ASAN AUNZ response to Sheltered Workshop Payout Scheme

*Information in this blog sourced from The Age: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/disabled-workers-go-to-federal-court-over-back-pay-20140119-312rx.html By Joel Wilson, for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network of Australia and New Zealand. Under laws for Australian Disability Enterprises (sheltered workshops), many disabled staff have been ‘legally’ paid about $1 to $2 an hour despite Australia’s supposed minimum wage being $16.37 an hour. Yes, you read…

Child vaccinations drop in inner-city and bayside Melbourne

Article by Alfred Chan, for The Age A swath of inner-city, affluent Melbourne suburbs are falling below safe vaccination rates for children, leaving doctors worried about an increased risk of potentially fatal diseases. Victoria has one of the highest immunisation rates in the country, but Health Department data shows several inner-city and bayside areas, including…

Protecting disabled people in group homes

Video: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2013/s3915884.htm Transcript TRACY BOWDEN, PRESENTER: For 30 years, the institutional model for disabled care has been disappearing across Australia. Instead, more and more people with disabilities have moved into small group homes, living in the community. For many, the change has led to better outcomes, but others have experienced disturbing incidents of abuse and…