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To: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull; Opposition Leader Bill Shorten; Universities Australia Chief Executive Officer Belinda Robinson; TEQSA Chief Executive Officer Anthony McClaran

Join The Fight - Demand Disability Rights

Join The Fight - Demand Disability Rights

Campaign Demands
1. Fully-Funded National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
2. Fully-Resourced Campus Counselling and Disability Services
3. Accessible campus facilities and academic curriculum
4. Funding Mental Healthcare and removing the Medicare cap

Why is this important?

1. Fully-Funded National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The NDIS since its rollout has faced many issues such as over-the-phone planning through NDIS staff with limited training and expertise in the area leading to poor quality plans; no or reduced funding support under the NDIS for transport support, housing and employment assistance, advocacy services, guide dog assistance, and speech therapy among other things; the price setting of disability services at prices that are too low to cover the cost of the services - meaning disability service providers are either having to cover the cost, cancel the service, or make their clients pay up front - as well as struggle under limited resources for staff training and expansion (leading to concerns about privatisation); and there not being enough NDIS staff per NDIS participant which is leading to delays in approved plans. The Government needs to fix NDIS now and give people and students with disabilities the care they need.

2. Fully-Resourced Campus Counselling and Disability Services
The NUS Wellbeing Report found that two thirds of young people rated their mental health as only fair or poor, while 35% reported that suicidality impacted on their ability to study. Despite this, campus counselling services are frequently under-funded and under-resourced, with long wait times, poor experiences with campus counselling services and the general stigma of seeking help impacting services. Some universities still do not have access plans for physical or mental health, or they are under-marketed or promoted on campus. Universities need to treat counselling and disability services as important aspects of their duty of care to students and fund them adequately.

3. Accessible campus facilities and academic curriculum
Campuses need to become more accessible for students - this includes but is not limited to wheelchair accessibility, as well as sensory sensitive classrooms and spaces, and events. Further, some universities still do not offer special consideration for mental illness, adequate exemptions for missing study, accessible material for those who have to miss physical classes, or academic material that is sensory-sensitive, made for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or who are blind or visually impaired. Universities need to be fully-funded so they can be accessible for everyone.

4. Funding Mental Healthcare and removing the Medicare cap
Mental Healthcare is chronically underfunded in Australia, and the Federal Government only offers 10 sessions per year under its Medicare Mental Healthcare plan. This is not sufficient for people and locks them out of the mental healthcare system if they need more than 10 sessions per year. Nobody should have to choose between their financial wellbeing or their mental health. The Government needs to take mental healthcare more seriously, by adequately funding it and removing the 10 session per-year cap through expanding Medicare assistance.


Reasons for signing

  • NDIS is broken
  • The reason why I signed.is that people who have a disability can't look after themselves they need care 24/7

Updates

2018-11-14 08:07:58 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-05-01 14:26:25 +1000

10 signatures reached