Disability Program

Summary

Countries

Fiji and Vanuatu

Goal

People with disability have equal access to information and services that uphold their reproductive and sexual health rights.

Context

Disability inclusiveness is about creating workplaces and services where people with disability have access to resources and opportunities to learn, work, engage and have a voice to influence decisions that affect not only themselves but those around them.

Approximately 15 per cent of the world's population live with disability (World Health Organization, 2011). While they have the same reproductive and sexual health rights as people without disability, they face barriers accessing services and receiving appropriate information and education. This due to discrimination at all levels in society. As a result, they have poor reproductive and sexual health outcomes, experience high levels of abuse and exploitation, and their right to healthy relationships is denied.

Family Planning NSW advocates for the rights of people with disability in Australia to make their own reproductive and sexual health choices. Our goal is full inclusion of people with disability in reproductive and sexual health services through equity of access to information and services provided by a skilled workforce. We have expanded our programs in this area in the Pacific region so that people with disability can benefit equally from development programs. The Australian Government strategy 'Development for All 2015 - 2020: strategy for strengthening disability inclusive development in Australia's aid program' has helped inform this work and this approach is outlined in our strategy document "Working together to advance the reproductive and sexual health and rights of people with disability in the Pacific Region".

To deliver our programs Family Planning NSW work with local NGOs to build the capacity of reproductive and sexual health service providers to offer inclusive services. Outcomes will include more accessible clinical services, trained clinicians and educators, and evidence to inform good practice.

Aims

  • Build the capacity of reproductive and sexual health service providers to offer inclusive services to people living with a disability
  • Increase access for primary and secondary school students with disability to comprehensive sexuality education.
  • Create and strengthen partnerships with disability organisations and other key stakeholders.
  • Contribute evidence towards project design and ongoing development relevant to disability inclusion and reproductive and sexual health and rights.

Savina 

Progress

  • 857 teachers, volunteers and school children trained about disability rights and social inclusion in Fiji
  • Disability Inclusion and Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights program delivered to 86 participants across the Pacific
  • Disability audit tool developed and implemented in eight Pacific countries with reproductive and sexual health service providers. Findings from the audits are used in country for improving access to clinical services and advocacy activities
  • Pacific partners have strengthened or developed relationships with Disabled People's Organisations
  • Integration of Disability Inclusiveness into all international programs including the development and implementation of a Disability and Social Inclusion module in the Men's Health and Gender program for community level use in Timor-Leste
  • Disaggregated data collection systems on disability established across all projects

Amelia 

Projects

Fiji

Vanuatu

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