Disability

Projection of the number of young people in residential aged care: National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Sites – pwc – October 2013

Posted on October 1, 2013. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Projection of the number of young people in residential aged care: National Disability Insurance Scheme Launch Sites – pwc – October 2013

Summer Foundation

“The launch of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on 1 July 2013, heralded the start of a new era for people with disability in Australia. PwC and the Summer Foundation have been collaborating to undertake a projection of people aged under 65 living in aged care nursing homes in the three NDIS launch sites that are targeting people in this group: Australian Capital Territory, the Hunter region of New South Wales and the Barwon region of Victoria.

The Report estimates that although the NDIS will have been operational in the NDIS launch sites for three years, there will be an additional 40 young people living in nursing homes in these launch sites by June 2016. The report provides an estimate of the unmet needs and resources required for housing and support in the NDIS launch sites.”

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Counting on Care Work in Australia – economic Security4Women (eS4W) Final Report – April 2012

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Disability, Health Economics |

Counting on Care Work in Australia – economic Security4Women (eS4W) Final Report – April 2012

Hoenig, S.A., and Page. A.R.E., (2012). Counting on Care Work in Australia. Report prepared by AECgroup Limited for economic Security4Women, Australia.

Extract from the summary of key findings:

“The care sector is highly significant to Australia, worth an estimated $762.5 billion in 2009-10 ($112.4 billion paid care and $650.1 billion imputed value of unpaid care).

This sector provides nearly 20% of all paid employment in Australia.

For the purposes of this report, the care sector is defined as “the total (paid and unpaid) labour required to meet the needs of children to be cared for and educated, everybody’s physical and mental health that requires attention, and the needs of individuals who require  assistance with the activities of daily living because of illness, age or disability” (Albelda et al., 2009, p.4). The care sector is comprised of paid care, unpaid care and government investment in the care sector.”

… continues

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Building a business case for investing in adaptive technologies in England – London School of Economics and Political Science – July 2012

Posted on July 18, 2012. Filed under: Disability, Health Economics, Occupational Therapy | Tags: |

Building a business case for investing in adaptive technologies in England – London School of Economics and Political Science – July 2012

“For thousands of dependent adults in England, equipment and adaptations play a vital role by allowing people to live independently in their own homes. Interventions vary from simple devices, such as grab rails, to major adaptations, such as stairlifts and bespoke bath and shower rooms. While the range of benefits attributed to these interventions are well documented, both in terms of quality of life improvements and – in some cases – significant reductions in the need for health and social care services, few studies provide an overall picture of the benefits to the state and to the recipients of aids and adaptations in England.

Using available evidence from research literature and user surveys, we constructed a quantitative model to provide estimates of the average costs and benefits associated with use of equipment and adaptations within a dependent older population according to a range of scenarios.”

… continues

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COAG Meeting – 13 April 2012, Canberra

Posted on April 18, 2012. Filed under: Disability, Health Economics, Mental Health Psychi Psychol | Tags: , , |

COAG Meeting – 13 April 2012, Canberra

“COAG held its 32nd meeting in Canberra on 13 April 2012. 2012 marks 20 years since COAG first met in December 1992. The Prime Minister, Premiers, Chief Ministers and the President of the Australian Local Government Association attended the meeting.”

The Communiqué is available on the Meetings Outcomes page.

National Health Reform Agreement

“COAG has agreed, out-of-session in August 2011, the National Health Reform Agreement which will deliver major reforms to the organisation, funding and delivery of health and aged care.

The Agreement sets out the shared intention of the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments to work in partnership to improve health outcomes for all Australians and ensure the sustainability of the Australian health system.

The reforms will achieve better access to services, improved local accountability and transparency, greater responsiveness to local communities and provide a stronger financial basis for our health system into the future through increased Commonwealth funding. This new agreement gives effect to the commitment made by COAG on 13 February 2011, and in doing so, supersedes the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement and the Heads of Agreement on National Health Reform.

Under the National Health Reform Agreement, the Commonwealth is providing an extra $16.4 billion, through to 2019-20, for public hospitals.”

