Our Policy Work
ABI Ireland policy work aims to influence social and health policies that impact on people living with an ABI and their families. Through this work we highlights that issues that people face, the gaps there are in policy and propose solutions for policy makers that are evidenced based. We engage in a range of activities including making submissions to government and other relevant bodies, engage in policy advocacy and make sure that ABI Ireland is represented on a variety of local, regional and national fora.
ABI falls into the broad category of disability and therefore the development of disability policy in Ireland has a direct relevance to the social policy context within which we are operating. At the disabillity policy level the key policy documents include the National Disability Strategy 2005, Disabililty Act 2005, Value for Money and Policy Review 2012 (and its Implementation Framework, 2013). Specifically in terms of neuro-rehabilitation there is the National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015.
The emphasis and essence of the disability policy and related legislation is the move towards assessments as a right (but not yet established in practice), a shift away from congragated settings towards lindividualised, person-centred supports with some tacit commitments to developing personlised budgeting. The Neuro-Rehabilitation Strategy 2011 sets out a policy framework in terms of developing neuro-rehabilitation services in Ireland but is limited on implemetation/actions in that it only goes so far as to talk about policy principles, a structure and a methodology for implementation. A working group has now been established to develop an implementation framework.
The HSE Service Plan published yearly is the realisation of these policy initiatives in practice. This annual servcie plan gives not only the deliverables that are expected but also the funding allocation.
At the broader levels other policy issues have a greater or lesses impact and are relevant including the primary care strategy, Healthy Ireland, Fair Deal (Nursing Home Subvention Scheme) and a Vision for Change.
- Submission to the HSE Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 Guidelines for Health and Social Care Professionals April 2017
- Submission to Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Healthcare August 2016
- Pre-budget Submission 2017 to Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, July 2016
- Submission to NAI on the Proposed National Implementation Framework for the Neuro Rehabilitation Strategy April 2016
- Submission to the Sponsoring Departments, Public Consultation on Commissioning Human, Social and Community Services, February 2016
- SAGE Submission on the Forum on Long Term Care, February 2016
- Submission to Dept. of Justice on Disability Inclusion Strategy Priorities December 2015
- Summary Submission on developing a Policy on a Trauma Network, Department of Health, October 2015
- Submission to the Rehab Medicine Programme Model of Care
- Pre-budget Submission 2015
- Consultation on the White Paper on Universal Health Insurance, Department of Health, May 2014
- Ireland’s new National Framework for Suicide Prevention, HSE, June 2014
- Policy Framework for Medical Card Eligibility, HSE, June 2014 in partnership with Headway
- Submission to the National Council for Special Education Working Group Report: A Proposed New Model for Allocating Teaching Resources for Students with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Education.
- Submission on Discussion Paper on Sexual Offences against Vulnerable Persons, Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993, Department of Justice, September 2014
- Submission to HIQA on Draft National Standards for Residential Care Settings for Older People in Ireland, September 2014.
- Implications of Concussion in Sport, Joint Committee on Health and Children, October 2014.
- The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015, Policy Briefing Paper, No. 3 April 2016
- National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011 – 2015 Policy Briefing Paper No. 2 May 2015
- The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 Policy Briefing Paper No.1 April 2015