On Thursday 7 December 2023, we launched the ACT Disability Health Strategy 2024–2033 and ACT Disability Health Strategy 2024–2033: First Action Plan 2024-2026.
Plain language and Auslan versions of these documents will be available soon.
The Disability Health Strategy is a 10-year plan that aims to make sure people with disability have equitable and appropriate access to healthcare in the ACT. The First Action Plan is a three-year plan which sets out actions and activities to meet the goals, principles, and focus areas in the Disability Health Strategy.
We developed the Disability Health Strategy and First Action Plan in collaboration with the Office for Disability and the ACT Disability Health Strategy Steering Committee.
The ACT Disability Health Strategy builds 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.
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission) delivered the Final Report to the Australian Government on 29 September 2023. The Disability Royal Commission has made 222 recommendations on how to improve laws, policies, structures and practices to ensure a more inclusive and just society that supports the independence of people with disability and their right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.
The NDIS Review: Working together to deliver the NDIS – Independent Review into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS Review) Final Report was released on 9 December 2023. The NDIS Review has made 26 recommendations and 139 supporting actions across four focus areas to provide a practical blueprint for an ecosystem that will put people with disability at the centre.
Any disability health-related recommendations or policy changes, including the Disability Royal Commission and the NDIS Review, within the 10-year timeline of the Disability Health Strategy will be included in supplementary or future action plans.
Team: Disability and Community Policy, ACT Health
Phone: 02 5124 9355