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

The Church through Uniting Care Australia is seeking information for inclusion in the Church’s response to the “First Nations people with disability issues paper” to be submitted to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.  Information is to be provided by Wednesday, 12 August.

The Issues Paper contains several to assist those responding, including:

  • How do First Nations people think about, identify with, and respond to disability in their communities?
  • What role do First Nations languages and culture play in the inclusion and protection of people with disability in the community?
  • What are the experiences of First Nations people with disability regarding violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation?
  • What do you see as the priority areas that can help prevent and better respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations people with disability?
  • Have any government strategies, policies or practices increased or reduced the risk of exposure to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations people with disability?
  • What are some examples of culturally appropriate responses to preventing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation and supporting First Nations people with disability?
  • What lessons can we learn from First Nation communities and their cultural governance systems?
  • What are the challenges in implementing culturally safe and appropriate responses and programs?
  • What could be done to strengthen disability support and advocacy services for First Nations peoples with disability? How might a national First Nations disability sector be developed and sustained?

Please email michaelc@nswact.uca.org.au with any information you can provide that would assist with the preparation of the response. Please use “First Nations people with disability issue paper” as the subject.