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The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has recently updated their website.

They have also released a schedule of events for 2020 and a Progress Report explaining the work they have done in 2019.

The next hearing at Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, NSW will begin on 18 February 2020, and go on for up to two weeks.

It will be about how the health system treats people with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injury.

Some of the issues the hearing will find out about are:

  • barriers to health care and services for people with cognitive disability. This includes communication barriers and the way health professionals think about people with disability
  • training and education of health professionals about patients with cognitive disability
  • people with cognitive disability not getting their health problems diagnosed properly and on time
  • people with cognitive disability not living as long as other people
  • specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability when it comes to health care and services.

The Royal Commission released an issues paper: Health care for people with cognitive disability. Click through to find out how you can have your say about it.