DANA Newsletter 26 July 2013

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2013

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DANA:

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Announcing CEO leave of absence, and introducing Acting CEO

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DANA Forum on Advocacy in the DisabilityCare Launch Sites

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3.

Federal Government funding to support jobs for people with disability

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ADVOCACY

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3

1.

Incomplete disability rights documentary seeks letters of support for funding
application

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3

2.

Inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with disabilities


Senate
Report and Recommendations

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Criminal justice system failing people with disability

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POLICY AND NEWS

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Disability

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4

1.

Graeme Innes appointed commissioner on ALRC Inquiry

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2.

National Disability Awards finalists announced

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3.

Guidelines to improve emergency communication rel
eased

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4.

Greens Senator Rachel Siewert launches Access All Areas app

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5.

Details revealed about the naming of DisabilityCare Australia

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6.

AIHW releases report on disability support services in 2011
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12

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Ageing

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6

1.

Aged Care Complaints Scheme Resources

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EVENTS

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6

1.

Webinar on Getting Ready for School

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2.

Accessibility Week

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3.

Bursaries to attend the Human Rights v Restrictive Practices Forum

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4.

International Day of People with Disabilities

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5.

Previously Advertised Events

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7

a)

Australian Human Rights Commission: Access to justice in the
criminal justice
system for people with disability
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Public Meetings

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7

b)

One Person at a Time Conference

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c)

Supported Decision Making: From Theory to Practice.

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d)

2013 National Disability Advocacy Conference

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JOBS

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8

1.

Executive Officer


MDAA

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2.

Mental Health Advocate (Part Time)


IRASI

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3.

Project Officer


Alzheimer’s Australia

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CORRECTION

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DANA:

1.

Announcing
CEO
leave of absence, and introducing Acting CEO

DANA wishes to advise that CEO Andrea Simmons is taking 6 months leave of
absence from DANA, to attend to her health and to the
health and well
-
being of her
parents. Many of you would be aware that Andrea has chronic fatigue
. This
occasionally

flares up following periods of particularly heavy workload necessitat
ing

that an extended break be taken.

We ar
e pleased to announce
that S
imon Viereck has agreed to accept the position of
Acting DANA CEO for the period of Andrea’s leave. He will begin working at DANA on
Monday 29 July 2013. Simon brings to the position his experience as Policy Officer for
the ACT Mental Health Community Coal
ition and prior to that as Executive Officer for
the ACT Mental Health Consumer Network. In these two peak body roles Simon has
become a respected advocate for the interests of people with disabilities
(psychosocial) and their organisations. He has also d
eveloped considerable
understanding of the NDIS legislation and Rules. Simon can be contacted by phone
on 02 61751300 or by email at
ceo@dana.org.au
.

2.

DANA
Forum on Advocacy in the DisabilityCare Launch Sites

DANA h
eld
a forum
in Melbourne on 25 June
, the day following the DisabilityCare
Conference. Attendees shared information about what is happening in the various
Launch Sites and contributed to valuable discussions on
data collection

mechanisms
,

challenges facing
the advocacy sector, and the present
roles and responsibilities of
D
ANA and its member organisation
s
. We also i
ntroduced
the Advokit
,
our
new onlin
e
advocacy tool,

to be found at
www.advokit.org.au
.

This

website
is designed
to
provide dedicated and detailed information about the ND
IS and DisabilityCare
Australia, so please share with anyone who may find it useful.



3.

Federal Government funding to support jobs for people with disability

Recently,
Kate Ellis MP,
Min
ister for Employment Participation
anno
unced the grant
of $41 000 to fifteen

disability consumer groups to better lin
k people with disability
to meaningful employment
. This
media release

lists those organisations to receive
funding, which includes DANA, and several of our associate members.

This week

the
M
inister and Amanda Rishworth MP announced
further funding for

break
ing

down the barriers to wor
kforce participa
tion for people with disabilities
.
$150 000 will be provided to

AFDO
to support a policy team to engage governments,
employers and disability groups in policy development on disability employment.
Further detail is provided in this
media release
.


DANA looks forward to engaging with member organisations and people with
disabilities to find better ways for people to access, secure

and retain satisfying
c
areers.



ADVOCACY

1.

Incomplete disability rights documentary seeks

letters of

support for
funding application

Filmmaker Sarah Barton is preparing

a
Screen Australia

application for funding to
complete post
-
production of
“Weird and Wonderful”


a
feature length documentary
on the disability rights movement in Australia, the Un
ited

Kingdom and United
States
. A
seven

minute teaser of the film can be
viewed on Vimeo
.


