PWD E-Bulletin

Issue Number 62 July 2010 - ISSN 2202-0705

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Contents

New South Wales News

Other State and Territory News

National News

International News

The Inside Story

PWD Media Releases

Upcoming Events

About PWD

Privacy Statement

Contact Us

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New South Wales News

PWD’s Submission to the Public consultation on proposed Youth and Community Services Regulation 2010

PWD recently provided extensive feedback in the form of a submission on the proposed Youth and Community Services Regulation 2010, announced by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services (ADHC).

The proposed changes aim to clarify the conditions that licensed boarding house operators will be legally required to provide. The proposed Regulation will be made under the authority of the Youth and Community Services Act 1973 and will replace the Youth and Community Services Regulation 2005, which will expire on 1 September 2010.

Overall, PWD welcomed and supported the making of Regulations with respect to:

  • ‘standards required, and facilities to be provided, for the health, comfort, safety and proper care of persons residing at residential centres for ‘handicapped persons’;
  • the qualifications and experience of persons employed at residential centres for ‘handicapped persons’; and
  • the making and keeping of records and furnishing of returns in respect of licensed premises’. (Youth and Community Services Act 1973 S. 32 (2))

In its submission, PWD expressed its belief that such measures are necessary and essential to ensuring there is no ambiguity in compliance expectations for Licensees and Licensed Managers and for the protection of human rights of people with disability who are residents of licensed boarding houses.

PWD also stated its strong belief that this is an opportunity for the NSW Government to begin to address long standing issues with respect to standards in licensed boarding houses.

However, PWD also pointed out that this is not our preferred option, but rather all that is practically achievable given imminent expiry of the current Youth and Community Services Regulation 2005.

In the long-term, PWD recommends the urgent finalisation of the review of the Youth and Community Services Act 9173 (YACS Act) which has been in progress for the past 12 years. Residents in licensed boarding houses currently face numerous human rights violations, largely due to the outdated legislative, policy and practice framework that governs the operation of licensed boarding houses.

Click here to read this PWD submission on our website.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Sonya Price-Kelly, Advocacy Projects Manager at sonyapk@pwd.org.au

Inquiry into services provided by Ageing, Disability and Home Care

The Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues is currently conducting an inquiry into services provided by or funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC). This inquiry was referred by the House on 24 June 2010, to report on the quality, effectiveness and delivery of services provided or funded by ADHC.

The terms of reference are:

1. That the Standing Committee on Social Issues inquire into and report on the quality, effectiveness and delivery of services provided or funded by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), and in particular:

(a) the historical and current level of funding and extent of unmet need,
(b) variations in service delivery, waiting lists and program quality between:

(i) services provided, or funded, by ADHC,
(ii) ADHC Regional Areas,

(c) flexibility in client funding arrangements and client focused service delivery,
(d) compliance with Disability Service Standards,
(e) adequacy of complaint handling, grievance mechanisms and ADHC funded advocacy services,
(f) internal and external program evaluation including program auditing and achievement of program performance indicators review, and
(g) any other matters.

2. That the committee report by 30 September 2010.

Auslan interpreters will be provided at all public hearings and community documents are available in Braille and MP3 formats. The closing date for submissions is August 6th 2010.  PWD is developing a submission to this inquiry.

For more information about the Inquiry, including public hearing dates click here go to the Social Issues Committee website.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Therese Sands on thereses@pwd.org.au

Intellectual Disability Rights Service Court Support Project

The Court Support Project is a pilot project (March 2010 – July 2011) coordinated by the Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS). IDRS obtained their funding through The Public Purpose Fund of the Law Society of NSW.

PWD has obtained brokerage funding through Information on Disability & Education Awareness Services (IDEAS) to be a part time court support advocate as part of this project for a limited time.

The project aims to provide court support and advocacy for parents with cognitive impairment who are going through the Care and Protection Proceedings. This is where parents have had their child(ren) removed by Community Services or where Community Services are attempting to remove a child(ren). The project is mainly working with people going through Campbelltown Children’s court as the registrar at this court guestimated that 46% of parents going through their Care and Protection Proceedings have a cognitive impairment of some kind.

Part of this project involves PWD assisting parents to understand the legal process, support them at meetings with Community Services and appointments with their solicitors, assist them with reading and understanding documents as well as advocating for them where they have other issues which need addressing such as housing or finances. Ultimately it is about making sure that parents with cognitive disability are treated with respect during an extremely traumatic time.

