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Gatekeepers to home and community care services: the link between client characteristics and source of referral.

This study sought to identify factors that determined the likelihood of being referred to the Home and Community Care (HACC) program. Women and clients cared for by parents were less likely to be referred by health workers than non-health workers.

Gender differences in the perceptions of psychosocial experiences reported by persons with disabilities

The objective of this study was to describe the subjective experience of living with disability.

General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia, 2014

This is a summary of findings which provides a snapshot of the data collected in the 2014 General Social Survey. The findings present how Australia has progressed on aspects of social capital such as participation, support, feelings of safety and trust.

Issues of active ageing: Perceptions of older people with lifelong intellectual disability

The study aimed to investigate the lived experiences of older people with lifelong intellectual disability and to explore the meaning of active ageing for this group.

Journal of Social Work in Disability & Rehabilitation

Quarterly journal covering issues such as disabilities and social policy, practice, research, and theory.

Known well by no‐one: Trends in the informal social networks of middle‐aged and older people with intellectual disability five years after moving to the community

In this study, changes in the nature of the informal relationships of residents with intellectual disability 5 years after leaving an institution were examined.

Left Behind 2014: monitoring the social inclusion

This Policy Bulletin is the second in an annual series reporting on the social inclusion/exclusion of young Australians with self-reported long term health conditions, impairments or disabilities.

Meeting in the middle: improving communication in primary health care consultations with people with an intellectual disability

This study reported that general practitioners (GPs) experienced difficulties in communicating, providing diagnosis and informing patients with intellectual disabilities in Brisbane. Patients with disability expressed frustration about communication difficulties with GPs.

Mindful embodied dialogues in community-based physiotherapy

This study explored how relationships among carers, physiotherapists and clients evolve over time. It suggests that these relationships develop in complex ways that are often ignored in therapeutic practice.

Missing discourses: concepts of joy and happiness in disability

This paper shows how people with a disability are described in policy and research settings. It suggests that they are often negatively represented. The authors argue that policy‐makers and academics alike need to be sensitive to the dynamics of languages (discourses) about disability.

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Research to Action Guides

  • This Guide explores what the research evidence tells us makes a difference in group homes, and to the lives of people who live in them....
  • This Research to Action Guide promotes and supports best practice in inclusive research by providing a review of the evidence and strategies that ensure end-use...