alert, or contact Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this Alert or email katef@pwd.org.au

If there are other budget changes that you are concerned about, please also contact Kate Finch and let us know about your concerns.
 
Welfare Reform
 
In December 2013, Kevin Andrews, the Minister for Social Services commissioned a review into the Australian Welfare System. Patrick McClure, former head of Mission Australia was appointed to lead a Reference Group on Welfare Reform and on Sunday 29 June, the Reference Group released their Interim Report on Welfare Reform. The government's public consultation will run for only six weeks. You can read the Full Report by clicking here or the Easy English version by clicking here.

The Interim Report ‘A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes’ is only the start of a very long process. The changes discussed in the report may not be accepted, and even if they are it could be years until we see changes occur. However, it is very important that from the start of this process, decision makers and parliamentarians hear directly from the people who will be affected.

PWDA is committed to representing our members and letting decision makers know what we would like to see in the proposed welfare reform. Your opinions and concerns will be included in our submissions to the Welfare Reform process, in our responses to media and our representation and meetings with decision makers, including parliamentarians.

How to have your say
 
Over the next five weeks we are asking for your feedback on the Welfare System and the proposals for reform. Each week we will be asking you to share your thoughts on a different topic through our Facebook page. This week we are focusing on the DSP.

Please tell us about your experiences and concerns and make your comments here on Facebook.

You can also complete this short survey to give your feedback on the budget measures and the welfare reform. Or you can also email Kate Finch, Advocacy Projects Manager at katef@pwd.org.au.
 
This is a critical time for the Australian Government to hear from people with disability, please contribute and have your say!

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
 
Kate is also on Twitter @katepwda
Wage Justice Campaign
 
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people with disability working in Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) also called sheltered workshops, are paid less than $2 per hour.  This is because they are assessed using the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool (BSWAT) which reduces the amount that people with disability can be paid if they do not meet certain non-task related requirements.  In 2013 the High Court said that these requirements are discriminatory but the practice continues. 
 
PWDA is advocating for ADEs to stop using the BSWAT immediately, and for the Government and National Disability Services (NDS) to stop supporting its continued use.  We are involved in legal action at the Fair Work Commission to achieve this goal, as well as being a partner in the Wage Justice Campaign.
 
 
 
 IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
IMAGE: Gordon Prior (middle) surrounded
by supporters. (Credit: ABC)
The Wage Justice Campaign is determined to end this violation of economic rights, but to do so WE NEED YOUR HELP! If you work in a sheltered workshop and are unhappy about the amount you get paid please get in touch!  By sharing your story you can help us to influence government to change the laws that allow this discrimination to continue.
 
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
 
Ngila is also on Twitter @ngilapwda 
Welfare Reform Interim Report 2014
 
On Sunday 29 June, the Government appointed Reference Group on Welfare Reform finally released their much anticipated Interim Report, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes. Whilst rumours about the report’s content have been circulating in the media for some time, the report has raised further proposals that are of great concern to PWDA members. PWDA shared our initial response in a recent Alert.
 
The Interim report is now open for public consultation. You can comment directly online (under 500 words), or longer submissions can be made using a template which provides guiding questions for feedback. The closing date for submissions is Friday 8 August.
 
PWDA will continue to analyse the report, and we will be drafting a formal submission, as well as taking part in stakeholder consultations on behalf of our members.
 
If you have any concerns or comments regarding either the 2014 budget measures or the Interim Report on the Welfare Review, please 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
 
Kate is also on Twitter @katepwda
 
 
 
IMAGE: The front cover of the Welfare Reform Interim Report 2014
IMAGE: The front cover of the Welfare Reform
Interim Report 2014
 
HOUSING AND LIVING IN THE COMMUNITY
 
The Right to Choose – Housing, Homelessness and Disability
PWDA continues to raise awareness of the need for accessible and affordable housing for people with disability. This month we contributed an article to Parity, the Council to Homeless Persons monthly magazine.
 
