Children's access to disability funding depending on where they live dubbed 'developmental apartheid'

Submitted by bobb on Sun, 16/2/2020 - 07:03

Children with developmental delays such as autism have become the victims of postcode discrimination, with some in poorer suburbs waiting hundreds of days for the crucial diagnosis often needed to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Key points:

ABC investigation finds children with disabilities in poorer areas are facing longer wait times
One child waited 697 days to be seen, with another on the list for 640 days before being assessed
Parents have described the stress their families have endured while they wait

Children with autism in WA 'languishing' in mental health wards, youth advocates say

Submitted by bobb on Sat, 25/1/2020 - 08:18

Rhiannon Shine

Children with autism are languishing in mental health wards for "months", leaving others stuck on emergency departments for days waiting for an admission, according to Western Australia's chief mental health advocate.

Key points:

  • Ms Colvin has written to the State Government calling for urgent action
  • She says one child had to wait up to five days to access urgent mental health care
  • The Government says hospital discharge delays are due to the transition to the NDIS

The Senate: Select Committee on Autism

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 7/12/2019 - 00:00

Media Release

5 December 2019

A new Senate Select Committee on Autism has been established. The committee is made up of politicians who will look into the services, support and life outcomes for autistic people in Australia.

What will the committee look into?

The committee will look at a wide range of issues relating to autism – including diagnosis, education, health including mental health, employment, justice and rights, and housing.

All the issues that the committee will look at (the terms of reference) can be found on its website.

New Plan To Support Victoria’s Autism Community

Submitted by convenor on Sat, 7/12/2019 - 00:00

The Andrews Labor Government has released a five-year plan to provide autistic Victorians greater opportunities for choice and community participation.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today launched the Victorian Autism Plan with representatives of the Autism Plan Advisory Group who contributed to the plan’s development.

The Victorian Autism Plan sets out actions to improve the lives of autistic Victorians and their families and carers, backed by $7.1 million in funding.

Major parliamentary inquiry into autism

Submitted by bobb on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 22:56

Matt Coughlan

Autism will be the subject of a wide-ranging parliamentary inquiry looking at services, support and life outcomes for people on the spectrum.

The Senate on Wednesday established a select committee on autism which will look at the need for a national strategy.

Liberal senator and committee chair Hollie Hughes, whose 10-year-old son Fred has autism, said the inquiry would be the first of its kind.

'It doesn't make sense': More than 600 kindy kids suspended last year

Submitted by bobb on Mon, 18/11/2019 - 09:11

Jordan Baker

More than 600 kindergarten students were suspended from NSW primary schools last year, raising concerns small children are being sent home as punishment for undiagnosed disorders such as autism or ADHD.

Figures from the NSW Department of Education show the number of kindy students suspended rose from 398 in 2014 to 435 in 2016, then jumped to 514 in 2017. Last year, the figure reached 626.

The department is reviewing its suspension and expulsion policy after revelations students with disabilities are over-represented in suspension figures.