To refer a parent to this service you can ask the parent to ring IDRS or you can ring on their behalf. Call IDRS on 02 9318 0411 or email info@idrs.org.au

Stronger Together consultation and submission

In response to the NSW Government’s request for input and feedback into Stronger Together 2, PWD attended a consultation in Chatswood and submitted a detailed submission to ADHC. In the submission, PWD congratulated the Government on the significant injection of funds supporting the implementation of Stronger Together.

PWD also congratulated the Government on providing peak funding to the Aboriginal Disability Network (ADN), which will enable a voice of Aboriginal people with disability to participate in developing initiatives to enhance service delivery to Aboriginal communities in NSW.  This will be critical to enhancing Stronger Together 2 over the next 5 years.

PWD made a number of other specific recommendations for the direction of Stronger Together over the next 5 years. These included, but weren’t limited to, recommending:

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) should be the overarching framework for Stronger Together 2, and CRPD should be the overarching framework for Better Together, given the interconnection between this policy and Stronger Together.

Supported accommodation options must comply with disability service legislation and CRPD - the NSW Government must fulfil its CRPD obligations by ensuring that Stronger Together 2 reverses the shift to institutional housing and support options, and takes the lead in developing housing and support options that enable genuine community living options and protects and preserves human dignity.

Further development of Innovative partnerships between people with disability, their families and the NSW Government, where these partnerships are in accordance with CRPD.  Many innovative solutions to support needs can be addressed in this way, such as the unmet need for accommodation options for people with disability being cared for by ageing parents. 

Immediate Boarding House Reform, in particular to acknowledge the reform required in this sector so that people with disability in licensed boarding houses are ensured that their human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled along with their peers.

Focus on expanding and developing initiatives that provide funding directly to people with disability so they can control and direct the supports they need (i.e. an Individualised funding and self-directed support system).

Removing gaps in the service system, where individualised funding and self-directed support options are developed in partnership with people with disability, and their families to respond to the needs of people with disability who currently fall through the gaps in the service systems.

Click here to read PWD’s submission on our website.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Therese Sands on thereses@pwd.org.au

MCA Bella Program – Art Education for Students with Specific Needs

The MCA’s popular and pioneering Bella program returns from 1 September - 17 December 2010. Since 1993, Bella has offered free art-making workshops in a fun and nurturing environment for young people with specific needs or from financially/socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Bella was the first program of its kind in NSW cultural institutions.

Student groups aged between 5 – 18 years with physical, intellectual, behavioural, and sensory disability, or who have little or no access to museums due to financial or social disadvantage, will benefit from the Bella experience.

For further information, or to book a group visit, contact MCA Learning
Phone: + 61 2 9245 2484, TTY 02 9241 6634
Email: education@mca.com.au
Web: www.mca.com.au

Acting chairman appointed to NSW Disability Council

On 13 July 2010, the Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, announced that Professor Ron McCallum AM had been appointed as interim Chair of the NSW Disability Council. Professor McCallum currently serves as the Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was one of 12 people elected to its inaugural Committee of Experts.

He is also a prominent labour law academic who has written extensively on labour law matters and was the first totally blind person to have been appointed to a full professorship in any field at any university in Australia or New Zealand. PWD congratulates Professor McCallum on his appointment and welcomes him to his new role in the NSW disability sector.

Click here to read the full ministerial media release.

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Other State and Territory News

Queensland: Wasted Lives Campaign

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) is seeking support for people with intellectual disability who are residents of the mental health facility, Baillie Henderson Hospital (BHH) in Toowoomba.  Queensland Health has developed and commenced implementing a draft closure plan for Browne House and has extended this to Morris Mouatt Unit at BHH. The proposal is to transfer approximately 36 residents with a single diagnosis of intellectual disability into mental health service units at BHH.

To date people with a disability residing at BHH have been subject to the indignity of institutional living for too long. They are some of the forgotten people whose lives are played out through the legacy of antiquated institutional buildings and practices. This is of great concern as the potential for these people to move to community living will be lost and they will inappropriately placed in facilities for people with psychosocial disability. This is highly inappropriate and returns to the policies predating the 1960s.

QAI has developed a position paper and seeking support for its call for a moratorium on this transfer so that a personalised planning process for each person can be developed and implemented for the people involved.

