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We’re Australia’s peak rights and advocacy organisation for people with disability or who are d/Deaf. Since 1981, we’ve been advancing and protecting the rights, health and wellbeing of the people and communities we serve.
- Joint Media Release: Immediate changes to the Disability Support Pension needed following Jobs SummitDisability Representative Organisations are calling for changes to the Disability Support Pension (DSP) that would allow recipients to keep more of the money they earn when taking on paid work. At the Jobs Summit, the Government committed to providing a…
- Upcoming Single-use Plastics Bans: PWDA letter to EPAPlastic straws, including single-use plastic straws, can prevent aspiration from dysphagia and save our lives by helping to prevent us from choking on liquids and dying of pneumonia. They can also help prevent the well-publicised risks of other plastic straw…
- No time to lose for OPCAT inspection of disability settingsPWDA has sent a letter to the United Nations OPCAT Committee ahead of the planned visit of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) to Australia in 2022. When visiting Australia,…
The choices people make about language have an impact on the way people with disability feel and are perceived in society. This guide has been written by people with disability to assist the Australian general public and media outlets in talking about and reporting on disability.
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Fighting financial mismanagement
Jess was hospitalised while under financial administration and guardianship by the state. The state guardian was delayed in finding appropriate accommodation, so Jess was forced to remain in the public hospital but she was then told she owed the hospital over $6000 for staying longer.
Despite living in her leased apartment for years, senior citizen pensioner Lin, who lives with disability, had endured long-term elder abuse from her landlord. The on-going physical and mental discriminatory abuse became so intense it resulted in Lee being hospitalised twice.
Building a support network
A young man with disability, Marco spent years fleeing family violence which resulted in stints of homelessness and surviving multiple suicide attempts. He finally managed to secure short-term accommodation funded through his NDIS plan, but due to a change in his circumstances, had limited informal supports.