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You want to mess with the NDIS? Get ready for a fight

The #CripCroakey crowdfunding project has reached its target of $3,000, enabling award-winning writer El Gibbs to research a series of articles around disability and health. The campaign runs until 11 September – so there is still plenty of time to donate. The more funds that are raised, the more stories Gibbs will be able to […]

#cripcroakey: introducing Croakey readers to the wonderful, wild world of disability politics, policy & people

Croakey is excited to be working with El Gibbs, who is today launching a crowd-funding campaign  – #cripcroakey – to fund a series of articles on disability and health. El brings great insights and expertise and a compelling voice. She has over 15 years experience in the community and not-for-profit sector, working in policy and […]

The tyranny of being an existing service provider: a view from inside the NDIS

Many thanks to The Power to Persuade for allowing us to cross post this piece by Jeff Thompson. Jeff Thompson is community development manager at a disability service provider in the ACT. In this post he explains the implications of the NDIS for existing service providers in an environment that favours the “new” over the known. […]

Linking you into a stack of important health reading - and check out the human rights "rant"

A stack of health-related inquiries and reports have been released that may be of interest to Croakey readers. Plus, some human rights ranting to follow… • The second interim report of the Senate Select Committee inquiring into health policies raised concerns about the damage being done to primary health care by Federal funding cuts. Cuts […]

Profiling success stories and challenges at #ruralhealthconf

Jennifer Doggett reports from the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin Personal story telling, international law, political campaigning and cutting edge research combined to make a powerful case for a person-centred health system on Day 1 of the #ruralhealthconf. However, the need to see people within the context of their connections to families, communities, […]

'You've saved a life, now what?' A field report from Nepal on the critical role of rehabilitation

Wesley Pryor  writes: Seven days after the earthquake in Nepal, the official death estimate is 5,582. Media reports suggest the death toll will reach 10,000. As of today (Saturday) 2 May, there are 11,175 reported injured. We’ve traced 1,000 injured people, of which 400 will require follow up and long-term care. That number will increase […]

Hearing from communities and experts with solutions for #JustJustice

The need for effective solutions to the “public health catastrophe” of the over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was highlighted at a conference held this week in Geraldton, WA. The conference coincided with the launch of a new Croakey project, #JustJustice: a crowd-funding campaign that aims to produce a series of articles and […]

Walkley Awards: catch up on some of Australia's best journalism

Much already has been written about the coverage and focus by traditional and social media on the event, which resulted in the deaths of hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson – and I’m mindful of a Tweet that flashed by during the events warning people not to attach their agendas too conveniently to something that […]

Funding cuts to social services

The announcement of cuts to social services funding in the week before Christmas has been met with outrage by community groups. From the Public Health Association of Australia: “In a decidedly un-Christian move, the Australian Government has announced that the Housing and Homelessness Service Improvement and Sector Support grants scheme will not be continuing.  The grants scheme was […]