QAI’s Position Paper, Information letter from QAI, and a ‘Wasted Lives’ Supporter Form are available on PWD’s website.

Victoria: Free Wheelchair Basketball Hoops “Come & Try” sessions

Wheelchair Sports Victoria is introducing two new wheelchair basketball coaching development programs for people with disability in 2010. With the support of the City of Maribrynong Council and the Mornington Peninsular Shire Council, the Western Hoops and Southern Hoops Programs offer people with disability four free ‘come and try’ style sessions. The program has been developed in recognition of the lack of wheelchair basketball activities for people with disability in Western and Southern Victoria.

The Western Hoops sessions will take place on Monday evenings from 7.00-8.00pm at the RecWest Leisure Centre (Kinder Smith Reserve, Lily Street, Braybrook) (Mel Ref: 27 B12) or Sunday afternoons from 1.00-2.00pm at Victoria University – Footscray Park Campus (Ballarat Road, Footscray) (Map Ref: 2S F4). Sessions will be conducted on the following dates: Sunday 15th August (Victoria University), Monday 13th September (Rec West Leisure Centre), Sunday 17th October (Victoria University) 25th and Monday 15th November (Rec West Leisure Centre).

The Southern Hoops will sessions be conducted on Sunday mornings from 10.30-11.30am at David Collings Leisure Centre, Mornington (Dunns Road, Mornington) (Mel Ref: 145 H4). Sessions will run on the following dates: 22nd August, 12th September, 24th October and 21st November.

For more information regarding the Program or to arrange an interview, please contact Sport & Recreation Coordinator, Tim Nield on 03 9473 0133 or tnield@wsv.org.au

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National News

Universal Housing Design – Strategic Plan

PWD welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s new strategic framework for the development of more accessible houses for all Australians. PWD is the secretariat and part of the Australian Network for Universal Housing Design.

The National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design – Strategic Plan, launched on Tuesday 13th July, is part of a voluntary agreement between the disability and ageing sectors, the residential and property industry, and all levels of government, to push for all new houses to meet specific design targets by 2020.

These include having basic design features such as wider corridors, step-free showers and toilets on entry level.

PWD believes that these initiatives should become mandatory over time.  While the standards are expected to be adapted across the sector by 2020, they are currently not enforceable, nor do they extend to all buildings.

PWD now calls on the government to make these standards mandatory and consistent across the industry.

Click here to read the transcript of PWD’s Executive Director Therese Sands speaking about the new Strategic Plan on ABC News,

Click here for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s press release on the announcement

Click here for the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities, Bill Shorten MP’s, press release on the announcement

Cinema Access Plan brings equality to the movies

People with Disability Australia (PWD) welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement on 19 July of the Cinema Access Implementation Plan (the Plan) as an exciting breakthrough to reduce the number of people with disability being excluded from the mainstream social environment.  The Plan will assist the four major Australian cinema chains (Hoyts, Village, Event and Reading Cinemas) to introduce closed captioning and audio descriptions, to enhance the ability of people with vision and/or hearing impairment to enjoy going to the movies with family and friends.

One of the main goals of the Plan is to ensure by the end of 2014, captions and audio description will be available in at least one screen in each of the 132 cinemas run by these chains. This Plan will enable the 2.7 million Australians who have some form of hearing loss, and 284 000 people who are completely or partially blind, to enjoy what most people take for granted.

PWD sees this as a great victory for people with disability, and another step by the Federal Government to adhere to their obligations as set out in Article 30 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Click here to read the Australian Human Rights Commission media release

Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bills submission

PWD fully endorsed the submission and recommendations made by the Disability Discrimination Legal Centre NSW (DDLC) in response to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee’s Inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010.

DDLC strongly supports the Bills in principle, but recommends that amendments be made to ensure these Bills offer more robust human rights protections in Australia, particularly for people with disability who have largely been ignored by such protections. 

DDLC also argues for amendments to the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 to ensure that its objectives can more adequately be achieved; and argues for amendments to the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2010 to make the strategic policy purpose of this measure explicit.

The amendments required are comprehensively outlined in the submission provided to the Committee by the DDLC. 

The life of these Bills will be determined by the outcome of the current federal election. If it wins the election, the Coalition has announced that it will withdraw support for the National Human Rights Framework, of which these Bills are a part.

