Function VF 250
Physical and sensory disability services
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  • Use this Function for
    Funding of non-government agencies providing for people with physical, sensory and multiple disabilities and/or with acquired brain-damage including
    "cripples"
    "physical weaklings"
    "spastics"
    "deaf and dumb"
    blind
    Services for people with physical, sensory and multiple disabilities and/or with acquired brain-damage such as
    accommodation
    respite care
    mechanical aids and equipment
    training
    advocacy
    therapy
    home modifications

  • Do not use this Function for
    Education programmes in state schools for the deaf (including speech therapy) and specialist schools (e.g. Victorian School for Deaf Children).

 
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Background

In June 1981 the Disabled Persons Information Bureau replaced the Handicapped Persons Information Bureau. The new name reflected contemporary attitudes toward disabled people. The Bureau was responsible for disseminating information to supporters of disabled people, advocacy for disabled people, assistance with policy formation and liaison with government departments. (Health Commission of Victoria, Annual Report, 1980/81).

Responsibility for services to people with physical and sensory disabilities was transferred to the Department of Community Services on 1 October 1985. The rationale behind this transfer was the belief that people with disabilities are not ill but require extra community support. The functions transferred included program development, administration of funding to non-government organisations, provision of an information service and policy advice. The Department of Community Services also staffed the Victorian Consultative Council on Rehabilitation, which had been established in 1981. The Council provided advice to the Minister on disability and rehabilitation issues. (Community Services Victoria, Annual Report, 1985/86).


 
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1937 - 1999 Pleasant Creek (Pleasant Creek Colony 1937-1969; Pleasant Creek Training Centre 1969-1999) VA 5118
- 1985 Department of Health II (commonly known as the Health Department Victoria) VA 2695
1985 - 1992 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1986 - cont Office of the Public Adovcate VA 2804
1986 - cont Office of the Public Advocate [AGENCY REGISTRATION CANCELLED - SEE VA 4710] VA 4279
1992 - 1996 Department of Health and Community Services VA 3092
1996 - 2014 Department of Human Services VA 3970
2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
By 1987 - cont Office of the Public Advocate VA 4710
 
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- 1985 Health VRG 39
1985 - cont Community Services VRG 80