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'A captive audience': musical concerts in Queensland mental institutions c.1870-c.1930

The practice of taking small numbers of patients, under staff escort, either to a ward or to one of the three recreation halls to form the captive audience for musical concerts performed for their benefit, in Queensland mental institutions between 1870 and 1930, is examined.

‘Care’: Moral concept or merely an organisational suffix?

This article is a conceptual-theoretical analysis which explores the characteristics of human services that embrace managerialism. It investigates the moral constructions of personhood in regard to people with intellectual disability (ID) within this service context.

"Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder": Students with Chronic Illness Seeking Academic Continuity through Interaction with Their Teachers at School

This study investigated secondary school students' access and to and utilisation of opportunities to learn effectively so that academic progress is made despite disruption to full-time schooling. It discussed the implications of academic support for students with chronic illness.

"All at sea": the experience of living with cystic fibrosis

This article seeks to explore the lived experiences of people with cystic fibrosis (CF) - a chronic, life-threatening, life-limiting disease that demands a relentless regime of daily treatment.

“Having the Time of My Life”: An Exploratory Study of Women With Intellectual Disability Growing Older

In this paper we report on an exploratory study with a group of 13 older women with intellectual disability in Sydney, Australia, to add to the limited knowledge about how they perceive their lives as they grow older.

A consideration of medicalisation: Choice, engagement and other responsibilities of parents of children with autism spectrum disorder

This paper presents parents' experiences of diagnosis and treatment of children with autism. Information was collected from parents living in four Australian states. The treatment of autism was a complicated process involving consumption, advocacy and education.

A Functioning and Related Health Outcomes Module: The development of a data capture tool for health and community services information systems

This report describes work that sets out to explore the value of a module of information on functional status as a health outcomes measure and to develop a framework for the development of such a module.

A Healthier Future For All Australians Final Report, June 2009

This report provides the governments of Australia with a practical national plan for health reform that will benefit Australians, not just now but well into the future.

A masculine perspective of gendered topics in the research literature on males and females with intellectual disability

This article presents a review of published literature that focused on male social pathologies. The review identified a thematic difference. The literature paid less attention to male health compared with female health. A strong focus was evident on problematised male sexual behaviour.

A picture of Australia's children

'A picture of Australia's children' is the third national statistical report on the health, development and wellbeing of Australia's children aged 0-14 years.

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Research to Action Guides

  • This Guide explores what the research evidence tells us makes a difference in group homes, and to the lives of people who live in them....
  • This Research to Action Guide promotes and supports best practice in inclusive research by providing a review of the evidence and strategies that ensure end-use...