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Autism following a history of newborn encephalopathy: More than a coincidence?

This articles presents the findings of a population-based study of moderate and severe term newborn encephalopathy (NE) in Western Australia between 1993 and 1996. The study shows that children who had experienced NE were more likely to have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism in context 2: Assessment, intervention and services in Australia

Abstract Continuing from part 1, part 2 of the autism spectrum disorders review explores clinical practice and service delivery aspects of autism spectrum disorders including current assessment...

Barriers and enablers to the use of evidence based practice (EBP) by speech pathologists working for Ageing Disability and Home Care (NSW)

This paper shows that speech pathologists' attitudes towards evidence-based practice (EBP) became favourable as a result of training and knowledge. They felt more confident in applying the principles of EBP in clinical practice.

Barriers to sexual health provision for people with intellectual disability: A disability service provider and clinician perspective

Background: Sexual health remains one of the most overlooked areas of life for people with intellectual disability. In recent years there has been an increasing expectation that this issue will be...

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 mass index as an indicator of adiposity among adults with intellectual disability

This study examines the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and obesity. Data were collected from people with an intellectual disability. Results show a positive correlation between BMI and obesity.

Burden of stroke in indigenous Western Australians: a study using data linkage

This article seeks to investigate the incidence and burden of stroke (in disability-adjusted life years) in indigenous and non-indigenous people in Western Australia.

Can questions about social interaction correctly identify preschool aged children with autism?

The assessment of social development (SIQ) may assist in early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This paper stresses the need for the evaluation of the SIQ at the point of entry to a clinical service.

Carers: doing it tough, doing it well

In the context of the NDIS and reform to federally funded carer supports, this report presents the results of evaluation of two block funded carer support programs run by Anglicare Sydney in order to identify impacts of caring and of current carer support arrangements.

Caring for people with a mental disability at home: Australian carers’ perceptions of service provision

This paper shows carer perceptions of the adequacy of assistance. The findings show that people with mental and severe disability are more likely to think that they received inadequate service.

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