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Kelly Vincent secures vital community funding

Kelly Vincent ensures vital funding for mental health and disability programs in South Australia

Dignity Party MLC Kelly Vincent has announced a raft of mental health and disability funding initiatives successfully negotiated with the state government.  This will be worth $41.5 million to South Australians over four years, and has come in return for Dignity Party support for the Treasurer’s bank tax.

“The Dignity Party, first and foremost, aim to ensure all South Australians can access high quality healthcare, and disability supports and programs,” says Kelly Vincent.

“To provide services, governments needs to charge taxes. For too long, already disadvantaged people have struggled to access the health care and disability supports they need due to lack of funding and resources.”

“It’s just not good enough.”

“At the end of the day, our community is nothing without its people. I’ll take every possible opportunity to vehemently defend those who have gone without vital supports and make sure government money is spent on those who need it most. This is one such opportunity.”

“I cannot stand by and watch young lives lost to suicide, a lack of disability support, families in crises or people being unable to access effective mental health programs for this reason I have insisted that the Treasurer spend the revenue from the bank tax on the South Australians that most need it,” said Ms Vincent.

Kelly Vincent’s negotiations with the SA Treasurer will see the following programs established, or reinstated, in Budget Forward Estimates (2017-2022 Budget years):

  • $10.25 million for a Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) Centre of Excellence and staffing for a “hub and spoke” model of specialised BPD services across South Australia’s Local Health Networks;
  • $17.1m to reinstate the highly effective Intensive Home Based Support Service (IHBSS) mental health program;
  • $6.6m to continue funding the Centre for Disability Health at Modbury until 2022;
  • $5.9m to maintain the cross-Departmental Exceptional Needs Unit (ENU) while the NDIS continues to roll out and potential gaps in service need to be plugged;
  • $1.7m in grants for Changing Places high-level accessible toilets across the state;
  • Additionally, the negotiated package includes: accessibility (disability access) features in all of the future builds in the “1000 homes in 1000 days” program; confirmation of the Future Jobs Fund around disability providers, jobs and innovation; and scoping for disability-trained/DCSI staff to work on the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL).

The reaction from the community to this Dignity Party initiative has been overwhelmingly supportive.

A reminder of the outstanding team Dignity Party will offer to the voters of South Australia at the March 17th election next year:
1. Hon Kelly Vincent MLC (Our sitting MP, seeking re-election for a second term)
2. Diana Bleby
3. Ryan Mann
4. Esther Simbi
You can read more about our candidates here.
(https://dignityparty.org.au/election/2018-election-legislative-council-upper-house/)

Dignity Party Film Night – Wonder
Purchase online tickets here
You are invited to the movies!  Come and see the new release movie, Wonder (PG) with Dignity Party on Friday 8th December, 2017 at Wallis Cinemas Mitcham!  We’d love to have your company.
Ticket Prices:
Concession Ticket: $15
Concession plus 5 Raffle Tickets: $20
Ticket only: $20
Ticket plus 5 Raffle Tickets: $26

A bit about the film
Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.  Julia Robers and Owen Wilson are joined by Jacob Tremblay, as Auggie, in this screen adaptation of a New York Times bestseller.

Date: Friday 8th December 2017
Start time: 06:00pm (film screens 6.30pm)
Venue: Wallis Cinemas Mitcham Level 1 Mitcham Shopping Centre, 119 Belair Road, Torrens Park

Wallis Cinemas Mitcham is wheelchair accessible. Open captions will be available for this screening. Audio description is available upon request (please advise of this when booking).
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Disability Pride Parade 2017
Come along to celebrate disability with a rally on the steps of Parliament House where we will hear from Dignity Party MP Kelly Vincent and others.

Wear purple! to show your support. You are welcome to bring your own banners and placards with messages of support. We will be providing free purple hats and balloons, and free disability inclusion banners to participants.

The purpose of the Disability Pride Parade is to celebrate the 2017 International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD), the United Nations day promoting understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.  This will be the 3rd Pride Parade in Adelaide, and we are leading Australia, come and join the throng!
Help spread the word and invite others through the Facebook event!

Getting involved with the Disability Pride Parade is free and open to everyone!  If you would like to participate, please just come along at 10.00am to the steps of Parliament House. Everyone is welcome!

FYI Accessible toilets on the Parade route: standard accessible toilets are available inside Parliament House on North Terrace. An accessible toilet with ceiling hoist (BYO sling) is available at the Community Visitor’s Office, 3rd floor Flinders University building, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide.

What’s happening on the day
10.00am Wear purple and join us at Parliament House, North Terrace
10.15am Hear from Dignity Party MP Kelly Vincent and others!
11.10am The Pride Parade moves down King William Street to Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga.
11.15am We join the International Day of People with Disability ‘Celebrate on the Square’ activities/food stalls etc.

We look forward to seeing you there to celebrate inclusion with us!