Our article discusses how the demand for affordable and accessible housing for people with disability is going to increase as the NDIS rolls out.  The NDIS provides people with disability the opportunity to choose when and how they want their support services delivered. However, this choice and control will be undermined unless there is a comprehensive response at all levels of government to the housing crisis. Within this response, targets for accessible mainstream housing should be set so that the increasing demand from people with disability can be met.
 
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
 
Kate is also on Twitter @katepwda
 
 
IMAGE: Black figure of a human with arms and legs outstretched in the shape of a house, support a roof.
IMAGE: Black figure of a human with arms and legs
outstretched in the shape of a house, support a roof.
HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CRPD
 
International AIDS Society Conference
 
From 20-25 July, the International AIDS Society Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event will bring together scientific, medical, political and activist audiences to share global strategies and ideas. 
 
PWDA Co-Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Bowden, will be speaking at a UNAIDS hosted session on Tuesday 22 July entitled ‘The World's Biggest Minority Left Behind: National HIV-Responses Need To and Can Include Disability’.
 
This year there is to be a dedicated Disability Networking Zone at the conference, which will feature special sessions on the theme of
 
 
 
IMAGE: The orange AIDS2014 logo - titled Stepping Up The Pace
IMAGE: The orange AIDS2014 logo - titled Stepping Up The Pace
‘No one Left Behind’. Matthew Bowden will be presenting two papers in the Disability Network Zone: ‘Advocacy, Human Rights and the Social Model of Disability: A Disabled Peoples Organisation perspective of supporting PLWHA’ and ‘Health In Prison: HIV prevention for people with disability in prisons’. 
 
Access to the Disability Networking Zone and the Global Village is FREE and everyone is welcome!!  You can download the program here

For further information contact Matthew Bowden, Co-Chief Executive Officer, on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email matthewb@pwd.org.au 
 
PREVENTING VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
 
PWDA Royal Commission Disability Support Project
 
Although this project as a whole is still in the set-up phase, individual advocacy is already providing support to a number of people who are sharing their stories with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
 
The new Training Manager, Greg Robertson, is hard at work, redeveloping the training packages which form a key part of our engagement strategy, to ensure that they provide the best possible education about the sexual and human rights of people with disability.
 
Our ‘top five’ policy concerns were forwarded to the Royal Commission at the end of June. Also, the Royal Commission Interim Report, released last week, referenced last year’s PWDA
 
  
IMAGE: The home page of the Royal Commission website
IMAGE: The home page of the
Royal Commission website.
submission to the Child-Safe Institutions Issue Paper at numerous points. We wrote a Media Release concerning the Interim Report and the Royal Commission’s request for more time to engage with people with disability.
 
The team on the project has travelled to Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne to engage with key stakeholders and support the Royal Commission’s disability engagement.
 
If you are a person with disability and you might want to tell your story to the Royal Commission, you can contact us on 1800 422 015 or TTY 1800 422 016.
 
For further information contact Jess Cadwallader, Advocacy Projects Manager on one of the numbers listed at the end of this E-Bulletin or email jessc@pwd.org.au 
 
Jess is also on Twitter @jesspwda
 
Stop the Violence Project (STVP) Resource Compendium Released  
 
The final part of the STVP is a Resource Compendium designed to support service providers and others in engaging with women with disability. If you have not already, you can find the Background Paper, Issues Paper, Final Report and Symposium Communique as well as the Resource Compendium on the STVP website.
 
We would also like to thank all of those involved in the project, especially our partners, Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW), and the members of the Project Steering Committee for their hard work.
 
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 
 
Jess is also on Twitter @jesspwda
 
 
IMAGE: The purple Stop the Violence Project logo.
IMAGE: The purple Stop the Violence Project logo.
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 
International co-operation with disability services in China
 
On 5-6 June Ngila Bevan, Advocacy and Communications Manager, gave a paper to a conference of the China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF), titled “Implementing the Right to Live in the Community: Experiences from Australia”, in Shijiazhuang city, Hebei Province, China.  PWDA was invited to speak at the conference by the International Programs Unit of the Australian Human Rights Commission as part of the China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation (HRTC) Program which has been running for over 15 years.  The conference was a training activity for community based support service professionals to build their capacity and raise awareness of human rights approaches in the delivery of services to people with disability.
 
