North East Citizen Advocacy

Disability Royal Commission

The Disability Royal Commission has release a Statement of ongoing concern on the impact of and responses to the Omicron wave for people with disability.

There are ten highlighted areas of concern including:

  • Overall de-prioritisation of people with disability and lack of regard for their health and wellbeing, indicating a lack of systemic preparedness and service coordination.
  • Concerns with managing COVID-19 in the home for people with disability.
  • Lack of adequate and meaningful consultation with the disability sector and people with disability to inform this phase of the pandemic response.
  • Fears and isolation for people with disability, needing to shield at home for extended periods, with anxieties about both potential infection from those providing critical support to meet basic needs, and, conversely, a lack of access to these critical services.
  • Severe disruptions to disability services and essential supports.

This follows from the initial Statement of Concern in March 2020; the Commissioners’ report on Public Hearing 5 “Experiences of people with disability during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic” on 26 November 2020; and the Commissioners’ report on 21 October 2021 following Public Hearing 12 on“The experiences of people with disability in the context of the Australian Government’s approach to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.”

The Disability Royal Commission will be releasing an Issues Paper in early March which will provide further detail on issues identified.