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'Shaping the future of disability policy for 2020 and beyond'
Submission by ADHD Australia in June 2019

The National Disability Policy Reform Team, from the Department of Social Services (DSS), invited the Australian community to take part in its national consultation process of reviewing disability policies. The current policy reform finishes next year so the DSS asked organisations and individuals to help shape the future of its disability policy for a further next 10 years.

ADHD Australia has made an online submission to the National Disability Policy Reform Team in an effort to make our combined ADHD voices heard as our community has been left behind an a number of key areas. ADHD is not acknowledged in government policy as a disability, (e.g. NDIS) and therefor students are not receiving the educational support they require within the school system, there is little support in workplaces and we also have age discrimination when it comes to the availability of some medications under the PBS, especially for those diagnosed with ADHD when they are adults. ADHD is just not being properly recognised and acknowledged.

On Wed 5th June, ADHD Australia’s CEO, Len Russell, also attended and participated in a Department of Social Services (DSS) community workshop which focused on ‘shaping the future of disability policy for 2020 and beyond’. The workshop Len attended was one of a number of workshops being held across Australia to focus community feedback on what was working well and what was not working so well across disability services.

There was a wide variety of individuals and disability service providers representing various causes included physical and mental disability, day program and accommodation service providers, transportation services as well as advocacy groups. During the day each representative was able to input into discussions which will be collated and fed back to the DSS in their policy planning. Len highlighted the ADHD community needs mentioned earlier above as the priorities which the DSS needs to ‘fix’.

The expectation is that there will be a draft government submission paper which will also be made available to the public from October this year. Once this report is made available we will inform the ADHD community of its availability via our website and/or emails to our newsletter subscribers.

To read more about what the Department of Social Services (DSS) is doing please visit their website at: https://engage.dss.gov.au/