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Travellers with disability often face discrimination. What should change and how to complain

Australia’s former disability discrimination commissioner, Graeme Innes, has settled his dispute with Adelaide Airport. His complaint to the Human Rights Commission was lodged after being denied access to a body scanner with his assistance dog in May 2022. Unfortunately, Innes’ experience will resonate widely with Australia’s 4.4 million people with disability.

NDIS swells government spending for community services

Spending on Australia’s community services has grown 45.9% over the past four years, with data showing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and other disability supports cost $37.4 billion last financial year. According to a Report on Government Services (ROGs), the cost of Australia’s community services absorbed 18.9% of total expenditure in the 2021-22 financial … Continued

Creating a future in music for children with disabilities

A University of Melbourne research program run in conjunction with Melbourne Youth Orchestras, the Adaptive Music Bridging Program, has proudly seen its first cohort of students take to the stage for their debut performance.

Brain injury community: seeking action on Royal Commission findings

I was an anaesthetist and intensive care specialist, commissioning Western Australia’s first non‐tertiary intensive care unit and becoming the State Medical Director of DonateLife WA. On 16 September 2018, I broke my neck, lumbar spine, jaw, multiple ribs and both hands in a cycling accident during a charity race in Melbourne. Worst of all was … Continued