The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has officially started with its first public sitting in Brisbane on September 16.
The sitting provided an opportunity for the Commissioners to be formally introduced and allow people to hear how the Commission will operate and what it hopes to achieve.
The Royal Commission will hold hearings in all capital cities and at several regional locations over the next three years.
Information about future hearings in 2019 will be published as soon as they are available on the Royal Commission’s official website.
VMCH General Manager, Community and Disability Services, David Williamson, said he hoped the Royal Commission would lead to a better future for people with disability.
The Royal Commission will look at all groups that provide services to people with disability across Australia. This includes: the government, service providers, schools, workplaces, businesses and charity, the community.
“I hope it leads to more awareness, improved safety and better services for people with disability. That would be a great outcome,” David said.
It is expected that the hearings could reveal distressing information about the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disability.
It is important that VMCH staff seek support if anything discussed during the Royal Commission causes distress.
VMCH offers a counselling service to staff experiencing problems at home or at work.
Employee Assist is a personal counselling service that offers confidential, short-term support for a variety of personal problems that may be affecting you (or members of your immediate family) at work or at home.
If you wish to contact Employee Assist call 1300 687 237
The Royal Commission website is a great place to find information for yourself or anyone that you support. https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au
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The Commissioners are required to provide an interim report no later than 30 October 2020, and a final report by no later than 29 April 2022.