Disability Royal Commission hands down interim report

People with disability are more likely to feel unsafe in their homes, according to the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.

The Royal Commission has already heard that violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with a disability occurs across a range of residential settings, and more particularly in group homes where they can be deprived of choice.

The Royal Commission is to make further inquiries into measures to improve the conditions and safety of those living in supported accommodation, alternatives to group homes and forms of redress for those who have been subjected to abuse while residing in supported accommodation.

For a great summary of the 561 page Interim Report, see this article by DSC, or visit to the Commission’s website.

Mental Health Victoria submission now available

Mental Health Victoria has released its omnibus submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s mental health system.

The submission was prepared in consultation with the Victorian Healthcare Association and key stakeholders across the mental health sector and is can be viewed online here.

Mental Health Royal Commission submissions open

Community housing organisations have the opportunity to provide a submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System with submissions due by 5 July. (CHOs will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the interim report when it is released in November.)

CHIA Vic is preparing a submission on behalf of the sector, but individual organisations are encouraged to prepare their own to highlight the importance of stable, adequate, affordable, and available housing in preventing mental ill-health, achieving positive treatment outcomes, and sustaining mental health gains.

The Council to Homeless Persons has developed a messaging guide for those wanting to make a submission. Click here for details.

You can also  view CHIA Vic’s research into the impact of the loss of mental health supports on community housing businesses and our tenants, which found up to 6500 community housing tenants in Victoria may be living with severe mental ill-health.

Most are unlikely to be eligible for services under the NDIS, and mental health services are quickly disappearing outside of the NDIS. This is creating significant support gaps for people with mental ill health.