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Five years on, NDIS is getting young people out of aged...

The number of young people living in aged care has remained just above 6,000 for the past 10 years. A 5% reduction in admissions in the past five years is barely scratching the surface of the total numbers still living in aged care.

When possessions are poor substitutes for people: hoarding disorder and loneliness

Hoarding disorder leads to a quality of life as poor as that of people with schizophrenia. Clutter increases the risks of injury, medical conditions, and death.

The roadmap to defeat MS in Australia

The Roadmap proposes $30 million over ten years from the Medical Research Future Fund and $5 million from the Commonwealth Primary Health Network.

Government continues to fail the blindness and low vision community

The release of the Audio Description Working Group report this week by the Department of Communications and the Arts illustrates the Australian Government’s clear inability to provide services for the blindness and low vision community.

Making disability support work across real lives

The big issue as a parent is the low expectations that people have of children with disabilities and it’s a real lost opportunity. That focus on what you can’t do rather than on what you can do is a real downer.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing

Continued connection to culture, country and community is important for mental health and social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Homelessness: Australia’s shameful story of policy complacency and failure continues

Recently published 2016 Census statistics showed a 14% increase in overall homelessness in Australia since 2011.

There is extra funding for aged care in the budget, but...

The 14,000 home care places are additional to those built into prior budgets. And there is extra money ($1.6 billion over four years) allocated to fund them in this year’s budget. But it still won’t be enough to meet demand.

Informed consent: women need to know about the link between the...

The pill and other hormone contraceptives are not without side effects. We usually focus on the physical health effects of the pill, yet the most common reason women stop or change the pill is mental health side effects.

Why consumers need better protection from dodgy health care: the case...

The most distressing aspect of this story is the lack of any significant protection of consumers from these so-called health practices, not supported by any credible evidence and administered by practitioners with no medical qualifications.