Services and support
Different service sectors need to work together to provide holistic responses to the sometimes complex and always specific needs of people with disabilities. For example, disability and family violence services need to work closely together to ensure adequate support is available for people with disability experiencing family violence. There are gaps in the service system. The shortage of accessible and affordable housing is an example of this.
People with disability receive services from a variety of sectors. The work of OPA aims to reflect this. For instance, OPA has made recommendations to the reviews of the legislation governing supported residential services, always with the intention of promoting the well being of residents in these services.
OPA has recommended changes to policy, practice and legislation that aim to better protect the human rights of people with disabilities (including protections from violence and abuse) and enhance their ability to realise their individual capacity and lead meaningful lives. See OPA's list of submissions for more information on these issues. For example, the Submission to the Inquiry into Planning Options and Services for People Ageing with a Disability, the Submission in response to The National Drug Strategy 2010 – 2015, and the Submission to the Inquiry into the Adequacy and Future Directions of Public Housing in Victoria.
Recent interest within the community has led to a focus on end-of-life choices, and consideration of legislation and medical practice and care delivery in relation to all Victorians.
OPA’s Submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into End of Life Choices argued the law concerning substitute medical consent is complex, confusing and not well understood by medical professionals, much less the general public. OPA made recommendations to minimise practice confusion, and minimise legal complexities, to reduce confusion caused by overlapping guardianship and medical treatment laws and to provide clear legislative authority for advance directives.