This was the year of the health review, the NDIS, and Zika virus.
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Health spent a lot of time in the spotlight in 2016. Medicare was a major issue in Australia’s federal election and numerous government reviews into health were announced and reported.
As the tackle that injured rugby league player Alex McKinnon shows, spinal cord injury can take place in a split-second.
Alex McKinnon’s case marks the first time a player has directly sued rugby league’s national governing body over an on-field injury in Australia.
Under the NDIS there are risks for the carers people with a disability employ.
The roll out of the NDIS means disability service providers and the people they employ are exposed to more market forces and this could result in protection for workers.
Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady were both instrumental in the creation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Rhonda Galbally and Bruce Bonyhady about their role in setting up the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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.