Experts to inform national carer gateway

From December 2015, the national carer gateway will be the front door for government support and information for all carers, regardless of who they care for. The announcement comes after the federal government allocation of $33.7 million in the 2015/16 budget. The idea behind the Carer Gateway Advisory Group is that its members will draw […]

This entry was posted on July 9, 2015

Disability Advocacy Review

The Department of Social Services is leading a review into the National Disability Advocacy Framework which was endorsed by Commonwealth, State and Territory Disability Ministers back in 2012. The National Disability Advocacy Framework provides a structure for governments to work within to enable and support people with disability to protect their rights and overcome barriers. […]

This entry was posted on June 24, 2015

Senate Enquiry into Students with a Disability

A senate inquiry will be launched into students with a disability and their experiences including the allegations of abuse as well as current levels of access for students with disability in the school system. The motion, moved on behalf of Labor Senator, Kim Carr, and newly Independent Queensland Senator, Glenn Lazarus, called for the inquiry […]

This entry was posted on June 24, 2015

Hospital Encounters of People with Cognitive Disability

A study is being conducted by the La Trobe University Living with Disability Research Centre. Research from Australia and other countries has shown that people with cognitive disabilities have difficult hospital encounters and poor outcomes. To learn more about this research, read their here: They are looking for participants who are over 18, live […]

This entry was posted on June 23, 2015

Your Relationship with Complex Service Systems

Are you a parent of a child (including adult children) affected by a genetic condition that requires high-level care in order to meet their basic daily needs? The research team from the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, are interested in the relationships that parents have with the many services they are […]

This entry was posted on June 23, 2015

Mental Health Care for Mothers of Children with a Disability

“Investigating the Needs, Gaps and Barriers to Mental Health Care for Mothers of Children with a Disability” University of Melbourne are conducting the above study to improve the understanding of the mental health care needs of mothers of children with a disability. All mothers who care for a child (0-18 years) with a disability are […]

This entry was posted on June 16, 2015

AFDO launches Disability Loop website

Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has launched a new website for people with a disability and their families. “Disability Loop aims to give people with disability and their families information about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) that is up to date, easy to find and easy to use,” said Matthew Wright, AFDO CEO. […]

This entry was posted on June 3, 2015

Better Planning & the NDIS

ACD is working in a number of ways to assist with building the nuts and bolts of the National Disability Insurance Scheme as it continues to develop. Some of this work we are doing in collaboration with other organisations similar to ourselves including JFA Purple Orange. They are a South Australian not-for-profit commissioned to collect […]

This entry was posted on May 24, 2015

Include Changing Places in the Building Standards

The Ministry for Science and Infrastructure is now calling for submissions on the current Disability (Access to Premises-Buildings) Standards 2010. This provides us with a game changing opportunity to amend the laws so that Changing Place facilities are required in certain new buildings of scale. This is an opportunity which only comes up every five […]

This entry was posted on May 20, 2015

Victorian State Disability Plan 2013-2016

Office for Disability have developed a questionnaire about the experiences of adults with a disability in some of the important life areas covered by the current State Disability Plan. Answers to the questionnaire will be used to help government improve their services and increase the participation of people with a disability in all areas of […]

This entry was posted on May 19, 2015