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AT Chat is a peer to peer information and communication hub

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"The lives of people with disability are often secret lives. We are routinely segregated and isolated from our non-disabled peers – we live, work and play in places which are not often frequented by those without disability. Often, we are lonely. If we do not have families, paid staff are sometimes the only people in our lives. We are shut out by barriers to participation in Australian life, and shut in when we are hidden in institutional settings."

(Report authors Samantha Connor and Ben Keely)

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The website has information about having choice and control in your life, the NDIS, connecting with Peer Support Networks and getting involved with your community.


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Read more about it here, including an author interview 






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DDWA Health Circle No. 2 - Finding Unique Access Solutions





June 2016:

DDWA is involved in the development of communication tools for use in hospitals and other health settings, which would present critical information about a person with disability who is being admitted for treatment. This stems from an idea discussed at our Health Circle No. 2 in July 2015 (read the report below).

DDWA's Maxine Drake is working on this project with others from the health and disability sectors who are part of the Care Coordination Working Group of the Disability Health Network. 

The tools being developed need to be helpful and informative for all parties involved - for the hospital staff, and for the individual, their family member, carer or support worker.

The first tool involves the presentation of information about an individual which is required on their admission to hospital. Developing the tool so it can be accepted into the routine medical record processes in hospitals is a challenging task which requires some additional professional expertise from people with experience in health settings and / or experience with medical records.

The second tool, the Hospital Passport, with information about an individual additional to that required on admission, will be developed at a later date. 

If you have the expertise and some time to be part of this project, you would be required to be in email communication with Maxine and possibly meet at some point, to workshop together what the tool absolutely must include, from a family/community perspective and from a health/medical perspective.

To find out more contact Maxine at or phone 9420 7203.


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July 2015:

 DDWA held the second of our Health Circles for Members, at City West Lotteries House.

The Health Circle, Bending the Rules; Finding Exceptional Solutions to Health Access Challenges looked at ways people and organisations have been creative and tailored ways to enable better access to health services. 

Sometimes people with disability may not have complex health needs, but they may have very complex access needs. Sometimes this means they can miss out on healthcare and life quality altogether. 

The July discussion looked at ways people with complex access needs can be better understood and supported to participate in the health system, including providing medical practitioners with information already prepared and ready to bring to medical appointments.

DDWA is working with the Disability Health Network on the development of a document people can bring along to appointments in any health settings.