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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.

English literacy as a barrier to health care information for deaf people who use Auslan

BACKGROUND: This study sought to gain insight into how Deaf Australians who use Auslan as their primary language perceive their English literacy and if they feel that they can sufficiently access...

Evaluating diagnostic tools in autism assessments

The project 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.

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.

Evaluation of the Neurodegenerative Conditions Coordinated Care Program (NCCCP) in Western Australia: Barriers to better service provision

This paper details a 2009–2010 evaluation of the Neurodegenerative Conditions Coordinated Care Program (NCCCP) commissioned by the Disability Services Commission (DSC) in Western Australia (WA).

Evaluation of the processes of family-centred care for young children with intellectual disability in Western Australia

This study assessed early intervention services for children with intellectual disability (ID) in Western Australia. It found that families were satisfied when respectful and supportive care was provided. By contrast, they were least happy when only general information was provided.

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.

Factors associated with the use of mechanical restraint in disability services

Background Mechanical restraint refers to the use of materials or devices to restrict the behaviours of a person with a disability, where the restraint is neither for therapeutic purposes or...

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