ACT Disability Health Strategy

ACT Health is looking for community members with disability, and carers of people with disability, to help design the ACT Disability Health Strategy.

An expression of interest has been opened for people to represent the ACT disability community on the project steering committee, or to become an ally of the project. 

The Disability Health Strategy will build on previous work, including the ACT Council of Social Service’s 2019 report Imagining Better.

Applicants will need to explain why they want to be involved, and what they can bring to the Disability Health Strategy project. 

Steering Committee members and allies of the project will be remunerated as per ACTHD’s Consumer, Carer and Community Representative Reimbursement Policy.

Successful applicants for the Disability Health Strategy Steering Committee and allies of the project will be jointly decided by the ACT Health Directorate, the Office for Disability and the Disability Reference Group.

For more information, please refer to the ACT Disability Health Strategy Expression of Interest.

Applications close COB Friday, 25 February 2022.

What is the Disability Health Strategy

ACT Health Directorate, in collaboration with the Community Services Directorate, 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 Project has been broken down into three phases:

  • Phase One (completed December 2021) – delivered (1) the consultant’s Scoping Paper, Future Directions of Disability Health in the ACT: Phase One of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project (the Scoping Paper), and (2) the ACT Disability Health Strategy Roundtable: Listening Report – Phase One of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project (the Listening Report).
  • Phase Two - development of the ACT DHS and First Action Plan - informed by the Scoping Paper, the Listening Report, and further consultation. An ACT DHS Steering Committee will be formed in early 2022 to oversee Phase Two of the ACT DHS Project to further guide the development of the DHS and First Action Plan through to December 2022.
  • Phase Three - implementation of any seed projects, production of the ACT DHS in various formats (including Easy English), and the anticipated launch of the ACT DHS and FAP in October 2023.

Phase Two of the ACT DHS Project will commence with Steering Committee planning, including development of the Terms of Reference (ToR) and issuing an Expression of Interest (EOI), and project planning in early 2022.

Membership of the ACT DHS Steering Committee will include people with disability, carer representatives, community organisation representatives, knowledge experts, and ACT Government representatives.

As the project moves forward, other work such as Australia’s Disability Strategy, the National Roadmap for Improving the Health of People with Intellectual Disability, and the Primary Health Care Plan will also help inform the ACT DHS.

The Disability Royal Commission is now due to deliver a final report to the Australian Government by 29 September 2023. A Phase Four of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project may need to be undertaken to determine if an annexure is required to further align the strategy with the Disability Royal Commission’s Final Report Recommendations.

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Page last updated on: 10 Jan 2022