NDIS - Access for All

CheckUP has received funding to develop and deliver resources and training to health professionals in regional, rural and remote communities in Queensland with the aim of improving access for people with a disability to mainstream health services.  

The Access for All project has been funded for a three year term under the NDIA’s Information Linkages and Capacity - Mainstream Capacity Building Program, to stimulate and encourage practice change in the delivery of mainstream health services through the development and trialling of new approaches that are more inclusive and welcoming for people with a disability.

For the 4.4 million Australians with an intellectual or physical disability, there are many barriers to accessing mainstream health services. These include the obvious barriers presented by the physical environment (such as building accessibility), the cost of care, a lack of health professional knowledge, patient factors (including cultural and linguistic barriers) and often lengthy waiting times.  For those living in regional, rural and remote communities, these challenges are often compounded by the lack of visiting services, travel times and distances and a lack of coordinated and continuous care.

The statistics 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 1.8 times more likely to have a disability than other Australians
  • 18% of all Australians are people with disability
  • 51% of Australians aged over 65 are living with a disability

To learn more about this program contact Alison Berigan at aberigan@checkup.org.au.