Learning from a tragedy

Learning from a tragedy

3rd July, 2020

The membership of the Australasian Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine (AusACPDM) have been deeply saddened and distressed by the circumstances surrounding Ann Marie Smith’s death on the 6th April 2020, in Adelaide, and the emerging evidence about her quality of life.

Dr B-J Dee-Price, a member of AusACPDM has compiled a report of public opinion (collected immediately after the news broke), which includes the views of 136 people in South Australia, most whom have a lived experience of disability. Please read the full report here: https://www.aminuteforannmarie.com/what-the-community-thinks.html

This is a timely reminder to the membership and friends of AusACPDM to spread the word and consider making submissions to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. The following link takes you to a brochure which explains the different avenues for sharing your experience with the Royal Commission: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/system/files/2020-02/sharing-your-experience-brochure_0.pdf

AusACPDM supports endeavours to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. As well as need for systemic change, there is a call for a grass roots campaign to encourage everyone to get to know your neighbour. To join this campaign and for more information please go to: https://www.aminuteforannmarie.com/take-action-now.html

AusACPDM has a commitment to advocating for issues of relevance to its membership, people living with cerebral palsy and other childhood onset disabilities across the lifespan, their families and caregivers and support networks.

The Advocacy and Awards Committee is currently considering options regarding how AusACPDM can further contribute to preventing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people living with disability. Please contact the Advocacy and Awards Committee, AusACPDM if you have ideas that you wish to share info@ausacpdm.org.au

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