Project status: Open

How to have YourSay

ACT Health is working in collaboration with Canberra’s disability community to co-design the ACT Disability Health Strategy.

The aim of the Strategy is to ensure better health outcomes for people with disability.

We want the Strategy to reflect the experience of the ACT disability community, and to focus on the issues that are important to people with disability.

We are committed to engaging with a wide range of people with disability (and their families, carers, and allies) as well as disability services providers and advocacy groups to ensure diversity of views and experiences.

Opportunities for consultation and engagement will be highlighted on this page. You can sign up to receive project updates to make sure you never miss an opportunity.

You can also email us on acthdisabilityandcommunity@act.gov.au or call 5124 9355 to be listed as a project ally or to get more information.

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The ACT Disability Health Strategy seeks to ensure better health outcomes for people with disability.

In 2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, approximately 80,000 people in the ACT reported as living with disability. This represents 19.4% of Canberra’s population, which is slightly higher than the national average of 17.4%.

In its 2019 report called Imagining Better, the ACT Council of Social Service found that people with disability in the ACT self-reported poor health outcomes as a result of:

  • economic disadvantage
  • poor attitudes within clinical settings
  • access barriers
  • poor communication, and
  • service gaps.

In 2020, the ACT Government committed to develop and implement an ACT Disability Health Strategy to help address some of these issues, and to improve health outcomes for people with disability.

We will use your views to

Your feedback will be used to make sure that the ACT Disability Health Strategy meets the needs of the ACT community, people with disability, their families, carers and allies.