Our Voice to meet Parliamentary Committee
Our Voice is a group of people with intellectual disability who are part of Inclusion Australia. NSW CID Chairperson Michael Sullivan is our representative on Our Voice. Members of Our Voice provided very valuable input to NSW CID’s Getting the Best from the NDIS conference in 2014. To view their presentation click here
Now, the NDIS Committee of Federal Parliament has agreed to meet with Our Voice.This will be a great opportunity for key politicians to hear direct from people with intellectual disability on how the NDIS can be improved.
NSW mental health plan has no action for people with intellectual disability
NSW CID is very alarmed by the lack of specific action on the mental health of people with intellectual disability in the NSW Government’s response to its Mental Health Commission’s Strategic Plan. Click here
to view the plan.
The Mental Health Commission set out clearly the fundamental problems facing people with intellectual disability in obtaining mental health care and provided practical steps for action. The Commission’s approach is in line with the outcomes from the National Roundtable on the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disability which NSW CID convened in 2013.
Mental Health Minister Guy Rowell stated that the Commission’s Strategic Plan “provides a 10 year roadmap for strengthening mental health care in NSW”. However, there is no specific provision for people with intellectual disability in the initiatives the government has announced.
NSW CID is seeking a meeting with the Minister.
Budget cuts - Disability industry shake up
The federal government has recently announced that it has cut $240 million in funding to advocacy peak bodies, many of which are disability specific NGOs. These include; Inclusion Australia (previously called National Council on Intellectual Disability), Down Syndrome Australia, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Disability Advocacy Network of Australia, and all other single disability peak groups.
NSW CID sees this as a very negative step and is particularly concerned that there will be no funded national peak group focused specifically on people with intellectual disability. NSW CID will continue to advocate strongly on this issue.
eHealth records for people with intellectual disability
People with intellectual disability can register to have an eHealth record so that their health information is on a Commonwealth Government website. With their approval, doctors and hospitals can look at a person's eHealth record. NSW CID supports eHealth records which can help doctors to provide the best treatment and help you to be healthy.
People with intellectual disability should be given support to make their own decisions about having an eHealth record. However, even with good support, some people will not understand the eHealth records process. Therefore, closely involved supporters like family members can then apply to be an‘authorised representative’ for the person to make decisions about registration and management of the eHealth record.
For more information and to register for an eHealth record click here.