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Letters

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Counting the Homeless

Counting the Homeless

Saturday, 1st August 2009

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released a report on homelessness in July based on data collected at the 2006 census.
Bloody hell,  whod have thought it!

Bloody hell, whod have thought it!

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Psychologists have found that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain.
Can eye exercises enhance vision?

Can eye exercises enhance vision?

Saturday, 1st August 2009

For almost a century, eye exercises have been promoted as a way to strengthen vision and ease nearsightedness and astigmatism, much like exercise for the body, trims fat and improves health.
Shopping shouldnt be so hard!

Shopping shouldnt be so hard!

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Good access is as much about design as it is about the physical tools of curb ramps and tactile ground indicators, and its possible to design a house with no unsightly ramps or bathrooms that look like they were ripped from a hospital in fact, wide doors, no corridors, lever taps and step-less showers are now very fashionable.
No job for the faint hearted

No job for the faint hearted

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Mary Lou Carter knows better than most the heavy emotional toll that caring for someone with a severe disability has on their family. CarolynCollins profiles an indomitable woman working to benefit other carers and families.
Disability moving on to centre stage at last

Disability moving on to centre stage at last

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Its a lop-sided world when Australian newspapers devote several front pages to the car financing fracas dubbed Ute-gate, but few, if any, column inches are given over to the desperate, chronic shortage of disability support services across the nation.
Death, ignorance and bias

Death, ignorance and bias

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Sue Corrigan on the appalling treatment meted out to the elderly anddisabled in our hospitals
PMs wife does her part  for international disability day

PMs wife does her part for international disability day

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Prime Minister Kevin Rudds wife Thrse Rein has been appointed patron of International Day of People with Disability.
Spinal Cord Injuries statistics

Spinal Cord Injuries statistics

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Spinal cord injury (SCI) is sudden and unexpected, and it can be devastating and costly in human and social terms. Since the 1970s improvements in acute care and rehabilitation have resulted in significant reductions in early deaths, especially from respiratory and renal diseases.
Sixteen years after the DDA,  the rights battle is still being fought - Part one

Sixteen years after the DDA, the rights battle is still being fought - Part one

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Sixteen years ago the Disability Discrimination Act became law in Australia and many people with disabilities including social worker and advocate Maurice Corcoran believed the bitterest battles for basic human rights were over. Wrong.
Health and Community workers most stressed

Health and Community workers most stressed

Saturday, 1st August 2009

People who work in the health and community services sector are the most stressed in Australia, according to a report from Safe Work Australia.
Public housing: the risks and rewards

Public housing: the risks and rewards

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Allocating $6.4 billion for public housing was designed primarily to stimulate the economy. But it may also result in several thousand people with disability being properly housed for the first time in their lives. However, the initiative will only succeed writes GeoffBarber by paying close attention to the design and the needs of people with disabilities.
A dying mind: the profound losses of early onset dementia

A dying mind: the profound losses of early onset dementia

Saturday, 1st August 2009

A few weeks before her 50th birthday, a highly intelligent, vibrant woman learned she had early onset dementia. Carolyn Collins discovers what it is like to confront the loss of memory and identity, and premature death.
Beyond embarrassing: living with incontinence

Beyond embarrassing: living with incontinence

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Following surgery for a rare brain malformation some years ago, Kate discovered she had been left with a highly unwelcome side-effect that has since worsened incontinence.
Songs of love,  loss and experience

Songs of love, loss and experience

Saturday, 1st August 2009

The cleverest of a group of very intelligent boys at Adelaides prestigious St Peters Boys College, Theo Schapel had the ability to pursue a career in any field he wished maths, literature, music, or computing. But in 1989, six months into a science degree, Theo mentally unravelled, writes Denny Rosey.
How many pills are too many?

How many pills are too many?

Saturday, 1st August 2009

As a teenage medical student, I struggled to understand the nature of my future trade. The penny finally dropped in the third or fourth year of my studies: the practice of modern medicine is largely about drugs.
The R word (sponsored by Australian Council for Education and Training)

The R word (sponsored by Australian Council for Education and Training)

Saturday, 1st August 2009

The word retard is a troubling issue for many parents and siblings of a child with Down syndrome and it provokes a multitude of questions: how to react to the word and what do you do if someone uses it in conversation?
Who supports the support workers?

Who supports the support workers?

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Peter Cookson is worried that much of the good work done since the 1970s in deinstitutionalisation and helping people with disability live in the community is at risk of being undone by a shortage of paid disability support workers.
The healing power of hydrotherapy

The healing power of hydrotherapy

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Most of us are familiar with the pleasure of soaking in a nice warm bath to ease our troubles, or soothing our aching muscles. It isnt surprising therefore that therapy which includes immersion and exercising in a warm pool known as hydrotherapy - is a very successful and popular method of treatment and rehabilitation for a wide range of disabilities and ailments.
Bedford Celebrates Successes State-wide (sponsored by Bedford)

Bedford Celebrates Successes State-wide (sponsored by Bedford)

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Bedford celebrated the successes of more South Australians than ever at its Achievement Awards this year following an expansion phase which has seen the organisation grow to support more than 1,800 people with a disability across the state.
The importance  of a sound nights sleep

The importance of a sound nights sleep

Saturday, 1st August 2009

If your sleep habits are not what they could be, chances are, neither are your arteries.
Stimulating Possibilities - Alternative brain stimulation treatment for depression

Stimulating Possibilities - Alternative brain stimulation treatment for depression

Saturday, 1st August 2009

A high proportion of Australians one in five experience major depression in their lives. Other statistics on depression however, are less well known. Of the people on antidepressants, only 30 40 per cent improve totally or significantly.
Heres a few dollars sunshine but dont spend it all at once!

Heres a few dollars sunshine but dont spend it all at once!

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Australian pensioners have been doing it tough for some time: the stories told at the pension review last year revealed that for individuals and families living on fixed, low incomes for any length of time, the current rates were barely enough to meet basic needs.
New name for peak physical disability organisation

New name for peak physical disability organisation

Saturday, 1st August 2009

The name of one of Australias national peak disability organisations was changed last year to put the focus where it belongs on the people it represents.
Breakthroughs

Breakthroughs

Saturday, 1st August 2009

A single dose of the female hormone oestrogen could protect the brain after a traumatic injury, but researchers wont know for sure until they test it on humans.
Family & friends crucial to young people with mental illness

Family & friends crucial to young people with mental illness

Saturday, 1st August 2009

Young people with mental illness should not need to resort to extreme behaviour such as violence or suicide attempts before receiving the help they need.