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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

To help guide you through the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, we have put together a list of websites and other resources to help you find information that could be relevant to you and provide you with the latest updates and advices from relevant government departments.

It is up to all of us to practice social distancing and self-isolation and following guidelines on travel to slow the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and others healthy.

Government Websites - Latest Updates

      

 

Advice for people at risk of coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Chronic conditions that increase the risk and are of concern:
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 years and vulnerable workers over 65 years:
      • Chronic renal failure
      • Coronary heart disease or congestive cardiac failure
      • Chronic lung disease (severe asthma (for which frequent medical consultations or the use of multiple medications is required), cystic fibrosis, bronchiectasis, suppurative lung disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic emphysema)
      • Poorly controlled diabetes
      • Poorly controlled hypertension
    • People at any age with significant immunosuppression, as defined as:
      • Haematologic neoplasms: leukemias, lymphomas, myelodysplastic syndromes
      • Post-transplant: solid organ (on immunosuppressive therapy), haematopoietic stem cell transplant (within 24 months or on treatment for GVHD
      • Immunocompromised due to primary or acquired immunodeficiency (including HIV infection)
      • Current chemotherapy or radiotherapy
      • High-dose corticosteroids (≥20 mg of prednisone per day, or equivalent) for ≥14 days
      • All biologics and most disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs)
  • Older People - people aged 70 years and over, people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions, people with compromised immune systems, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50, are at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus.
  • People in Aged Care Facilities - everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others. Managers, staff, family, friends and residents need to work together to protect older people in aged care facilities.

Resources for People with Disability

 

Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness Planning for COVid-19

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) in conjuction with the University of Sydney and the Queensland Government, has produced a planning tool for people with disability in dealing with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

These practical tools and information to help you think through how to make a plan for your own individual needs and situations.  

The Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) Planning Tool is a guide for people with disability to get the facts and to make a plan.

 
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In this Easy Read Information Guide you can find out how to stay safe from Coronavirus. Produced by the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID).

 < Click on the image on the to download the PDF version

Looking after your mental health during Coronavirus

An Easy Read Factsheet to help you look after your mental health during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  Produced by the Council for Intellectual Disability (CID).

Click on the image to download the PDF version >

 

 

 

 

 

 


ROYAL COMMISSIONS

Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

2020 Events Schedule: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/about-royal-commission/schedule

 

Make a submission

Submissions are now open.  They can be made using the form available on the Royal Commission Submissions page at https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/submissions/Pages/default.aspx

The form indicates the information they require about people and organisations making submissions, and includes questions about areas the Royal Commission is focusing on. 

Advocacy support to make a submission

A number of Department of Social Services, National Disability Advocacy Program funded organisations are now able to assist you with the Disability Royal Comission.  Independent Advocacy organisations can:

IANQ's service is available to all those living within our service region (see our Service Region page).

If you are considering making a submission or just want some advice, please contact us.

Phone:  (07) 4725 2505
Free Call:   1800 887 688
Email:   reception@ianq.org.au


Contacting the Commission

If you need assistance in making a submission you can contact them using the information below.  The Australian Government is also funding a legal advisory service and advocacy support for people who want assistance to make a submission.  This support will be available shortly, and people can subscribe to their Mailing list so they will be advised as soon as support services are available.

You can contact the Disability Royal Commission:

Hearings and Transcripts:

Transcripts of Hearings are available on the Disability Royal Commission Website at https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/hearings/Pages/transcripts.aspx

Reports:
First Progress Report- December 2019 https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/first-progress-report

 


Overview of the 2019 Review of the NDIS Act and NDIS Participant Service Guarantee

To develop the Guarantee, the Government has commissioned a review of the NDIS Act. The review will focus on opportunities to make the NDIS process simpler and more straight forward and remove barriers to positive participant and provider experiences with the NDIS.

The review will consider what changes may need to be made to the NDIS legislation to support the Guarantee and set new standards into law. This may involve amendments to the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (the NDIS Act) and the NDIS Rules, but will not change the design or intent of the NDIS.

The Government has appointed an independent expert, Mr David Tune AO PSM, to lead the review.  The review’s recommendations are due to be delivered to the Government by the end of 2019, to support the rollout of the Participant Service Guarantee on 1 July 2020.

Discussion Paper:      WORD    |    PDF    |   Easy Read WORD   |   Easy Read PDF   |  Listen to PDF 

Online Submission link:   https://engage.dss.gov.au/review-of-the-ndis-act-and-the-new-ndis-participant-service-guarantee/making-a-written-submission/

 


Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights

On 14 December 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission announced a major project: ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ (the National Conversation).

Throughout this year, we will be talking with people nationally to identify what makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia?

