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Minister discusses Aboriginal disability services in central west NSW

26 July 2011

Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, has visited Aboriginal communities in the state’s central west to hear of the challenges people with a disability face, and to discuss the O’Farrell Government’s reforms to the sector.

Mr Constance kicked off Aboriginal consultations in Dubbo this evening with local member Troy Grant. Another consultation will be held in Condobolin tomorrow, followed by visits to Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill in September.

The visits have been organised in conjunction with the Aboriginal Disability Network, the peak organisation in NSW for Aboriginal people with a disability.

“These visits will allow for a range of voices to be heard across different Aboriginal communities,” Mr Constance said.

The Minister recently launched the Aboriginal Cultural Inclusion Framework, a new model of accountability for the delivery of programs and services to older Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people with a disability.

Mr Constance said that the framework would guide Ageing, Disability and Home Care’s (ADHC) services for Aboriginal people over the next five years and would engage and include Aboriginal communities in all aspects of service development, planning and delivery.

“The O’Farrell Government is committed to building the strongest client-focused service arrangements in the country. This includes individualised support packages specifically designed for Aboriginal people with a disability, such as the Services Our Way Program.”

“This is part of the O’Farrell Government’s commitment to deliver person centred approaches, enabling people with a disability to choose the services they want through individualised and portable funding arrangements.”

“The Living Life My Way summit held earlier this month in Sydney was only just the beginning. There will be opportunities over the coming months for people with a disability, their families and carers to express their opinions about all aspects of the disability services system and how they would like it to work for them in the future.”

The NSW Government will be holding more than 100 person centred consultations throughout the state over the next two months, and will be hosting several consultations across the Western Region. Locations in Western NSW include: Dubbo, Broken Hill, Orange, Bathurst, Wagga Wagga and Albury.

For further details on the consultations or to register interest in attending individuals should visit or call (02) 4984 2554.

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