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Australian Cerebral Palsy Child Study: protocol of a prospective population based study of motor and brain development of preschool aged children with cerebral palsy

This paper is a protocol which describes a large population-based study of early motor development and brain structure in a representative sample of preschool aged children with Cerebral palsy (CP), using direct clinical assessment.

Australian children with special health care needs: social-emotional and learning competencies in the early years

This study examined the relationship between special health care needs and social-emotional and learning competence in the early years. Boys were more likely than girls to have special health care needs. Special health care needs predicted learning and academic competencies in the early years.

Australian implementation and evaluation of active support

This paper reports on the implementation and evaluation of Active Support in Australia. It shows that there was significantly greater participation in a wider variety of domestic activities, as well as more frequent and varied community participation.

Australian Social Trends 2006

Australian Social Trend 2006 provides an overview of some key social trends in the various areas of social concern and brings together information from across the different areas to address complex social issues.

Barriers to maternal workforce participation and relationship between paid work and health

This article presents the findings from a mailed survey identifying issues including mother's health, workforce participation and barriers to inclusion in the workplace.

Behavioral and physiological predictors of guide dog success

This paper reports on experiments conducted to find ways to reduce the costs of guide dogs for people with vision impairment. This study reports that four specific behavioural responses, which may reflect anxiety and restlessness, predict low suitability of dogs for guiding work.

Bespoke program design for school-aged therapy disability service delivery

This article investigated models of service delivery. To do this, the authors reviewed the literature in this area. They proposed a suitable service delivery model for children with disabilities.

Body image and physical disability—personal perspectives

This study explored the body image concerns of people with a physical disability. It found that bodily impairment had a negative influence on their mental health. However, they gradually adjust to their different bodies and increasingly accept their disabilities over time.

Breast cancer and the uptake of mammography screening services by women with intellectual disabilities

Older women with an intellectual disability have a high rate of cancer risk. However, the rate of breast cancer screening was lower among this women compared with women without a disability.

Brief comprehensive quality of life assessment after stroke: The Assessment of Quality of Life Instrument in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS)

This study evaluated the validity of the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) instrument in a stroke population. Researchers interviewed 39 patients. The AQoL appeared as a valid instrument of health-related quality of life after stroke.

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