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Peak body supports

The Queensland Disability Peak and Representative Body Program funds organisations to deliver peak body services to Queenslanders with disability, their family members and carers.

Peak body organisations help and support people with disability:

  • with accessible and disability-specific information
  • with online and state-wide phone support and referral services
  • through news, advice, referral information, and communication about support and services available in Queensland including information to access the NDIS
  • by providing expert advice and feedback to government on matters impacting people with disability
  • by promoting community awareness, education and training information for organisations and employers, and the broader community to influence community attitudes and remove barriers to inclusion
  • by developing resources to support employers in attracting, recruiting and retaining people with disability.

Queensland Executive Disability Peak Body

Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN) provides an overarching leadership and coordination role across funded peak bodies. QDN also provides information, advice and support to people with disability about their rights, available services and opportunities for economic and social participation.

Queenslanders with Disability Network
Phone: 1300 363 783

For disability service providers

National Disability Services is the peak body for disability service providers.

National Disability Services
Phone: (07) 3828 9400

Disability Peak and Representative Body—Inclusion Program

The providers listed below provide state-wide peak body services to people with disability within the identified disability category. If you need help with disability specific information, support and referral services, you can contact the Queensland Disability Peak and Representative Body service providers listed below.

People with Autism

Autism is used to describe pervasive developmental disorders involving disturbances in cognition, interpersonal communication, social interactions and behaviour. Includes Autism disorder, Asperger Syndrome.

Autism Queensland
Phone: (07) 3273 0000

People who are deaf or hard of hearing

The category includes deafness, hearing impairment and hearing loss.

Better Hearing Australia Brisbane
Phone: (07) 3844 5065

Deaf Connect
Phone: (07) 3892 8500

People with intellectual disability

Conditions associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in learning and performing certain daily life skills and limitations of adaptive skills in the context of community environments compared to others of the same age. Examples include Down Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, Fragile X, cri-du-chat syndrome.

Down Syndrome Queensland
Phone: (07) 3356 6655

People with vision impairment

Visual impairment includes blindness and vision impairment.

Guide Dogs Queensland
Phone: (07) 3500 9001

People with physical disability

Conditions that are attributable to a physical cause or impact on the ability to perform physical activities, such as mobility. Examples include paraplegia, quadriplegia, muscular dystrophy, motor neurone disease, neuromuscular disorders, cerebral palsy, absence or deformities of limbs, spina bifida, arthritis, back disorders, ataxia, bone formation or degeneration, scoliosis.

Spinal Life Australia
Phone: 1300 774 625

People with neurological/acquired brain injury

Neurological disability applies to impairment of the nervous system occurring after birth, including epilepsy and organic dementias (for example, Alzheimer’s disease) as well as such conditions as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Acquired brain injury is used to describe multiple disabilities arising from damage to the brain acquired after birth. Results in deterioration in cognitive, physical, emotional or independent functioning. May be as a result of accidents, stroke, brain tumors, infection, poisoning, lack of oxygen or degenerative neurological disease.

Synapse
Phone: 1800 673 074

Children and young people with developmental delay

Developmental delay, global developmental delay—applies to children aged 0–5 where conditions have appeared in the early developmental period, but no specific diagnosis has been made and the specific disability group is not yet known.

Xavier Children's Support Network
Phone: 1800 928 437

People with psychosocial disability

Schizophrenia, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, addictive behaviours, personality disorders, stress, psychosis, depression and adjustment disorders.
(To be advised)

Carers of people with disability

Carers provide ongoing, unpaid care or support for family members or friends who need help with everyday tasks because of disability.

Carers Queensland
Phone: 1300 747 636

Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability

All Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples with disability including both adults and children with disability living in urban, regional, rural and remote areas of Queensland.
(To be advised)