Image of smiling Aboriginal woman holding a young child in her arms.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are at greater risk of heart diseases than other Australians, being admitted into hospitals 60 per cent more and dying at 1.5 times the rate from heart conditions.

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Negative feelings and attitudes can be shared by medical staff towards Aboriginal communities and patients due to their lack of cultural experience and understanding, representing the increased need for exposure among medical students and staff to Aboriginal communities and health workers to provide care that is culturally competent.

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Lego has embarked on a new project with the aim of assisting and engaging vision impaired and blind children to learn the braille alphabet and number system. To be launched in 2020, the bricks will have the studs used for characters in the Braille alphabet, as well as printed characters that allow sighted people to read the bricks.

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Heading to the Canadian Rockies? Travelling between Banff and Lake Louise in Canada is now more accessible to wheelchairs users. The Lake Louise Express Route has introduced four new coaches to the service. The buses have a curb level ramp, ergonomic spiral entryway, and second door that opens into a unique, low-entry vestibule

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recently appointed Cabinet includes the first-ever dedicated minister for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

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The NSW Government will establish an Ageing and Disability Commissioner from 1 July 2019, to better protect adults with disability and older people from abuse, neglect and exploitation in home and community settings.

The new role will have broad-ranging powers to conduct investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect.

Today I met with some lovely LACS to update them on our new website (VERY EXCITING) and our conversation wandered to service gaps and then onto the role of therapy assistants, which I must admit (que cringe) I had never heard of before. I will preface my ignorance by saying that I am Community Engagement, not one of our very knowledgeable Info Team

As part of the Boosting the Local Care Workforce program, the Department of Social Services has released a range of resources on a new website.

These resources provide support for existing and potential NDIS service providers.

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Returning Prime Minister Scott Morrison has committed to addressing failures in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) as a top priority, following his surprise win in Saturday’s election.

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Germany has been one of the active forces in promoting and influencing for accessible travel. The variety of experiences, destinations and cultural opportunities for the traveller to Germany is almost endless. If you are searching on accessible travel in Germany, it is worthwhile to note that the widely accepted term is “Barrier- Free”.