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The NDIS must bring disruptive change without doing harm: mental health leader

Those responsible for implementing the NDIS should keep in mind the advice of a certain Roman emperor – “to make haste slowly”, says Frank Quinlan, the CEO of the Mental Health Council of Australia. *** The NDIS and Mental Health: Make change quickly – but don’t rush Frank Quinlan writes: Around 27 BC, Rome’s first [...]

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Petition launched to recognise Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders as a disability

In the article below, journalist Mardi Chapman previews the Australasian Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) conference, which began in Brisbane today. And in the second article, Scott Wilson, Director of the SA Aboriginal Drug and Alcohol Council, reflects on the progress that hasn’t been made in Australia since he attended the 2nd International FASD conference in [...]

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What it takes to improve the lives of disabled people in remote communities: a case study from Warburton

A program to bring families and health professionals together on Country has been helping disabled people in a remote community, according to a presentation at the NACCHO Summit in Adelaide yesterday. The program helps to build trust, relationships and respect, and supports participants to identify the solutions that will best help them as “the experts [...]

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Linking you into the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan – and some of the reaction

The importance of tackling racism and addressing the social determinants of health are central features of the new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023. (Download here and read the Ministerial statement here.) The plan takes a strengths-based approach focused on health, social and emotional wellbeing, and emphasises the centrality of culture in the health of [...]

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DSM-5 won’t increase mental health work claims – here’s why

Nick Glozier writes: The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) has copped the predicted criticisms since its release on the weekend. Most centre on the idea thatmore of us will be diagnosed with mental disorders, as the diagnostic thresholds are lowered. Critics have also argued these thresholds will lead to [...]

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On the new COAG Reform Council reports: “health inequality is becoming ingrained…”

Australia’s health gaps – including those between rich and poor, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and between the major cities and everywhere else – are starkly revealed in the latest reports from the COAG Reform Council: • Healthcare 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia • Disability 2011-12: Comparing performance across Australia. The health report is being formally [...]

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Why the NDIS is shifting the paradigm and the balance of power. By all reports, this was an excellent presentation

Marge Overs, a journalist who is covering the National Rural Health Conference for Croakey this week, says one of the outstanding presentations has been an explanation of the NDIS from Dougie Herd. Mr Herd is from the NDIS Launch Transition Agency, where he is Branch Manager with responsibility for research and engagement in the national office. [...]

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An uplifting start to the National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide

The impressive opening ceremony of the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide yesterday showcased the importance of creativity, community, inclusion and equal opportunities, reports Marge Overs. *** With one voice Marge Overs writes: Tutti means everyone, and in yesterday’s inspiring launch to the National Rural Health Conference, the Tutti Community Choir won over everyone [...]

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A wealth of analysis: on private health insurance premiums, disability reforms and food labelling

The Parliamentary Library has recently published analyses about the increase in private health insurance premiums, the National Disability Insurance Scheme legislation, and food labelling. Thanks to the Parliamentary Library for allowing cross-posting. Increase in PHI premiums Amanda Biggs tracks premium rises and the consumer price index (CPI) and shows that premium rises have been well [...]

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NDIS for under 65s: ageism or a battle over priorities?

Donna McDonald writes: Last week’s protest by several quadriplegic Queenslanders against age discrimination prompts us to examine how the National Disability Insurance Scheme should balance needs-based eligibility and entitlement. The Queensland protesters say they should not be excluded from state-based disability services, even if their spinal cord injury happened after 65 years of age. The protesters say [...]

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