Some changes I think could improve the lives of Disabled people in Australia especially people with a psychosocial disability

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the issues needing to be addressed, but I did send it to my local MP before the election.
The old but still relievent saying for disability advocacy is ‘Nothing about us, without us.’ This is still relievent today as when it started. Mental illness is a psychosocial disability.
I want to see diversity and inclusion training for teachers. (State abd Federal issue)
Anti-bullying programs in schools and workplaces where bullies face consequences for their actions. (State and Federal.issiw
Easier access to NDIS (Federal issue)

A greater acknowledgement of the volunteer roles people with disabilities often play in the community. (Council, State and Federal issue)

Disability training for aged care workers. (Federal issue)

Easier and affordable access to assessents including those for autism and ADHD. (Federal issue)

Funding for more peer run support groups. (State/Federal issue ? UNSURE)

More training in emotional CPR especially for people working in community including but not limited to hair and makeup staff, customer service staff, and people working in hospitality, retail and tourism. (Unsure)

Specialist mother and baby units for pre snd post natal depression and psychosis. (State issue)

Minimum standards and qualifications for people who work with people with disabilities including but not limitted to disability support workers, local area coordinators, and planners.

Peer run alternatives to psychiatric hospitalisation. (State)

Truama informed care (unsure)

Aged care workers to be trained in psychiatric disability. (federal)

End the staffing caps on NDIS (federal)

Greater use and awareness of invisable disability lanyards on all public transport. (state)

All trams need to be accessible for people with disabilities (state: Victoria specific)

The closure of Disability Employment Services that harrass people with disabilities on Jobseeker. This is an area where untrained and inexperienced staff can ccurrently exassibate the symptoms of mental illness among clients who have preexisting mental health difficulties. (Federal).

The end to mutual obligation policies for people with disabilities including but not limited to work for the dole programs. (Federal)

Mentorship programs for people with disabilities to develope meaningful careers (unsure)

Access to safe and affordable Housing for ALL people with disabilities. (Federal and State)

Free training for people with disabilities in advocacy roles, and leadership roles. (unsure)

Qualifications in disability and mental health should be redesigned by people with disabilities. It needs to incorporate the principles of dignity of risk as well as duty of care using a strength based Recovery model. We deserve the opportunity to try new things and to make mistakes even if those mistakes have consequences. Inhibiting our choices takes away our chance to self actualise and develop our full potential as human beings We need all training to be Human Rights focused and in line with the United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities. (State)

It is imperative that choice and control are the guiding principles of National Disability Insurance scheme. (Federal)

It is essential that partisipants of NDIS remain able to choose who they work with. It is by nature a personal and intimate role where we may need to dosclose trauma. The essential element of trust is required for us to feel safe to do this when nessesary. (Federal)

All new housing should be requiredby law to meet the principles of Universal Design. This would help people in the future to remain in their own home if they aquire a physical disability. When someone with a physical diaability is able to live in their home once aquiring said physical disability their likelyhood of getting a subsequent psychosocial disability is reduced. (Council/State)

Greater enforcement of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of People with a Disability. (Federal)

Better access to the Taxi rank at Melbourne airport. People with disabilities (and the elderly) have a variety of reasons for choosing taxis over ubers and the long walk to the taxi rank is problematic for many disabled people who use Melbourne Airport. (State)

Written by
Kristy Mounsey (she/her)

Please add to this list and feel free to discuss my ideas in the comments.


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