The education and training of dentists, pharmacists and allied health professionals, including psychologists and speech pathologists, in relation to the health care and treatment of people with cognitive disabilities will be further investigated when the Disability Royal Commission holds Day 3 of public hearing 10 on March 2nd 2021.
“Despite some worthwhile initiatives, the evidence before the Royal Commission indicates that there has been and continues to be systemic neglect of people with cognitive disability in the Australian health system”, Chair, Ronald Sackville AO QC said.
Mr Sackville explained “Day 3 of public hearing 10 will provide an opportunity to continue to examine some of the issues the Royal Commission has already identified, such as how training and education of health professionals can be adapted and adjusted to produce better quality care and outcomes for people with cognitive disability.”
The Disability Royal Commission was established in April 2019 in response to community concern about widespread reports of violence against, and the neglect, abuse and exploitation of, people with disability.
The hearing will be closed to the public because of COVID-19, but will be live-streamed on the Royal Commission website.
The witness list for the hearing can be found here (there does not appear to be any people with disability represented).
PWDA will be live tweeting the hearing from here.