On Friday 23 September the UN issued a news release urging Australia to amend the laws that lead to people being detained because of disability. At the release of the report, the CEO of FPDN, Damian Griffis was interviewed by Mark Colvin for ABC Radio National’s PM program. You can listen and read the transcript here.   Australia urged to amend laws that lead to people with mental disabilities being detained indefinitely GENEVA (23 September 2016) –
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It’s Anti Poverty Week this week. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability are often experience multiple barriers leaving them economically and socially excluded. Ensuring that we have a truly inclusive society with access to employment, education and justice is vital. Have a look at our CEO, Damian Griffis’ keynote lecture at the Yabun Festival this year to understand a bit more about this important social justice issue. The Anti Poverty Week website is here.
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FPDN’s Policy and Research Director, Scott Avery is presenting at the ACWA breakfast in Parramatta, Sydney on Tuesday morning. Scott will be talking about access to justice and disability. In April this year FPDN, along with partner organisations, made a submission to the Senate Inquiry on Indefinite Detention: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PERSPECTIVES ON THE RECURRENT AND INDEFINITE DETENTION OF PEOPLE WITH COGNITIVE AND PSYCHIATRIC IMPAIRMENT The submission is available to the public. You can download
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Today, on the first day of Federal Parliament, FPDN was proud to stand alongside national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leadership organisations to deliver a strong message to Prime Minister Turnbull, his government and the Parliament: – the relationship with the First Peoples of this nation must be reset. Following on from the historic Redfern Statement in June this year, the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, – National Congress of Australia’s
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This week is Brain Injury Awareness Week. At the First Peoples Disability Network we say that meeting the needs of Aboriginal people with disabilities is one of the most critical social justice issues in Australia. It is difficult to think of any more disadvantaged Australians then Aboriginal people with disability. FPDN co-hosted a forum in Redfern with Synapse and we hope to draw attention to the unmet needs of Aboriginal people living with brain injury.
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It’s Brain Injury Awareness Week. FPDN is partnering with Synapse and holding a community event in Redfern on Monday 15 August at 1.30pm. The event is being held at the Redfern Community Centre. Please see flyer below. For more information about brain injury have a look here.   flyer-brain-injury-awareness-2016-1
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The Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) has merged with First Peoples Disability Network Australia (FPDN), as of July 2016.   We are the Aboriginal Disability Network NSW (ADNNSW) is an FPDN project of and for Aboriginal people with disability living in New South Wales. Our major aims are: empowerment and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal people with disability the creation of a society in which Aboriginal people with disability can fully participate. We bring together Aboriginal people with disability,
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Today is the United Nations International Day of World’s Indigenous People “In Australia an Indigenous child with disability is more likely to matriculate into prison than into tertiary education.  Many Indigenous children are falling through the cracks in the education system because they have a disability that goes unrecognised and is therefore not supported.  To get the best learning outcomes for our kids our education system must be culturally and disability inclusive.” Scott Avery Policy and Research
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Aunty Gayle Rankine at the 2013 Democracy and Human Rights Conference
ABC’s 4 Corners program brought national attention to the incarceration and institutionalisation of our young people. The abuse, neglect and torture exposed on 4 Corners is alarming and our thoughts are with the children and their families. Aboriginal people know about long term institutionalisation, we know about despair and we know about justice, or the lack of it. We have heard about the things that go on. We know things go on, but to see
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25 January 2016 First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) CEO Damian Griffis and Chairperson Aunty Gayle Rankine will give the annual Kevin Cook lecture to open Yabun Festival on Australia Day tomorrow. Yabun Festival is one of the largest celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in the country. Held annually on 26 January on the traditional lands of the Gadigal people at Victoria Park, Camperdown, the festival has a vibrant program of arts, dance,
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Tuesday 15 December 2015 Media reports reveal that promised additional funding to support students with disability has been delayed again and will not begin in 2016. Last week Education Ministers discussed disability funding at the Council of Australian Governments education council meeting, but did not refer to it in the communiqu? [COAG Meeting, 11 December 2015]. Data collection on prevalence of disability in Australian schools has been a long-winded process first initiated several years ago.
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Tuesday 10 November 2015 The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has raised serious concerns about human rights violations against Aboriginal people with disability during its review of Australia’s human rights record overnight in Geneva. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) allowed member States of the HRC to assess how Australia is tracking against its human rights obligations. The UPR provides a platform for Australian NGOs to update the international community on the human rights situation
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27 August 2015 Today, the Australian Cross Disability Alliance will appear before the Senate Committee inquiring into violence, abuse and neglect against people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The Senate Inquiry process has already revealed many hundreds of horrific stories that testify to the significantly high levels and myriad forms of violence experienced by people with disability in institutional and residential settings. The ‘closed’ nature of these settings, away from public scrutiny, means
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