Ross Vasta, Federal Member for Bonner, today announced that he would be hosting a Disability forum together with the Shadow Minister for Disabilities, Carers & the Voluntary Sector, Senator Mitch Fifield, on the 9th of March.
The purpose of the Disability Roundtable will be to provide a forum for people with disabilities to exchange information, learn from one another’s experiences, voice their concerns and pass on information directly to the Shadow Minster for Disabilities & Carers.
“At a time when 5, 000 to 6, 000 people in Bonner have a profound or severe disability there has never been a better time to talk about how we need to care for, support and treat people with a disability in our community as well as their carers. I encourage all members of the Bonner community to attend this forum and to have their say.” Said Mr Vasta.
The public forum will discuss topics ranging from funding issues through to the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme currently before the Productivity Commission. There will also be a question and answer segment designed to encourage the members of the forum to come forward with their issues, concerns and ideas and most importantly to be heard on an individual basis.
“The main aim of this forum is to improve the support for people with disabilities and their carers by listening and acting upon their feedback and building and strengthening these community partnerships. ” Mr Vasta stated.
Both Ross Vasta and Senator Fifield hope that this forum will help broaden the understanding of the many challenges that confront individuals with disabilities and their carers on a daily basis.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Bonner and listening to people’s views on what we can do to ensure people with a disability and carers get a better deal. I always learn something new at these forums and it’s great that Ross Vasta has arranged this opportunity for a discussion of important issues.” Said Senator Fifield.