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Thursday 8 April 2021
Dear sector colleagues,
Last year, the State Government established an independent task force to examine the gaps in oversight and safeguarding for people living with profound disability in South Australia. The task force was co-chaired by Dr David Caudrey and Kelly Vincent.
All seven recommendations of the task force were accepted and have been actioned.
Two of the key recommendations that were implemented are the establishment of South Australia’s individual advocacy service to assist people with disability to navigate the NDIS to receive the supports they need, and expansion of the Adult Safeguarding Unit’s remit to respond to reports or concerns of abuse toward people with disability.
South Australians who are seeking support to navigate the NDIS, including help to understand their rights and resolve issues, can call the Disability Advocacy Service on 1300 886 220.
Delivered by Uniting Communities, the Disability Advocacy Service, provides free legal representation for people to challenge NDIS decisions, as well as educating and empowering people with disability to advocate for themselves. Further details about this service can be found on the Disability Advocacy Service website.
Anyone with concerns that an adult with disability, including themselves, is at risk of or is being neglected or abused can call the South Australian Abuse Prevention phone line on 1800 372 310. Further information about the role of the Adult Safeguarding Unit can be found on the SA Health website.
To view the Safeguarding Task Force recommendations progress report, please refer to the DHS website.
Ngaityalya (Kaurna: thank you)