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Movement on Shifting Sands: Deinstitutionalisation and People with Intellectual Disability in Australia, 1974–2014

Wiesel, I., Bigby, C.,

Academic Literature

2014

This article reviews four decades of deinstitutionalisation policies in three Australian states, New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. It seeks to understand the factors influencing the slow and haphazard progression of the movement and its more contested outcomes such as the redevelopment of some institutions and their replacement with other congregate or cluster housing models that are at odds with the original visions of community care and normalisation. The article highlights the consistent and effective opposition to deinstitutionalisation from some families of institution residents, and the shifting policy frameworks and ideologies—from ‘normalisation’ to ‘choice’—in which it progressed. In particular, the article highlights the intersections between deinstitutionalisation and urban policy. The article is based on a review of existing scholarly literature, policy documents, inquiry reports and media sources.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Urban Policy and Research

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment

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