Disability Abuse Royal Commission

Friday 28 Aug 2020

After delaying the March 2020 hearings due to the pandemic, the Disability Abuse Royal Commission re-commenced hearings last week examining the impact of COVID-19 on people with disability. The Commission has also released its Second Progress Report summarising the work carried out by the Commission in the first six months of 2020.

Additionally, the Commission has announced its hearing schedule and topics for the remainder of 2020, summarised below with areas of interest to the union particularly bolded:

  • Week 21 September – Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern
  • Week 12 October – Education
  • Week 16 November – Criminal justice system
  • Week 23 November – First Nations people and experience of child protection systems
  • Week TBC December TBC – Training and education of health care professionals in relation to people with cognitive disability
  • Week TBC December – Systemic barriers in the pathways to employment for people with disability

When the Commission commenced, the HSU determined it would engage with the Commission once their agenda was made clearer, particularly if there was anti-worker tone.

Based on current evidence, the Commission is sympathetic to the issues faced by disability sector workers and the HSU will be working with members in the coming months to plan our engagement.

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