If you would like more information about the DDLC submission, please contact them directly at info@ddlcnsw.org.au

National Elections: Have your say!

It is absolutely important for people with disability to vote and when faced with barriers in doing so, make the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) aware of the problems you have faced. PWD welcomes stories/case studies that can be used in our advocacy to make the electoral process accessible to all people with disability.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Dean Price, Advocacy Projects Manager on email deanp@pwd.org.au

2010 Human Rights Medals and Awards

The 2010 Human Rights Medals and Awards are now open!

Since 1987, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has recognised the immeasurable contribution to Australian society of a wide variety of men, women and organisations committed to issues of human rights, social justice and equality through the annual Human Rights Medals and Awards. Nominations may have made an outstanding contribution within their communities or through the practice of law, through writing books about human rights issues or through their work in the media.

Each year AHRC receive a range of quality nominations for the Human Rights Medals, Young People’s Human Rights Medal and seven award categories: Law, Community (Organisation), Community (Individual), Literature (non-fiction), Print Media, Television and Radio.  

Click here to view their website which contains all the information you need to know about these 2010 Human Rights Medals and Awards. If you have any queries, please contact the Human Rights Commission Public Affairs Unit on (02) 9284 9618 or email hrawards@humanrights.gov.au

Joint Media Release: Government launches disability employment discussion paper

16 July 2010 – Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Bill Shorten MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Children’s Services, Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction

The Gillard Government today released a discussion paper on improved support to Australians with severe or profound disability who need supported employment through Australian Disability Enterprises.

Community Services Minister, Jenny Macklin, said the discussion paper, Inclusion for people with disability through sustainable supported employment, offered a starting point for a new ten-year vision which will see people with disability achieving greater participation and inclusion in the community through quality supported employment.

Click here for the full joint media release.

Productivity Commission Inquiry into disability care and support

As we move closer to the final date of 16 August 2010, work on PWD’s submission to this Inquiry is intensifying. Most people will be aware that the due date for submissions was extended from 30 June to 16 August and in the intervening time there has been a significant amount of collaborative activity across the disability sector to ensure that submissions about how the new system should run will address all the relevant issues, and provide the level of detail required to move toward a truly user-led system of supports that is consistent and equitable across Australia.

On 7 and 8 July PWD partnered with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) to conduct a two day to explore the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the broader questions in the Productivity Commission Inquiry.  A number of disability representative, advocacy and legal organisations participated in the workshop, which was supported by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) and the National Disability and Carers Alliance. 

The AHRC provided its submission on CRPD and the NDIS to stimulate discussion.  A further working day was conducted on 16 July to finalise a Framework that could be used by disability representative and advocacy organisations in writing their submissions or in conducting consultations. 

Click here to read a copy of this Framework on our website. A copy of the AHRC submission is available on their website - www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/ 

The Framework also outlines further work that is being conducted by organisations and which will also be made available to assist with responses.  Further information is also available on the disability partnership website www.disabilityrightsnow.org.au 

Click here to read PWD’s Summary Submission which has been presented to the Productivity Commission. The timing of this submission was to provide something to the Commission prior to appearing at the public hearing on Tuesday 20 July in Sydney.  It adds to a growing number of submissions already received, and posted on the Commission’s website at www.pc.gov.au/projects/inquiry/disability-support/submissions

At this stage, though, we are awaiting an expected flood of very detailed submissions just prior to the closing date, from the peak disability organisations, and elsewhere in the sector, which will provide the views of constituents, and go to a level of detail that is acknowledged necessary to ensure that the Commission is seriously considering the shift to a new service system.  There is still time for members to provide input to the submission, by contacting Michael Bleasdale at michaelb@pwd.org.au

The process of the Inquiry does not conclude with the submission and the final report is not due to be handed down until July 2011.  Between now and then an interim report will be developed and no doubt there will be intensive consultation around the detail of a new system.  This will be the period during which PWD will undertake more extensive consultation and information sharing with members and others in the sector.

Review of the National Disability Services Standards

PWD has completed its submission to the Review of the National Disability Services Standards. PWD feels that this is an important review, given the current lack of consistency in both the provision and the quality of disability supports across Australia and the fact that the Standards have not been reviewed since they were developed in 1993. 

