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Saturday, June 22 2013

The majority of people living in supported accommodation group homes throughout the state of Victoria, are those with intellectual or multiple disabilities.

Any degree of reduced intellectual capacity significantly reduces a person’s quality of life through limiting their self-determination.  Therefore, all avenues which are at all meaningful and enjoyable to the person must be sought and enhanced.

The most common avenue of enjoyment for almost all people, is food and drink.  It is vital for the full enjoyment of food, to have a good set of one’s own teeth, and good gums. 

Yet a large number of people with intellectual or multiple disabilities, especially those in supported accommodation group homes - most especially those in DHS group homes have poor teeth or none at all.  And, most can’t wear dentures for obvious reasons.

Most of the poor dental care culture came from the questionable care in the, then, large institutions – a culture which filtered out to the, now, group homes in the community.

Not only is in-home dental care frequently inconsistent, but so are regular visitations to dental care professionals.

The general culture of group home support staff , their management and state trustees is that residents cannot afford, (a) a degree of private health care and, (b) dental care other than the ‘dental hospital’ and all the associated delays.  Whereas many residents can afford private health and dental care at present, albeit just. 

We, therefore,  question, (a) why most residents of DHS group homes do not have a degree of private health care, especially hospital cover – as many residents are, as a result of their disability, intolerant of public services and, (b) why most residents of DHS group homes do not have regular dental checks every six months by a local dentist or a specialist dental surgeon where necessary to accommodate their disability.

Government policy, as depicted by DHS care policies, standards and values, is that people with disabilities shall be supported to have a lifestyle as close as possible to that of the general community.  The above proposals are very common within the general community.

We question there is such an acceptance by government bureaucrats that our most disadvantaged citizens are currently and consistently treated as second class citizens in this regard,

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Thursday, June 13 2013

Increasing Skills and Self Determination

of People with Disabilities

There is far too much ‘minder care’ rather than ‘quality of life care throughout the range of support services available to people with disabilities.

People with disabilities are often excluded from financial services and are frequently at risk of financial exploitation

Financial literacy helps people to make better financial decisions and act on them, given the opportunities available to them.

It is not just about increasing people’s knowledge of money matters and financial skills.  It is also about people’s attitudes.

Financial literacy is a combination of financial awareness, knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours necessary to make sound financial decisions and ultimately achieve individual financial wellbeing.

Financial literacy is about understanding money and finances and being able to confidently apply that knowledge to make effective financial decisions.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission is reviewing their 2011 National Financial Literacy Strategy (PDF 905KB) and developing a new one for 2014-16National Financial Literacy Strategy 2014/16

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Monday, June 10 2013

National Framework for Reducing the
 Use of Restrictive Practices
(LINK)

Council on Community and On 3 May 2013, Standing Disability Services Ministers considered a draft proposed National Framework for Reducing the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector (the proposed National Framework).  The proposed National Framework was developed jointly by the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and based on consultation to date from non-government stakeholders.

 
LISA Comment:  The first consideration of Restrictive Practices is Containment /Restraint , for which there is considerable written material and discussion, especially by the Senior Practitioner in Victoria.

 
Whereas, we look at those restrictive practices having the primary intention of  maintaining psychological power over people, especially vulnerable people and their often almost equally vulnerable stakeholders.

 
Current captive market, charity hand-out, block funded, support services have a natural and traditional restrictive practice culture that the consumer and their stakeholders should consider themselves lucky to get anything, and must never, ever, complain.

 
Power over people, the consumers and their stakeholders, is supported by the consumer and their stake holders being seen as lesser people by the captive market service providers as a result of having to take support service funding from government revenue the public purse.

 
This power over people is maintained by captive market service providers having no reason to retain consumers or provide customer service and satisfaction.  They being as difficult and covert as possible with their service provision per se, and especially difficult and covert when their service level, quality, accountability and transparency is questioned by the consumer and/or their stakeholders.


