Disability

NDIS roll out coming soon

A number of free videos and articles are being made available to help parents get ready for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The national rollout of the NDIS will take place in stages from July and will eventually grow to support hundreds of thousands of Australian children.

Julie Green from the Raising Children Network says their website has a range of free resources so parents can find out what the Scheme will mean for them.

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QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul and more Zedlines

The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement. (Image Source: Wikicommons)

QCOSS welcomes public transport overhaul
The Queensland Council of Social Services is welcoming the Palaszczuk Government’s public transport overhaul announcement.

QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says better targeting concession fares will remove cost barriers for people who need transport to look for work, and can help ensure equality for those on low incomes.

The public transport revamp could see over 90 per cent of commuters better off, with concession fares being extended to asylum seekers and those on the newstart allowance.

"Me Before You" not winning over all critics.

New film Me Before You looks set to be a box office hit but it has caused controversy for its portrayal of a quadriplegic man who would prefer to die than live with a disability. 

The film and the Jojo Moyes novel it is based on have been criticised by disability advocates. Moyes, it turns out, has never actually met a quadriplegic.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to quadriplegic Dr Shane Clifton about his thoughts on Me Before You and the representation of disability in hollywood.

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Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane yesterday - and more Zedlines

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane, Safer Families program announced in ACT, West Papua mural criticized by Indonesian Government, and more Zedlines.

Landmark environmental appeal heard in Brisbane
A landmark legal case was heard in Brisbane’s court of appeal yesterday, arguing against a proposed central QLD coal mine on the grounds it will increase global warming. 

Operators of the The Alpha Coal Project, GVK Hancock, argued that there would be no decrease in global emissions if their mine didn't go ahead, as another mine elsewhere in the world would take it’s place. 

Queensland urged to address Indigenous stolen wages and more Zedlines

Indigenous people's stolen wages and savings comes to the forefront with new taskforce (Source: Flickr)

Paralympian and disability advocate Marakye Jonkers backs new National Injury Insurance Scheme

Sunshine Coast paralympian and disability advocate, Marayke Jonkers, has thrown her backing behind the new National Injury Insurance Scheme for Queenslanders.

The scheme will provide treatment, rehabilitation and care for people catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents where nobody else is at fault from July 1.

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Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change

Exxon Mobil facing shareholder pressure for climate change, QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports, Sir Douglas Nicholls to be remembered as a part of AFL’s Indigenous Round and more Zedlines

QUT Project to Help People with Dementia at Airports

A QUT project is developing resources to make airports more accessible for people with dementia.

Dr. Maria O’Reilly is designing a user guide to Brisbane’s Domestic and International Airport Terminals as well as producing a resources kit to be used by airport staff.

Leonie Vandeven, says the new guidelines from the project will be integrated into Brisbane Airports’ current Disability Access program.

Petition calls for Indigenous police commissioner and more Zedlines

Those behind the petition are calling for greater diversity within an area that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. (Source: Flickr)

Petition calls for Indigenous police commissioner

The Queensland Government has been petitioned to appoint a second police commissioner of Indigenous heritage to help address over-representation in the justice system.

With two percent of the Queensland Police Service being of Indigenous heritage those behind the petition are calling for greater diversity within an area that disproportionately affects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

The petition is being considered by the state’s independent MPs with a response due by May 23.

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees - and more 10am Zedlines

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees, Australian recycles plastic for cyclone-proof housing, Azerbaijani Human Rights lawyers released from house arrest and more 10am Zedlines (Image: AAP Tracey Nearmy)

Brisbane Greek community donate to Syrian refugees

Brisbane’s Greek Orthodox Community is donating to Syrian refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. 

The community at West End are supplying basic supplies such as clothing, blankets, pillows, and canned foods.

The supplies are collected and packed into a shipping container at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George at West End. 

The donations will take 6 weeks to get from the Port of Brisbane to refugees in Greece. 

QUT to print first 3D ear for toddler

Report says Australia’s economy fairing well, and more 10am Zedlines

A key economic report has praised Australia’s performance, given the ongoing slowdown in China and the state of the global economy. (Source: Flickr)

Tributes paid to Tiga Bayles

Tributes are being paid to Brisbane-based Indigenous broadcaster Tiga Bayles, who died of cancer at the age of 62.

Mr Bayles was instrumental in setting up the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association (BIMA) and the National Indigenous Radio Service.

He was a leading figure in the land rights movement and helped set up Radio Redfern in Sydney in the early 80s.

3D-printed prosthetic ears being developed in Brisbane

Combating indefinite detention for the intellectually disabled

Numerous reviews and law reform agencies have recommended reforms to unfitness to plead laws. But changes have been laboured, when they’ve occurred at all.
A new research project at the University of Melbourne is investigating support systems that may help prevent disability-based disadvantage and discrimination in the criminal justice system. Dr Piers Gooding is a part of this project, and spoke about what he's doing.

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