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Aboriginal community to have say on disability services

2 December 2011



Consultation sessions will be held with Aboriginal communities throughout NSW over the next fortnight to progress the O’Farrell Government’s disability reforms through Stronger Together 2.

NSW Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance said the sessions would ensure local Aboriginal communities have a chance to have their say about the introduction of a person centred approach to the delivery of disability services.

The consultation sessions are being held on:

Monday, 5 December at Tamworth Community College, Tamworth, 10.30am–1.30pm

Tuesday, 6 December at Orange Ex-Services Club, "Tobruk Room", Anson Street, Orange 11am–2pm

Wednesday, 7 December at Parkes Services & Citizens Club, Short Street, Parkes, 10.30am–1.30pm

Tuesday, 13 December at Grafton Community Function Centre, Duke Street, Grafton 11am–2pm

Tuesday, 13 December at Queanbeyan City Council meeting rooms, 10.30am–1.30pm

Wednesday, 14 December at Community & Cultural Centre, corner Walker St and Graham Place, Casino 11am–2pm

Thursday, 15 December at Ballina Community Centre, Ballina, 11am–2pm

Thursday, 15 December at Marrin Weejali Cultural and Spiritual Healing Centre, Blackett 10.30am-1.30pm

Friday, 16 December at Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Duffy Street, Tweed Heads 11am–2pm

"The sessions mark a further step in the consultation process which began with 500 people attending the Living Life My Way summit in Sydney in July," Mr Constance said.

"Since that time more than 150 consultations have been held throughout the State."

"The O'Farrell Government is committed to the introduction of a person centred approach which places people with a disability at the centre of decision making."

"This reform is the key to giving people with a disability control over their own lives and futures. Every individual has the right to choice, respect and the best support services that can be offered.

"To successfully implement these reforms we need to hear the views of people with a disability, families and carers."

"By the end of 2013-14, anyone receiving disability services will have the option of using an individualised and portable funding arrangement."

People who cannot attend the consultation session can make a submission by either:

  • Calling 1800 192 728;
  • Emailing pcaconsultations@facs.nsw.gov.au; or
  • Writing to Aboriginal Person Centred Approaches, Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Family and Community Services, Level 4, 83 Clarence Street Sydney NSW 2000.

Verbal and written submissions must be received by 16 December 2011.

People requiring help to make a submission or would like further information about opportunities to participate in the consultation process, can contact 1800 192 728. For more information about the person centred approach go to: www.adhc.nsw.gov.au/pca

 

 

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