Sydney Hearing

Date: Commencing Monday 17 February 2020
Sydney Olympic Park in Homebush, NSW

Focus of the hearing: Provision of health care or services for people with cognitive disability

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park Hotel, commencing 17 February 2020, for a period of up to two weeks. The hearing will be the start of the Royal Commission’s examination of issues relating to the provision of health care to people with disability.

This hearing will be looking more specifically at the provision of health care or services for people with cognitive disability, including people with intellectual disability, autism and acquired brain injuries.

While this hearing is not limited to any particular State or Territory, it will examine, in particular, at the health system in New South Wales and ‘promising practices’ in the provision of health care or services to people with cognitive disability.

The issues that the hearing will explore include: 

  1. barriers faced by people with cognitive disability when accessing and receiving health care and services, including barriers to communication and health professionals’ attitudes, values and assumptions
  2. training and education of health professionals with respect to patients with cognitive disability
  3. delayed diagnoses and misdiagnoses of people with cognitive disability
  4. life expectancy of people with cognitive disability (particularly people with intellectual disability and people with autism)
  5. specific issues for First Nations people with cognitive disability with respect to health care and services.

Anyone wishing to provide information to the Royal Commission relating to the subject of the hearing or any other matter within the Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference can make a submission, as set out on our website.

The Royal Commission has also released an issues paper on health care for people with cognitive disability, which is available on our website. Individuals and organisations who wish to respond to that issues paper are encouraged to do so.

Leave to appear with respect to the hearing at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush

In some circumstances, people or organisations may have a special interest in a public hearing, including when they might be subject to evidence given by witnesses at the hearing. In such cases, the Royal Commission may allow a person(s) or organisation(s) to participate in a public hearing by granting them leave to appear.

To apply for leave to appear at the public hearing:

If you are unable or do not wish to apply in writing, or if you need assistance with your application to appear, please contact us on 1800 517 199 or +61 7 3734 1900 (between 9:00am-5:00pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Time [AEDT], Monday-Friday (excluding national public holidays).

To use the National Relay Service to contact us, phone 133 677.

Any application for leave to appear will be determined in accordance with Practice Guideline 4 – Conduct of Hearings, published by the Royal Commission.