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No More Business As Usual: the need for participatory indigenous development policy and skilled action

While the focus of this paper is on economic development, the principles of participatory action are valuable in all areas when working with aboriginal communities. A must-read!

Musculoskeletal Australia-Teen Talk 

“Are you a young person aged between 13-20? Do you live with a musculoskeletal or chronic pain condition? Like to chat with other young people who understand what you’re going through? Then Teen Talk is for you! Run by the team from Musculoskeletal Australia, and operating on its own private Discord server, Teen Talk is a safe place where you can jump online and chat with other young people who “get it”. For more information, check out https://msk.org.au/msk-kids-teen-talk

 

MSK Kids Teen Talk — Online Support for Young People with Arthritis – Musculoskeletal Australia (MSK)

New! Teen Talk – an online chatroom for teens with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Get excited! We now have a place where you can jump online and chat with other young people who “get it”. Teen Talk is a safe space for people between the ages of 1 3-2 0 currently living with a musculoskeletal condition or chronic pain. …

 

Saying it like it is: ACOSS letter to the PM and National Cabinet re COVID

Read the letter here. It reflects the leadership we would like.

A Guide to Online Peer Support

This guide is provided for people with diabetes seeking online peer support. The principles and framework will assist other organisations seeking to establish or build on their own online peer support. 

It’s Who We Are: exploring the role of peers

This article is from AIDS Council New South Wales and celebrates the value of peer support in improving the lives of HIV positive people, their families and friends. Worth a read by all those exploring the value of peer support. 

Friendly Faces Helping Hands

This website has been created by a family living in rural NSW who experienced all the difficulties of seeking medical care in cities where they knew few people and had little access to services. The site is full of information to help others in this situation.

TGA Resources on Medicinal Cannabis

For consumers, the new materials include:

For health professionals, the new materials include:

The new communication materials join existing guidance documents and other resources on the TGA website, all of which are organised under a new medicinal cannabis landing page.

 

The Value of Informal Care 2020

In this report, Deloitte Access Economics estimates the total value of informal care provided in Australia today and examines the implications of demographic trends and projections for informal care in the future. Informal unpaid carers provide care to others in need of assistance or support and are usually friends or family of the person in need. They make a significant contribution to the care and wellbeing of people with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness and the frail aged.

Need to understand genomic tests and the consent process? Find out more from this animation produced by Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance


Australia remains at significant risk of declines in health due to climate change, and substantial and sustained national action is urgently required. The 2019 report of the MJA-Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: a turbulent year with mixed progress. Read the full report


Women with Disabilities

Our new online program for women with disabilities thinking about applying for work. Everyone has strengths they can call on! See how they can be used to seek work, whether in a paid or a volunteer position.

“In developing this tool Working from our Strengths, it is hoped many women with disability will dare to begin the exciting journey of discovery to personal satisfaction of volunteer work and/or, realise new or renewed financial independence and security that paid work can provide.” Working from our Strengths Launch speech Aug 2019
Mary Henley-Collopy, Launch of Working from our Strengths 27 August 2019

Peer Support for Chronic and Complex Conditions Lit Rev March 2019

Table of articles reviewed on peer support FINAL

This literature review updates the evidence of effectiveness and cost -effectiveness of peer support as part of the care and self-management of many chronic conditions including physical ones and mental health. In this updated review randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews conducted between mid-2011 and 2018 are included as well as some ‘grey’ literature. The discussion raises questions as to whether other research methods might produce better quality evidence of what peer support does best in improving the lives of people with chronic conditions.