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Autism following a history of newborn encephalopathy: More than a coincidence?

This articles presents the findings of a population-based study of moderate and severe term newborn encephalopathy (NE) in Western Australia between 1993 and 1996. The study shows that children who had experienced NE were more likely to have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Autism in context 2: Assessment, intervention and services in Australia

Abstract Continuing from part 1, part 2 of the autism spectrum disorders review explores clinical practice and service delivery aspects of autism spectrum disorders including current assessment...

Behavioral and physiological predictors of guide dog success

This paper reports on experiments conducted to find ways to reduce the costs of guide dogs for people with vision impairment. This study reports that four specific behavioural responses, which may reflect anxiety and restlessness, predict low suitability of dogs for guiding work.

Body image and physical disability—personal perspectives

This study explored the body image concerns of people with a physical disability. It found that bodily impairment had a negative influence on their mental health. However, they gradually adjust to their different bodies and increasingly accept their disabilities over time.

Body mass index as an indicator of adiposity among adults with intellectual disability

This study examines the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and obesity. Data were collected from people with an intellectual disability. Results show a positive correlation between BMI and obesity.

Brief comprehensive quality of life assessment after stroke: The Assessment of Quality of Life Instrument in the North East Melbourne Stroke Incidence Study (NEMESIS)

This study evaluated the validity of the Assessment of Quality of Life (AQoL) instrument in a stroke population. Researchers interviewed 39 patients. The AQoL appeared as a valid instrument of health-related quality of life after stroke.

Can questions about social interaction correctly identify preschool aged children with autism?

The assessment of social development (SIQ) may assist in early identification of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This paper stresses the need for the evaluation of the SIQ at the point of entry to a clinical service.

Care and services for spinal injured people with, and without, neurological deficit

This article seeks to describe the care and service usage characteristics of people with spinal injuries, including people without significant neurological deficits.

Carers: doing it tough, doing it well

In the context of the NDIS and reform to federally funded carer supports, this report presents the results of evaluation of two block funded carer support programs run by Anglicare Sydney in order to identify impacts of caring and of current carer support arrangements.

Caring for older Australians: Inquiry report

Link to overview - http://www.pc.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0016/110932/aged-care-overview-booklet.

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