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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.

‘I know my body, I’ve lived in it all my life’: Therapy, surgery and remediation experiences of young people with disabilities

This articles discusses the physical, social and emotional implications of remediation from the perspective of young people who are growing up with a disability.

"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.

"It's different in the country" supporting ageing-in-place for people with developmental disability: an exploration of rural and metropolitan perspectives

This paper assesses the gaps that exist in current disability and aged care sectors that are affecting successful ageing of people with developmental disabilities in both rural and urban regions of NSW and Queensland.

"Lost in the crowd": issues confronting adults with intellectual disabilities and their family members

This paper reports on the process and outcomes of a small qualitative study which identifies the issues for people to determine what services might be more suitable to support adults with an intellectual disability.

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 description of how three occupational therapists train children in using the scanning access technique

Scanning is a technique that enables children with severe physical disabilities to access an augmentative and alternative communication device. This article seeks to explore the methods and rationale used by occupational therapists experienced in training scanning when teaching a child to scam.

A long-term population-based clinical and morbidity profile of Angelman syndrome in Western Australia: 1953–2003

This paper presents the incidence, clinical presentation and associated comorbidities of Angelman syndrome (AS) in Western Australia. It predicts the need for a higher number of sheltered accommodation.

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 network approach to the comorbidity between posttraumatic stress disorder and major depressive disorder: The role of overlapping symptoms

Background: The role of symptom overlap between major depressive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder in comorbidity between two disorders is unclear. The current study applied network...

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