ACT Health, in collaboration with the Office for Disability, are co-designing the ACT Disability Health Strategy (DHS) with the ACT disability community to ensure better health outcomes for people with disabilities, their families, and carers.
The ACT DHS will build on previous work, including the ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) 2019 report Imagining Better – Reflections on access, choice and control in ACT health services for people with disability and the 2022 Women’s Health Matters report “I have to ask to be included…” which documents the views of ACT women with disability about their health and health needs, access to services, supports and information, and barriers to maintaining health.
Team: Disability and Community Policy, ACT Health
Phone: 5124 9355
The ACT DHS project
The ACT DHS project has been broken down into three phases:
Phase One: Scoping Study – completed December 2021
This phase of the project delivered:
Phase Two: DHS and First Action Plan (FAP) Development – underway
This phase of the project will deliver a draft of the ACT DHS and FAP for consultation.
Development of both documents will be informed by the Scoping Paper, the Listening Report, and further consultation. It will be guided by the ACT DHS Steering Committee, membership of which will comprise people with disability, family and carer representatives, community organisation and industry representatives, subject matter experts, and ACT Government representatives.
Phase Three: DHS and FAP Launch + Seed Project Planning and Implementation – to be commenced
This phase of the project will deliver:
- the final version of the DHS and FAP in multiple formats, including Easy English, and
- planning and implementation of any seed projects.
The Disability Royal Commission is now due to deliver a final report to the Australian Government by 29 September 2023. Future work by ACT Government will be required to reflect the recommendations from this report.
Canberra Health Services Disability Access and Inclusion Plan
Canberra Health Services is developing a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan to ensure our services meet the needs of people with a disability, their families and carers. Canberra Health Services aims to be a workplace and health provider that is trusted by the community as valuing people with disability, their family and their carers.