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14/01/2020
Policy News

Seeking feedback on NDIS market setting impacts on providers supporting participants with psychosocial disability

NDS is seeking feedback on the impact of NDIS market settings on providers supporting participants with psychosocial disability.
Policy News
29/11/2019
Policy News

Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System releases interim report

This report estimates the cost of mental ill health to the Victorian economy at $14.2 billion a year.
Policy News
25/11/2019
Policy News

Victorian SDA to transition to requirements of Residential Tenancies Act from January 2020

The Department of Health and Human Services is seeking re-gazettal of all existing group homes under the Disability Act 2006, from 1 January 2020.

A Snapshot of Blindness and Low Vision Services in Australia

31/07/2015

I need to know this because:
  • Find out the current issues relating to current capacity in anticipation of rising demand for blindness, low vision and rehabilitation services
  • Gain a picture of service provision together with the main ‘pressure points’ as reported by the service providers that support Australians with vision loss
  • Find out the annual economic cost attributable to blindness and vision impairment in Australia
  • Gain a snapshot of the most utilised services in vision loss

Vision 2020 Australia, National Disability Services (NDS) and the Australian Blindness Forum (ABF) undertook an online survey of their collective members (service providers, consumer groups and research bodies), in order to obtain a national perspective on the blindness, low vision and rehabilitation sector. This report highlights issues relating to current capacity in anticipation of rising demand for blindness, low vision and rehabilitation services.

The findings clearly show  that demand for services exceeds current sector capacity, with all respondents citing demand outweighing supply and almost two-thirds noting staff being required to work outside set hours. More than half of the respondents reported an increase in service wait times on the previous year and more than a quarter reported having to refuse service. The majority of respondents anticipated that demand would further increase in the 2014 calendar year, across all service types.

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