The newly-established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland today handed its first report to Disability Services, Mental Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Curtis Pitt.
The Tracking in Shifting Sands report identifies key issues and highlights priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability.
Minister Pitt commended the organisation for helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders gain better access to available services and supports.
“In the space of two years, membership of the organisation has grown from six members to almost 60 members, with around 50 associate members and organisations.
“It goes to show what can be done when people with a disability come together with a common goal – to make life that little bit better for other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a disability,” he said.
Mr Pitt said the State Government provided $120,000 in funds over two years to support the organisation.
“Today, I’m delighted to announce that the State Government will contribute $100,000 a year to help you continue your good work,” he said.
The network publishes and distributes a monthly newsletter, hosts regional Yarning Circles, travels to remote communities to meet with local elders and people with a disability.