Confused about whether people with disability in the criminal justice system can access the NDIS?

This Panel of Experts drawn from disability including the NDIA, human rights, corrections, legal and advocacy will debate who holds responsibility for the different tasks and issues that face people with disability in the criminal justice system. In a facilitated conversation this panel will both offer perspectives and answer questions on how to best respond to people with disability in the criminal justice system.

Who should make an NDIS access request: when and why? How will NDIS provide support coordination in a prison. How will an OT assessment occur for a person detained in a prison and what aids and equipment are available. Can people with disability detained in a prison appeal a NDIS decision and who will help them. All of these and more will be explored by the Panel.

This panel presentation will aim to provide up-to-date expertise on the role of the NDIS for people with disability detained in prisons and forensic facilities. The Panel will also be taking questions from the floor so come armed with the curliest ones…..


Patrick McGee
Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
National Manager Policy Advocacy and Research

Biography: Patrick McGee has been working in the field of disabilities for the last twenty five years with a particular focus on working with Indigenous Australians with disabilities for the past ten years. Currently he is the National Manager Policy Advocacy and Research for the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. In a voluntary capacity Patrick is the coordinator of Australians for Disability Justice, a national network of agencies and individuals that advocates for changes to legislation policy and practice that leads to the recurrent and indefinite detention of people with disability, particularly Indigenous Australians with disability.


Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake
University of Melbourne
Senior Lecturer

Ms Colleen Pearce
Victorian Office of the Public Advocate
Victorian Public Advocate

Mr Tim Marsh
Victorian Legal Aid
Chief Counsel

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