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Tensions between institutional closure and deinstitutionalisation: what can be learned from Victoria’s institutional redevelopment?

Bigby, Christine, Fyffe, Chris,

Academic Literature

2006

Deinstitutionalisation must extend beyond the closure of institutions to individualised support to people with intellectual disabilities and societal change.

This article draws on findings from two Australian studies of institutional closures to explore tensions in the closure process that occur in the policy context of applying managerialist principles to the delivery of services, and examines how these processes hindered or furthered the aims of deinstitutionalisation. It suggests closure can divert attention from planning for individualised support, the needs of staff may conflict with those of residents, transition plans may be disrupted by organisational imperatives and that little attention may be paid to broader community development strategies or micro‐level planning of the nature of staff support. The article reiterates the danger of equating institutional closure with deinstitutionalisation and the need to focus beyond the imperatives of closure.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Disability & Society

Location : International

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Health and wellbeing

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