Here are the latest updates from Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA).
Policy and Submissions
- WWDA contributed further feedback on the draft NDIS Code of Conduct for Providers and Workers which will form part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding framework and legislation. WWDA also attended a full day workshop to assist with refining the Codes of Conduct.
- WWDA is writing a submission to the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disability, who is conducting a study on the right to access healthcare.
- We met with the Department of Social Services to assist with informing the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children
- WWDA is currently preparing our performance and activity report for the period July 2016 to December 2017. This report will be available on our website soon.
- We met with our Women’s Alliances colleagues in the women’s sector to discuss ongoing opportunities for collaboration.
- WWDA continued to work with our DPO Australia colleagues on priority issues and met with our broader disability sector colleagues to discuss ongoing work and partnerships across areas of shared concern.
- WWDA continues to work closely with 1800RESPECT and Medibank on two key projects to improve the responsiveness of violence prevention measures to women and girls with disability.
Have Your Say
What’s your experience of accessing healthcare?
WWDA would like to hear from our members about the healthcare accessibility issues that are important to you.
We’ve made a quick survey that will take around 8 minutes to complete.
Your responses will help inform WWDA’s written submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. She is preparing a report to be presented to the United Nations General Assembly, on the right of people with disability to the highest attainable standard of health.
Interested? You can complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWDAHealthAccess
Thanks to the 30+ women and girls with disability who have responded so far
- Australia: Prisoners with Disabilities Neglected, Abused (Human Rights Watch)
- The Shape of Sound (Writes Victoria)
- Japanese woman forcibly sterilised as teenager suing government for breach of human rights (The Independent)
- A different way of thinking: What if the world stopped seeing autism as abnormal? (SBS News)
- Women, disability and domestic violence (ABC Radio National)