This is a project initiated by the Disability Services Commissioner to support effective relationships between service providers and the families of people using their services.
The objectives include the development of policy principles and practice guidelines for service providers and resources for people with a disability and their families.
The first meeting of the Project Reference Group took place on 14 June 2012. It is expected that the project will continue into early 2013.
We will be seeking input from individuals and organisations who have asked to be included in any future updates and broader sector consultations. If you would like to be included in these consultations, or would like to learn more about the project, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to be encouraged by the significant amount of interest this project has generated throughout the sector and look forward to working with all stakeholders in further enhancing this aspect of disability service delivery in Victoria.
LISA Comment: This project appears to have been mooted in mid 2011. Yet the first meeting of the consulting group, with only the Eastern Region of DHS taking an interest, did not occur until a year later, mid 2012. and is expected to continue into 2013.
With what has been a major concern of families since time immemorial, service providers working with families, especially most of the DHS Regions, who have always treated families as undesirables, especially those families who dare to question the service on behalf of their family member, the ODSC is, as always, talking the talk.
All service providers, especially DHS direct service provision, need to be obligated, to the consumer and their family, to prove they are providing services and support which is well within the direction, intention and spirit of departmental care policies, standards and values - Not expect the consumer and their family to prove they are not!