The purpose of the National Conversation is to:

Terms of Reference    PDF 

Discussion Paper:   WORD  |   PDF 

Issues Paper:   WORD   |   PDF 

 


Advocacy Organisations

 

Disability Advocacy Network Australia:  http://www.dana.org.au/

Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia -  https://adaaustralia.com.au/advocacy/

AMPARO Multicultural Disability Network (Brisbane) -   http://www.amparo.org.au/

Capricorn Citizen Advocacy (Rockhampton) - http://www.capca.org.au/

Gold Coast Advocacy Group (Southport) -  http://www.gca.org.au/

Mackay Advocacy -  http://www.mackayadvocacy.com.au/

People With Disability Australia (Mount Isa) -  http://www.pwd.org.au/

Queensland Advocacy Inc. -   http://www.qai.org.au

Queensland Parents of People with Disability (Brisbane) -   http://www.disabilitysupportqld.org.au/portfolio-items/queensland-parents-for-people-with-a-disability-inc-qppd/

Regional Disability Advocacy (Toowoomba) -  http://www.tascinc.org.au/

Rights in Action - Cairns -  http://www.rightsinaction.org

Speaking Up For You -  http://www.sufy.org.au

Sunshine Coast Citizen Advocacy (Woombye) -  http://www.citizenadvocacy.com

 

Government Departments

Anti Discrimination Commission Queensland - IS NOW THE  Queensland Human Rights Commission - https://www.qhrc.qld.gov.au/

Department of Social Services -  https://www.dss.gov.au/

Department of Corrective Service - http://www.correctiveservices.qld.gov.au/index.shtml

Department of Justice and Attorney General - http://www.justice.qld.gov.au

Health Rights Commission - www.humanrights.gov.au

National Disabiity Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - http://www.ndis.gov.au

Office of the Public Guardian - http://www.publicguardian.qld.gov.au/adult-guardian

Queensland Department of Communities Disability Services and Seniors  - https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/

Queensland Government Legislation - http://www.legislation.qld.gov.au

Queensland Health - http://www.health.qld.gov.au

Queensland Human Rights Commission - http://www.qhrc.qld.gov.au

The Public Advocate - http://www.justice.qld.gov.au/public-advocate

The Queensland Cabinet - http://www.cabinet.qld.gov.au

 

Legal Services

North Queensland Women's Legal Service - http://nqwls.com.au

Townsville Community Legal Service - http://www.tcls.org.au

 

Organisations

Australian Policy Online - http://www.apo.org.au

Cerebral Palsy Australia -  https://cpaustralia.com.au/

Cerebral Palsy Group (USA) - https://cerebralpalsygroup.com/cerebral-palsy/

Community Resource Unit - http://www.cru.org.au

Diversicare http://www.diversicare.com.au/

National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline - https://www.dss.gov.au/disability-and-carers/publications-articles/general/national-disability-abuse-and-neglect-hotline-data-0

National Disability Services - http://www.nds.org.au

Queensland Alliance for Mental Health - http://www.qldalliance.org.au

Queensland Council of Social Services - http://www.qcoss.org.au

Selectability - https://www.selectability.com.au/

Social Role Valorisation Association - http://www.socialrolevalorization.com

Synapse (formerly Brain Injury Association Queensland) - http://synapse.org.au

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  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people living in remote communities are at greater risk from COVID-19. This is because:
    • there are higher rates of other health issues in these communities
    • it can be harder to access health care
    • people in the community are very mobile and travel often
    • people often rely more on outreach services in remote places.
  • Older peopleare at greater risk of more serious illness if they are infected with coronavirus:
    • people aged 70 years and over,
    • people aged 65 years and over with chronic medical conditions,
    • people with compromised immune systems, and
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over the age of 50 .
  • People in aged care facilities - Everybody is at risk of contracting COVID-19 so you need to protect yourself and others. Managers, staff, family, friends and residents need to work together to protect older people in aged care facilities.
  • Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) Planning - Full Version
  • Person-Centred Emergency Preparedness (PCEP) Planning - Printable Plan
  • Entry Door Stop Sign  -  PDF
  • Website - https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx
  • Terms of Reference  https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/publications/commonwealth-letters-patent-amended-13-september-2019
  • Fact Sheet:   PDF  |   Easy Read
  • Provide information about the Royal Commission and to help people understand the purpose of the Royal Commission
  • Support those who want to participate through the whole process
  • Protect the rights of people and help them say what they want to say and how they want to say it
  • Provide advice and referrals and act in their best interest
  • Assist people to get the supports needed including counselling and/or psychological support
  • by email at DRCenquiries@royalcommission.gov.au
  • by telephone on 1800 517 199 (9:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday AEDT excluding public holidays)
  • by post at GPO Box 1422, Brisbane Qld 4001
  • subscribe to mailing list:  https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/contact/Pages/Mailing-list.aspx
  • Promote awareness of the importance of human rights to 21st century Australia
  • Identify current limitations and barriers to better human rights protections
  • Identify what key principles should underpin the reform of human rights in Australia
  • Build agreement across the Parliament, government and the community about what we can do collectively to better promote, protect and fulfil human rights