In the last e-news edition I discussed the idea of Allied Health Assistants being a possible part solution to Allied Health service gaps, and funding limitations for NDIS participants.

Since then I have had a number of enlightening conversations around this subject.

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This article is an account of one family’s day-to-day life of living with the issues of accessibility when there are building codes and practices preventing people with disabilities from getting where they want and need to go. 

person in hospital gown using a walking frame

This article highlights the issues for housebound and bedridden people regarding their access to better healthcare. 

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When you would like to getaway from the everyday, and a ceiling hoist is a necessity, it can be challenging to find accommodation that meets this need. IDEAS has put together a list of accessible holiday accommodations around Australia with ceiling hoists installed. These properties below have all kindly provided detailed

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Making decisions regarding the care of an elderly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person can be a difficult topic to approach and discuss. This is due to many of the issues associated with the passing of a loved being considered taboo to talk about, such as the traditional practice of not speaking the name of a person that has recently passed.

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As you get older, continuing to be socially active by maintaining and building relationships with friends, family and the community is beneficial to your health, happiness and overall quality of life.

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Dementia rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are much higher than non-Indigenous Australians, affecting not just the people with the disease, but also their families and communities.

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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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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