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Opinion piece for ABC online - Preventable deaths of people with intellectual disability

On 9 February, the Acting Ombudsman, Professor John McMillan, and the Community and Disability Services Commissioner/ Deputy Ombudsman, Steve Kinmond, wrote an opinion piece for ABC Online, calling for concerted action in NSW and nationally to address the preventable deaths of people with intellectual disability.

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Training

Our training calendar for March - June 2017 is now available and includes our new workshop on Initial and early response to abuse or neglect in disability services.

We will also deliver our frontline complaint handling and managing unreasonable complaint conduct workshops in Orange in May. Visit our training pages to register and for more information

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MoU with Energy and Water Ombudsman

The Acting Ombudsman and the Energy and Water Ombudsman have signed a new memorandum of understanding setting out the arrangements between our two agencies for sharing information and referring complaints. The MoU is available on our website.

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We produce a range of publications including general information for the public, guidelines for agencies and organisations we oversight, discussion papers seeking information from the public, final reports at the conclusion of legislative reviews, annual reports outlining the work we have done during the financial year and special reports to Parliament about public interest issues. Some of our publications are also available in community languages.

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Featured publication

This is the second comprehensive investigation that my office has undertaken into the use of Taser weapons by the New South Wales Police Force (NSWPF). The first investigation was done at a time when Tasers were only used by police officers within specialist units of the NSWPF. Since that report in 2008, Taser weapons have been rolled out for use by all accredited general duties police officers in NSW.

View Taser footage of selected case studies.

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