Image of older man in suit and tie with glasses and text "I look forward to ensuring the Commission responds effectively where there has been harm and helping to create an environment where people feel safe in their community."

Robert Fitzgerald AM has been appointed as the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner from the beginning of this month. The NSW Disability and Ageing Commission has been established to focus on abuse and neglect that occurs in both family and community settings.

two people with disability sitting on a park bench cuddling

Friendship and relationships enrich our lives. People with autism, disability or brain injury face the same issues as other people when it comes to relationships. Friendship is important. And the desire to love and be loved, whether as a friend or an intimate companion, is a drive that defines a person in a way that no disability ever can.

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Simple comfort food, jam packed with hidden goodness. This is an easy and flavourful pasta sauce that you can serve immediately, freeze or even jar for a later date. With a rich tomato flavour and packed full of veggies and it is tasty.

National Relay Service

The National Relay Service (NRS) is a vital service for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impairment – it helps people to make and receive phone calls.

Concentrix will be running the call centre for the NRS for 3 years starting from 1 October 2019.

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.

Black and white image of wheelchair in front of a flight of stairs, being unable to go up them.

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

Image of smiling elderly Indigenous couple wearing blue shirts.

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.

Image of smiling elderly woman and younger woman on a couch pointing at a tablet devices screen.

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.