ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Disability & healthcare

Expressions of interest sought

Are you a person with a disability or a carer? 

We want to hear your experiences of healthcare in Canberra.

The ACT Council of Social Service (ACTCOSS) is looking to identify a group of people with disability and carers willing to share their experiences as users or potential users of the preventative, primary and/or tertiary health care in Canberra.

The project is part of work under the National Disability Strategy to improve access to healthcare for people with disability and is being supported with funding from the Office For Disability in the ACT Government.

We want to hear from a mix of people with different disabilities who have connected with the health system in different ways with different results.  This might include people accessing preventative health, such as screenings or check-ups or people who have been in hospital or other settings.

We are inviting you to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to be part of a group of people who can provide feedback about your experiences in two ways:

  • Taking part in a personal interview (1-2 hours) which will help us develop stories about the kinds of experiences health care users with disability have in the ACT health system.  These stories may be published but we will make them confidential by omitting names and other details which might identify you; or 
  • Taking part in a focus group (2-3 hours) which will reflect on these stories and feed into a report which identifies areas of improvement, change and/or progress. 

Participants selected for these two streams will be selected to reflect a range of experiences and issues. People involved will receive remuneration for their time and expertise. Any health information gathered during the project will be kept private and confidential unless you agree otherwise. Putting in an expression of interest does not oblige you to take part or mean that you will be selected.


If you would like to get involved please fill in the Expression of Interest Form and return it to Craig Wallace via [email protected] or call 02 6202 7208 for more information.