Lisa Osborne has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disability for over twenty years and is a registered supervisor of Provisional Psychologists with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lisa holds full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and is a committee member of the group ‘Psychologists in Developmental Disability’ (PsychDD). She’s part of…

Jamie-Lee Dwyer is a 27-year-old freelance writer out of Queensland. She has studied and received a bachelor of journalism with first-class honours from Griffith University. In between doing the odd freelance writing job she is currently writing a fiction book about disability. Recently someone thought they were complimenting me by telling me what great shape…

The author of this post wishes to remain anonymous.  Sometimes, securing tickets to your favourite event feels like luck of the draw. We have all experienced the fever and anticipation of tickets going on sale – you have all your devices ready to go, you memorise your credit card details, checking your mates have transferred…

This is a paid placement/advertisement by RMIT. How can you attract and keep a good support worker? It’s the million dollar question. Below, we set out key points from research we’ve been doing at RMIT and from research published by others – exploring ways to recruit and retain good support workers. What do we know…

This is the second of two posts published by Dr Simon Duffy, founder and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform, which works to improve the design of the welfare state to advance citizenship and human right. He is also Secretary to the international cooperative Citizen Network. You can read his first article with Clickability…

This is the first of two posts published by Dr Simon Duffy, founder and Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform, which works to improve the design of the welfare state to advance citizenship and human right. He is also Secretary to the international cooperative Citizen Network. You can read his blog at here. How…

The phrase “invisible illness” is a complicated one. It has a use, of course – it is incredibly important to acknowledge how society expects disability to be something obvious, Other, and easily identified. The idea behind invisible illnesses is that many people suffer from illnesses and disabilities silently, without the support they need, because they…

What do we mean by diversity? What is the purpose behind the growing diversity industry? Why do we want diversity anyway? Perhaps we are simply caught up in the latest trend, and if we say the word diversity often enough then it will become true. Perhaps we keep saying “diversity” in the hope that our good…

Got a letter in today’s mail. On the back it gave the sender as AllCareAbility. Opened it. Covering page thanked me for choosing them to provide NDIS funded supports. Then followed a document with lots of headings about Responsibilities, Pricing, Billing, Cancellations, Termination, Privacy (of course), Complaints and more. They politely asked, “Please return the…

With the roll-out of the NDIS, Participants and their families have started to shop around for services. Gone are the days where Participants will attend a service full-time. This has been replaced by Participants wishing to access a number of services for shorter periods over the week and weekend. Through information sessions, expos and discussions…

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