Living with Disability in Regional Australia

The disabled in the country get to experience equal standards of services from the government and private sectors, thanks to the country’s laws for those with disabilities. However, living with disability in Australia, especially in rural areas, is still a challenge.

The majority of the population in the Land Down Under are settled in coastal capitals. As a matter of fact, data shows that 31 percent of Aussies are living in regional Australia. Services for the disabled in some of those areas (e.g. disability services New South Wales) are limited, thereby prompting PWDs to relocate in major centers where they will receive treatment or health assistance.

Women with Disabilities

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, disabled women in the country experience discrimination and violence. Statistics show that women with disabilities account for 9.5 percent of Australia’s population. From this number, at least 700,000 are residing in rural and outlying areas.

Common issues with female PWDs include their participation in the country’s workforce, forced sterilization and violence against them. In an effort to address these matters, the government instituted the National Disability Agreement which improved and expanded the services for PWDs, their families and their carers.

Moreover, the government created the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The program will transform the way in which disability services in regional Australia are financed and carried out. It will also guarantee that women with disabilities will be well taken care of.

Other Government Services

The government’s Disability Services Commission have rural and remote services for the disabled and allied health professionals who attend to their health needs. The commission has an Early Years and Consultancy team that provides constant evaluation for people with autism and intellectually disabled. In addition, they instruct and prepare households and the community on how they will manage and/or handle behavior and development issues of the disabled. Furthermore, the team helps and supports PWDs in addressing physical and mental health issues that are incidental to their condition.

The government also gives support to therapists that deal with the disabled. There is a team that aids them in furthering their adeptness and grasp in performing their duties. Public and private organisations also play a role in providing assistance to families of the disabled.