Royal Commission releases third issues paper on health care and services to people with cognitive disability

The Royal Commission has announced the third hearing will examine the experiences of people with cognitive disability in accessing or receiving health care. The hearing will be held over two weeks beginning 17th February 2020 in Western Sydney.

The Commission recognises that accessing appropriate health care is critical to support the independence and inclusion of people with disability. This includes people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injuries.

The issues that the hearing will explore include:

  • Barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing and receiving health care and services for people with cognitive disability, including barriers to communication and health professionals’ attitudes, values and assumptions
  • Training and education of health professionals with respect to patients with cognitive disability
  • Delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses of people with cognitive disability
  • Life expectancy of people with cognitive disability (particularly people with intellectual disability and people with autism)
  • Specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability with respect to health care and services

The Commission understands that health care of people with disability is only one issue that needs to be considered and invites people to share their experiences and stories on other matters related to health.

To make a submission or contribution about the provisions of health care and services to people with cognitive disability, the Royal Commission has provided a  list of questions as a guide.