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Letters

Letters

Monday, 1st June 2009

My town meeting on disability - Its a whinge thats got legs - disadvantaged jobseekers - finding supported accommodation for your loved one - eequal access - paid content - family-carer advocacy network
People with disabilities living in poorer suburbs: AIHW

People with disabilities living in poorer suburbs: AIHW

Monday, 1st June 2009

The majority of people with severe disabilities in Australian capital cities live in poorer suburbs with relatively few economic resources, a new report shows.
News

News

Monday, 1st June 2009

June Middleton was diagnosed with polio when she was 22, just months before she was to wed. When she asked her doctor when she could get out of her respirator, he shook his head and replied it would be a "little while" longer.
Carers - a summary of the who cares report

Carers - a summary of the who cares report

Monday, 1st June 2009

The most significant report on carers in decades Who Cares? was released by the Federal Government on 1 May. Ken Baker took aclose look.
Relating to a child, rather than a disability

Relating to a child, rather than a disability

Monday, 1st June 2009

My relationship with Fraser as a newborn was strongly influenced by his physical features: his smaller than average head, his almond shaped eyes, his thickish neck and his body's low muscle tone. I knew these differences meant something. And every time I looked at him, every time I fed and changed him, I sensed their potency as negative medical signifiers.
Resilience Fatigue

Resilience Fatigue

Monday, 1st June 2009

Estelle Shields was left breathless by a NSW academics project on resilience in families with children with disabilities...
O Lucky Man

O Lucky Man

Monday, 1st June 2009

There are legions of stories of people whose lives have been shattered by an acquired brain injury. Having well-informed medical advocates on hand at every stage can make a huge difference Kate Nash found.
Lifelines to deep wells - reaching the active minds inparalysed bodies

Lifelines to deep wells - reaching the active minds inparalysed bodies

Monday, 1st June 2009

People with brain injuries who exist halfway between coma & consciousness are often described as vegetative. But like Jean Bauby and others, their minds and hearts may be undiminished, writes Roger Rees.
The exhilarating art of Theresa Byrnes

The exhilarating art of Theresa Byrnes

Monday, 1st June 2009

Australian artist Theresa Byrnes has been shaking cages since she was a teenager in a punk band called That time of the month. Twenty-five years on, she remains a wild child but the woman on the end of the Skype hook-up is also stunning, a charmer and thinker who is comfortable with who she is.
when finding  the front door is a triumph

when finding the front door is a triumph

Monday, 1st June 2009

The patriarch of a well-known American dynasty visited a new and much celebrated building in New York some years ago. After scanning the imposing glass and black marble lobby for the lifts or reception desk, he marched into the centre and yelled up the atrium: Im in the foyer if you want my business Bruff & Co because Im never going to find you in my lifetime!
Why disability, robbi? Because there are   two types of people...

Why disability, robbi? Because there are two types of people...

Monday, 1st June 2009

I am often asked why I got involved in disability issues. I tend to answer that I grew up in a family with modest means and my parents carried a keen sense of social justice and fair play. I was raised to understand there are two types of people in this life the haves and the have-nots, and that somehow things need to be fairer. I guess thats what got me started. Thanks Mum and Dad, you probably saved me from becoming a banker.
Mentally ill in Africa get little help

Mentally ill in Africa get little help

Monday, 1st June 2009

Every day before she leaves home to fetch food and water, Esther Nyaboke forces her two daughters into a baking, windowless shed and slams the door.
Jailing people with acute mental illness

Jailing people with acute mental illness

Monday, 1st June 2009

Australians are criminalised every day in every court in this country by the inability of the health system to deliver health services, and the inability of the justice system to deliver justice to people with mental illness.
A national disability insurance scheme - deservesserious political consideration

A national disability insurance scheme - deservesserious political consideration

Monday, 1st June 2009

AUSTRALIA'S disability support system is inequitable, fractured, under-resourced and slowly collapsing under the weight of its own inadequacies, while sub-optimally consuming billionsof dollars of taxpayers' money each year.
Blackness of post-natal depression

Blackness of post-natal depression

Monday, 1st June 2009

The baby blues is common to many women in the first 10 days after giving birth but one in six new mothers develop a serious and debilitating illness postnatal depression that can have grave consequences if left untreated.
excerpts from the divine mistake

excerpts from the divine mistake

Monday, 1st June 2009

Every intelligent modern painter carries the whole culture of modern painting in his head Robert Motherwell, 1951.
Bedford Grows with Career Systems (Sponsored)

Bedford Grows with Career Systems (Sponsored)

Monday, 1st June 2009

Its certainly been an exciting couple of months for Bedford. Career Systems Bedfords employment services division was awarded a significant number of contracts as part of the Federal Governments new Job Services Australia programme and as a result, has embarked on the process of opening and staffing six new sites across South Australia.
Persistance...Persistance...Persistance

Persistance...Persistance...Persistance

Monday, 1st June 2009

Ross Adamson was just 52 when he had his first stroke; four more occurred in the following 12 years. After each stroke hes had to learn how to walk and talk again.
Australian first pilot to revolutionise deaf communication

Australian first pilot to revolutionise deaf communication

Monday, 1st June 2009

A new internet-based telecommunications service with the potential to bridge the communication gap between deaf and hearing people is being piloted for the first time in Australia. The Australian Communication Exchange (ACE) launched the two year trial of a video relay service known as Multi-Media Response (MMR) last November.
New drug gives hope to children with premature aging disease

New drug gives hope to children with premature aging disease

Monday, 1st June 2009

Five-year-old Sarah Kennedy is one of only 52 children in the world known to have progeria a disease that causes premature aging. Children with progeria typically die in their teens from heart disease.
bad medicine at work - in Australian hospitals & clinics

bad medicine at work - in Australian hospitals & clinics

Monday, 1st June 2009

Santino, a chimpanzee in a Swedish zoo, learns from the past and imagines the future. Humans do this too. Among other things, this means we know our lives will include pain, injury, disease, and disability and we know we will eventually die.
Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list

Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor hit list

Monday, 1st June 2009

An international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be "neutralised" or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced.
Breakthroughs (Sponsored by Telstra)

Breakthroughs (Sponsored by Telstra)

Monday, 1st June 2009

Australian scientists have developed a world-first technique that offers to revolutionise the treatment of people with high blood pressure, the cause of many deadly conditions.
Intuiting diagnoses

Intuiting diagnoses

Monday, 1st June 2009

The term gaga means more to Australians than the American term woowoo. The implication is clear however, that if you are gaga or woowoo you are not the whole loaf.
One-armed  TV host scares kids, parents say

One-armed TV host scares kids, parents say

Monday, 1st June 2009

When the BBC hired a pretty young actress to co-host a daily program for toddlers, it never expected viewers to complain that the young woman might give their children nightmares.