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Disability Royal Commission Update

The Disability Royal Commission (the Commission) announced last week two community forums to be held in Logan (4 February 2020) and Ipswich (5 February 2020). Community forums are an opportunity for the Commission to update the community about their work, and for people with disability to share their stories in an informal environment.  While we acknowledge that the Commission’s announcement of these forums has come at short notice, QDN encourages members to attend if possible, to ensure Queenslanders with disability’s voices are heard.

Click here to register to attend.

In December 2019, the Commission released its first progress report. The report highlighted the work the Commission has already done, including its hearings in Brisbane and Townsville. The progress report also outlined the next steps for the Commission, including the launch of a new website in early 2020 that aims to be more accessible and user-friendly for people with disability.

Click here to access the progress report, including Easy Read versions.

Ways to have your say

The Commission has released three issues papers for public feedback. QDN is developing submissions on each of the issues’ papers on behalf of our members. If you would like to provide feedback or share your story as part of our submissions, you can email kswift@qdn.org.au or call 1300 363 783 to make a time to speak to one of our policy staff. We are always seeking members’ views to include in our policy submission, so encourage all members to get in touch and have their say. Alternatively, you can send in your own submissions. See below for more information on each of the issues papers or you can click here to access more information.

The Commission is interested in the experiences of people with disability who have lived, or who are living in group homes. Click here to find more information about the group homes issues paper.

The Commission wants to understand the experiences of people with cognitive disability in accessing or receiving health care. Click here to find more information about the health care for people with cognitive disabilities issues paper.

The criminal justice system issues paper is looking at how people with disability, including young people and First Nations people, are over-represented across the criminal justice systems in Australia. The issues paper is also calling for responses about prisons and forensic mental health facilities where forced treatment and restrictive practices may be used. Click here to find more information about the criminal justice system issues paper.

The Disability Royal Commission will host the following events in Queensland in the first half of 2020:

February 2020

  • February 4: Community Forum – Logan, Queensland.
  • February 5: Community Forum – Ipswich, Queensland.
  • February 6: Engagement with First Nations People, Organisations and Communities – Brisbane.

Brisbane Hot Topics Digital Story Launch – Disability Action Week

Brisbane Hot Topics Local Support Group is nearing the completion of its digital story project. With the help of staff and students from Griffith University, they have developed our personal stories about how they have influenced change and dealt with challenges in their lives.  They are also developing a Brisbane Hot Topics group story. As part of this, they identified their many achievements since Hot Topics began and then voted on the key ones they wished to include in a group story. Highlights included the first housing forum, work speaking up so that people with intellectual disability have a voice in the governance of bodies and organisations, speaking up at the Roundtable for People with Intellectual Disabilities and their visit to the ABC which stimulated our interest in sharing our stories. Their key message is that they want to be seen, heard and listened to by government, politicians, and community members – in fact, Brisbane Hot Topics want everyone to know they are here!

As part of Disability Action Week, this group will be launching the digital stories at Griffith University Southbank cinema at 10.00am on September 11. Brisbane Hot Topics want to thank everyone who has assisted them in making this project such a success.

15 Brisbane Hot Topics members standing outside the QDN office, all looking very happy.
Photo: Brisbane Hot Topics members that were involved in developing the digital stories

Bi-monthly Update July 2018

From the Chairperson

The annual fanfare associated with the month of June means State budget time, and the 2018-2019 Queensland State Budget was handed down by the Palaszczuk Government. QDN, as one of 14 Community Services Peaks was part of the organisations hosting the Budget Breakfast organised by QCOSS at the Brisbane Convention Centre. It was positive to hear the Treasurer and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad give her overview of the budget and

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