A project conducted under the auspices of Centacare in the Brisbane North region has found that people with psychiatric disabilities are missing out on government services which should be readily available to them. The Queensland Government-funded research was assisted by a steering committee from a range of community and government agencies.
    Centacare CEO Mr Michael Lynch said the report identifies the support needed from government and the community. It says that some interpretations of Home and Community Care Program (HACC) guidelines exclude people with psychiatric disabilities, while many consumers and carers lack adequate information about the availability of particular HACC services.
    "Inappropriate assessments by HACC service providers puts priority on disabilities resulting from old age and fail to recognise the specific nature of psychiatric disability," she said.

4:57pm 29/4/99 / Cath Comm Brisbane


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