Summer Foundation Newsletter 1: March 2017

Extract We are continuing our work to ensure young people in nursing homes get access to the services and support that they desperately need through the NDIS. We work at both a grassroots level and a policy level to influence change. Our NDIS Connections Practice Guide and digital stories based on two years of practice … [Read More] Summer Foundation Newsletter 1: March 2017

Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Rowe and Kahn’s model of Successful Aging 2.0 argues that changing environmental settings, societal policies, and individual life styles will lead to a significant extension of healthy life years. Recent epidemiological research, however, confirms the dilemma that the ongoing extension of life expectancy prolongs not only the years in good health but also those … [Read More] Toward a More Comprehensive Concept of Successful Aging: Disability and Care Needs – Journals of Gerontology

Access to Therapy Services for People with Disability in Rural Australia: A carers’ perspective – Health & Social Care in the Community

ABSTRACT In Australia and around the world, people with disability and their carers living in rural areas face additional challenges compared to their urban-dwelling counterparts. This cross-sectional study explored current access to therapy services for people with disability living in western New South Wales as reported by their primary carers. Data were collected using an … [Read More] Access to Therapy Services for People with Disability in Rural Australia: A carers’ perspective – Health & Social Care in the Community

Media release: Brotherhood Joins Drive to get More Victorians Working – Victorian Department of Industry and Employment

MEDIA RELEASE from the Minister for Industry and Employment Wade Noonan, Minister for Industry and Employment & Minister for Resources Thursday, 20 October, 2016 The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) will join the drive to help more than 4,000 disadvantaged Victorians find long term jobs under the Andrews Labor Government’s new $53 million Jobs Victoria … [Read More] Media release: Brotherhood Joins Drive to get More Victorians Working – Victorian Department of Industry and Employment

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 – ABS

Extract The 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) is the most recent in a series of comprehensive national surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, following similar surveys in 1981, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2012. The survey was designed to: measure the prevalence of disability in Australia measure the need … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 – ABS

Telling Your Story: An evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative – Southern Cross University

National Disability Services (NDS) commissioned Southern Cross University to conduct a qualitative action-learning evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative (CII). The CII involved the selection of 11 disability day service organisations across Australia. Each were working with up to 5 participants with disability and their families to co-design new supports which increase their sense of … [Read More] Telling Your Story: An evaluation of the Community Inclusion Initiative – Southern Cross University

New issue: New Friends: Social Robots in Therapy and Education – International Journal of Social Robotics

Extract This special issue reflects this multidisciplinary field of social robots in therapy and education with a broad collection of contributions, concerning technical, therapeutic, educational and ethical issues. The application of social robots in therapy and education is an emerging field. This development is fueled by the fact that these ‘new friends’ become more sophisticated, … [Read More] New issue: New Friends: Social Robots in Therapy and Education – International Journal of Social Robotics

Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Question paper 1 – NSW Law Reform Commission

The Attorney General has asked the NSW Law Reform Commission to review and report on the desirability of making changes to the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW). As currently drafted, the Act allows a formal decision-maker to be appointed to make personal, financial and medical decisions for someone who is incapable of making those decisions because … [Read More] Review of the Guardianship Act 1987: Question paper 1 – NSW Law Reform Commission

Fostering the Foundations of Self-determination in Early Childhood: A process for enhancing child outcomes across home and school – Early Childhood Education Journal

ABSTRACT Early childhood practitioners can play a vital role in the development of early self-determination in partnership with families. Self-determination has been generally considered to be about personal agency or control that can also relate to the quality of one’s life. Young children with disabilities start to develop a range of critical skills such as … [Read More] Fostering the Foundations of Self-determination in Early Childhood: A process for enhancing child outcomes across home and school – Early Childhood Education Journal

Lets get the right plan for Victorians with disability – Victorian Council of Social Service

Extract from an article by Carly Nowell, VCOSS Policy Advisor Here are a few things people living with disability desperately need: better infrastructure and reduced barriers to education, commerce, housing and mainstream government services. And here are a few things they certainly don’t need: lofty goals, aspirational targets and promises not backed up by action. Words, words … [Read More] Lets get the right plan for Victorians with disability – Victorian Council of Social Service

Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability – AHRC

The right to work is a fundamental human right, but one that far too many older people and people with disability in Australia do not enjoy. As Australia’s Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner I was pleased to receive the Terms of Reference from the Attorney-General to undertake the Willing to Work National Inquiry into Employment … [Read More] Willing to Work: National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination Against Older Australians and Australians with Disability – AHRC

Housing for People with Disability – VCOSS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract VCOSS welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback to both the National Disability Insurance Agency and the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme on the housing needs of people with disability. In preparing this submission, a consultation forum was convened with VCOSS members and funded disability advocacy organisations to … [Read More] Housing for People with Disability – VCOSS

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015 – ABS

Extract This publication is the first release of data from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). It presents key information about disability prevalence in Australia as well as data about older Australians (those aged 65 years and over). Data is also included about people with disability who reported that they had experienced … [Read More] Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: First Results, 2015 – ABS

DSO Peer Support: A space to understand and engage with the NDIS through the provision of information and resources – The Physical Disability Council of NSW

PDCN has been funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to establish peer support groups for people with disability facilitated by people with disability. PDCN has employed three Community Connectors in regional areas who will be responsible for establishing and facilitating up to four peer support groups each.  The purpose of peer support groups … [Read More] DSO Peer Support: A space to understand and engage with the NDIS through the provision of information and resources – The Physical Disability Council of NSW

Tale of two very different systems – The Senior

Extract South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon has thrown his support behind the push for fairer treatment of people with disabilities under the aged care system. Senator Xenophon cited the case of SA woman Valerie Mudie as an example of the problems with the age cut-off. Ms Mudie, 70, has been blind since her early 30s … [Read More] Tale of two very different systems – The Senior

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