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.  

Access for All project is a three year (2020-2023) funded project under the NDIA’s Information Linkages and Capacity Building - Mainstream Capacity Building Program, to stimulate and encourage practice change in the delivery of mainstream health services in regional, rural and remote Queensland. It proposes to do this through raising awareness and providing practical strategies that address barriers faced by people with a disability through the development and trialling of more inclusive and welcoming patient-centred approaches. 

For the 4.4 million Australians with a lived experience of disability, there are many barriers to accessing mainstream health services including the physical environment,  the cost of care, a lack of health professional and administration staff knowledge and confidence working with people with disabilities, patient factors (including cultural and linguistic barriers) and lengthy waiting times.  For those living in regional, rural and remote Queensland 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 Access for All Advisory Group, comprising of consumers with a lived experience of disability, mainstream health professionals and CheckUP staff is providing advice and guidance for the project.

Other opportunities to be involved as the project progresses include: case studies and resource development, video case study involvement and training opportunities.

Download the Access for All Information Sheet here.

Want to know more or to be involved?  Contact Alison Berigan at aberigan@checkup.org.au.