On 24 June, PWDA hosted a delegation of government officials from China. This delegation was in Australia as part of a “human rights protection practices’’ study visit also coordinated through the HRTC Program.  Delegates were from the Chinese Ministry of
 
 
 
 
IMAGE:
IMAGE: Ngila Bevan, Advocacy and
Communications Manager with Sandya Manickam
from the  Australian Human Rights
Commission (AHRC) and members of the
China Disabled Persons Federation (CDPF).
Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, The National Health and Family Planning Commission, and the Supreme People’s Court.  During the meeting we discussed the history of PWDA, our vital role as a national Disabled Persons Organisation (DPO), the work we do as individual advocates, systemic advocates and trainers, and our key policy and advocacy positions.   
 
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
 
Ngila is also on Twitter @ngilapwda
 
TRAINING
 

Disability Awareness and Confidence in the Workplace

 

Do your staff have disability awareness and confidence when working with people with a 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 a Disability.
 
Our one-day Disability Awareness and Confidence in the Workplace training is experiential and involves presenters from key disability services such as Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and the Deaf Society of NSW. This training allows participants to build an understanding of the rights of people with a disability, challenge myths and explore the accessibility barriers people with a disability face in community inclusion.
 
 
 
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.
 
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
 
Greg is also on Twitter @gregpwda
 
DISABILITY NEWS
International News
 
24 June 2014
Australian Digital Alliance
In a symbolic moment Australia joined 68 countries as an original signatory of the Marrakesh Treaty.
 
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) have released a new iphone app, OzHealth, to give users better access to health information.  OzHealth features an interactive quiz, a detailed glossary and presents information in a 'factsheet' format using simple easy to understand language.
 
5 June 2014
Lizzie Hedrick, USC News
Junior Natalie Tecimer was born hearing impaired — yet she has never seen it as a disability.
 
Under the slogan “Mental Health Matters”, International Youth Day (IYD) on 12 August will be celebrated this year with a focus on youth and mental health to raise awareness on this topic by joining efforts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest using #MentalHealthMatters and #UN4Youth.
 
National News
 
5 June 2014
Stella Young and Karen Palenzuela, ABC Ramp Up
After much speculation about the future of Ramp Up since the Federal Budget announcement, we have some news to share.
 
30 June 2014
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse interim report, which was released by the Government today, is now available on the Royal Commission website.
 
30 June 2014
ACOSS Media Release
In responding to the Interim Report of the Reference Group on Welfare Reform, ACOSS says reforms should ensure that no disadvantaged group is worse off, that payments are targeted to need and that the system supports employment participation.
 
30 May 2014
Ron McCallum, SMH
The decision by the Abbott government to stop funding a disability discrimination commissioner is a blow for people living with disabilities who still need someone to champion their cause.
 
30 June 2014
Shawn Burns, Disability & Media Matters
The headlines said it all. Back to work: Disability support pension on the scrapheap, screamed Melbourne’s Herald Sun. Beating the bludgers will help the disabled was the lead on The Sunday Telegraph.
 
15 June 2014
Ben Schneiders, SMH
Working age Australians have become far less reliant on welfare payments since the turn of the century – undermining Abbott government claims of a crisis of welfare dependency in Australia.
 
11 June 2014
Lisa Singh, SBS
He works tirelessly to advocate on behalf of people living with a disability, which accounts for 39% the Australian Human Rights Commission's caseloads. Soon, his role will no longer exist.
 
3 June 2014
Dr Joyce Chia, ProBono News
The Australian Government's current view on advocacy is dangerous to democracy and to civil society, writes Dr Joyce Chia, Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW.
 
Australian Capital Territory News
 
13 June 2014
Natasha Boddy, Canberra Times
Children under two, recent school leavers and older Canberrans will be the first to transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme when the ACT's trial starts next month.
 