Sarah
seeks letters of support for the project by
31
July, 2013. Letters may focus on
the importance of recording the history of disability rights

and systemic advocacy

in
a
cinematic

format
. The documenta
ry is believed to have
great potential to enhance
awareness and understanding of the human rights
of
people with disabilities among
Australian and global audiences
.
Sarah also seeks archival video
,

film footage or
photographs, particularly anything shot in
side institutions, or of protests or
demonstrations. Sarah’s email address is
sarah@fertilefilms.com.au
.

2.

Inquiry into involuntary or coerced sterilisation of people with
disabilities


Senate Report and Rec
ommendations

The
Senate
Community Affairs References Committee recently released its
report
from this Senate Inquiry
.

S
ee
ABC News
c
overage
.

Significantly, the committee
recommended that sterilisation without consent should be banne
d when

the

person
with disability has the capacity to consent, or to consent with appropri
ate decision
making support. Furthermore,

they said that

irreversible sterilisation should be
banned, when the person with disability may
in the future

develop

the

capacity to
consent.

In a
media release
,
Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the
recommendation that that ‘best interests’ test should be replaced by a ‘best
protection of rights’ test
.


Several
of
the
recommendations demonstrate the committee’s recognition of the
importance of independent advocacy and
of
individual legal representation
for
individual
s

with disabilities facing th
is procedure. They were particularly concerned
that this should be available to those
who may have difficulty expressing their
opinion or p
rotecting their rights without representation that is independent o
f their
family or guardians.
Recommendations 13
-
18 highlight not only the value of
independent representation but recommend that it should be provided, and that
funding arrangements

for th
is purpose

should be reviewed. Furthermore,
legislation
should be amended to ensure that children are always legally represented

and to
provide for the right for public advocates to be a party to sterilisation cases
.
The full
report can be found on the
parliamentary website
.

DANA applauds the efforts of member

and associate member

organisations who
made s
ubmissions

to the Inquiry
:

Advocacy for Inc
lusion
,
Queensland Advocacy
Incorporated
, the
Intellectual Disability Rights Service Inc
,
People with Disability
Australia

and the
National Council on Intellectual

Disability
.
DANA encourages further
systemic advocacy for legislative reform in this area.

3.

Criminal justice system failing people with disabi
lity

A report tabled in South Australian Parliament has made recommendations for
improved accommodation and protection of people with intellectual disabilities.
Kelly Vincent MP, interviewed yesterday
on ABC Radio

,
led an inquiry into failures of
the
state’s criminal justice system

when interacting with vulnerable people with
disabilities
. Among the recommendations was the appointment of a disability justice
advocate specially trained in a
ssisting communication. South Australia’s Public
Advocate, Dr John Brayley, backed this recommendation, and urges
that the
reforms
be put into action quickly. His comments are included in this
ABC News article
.

This Inquiry follows a similar Victorian
Parliamentary Report

released in March this
year, and extensi
ve
research and policy work

by the New South Wales Law Reform
Commission on
the experience of
people with cognitive and mental health
impairment
s

in the criminal justice system.
An

ongoing project

being
undertaken by
the Australian Human Rights C
ommission demonstrates the national momentum for
subs
tantial reforms, and reflects the
determination

of disability advocates and
others, to break down

barriers and end the injustices experienced
by people with
disabilities
in
the
courts,
in
custody and in
the community.



PO
LICY AND NEWS


Disability

1.

Graeme Innes appointed commissioner on ALRC Inquiry

Graeme Innes AM,
Disability Discrimination
Commissioner

at the Australian Human
Rights Commission,
has been
appointed to support the Australian Law Reform
Commission Inquiry into Legal Barriers for People with Disabilities
. (
M
edia release
).

As part time Commissioner, Graeme Innes hopes to address the discrimination built
into Australia’s justice system
: see

further in this
ABC Radio interview
. The
Terms of
Reference for the Inquiry

have been finalised and an Issues Paper will be released in
October, 2013.

2.

Nation
al Disability Awards finalists announced

The 27 finalists have been announced for the
National Disability Awards

to be held
on 26 November 2013. Nine categories, each with three finalists, honour a diverse
r
ange of people and organisations. Of particular interest to advocates is the
recognition of “Excellence in Advocacy & Rights Promotion” in the work of Kairsty
Wilson, Christine Bigby and Robert Pask, and the lifetime achievements of Sue
Salthouse, Ann Proc
ter and John Moxon. For a full list of finalists see this
media
release

from Jenny Macklin MP and Amanda Rishworth MP.

