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When Will We Have a Vaccine?

This is the question many of us hope will be answered soon. Read this excellent article from the New England Journal Of Medicine to learn more.

Need to convince anyone about the value of face masks?

Check out this article from the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA Network) and look at the figure of the bus showing community transmission!

Youth Disability Advocacy Service (YDAS)

YDAS runs a free online leadership program for young people, aged 14 – 19, who identify as:

  • having a disability or medical condition
  • being chronically ill
  • deaf
  • vision impaired or blind
  • neurodiverse and/or
  • having lived experience of mental health issues.

The leadership program is open to young people anywhere in Victoria and is held online.Young leaders who take part in the program learn new leadership and advocacy skills, meet other young leaders, learn from well-known disabled leaders, and get ongoing opportunities.

Upcoming leadership programs

Applications for our September workshops close Tuesday 25 August 2020.

Applications for our October/November workshops close Monday 21 September 2020.

The leadership program is free. It is run with the support of the NDIA and Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). Sign up here

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.

Explaining the Virus and the Vaccine. See this clear explanation from the ABC here

First do no harm: a guide to Choosing Wisely in General Practice. Help RACGP in this project by completing the survey here 

See how a pandemic grows! (Maybe have a strong coffee or stiff drink first)
Global Deaths Due to Various Causes and COVID-19

A great article on people with disabilities and chronic illnesses on re-opening, after COVID 19. Read it here

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

Health and Climate Change

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.

Best Practice Framework In Peer Support

Ageing Well: Maintaining health as we age

This on-line course allows you to assess your healthy activities and find relevant resources if you need them.