Authors: Joan Clarke - Prahan Mission
Event: 1994 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: I have just arrived back from Canberra from the first meeting of the Australian Disability Consultative Council, recently constituted to advise Minister Carmen Lawrence on service needs for people with disabilities. For the first time in the constitution of such a Council, psychiatric disability has been recognised as a disability and afforded representation. The recently disbanded Disability Consultative Council of Australia had no representation from the area of psychiatric disability.
During the course of two days some sub-committees came into existence to address priority areas. One is to address the area of advocacy. The Department of Human Services & Health's Office of Disability which acts as secretariat to the Council, is currently grappling with the issue of advocacy. They are looking for direction, where to place emphases and funding needs. It is an area ready for debate. Each disability grouping has strong ideas as to their own advocacy needs, what should be done, and what resources they require.