National Health Reform Agreement – PDF 1.1MB

“COAG has also agreed to a new National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services, as well as amendments to the National Healthcare Agreement and the Intergovernmental Agreement of Federal Financial Relations”

National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services – PDF 1MB

Expert Panel Report – PDF 2.5MB

National Healthcare Agreement – PDF 355KB

Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations – PDF 181KB

“This announcement builds on a number of significant investments in Australia’s public hospital system by the Commonwealth Government.”

Brief Summary of Cth investments in public hospitals – PDF 172KB

A media release is available from the Prime Minister’s website: http://www.pm.gov.au

COAG Communiqué: 13 April 2012 – DOC 74KB | PDF 124KB

Attachment A: High-level Principles for a National Disability Insurance Scheme – DOC 144KB | PDF 66KB

Attachment B: Progress Report: Building a National Disability Insurance Scheme – DOC 82KB | PDF 95KB

Attachment C: Projects under the National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform – DOC 50KB | PDF 79KB

Mental Health Reform

National Partnership Agreement Supporting National Mental Health Reform – PDF 8.89MB

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Code of practice could improve disability procurement [UK] – The Guardian – 23 December 2011

Posted on January 5, 2012. Filed under: Disability, Health Technology Assessment | Tags: , |

Code of practice could improve disability procurement [UK] – The Guardian – 23 December 2011

“A new code of practice is encouraging better procurement of disability equipment and could help commissioners

 Local authorities and the NHS supply over 12m pieces of disability and other community equipment to 4 million users in the UK every year. This includes beds, postural support equipment for children, and even complex life support equipment.

No single set of regulations apply to the provision and use of equipment but various diverse and complex requirements exist making conformity in provision difficult if not impossible and ultimately it is disabled people who pay the price.

According to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) every year in the UK there are over 30 deaths and 1,500 serious incidents as a result of inappropriate and unsafe equipment supplied in the community.

If just 1% of community equipment failed to be delivered and lead to a secondary episode of care, the additional cost to the care economy would be around £5bn a year.

To address the situation, Brian Donnelly, chief executive of the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme (Cecops) has written a guide for commissioning and providing community equipment. It sets out codified standards for each stage of the community equipment process and comprehensively covers commissioning functions, the provision of services and clinical and professional responsibilities. The code aligns with current NHS and local authority policy changes and enables better co-ordination of services.”
… continues on the site

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Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 2009 – ABS – released 9 December 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 2009 – ABS – released 9 December 2011

“Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Disability and Long Term Health Conditions, 2009 (cat. no. 4433.0) presents a suite of data cubes examining the relationship between disability and long term health conditions. The tables include broad level information on the numbers of people with long term health conditions in each of the States of Australia (ACT and NT are not included). They also include information on some of the most common long term health conditions, the degree to which these restrict people with disability and the causes underlying main conditions.

Several tables provide detailed information on five impairment groups – sensory, intellectual, physical, psychological and head injury (an impairment is where there is loss or abnormality in body structure or the way in which the body or mind work). Impairment groups are examined with relation to living arrangements and to the restrictions particular impairments place on daily living (personal care, schooling and employment). There is also information on the need for, and receipt of, assistance in relation to impairment groups.

Several tables provide information on specific age groups – children (0-14 years), working age adults (15-64 years) and people aged 65 years and over.”

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Disability support services 2009-10: report on services provided under the National Disability Agreement – AIHW – 14 October 2011

Posted on October 18, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Disability support services 2009-10: report on services provided under the National Disability Agreement – AIHW – 14 October 2011

“Almost 300,000 people used services provided under the National Disability Agreement (NDA) in 2009-10, which accounted for nearly $5.8 billion of combined government expenditures. The number of disability service users rose by 47% between 2004-05 and 2009-10. The number of users of employment and respite services increased by 83% and 50%, respectively, over the same period. Of the nearly 2,300 disability service agencies operating in 2009-10, more than two-thirds were state or territory funded, the remaining being funded by the Australian Government.”

ISSN 1444-3589; ISBN 978-1-74249-213-1; Cat. no. DIS 59; 138pp

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The use of health services among Australians with disability – AIHW – 30 September 2011

Posted on October 3, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

The use of health services among Australians with disability – AIHW – 30 September 2011

“This bulletin is the second in a series about health of people with disability. It examines the use of health services among Australians with disabiilty based on national population health survey data.”