3 July 2014
Amy Corderoy, Canberra Times
The emails are heart-breaking. People, young and old, responding to the story of Julia Gilchrist, a successful young woman who has had trouble holding down a job because she is profoundly deaf, but has been told she is “not disabled enough” by Centrelink to qualify for disability support.
 
22 June 2014
Natasha Boddy, Canberra Times
Laughter and chatter echoes through the Mowbray family home upon entering the front door. These are the noises of a happy family.
 
New South Wales News
 
14 June 2014
Lisa Visentin, SMH
"If you are in a wheelchair and can't lift yourself out, don't attempt to fly with Jetstar." That is the message renowned Australian musician Jim Conway has for disabled people who cannot independently lift themselves out of a wheelchair and into a plane seat.
 
16 June 2014
Sean Nicholls, SMH
More than $1 billion will be spent on child protection, homelessness and disability services in NSW in 2014/15 as the state government seeks to deliver on its “obligation to help those in need” in its last budget before next year’s election.
 
28 June 2014
ABC News
Disability advocates are worried a spike in demand for deaf interpreters has stretched the interpreting workforce in Newcastle and regional areas.
 
28 June 2014
Kirsty Needham, SMH
As a school student, Andre Zdroykowski was forced to sit on his hands to stop him using sign language to communicate.
 
Youth MP’s Create “Job’s Plan”
11 July 2014
YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Media Release
A week after former Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes called for “job’s” plan, the YMCA NSW Youth Parliament has passed a Disability Employment Scheme.
Youth MP’s Demand better Health Care for Persons with Disability
11 July 2014
YMCA NSW Youth Parliament Media Release
The YMCA NSW Youth Parliament overwhelmingly voted today to improve the healthcare of persons with a disability through implementation of the Disability Nurses Ratio Act.
Northern Territory News
 
5 June 2014
ABC News
An iPad app for treating mental health patients in remote Aboriginal communities has been well received, the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin says.
 
25 June 2014
John Stewart, Lateline
Rosie Fulton, a mentally impaired Aboriginal woman who has been held in a West Australian jail without trial or conviction for 21 months is to be moved to Alice Springs to be closer to her family.
 
26 June 2014
Agence France-Presse
Australian indigenous and disability leaders called for an audit of prisons Thursday, ahead of the release of a young mentally-impaired Aboriginal woman kept behind bars for almost two years without trial.
 
26 June 2014
AAP
THE guardian of a mentally impaired Aboriginal woman held indefinitely in a West Australian prison because she was deemed unfit to stand trial says her imminent release to her home town is long overdue.
 
1 July 2014
AAP
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has launched the country's only remote community trial in the Northern Territory.
 
ABC News
A mentally impaired Aboriginal woman, who was recently released from a Western Australian prison after a public campaign, has been arrested and charged with assaulting three police officers in Alice Springs.
 
Queensland News
 
22 June 2014
Brisbane Times
Queensland's education minister insists TAFE course fees aren't actually rising, even if students are paying more for tuition.
 
24 June 2014
The Honourable Scott Emerson
Passengers with mobility issues will find it easier to access public transport following the Queensland Government’s recent installation of new disabled parking bays at Nambour train station.
 
27 June 2014
Elly Bradfield, ABC Brisbane
You've been hearing about the NDIS or National Disability Insurance Scheme for quite a while now.
 
South Australia News
 
19 June 2014
Mike Sexton, ABC
Years after a work accident left him severely disabled, Australian Richard Maurovic has held a solo exhibition of his art at London's prestigious Saatchi Gallery.
 
2 July 2014
ABC News
Concern has been expressed about annual medical tests faced by South Australian drivers with cerebral palsy.
 
8 July 2014
ABC News
The Multiple Sclerosis Society is putting off 25 Adelaide staff and will now handle South Australian and Northern Territory business from its Western Australian branch.
 
Tasmania News
 
17 June 2014
Manika Dadson, The Examiner
People with a disability have been given the chance to be potential job candidates.
 
