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Letters

Letters

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Autistic Voices not heard - Lack of Centrelink Assistance
Is regulation of complementary medicine marketing a joke?

Is regulation of complementary medicine marketing a joke?

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

While there are plenty of critics of pharmaceutical marketing, at least Medicines Australia (MA) administers a quick, efficient and transparent advertising complaint system with a range of sanctions that are likely to make marketing directors think twice before overstepping Code boundaries.
News

News

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Infections during pregnancy increase likelihood of cerebral palsy - Botox can cause birth defects - Entrenched discrimination against disabled people a disgrace: Shorten - Young prisoners train dogs for people with disabilities - ASIA: 22 people in India lose vision after free surgery - High blood pressure linked to Alzheimer's disease
Government road blocks on road to learning

Government road blocks on road to learning

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

After seven years at a government school Mary Lou Carters second son was sent to a non-government school. Academically, socially and behaviourally her son changed profoundly. But the funding gap between the two sectors is vast and threatens the viability of non-government schools for children with disabilities.
Australias Aparthood

Australias Aparthood

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

"I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society inwhich all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve." Who can honestly dispute the natural wisdom in these words? They were uttered 47 years ago by Nelson Mandela, responding to charges of treason and sabotage on the first day of his trial in South Africa.
Children put at risk in hospitals

Children put at risk in hospitals

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Increasingly, children as young as one are being placed in adult hospital wards. This worrying trend reverses gains made decades ago to protect the wellbeing of children in hospitals, states ProfessorDavidBennett.
Justice for all, provided

Justice for all, provided

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

A centuries old ruling takes the law beyond the realms of being an ass it is downright discriminatory, Wayne Eckert writes. In 2006 judges applied the ruling to a young Aboriginal man who could not speak, hear, sign, read or write.
Cancer: Living and Dying Well

Cancer: Living and Dying Well

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Disability is a state of mind, says Ian Gawler, who defied medical orthodoxy and thrived for years after being told in his 20s he had bone cancer and only weeks to live. Now, more than 30 years after cancer was first diagnosed in his right leg, the former decathlon athlete and veterinarian heads his own healing centre, The Gawler Foundation, in Victorias Yarra Valley.
Junk food: opiate of themasses

Junk food: opiate of themasses

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Australians are getting fatter. Obesity rates have more than doubled in the last couple of decades. This is bad news despite the misconceptions, if not big fat lies, about obesity.
A weight off her mind

A weight off her mind

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Comedian Magda Szubanski would still be carrying the equivalent of an eight-year-old child on her small frame if it werent for sleep apnoea.
Fatten them up says the Grim Reaper

Fatten them up says the Grim Reaper

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Obesity and disabilities! Thats drawing a long bow! exclaimed a friend recently while we tossed almond croissants and lattes down at a fast clip.
Facing down Motor Neurone Disease

Facing down Motor Neurone Disease

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

For every person who dies from Motor Neurone Disease each day, another is diagnosed. At any given time 1300 people in Australia are living with the disease, Felicita Benedikovics discovers.
Beyond Patching: Rebuilding Disability Services

Beyond Patching: Rebuilding Disability Services

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Its not often that you hear a senior politician admit failure. Chris Evans made the following remarkable, and commendable, statement in the last 20 years have failed people with disabilities. I think that is quite clear, be it over questions of care for young people with disabilities or be it over appropriate housing for people with disabilities.
A Private Song of Prostate Cancer

A Private Song of Prostate Cancer

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Every week, New York Times editor Dana Jennings writes about his experiences coping with an aggressive form of prostate cancer.
Bedford leading the way with new education initiative (Sponsored)

Bedford leading the way with new education initiative (Sponsored)

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Bedford has long been a leader when it comes to providing education and training for people with a disability in South Australia and now the organisation is leading the way again as part of a new joint venture with the State Government.
DVD teaches kids with autism to recognise emotions

DVD teaches kids with autism to recognise emotions

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Think Thomas the Tank Engine with human faces. That's the concept behind The Transporters, a new animated video series designed to teach children with autism how to recognise and interpret emotions.
changes welcomed... but where are the jobs?

changes welcomed... but where are the jobs?

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

If you are one of the many people with a disability who want to work but need assistance to find a job and receive on the job support, recent changes to employment services are just the ticket you need.
the dragons blessing - An Excerpt

the dragons blessing - An Excerpt

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Excerpt from The Dragons Blessing: Ian Gawler by Guy Allenby
Medical model keeps mentally ill  helpless and hopeless: psychiatrist

Medical model keeps mentally ill helpless and hopeless: psychiatrist

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

When people with mental illness are in the greatest distress they experience despair, isolation, hopelessness, and a lack of control. It is at those trying times that they need hope, social connection, and a belief that they can regain control of their life, which are the principles of the evidence-based recovery model.
inner Trees: a poem

inner Trees: a poem

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Poet and writer Theo Schapel was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 17. The brightest in a class of very clever Year 12 students at a prestigious Adelaide college, he spent much of the following four or five years in mental hospitals.
Milo, a most articulate dog

Milo, a most articulate dog

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

A naughty, adoring and adored dog was the subject of Adam Thomsons last essay for Link. Adam died, too young, in October 2008 from a severe epileptic attack.
Paws for thought

Paws for thought

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

This is a story about a dog born on Christmas Eve 2002 with three legs two healthy hind legs and one deformed front leg that needed to be amputated. He could not crawl let alone walk. Even his mother did not want him. He was rejected and scorned.
and hooves for hope

and hooves for hope

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Meet Molly, a grey speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Hurricane Katrina hit southern Louisiana. She spent weeks on her own before being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected.
Blnded by the light

Blnded by the light

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

People exposed to harsh light over several years have a very high risk of suffering irreversible eye damage. But Australian scientists have now found a way to reduce the damage infrared light.
Physical Disability Australia - (advertorial)

Physical Disability Australia - (advertorial)

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Physical Disability Australia Ltd (PDA), formerly Physical Disability Council of Australia Ltd (PDCA) has made some significant changes in the past few months, including changing our name. The reason we changed our name was to take the emphasis away from the Council itself, which is the management structure of our organisation to focus on the people we represent, those with physical disability.
Cara makes the Lipstick Index  work for fundraising

Cara makes the Lipstick Index work for fundraising

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Whenever money markets slide, economists know one commodity will go through the roof lipsticks! A South Australian charity, Cara (Community Accommodation and Respite Agency) has picked up this financial indicator, the so-called Lipstick Index, as a novel way to raise funds.
Surgery moving in  mysterious ways

Surgery moving in mysterious ways

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

When something is implanted into your body you want to know it is clean, healthy and appropriate to your needs. It also calms your nerves if you can be sure the geezer putting it there knows what he/she is doing. But in this age of skimpy clothing, barely there bathing costumes and unreal body images, some people, women especially, are more worried about being left with extensive scarring than the actual operation.
Breakthroughs

Breakthroughs

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

Stem cells 'reset' immune system in MS patients: study - Test drug boosts mobility in multiple sclerosis: study
Implanted device helps blind see again

Implanted device helps blind see again

Wednesday, 1st April 2009

In a darkened room, Dean Lloyd sits before a computer screen slowly moving his head, searching for a white box on the black screen. Then he points directly at the square. Lloyd has been blind for two decades. About 18 months ago, the 68-year-old attorney in Palo Alto, California, had an experimental electrode implanted at the back of his right eye, part of a complex electrical system designed to give him rudimentary vision.