Music therapy is different from music entertainment.
The NDIS has laudable aims but how much funding will be available to enable participation in arts therapy?
Disability service providers face considerable challenges in the new, market-based environment.
The NDIS's aspiration of providing user choice and control represents considerable challenges to disability service providers.
The individual centred NDIS model can help service providers ensure their dealings with Indigenous Australians are culturally appropriate.
The NDIS provides an opportunity to address the shortfalls of the former institutionalised service system, some of which uniquely impact Indigenous Australians.
Homeless people are more likely to miss out on NDIS support.
Many people eligible for the NDIS are likely to miss out on its benefits. These groups include people who don't think they have a disability and those who don't know about the NDIS and how to apply.
The NDIS poses many more challenges to parents with children newly diagnosed with developmental delay.
Informal early support through intervention programs helps parents understand their child's newly diagnosed disability. But what will happen when, under the NDIS, these services no longer exist?
Choice and control reflect the first principle of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability.
Society hasn't always seen people with disabilities as having the same rights at everyone else. So how did we get to the NDIS, which offers people with disabilities with choice and control?
The NDIS brings seismic changes to disability support in Australia.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme has been heralded as the most significant reform since Medicare. So what is it again, how will it work and how can you apply to get funding?
Paul, of Mediterranean Foods on Sydney Rd, Brunswick, with a bowl of Italian marzipan fruit.
Multicultural issues may not decide the election. But the multicultural voting makeup of many marginal electorates will play a critical part in who wins these seats.
Look in Scott Morrison’s show bag and the contents are sparse for most voters.
What a paradox! This is an election-eve budget without big sweeteners to woo the voters.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says ‘this is not a time to be splashing money around’.
The Turnbull government has promised company tax cuts to stimulate investment and action to prevent middle-income earners moving into a higher tax bracket, in a budget that will launch its election campaign.
Living in supported smart technology homes is liberating for young people with disability who would otherwise be trapped in unsuitable nursing homes.
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Thousands of young people with disability who end up in nursing homes lead lives of isolation and boredom. Better and smarter housing finance and support options are at last being developed.
Before the NDIS is rolled out nationally, some major planning problems must be solved.
The greatest beneficiaries of the NDIS will be those with the highest physical and medical support needs. They shouldn't be turned away for knocking on the wrong door.
Greater choice and control leads to better outcomes and more efficient use of funding.
Would politicians have the courage to stand up to backlash if people with disability use their care money to pay for overseas holidays, sex workers, internet dating, or tickets to sporting events?
Despite the signing of agreements with NSW and Victoria to roll out the NDIS, many people with disability will still need much better supported housing options.
As the NDIS roll-out begins, Australia faces a housing shortfall affecting up to 122,000 participants. Developing smart technology and design offers more independent living for people with disability.
Most Australians have embraced the idea of having a national disability scheme.
Two years into the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, it's time to step back and address the problems we've discovered so far – rather than withdrawing from the scheme prematurely.
A board shake-up offers the Abbott government the opportunity to be visionary through implementing the NDIS’s spirit and intent.
The NDIS is a social policy reform that, at its heart, requires an understanding of the lived experience of people with disability.
The McClure Report should start a conversation, not be the end-point in welfare reform debate.
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The McClure review into Australia’s welfare system is an important milestone - but it is not the end game. The report, chaired by former Mission Australia head Patrick McClure, has undertaken an analysis…
State and territory regulators need to start gearing up to meet the growth.
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The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is revolutionising the provision of services to Australians with disabilities. The cornerstone of the scheme is its demand-side reforms: people with disabilities…
Aunty Gayle Rankine, chairperson of the First Peoples Disability Network, is the subject of a portrait from Unfinished Business, a photographic project by Belinda Mason.
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The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPWD), December 3, is important for commemorating the successes and efforts of the disability rights movement. The theme this year is Sustainable Development…
About one in ten people released from prison has an intellectual disability.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) promises to deliver better support to the one in five Australians living with a disability. But what about those inside prison or who have just left prison…