Implementing the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Key Points from Roundtable

Implementing the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Key Points from Roundtable Report

  • Author(s): National Disability and Carer Alliance
  • Published: 2013

Abstract: The following report is a summary of the views expressed by participants at the NDIS Roundtable held at Parliament House on 6 June 2013. The content does not represent the views of the Alliance and its member organisations. The prevalence of disability in Indigenous communities is approximately twice that of the rest of the Australian population. Factors which contribute to such high rates of disability include lack of access to adequate health prevention programs (particularly maternal health), lack of quality or adequate housing, lack of sanitation, exposure to violence, and alcohol and substance abuse. Indigenous communities are not homogenous; the needs of people with disability in the Torres Strait will be very different to those of people with disability in other Aboriginal communities. Through engagement and research projects, many Indigenous people with disability have identified their aspiration to continue the culturally significant roles they had before acquiring a disability. The ability to gain access to respite facilities which are in the community and close to family has also been highlighted, as well as having the option to pass away on country, not far away.

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National Disability and Carer Alliance, 2013, Implementing the NDIS in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities: Key Points from Roundtable, Report, viewed 17 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3236.

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