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Research & Reports

Discover provides the information needed to navigate the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. This resource combines complex information alongside Easy Read sections to enable people with impaired decision making to be supported through all stages of planning under NDIS. Discover also provides information about planning for whole of life including wills and trusts, as well as providing contacts to source additional information.

Complex support need planning

This Planning Resource Kit is intended to strengthen existing good practice and to provide guidance for engaging a person with complex support needs in planning. The kit is aimed at workers in planning or related roles, such as case managers or service coordinators, who engage with people with complex support needs.

The Planning Resource Kit focuses on the planning process which is envisaged as a three-stage process:

Stage 1: Pre-planning
Stage 2: Planning conversations
Stage 3: Plan-to-action

Centre for Access was born to address and break down some of the barriers which still exist in our society. They offer a competitive edge and a unique perspective which is often unheard.

Centre for Access delivers professional training services around disability, communication, sexuality, access, leadership, NDIS awareness workshops, parent & carers forum and community based presentation to a broad range of audiences. They aim to break down barriers, challenge perceptions and create change.They aim to add value to any organisation or audience which they deliver workshops for and take that responsibility very seriously.

The audit objective was to assess the effectiveness to date of the management of the approach to transition the disability services market to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market arrangements.

Something to give to your practitioner

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) across Australia will change the disability interface with existing sectors, including health. The RACP's NDIS Guides are a resource for physicians, paediatricians and other health professionals to access practical information that can help them navigate the scheme, and support their patients.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Costs

Productivity Commission

The Commission should address the following issues identified in the Heads of Agreement for the review of scheme costs:

  • the sustainability of scheme costs

  • jurisdictional capacity

  • cost pressures (including wages pressures)

  • changes in the agreed escalation parameters

  • if efficiencies have been achieved within the scheme

  • whether there has been any impact on mainstream services

  • examine the most appropriate levers to manage any potential cost overruns.

Australian Senate

Senate report - Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability

Violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings, including the gender and age related dimensions, and the particular situation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, and culturally and linguistically diverse people with disability

Human Rights Commission

Willing to Work

Unemployment stats for people with disability in general and intellectual disability are alarming given they want to close down 15,000 jobs mainly for people with intellectual disability, when unemployment has such a negative impact on wellbeing

Deirdre Croft

The Forgotten Australians

In this edition of Interaction Magazine Dierdre Croft explores what has happened to Systemic Advocacy for people with intellectual disability. While this paper was published in 2010 nothing has changed. Our Voice Australia wants to be the change agent.


Australian Government

Closing the Gap

It is clear that Closing the Gap is a national responsibility that belongs with every Australian.

Ending the disparity is complex and challenging. This will not lessen our resolve or diminish our efforts, even when some problems seem intractable and targets elusive.”

Malcolm Turnbull PM

Anglicare Report

Caring into Old Age

Many ageing parent carers, aged over 60 years caring for a son or daughter with a disability, are looking after their loved one without a transition plan and with little support.

The study also highlighted that:

•     There were significant positive changes in carers’ wellbeing while they were in the program

•     Most people with a disability wish to stay in the family home as they age

•     Parents and care recipients need to be at the centre of a network of support

•     Regular planned respite periods assisted carers to sustain their caring role long-term

This Toolkit is for you if you have concerns about the ability of an adult to make decisions for themself.

Under the law, you must presume that every adult has capacity. Sometimes you may be the person who decides whether another person has capacity. Generally, when a person has capacity to make a particular decision they can:

• understand the facts and the choices involved

• weigh up the consequences, and

• communicate the decision.

However, for some decisions there is a specific legal test for capacity. When you are assessing a person’s capacity to make any of these decisions you must consider the particular matters outlined in the legal test. The test you use depends on the legal area to which the decision relates.

Anglicare research programs

Carers Doing it Tough, Doing it Well

This report presents research findings demonstrating how two Government funded, Anglicare programs – the support coordination and respite options programs – have been effective in meeting the needs of carers over many years. In view of the closure of such programs as a result of the NDIS, this report concludes that a range of targeted carer supports is required in conjunction with the NDIS, beyond what has so far been promised by Government. These supports will be critical if carers are to sustain their vital role into the future.

Associate Professor Dr Kristy Muir

Full participation of young persons with a disability and challenging behaviour

Associate Professor Dr Kristy Muir has undertaken research work in relation to supporting full participation and the rights of all family members where families include a young person with a disability and challenging behaviour.

Dr Muir’s work has been published in 2011 by Taylor & Frances in the scholarly journal Disability & Society: Complementing or conflicting human right Conventions? Realising an inclusive approach to families with a young person with disability and challenging behaviour.

NDIS research

NDIS report: Early Intervention for Autism

Autism spectrum disorder:

Evidence-based/evidence-informed good practice for supports provided to preschool children, their families and carers

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