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Ensuring access to sex workers for people with disabilities

Ensuring access to sex workers for people with disabilities

Rights denied forum

Tickets are now available for the Rights Denied forum, looking at challenging the criminal code allowing easier access to sex workers for people with a disability.

Below is the full agenda for the day with a group of high profile, leading industry advocates and speakers set to speak on a topic many think of as taboo.

The forum is open to the general public, people working within the disability sector, people with a disability and their carer/family. Tickets can be secured now at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rights-denied-forum-tickets-27118623533

To hear an interview about the purpose of the forum, you can listen to ABC Coast FM”s Annie Gaffney interview 121 Care General Manager Kym Chomley, here: https://soundcloud.com/abc-sunshine-coast/disabled-seek-access-to-safe-sex-with-help

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Program for the day

Time Topic/s Presenter/s


9:00 Registration and coffee


9:30 – 9:45 Welcome – Setting the scene and housekeeping Miriam Taylor – QCIDD


9:45 -10:15

Including question time

Presentation 1: Human rights perspective

– Understanding our obligations

– Recognising the issues for Qld

Michelle O’Flynn – QAI
9:45 – 10:30 Conversation 1: What are the most important considerations in balancing the right to choose against protecting the most vulnerable? Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system


10:30 – 11:15 Presentation 2: Individual and family perspectives

– Over-riding the perception of PWD as the eternal child

– Remembering the person within and the right to choose

People invited by core team

Helen Mills – parent

4 people speaking on video – QLS

11:15 – 11:30 – Morning Tea


11:30 – 12:30

Including question time

Panel discussion 1: Informed consent – the need for information and education

– Promote understanding of limited ‘natural’ relationship and sexuality experiences for PWD in as teenagers and young people

– Discuss what may be needed to bridge the gap and bring PWD ‘up to speed’

– Capacity based approaches to sexuality and consent, (as opposed to purely protective based approaches)

Family Planning Qld – Anthony Walsh

Respect – Annie

Consentability – Natasha Alexander

12:30 – 13:00 Conversation 2: What is needed to break down the taboo?

– What might be needed to help understanding?

Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system
13:00-13:30 – Lunch


13:30 – 14:30 Panel discussion 2: Opportunities and challenges under the NDIS

– When choice and control is limited by law

– The risk that the NDIS is not nationally consistent

Simon Wardale – Endeavour Foundation

John Hart – QLS

Maurice Blackburn rep

14:30 – 15:15 Conversation 3: The Key Three – articulate the three most pressing factors (positive or negative) that need to be considered in developing options and progressing change Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system


15:15 – 15:45

Including question time

Presentation 3: Operationalising the Criminal Code – the challenges currently and possible future options

– Summary of Qld provisions

– Overview of provisions in other jurisdictions

Benedict Coyne – Australian Lawyers for Human Rights


15:45 – 16:15 Conversation 4: What would an appropriately balanced legislative model for Qld look like?

– What situations should invoke additional penalties? Think power issues (staff/client, rape)

– What are the initial concerns?

Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system
16:15 – 16:30 Bringing it all together – discussion from the floor – thanks and acknowledgement Michelle O’Flynn – QAI

Proposed Attendees:

  1. Office of the Public Advocate (OPA)
  2. Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD)
  3. Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ)
  4. Family Planning Queensland (FPQ)
  5. Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI)
  6. Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA)
  7. Speaking Up For You (SUFY)
  8. Community Resource Unit (CRU)
  9. Queenslanders with Disability Network (QDN)
  10. Queensland Parents of People with Disability (QPPD)
  11. Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC)
  12. The Advocacy and Support Centre (TASC)
  13. Queensland Police Service (QPS)
  14. Endeavour Foundation
  15. Synapse
  16. Open Minds
  17. Mamre
  18. Alzheimer’s Association
  19. Down Syndrome Association
  20. Qld Govt (DS, DJAG)
  21. Centre of Excellence (DCCSDS/UQ)
  22. Queensland Law Society (Health and Disability Committee)
  23. Office of the Public Guardian (OPG)



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