A good life for people living with disability: the story from Far North Queensland

Bird, Katrina, Bohanna, India, McDonald, Malcolm, Wapau, Hylda, Blanco, Leisyle, Cullen, Jennifer, McLucas, Jan, Forbes, Sue, Vievers, Anita, Wason, Alan, Strivens, Edward, and Barker, Ruth (2023) A good life for people living with disability: the story from Far North Queensland. Disability and Rehabilitation. (In Press)

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Purpose: People with disability in regional, rural and remote Australia have poorer service access compared to people from metropolitan areas. There is urgent need for reform. This study’s aim was to explore the needs and aspirations of people with lived experience of disability in Far North Queensland (FNQ) to inform a new service framework.

Materials and methods: Twenty-five individuals with diverse experience of disability were engaged in semi-structured interviews. Participants were recruited from four sites that differed geographically, culturally, and socioeconomically. Using an inductive then deductive thematic approach to data analysis, statements of needs and aspirations were compiled and aligned with three pre-determined vision statements.

Results: Needs and aspirations aligned well with the vision statements which were to: feel “included, connected, safe and supported”; have “opportunities to choose one’s own life and follow one’s hopes and dreams”; and have “access to culturally safe services close to home.” To realise this vision in FNQ, support to navigate and coordinate services across sectors is essential.

Conclusion: People of FNQ of all abilities, need and aspire to experience “a good life” like their fellow Australians. Any new service model must focus on providing service navigation and co-ordination amid the complexities of service delivery in FNQ.

Item ID: 79021
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5165
Keywords: Disability, Needs and Aspirations, Rural and Remote, Service Reform
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2023 21:48
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420318 People with disability @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200403 Disability and functional capacity @ 50%
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