While big questions remain about when disability services legislation in Australia is to be reviewed to bring it up to date and also to reflect our obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, reviewing the Standards at this time is important, as we contemplate their role in monitoring the quality of supports and service provision for people with disability.

Click here to read PWD’s submission on our website or if you have any questions, please contact Damien Anderson at damiena@pwd.org.au

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International News

2010 Global Domestic Violence Conference

Australia will be represented at the 2010 Global Domestic Violence Conference (GCA-DV). Monash University, one of Australia’s leading universities, will attend the conference, to be held at the Prince Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 1st – 3rd of November 2010.

This three-day conference is set to be the largest gathering of community groups, government and non-government agencies (NGOs) all devoted to highlighting and showcasing successful programs with the aim of empowering people and workers in the field of domestic violence. 

As part of their ongoing commitment to raising the profile of the event as of 2011, GCA-DV will be organising a national domestic violence conference in countries that express an interest in having the network organise an event within their localities. Each country that expresses an interest in conjunction with GCA-DV network develops a steering committee locally to help formulate and stage the event. It will not be sponsored by any government but would be formulated and paid for by GCA-DV.
  
If you wish to be part of either the conference or would like to know more about GCA-DV, please e-mail the conference committee at sosmedical@ymail.com or visit the conference website at www.domesticviolenceconference.net

Disability Rights Fund 2010 - Round Two Request for Proposals

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) seeks to strengthen the participation of Disabled Persons’ Organizations (DPOs) in the advancement of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at country level in the Global South and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union.

Round Two of the DRF is now open, and is directed at DPOs in the following regions and countries:

  • Asia: Bangladesh
  • The Pacific: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu

Interested organisations are urged to review the full eligibility criteria and application details posted at the Fund’s website www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grant.html. Any questions on the proposal process should be directed to info@disabilityrightsfund.org. The deadline for applications is 19 August 2010.

Pacific DPOs can seek assistance from the Pacific Disability Forum by contacting Angie Chand, DPO Development Officer, program@pacificdisability.org

UN Women Website

In an historic move, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously on 2 July 2010 to create a new entity to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide.

The establishment of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women — to be known as UN Women — is a result of years of negotiations between UN Member States and advocacy by the global women’s movement. It is part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact.

“I am grateful to Member States for having taken this major step forward for the world’s women and girls,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement welcoming the decision. “UN Women will significantly boost UN efforts to promote gender equality, expand opportunity, and tackle discrimination around the globe.” - Click here to read Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s full statement

Click here to learn more about the UN Women Website www.unwomen.org  

Pacific Disability Forum and Australian Human Rights Commission Governance and Rights Training – Papua New Guinea

PWD once again provided support to the ongoing roll out of governance and human rights training in Pacific Island countries.  The training is a partnership project between the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).

This time training was held in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with keen and vocal participation from the PNG Assembly of Disabled People (ADP) and a number of government representatives. ADP participants included a number of women with disability who were involved in the 2006 National Women with Disability Leadership Training Workshop, which PWD assisted in organising and facilitating. 

PNG has released its National Disability Plan and established a National Disability Advisory Committee to monitor implementation of the Plan. The final training takes place in September in Tonga.

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The Inside Story

Congratulations Uncle Lester - NAIDOC Elder of the Year 2010!

Uncle Lester Bostock won the elder of the year award at this year’s NAIDOC Awards, held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on July 9th, 2010. 

Uncle Lester is a Life Member and previous Board Member of PWD, a founding member of the Aboriginal Disability Network, and the current Chair of First Peoples Disability Network Australia.

A Bundjalung man from Box River Reserve in New South Wales, Uncle Lester was unable to read or write when he left school at just 13. Undeterred, he returned to education as an adult and became a teacher. Uncle Lester is regarded as a pioneer of Indigenous media in Australia. He helped to set up Radio Redfern, was involved in creating the first Indigenous theatre group, and was the first Aboriginal presenter on SBS Radio.

Experiencing an accident in the 1950s that led to his leg being amputated, Uncle Lester has worked to raise awareness of the unmet needs of Aboriginal people with disability. He has played important roles in many Indigenous disability and community organisations and was part of the 1967 referendum campaign and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

The NAIDOC Award is recognition of a lifetime of achievement and is a credit to him and the extraordinary contribution he has made to Aboriginal services in Australia.

Congratulations from the Board and staff at PWD!

