Our Statement on the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability

In 2019 the Royal Commission into Violence, Neglect and Exploitation of People with a Disability was announced.

Westhaven support the announcement of the Royal Commission and welcome the improvements to the lives and service delivery for people with disabilities that the Royal Commission will bring. We welcome individuals that wish to make submissions to the Commission and will offer support where needed for any of our participants to engage with the Royal Commission. As a result of the Royal Commission, advocacy services have been extended and counselling support are also being made available.  Westhaven have also linked to an external counselling service to provide these supports in addition to that of the Royal Commission.

Westhaven are also preparing to respond to the Royal Commission, we want to showcase the changes and improvements we have made over time, to improve the quality and the safety of our services.  We are working through an action plan to continue this improvement including staff training and awareness, improved quality assurance with a Quality and Safeguarding Framework, improved incident reporting and follow up and response to complaints all continue to be our focus. 

We have allocated two contacts within Westhaven if you wish to discuss the Royal Commission, 

Anthony Meinecke who is the executive sponsor of the action plan and our preparedness and Timothy Sykes our Director of Client Engagement and Human Resources. 

For further information:

Westhaven would like to support all participants and families wishing to engage with the Commission, if you need support, access to counselling or would like general information about the Royal Commission, please contact us by email, phone or via our compliments, complaints and feedback form on our website.