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Update on pressure injuries from Sydney conference

Incidence of pressure associated injuries in hospital settings and care facilities are around one to two out 10.  Speaking to F2L in Sydney at a conference on pressure injuries hosted by Permobil Australia, Amit Gefen professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, said treatment options can depend on many things, for example equipment that is prescribed and the […]

A ‘right royal’ productive garden project

  An Australian-first initiative shows the value of recreational activities outdoors. The ‘Productive Garden’ project offers innovative pathways for participation through rehabilitation and therapy for people with disability. It was developed by Royal Rehab’s nursing research & development leader, associate professor Julie Pryor who said: “We have been delighted by the response to the project over the […]

ATSA appoints new executive officer

David Sinclair is the new executive officer at Assistive Technologies Suppliers Australia.  Sinclair (pictured), comes with a background in Veteran Affairs and technology companies.  He was most recently responsible for managing the development of BrightSky, the commercial arm of ParaQuad NSW.  Prior to this he held executive roles with Navman and Canon and is an associate […]

Have your say on new carer support service

The Coalition is calling for submissions on a draft Service Delivery Model to support the work of unpaid carers.  The proposed Model sets out a new integrated carer support system, outlines the type of services and how they will be delivered in the future. Assistant Minister for Disability Services, Jane Prentice said the focus of […]

Opportunity knocks for choir members

Charity for adults with disability, mental health and substance rehabilitation gets a positive outcome. The School of Hard Knocks was set up in Queensland in 2014 and provides a range of art-based activities such as choral singing, musical theatre and creative writing. A team from the University of Queensland conducted a 12-month evaluation of the […]

New data on disability discrimination

 Almost one in 12 Australians experienced discrimination or unfair treatment because of their disability. These were the findings to emerge from the first release of data from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC). For the first time the SDAC introduced a new disability module designed to estimate the prevalence of discrimination for […]