Tuesday, 18 September 2018
Calls for a Royal Commission
Calls for a Royal Commission into the aged care sector in Australia have been heeded, yet the Federal government lags behind on implementing recommendations of previous reports. A Royal Commission is a very expensive process (amounts mentioned are around $200 million), and Dignity Party want to see further aged care reform put in place before the Royal Commission is completed. In particular the waiting time for people to receive home care packages is unacceptable. Supporting people in their own homes works well on so many levels, yet if there is an unacceptable delay to providing support it can snowball into higher levels of need.
Terms of reference for the Aged Care Royal Commission must include looking into the provision of care for people with disabilities, and this needs to cover more than the (important) issue of young people in nursing homes. The Royal Commission needs to acknowledge that, like others in the community, people with disabilities are living longer and their specific needs must be understood and accommodated by the aged care sector.
We welcome the Royal Commission, but it is not enough. Dignity Party have called for a specific Royal Commission into the violence, abuse and neglect of people with disabilities, as recommended by a Senate Inquiry in 2015 – full list of recommendations can be seen here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Community_Affairs/Violence_abuse_neglect/Report/b01
We need to find out how the situation for people with disabilities in Australia has become as bad as it has, and what needs to be done to ensure that abuse in the name of “care” can never occur.
The Disability Discrimination Commissioner
The Australian Human Rights Commission has a President and seven Commissioners https://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/president-commissioners
From the tsunami of complaints to the Human Rights Commission, 42% are disability related. According to the UN Convention of Rights of Persons with Disabilities, this is an extraordinary figure and demonstrates the lack of priority, respect and dignity given towards people with disabilities in our community.
Dignity Party President Rick Neagle met with the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin last week, when he visited his home state and the city of Adelaide to speak about Back to the Future: technology and people with disability, at the Adelaide Law School .