PWD in the 2010 City2Surf

PWD launched its very first fundraising initiative this month through entering a team in the 2010 City2Surf. PWD views this is a fantastic opportunity raise the profile of PWD, as well as some much-needed funds.

The team is expected to include staff, board and members, who will conquer the 14km from Sydney CBD to Bondi Beach, on Sunday 8 August 2010.  PWD would love to have your support as we take on this new challenge.

If you would like to donate to the team, please visit www.everydayhero.com.au/people_with_disability_australia or contact Daphnee Cook, Communications and Membership Development Manager at daphneec@pwd.org.au

Comings and Goings in Individual and Systemic Advocacy

“July has been as busy as ever in the Individual Advocacy Unit and brought many changes in roles and personnel. We were sad to say farewell to Jane Blake who has returned to work and live in Tasmania and are sorry to lose her expertise and significant contribution to our advocacy work.  We also heard from Eleanor Brand who has made the decision to not return to work at PWD and to stay at home to care for her son Finn. We wish her every success in her caring role.

On a happier note we have welcomed back Sue Fowles on her return from parenting leave, and two weeks later were able to welcome Mel Harrison into our team. Carine Bento has accepted a short term contract for the vacant advocacy position in addition to the work she is doing on the Disability Rights and Information Service (DRIS) team coordinated by Denise Beckwith.

We have also recently welcomed new Queensland regional advocates Val Brown (Mt Isa) and Rhonda Perkins (Fraser Coast) who has taken over Alan's position while he is sailing to Vanuatu

Sue Barnes, Manager Individual Advocacy.

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PWD Media Releases

26 July 2010Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders: PWD welcomes Government Initiative

27 July 2010Tackling the Barriers: PWD welcomes Government initiatives to make our community accessible

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Upcoming Events

23 August, Brisbane (QLD): QAI hosts Community Forum: Restrictive Practices – Legitimate Treatment Intervention or Human Rights Violation? - click here for more information on QAI’s website

‘Restrictive practices’ is a term that is used to describe some of the ways that are used to control people with disability whose behaviour is called ‘challenging’. Practices adopted can include locking someone up, locking things away, medicating someone, holding on to someone, or using something such as mittens or a harness to control what someone does. The use of such practices is contentious.

In 2008, a new system was introduced in Queensland to regulate the way service providers who receive funding from Disability Services can use restrictive practices. The forum aims to:

  • assess the effects of this system;
  • compare the system with alternative models from other jurisdictions;
  • develop recommendations for positive change to the system if change is warranted; and
  • promote a sector-wide sense of shared enterprise in and ownership of the process of that positive change.

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Phillip French – Prominent Human Rights Activist
  • Dr Jeffrey Chan – Victoria’s Senior Practitioner
  • Prof Karen Nankervis – Director of the Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Support
  • Dr Paul Ramcharan – Co-ordinator Research and Public Policy, Australian Centre for Human Rights Education
  • Dr Michael Kendrick – Independent International Consultant in Human Services

31 Aug-1 Sept, Wollongong (NSW): PWD Training - Responding to Sexual Assault www.pwd.org.au/training 

4-6 November, Parramatta (NSW): International Human Rights Education Conference "Educating for Human Rights, Peace and Intercultural Dialogue" www.humanrightseducationconference2010.com.au

World class speakers and the conference program will focus on the contribution of human rights culture to the good functioning of the civil society; highlight key trends and achievements in human rights education and in particular, aim to secure greater commitment for future human rights education. It will have a strong development and Indigenous component.

8-10 November, Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego CA (United States): 21st Annual NAPSA Conference  “Healing the Culture of Abuse” www.regonline.com/2010_napsa_annual_conference

9-11 February, Geelong (VIC): Having a Say Conference 2011, Deakin Uni, Geelong - www.valid.org.au

13-15 November, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia): Asia Pacific CBR Convention 2010 www.apcbrconvention.cbrnetworkmalaysia.org

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About PWD

People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWD) is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our membership is people with disability and organisations made up of people with disability. Individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement can join PWD as associate members.

PWD 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 increasingly depends on membership fees, public donations, bequests and fundraising activities to maintain our commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. PWD is a deductible gift recipient so donations of $2 or more are fully tax deductible.

Your tax deductible donation will mean we can continue to maintain our services. If you are interested and would like to support PWD please visit www.pwd.org.au/donate.html

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