Policy Submissions and Proposals

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Dec 2021

Submission to the NDIA: Annual Pricing Review 2021

This submission responds to consultation questions about the current price limits for therapy supports, the category under which many blindness and low vision services fall. It notes differences between the market for disability-specific supports and other more generalist therapies, as well as other environmental factors increasing the cost of therapy supports in the NDIA context. […]

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Dec 2021

Submission to the Department of Health: Care and Support Sector Code of Conduct

This brief submission, in responding to the Department’s questionnaire, recommends additional elements which should be included in a new code of conduct for the care and support sector, referring in particular to the Charter of Aged Care Rights, the final report by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, and the United Nations […]

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Nov 2021

Submission to the Department of Health: Improving Choice in Residential Aged Care

This submission highlights the difficulties faced by people who are blind or have low vision living in or seeking to enter residential care. It outlines a number of measures that could result in more choice and freedom for our cohort, including provision of assistive technology, more accessible accommodation and communication, acknowledgement of people with vision […]

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Nov 2021

Submission to the consultation on draft Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan

Vision 2020 Australia supports the proposal to extend and enhance telehealth and virtual health care to provide accessible and equitable health care for all. During the COVID-19 pandemic research and innovation in telehealth solutions for eye care have been piloted with some success, providing communities with the opportunity to access time-critical and urgent eye care […]

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Sep 2021

Embedding Vision in Primary Care Submission

This submission to the Department of Health requests that vision checks become a core part of the Medicare Benefit Schedule chronic health checks. This submission was developed on the advice of the Prevention and Early Intervention Committee (PEIC) and aims to promote routine vision checks as part of the primary health care model for patients […]

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Jul 2021

Response to Request for Information: NDIA – Designing an Early Childhood Assistive Technology Approach

This document addresses questions posed by the NDIA in a Request for Information regarding potential new ways of proving assistive technology to children under 7. While agreeing with the Agency’s contention that awareness of what AT is available remains a problem, we noted that access to appropriate capacity building supports is the more significant issue […]

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Jul 2021

Sumission to the Australian Building Codes Board on the National Construction Code (NCC) 2022 Public Comment Draft

This submission suggests a range of potential improvements to current signage and premises standards, with the aim of making compliance requirements easier to understand, and addressing gaps, similarities and variations in Specification D3.6 and AS1428.1.

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Jun 2021

Submission to the National Skills Commission: Care Workforce Labour Market Study

This submission describes some of the unique challenges service providers face in sustaining the workforce of specialists supporting people with permanent vision loss, noting that shortages and thin markets are a significant problem, as they are in the disability and aged care sectors more generally. It also notes that though the number of older Australians […]

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May 2021

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme – Inquiry into Independent Assessments

This submission raises concerns about the planned rollout and implementation of the NDIA’s independent assessments process, noting that the chosen assessment tools and workforce may not be able to consistently capture the true functional capacity of people living with vision loss. It makes  a number of suggestions as to how the NDIA could introduce a […]

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May 2021

Medical Research Future Fund engagement and submissions

There are periodic reviews undertaken of MRFF strategies and missions, Vision 2020 Australia co-ordinates cross sector submissions to these where its members feel there is value in a consolidated response. Links to those submissions are provided below. Vision 2020 Australia’s submission in PDF and Word: MRFF Dementia Ageing and Aged Care Mission Review PDF MRFF […]

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