Access to Health Services for People with Disabilities
Updated 20 August 2012
The Disability Discrimination Act covers discrimination in access to services including health services. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognises that persons with disabilities have the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination.
The Commission has currently deferred further work on health access pending finalisation of implementation plans by Governments in the health area under the National Disability Strategy.
Information on previous work is provided below.
Commission forum on health access
28 May 2004, Sydney
Introduction: Dr Sev Ozdowski, Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner
NSW Council on Intellectual Disability
Women With Disabilities Australia (MS Word file)
Australian Association of the Deaf (MS Word file)
Blind Citizens Australia (MS Word file)
Deafness Forum of Australia (MS Word file)
Mental Health Council of Australia (MS Word file)
National Ethnic Disability Alliance (MS Word file)
Access for All Alliance (MS Word file)
Physical Disability Council of Australia (MS Word file)
- Open letter on height adjustable examination beds, August 2007
- UK Disability Rights Commission investigation report
- RACGP fact sheet on needs of Deaf patients (MS Word)
- Meeting on adjustable examination couches, February 2006
- December 2005 update
- U.K. Disability Rights Commission investigation
- U.K. "You can make a difference: improving hospital services for disabled people"
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners practice standards review
- AUSLAN interpreting access for health services
- Centre for Developmental Disability Health, Monash University