EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Sydney, 25–27 September 2017 The Australian Social Policy Conference (ASPC) is the pre-eminent multidisciplinary conference concerned with issues of social policy in Australia and beyond. It attracts over 350 participants from academia, government and the community social welfare sector internationally. The ASPC will address the most pressing challenges facing Australian policy makers, practitioners and researchers at … [Read More] EVENT: Australian Social Policy Conference – UNSW

Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

ABSTRACT The primary aim of this study was to examine associations between executive functioning (EF) and child weight status (categorized from body mass index [BMI] percentiles) in a sample of preschool children. Participants included 80 preschool children (mean age?=?4.17 years, female?=?52%). Hierarchical regression analyses as well as analysis of covariance were used to test hypotheses. … [Read More] Self-regulation as a correlate of weight status in preschool children – Early Child Development and Care

Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

ABSTRACT Background: Growing up in poverty undermines healthy development, producing disparities in the cognitive and social-emotional skills that support early learning and mental health. Preschool and home-visiting interventions for low-income children have the potential to build early cognitive and social-emotional skills, reducing the disparities in school readiness that perpetuate the cycle of poverty. However, longitudinal … [Read More] Enriching Preschool Classrooms and Home Visits with Evidence-based Programming: Sustained benefits for low-income children – Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Putting a dollar figure on unpaid childcare – valued at more than $345bn in Australia – encourages governments and employers to factor it into their planning. Extract from an article by Fiona Smith We’re all resigned to traffic gridlock on the way to work during the week, but when we are stopped, bumper to bumper, … [Read More] Unpaid Childcare is Australia’s Largest Industry – It needs to be acknowledged – The Guardian

Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT Pierre Bourdieu is known for his research in the areas of education and cultural stratification that led to a number of theoretical contributions informing the social sciences. Bourdieu’s interrelated concepts of field, capital, and habitus have become central in many approaches to inequality and stratification across the social sciences. In addition, we argue that … [Read More] Pierre Bourdieu: Theorizing the digital – Information, Communication & Society

Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

ABSTRACT Callous unemotional (CU) behaviors are linked to aggression, behavior problems, and difficulties in peer relationships in children and adolescents. However, few studies have examined whether early childhood CU behaviors predict aggression or peer-rejection during late-childhood or potential moderation of this relationship by executive function. The current study examined whether the interaction of CU behaviors … [Read More] Interactions between Callous Unemotional Behaviors and Executive Function in Early Childhood Predict later Aggression and Lower Peer-liking in Late-childhood – Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

The Case for Investing in Last Resort Housing – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI)

SGS undertakes CBA of providing last resort accommodation, in collaboration with MSSI Extract A cost benefit analysis prepared in collaboration with Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne has found that it is cheaper to provide last resort housing to homeless people than to leave them sleeping rough. The analysis found governments and … [Read More] The Case for Investing in Last Resort Housing – Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI)

Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe, ABC Health & Wellbeing – Refers to the work of Dr Dina Bowman & her team at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial dire straits. “Within a month, I went from owning my … [Read More] Financial Stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – ABC

SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

Extract from an article by Luke Bo’sher After much deliberation by governments, the NDIS Specialist Disability Accommodation Rule has been made public. It is fitting that despite long wait, the NDIS’ rule on SDA should be released this week. This week marks almost 3 years to the day that Bruce Bonyhady spoke to a packed audience in … [Read More] SDA Rule Released: The final source of truth — Disability Services Consulting

Consequences of Childhood Reading Difficulties and Behaviour Problems for Educational Achievement and Employment in Early Adulthood – British Journal of Educational Psychology.

ABSTRACT Background: Reading difficulties (RDs) and behaviour problems (BPs) are two common childhood problems that have a high degree of stability and often negatively affect well-being in both the short and longer terms. Aims: The study aimed to shed light on the unique and joint consequences of these two childhood problems for educational and occupational outcomes in … [Read More] Consequences of Childhood Reading Difficulties and Behaviour Problems for Educational Achievement and Employment in Early Adulthood – British Journal of Educational Psychology.

NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Brotherhood Library staff will monitor press and update this post throughout the week Friday 24 March 2017 The Advocate – More people with disabilities needs in Tasmanian public service sector: Labor IN Daily Adelaide – “Thinkers” return with social enterprise focus Thursday 23 Mar 2017 Hawkesbury Gazette – NDIS information session Newcastle Herald – Privatised HomeCare and NDIS funding … [Read More] NDIS in the News – Week beginnning 20th March 2017

Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

ABSTRACT Parent involvement in the process of creating an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is authorized under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a federal law in the United States that ensures children with disabilities have the opportunity to receive a free appropriate public education alongside their peers without disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Yet much … [Read More] Rethinking the Individualized Education Plan process: voices from the other side of the table (US) – Disability & Society

Resources for consumers with disability – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

When you pay for a product or service yourself, as an NDIS participant, or through your state or territory’s disability support system – you have consumer rights. These resources from Australia’s consumer protection agencies are designed to help you understand and use your rights. Your consumer rights Resources for consumers with disability Where to go … [Read More] Resources for consumers with disability – Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

INTRODUCTION Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has been described as the biggest social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970s. The NDIS … [Read More] The National Disability Insurance Scheme – NSW Parliamentary Research Service

Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Jozica Kutin, Mike Reid and Roslyn Russell Only recently have government and family violence services had access to data specifically on economic abuse. We analysed ABS data that identifies, for the first time, the extent of economic abuse in Australia. We established that disability, health status and financial stress were significantly associated with … [Read More] Revealed: the hidden problem of economic abuse in Australia – The Conversation

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