QDN e-News Video February 2023 Week 2

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Welcome back to another edition of the QDN e-News.  

COVID-19 Resources 

QDN member Alison MacLean recently interviewed Queensland Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Lynne McKinlay, asking questions about the new Queensland Health COVID-19 Traffic Light System.

Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/MRI-Ca-53Vg 

Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan – Hopes and Dreams Briefing 

QDN members are invited to attend the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan – Hopes and Dreams Briefing. This is an opportunity for people with disability to hear an update about the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games from representatives from the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.  

The session includes an update from representatives from the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (speakers TBC), and a closed Q&A session with QDN Chairperson Sharon Boyce and QDN CEO Michelle Moss. 

This is a free online event for people with disability. Please note this will be a webinar style event that will be held on Zoom. 

Contact us at qdn@qdn.org.au or 1300 363 783 if you have any questions about this event.  

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/532616268597  

Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan Hopes and Dreams survey 

We encourage you to have your say in the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan Hopes and Dreams survey. 

Your responses will inform and help to develop the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan, which will define how the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games can ensure lasting benefits for all Australians. 

Australia’s legacy hopes and dreams – which could include everything from healthier more active communities to better recycling programs or greater accessibility at sporting venues - will then be road-tested at the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Forum to be held on 22 March 2023. The forum will bring together 500 of Australia’s best and brightest community and business leaders, athletes and Games delivery partners to start mapping out the Brisbane 2032 Legacy Plan. 

The Legacy Forum will deliver a draft vision, draft themes and list of priorities for further feedback. 

The survey closes on 3 March 2023. 

Take the survey here: https://haveyoursay.dsdilgp.qld.gov.au/brisbane2032-legacy-plan-qld-gov-au 

Apply now for 2023 QDN Emerging Leaders program 

Applications for the 2023 QDN Emerging Leaders program are open!  

The program involves monthly training sessions, mentorship, and community activities to develop critical thinking, explore leadership theory practice and techniques, hold inquiring conversations, and build relationships. 

Applications close 17 February 2023 and are open to people with disability aged 18 and over who live in Queensland. 

Apply on the QDN website here: https://qdn.org.au/our-work/emerging-leaders-program/  

For more information email emergingleaders@qdn.org.au or call 1300 363 783. 

Voice of Queenslanders with Disability survey 

Have your say in the Voice of Queenslanders with Disability survey.  

Your responses will help to determine what is happening across the areas of improvement in Queensland’s Disability Plan 2022-2027. 

This survey and the report it will inform will bring information together from multiple areas for the first time, enabling governments, businesses, non-profit organisations and communities to know what is working well and what needs to be improved. 

Take the survey here: https://inclusivefutures.griffith.edu.au/hub-page/vqd   

If you need assistance completing the survey contact us at qdn@qdn.org.au 

The survey closes Friday 10 March. 

Digital Inclusion masterclasses and workshops   

QDN's online Digital Inclusion masterclasses are supporting people with disability to develop their digital literacy skills and understanding. Each masterclass is hosted by a QDN Digital Champion, featuring a presentation and Q&A session with an expert in the field. The first Digital Inclusion Online Masterclass is on Monday the 13th of February and is focused on disaster and emergency preparedness.  

Visit the Digital Inclusion page on the website to register and to find out what else is happening in February.  

Learn more here: https://qdn.org.au/our-work/access-affordability-ability-digital-inclusion/  

Brisbane Disability Expo 

QDN is hosting a stall at the upcoming Brisbane Disability Connection Expo at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on the 3rd and 4th of March. This is a huge community event with entertainment and a variety of things to do.  

There are over 200 exhibitors featuring NDIS Service Providers, Allied Health, Early Intervention, resource and equipment suppliers, home and community services and disability/complex case services for adults and children.  

If you’re interested in being involved, please get in touch.  

More information about here: https://www.developingauscommunities.com.au/brisbane-expo-2023  

Staying safe in the heat 

Parts of Queensland are experiencing a low-intensity heatwave, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning it will get worse. Here are some resources to help you stay safe. 

Remember - drink water regularly, keep out of the heat if possible, and stay as cool as possible. 

Policy Update 18th January 2023 – 3rd February 2023

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Disability Royal Commission   

The Royal Commission has published the Commissioner’s Report on Public hearing 21, which examined the experiences of people with disability engaging with the Disability Employment Services (DES) program. The Report focuses on the experience of a particular participant with ADHD who worked for the DES provider AimBig. This participant was working for a coffee shop through AimBig and didn’t feel adequately supported, which contributed to her mental health declining.  

More information is available here. 

You can access the report here. 

Report outlines framework for supported decision-making for people with cognitive disability 

The Royal Commission has published a research report titled Diversity, dignity, equity and best practice: a framework for supported decision-making. 

The report details why empowering people with cognitive disability to participate in making their own decisions is important and how it can be achieved. “Cognitive disabilities” includes people with intellectual disabilities, or an acquired brain injury, a mental health condition or dementia.   

Research was undertaken with 77 people, including people with cognitive disability, advocates, family members and service providers. 

More information is available here. 

You can access the report here.  

Chair of Disability Commission writes to CEOs of Australia’s airlines and airports  

The Chair of the Disability Royal Commission, the Hon Ronald Sackville AO KC, has written to the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Australia’s airlines and domestic airports outlining concerns people with disability have reported to the Royal Commission based on their experiences with air travel.  

The letter includes suggestions made by people with disability who were involved in two workshops run by the Royal Commission in 2022 that airlines and domestic airports provide a more inclusive experience for all air travelers. 

More information is available here. 



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