'Apalling treatment of disabled'
CARERS Alliance Senate candidates and carer-mums Anne Vetter and Vicki Horne are appalled by the treatment for peoplewith disabilities, and those who support them.
The pair say the real medical services and education/training options available to those suffering, and their carer-families and spouses, was lacking.
Ms Vetter and Ms Horne said the Carers Alliance policies were very specific in the areas of mental health care, protecting the rights of children, special needs health, and aged care.
“But for this Federal election, we are trying to shine the spotlight on the current proposed national disability insurance scheme,” they said.
Ms Horne said the Carers Alliance Mental Health policy stated mental health consumers should have a mandated right to expect access to specialist medical services.
“This includes the least restrictive or intrusive effective treatment, treatment at an early stage of illness, minimisation of the likelihood of involuntary admission to a treatment program, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment and review of mental health problems.”
Ms Vetter said Carers Alliance wanted the Federal Government to implement the national disability insurance scheme with self-directed funding to be introduced after the Productivity Commission hands the Government its findings in July next year.
“Carers Alliance will continue to lobby politicians until someone finally listens,” she said.
“The current disability system is broken and will not be rectified until people with disabilities and carer families have safeguards in the form of legislated rights.”
Ms Horne said she understood the frustration of long hospital waiting lists, lack of adequately trained medical staff to assist her own son in matters of surgery and dental health matters, and lack of employment opportunities post school.
Ms Vetter said under the current two-tiered disability system, the demand on parents’ time and energy to complete and update their children’s respite agency files and holiday vacation care provider files, and usually futile application forms for financial support was “heart breaking and exhausting”.
“Our sons graduate in 2011 from the local Special School and we have been responsibly and diligently searching the post-school options for them,” she said.
“So far we are drawing blanks.
“People with disabilities and their family carers have a right to the same choices and lifestyles as average Australians. That’s all we want.”
Ms Horne said as the Carers Alliance party was only formed in 2007, it was in desperate need of assistance with letterbox drops and handing out How to Vote cards on election day. If you can help, email firstname.lastname@example.org.