Disability

Occupational therapists work with those living with a disability to manage everyday occupations to establish independence and improve their quality of lifestyle. Working in the community and hospital settings, OTs provide assistance through developing programs of support within a client’s personal network as well as prescribing aids and environmental modifications.

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Disability Online
This website provides a centralised location for news and events for those living with disabilities throughout Australia.

Every Australian Counts
Published by the National Disability and Carer Alliance, this is centralised source of information regarding the NDIS for those living with disability and their carers.

Victorian Office of the Senior Practitioner
The Disability Act 2006 created the position of the Senior Practitioner to ensure that the rights of people who are subject to restrictive interventions. This role aims to support health professionals to provide effective care consistent with leading practice and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all clients.

Department of Health and Human Services: Disability
As part of the Victorian State Government, the DHHS website provides a series of resources for the community and allied health professionals including information on the NDIS, community support and, aids and equipment.

National Disability Insurance Scheme
The NDIS is a Government initiative invested in the improvement and provision of disability services throughout Australia. The NDIS website provides information and resources for both allied health professionals and the wider community.

The Disability Act, 2006
The Disability Act of 2006 has replaced the Intellectually Disabled Persons' Services Act, 1986 and the Disability Services Act, 1991. It is in place to ensure those with a disability cannot be discriminated against or treated unfairly because of their disability.

RAMP UP
The ABC’s Ramp Up is a website with dedicated information from ABC News, TV programs and radio interviews for disability news, discussion & debate. This website is no longer updated with current content but is still accessible and provides links to other areas of the ABC network.

Scope Victoria: Communication Access
Scope Communication Access is a non-for-profit initiative providing and supporting an avenue of communication for people in the community who do not use speech or have speech that is difficult to understand.

National Disability Strategy 2010-2020
The National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 delivered by the Department of Social Services is a national policy framework to guide specialist disability service systems to improve outcomes for people with disability, their families and carers.

Women with Disabilities Victoria
With members from all backgrounds, lifestyles, ages and a range of disabilities, Women with Disabilities Victoria aims to support women living with disability in the community by influencing policy, empowering women and influencing available services within the community.

Women with Disabilities Victoria: Violence Against Women with Disabilities (Video)
Women with Disabilities Victoria released this video discussing the issues of violence against women with disabilities. It is a very powerful video that helps highlight the importance of ensuring that services respond appropriately to all women.

VIcHealth: Disability and Health Inequalities in Australia
Supported by the Victorian Government, this research summary defines disability while providing an overview of the health of people with disabilities and the underlying social determinants within Australia.

Department of Human Services: Restrictive Interventions
The Department of Human Services has published several resources for service providers in the support of people with disability whose behaviours of concern have historically given rise to the use of support practices involving restraint and seclusion. In addition, the National Framework for Reducing and Eliminating the Use of Restrictive Practices in the Disability Service Sector is available directly from the DHS website.

Taxi Services Commission: Travelling with a Disability
The Taxi Services Commission, funded by the Victorian State Government, provides information regarding transport services to assist people with disabilities, their carers, and the taxi industry.

Get Me About: Mobility Supports
Designed to support those living with disability, this website provides information on financial and practical assistance programs.

Visit Driving and Transport related Occupational Therapy for additional information regarding mobility scooters and driving with a disability.

Boccia Australia
Boccia can be played by people of all ages and abilities and is widely played as an educational and recreational game. It is primarily aimed at athletes who require a wheelchair due to a certain level of physical ability.

 

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