In recognition of International Day of People with Disability 2017, ACTCOSS has produced a factsheet on disability and access to health services. This is the first in a series of ACTCOSS factsheets that will harness data to provide accessible insights into key social policy issues in the ACT.
This first factsheet notes that disability is not the inevitable result of an individual’s impairment or health. Disability is an interaction with manageable social and environmental factors that can either impede or facilitate social participation, including access to health services.
People with disability use health services more frequently but also face greater barriers to accessing these services. The data highlights a need to address barriers around affordability, accessibility, waiting times, transport, discrimination and coordination among health services in the ACT.