Today the Interim Report into Ann-Marie Smith's death has been released. In this episode, Rob speaks with our Senior Policy Advisor, Bonnie Millen about the report, the recommendations and how the system needs to change to prevent tragedies like Ann-Marie Smith's death happening again.
If you think or know abuse is going on, you need to report it.
It is everyone’s responsibility to create a safe community.
Below is a list of ACT and national organisations that you can call.
Who you can call:
Police assistance line: 131 444
In an emergency: 000
The National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline
A free, independent, and confidential service for reporting abuse and neglect of people with disability.
Anyone can contact the Hotline, including family members, friends, service providers or a person with disability.
Call 1800 880 052
The Official Visitor
The ACT has Official Visitors for Children and Young People, Mental Health, Corrections, Disability and Housing (Homelessness). They visit places like prisons, group homes, hospitals etc.
Call 1800 150 036
ACT Human Rights Commission
Complaints about abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable person can be made to the Commission. Complaints can also be made if you think a vulnerable person is at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission
They are the agency responsible for registering NDIS service providers.
They are also the place to go to complain if you are unhappy with the services you use.
Call: 1800 035 544
Where can I go for support?
The National Counselling and Referral Service
A specialist service which provides short-term phone counselling support and referrals for people with disability, their families and carers.
Call: 1800 421 468
13 11 14
Individual disability advocacy
Call: 02 6257 4005
Supported Decision Making at Adacas
Individual disability advocacy, carer, and older people’s advocacy.
Call: 02 6242 5060
Carer support and advocacy
Call: 1800 422 737
Find disability advocacy near you: https://disabilityadvocacyfinder.dss.gov.au/disability/ndap/