We’re making sure our member and client voices are heard in the lead up to the State Election on 25 November.
We have been discussing key issues with our members and clients over the last few months and have also conducted a email survey recently to help identify the priorities of people living with spinal cord damage or related physical disability.
The key issues raised from our clients and members are being brought to election candidates and parties in the hopes that the next State Government will do more to make Queensland better for people with spinal cord damage.
The key issues raised include:
- Ongoing access to safe, reliable and predictable wheelchair-accessible taxis
- Mandating accessible housing for all new dwellings built from 1 January, 2020
- Formalising a commitment to replace the ageing Spinal Injuries Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital with a larger state-of-the-art facility
- Ensuring better access to funding, aids and equipment for Queenslanders aged over 65 who are ineligible to participate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Spinal Life Australia Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell said if any of these issues could become party policy, it would be of significant benefit for Spinal Life’s clients and members.
“We believe these priorities will help Queensland become a leader in accessibility, inclusiveness and support for people with spinal cord damage or other physical disability,” Mr Powell said.