ISSN 1446-9820; ISBN 978-1-74249-206-3; Cat. no. AUS 140; 28pp

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Disability Care and Support: Inquiry report from the Productivity Commission – 10 August 2011

Posted on August 11, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Disability Care and Support: Inquiry report from the Productivity Commission – 10 August 2011

Chapters

Preliminaries

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 Why real change is needed

Chapter 3 Who is the NDIS for?

Chapter 4 The role of the community and the NDIS

Chapter 5 What individualised supports will the NDIS fund?

Chapter 6 Aligning the Disability Support Pension with goals of the NDIS

Chapter 7 Assessing care and support needs

Chapter 8 Who has the decision-making power?

Chapter 9 Governance of the NDIS

Chapter 10 Delivering disability services

Chapter 11 Disability within the Indigenous community

Chapter 12 Collecting and using data under the NDIS

Chapter 13 Early intervention

Chapter 14 Where should the money come from? Financing the NDIS

Chapter 15 Workforce issues

Chapter 16 The cost of the NDIS

Chapter 17 Insurance arrangements for injury

Chapter 18 A national injury insurance scheme

Chapter 19 Implementation

Chapter 20 The benefits of reform

Appendix A Consultations

References

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Younger people with disability in residential aged care: update from the 2009-10 Minimum Data Set – AIHW – 21 July 2011

Posted on July 22, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: , |

Younger people with disability in residential aged care: update from the 2009-10 Minimum Data Set – AIHW – 21 July 2011

“This report presents data from the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program during its first four years of operation to 2009-10. An estimated 1,141 people aged less than 65 have been helped by the YPIRAC program over this time, including 139 people who have been moved out of residential aged care and into accommodation that better suits their situation, a further 207 who were successfully diverted away from entering residential aged care and over 400 people who were provided with enhanced services while in residential aged care.”

ISSN 1446 9820; ISBN 978 174249 181 3; Cat. no. AUS 135; 32pp

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World report on disability – WHO and the World Bank – June 2011

Posted on June 10, 2011. Filed under: Disability |

World report on disability – WHO and the World Bank – June 2011

“The first ever World report on disability, produced jointly by WHO and the World Bank, suggests that more than a billion people in the world today experience disability.  People with disabilities have generally poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty than people without disabilities. This is largely due to the lack of services available to them and the many obstacles they face in their everyday lives. The report provides the best available evidence about what works to overcome barriers to health care, rehabilitation, education, employment, and support services, and to create the environments which will enable people with disabilities to flourish. The report ends with a concrete set of recommended actions for governments and their partners.”

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support – AIHW – 5 May 2011

Posted on May 6, 2011. Filed under: Aboriginal TI Health, Disability | Tags: |

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability: wellbeing, participation and support – AIHW – 5 May 2011

“This report explores the experience of Indigenous people with disability compared with Indigenous people without disability and all Australians with similar severity of disability. It addresses how they are faring in terms of five key areas reflecting aspects of participation in the context of prevalence rates. Indigenous people in Australia have rates of ill-health and disability substantially higher than other Australians. Census 2006 data suggest that Indigenous people are 2-3 times more likely to need assistance with the core activities of daily living (self-care, communication and mobility) than non-Indigenous people.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-141-7; Cat. no. IHW 45; 36pp      Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Disability, Australia, 2009 – ABS – 4446.0 – 2 May 2011

Posted on May 4, 2011. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Disability, Australia, 2009 – ABS – 4446.0 – 2 May 2011

“One in five Australians with a disability

Just under one in five (18.5%) Australians had a disability in 2009, according to new figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This represents approximately 4.0 million people.

The main disabling conditions reported in 2009 were back problems (15.6% of all persons with a disability) and arthritis (14.8%).

Between 2003 and 2009 the proportion of people with a disability decreased by 1.5 percentage points, mainly due to decreases in the prevalence of arthritis, back pain and asthma. However, the number of people with a disability has increased along with population growth.”

… Continues on the site

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Reablement: a cost-effective route to better outcomes – Social Care Institute for Excellence – April 2011

Posted on April 29, 2011. Filed under: Disability, Rehabilitation | Tags: |

Reablement: a cost-effective route to better outcomes – Social Care Institute for Excellence – April 2011

By Jennifer Francis, Mike Fisher and Deborah Rutter

“This is one in a series of research briefings about preventive care and support for adults.

