The Redfern Statement Disability Workshop – 2 May 2017

The first of the Redfern Statement alliance’s workshops will be held on 2 May in Sydney.

The Redfern Statement workshop is being coordinated by FPDN in collaboration with The Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.

Representatives from national First Nations and Disability peak organisations will be attending alongside representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Social Services.

The Hon. Jane Prentice MP, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, will attend and discuss the workshop outcomes with participants in the afternoon.

First Peoples Disability Network is the peak organisation representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability.

FPDN’s vision is a just and inclusive society, in which First Peoples living with disability are respected and valued for their culture, history and contribution to contemporary life, and in which their human rights are recognised, respected, protected and fulfilled. First Peoples Disability Network is governed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with disability.

The Redfern Statement

The Redfern Statement was released during last year’s Federal Election campaign on 9 June 2016 by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders from health, justice, children and families, disability, and family violence prevention sectors.

The statement calls for changes across these sectors through structured engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and is supported by more than 30 major mainstream organisations including the Australian Medical Association and Law Council.

It includes the following recommendations for disability:

  1.   Work to address intersectional discrimination
  2.   Equitable access to the NDIS by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3.   Establish disability access targets as part of the Closing the Gap framework and the NDIS Quality Assurance and Outcomes framework
  4.   Invest in research and development to build an evidence-base of data
  5.   Address the imprisonment rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a cognitive or psychosocial disability
  6.   Fund training and community leadership initiatives

This workshop aims to identify and document solutions and to produce a 10-point plan that provides clear recommendations.