Your Decision, Is Supported By Our Decision, To Support Your Decision, OK?

We continually hear “there is not enough enough money going into the disability sector”….

What we do know is that we currently have grants coming out of our grants from the Government.

So let’s keepe track and follow the progress of some of these grants.

In my view a very good example of this is….

The Legal Services Board Victoria has awarded approximately $2.1 million in funding to 10 major grants recipients in the 2012 Major Grants Round.

Scope (Vic) received $250,000 – Supported Decision-Making and Guardianship Building Capacity within Victoria.

This project will research the decision-making needs of people with various cognitive disabilities who are likely to find themselves at VCAT for a Guardianship hearing.

This project will test and refine the new Supported Decision Making (SDM) model proposed in the revision of the Guardianship Act.

It will develop and test practical resources to support best practice SDM, and develop SDM protocols for the relevant parties.

Finally, the project will actively promote the research findings, resources and protocols to the range of interested parties


Neglect or Abuse, It’s Your Call

The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline

1800 880 052

Some Black & White Definitions, Not to Be Forgotten


Physical abuse:

Any non-accidental physical injury or injuries to a child or adult.

This includes inflicting pain of any sort or causing bruises, fractures, burns, electric shock, or any unpleasant sensation.

Sexual abuse:

Any sexual contact between an adult and child 16 years of age and younger; or any sexual activity with an adult who is unable to understand, has not given consent, is threatened, coerced or forced to engage in sexual behaviour.

Psychological or emotional abuse:

Verbal assaults, threats of maltreatment, harassment, humiliation or intimidation, or failure to interact with a person or to acknowledge that person’s existence. This may also include denying cultural or religious needs and preferences.

Constraints and restrictive practices:

Restraining or isolating an adult for reasons other than medical necessity or the absence of a less restrictive alternative to prevent self-harm. This may include the use of chemical or physical means or the denial of basic human rights or choices such as religious freedom, freedom of association, access to property or resources or freedom of movement.

Financial abuse:

The improper use of another person’s assets or the use or withholding of another person’s resources.

Legal or civil abuse:

Denial of access to justice or legal systems that are available to other citizens.

Systemic abuse:

Failure to recognise, provide or attempt to provide adequate or appropriate services, including services that are appropriate to that person’s age, gender, culture, needs or preferences.


Physical neglect:

Failure to provide adequate food, shelter, clothing, protection, supervision and medical and dental care, or to place persons at undue risk through unsafe environments or practices.

Passive neglect:

A caregiver’s failure to provide or wilful withholding of the necessities of life including food, clothing, shelter or medical care.

Wilful deprivation:

Wilfully denying a person who, because of age, health or disability, requires medication or medical care, shelter, food, therapeutic devices or other physical assistance – thereby exposing that person to risk of physical, mental or emotional harm.

Emotional neglect:

The failure to provide the nurturance or stimulation needed for the social, intellectual and emotional growth or well being of an adult or child.

On My 2012 Radar

Whilst up with the birds & walking the dogs before the heat set in this morning, I was thinking about themes and topics that I might cover this year.

This is my hit list so far

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme, as it is being built
  • Innovative ways to make peoples disability support funding stretch further
  • Using Human Rights as a tool to get your message out there
  • Accommodation Institution, are they quietly, slowly being redeveloped under a different name “Cluster Housing”
  • Mobile phone applications for people with Autism and Aspergers
  • Reviewing service providers that really get it when we talk about, “Individualised Choice”
  • How we work with people who have behaviors of concern?
  • The value of “Peer Support” from people with disabilities
  • Relinquishment of children with disabilities
  • The pros and cons of directly employing your support workers
  • Facilitated Communication
  • Fashionable clothing specifically designed for people who only sit
  • Will direct employment of carers extinguish a volunteer passion?

Thanks all of you who continually take the time to give me feedback, I guess this is what keeps me going.

Also would like to again acknowledge Simon Kneebone and his support with the illustrations.

You are great Simon, thank you