The ACT Disability Health Strategy will build on previous work, including the ACT Council of Social Service 2019 report Imagining Better – Reflections on access, choice and control in ACT health services for people with disability and the 2022 Women’s Health Matters report “I have to ask to be included…” which documents the views of ACT women with disability about their health and health needs, access to services, supports and information, and barriers to maintaining health.
The development of the ACT Disability Health Strategy is taking place over at least three phases.
Phase One: Scoping (completed)
The scoping phase for the Strategy resulted in the completion of two different elements.
- The development of a scoping paper titled Future Directions of Disability Health in the ACT: Phase One of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project.
- Targeted consultation through the implementation of an ACT Disability Health Strategy Roundtable, the findings from which can be found in the Listening Report – Phase One of the ACT Disability Health Strategy Project.
Phase Two: Development
This (current) phase of the project will deliver a draft of the Strategy and a First Action Plan for consultation.
The development of these documents will be informed by work undertaken in Phase One along with further consultation. It will be guided by an ACT Disability Health Strategy Steering Committee, membership of which will include people with disability, family and carer representatives, community organisation and industry representatives, subject matter experts, and ACT Government representatives.
Phase Three: Launch and implementation
This phase of the project will deliver:
- the final versions of the Strategy and First Action Plan in multiple formats, including Easy English
- planning and implementation of any seed projects.
The Disability Royal Commission is due to deliver a final report to the Australian Government by 29 September 2023. Future work by ACT Government will be required to reflect the recommendations from this report.