Rights Denied Forum

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Riverside Hotel SouthBank

20 Montague Road

South Brisbane, QLD 4101

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Examining the limitations to consensual sexual expression for persons with an impairment of the mind.

In Queensland, it is illegal to procure a sex worker for another person - even if you are a family member, friend or carer of someone with a disability. Penalties can include up to seven years imprisonment.

This forum will look at the need for balanced legislation for Queensland and the positive and negative factors which need to be examined to move forward with improving access to sex workers for people with an impairment of the mind.

If you have special dietary requirements, it is essential to let us know when you book for catering requirements.

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TimeTopic/sPresenter/s

9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 – 9:45 Welcome – Setting the scene and housekeepingMiriam Taylor – QCIDD

9:45 -10:15 Including question time

Presentation 1: Human rights perspective

– Understanding our obligations

– Recognising the issues for Qld

Michelle O’Flynn – QAI9:45 – 10:30Conversation 1: What are the most important considerations in balancing the right to choose against protecting the most vulnerable?Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system

10:30 – 11:15 Presentation 2: Individual and family perspectives

– Over-riding the perception of PWD as the eternal child

– Remembering the person within and the right to choose

People invited by core team

Helen Mills – parent

4 people speaking on video – QLS

11:15 – 11:30 – Morning Tea

11:30 – 12:30 Including question time

Panel discussion 1: Informed consent – the need for information and education

– Promote understanding of limited ‘natural’ relationship and sexuality experiences for PWD in as teenagers and young people

– Discuss what may be needed to bridge the gap and bring PWD ‘up to speed’

– Capacity based approaches to sexuality and consent, (as opposed to purely protective based approaches)

Family Planning Qld – Anthony Walsh

Respect – Annie

Consentability – Natasha Alexander

12:30 – 13:00 Conversation 2: What is needed to break down the taboo?

– What might be needed to help understanding?

Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system13:00-13:30 – Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Panel discussion 2: Opportunities and challenges under the NDIS

– When choice and control is limited by law

– The risk that the NDIS is not nationally consistent

Simon Wardale – Endeavour Foundation

John Hart – QLS

Maurice Blackburn rep

14:30 – 15:15 Conversation 3: The Key Three – articulate the three most pressing factors (positive or negative) that need to be considered in developing options and progressing changeParticipants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system

15:15 – 15:45

Including question time

Presentation 3: Operationalising the Criminal Code – the challenges currently and possible future options

– Summary of Qld provisions

– Overview of provisions in other jurisdictions

Benedict Coyne – Australian Lawyers for Human Rights

15:45 – 16:15 Conversation 4: What would an appropriately balanced legislative model for Qld look like?

– What situations should invoke additional penalties? Think power issues (staff/client, rape)

– What are the initial concerns?

Participants – perspective from person, family, service provider, system16:15 – 16:30Bringing it all together – discussion from the floor – thanks and acknowledgementMichelle O’Flynn – QAI.

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Riverside Hotel SouthBank

20 Montague Road

South Brisbane, QLD 4101

Australia

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