Open Letter: NDIS neglect and harm with compulsory assessments

This email was inspired by and contains some words (in italics) written by the “Hands Off Our NDIS” feedback campaign.

I encourage you to send your feedback at https://everyaustraliancounts.com.au/hands-off/

Subject line: NDIS neglect and harm with compulsory assessments

Dear Minister Reynolds,

You are not a medical professional, and are putting people, including myself, in harm and being intentionally neglectful by dismissing our concerns and continuing with these compulsory assessments.

If you have not already done it, your responsibility is to read every report by the Royal Commission into Elder Abuse and Royal Commission into people with Disabilities.

Fundamental to any care situation – is to listen to and take on recommendations of a sick person’s experienced and educated multi-disciplinary medical team.

If, for instance, you developed early onset dementia, or developed an infection that ended with you in a wheelchair, would you want one person, who knows almost nothing about medicine, dementia, and/or physical rehabilitation to dictate your care?

As the new Minister for the NDIS, you have the chance to make things right. Please, I’m urging you to:

• Follow the recommendations already provided from QCOSS, Australian Medical Association, and the other frontline services and research institutions with experience and education working with disabled people.

  • Read the reports by the royal comissions about neglect and abuse in the health sector.
  • Immediately stop the roll-out of these changes
    •Co-design alternative approaches with people with disability and the people who support them
    •Commit to keeping people with disability at the centre of the NDIS.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Karletta Abianac
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