27 April 2017

Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Standing Committees on Community Affairs on the inquiry into the delivery of outcomes under the National Disability Strategy 2010-2020 to build inclusive and accessible communities

The Strategy recognises that, for some, the barriers are social and attitudinal. These ‘invisible’ barriers are more difficult to overcome and it is these barriers that represent some of the biggest obstacles for people who experience psychosocial disability.

From the perspective of psychosocial disability, some of the greatest barriers to creating inclusive, accessible communities that are yet to be tackled by the strategy are:

  1. stigma and discrimination;
  2. failure to identify and respond to the needs of people who experience psychosocial disability; and,
  3. lack of understanding about trauma informed care.

This submission first looks at psychosocial disability more broadly and then looks at each of these barriers and identifies some approaches to help overcome them.

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Last updated: 26 June 2017