Research How can services become safer for people with disabilities?

Diverse Leadership members are taking part in a focus group run by Marg Pickup a project officer from Curtin University on Safer Services for people with disabilities on Thursday 3rd March 2016 at 2 pm at Ethnic Disability Advocacy Centre (EDAC) 320 Rokeby Road, Subiaco. Participants are welcome.

Safer Services:
What is this study about? With funding from Lotterywest, National Disability Services Western Australia (NDS WA) and Curtin University are working together to better understand how services can help to keep people with disabilities safe.

Who can participate in this study? People using disability services, people working in disability organisations or other people involved, for example: parents, carers and advocates. If you are not a paid employee of a disability service organisation or allied agency, you will be offered a $30 gift voucher or movie pass in appreciation for your participation.

What will you be asked to do? In an interview or group discussion a Curtin researcher will ask you about how safe you think disability services are and how services could be better at keeping people with disabilities safe. The discussion may take 1 hour or as long as you want to talk. The discussion will be recorded. Participation is voluntary and you may stop participating at any time without reason or consequence. You are welcome to have a support person with you during the interview, if you wish.

How will this study be useful? Your information will help us to develop resources for services that make them better at keeping people with disabilities safe.

How will your information be protected? All information will be kept in locked cabinets at Curtin University. It will only be available to members of the Curtin research team. Members of the team are bound to keep research data confidential. When reports and articles are written about the study, information will be presented so that the reader cannot know from whom the information came or to which service it refers.

Are there any risks? You might become upset thinking about situations where services have not been safe. If so, you can stop the discussion at any time and then decide if you want your information to be used. If the interviewer sees that you feel upset, you will be asked if you want to stop the discussion. If you are feeling upset it can help to talk to a friend or family member or to contact your GP/local counselling services. You can also call Lifeline for counselling and crisis support on 13 11 14. The interviewer will ask you if you want him/her to call you the next day and talk about how you feel.

What do you do if you want to participate or if you want more information? You contact Marita Falkmer by phone (08 9266 3606), email ( or by returning the attached form to her. If you choose to participate, we will agree on a time and place for the interview/ discussion that that suits you.

Thank you for considering participating in this study.

This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (Approval Number HR 26/2015). The Committee is comprised of members of the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 9266 2784 or by emailing