New Needs Analysis Gives Hope to Carers; a[euro][approximately]We Can Assemble Statistics to Lever Government to Improve the Future for People like Leigh'

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A NEW university research project examining the needs of disabled people in Warwick is offering hope to local carers.

Warwick and District Disability Support Group (WDDSG) president Peter Stacy announced this week his group had received vital government funding for a disability needs analysis survey.

aOur group has been lobbying for funding for this research project for three years and finally we have got lucky,a he said.

More than $29,800 has been offered to the WDDSG from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for the survey.

Mr Stacy said this would be the first time a comprehensive disability needs analysis survey had been undertaken around the Warwick region.

aWe really need this information so we can lobby government to improve or develop specific services here,a he said.

aIt will give us a comprehensive understanding of what disabled people of different ages and stages need in terms of local support and infrastructure.

aIn the past we have written reports and talked to people but what has been missing a until now a is hard data.a

He said the survey would be undertaken by the University of Queensland.

aThere will be questionnaires people can fill in without giving their names or addresses,a Mr Stacy said.

aUniversity researchers will then do follow up interviews with anyone wishing to discuss their needs or particular situation in more detail.a

UQ postdoctoral research fellow Jenny Moffatt said the survey had the potential to become a powerful tool for organisations like WDDSG to lobby government. …


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