3.

Guidelines to improve emergency communication
released

New guidelines have been designed by the Attorney
-
General’s Department to
support emergency managers better understand the communication needs of people
with disability, in delivering emergency warnings or
undertaking
incident
management. A
media release

from the
Attorney General’s

office states

that the
guidelines we
re developed with AFDO and other key stakeholders.
The complete
handbook and A Quick Guide are available for download at the
Australian Emergency
Management Institute website
.

4.

Greens Senator
Rachel Si
ewe
rt launches Access All Areas app

The Australian Greens have developed a smartphone application or “app” to provide
people with a simple me
thod for reporting accessibility trouble spots wherever they
experience them. These reports will contribute to the ongoing development of a map
of accessibility, and lack of,
and a formal report,
which will be
available online
.
Senator Rachel Siewert state
s in this
media release

that the Greens want to work
with the community to improve disability access and

awareness.
Links to download
the app for Apple iOS or for Android
are

provided on

the
Greens website
. If you do
not have a smartphone or a compatible device, you may contribute by emailing your
feedback with the location and a photo to
senator.siewert@aph.gov.au
.


5.

Details revealed about the naming of
Di
sabilityCare Australia

Confidential government documents have revealed that the Agency administering
the National Disability Insurance Scheme expressed concern about the name
“DisabilityCare Australia” before the scheme was rebranded in March, according
to
this article

published in The Australian.
The announcement of the name was greeted
with anger and disappointment by ma
ny disability advocates and commentators
.
Stella Young’s column

sums up many of the
negative reactions
expressed in the
media and in online forums at the time
.
An in
-
confidence br
iefing document from
department officials
to Disability Reform Minister Jenny Macklin
released under
Freedom of Information
, indicate the Agency anticipated the nature of the

objections, expressing concern “the proposed brand is passive and does not
encaps
ulate the empowering nature of the outcomes sought” and “the use of a
name similar to Medicare may confuse understanding of the core intent of the NDIS”.
Focus group testing was carried out around the country

by a market research
company
, however only 24 p
eople with disabilities were surveyed, less than the
number of carers and far fewer than the participants

recruited

from the general
public
.

P e o p l e w i t h d i s a b i l i t i e s p r e f e r r e d t h e n a m e E n a b l e A u s t r a l i a o v e r
D i s a b i l i t y C a r e.


6.

AIHW releases r
eport on
disability s
upport
s
ervices
in 2011
-
12

Spending on disability support services provided under the National Disability
Agreement rose by 10% between 2010
-
11 and 2011
-
12. For statistical
and
demographic trends of

service use
, informal care

and spending

infor
mation
, refer to
the full report on the
Australian Institute of Health
and Welfare website
. As Dr
Pamela Kinnear states in this
media release
, “
It is important to have up to date
information about people who use disability services as the disability policy and
service delivery environment continues to evolve, for example, with the introduction
of DisabilityCar
e Australia
.”

The
mental health services section

of the site contains
data on the use of restrictive practices during admitted patient care in the year 2011
-
12. The ra
tes of seclusion events has generally fallen, but is especially high in the
Northern Territory and in child and adolescent units.

Ag
e
ing



1.

Aged Care
Complaints Scheme
Resources


The Aged Care Complaints Scheme has posted
some material

on

how to engage

socially isolated recipients of care with options available to make complaints and
how complaints mechani
sms can be made more inclusive
.

A n o t h e r
b l o g p o s t

e x p l a i n s w h y e a s y a c c e s s t o c o m p l a i n t s i s i m p o r t a n t, a n d m e n t i o n s t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f
l o c a l c o
n s u m e r a d v o c a c y s e r v i c e s. T h e
A g e d C a r e C o m p l a i n t s
w e b s i t e

o f f e r s a r a n g e
o f r e s o u r c e s, v i d e o s a n d i n f o r m a t i o n o n w h a t c o n s u m e r s c a n d o i f t h e y h a v e a
c o n c e r n, h o w t o m a k e c o m p l a i n t s o n l i n e a n d l i n k
s t o i n f o r m a t i o n o n a g e d c a r e
a d v o c a c y.
C o m m u n i t y o b s e r v a t i o n s o f h o w t h i s s c h e m e f u n c t i o n s m a y p r o v i d e
v a l u a b l e d i r e c t i o n f o r l o b b y i n g f o r a n e f f e c t i v e c o m p l a i n t s h a n d l i n g s y s t e m t o b e
d e v e l o p e d a n d i m p l e m e n t e d i n t h e d i s a b i l i t y s e c t o r.


