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Josie Prioletti - The Great Debate - Has life improved for people with a disability


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Presentation by Chris Asquini; Acting Executive Director, Disability Services - Division DHS at field's 'The great debate - has life improved for people with a disability'.

Forum was held on Wednesday 23 September 2009,

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Josie Prioletti - The Great Debate - Has life improved for people with a disability

  1. 1. Has Life Improved for People with Disabilities? Wednesday 23 rd September 2009 1pm – 4pm The Great Debate
  2. 2. Aims <ul><li>To acknowledge some of the positive changes that have occurred for people with disabilities; </li></ul><ul><li>To identify some of the gaps / shortfalls that currently exist; </li></ul><ul><li>To understand the impact of the changes (personally and from a service perspective). </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Victorian State Plan 2002 – 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>To enable greater flexibility, greater control and better outcomes for Victorians with a disability </li></ul><ul><li>The Disability Act 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Contributes to the achievement of the vision of the State Plan by </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>strengthening the right of people with a disability </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting their inclusion and full participation in the community </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Includes key principles which provide a framework for the development of high quality disability services </li></ul></ul></ul>Some Major Changes Victoria
  4. 4. <ul><li>Victorian Disability Quality Framework </li></ul><ul><li>(operation July 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>& the Associated ‘Outcome Standards’ </li></ul><ul><li>This has resulted in changes to the sector which include </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Individualised Planning </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Information Provision </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complaints Processes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New strengthening bodies & roles to deal with complaints and monitor service providers e.g. Disability Services Commissioner </li></ul></ul></ul>Some Major Changes Victoria (continued)
  5. 5. <ul><li>People with Disabilities are living longer </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of Service have increased; more than doubled in 10 years (Nationally) </li></ul><ul><li>Services have increased in the following areas; </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community Access Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“For Profit” Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>More people with disabilities are accessing services (Nationally) </li></ul>The Facts
  6. 6. <ul><li>Large unmet demand (Nationally) </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Accommodation & Respite Services </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Victoria recoded the highest percentage of service users (38%) </li></ul><ul><li>Data taken from current and future demand for specialist Disability services </li></ul>The Facts
  7. 7. <ul><li>Of the five broad service groups, the most commonly accessed was </li></ul>Service Users & Service Groups <ul><li>Community Support; these services provide the support needed to live in a non-institutional setting, e.g. Attendant Support </li></ul><ul><li>Community Access; services designed to provide opportunities for people to gain and use their abilities to enjoy social independence </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>The different methods for managing demand, make it difficult to compare data between states e.g . </li></ul><ul><li>Some Registers are Incomplete </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. In Victoria date is not collected for all service types </li></ul><ul><li>Limited data is available on services requested by clients </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Only South Australia collects data for all CSTDA service types </li></ul><ul><li>Data coverage varies state-wide in terms of who is included </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. The count of people waiting for services in Queensland includes only those people receiving no service or funding at all. </li></ul><ul><li>* CSTDA; Commonwealth State / Territory Disability Agreement </li></ul>Limitations to Data
  9. 9. <ul><li>An opportunity to be angry about the lack of services to meet individual needs </li></ul><ul><li>Not a solution to the problem(s) of service shortfalls </li></ul><ul><li>Not only about services; e.g. attitudes, values </li></ul>What this debate is NOT
  10. 10. <ul><li>Christian Astourian; Advocate & Board Member </li></ul><ul><li>Julie Philips; Manager Disability Discrimination Legal Service </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Asquini ; Acting Executive Director, Disability Services Division DHS </li></ul><ul><li>Adam Jones; Solicitor, DDLS </li></ul><ul><li>Break </li></ul><ul><li>Stella Young – Comedian, Broadcaster Advocate </li></ul><ul><li>David Craig – Executive Officer, Action for Community Living </li></ul>Agenda