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Data released on users of disability support services 1996



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M EDIA RELEASE

AIHWA U S T R A L IA N IN S T ITU TE O F H E A LT H & W E LF A R E

Under embargo —strictly not for publication before 1 am Friday 8 May 1998

Data released on users of disability support services 1996

A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that nearly 70,000 people with a disability were assisted by services provided under the Commonwealth/State Disability Services Agreement (CSDA) in 1995-96. (Figures for the ACT are unavailable and have not been included.) Of the people who received support:

• 58% reported intellectual disability as the primary disability type; and • 44% reported more than one significant disability type.

• 58% were male, and 55% were aged between 15 and 39 years; Services provided under the CSDA are designed for people who need ongoing support in everyday life activity areas.

• Over 86% of recipients needed support in the areas of self-care, mobility or communication.

• Between 30% and 40% of recipients reported a need for continual support in seven out of ten activity areas. These were self-care, managing emotion, home living, learning, self direction, social skills, and 'other' day activities.

These services were provided by more than 5000 agencies, of which:

• 67% were non-government agencies, and 33% government; • 45% were for accommodation support, covering 19,000 recipients living in institutional settings and community settings, such as group homes and family homes;

• 20% were for community support, which includes speech, occupational and physio­ therapies, early childhood intervention, counselling and recreation programs; • 15% were for employment support, covering open labour market services, as well as sheltered and supported employment services;

• 11% were for community access (both social and educational activities), and 8% were for respite care.

The data collection was the second national data collection on services funded by the CSDA.

Canberra, 5 May, 1998

For health and welfare

Further information: Ken Black, telephone 02 62441178. statistics and information

For media copies of the report: Lena Searle, telephone 02 6244 1032.

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GPO Box 570 Canberra ACT 2601

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