 

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Monday, June 10 2013

Safeguarding People with Disability
 Developing Policies and Procedures for Service Providers

Deakin University, in partnership with Uniting Care Community Options, invites you to participate in a study which investigates ways of safeguarding children and adults with disability against neglect and abuse from staff employed by, or working with, government and community service organisations, including ancillary staff. Your anonymous answers to the questions will be used to develop evidence-based policies and procedures for disability service providers. There will be three rounds of questions, each taking about 20 minutes to complete. The completion date for the initial round is 28 June.


If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Associate Professor Keith McVilly at keith.mcvilly@deakin.edu.au or Dr Goetz Ottmann at goetz.ottmann@deakin.edu.au, or telephone 03 9239 2639.

 

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Friday, June 07 2013

DisabilityCare Australia goes live!
 http://www.disabilitycareaustralia.gov.au/
 

Apart from having general access to this new website, people with disabilities can complete a questionnaire - My Access Checker - to help determine their likelihood of being eligible for support from DisabilityCare Australia.

LISA Comment:  No matter all the hype, we should not forget the original intention of the NDIS.  That is to eliminate the waiting list for support services, and ensure all support services are entitlement based - not the present charity hand-out based services where consumers are considered lucky to get what they get, and should never, ever, complain. 

A major factor to achieving true entitlement support services, is eliminating the entrenched culture amongst many of the current support services of placing the consumer and their stakeholders far from the centre of service provision.

Further NDIS intention is that all with disabilities be assessed for their ongoing needs.  And, that these needs be fulfilled with a tailored, not a generic ISP.  There is currently a cone of silence in respect to NDIS ISPs for present group home residents and those needing group homes.

We seek your views and comments on how you feel the NDIS (DisabilityCare Australia) will, in practice, be so much better, or not better than the present support services. 
Note:  Anonymous comment can be sent via our mail address below.         

Extra 1:  Residents of Supported Accommodation Group Homes, hit hard by the
                  State Government of Victoria.

Note: 
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LIFESTYLE IN SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION (LISA) INC.
Tel:  03-9434-3810:  Email:
info@lisainc.com.au or vk3qq@optusnet.com.au
Web:  www.lisainc.com.au
www.lisa-aus.blogspot.com
NOTE:  We are always interested in feedback and information; general, specific, good or bad.
If you wish anonymously: Our mail address is, 73 Nepean Street, Watsonia, 3087

 

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Friday, June 07 2013

Invitation to all families
 caring for people with disabilities


 BEYOND THE NDIS
Wednesday 24 July 2013
9.30am for a 10am start followed by a light lunch at 12.30m
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Chambers
Cnr Main St and Queen St, Mornington (Mel. Ref. 104 D10)

                                                        Presentations by:

Caroline Mulcahy
, CEO, Carers Victoria

Alexandra Gunning, Director, Engagement NDIS, Barwon Launch Transition Agency

John Chesterman, Manager, Policy and Education, Office of the Public Advocate

Janet Rice Victorian Greens Lead Senate Candidate

Rev Steve Terrell, Presbytery Minister Mission & Education Uniting Church

                   Facilitated by Max Jackson (JacksonRyan Partners)

Fantastic opportunity to meet those who have the power to shape the future

Get the facts       Ask the questions         Join the discussion

Addressing the questions:

  How will DisabilityCare Australia meet the needs of your family?
  How will DisabilityCare Australia provide for ageing carers needing
   housing for their adult offspring?

  When will the legal standing of parents & carers under the current
   Guardianship laws be resolved?

  How can families support each other in testing times?
  The importance of communities engaging with people who have a
   disability, their families & carers

 
 Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. To book a ticket to this event please go to http://carersforumbeyondthendis.eventbrite.com.au/ or phone 5950 1685

For more information, please phone Marie on 5983 8785

LIFESTYLE IN SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION (LISA) INC.
Tel:  03-9434-3810:  Email:
info@lisainc.com.au or vk3qq@optusnet.com.au
Web:  www.lisainc.com.au
www.lisa-aus.blogspot.com
NOTE:  We are always interested in feedback and information; general, specific, good or bad.
If you wish anonymously: Our mail address is, 73 Nepean Street, Watsonia, 3087


 

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