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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health services report 2011-12: Online Services Report - key results

This is the fourth national report on health services, Aboriginal community controlled and non-community controlled health organisations, funded by the Office for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health.

Access to mental health services in Victoria: A focus on ethnic communities

People from an ethnic minority background are less likely to use mental health services than the Australian-born people. This study examined the outcomes of an intervention aimed at increasing the use of mental health services by people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Access to mental health services in Victoria: a focus on ethnic communities

The aim of this study was to investigate whether disparities in access and treatment for ethnic communities in Victoria had changed over a decade with the introduction of interventions designed to improve culturally sensitive practice in mental health services.

Accessible Mental Health Services for People with an Intellectual Disability: A Guide for Providers

This guide has been developed as a practical framework for the development of accessible mental health services. It provides assistance to professionals and to services to improve access to high quality mental health care for people with an intellectual disability.

Across the divide: Facilitating the transition of students with intellectual disability to secondary school

This research project explored the major concerns of different stakeholders involved in the transition from primary to secondary schools of students with an intellectual disability. Results highlighted the need for more effective communication among carers, parents and other stakeholders.

Adaptive behaviour in Australia: What items are essential for assessing independent living?

This paper suggests everyday behaviours that are essential for independent functioning. Safety, health, functional literacy, self-care, numeracy, respecting others' rights and day-to-day decision-making were considered the most important for independent functioning.

Adults with intellectual disability in long-term respite care: a qualitative study

In an effort to understand why some individuals remain in respite care on a long-term basis, we audited the files of 10 adults with developmental disability who had been living in three respite care units for 12–24 months.

Affective and anxiety disorders and their relationship with chronic physical conditions in Australia: findings of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing

This paper reports on the prevalence of chronic physical and mental health conditions in Australian adults. A nationally representative survey was conducted to gather information. People with a disability were more likely to have a mental health problem and chronic physical conditions.

An initial evaluation of a long-term, sustainable, integrated community-based physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability

This article seeks to evaluate the physical and psychosocial benefits of a long term physical activity program for adults with intellectual disability (ID).

An Integrative Review of Literature on the Implementation of Positive Behaviour Support

This literature review integrates the core literature on Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and its systemic implementation in organisations.

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Research to Action Guides

  • A Guide for disability practitioners, schools, employers and young people looking to make the transition from school to employment in Australia....
  • The Culturally Proficient Service Delivery Research to Action Guide has been developed to assist in the provision of accessible, appropriate and effective disab...