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My mother has been caring for me for 24 years, so having a new carer was quite an adjustment.

At first having carers come to my home seemed like I was giving in to my disability, that what I could contribute would be lost. But now, after five months of having carers, I really look forward to their arrival on Monday and Friday mornings.
1 comment - on 16/09/2013
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Writer Carly Findlay opened her blog for Ichthyosis Awareness Month - with wonderful results.

May was Ichthyosis Awareness Month - aimed at raising awareness of Ichthyosis. DermnetNZ states Ichthyosis is a rare genetic or acquired skin condition affecting an estimated 10-20 individuals per million. Ichthyosis is characterised by persistently dry, thickened, rough, fish scale skin. There are at least 20 varieties of ichthyosis, including inherited and acquired forms. People with ichthyosis have a normal lifespan. However those with very severe ichthyosis may need to spend several hours each day caring for their skin so they can lead as much of a normal life as possible**.
1 comment - on 06/08/2013
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Our lives are made up of ordinary moments that can be made extraordinary.

Stones and rocks have an important place in our lives. We might not notice this. But it is true. The small stones and daily rocks in this article offer ways to view the world differently. Small stones are brief pieces of writing. They describe a particular moment in detail. Writing small stones helps us become more aware. We can all learn to write small stones. Daily rocks are messages. These encourage us to consider our thoughts and actions. Both small stones and daily rocks allow us to become more mindful and more kind.
3 comments - last comment on 03/07/2013
The Greenpeace ship, painted in dark green with rainbows on the bow.

The Rainbow Warrior III is a fast vessel with its own helicopter landing pad.

The third Rainbow Warrior, Greenpeace's new campaign ship, was on its first visit to Australia and had just arrived in Melbourne. One of the crew members said that the ship was here for a few days to raise awareness about what was happening on the Great Barrier Reef. A banner was flying, which said Save the Reef. It was an environmentally friendly Green ship. I gained new insights about Greenpeace and what was happening on the reef.
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Research suggests that CBS may impact on up to 20% of those with vision loss.

What happens if, after you lose most or all of your vision, you start seeing things that aren't really there? Are you losing your mind? This is the situation faced by many people with vision loss or impairment who are experiencing Charles Bonnet Syndrome.
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People with disabilities have made major contributions to Australian society.

Many people with disabilities have made major contributions to Australian society. But we do not seem to hear about them. There have been writers, media barons and politicians with disabilities. We even have had a saint with a disability. Although these people are well-known, their disabilities seem to have been forgotten. Highlighting their disabilities can help to dispel negative ideas about people with disabilities.
2 comments - last comment on 04/06/2013
Bobby, the life saving assistance poodle.

Bobby, the life saving assistance dog.

It was a surprise to see a large poodle in a busy Ballarat wine shop with its owner. The handsome dog, Bobby, was wearing a fancy vest and was standing alert like a soldier. He and his handler are a team, but this standard poodle is not a pet. He's a highly trained assistance dog who cannot be separated from his handler, Margaret. That includes being together on an international flight. Her life depends on Bobby, he is there to ensure Margaret is safe.
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Unhappy woman talking with her doctor.

A good relationship with your health provider is important

A good relationship with your health provider is important. But sometimes problems can arise. They can be difficult to resolve. Dr Grant Davies is Victoria's Acting Health Services Commissioner. He suggests people approach their health providers directly. Sometimes providers don't realise there is a problem. People can also make more formal complaints. All Australian states and territories have organisations to deal with these complaints. There is also a national agency to investigate more serious matters. Complaints can help improve our healthcare system. It worthwhile remembering that it's ok to complain.
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Art therapy is a visual language for communication of emotion

Art therapy is a visual language for communication. It is used in positive ways to explore and even eliminate the problems surrounding many mental illnesses. The place in which I live offers regular art therapy by workers with a strong artistic background. Living with people with different mental illnesses we can all gain from the art therapy by coming together to paint, draw or simply colour in pictures in a safe place. Art therapy has been proven to reduce the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression in particular.
2 comments - last comment on 10/05/2013
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People with disabilities and females in particular will soon know the outcome of an inquiry into forced sterilisation in Australia.

People with disabilities and females in particular will soon know the outcome of an inquiry into forced sterilisation in Australia. The report on submissions by disability advocates and people affected signals the urgent need for long-overdue changes to the law. Such changes would go a long way to protect and respect the rights of girls, women and people with disabilities. Views are both varied and complex.
3 comments - last comment on 26/07/2013