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Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Centre undertakes multi-disciplinary research and evaluation projects to inform the development and organisation of policy and services for people with disabilities nationally and internationally.

Challenges in Implementing Wellness Approaches in Childhood Disability Services: Views from the field

This study investigates the extent to which wellness approaches are implemented routinely in childhood disability services by allied health therapists.

Challenging Australia's "closed" model of neonatal care: the need for reform following Re baby D (No 2)

The withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment to newborn babies has generated controversies in developed countries. This article discusses the implications of such withdrawal in the Australian context. The authors argue that the approach is not in the best interest of children born with a disability.

Checklists for general practitioner diagnosis of depression in adults with intellectual disability

Researchers assessed two tools used for diagnosis and management of depression in adults with intellectual disability. The two checklists were almost similar. The carer checklist was more suitable than the GP tool.

Children with disabilities in. Australia

The purpose of this report is to detail what is currently known about children with disability

in Australia.

Children’s Health and Parental Labour Supply

This paper examines the relationship between children's long-term health problems and parental labour supply. Children's long-term health problems are associated with declines in household income, mainly due to parents' shift from permanent to fixed-term employment.

Closure of the Challinor Centre II: An extended report on 95 individuals after 12 months of community living

Individuals with mental health problems were relocated to community-based group homes. The study showed that relocation to the community was associated with a more active and normalised lifestyle than experienced in the institutional setting.

Cochlear implants and infants: Expectations and outcomes

This paper focused on the communication and motor development of infants who had underwent cochlear implantation. Their progress was tracked and measured. The results indicated noticeable growth in receptive language and motor skills after operation.

Cognitive impairment in Aboriginal people with heavy episodic patterns of alcohol use

This research determines the impact of long-term and heavy episodic alcohol use on cognitive function in Aboriginal people.

Comorbid physical health conditions hinder employment among people with psychiatric disabilities

This paper examined whether physical health conditions hinder employment for people with psychiatric disabilities. Comorbid physical conditions were negatively associated with employment status.

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