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Ryan Morich named finalist for WA Young Australia of the Year

27 October 2016

The founder of the Red Dust Heelers' Wheeling and Healing program, Ryan Morich has been named as a finalist for the Western Australian (WA) Young Australian of the Year award.

Imprisonment of mentally impaired should be last resort says WA Chief Justice

27 September 2016

The Chief Justice for Western Australia (WA), Wayne Martin, believes jailing mentally impaired people accused of serious crimes should be an 'absolute last resort,' and supervised release better protects the community in the long term.

Our Indigenous Paralympians heading to Rio

9 September 2016

Only 11 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander athletes have competed in the Paralympic Games since its inception in the early 1960s.

Grants available for Disability Awareness Week

31 August 2016

Disability Awareness Week will run from 27 November to 3 December 2016, marking the annual International Day of People with Disability on the final day.

Funding secured for upgrades to Newman Day Centre

23 August 2016

East Pilbara Indpendence Support last month secured close to $300,000 of Royalties for Regions money for an extension and upgrades to its Newman Day Centre in Newman, Western Australia (WA).

Red Dust Heelers para athletes inspire students

30 June 2016

Students from primary schools in Hedland, Western Australia (WA), wheeled out a new skill set last week as they rolled with the Red Dust Heelers para athletes.  Made up of Aboriginal and other athletes with a disability, the Heelers squad includes Karratha-born wheelchair basketball star Ryan Morich. Mr Morich lost his leg below the knee when he was 12 after contracting a rare bone cancer, yet has gone on to become captain of the Red Dust Heelers Adelaide wheelchair basketball team.  Mr Morich and the Heelers squad taught the students how to control sport wheelchairs and take part in exercises mimicking the challenges of being blind.  St Cecilia's teacher, Claire Wellbeloved, said it was great timing for the Heelers to visit her school.

Lowitja Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research scholarships announced

9 July 2015

The Lowitja Institute has announced the recipients of the latest round of scholarships for early career Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health researchers.

Holographic exhibition tells stories of 30 Indigenous Australians with a disability

11 June 2015

A holographic exhibition that has been shown at human rights conventions in Geneva, Switzerland  and New York, United States of America, is shedding light on the challenges faced by Indigenous Australians with a disability.

Indigenous boxer overcomes disability in ring

4 June 2015

Indigenous boxer Brad Hardman, says he found new hope in the sport after a car accident in his teenage years sent his life off track.

Indigenous use of aged care services far less than that of wider population

29 January 2015

Indigenous Australians seek aged care services at just over one-third the rate of the wider population, a Productivity Commission report has found, despite requiring aged care facilities earlier due to high rates of disability and chronic disease.

First Peoples Disability Network winners at 2014 National Disability Awards

3 December 2014

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) are recent winners in the 2014 National Disability Awards Ceremony announced on Tuesday 25 November in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.

Indigenous people still waiting for disability service

2 December 2014

Most Indigenous people who have received a funding package under the national disability insurance scheme (NDIS) trial in the Northern Territory are still waiting for services almost six months after their plans were approved.

Aboriginal interviewees required for NSW disability study

30 October 2014

The University of New South Wales is conducting a research project, working on the roll out of the National disability insurance scheme.

$14.8m from the Aboriginals benefit account to go towards local projects in the Northern Territory

27 October 2014

Indigenous people living in the Northern Territory (NT) will benefit from funding announced for 34 local projects supported by more than $14.8 million from the Aboriginals benefit account (ABA).

Shortage of disability workers an issue: FPDN

9 October 2014

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN) says a lack of Indigenous support workers highlights the challenges currently being faced in disabilities.

Inspirational story to drive Indigenous awareness of a National disability insurance scheme

19 September 2014

Longstanding regional member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Disability Network of Queensland, Ted Thorburn, is inspiring others in the community about the National disability insurance scheme (NDIS).

New program to help Indigenous Australians with disabilities access services

25 August 2014

A new program to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disabilities will soon be rolled out in far west New South Wales.

Indigenous Australians more likely to die from CHD and COPD, but some positive trends emerging

26 June 2014

Indigenous Australians more likely to die from coronary heart disease (CHD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than non-Indigenous Australians, according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

Calls for FASD to become a disability

3 June 2014

Aboriginal health groups are calling for Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) to be recognised as a disability.

Fetal syndrome 'must be recognised as disability'

22 May 2014

The Federal Government's reluctance to recognise Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as a disability had deprived many Aboriginal children of the correct treatment.

Fears for sufferers of rare genetic disorder as funding dwindles

19 May 2014

A foundation established to help people in remote Aboriginal communities who suffer from a rare genetic disorder 'Machado Joseph Disease' (MJD) is worried the National Disability Insurance Scheme won't provide enough support as the condition continues to spread.

New report sheds light on access and equity issues for Indigenous people with disability in remote areas of the Northern Territory

30 April 2014

The Centre for Applied Disability Research (CADR) latest research report is about to be released.

'Living my way' documentary empowers Indigenous people with disabilities

14 April 2014

The prevalence of disability among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is significantly higher than in the general population.

