Media Releases by Senator the Hon Jan McLucas

Supporting Australians with psychosocial disability

Supporting people with a psychosocial disability is the focus of report released today that will help to further develop mental health policy in Australia. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas launched the National Mental Health Consumer and… Continue reading

WANTED: Leaders for tomorrow

The Australian Government is encouraging people with disability to apply for a leadership program that will help people with disability become leaders in business, the community and government. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, said applications are… Continue reading

Young people with disability look to the future

Rugby league players, bongo and drum workshops and student volunteers with disability were all part of the 2011 Post School Options Expo held today in Cairns, aiming to help young people with disability transition from school to employment or study.… Continue reading

NDIS gathers momentum in WA

More than 100 Western Australians with disability, carers and disability service providers attended a public forum in Perth today in support of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and National Injury Insurance Scheme (NIIS) for WA. At the forum, the… Continue reading

Olympic medallists take on pollies in Adelaide

Special Olympics medallists today showed off their skills when they competed against federal politicians in a friendly tennis match at West Beach, Adelaide. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, and Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas, took on… Continue reading

Ministers don their loud shirts to support deaf children

Ministers from the Australian Government and state and territory governments today donned bright and colourful shirts to celebrate Loud Shirt Day. The Ministers met with representatives from First Voice, a national coalition supporting deaf and hearing impaired children, to celebrate… Continue reading

Inaugural meeting of NDIS Advisory Group

The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas, today opened the inaugural meeting of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Advisory Group in Melbourne. The Advisory Group will help steer the development of a National Disability Insurance Scheme… Continue reading

National Week of Deaf People 2011

A week long national celebration of Deaf people and the Deaf Australian community is underway across the country. National Week of Deaf People (15 – 21 October 2011) is an opportunity for the Deaf to celebrate their language, community, culture,… Continue reading

Select Council on disability reform to meet this week

The Select Council of Treasurers and Disability Ministers established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) to consider the fundamental reform of Australia’s disability support services will meet for the first time in Sydney this week. COAG established the Select… Continue reading

National Disability Insurance Scheme Forum

Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Jan McLucas today attended a forum in Ipswich to discuss major reform of disability services in Australia. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) dominated discussion today at the forum hosted by Member for Blair… Continue reading

Down syndrome Awareness Week

Down syndrome Awareness Week begins today (9 –16 October), providing Australians with a chance to recognise and celebrate the contribution people with Down syndrome make to the community. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin,… Continue reading

New housing and jobs for Yarrabah

Eleven new houses will be built in Yarrabah, near Cairns, in Queensland to reduce overcrowding in the community. The Minister for Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, and Queensland Senator, Jan McLucas, today visited Yarrabah to announce… Continue reading

Strong field for National Disability Awards

Twenty-one of Australia’s most inspirational citizens and organisations have been nominated for the Australian Government’s National Disability Awards to be announced on 22 November. Senator McLucas said the Awards highlight some amazing stories and recognise outstanding contributions that individuals, organisations… Continue reading

More than 2200 teachers trained to help children with autism

Children with autism are receiving more help at school thanks to the Gillard Government’s Positive Partnerships initiative, which has seen 2250 teachers given additional training in providing classroom support. School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the $40.5 million initiative has… Continue reading