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End‐of‐life care and dying: issues raised by staff supporting older people with intellectual disability in community living services

This study explores the status of end-of-life care and dying of people with intellectual disability. End-of-life care entails complex interaction between the dying person and carers, other clients, health service providers and family members.

Enhancing community mental health services through formal partnerships with supported employment providers

A more recovery and social inclusion-oriented approach can ensure a more efficient use of public funds. Efficiency can be achieved through the implementation of evidence-based practices in supported employment by integrating employment services with community-based treatment and care.

Estimating the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome in Victoria using routinely collected administrative data

This paper aims to establish the prevalence of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in Victoria through the Victorian Birth Defects Register (VBDR).

Evaluating Diagnostic tools in the Assessment of Autism and Parental Experiences of the Assessment and Diagnostic Process

This study aims to investigate the level of agreement between the GARS, CARS and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria, examining the reliability and validity of the GARS in identifying autism. Secondly, this study will examine parental experiences of the assessment and diagnostic process.

Evaluating Diagnostic tools in the Assessment of Autism and Parental Experiences of the Assessment and Diagnostic Process

This study examined the validity of the Gilliam Autism Rating Scale (GARS), in a sample of 26 children presenting for assessment with and without concerns about autism disorder. The study also surveyed parent experiences of the assessment and diagnostic process.

Evaluating the effectiveness of multidisciplinary low-vision rehabilitation

This study evaluated the changes in vision-specific quality of life after receiving service at the Royal Society for the Blind Low-Vision Clinic. The results show improvements in overall visual ability, and the reading, visual information, and visual motor sub-scores.

Evaluation of four autism early childhood intervention programs

This paper evaluates four Autism Early Childhood Intervention programs delivered in four ADHC regions between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2012.

Exercise intervention to prevent falls and enhance mobility in community dwellers after stroke: a protocol for a randomised controlled trial

This is a protocol of a randomised controlled trial will investigate whether exercise can reduce fall rates and increase mobility and physical activity levels in stroke survivors.

Facilitating Transition: Elements of Successful Case Management Practice for Older Parents of Adults with Intellectual Disability

This paper reports on an evaluation on “Options for Older Families" - two pilot programs which utilised intensive case management with access to discretionary funds to work with older carers on immediate needs and planning for the future.

Factors associated with the use of intrusive measures at a tertiary care facility for children and youth with mental health and developmental disabilities

This paper identified the factors associated with the use of intrusive measures among children with mental health and developmental disabilities in psychiatric facilities.

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