The BCA Health Care Policy has recently been drafted by BCA’s Policy Officer and National Policy Council. It has been developed to address all aspects of providing healthcare to people who are blind or vision impaired. The policy has been developed for both healthcare providers and for people who are blind or vision impaired to use as a resource in requesting accessible health care. Additionally, the policy addresses and aims to remove barriers to the provision of healthcare to people who are blind or vision impaired. Some more information about the policy can be found in this Blind Citizens News article.

In addition to the policy, a set of resources will be made available for BCA members and healthcare providers. For example, we may create fact sheets or checklists by setting e.g., hospital, private clinic, GP practice etc. and / or by procedure e.g., home screening like bowel cancer kit, public screening like breast screen etc.

In these resources, we might have questions which can be checked off when you ask them and / or find out the answers to them. Alternatively, we might have examples of best practice for people who are blind or vision impaired by setting and / or by procedure e.g., how to guide someone, how to offer descriptions of what will be done physically prior to giving a blood test etc.

We want your help in deciding what type of resources we will have and what these resources will cover.

Have Your Say

BCA invites members to read the Draft Healthcare Policy (also available by contacting BCA and requesting a copy).

We would then like to invite members to provide answers to the following questions to assist in developing these resources.

We want to know:

  1. What are the major issues you face when accessing healthcare?
  2. What resource type would you find useful e.g., checklists, checklists with examples, list of questions or anything else?
  3. What settings do you think you would like resources for, e.g., hospital, GP practice, private clinic, dentist or any other setting you can think of?
  4. Do you think we should have resources for types of procedures like home screening kits (e.g., bowel cancer kit) or public screening (e.g. breast or prostate cancer screening)?

We will be receiving feedback from the first week of December through to Monday, 27th January 2020.

BCA members can submit feedback by email to Policy Officer, Jane Britt at jane.britt@bca.org.au from the first week of December through to the Monday, 13th January. Please note that BCA will be closed for the Christmas holidays from Friday 20th December 2019 at 4:00pm (AEDT) until Monday 6th January at 9:00am (AEDT), however you are welcome to continue sending emails with your feedback throughout this period. Please note though that no email replies will be made to emails received during the Christmas period.

Alternatively, members may provide feedback by phone. Please contact BCA on 1800 033 660 and ask for Jane Britt, Policy Officer. Please note phone feedback will be taken from the beginning of December to the time of office closure, 4:00pm (ADET) on December 20th 2019. We will then start taking calls again on Monday 6th January until Monday 27th January, 2020.