E
V E NT S


1.

Webi
nar on Getting Ready for School

Family Advocacy

(NSW)

presents a 2 hour webinar to provide information on the
benefits of inclusive education for children with a developmental disability and
share
practical s
trategies, tips and ideas to a
ssist in planning. The webinar will take place at
10am
-
12pm

on Wednesday 7 August, 2013

and can be accessed via the internet or
phone
. Families must
register

t
o take part.

2.

Accessibility Week

Accessibility

Week

is a conference and training event to share information and
updates on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. AccessibilityOz
, in partnership with
the Australian Web Industry Association is offering accessibility endorsements for the
completion of streams catered to Content Authors, Managers and Developers.
Events will be held in Canberra on 12
-
16 August, 2013, and in Melbourne
on 18
-
22
November, with other locations yet to be confirmed.

3.

Bursaries to attend the Human Rights v Restrictive Practices
Forum

As previously advertised, Queensland Advocacy Incorporated and the Anti
-
Discrimination Commission Queen
sland will present An
Important

Community and
National Forum on 30 August 2013 in Brisbane. For more information, please
contact
QAI
.
If you are a person with disability or family member or carer of a person with
disability and require financial assistance to attend the forum, you are invited to
apply for a bursary. QA
I requests applicants send in registration forms

by 9 August
2013
, sta
ting whether you need only the registration fee covered or travel and other
costs also.


4.

International Day of People with Disabilities

Celebrations for International Day of People with Disability on 3 December 2013 will
be extra special as the event is
turning 21! If you are planning an event you can
register it on the official Australian site
, and public events
will appear on the IDPwD
website.
Event o
rganisers can request to receive free merchandise to help promote
your event, if you register before 20 October 2013.


5.

Previously Advertised Events

a)

Australian Human Rights Commission: Access to justice in the criminal justice
system for people with disa
bility
-

Public Meetings

Meetings are still to

be held

in Katherine

and Darwin. For
infor
mation

see the
Human
Rights Commission website.


b)

One Person at
a Time Conference

13
-
14 August 2013 in Blackburn, Victoria. For more information about the event and
how to register please visit the
Belonging Matters website
.

c)

Supported Decision Mak
ing
: F
rom
T
heory to
P
ractice.

18 October

2013
at the
Collingwood Town Hall in Abbotsford, Victoria
.

For more
information email the
conference organisers.

d)

2013 National Disability Advocacy
Conference

DANA is hosting the annual National Disability Advocacy Conference at the Brisbane
Convention and Exhibition Centre on 31 October
-
1 November 2013. Details of the
Conference, and registration forms, are available on the
DANA website
.

DANA invites members to submit events they would like promoted in the DANA
newsletter

or on the DANA website
. Events can be sent to
in
fo@dana.org.au

.

Please note that DANA has criteria fo
r events we are able to promote. F
or more
information please consult our website.

J
OBS

1.

Executive Offic
er



MDAA


The Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association of NSW
Inc

in Sydney

requires
a
n
Executive Officer with proven ability and experience with the disability/ CALD
backgrounds/ human rights sector
.

Further i
nformation is available
on Ethical Jobs
.

Applications close
5 August
2013.

2.

Mental Health Advocate

(Part Time)



IRASI


The
Ipswich Regional Advocacy Service Inc

has
advertised on S
eek

for a part time
Mental Health Advocate. The Mental Health Advocacy Program, which covers the
wider Ipswich and Western Suburbs region in southern Queensland, provides
individual advocacy for people with a psychiatric disability.

3.

Project

Officer


Alzheim
er’s Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia

seeks a full time
Project

Officer

to be based at the National
Office in
Scullin, Canberra
.

The role involves developing a program to support
communities and organisations working towards becoming dementia friendly, and
working closely with consumers and stakeholders. Applications close
1 August 2013
.


DANA invites members to submit jobs
they
would like promoted in the DANA

newsletter

or
on the DANA website
.
Job

details

can be sent

to
info@dana.org.au



CORRECTION

The newsletter sent out on Friday 19 July 2013 inc
orrectly represented an online
survey about inclusion in schools as being a project conducted by Children With
Disability Australia. This survey is actually conducted by researchers Darrell Wills and
Bob Jackson. DANA would like to apologise for any confus
ion caused.


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