Australia

This page features the news on disability from Australia in the Debrief Library. See also news from other countries.

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Accessibility and Design

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Overview

Housing

One-size-fits-all model of accessible housing ‘a disaster’ for Australians with disability. “There should be an option for us to stay together as a family and not be forced to relinquish care just because we don’t have the funds to build an accessible house.” (May, the Guardian)

Assistive Technology

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COVID-19

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Response

Living with COVID-19 in the time of OMICRON: Escalating risks for people with disability in Australia and recommendations how to address them. (Jan, Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health)

Vaccination

Australian vaccine contractor prioritises aged care "NDIS participant vaccine rates remain lower than general population" (Jan, the Guardian)

Living with COVID

Civil Society and Community

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Our understanding of limb difference is changing, and these young Australians are leading the way (Jul, ABC News)

Communication and Language

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Sign Languages

The art of interpreting standup comedy in sign language. (Jun, the Guardian)

Culture, Entertainment and Media

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Overview

Media

Australian advertisers striving for inclusiveness through disability representation. (Mar, ABC News)

Data and Research

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Research

Doing research inclusively: co-production in action “provides practical strategies for every step of the co-design process in research.” (May)

Disaster Risk Reduction and Crisis Response

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"I'm about to drown": one phone call Sam Connor received during the recent floods. (Mar, Hireup)

Pleas for NSW flood survivors with disability to be prioritised for urgent housing, care. (Mar, ABC News)

Floods can worsen inequality. Here are 4 ways we can ensure people with disabilities aren't left behind (Apr, the Conversation)

Economics and Social Protection

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Social Protection

Two-year wait for a wheelchair: inquiry hears of difficulty accessing NDIS for remote Indigenous communities (Jul, the Guardian)

When is a condition 'chronic' and when is it a 'disability'? The definition can determine the support you get (Jun, the Conversation)

Two directors of care provider charged with criminal neglect over death of Ann Marie Smith. (Jun, the Guardian)

Hackers Steal a ‘Very Large’ Batch of Private Data from Australia’s Disability Scheme: “this kind of data breach puts vulnerable people at serious risk of identity theft, fraud, and scams,” (Jun, Vice)

Concern millions of Australians with disability not on the NDIS have been 'forgotten' (May, ABC News)

National Disability Insurance Agency scrutinised woman’s social media posts to challenge her eligibility for the scheme (Mar, the Guardian)

Education and Childhood

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Experts slam ‘culture of low expectations’ surrounding kids with disability, ‘routinely being let down by a widespread lack of support across both mainstream and specialist schools.’ (Jun, The Educator)

What we should all know about authentic inclusive classrooms (Jul, EduResearch Matters)

Why do students with disability go to 'special schools' when research tells us they do better in the mainstream system? (Jun, the Conversation)

‘Devastating impact’: Rise in proportion of disabled students expelled from Victorian government schools during COVID pandemic. “We expect it to be worse this year,” she said. “Every time students have gone back to school following a lockdown period, we have seen both formal and informal exclusions increase.” (Apr, The Age)

Employment, Business and Work

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'The gap is widening': disability advocates say not all Australians are enjoying equal employment opportunities. (Jul, SBS News)

Low staff turnover, high loyalty and productivity gains: the business benefits of hiring people with intellectual disability (May, the Conversation)

People with disability working for legal pay as low as $2.27 an hour, inquiry hears (Apr, the Guardian)

Increasing board and executive representation (Jan, Australian Network on Disability)

Health

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Hospitals only note a person's intellectual disability 20% of the time – so they don't adjust their care. “Potentially avoidable deaths (from conditions that could have been prevented through individualised care or treatment, like viral pneumonia, asthma, or diabetes) are more than twice as likely in people with intellectual disability.” (May, the Conversation)

Humanitarian, Migrants and Refugees

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The association between chronic pain and pre-and-post migration experiences in resettled humanitarian refugee women residing in Australia. “Chronic pain was reported in 45% (n = 139) of women, and among these a further 66% (n = 120) also reported having a long-term disability or health condition that had lasted 12 months.” (May, BMC Public Health)

Migrants with disability are discriminated against with 'impossible' health requirements, advocacy groups say. “We're working with a young man who came to Australia as an asylum seeker and had a stroke. The federal government supports him to live in a nursing home, but they won’t allow him access to the National Disability Insurance Scheme to receive the support he needs to live a good life in the community.” (Apr, SBS News)

Institutions and Deinstitutionalization

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Victorian government seizes control of supported care homes over abuse, ‘uninhabitable conditions’ (Jan, SMH)

International Cooperation

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Profile of Jane Edge, CEO of CBM Australia (Jul, Probono Australia)

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Trapped, stripped of assets, and silenced. And it’s all perfectly legal photo-essay feature on challenging public guardianship. (Mar, ABC News)

Lived Experience and Opinion

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Special Issue on Writing Disability in Australia (May, Australian Literary Studies)

The Disability Pandemic:

”I lived in two worlds during COVID. One that suddenly got more open and inclusive, where I was asked to talk at events, on television, to Senate committees. I pasted lipstick on, and calmed my frizzy hair, adjusting a badly fitting shirt, so I could tell the world that disabled people needed help. Then I would scrub it all off, limp to the kitchen and face the anxiety swarm about there being no food.” (Meanjin)

Mobility, Travel, Transport and Tourism

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Web Guide for Disability Access to Australian Beaches (Jun, Accessible Beaches)

‘This was indignity’: passenger with disability left without wheelchair at Sydney airport. (Jul, the Guardian)

‘We’re not a priority’: people with disabilities wait up to three hours for transport in regional Queensland. (Apr, the Guardian)

‘You can make money out of us’ the disabled people demanding more accessible travel and tourism (Dec, the Guardian)

Policy and Rights

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Politics and Elections

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Relationships, Sex and Reproductive Rights

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Resource will help reduce prejudice against parents with intellectual disability (Jun, University of Sydney)

We've Got This: Stories by Disabled Parents edited by Eliza Hull. (Mar, Black Inc Books)

Violence and Harassment

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‘Devastating’: woman with a disability met with disbelief after sexual assault, royal commission hears. (Mar, the Guardian)

Changing the landscape: a national resource to prevent violence against women and girls with disabilities (Feb, Our Watch)