2019 2nd National NDIS Conference: Doing It The First People Way
The 2nd National NDIS Conference: Doing It The First People Way is designed to provide organisations, service managers and front line workers in the disability sector the opportunity to network, discuss and share information in regards to the successes and challenges they have experienced in the roll out and the implementation of one of Australia’s largest social policy reforms, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which aimed to provide the person living with a disability, better choice and control over their own lives, their own care, empowering them to make decisions to address their needs and wants.
The ABS 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) stated that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples experience disability at more than twice the rate as compared to non-Indigenous Australians. In 2015, one in seven (14.8%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples reported living with physical disability which is the most commonly reported type of disability; whereas, for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (aged 0-14 years), intellectual disability (7.0%) was most commonly reported. Other forms of disability include psychosocial disability (6.6%), intellectual disability (5.9%), and head injury, stroke or acquired brain injury (2.1%), sensory and speech disability.
Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples with disability also experience inequality and prejudice across a spectrum of health, well-being and social indicators, often facing multiple barriers to their meaningful participation within the wider community. As a result, Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander peoples living with a disability and their families are amongst the most disadvantaged and disempowered members of the Australian community, which impacts on health, education, employment, personal safety and at high risks of entering into the mainstream justice system.