Grand Western Lodge was a combined PWDA individual and systemic advocacy campaign focused on more than 40 adults with intellectual and psychosocial disability who were residents of “licenced premises for handicapped people” in Millthorpe, NSW between 2000 and 2011.

PWDA's advocacy work around Grand Western Lodge contributed significant action bringing these people to place of safety and the public release of the NSW Ombudsman's special report - More than board and lodging: the need for boarding house reform in August 2011

PWDA continutes to carry out advocacy work and representation around Boarding House Reform.

Media Reports and Publications

24 September 2013

12 May 2012

11 May 2012

13 March 2012

16 October 2011

18 August 2011

  • Damning report into boarding houses ABC Radio National with Dr Gabrielle Drake
    Dr Drake completed a PhD study in 2010 (PDF 904kb) on the deinstitutionalisation of boarding houses for people with mental illness and disability.
  • From August, PWDA's Individual Advocates travel to and from Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo to support the 43 residents recently removed from Grand Western Lodge, where they had allegedly been subject to significant experiences  of abuse and violence.

17 August 2011

16 August 2011

30 July 2011

23 July 2011

22 July 2011

18 July 2011

17 July 2011

16 July 2011

June 2010

  • PWDA began to alert ADHC and NSW Police to allegations of serious risk of harm  to residents of Grand Western Lodge. It takes ADHC over a year to begin effective action in response to these allegations.