Women with disability are being turned away by family violence services in Australia – SBS News

Women with disability are being turned away by family violence services in Australia – SBS News Women with disability are far more likely to suffer domestic and sexual abuse than non-disabled women. Despite that, many women’s shelters and domestic support services are physically inaccessible or don’t have enough funding or support to accept women with…

Man with autism unable to tell doctors he was conscious during surgery now training medical staff, ABC News

Man with autism unable to tell doctors he was conscious during surgery now training medical staff By disability affairs reporter Nas Campanella and the Specialist Reporting Team’s Celina Edmonds A Queensland man with autism has described how he was conscious throughout surgery after the anaesthetic did not work, and has called for better training on how to support…

Disability royal commission finds Federal Government responsible for ‘serious failures’ during COVID-19 – ABC News

Disability royal commission finds Federal Government responsible for ‘serious failures’ during COVID-19 – ABC News By national disability affairs Nas Campaella and the Specialist Reporting Team’s Celina Edmonds   People with disability have been “forgotten and ignored” during the pandemic, leaving them “stressed and frightened,” a Commonwealth report has found. Key points: The disability royal commission makes 22…

Government acts to improve privacy protections for witnesses at Disability Royal Commission – SBS News

Government acts to improve privacy protections for witnesses at Disability Royal Commission By SBS News UPDATED 20/10/2020 The government plans to amend the law to better protect the confidentiality of information given to the royal commission, following long-standing criticisms from disability advocates. The federal government is taking steps to protect the privacy of witnesses involved…

‘Urgent action’ needed over high proportion of Indigenous women in prison – ABC news

‘Urgent action’ needed over high proportion of Indigenous women in prison, report says By Philippa McDonald Posted, updated 31 March 2020 Link to article The number of Indigenous women in custody has been called “one of the most challenging human rights issues facing Australia”. Key points: Research shows a “disturbing over-representation” of Indigenous prisoners Poverty, family violence, abuse and trauma…