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Support equal access to acute care and human rights for Australians with disability during COVID-19

SIGN THIS petition to add your support the Statement of Concern on COVID-19: Human rights, disability, and ethical decision-making, signed by prominent and internationally recognised Human Rights advocates including Graeme Innes AM, Former Disability Discrimination Commissioner; Rosemary Kayess, Vice-Chair, United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and Jackie Leach Scully, Professor of Bioethics at UNSW.

The Statement of Concern emphasises that key human rights principles and standards on the rights of people with disability must be included in the policies, protocols and guidelines that determine decision-making in the context of lifesaving medical treatment during COVID-19.

The Statement was commissioned by People with Disability Australia, Women with Disabilities Australia, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, First Peoples Disability Network, and ACTCOSS.

Eight internationally recognised Australian experts in the areas of human rights, bioethics and disability have today released a Statement of Concern to emphasise key human rights principles and standards that need to underpin ethical decision-making in the context of disability and the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project was funded by national disability peaks and by ACTCOSS. The six principles are:

1. Health care should not be denied or limited to people with disability on the basis of impairment.

2. People with disability should have access to health care, including emergency and critical health care, on the basis of equality with others and based on objective and non-discriminatory clinical criteria.

3. Health care should not be denied or limited because a person with disability requires reasonable accommodation or adjustment.

4. Health care should be provided on the basis of free and informed consent of the person with disability.

5. Health care should not be denied or limited based on quality of life judgements about the person with disability.

6. Ethical decision-making frameworks should be designed with close consultation and active involvement of people with disability and their representative organisations.

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