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Letters

Letters

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Pressure, hope and social justice for carers - We need information! - Welcome, Kelly Vincent
News

News

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Family court approves sterilisation of girl, 11 - Disability access standards lauded as big win by carers
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Carers

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Carers

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Oh dear. Youd think that Australias peak carer organisation would know better than to issue patronising claptrap to the people doing the hard yards every day
The Last Word

The Last Word

Thursday, 1st April 2010

When controversial British educator Chris Woodhead revealed last year that he would prefer to take his own life rather than live to the bitter end with motor neurone disease which hes had for three years, DisabilityNow, an online UK disability magazine, took to Woodhead with a machete.
Humpty Dumpty: Where are the Queen's Horses?

Humpty Dumpty: Where are the Queen's Horses?

Thursday, 1st April 2010

On the 15th and 16th of January, 2000, the frail, aged residents at the Riverside Home, an aged care facility in Melbourne, were given kerosene baths. These baths were designed to be a cheap alternative treatment for scabies.
Limbs for Life

Limbs for Life

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Melissa Noonan is not one to shy away from a challenge but when the new amputee was shown a photo of a prosthetic leg in a Melbourne hospital she decided shed rather spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.
Australias disability services are universally dismal. Link reveals the best and the worst.

Australias disability services are universally dismal. Link reveals the best and the worst.

Thursday, 1st April 2010

If State government disability departments are to be believed, the satisfaction rates among people with disabilities and carers about the services provided to them are astonishingly high.
Linkbites

Linkbites

Thursday, 1st April 2010

How sweet it is for - Mixed bag for - This sporting life - Not so flash for - Take to the barricades
Time to stop driving, Miss Daisy

Time to stop driving, Miss Daisy

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Dementia and driving are a hazardous combination but aging and the attendant disabilities that go with it can also be problematic. Denny Rosey asked a group of experts at what stage older drivers with and without dementia need to hand over their car keys.
Bible bashing the homeless,  Abbott style

Bible bashing the homeless, Abbott style

Thursday, 1st April 2010

I was in Canberra last week and had the opportunity to ask Opposition Leader Tony Abbott whether a government under his direction would continue with the Rudd governments goal of halving homelessness by 2020. His answer was no.
New found freeedom for wheelchair users

New found freeedom for wheelchair users

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Renowned Sydney-based engineer, Lu Papi has jolted the international design world with a revolutionary new wheelchair that experts say is the most original industrystandard design for the past 70 years.
Inclusion: being with my friends

Inclusion: being with my friends

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Daniel Shields stands in front of the kitchen notice board where the pictorial program for his recreation group hangs. How many more sleeps before I go out with my group? he asks, for the third time today.
Visions of Hope

Visions of Hope

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Describing the current definition of legal blindness in Australia as very mean is a little like calling Rupert Murdoch well off but then Sebastian Cielens is a moderate man. The problem however, is not so much Australias definition of legal blindness
NDIS: Good Life in the Balance

NDIS: Good Life in the Balance

Thursday, 1st April 2010

I am grateful for this opportunity to respond to Ms OReillys piece in the December issue of Link Magazine, about my critique of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
A Scottish Haunting

A Scottish Haunting

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Joel Magareys journey through love, life and mental illness took him across the globe several times. On the remote Scottish island of Hoy, as a nineteen-year-old backpacker, he fell into his first, dramatic episode of obsessive compulsive disorder.
First, do no harm

First, do no harm

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Doctors deal in drugs. Dangerous ones. Not surprisingly, we sometimes stuff up. As the Romans depressingly suggested, Qui medice vivit misere vivit, that is Who lives medically, lives miserably.
$100m for beds but 5 states fail to deliver

$100m for beds but 5 states fail to deliver

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Two years after the federal government granted $100m to state and territory governments to relieve the accommodation crisis for people with severely disabilities, investigations have found that just 40 of a targeted 300 new residential care beds have been created.
How many showers do you have a week  Jennifer Rankine?

How many showers do you have a week Jennifer Rankine?

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Glenda Lee is the vocal feisty chair of National Peak Body, Physical Disability Australia, which gives her access to the single largest disability group in Australia. Glenda has clout. And shes not happy.
Life With a Pouch on the Side

Life With a Pouch on the Side

Thursday, 1st April 2010

Ive got a little plastic secret. I dont have a colon, and for more than 25 years Ive worn a pouch on my lower right abdomen to collect waste. I think about the pouch only when I change it or if theres a problem with it.
Education Initiative sees South Aussies with a Disability Graduate

Education Initiative sees South Aussies with a Disability Graduate

Thursday, 1st April 2010

An education initiative to help South Australians with a disability achieve longterm sustainable employment culminated with the graduation of 128 people at Bedford on 16 February.
The more things change...

The more things change...

Thursday, 1st April 2010

The Four Corners program, Breaking Point, which aired on 15 February this year, brought back a lot of bad memories for me and a storm of anger and outrage.