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Government's proposal to move people with an intellectual disability, currently institutionalised in Baillie Henderson mental health hospital, to the same unit as those with mental and/or psychiatric disabilities

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ms Anne Vetter
26 Mayfair Drive
GYMPIE QLD 4570

Total Signatures - 70

Sponsoring Member: Mr David Gibson MP

Posting Date: 10/09/2010

Closing Date: 19/11/2010

Tabled Date: 23/11/2010

Responded By: Hon Stephen Robertson MP on 23/12/2010

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House: that many people with intellectual disabilities remain in beds in the old institutional mental health hospital, Baillie Henderson, Toowoomba, despite a State government announcement 16 years ago, that this practice would stop. Community Connections Toowoomba and Queensland Advocacy Inc, have been collaboratively advocating for community access opportunities for this group with eventual community living as their aims.

 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to: place a moratorium on moving these people until a "vision for their life in the community" is detailed, (in accordance with the government's 10 year vision for people with disabilities); explain how this treatment of people with intellectual disabilities satisfies the UN's convention of the Rights of Person with a Disability.