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Major Parties Lashed for having No Mental Health Policies

The head of the government’s Mental Health Commission has lashed the major parties for failing to outline a mental health policy in the election. Professor Allan Fels says half the population will have a mental difficulty in their lifetime and the problem costs the nation $20 billion a year in lost productivity. “I want to … Continued

Dyslexia Counted as Disability under Better Schools Plan

Students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties will be identified as having a disability under the federal funding reforms, paving the way for more support for children who struggle with reading and spelling. In Victoria, students with dyslexia rarely meet disability funding criteria or qualify for extra assistance. However Education Minister Bill Shorten said the … Continued

Easing Troubled Minds

This year, 4 million Australians will experience mental ill-health. In our lifetimes, as many as half of us will encounter it. There are more people in Australia today with depression than there are suffering a common cold. And even more – one in seven Australians – will have an anxiety disorder this year. The cost … Continued

Labor to Support New Laws to Help Disabled Access Digital Content

A re-elected Labor government would support new laws that ensure more disabled people can access websites and digital content, according to the Minister Assisting for the Digital Economy, Senator Kate Lundy. There’s about four million Australians with some form of disability – but many cannot access apps, websites or digital television content that the rest … Continued

Disabled get Help to Escape Home Violence

The mother-of-two decided to seek help when she found herself on the floor with hundreds of splinters in her back, unable to walk after being beaten with a mallet and with a raging ex-partner smashing every window in the house. Laura Williams* endured a decade of physical and emotional abuse from her former partner, who … Continued

Interpreting Justice

Each year, people all across Australia receive letters advising them that they have been included on the jury roll or summoned for jury service. For some the prospect of experiencing the court process sparks excitement and curiosity – a welcomed break from routine life. For others the possible time away from family, work, study commitments … Continued

National Project on Abuse and Neglect of People with Disability Takes Shape

National Disability Services (NDS) has commenced a national project to develop a framework for service providers aimed at enabling people with disability to exercise choice and control whilst remaining safe from abuse, exploitation and neglect. A review of existing national systems, policies and procedures relating to abuse and neglect will be used to inform the … Continued

ACCAN Wants Technology Accessible For All

Te Not for Profit Communications Advocacy group, Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) has called for new legislation to ensure all Australians are included in the digital age. ACCAN CEO Teresa Corbin told the M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference in Sydney on Wednesday that too many consumers were missing out on digital opportunities due to inaccessible … Continued

Disability Ambassador to be Appointed

Australia will appoint an ambassador to advocate for people with disability in the developing world. The Minister for International Development, Melissa Parke, announced the creation of the position of Australian Ambassador for Disability-Inclusive Development on Monday. Ms Parke said the person, who would be appointed in coming weeks, would ensure people with disability were included … Continued

First Impressions of a Brand New Scheme

Closing date: July 29, 2013

Three weeks after the launch, Dr George Taleporos reviews DisabilityCare Australia’s glossy brochures and sexy website. He also speaks to one of its first participants and asks the Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, for her first impressions about the implementation of Australia’s most significant reform to disability services in our history. As a long … Continued

NDIS Levy to Kick in Before Scheme

Taxpayers will begin paying the national disability insurance scheme’s Medicare levy rise in July next year, four years before it fully launches in 2018. The half-percentage point levy increase to 2 per cent will raise more money in its first year than the commonwealth will spend on the scheme through to at least 2016. The … Continued

Blind and Vision-impaired Workers Protest in Kensington

Blind and vision-impaired workers say they fear they will be out of work if Vision Australia goes ahead with a plan to its close warehousing units. Simultaneous protests were held today outside Vision Australia Enterprises in Kensington and Coorparoo, in Brisbane. The department provides manual labour work, including packaging, labelling and assembling, for blind people … Continued

Army Aviator Now First Double Amputee Pilot with Flying Doctors

Army pilot Glenn Todhunter lay in the wreck of his crashed plane, bleeding from his legs. He looked down and saw his feet were an unrecognisable mass of blood and tissue. He saw fuel leaking from the plane and, trying to pull himself from his seat, felt a ”tearing sensation”. He believes that was his … Continued

Host of Problems at Home in Crisis

Timewell Crescent in Boronia is home to some of Victoria’s most severely intellectually disabled people. Run by the state’s biggest non-government residential care service, Yooralla, the house has been in crisis for several years. Poor management and inadequate staffing have enabled residents to violently assault each other or disappear from the premises unsupervised for hours. … Continued

Finalists Announced for National Disability Awards

Australia’s first ever fully accessible theatre performance for deaf, blind, sighted and hearing audiences, an apprenticeship employment program for people with disability and an iPad and iPhone application that personalises care needs for use by all people with disability are among the finalists in this year’s National Disability Awards. Minister for Disability Reform Jenny Macklin, … Continued