2 July 2014
Caitlin Heathcote, The Advocate
After a year of operation, the state trial site for the National Disability Insurance Scheme has never been stronger.
 
Victoria News
 
19 June 2014
Nino Bucci, The Age
The charm of small country towns, residents often say, is that everyone knows each other. But the closeness of a farming community in Victoria's north may be hiding a killer, police fear.
 
30 June 2014
Julia May, The Age
A high number of prison inmates have an acquired brain injury that makes them more likely to reoffend, and there is little specialist help for them behind bars.
 
2 July 2014
Lily Partland, ABC News
After a year of momentous change, Jacqui Suares can tell her daughter Mia is happier than ever by the condition of her hands.
 
3 July 2014
Jewel Topsfield, SMH
Halfway through prep Milly came home from school and said: "Mum, I can't wait to get into grade one because prep is sooooo hard".
 
7 July 2014
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Seven young Australians joined international conversation about 'Youth with Disabilities' at a recent United Nations conference in New York.
 
Western Australia News
 
16 June 2014
Stephanie Dalzell and Jessica Strutt
The West Australian Government has backtracked on a decision to charge those who park in disabled bays at train stations across Perth.
 
1 July 2014
ABC News
Western Australia has launched a trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) today, bringing it into line with other states.
 
6 July 2014
Yasmine Phillips, Perth Now
Teachers are struggling to care for the skyrocketing number of students with autism while also looking after “30 other eager minds” in their classrooms.
 
7 July 2014
Katie Robertson, Perth Now
NEARLY 100 WA babies have been aborted in late-term terminations due to abnormalities that are not life-threatening, according to Health Department figures.
 
Consultations, 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.
 
 
CONSULTATIONS & SUBMISSIONS
 
BSWAT Payment Scheme Bill 2014
The Senate has referred the Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme Bill 2014 and Business Services Wage Assessment Tool Payment Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2014 to the Community Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Closing date for submissions is Wednesday 23 July 2014.

Domestic Violence in Australia
The Senate Committee on Finance and Public Administration Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia. Closing date for submissions is Thursday 31 July.
 
Welfare Reform 2014
The Reference Group on Welfare Reform has released their much anticipated Interim Report, A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes.
The Interim report is now open for public consultation. The closing date for submissions is Friday 8 August.
 
 
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
 
Private vehicle access, modification and trip planning by people with a disability – UTS
http://utsbusiness.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cOXonyWdHig8lcV
 
On-line survey for dyslexia in Victoria – University of Melbourne
 
Disability Experience Survey
Taverner Research are conducting a survey for people with disability on behalf of the Department of Attorney General & Justice.
 
Do you have a disability? If the answer is Yes, they would like to talk to you about your experiences in the last 12 months with any of the services listed below: 
  • Anti-Discrimination Board
  • The Administrative & Equal Opportunities Division of NCAT  (NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal)
  • The Guardianship Division of NCAT, formerly the Guardianship Tribunal
  • Law Access
  • Local Court
  • NSW Trustee & Guardian Financial Services
  • Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages
  • Victims Services.
The study will be conducted in July 2014 and will take around one hour. As a thank you, participants will receive an $80 gift voucher.
 
If you would like to take part or would like to know more about the study please call Richard from Taverner Research on 1800 212 290 or email dsurvey@taverner.com.au 
 
 
PETITIONS
 
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
 
 
If you would like to promote your consultation, survey or petition
in the PWDA EBulletin please email pwd@pwd.org.au
 
New Resources
 
Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers
A national framework of understanding and action for frontline mental health service providers with respect to people with an intellectual disability.
http://3dn.unsw.edu.au/the-guide
 
Advance Care Planning Australia
Federal website which offers a series of steps you can take to help you plan for your future health care.
 
Australian Disability Parking Scheme
Federal website with links and information to state and territory disability parking schemes
http://www.dss.gov.au/...australian-disability-parking-scheme-0
 
Facts about Mental Illness and the Disability Support Pension
The Mental Health Council of Australia (MHCA) has released a Key Issues Brief containing key facts about people on the Disability Support Pension (DSP) to address a range of misconceptions in relation to mental illness.
 
