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Person-Centred Practice in a Pandemic

Stephen Noone Health Care, News Leave a Comment

At the heart of person-centred practice are values that ensure that the focus is on what matters to the person receiving support and their family. Those values of human individuality and connectedness resonate with all of us. But to what extent does a pandemic threaten the underpinning values of person-centredness? We are in the grip of a pandemic. Worse, we are in the grip of uncertainty and fear about how best to handle this pandemic. Fear instinctively drives us to consider self. Our own self-protection, our own self-importance, considering behaviours that we think are necessary for self-preservation. And because of our connectedness and reliance on each other and our feelings for those we love and care for, our thinking and …

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Those in the Shadows

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US Vice President 1965-69, Hubert H. Humphrey once said that “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and… [people living with a disability].” To do everything we can to protect our most vulnerable from contracting COVID-19 not only speaks to managing the highest health risks in this pandemic but more importantly speaks to the moral health of the entire Australian community. And yet the protection of people with a disability from COVID-19 infection has remained in the shadows of concerted Government efforts even though …

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Join Virtual Seniors Week

Chris Rattray Health Care, News

COTA Tasmania are inviting people to join the official online launch of Seniors Week 2020 on Thursday 1 October – the annual International Day of Older Persons. For the first time in the 22-year history of Seniors Week, there will not be a face-to-face launch event. Like over 30 Seniors Week event organisers this year, COTA Tas are going online for a virtual get-together. The Zoom webinar is free and open to anyone to join as a viewer, but registration is required to participate on the day. In keeping with COTA Tasmania’s 2020 theme to tackle ageism in our society using the tagline “Who we are. What we do.”, the launch webinar will feature interviews with several older Tasmanians living in …

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CRPD Human Rights Violations

Chris Rattray Health Care, News

Australia’s interpretation of the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was allowing human rights violations, a new research paper concluded. Violations include indefinite detention, forced treatment and medical interventions of people with disability. The paper, by University of NSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), says Australia has not made enough progress in achieving rights for people with disability over the last 60 years. The report is available here: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Shining a light on Social Transformation

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COVID-19 Human Rights Guidelines

Chris Rattray Health Care, News

The Australian Human Rights Commission released new guidelines to support the human rights of people with disability during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines will assist health care, disability services and support workers to take a human rights-based decision-making approach during the pandemic. Dr Gauntlett, the Disability Discrimination Commissioner, said the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the systemic disadvantage that Australians with disability may face. “The interaction between people with disability and the health care and disability support systems during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to significant human rights issues,” he said. “People with disability may be placed in situations where they become vulnerable and profound power imbalances exist. We need to ensure all people are treated with dignity and respect.” An easy-read …

myWAY Launch Event

Stephen Noone Health Care

The official launch of myWAY Employability, a smart web platform designed specifically to help young people on the autism spectrum plan and prepare for their working life. myWAY Employability guides young people to help them identify their strengths, interests, learning and environmental preferences, and then matches this information to relevant potential careers and employment pathways. myWAY Employability will be launched online by Jackie Coates, Head of Telstra Foundation, at 4pm AEST on Thursday 6 August 2020. Join us to celebrate the release of this exciting new platform for young people on the autism spectrum, and their supporters. The launch will include a demonstration showcase of myWAY Employability, and a live Q&A with the project team. You will hear from: Jackie Coates, Head …

Time for an AusCDC 

Chris Rattray Health Care

The COVID-19 crisis has reignited a long-running debate about the need for an Australian Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (AusCDC). The proposal for an AusCDC has been debated for at least the past 33 years.  In 2012, a parliamentary committee on trans-border health threats received submission after submission supporting the creation of an AusCDC, prompting the committee to recommend commissioning an independent review into the feasibility of its creation.  However, after a limited consultation and six-year delay, the federal government responded by saying a centralised agency to coordinate health emergency responses was not needed. This finding goes against the consensus of the Australian public health community. It goes against the advice of the Australian Medical Association. Worse still, it goes against basic common sense. As is usually the case, …

Nursing Staff Tribute

Chris Rattray Health Care

Thank you to all our life-saving and hard-working nurses that have helped to keep our community safe. This year has been… a little different!   We cannot express how much we appreciate our dedicated nurses and healthcare workers for putting their lives on the line every hour, every shift, and every day.   Do you have a great nurse-related story to share? Please feel free to let us know on our Facebook page! 

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information for Health Care Workers

Chris Rattray Health Care

What is a coronavirus and COVID-19? Coronavirus is the name given to a group of viruses that can cause either illness, like the common cold, or can cause more serious diseases, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). The new coronavirus originated in Hubei Province, China and the disease outbreak is named COVID-19. Coronaviruses can make humans and animals sick. How is it spread? The coronavirus can potentially be spread from person-to-person through the following methods:  Direct close contact with a person while they are infectious  Close contact with a person with a confirmed infection who coughs or sneezes  Touching objects or surfaces (such as door handles or tables) contaminated from a cough or sneeze from a person with a confirmed infection, and then touching your mouth ...