Royal Commission releases ninth issues paper exploring First Nations people with Disability

The Disability Royal Commission has released a seventh issues paper exploring the experiences of Australian First Nations people with disability.

Data shows that a disproportionate number of First Nations people live with a disability or some form of long term health condition. First Nations people with disability may face particular challenges in their day to day lives, including accessing education and healthcare and contact with the criminal justice and child welfare systems. These challenges can be further compounded by multiple layers of discrimination, particularly in relation to race and disability.

First Nations people with disability have the right to live free from violence, neglect and exploitation. We want to hear from First Nations people with disability, their families, communities and community organisations, about what can be done to more effectively prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The Royal Commission wants to hear your views about the roles pf governments, institutions and communities in preventing and responding to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations people with disability. We also want to hear about what is already being done well, and any example of effective approaches.

A list of twelve (12) questions is included to assist with the responses and to help people and organisations to provide responses. You do not have to answer every question.

The Royal Commission encourages responses to be submitted by 11 September 2020, however responses will also be accepted after this date.

Detailed information on the Emergency Planning and Response Issues Paper and how to respond can be found on the Disability Royal Commission website.