Reablement is generally designed to help people learn or relearn the skills necessary for daily living which may have been lost through deterioration in health and/or increased support needs. A focus on regaining physical ability is central, as is active reassessment. “

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Guideline on application of the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010 – Australian Human Rights Commission – March 2011

Posted on April 7, 2011. Filed under: Disability |

Guideline on application of the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010 – Australian Human Rights Commission – March 2011

“This Guideline has been prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission to assist those responsible for buildings and those interested in access to buildings to understand the application of the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010.”

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Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008 – ABS – 4 March 2011

Posted on March 4, 2011. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Disability, Health Status | Tags: |

Aspects of Disability and Health in Australia, 2007-2008 – ABS – 4 March 2011
4367.0

Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2011

“INTRODUCTION

Disability statistics define disability and explain how a high proportion of disabilities relate to long-term health conditions. In contrast, health statistics measure the health status of the population, health related aspects of lifestyle, other health risk factors and the use of health services or other actions people had recently taken for their health1. This article draws the two concepts together, to present a statistical picture of Profound/severe disability and:

social and demographic indicators;
chronic disease;
health risk factors;
health professional consultations; and
health insurance.”   … continues on the site

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Disability Care and Support: Draft report – Productivity Commission – 28 February 2011

Posted on February 28, 2011. Filed under: Disability, Health Economics | Tags: |

Disability Care and Support: Draft report – Productivity Commission – 28 February 2011

“This draft report was released on 28 February 2011. You are invited to examine this report and make written submissions to the Productivity Commission by 30 April 2011.”

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National Disability Strategy – February 2011

Posted on February 25, 2011. Filed under: Disability, National Health Strategies |

National Disability Strategy – February 2011

“The National Disability Strategy sets out a ten year national plan for improving life for Australians with disability, their families and carers. It represents a commitment by all levels of government, industry and the community to a unified, national approach to policy and program development.  This new approach will assist in addressing the challenges faced by people with disability, both now and into the future.

The Commonwealth, State and Territory and Local Governments have developed the Strategy in partnership under the auspices of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The shared vision is for an inclusive Australian society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.  This is the first time in Australia that a national strategy articulates long-term goals across a number of key policy areas which impact on people with disability, their families and carers.

The National Disability was endorsed by COAG on Sunday 13 February 2011. Copies of the National Disability Strategy, including accessible formats, are available by clicking the links below:

National Disability Strategy

National Disability Strategy Summary “

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Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care Program Report on the 2008-09 Minimum Data Set – AIHW – 27 May 2010

Posted on May 27, 2010. Filed under: Disability | Tags: , |

Program helps younger people with disability move out of residential aged care – AIHW – 27 May 2010

Report summary

Full report 

“A report released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that in 2008–09, a total of 817 people received services funded by the Younger People with Disability in Residential Aged Care (YPIRAC) program.

The YPIRAC program aims to reduce the number of people with disability under the age of 65 who live in residential aged care.”  …continues

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Media Guidelines for The Portrayal of Disabilities – International Labour Organization – 2010

Posted on May 20, 2010. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Media Guidelines for The Portrayal of Disabilities – International Labour Organization – 2010

“How people with disabilities are portrayed and the frequency with which they appear in the media has an enormous impact on how they are regarded in society. Portraying people with disabilities with dignity and respect in the media can help promote more inclusive and tolerant societies and stimulate a climate of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. These ILO Guidelines are intended as a tool for professional communicators.”

ISBN 978-92-2-123454-8
English – pdf 2388 KB

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Disability Care and Support Issues Paper from the Productivity Commission – 17 May 2010

Posted on May 18, 2010. Filed under: Disability | Tags: |

Disability Care and Support Issues Paper from the Productivity Commission – 17 May 2010

“The issues paper is intended to assist you in preparing a submission to the Commission.

It covers a range of issues that the Commission is seeking information and feedback on. To ensure your submission is consideration prior to release of the inquiry’s draft report – your submission should reach the Commission by Wednesday 30 June 2010.”

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