Queenslanders with Disability
Network(QDN) supports the call for improved health outcomes and health care for
people with disability, including people with intellectual disability. In
upholding the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability,
people have the right to the highest attainable standard of health, without
Research released yesterday in BMJ Journals by Professor Julian Trollor, highlights a serious issue in the number of potentially avoidable deaths in Australian adults with intellectual disability, and the disparity in mortality rates. The research found that people with intellectual disability were twice as likely to die due to a potentially avoidable death than the general public.
Mr Nigel Webb, Chairperson of Queenslanders with Disability Network said, “It is not acceptable that people with disability are dying because of potentially preventable factors. We need a systemic response to this issue and an investment in the health of people with disability.”
The Office of the Public Advocate Queensland’s report “Upholding the right to life and health” tabled in Queensland parliament in February 2016 echoes Professor Trollor’s research, finding two thirds of the deaths reviewed in the Queensland study were considered potentially avoidable.
Mr Webb, said, “It is important that we do something to address these issues, and that people with disability can access quality health care and receive quality health outcomes.” He said “It is important that Queensland has a deliberate strategy. It is essential that people with disability to have a voice in their own health care, for health professionals and disability workforce to have the knowledge, skills and expertise to deliver quality healthcare and support to people. People with disability experience increased vulnerability and risk factors. With the rollout of the NDIS, it will be even more important for mainstream services like health to be well equipped to deliver integrated and coordinated quality healthcare that meets the needs of people with disability.”
Mr Webb said, “QDN calls on the Commonwealth and State and Territory Governments to provide proper investment in the health of people with disability, including people with intellectual disability and a national systemic response. QDN also calls for the Queensland Government to provide its response to the recommendations in the Office of the Public Advocate Report from February 2016 and a commitment to implementation. We look to working with Government, people with disability and allies in the implementation so that Queenslanders with disability can receive the highest attainable standard of health and care.”
END: 9 February 2017
Contact: Paige Armstrong, CEO (ph) 3252 8566
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