Yooralla

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Yooralla is one of Australia’s largest non-profit disability services organisations in Australia, which supports over 30,000 Victorians living with a disability.[1][2]

Yooralla employs over 1,800 staff throughout Victoria to provide community services including residential, day, case management, planning, attendant care, early childhood school, recreational, therapeutic, supported employment, training, and other services[3][4]

Yooralla was established by Evangeline Ireland in 1918 when she opened a free kindergarten for children with disability in inner-suburban Melbourne [5][6] The kindergarten was named “Yooralla” - an Aboriginal word meaning "place of love".

In November 2014, the Napthine government and the Victorian opposition both pledged to hold an inquiry into the state disability sector in response to an investigation by Four Corners and Fairfax airing allegations that Yooralla failed to act on warnings about carers who went on to sexually assault vulnerable clients.[7][8] Yooralla CEO Sanjib Roy resigned as a result of the allegations. [9] Former National Disability Commissioner Graeme Innes has called for a national inquiry as the National Disability Insurance Scheme would expand the number of group homes for Australians with disability.

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  1. ^ "Yooralla". Cerebral Palsy Australia. 
  2. ^ Jenny Macklin. "Inaugural Yooralla Chairman’s Award – Award to John Walsh AM". Australian Department of Social Services. 
  3. ^ "NDS National Board". National Disability Services. "Sanjib Roy is the CEO of Yooralla. Yooralla is the largest and oldest disability service provider in Victoria providing, residential, day, case management, planning, attendant care, early childhood school, recreational, therapeutic, supported employment, training, and other services." 
  4. ^ "Work With Us". Yooralla. 
  5. ^ Yooralla. "Yooralla". Federation Story. "The year 1918 marked the birth of Yooralla after Evangeline Ireland established a free kindergarten for children with disabilities. Evangeline opened the kindergarten following her discovery of a child with a disability who was left in a chicken coop while her parents were working" 
  6. ^ "Our history". Yooralla. 
  7. ^ Karen Michelmore (November 24, 2014). "Calls for inquiry into Victoria's disability sector amid allegations care provider Yooralla failed to act on assault warnings". Four Corners. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 
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  8. ^ Nick McKenzie (November 24, 2014). "Abusive and corrupt staff employed by Yooralla despite warnings, leaked documents and whistleblowers claim". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  9. ^ Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker (November 24, 2014). "Yooralla chief Sanjib Roy Departs as the State Coroner looks into a death in care". The Age. 

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