Submission to the National Disability Strategy: Beyond 2020 Stage 2 Consultations
online resourceposted on 01.04.2021, 05:02 by Laura Davy, ANNE KAVANAGH, HELEN DICKINSON, Gwynnyth Llewellyn, GEMMA CAREY, DENNIS PETRIE, PETER BUTTERWORTH, Jennifer Smith-Merry, HANNAH BADLAND, Roger Stancliffe
This submission was made in October 2020 on behalf of investigators within the Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
The Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health
(CRE-DH) aims to identify cost-effective policies to improve
the health of people with disabilities in Australia.
Given the majority stakeholder view that the vision and outcome areas of the current National Disability Strategy are still the right ones, this submission focuses on the implementation and governance of the next iteration of the Strategy.
The submission addresses in particular the following three areas:
1. Leadership of people with disability
Facilitating the participation of people with disability and their representative organisations in the development and implementation of law and policy that impacts them is an obligation under Article 4 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). People with disability must be represented in all aspects of the Strategy’s governance structures and agenda setting and decision-making processes.
2. Coordination of the Strategy
Reviews of the current Strategy showed that it was not effectively implemented across all levels and portfolios of government. Outlining government responsibilities is not enough; the effective coordination of government responsibilities for implementing the Strategy by an appropriately resourced and representative agency or body is also necessary.
3. Quality data collection and reporting
Collecting quality data to inform policy development and implementation is an obligation under Article 31 of the CRPD. Funding will need to be allocated to developing suitable national data frameworks and to the oversight, collection and analysis of this data. The CRE-DH has developed the Disability and Wellbeing Monitoring Framework to measure and track inequalities between people with and without disability in relation to the social determinants of health and wellbeing which may be a valuable input to the development of a monitoring framework for the next Strategy.