Human rights database to create better access

9 April 2014

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is developing a national database of programs and services that assist people with disability in the criminal justice system.

Research to look at FASD rates among young offenders

19 March 2014

New research is set to provide a better picture of those affected by Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in the West Australian (WA) prison system.

Three top Indigenous ACT women recognised on International Women's Day

10 March 2014

Three well-deserving Indigenous women from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have been recognised for their contribution to Women's rights on International Women's Day.

Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability

28 February 2014

A new report Increasing employment rates for Indigenous people with a disability has been released today by the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse.

Pilbara and Kimberley to share in home and community care funding

24 February 2014

The Western Australian Government has announced a further $19 million in funding for the Home and community care (HACC) services program in WA.

Call for equality for disabled people in the justice system

7 February 2014

With the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission's report into the treatment of people with disabilities within the criminal justice system, Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, is calling on all states and territories to introduce an holistic, over-arching disability justice strategy which would improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Indigenous advocate takes top job

24 January 2014

Oxfam policy advisor Andrew Meehan has been appointed as National Director of ANTaR - a national advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The National disability insurance scheme and Indigenous Australians

19 December 2013

The results of a James Cook University funded research into the National disability insurance scheme (NDIS) showed that Indigenous Australians still remain the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in Australia, particularly those living in remote areas of the country without easy access to health care and disability services The research highlighted the lack of understanding of acquired brain injury (ABI) within Indigenous populations.

Tender called for Indigenous disability support services

17 December 2013

The New South Wales (NSW) O'Farrell government has called for tenders to provide disability and community contact services to the region's Indigenous people.

International day of people with disability celebrates Indigenous achievement

4 December 2013

Jake Briggs, a quadriplegic and chairman of the Aboriginal Disability Network of New South Wales, has never let his disability stop him from achieving his goals.

$10 million gift for University of WA for new Indigenous health centre

18 November 2013

The University of Western Australia (UWA), has received a generous donation of $10 million from freight magnate Greg Poche for a new centre for Indigenous health.

Diabetes sufferers are twice as likely to have a disability

30 October 2013

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows that 39% of people who suffer from diabetes have a disability, as compared to 17% of those without diabetes.

Drinking when pregnant

18 October 2013

Previous National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines said that women could drink up to seven standard drinks per week.

UN: Australia is not meeting human rights obligations to First People with disability

14 October 2013

Australia has been reviewed for the first time under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to which Australia is a signatory.

Should fetal alcohol spectrum disorder be classed a disability?

23 September 2013

Every day somewhere in Australia, a baby is born who will endure a lifetime of hardship because of Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

New Closing the gap targets announced at the Garma Festival in Arnhem Land

12 August 2013

Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin outlined three new Closing the gap targets to address Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage in a speech at the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

Western Australia to sign on to DisabilityCare

5 August 2013

The whole country is now covered by the National disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare, with WA being the last state to come on board.

Access to Justice Public Meetings - NT and WA

22 July 2013

The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently holding public meetings around Australia to hear directly from people with disability about their experiences with the police, courts and in prison.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT launch Indigenous education campaign ad during NAIDOC Week

9 July 2013

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT's latest TV ad, which is part of its first Aboriginal-specific education campaign, will be launched during NAIDOC Week this week July 7 -14, 2013.

New clinical web resource helping health practitioners to reduce Indigenous chronic disease

26 June 2013

The Minister for Indigenous Health, the Hon Warren Snowden MP, has today launched the Australian Indigenous ClinicallnfoNet - an innovative web resource designed to assist primary health care workers in the prevention and management of chronic disease among Indigenous people.

DisabilityCare board and advisory council announced

24 June 2013

Long-standing champion of disability reform in Australia and president of Philanthropy Australia, Bruce Bonyhady, has been appointed as the inaugural chair of the board of DisabilityCare Australia.

First Peoples Disability Network propose plan for the implementation of DisabilityCare Australia

8 May 2013

The First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN), the peak disability organisation representing Indigenous Australians with disabilities and their families, has released a 10 point plan for the implementation of DisabilityCare Australia (formally the National disability insurance scheme) to ensure Indigenous people with disabilities are catered for.

Secure funding announced for disability insurance scheme

2 May 2013

The Australian Government has announced that the $14 billion National disability insurance scheme (NDIS) will be funded in part by a special Medicare-style levy set at 0.5 per cent.

New census analysis on disability in Australia

26 February 2013

New census analysis to be released by the Australian National University (ANU) finds an increase in reported rates of disability between 2006 and 2011 for Indigenous Australians.

Peak Indigenous body calls for mandatory alcohol labelling; recognition of FASD in Australia

26 September 2012

The peak Indigenous body in Australia, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples, has called for mandatory labelling and health warnings about the risks associated with drinking.

Launch of First Peoples Disability Network (Australia)

2 April 2012

Australia's first national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability was launched in Sydney on Friday (30 March 2012) by the Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas.
Last updated: 27 October 2016
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