The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland (ATSINDQ) is comprised of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability, their family members, representatives, supporters, and allies.
The Network is supported by ADA Australia and Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN), with funding provided by the Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors. Network activity is coordinated by the ATSIDNQ Project Officer Bruce Simpson, who works out of the ADA Australia office in Geebung.
A function of the Network is keeping members informed about what’s happening with important initiatives like the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the on-going activities of the Disability Royal Commissions (DRC). ATSINDQ aims to enable members to have a say on important issues, and have their concerns heard by those making decisions that impact them.
Recently, the Network surveyed its 1,300+ members to find out how recent emergencies have impacted them. A submission has been written to the DRC detailing how members can be more effectively supported in the future.
The DRC submission highlights how family and friends stepped up to provide the additional supports members required during lockdowns and argues for resources to be made available to better support the unpaid, informal networks who have sustained members for periods lasting many months. It is hoped the information shared with the DRC will prompt improved support for informal carers.
Informed recommendations will help the government make amends and improve the current support system for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. For more information, please visit: www.atsidnq.com.au.