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Australia sees higher rates of disability in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population than the non-Indigenous population. From shutterstock.com

Why Aboriginal voices need to be front and centre in the disability Royal Commission

The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians must be at the forefront of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability.
You can’t test for autism with a simple blood test or scan, which can make the diagnostic process difficult and dependent on the skill and experience of the clinician. altanaka/Shutterstock

New autism guidelines aim to improve diagnostics and access to services

Current rules about who meets the eligibility criteria for autism support services are patchy and inconsistent, meaning those with the greatest need don't necessarily have the greatest access.
People with disability living in remote communities may receive money for supports, but that doesn’t mean there’s anywhere to purchase them. from shutterstock.com

Indigenous people with disability have a double disadvantage and the NDIS can’t handle that

The NDIS has good intentions, but its design doesn't seem to support the unique needs of Indigenous people living with a disability, particularly if they're living in remote communities.
We don’t yet know how NDIS participants make trade-offs. Shutterstock

Why more investment in the NDIS may not boost employment

We don't actually know how NDIS participants weigh their personal goals and then make choices about achieving them through services, supports, therapies and interventions.

We can’t just leave it to the NDIS to create cities that work to include people with disability

The NDIS is set to reshape Australian cities. But to achieve meaningful participation of people with disabilities, urban communities and services will also need to take action.
Treasurer Scott Morrison will say in a speech on Thursday that with a stronger economy, the fiscal position has improved compared with a year ago. AAP/Luis Ascui

Turnbull government abandons $8.2 billion Medicare levy increase

Treasurer Scott Morrison will argue that a stronger budget outlook means the increase in the Medicare levy is no longer required.

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