Media Handbook for National Human Rights Institutions
Asia Pacific Forum (APF) publication features practical tools and strategies to engage journalists and use social media
http://www.asiapacificforum.net/support/training/media-and-communications
 
National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design 2010-2014 Report
From the limited data available, the report concludes that, in spite of the support of the Australian Government and the sustained efforts of Livable Housing Australia, the housing industry has failed to show any sign of systemic transformation.
http://www.anuhd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/NDUHD-Report-2014.doc
 
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Videos
The Royal Commission has released five short films showcasing the work of the Royal Commission and encouraging survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story.
http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/videos
 
Conferences and Events
 
18 July 2014: Logan, Brisbane QLD Breaking Barriers Opening Doors Disability Expo, Logan Entertainment Centre, 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central. Phone (07) 3412 3412 or visit
 
20 July 2014: Melbourne VIC Disability Networking Zone (DNZ), Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St South Wharf VIC
http://www.addc.org.au/events/disability-networking-zone/99/
 
20-25 July 2014: Melbourne VIC AIDS 2014, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
 
24 July 2014: Darwin NT NDS Darwin Regional Forum, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort. Darwin Regional Forum and Organisational Readiness for the NDIS with John Carrigan. Contact NDS for more details Ph: (08) 8941 0634 Email: ndsnt@nds.org.au
 
25-27 July 2014: Melbourne VIC Disability Studies in Education Conference, Victoria University Melbourne
 
29 July 2014: Sydney NSW Is your Organisation and Workforce NDIS Ready? UTS Function Centre, Sydney
 
6-8 August 2014: Gold Coast QLD Australia's Disability Employment Conference, Mercure Gold Coast Resort Queensland
 
7 August 2014: Gold Coast QLD Australia 2025: What does employment look like for people with disability? - Panel session, Australia's Disability Employment Conference, Mercure Gold Coast Resort Queensland
 
7 August 2014: Gold Coast QLD Australia 2025: Balancing Opportunity and Risk: Civil society, disability employment and the NDIS - Panel session, Australia's Disability Employment Conference, Mercure Gold Coast Resort Queensland
 
8 August 2014: Brisbane QLD: Renaissance – Now or ?? – Continuing the deinstitutionalisation of people with disability. 9.30-3.30pm.
http://www.qai.org.au/
 
14-15 August 2014: Perth WA National Disability Services Western Australia State Conference. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. http://www.nds.org.au/events/1391643149
 
16 August 2014: Sydney NSW Living A Good Life DVD & Podcast launch. Redfern Town Hall, 73 Pitt Street Redfern 2.30pm – 4pm. Contact Michelle Donelly, michelle.donelly@scu.edu.au  or mobile 0423 986 386
21-22 August: Sydney NSW Universal Design Conference, Sydney Town Hall, NSW http://www.universaldesignconference.com.au/
 
25-27 August 2014: Gold Coast QLD 15th International Mental Health Conference - Mental Health: Innovation I Integration I Early Intervention, QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise.
 
28-29 August 2014: Newcastle NSW Getting the Best from the NDIS – Making it work for People with Intellectual Disability. Panthers Newcastle. RegisterConference Program
http://www.nswcid.org.au/standard-english/se-pages/future-events.html
 
28-29 August 2014: Sydney NSW 9th Australasian Nursing & Allied Health Stroke Conference Risk, Recovery and Reorganisation http://www.smartstrokes.com.au/pages/save-the-date-2014.html  
 
12-13 Sept 2014 Nepean NSW Nepean Disability Expo. Penrith Panthers Pavilion. http://disabilityexpo.org.au/
 
19-21 Sept 2014 Melbourne VIC A Weekend Intensive Workshop in Inclusive Dance. http://www.artsaccessaustralia.org/
 
11 Oct 2014 Batemans Bay NSW The Bay Push 2014. Entry forms from the Bay Push website or contact Rob on 0411 285 533
http://thebaypush.com.au/the-event-invitation/
  
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