The Commission website provides comprehensive information about the aims and role of the Commission and options for providing a submission: https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/.
Prior to making a submission, it is recommended that legal advice is sought to ensure the legal rights of the participants are acknowledged. Your Story Disability Legal Support provide free legal advice: https://yourstorydisabilitylegal.org.au/Home.
Sharing stories can sometimes result in traumatic emotional responses and memories, the Commission recommend that participants exercise self-care. Speaking with friends, family, GP or more formal support services is recommended. Participants are also able to access free counselling by contacting the Blue Knot Foundation https://www.blueknot.org.au/ or calling the National Counselling and Referral Service on 1800 421 468. You can get support for –
- Your emotional wellbeing
- For making choices about telling your story
- Information on other practical supports available to you
Relationships Australia – Victoria also provides ongoing counselling and support to people who are affected by the Disability Royal Commission including people living with a disability, their families, friends, carers, allies and support workers. You can contact Relationships Australia-Victoria on 1800 317 387.
Additional information regarding the Disability Royal Commission can also be found on their website https://disability.royalcommission.gov.au/, alternatively you can call Villamanta’s Disability Royal Commission Advocate, Sue Wolter, on 0401 438 481.