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way vital disability services are delivered,
in turn ensuring people with disabilities
have greater choice, control and
"Disability is a fact of life and it can happen
to anyone at any time,' Dr Hallahan said.
"So it's great we finally have a way of
providing people with access to the
support they need, as individuals, to build
the life of their choosing in the
community of their choosing," she said.
Full-time friends found in housing initiative
Flinders University's Dr Lorna Hallahan is
joining forces with fellow social studies
experts from across the country to develop
a world-first insurance network for people
Dr Hallahan, a Senior Lecturer in the School
of Social and Policy Studies, has just been
appointed to the Federal Government's
National Disability Insurance Advisory
Group to advise the government on a new
system of support for people with
disabilities, their families and carers.
The scheme will provide Australians with
insurance to help cover the costs of support
if they or a family member have a disability,
including mental illness, as well as accident
compensation for anyone who suffers a
Unlike the disability pension which goes
towards essential living expenses such as
food, rent and bills, the National Disability
Insurance Scheme will offer lifetime
payments to meet the cost of home,
community, recreation and work expenses
arising from disability, including respite
accommodation, personal carers and
The policy will cost about $12 billion to
initiate, with a recent feasibility report by
the Productivity Commission
recommending that it be funded through
government revenue rather than a levy.
Dr Hallahan said the advisory group,
which held its inaugural meeting in
October, will reconvene every two months
to work out the specific logistics of the
system before it is rolled out in 2016.
"This policy is equivalent to the
introduction of Medicare in 1974-75 and
reflects Australia's international
leadership because no other country
offers a scheme like it," Dr Hallahan said.
The idea of a national disability insurance
network was first mooted at the Australia
2020 Summit in 2008 and forwarded to
the Productivity Commission for
investigation, with the Commission
finding Australia's current disability
support systems are "inequitable,
underfunded, fragmented, inefficient and
give people with disability little choice".
Dr Hallahan, who is a member of the
State's Social Inclusion Board, said the
initiative will fundamentally reform the
Growing up in a country where people
with disabilities have little say over their
lives, Mayeso Kanyowile is relishing the
chance to make a positive impact on
South Australia's disability community.
The 30-year-old left her homeland of
Malawi earlier this year to study her
Masters in Disability Studies and Special
Education at Flinders University on an
AusAID Scholarship, and is now preparing
to move into a new supported
accommodation facility for young people
As one of two Flinders "house friends", Ms
Kanyowile will live in the Kardinya housing
complex in Blackwood Park for the next 12
months, providing care, support and
companionship to two young women
with intellectual disabilities.
Kardinya -- a partnership between the
State Government and disability service
provider Minda Incorporated -- is made up
of two homes, one of which is now staffed
by Minda and provides around-the-clock
care to four residents with high care needs.
The second facility, which opens next month,
will accommodate the Flinders students
and their two new housemates, both of
whom require lower levels of support.
"In Malawi the poverty rate is very high so
public expenditure goes to other areas
before the disability sector, as a result
people with disabilities are left with very
little choices," Ms Kanyowile said.
"That's why programs like Kardinya are great
because they allow people to live
independently and take control over their
lives," she said.
"But these programs cost money and need a
lot of government support to be
implemented -- that doesn't exist where I
Under the arrangement, the Flinders
students will receive rent-free
accommodation as well as a travel and
meals allowance, in return providing
ongoing care and support to the residents
with such tasks as household chores,
shopping and recreational activities.
While the pilot program is not part of their
degrees, the resident students will still
share their experiences in class to
encourage other students to sign up for
Ms Kanyowile said the program will not
only help people with disabilities gain a
sense of independence and inclusion in the
community, but provide valuable hands-on
experience for students who are looking
for employment in the disability sector.
When she returns to her government job
back home, she said her main goal is to
advocate for better support and
integration programs for people with
"For me this is an incredible opportunity to
learn from countries like Australia and
plan programs in my own country for
people with disabilities, especially as they
get older," Ms Kanyowile said.
Ms Mayeso Kanyowile
Flinders helps steer national disability scheme
Dr Lorna Hallahan
Mark Gregory in action at the velodrome. Photo: jmdigitalmedia.com
Staff show off their sporting mastery
Simply participating may have been the
driving ethos of the recent 13th Australian
Masters' Games held in Adelaide, but that
didn't stop numerous competitors from
Flinders winning places and medals across a
wide range of events.
The Dean of Graduate Research, Professor Jeri
Kroll, took three gold medals and a silver in the
over-60 years category of the Games'
equestrian events on her horse Petros.
In the pool, public health researcher Ms
Amanda Carne won three personal golds for
the 50 metre freestyle, 100 metre and 50
metre butterfly in the 40 to 44 age category,
and also swam in the bronze medal women's
4x50 metre relay team.
Mark Gregory from the Careers and Employers
Liaison Centre won two golds in the men's
indoor rowing for 43 to 49 year olds
(lightweight), and also notched up two cycling
golds in the 750 metre time trial and the 3,000
metre individual pursuit (45 to 49 years) as
well as a bronze medal in the 750 metre sprint.
Also successful was medical tutor Dr Anthony
Ilsley, who earned two golds in the 70 to 74
year-old division of the cycling, one for the
time trial and one for the road race; OHS
consultant Ms Adrienne Tilling compiled a full
set of medals, winning gold in the duathlon,
silver in the time trial and bronze in the road
race for the 60 to 64 age group.
Ms Kay Anderson, Manager of the Office of the
Vice-Chancellor, found herself just outside the
medals with her fourth place in the cycling
Dr Christina Hagger from the Department of
General Practice rowed her way to a gold in
the women's eight and also secured silver in
the women's double sculls.
Touch footballer Ms Amelia Kent, an
administrator in the School of Medicine, won
gold as a member of the undefeated Super
Dr Shane Jennings, assets manager for
Buildings and Property, put bat and glove to
good use as catcher and clean-up hitter
for the South Bay Tourists team, the gold
medal-winning over-35 baseball team in
the "serious" competition.
Dr Jeff Barrett, a researcher in medical
biotechnology, won bronze medals in the
800 metres, 1500 metres and street mile
races in the 35 to 39 age bracket, and also
played on the silver medal-winning
baseball team in the over-35 social
Another runner, Library IT support worker
Mr Iain Willoughby, won a brace of bronze
medals in the 45 to 49 year category for
the 5,000-metre event and the cross
Professor Jeri Kroll on Petros
Donated funds GoTo autism program
A cheque for $50,000 from the GoTo
Foundation will assist more children into
Flinders University's early intervention
research program (EIRP) for children with
The cheque was presented to Associate
Professor Robyn Young at the end of a
Melbourne-to-Adelaide sponsored bike ride
by members of Adelaide charity GoTo. It was
the organisation's third fundraising event of
the year, and their aim of raising $100,000 for
the EIRP during 2012 is almost within reach.
Associate Professor Young said the
importance of the funding to the program
could not be overstated.
"We do receive limited funding from the
State Government, but we always have a
waiting list, which can be very frustrating
for parents," Associate Professor Young said.
The program employs a 10-day intervention
and then trains parents to apply the
curriculum, which is supported by a
published module and DVDs, in the home.
"What we try and do is train the parents
to deliver the program in an intensive
fashion, but also empower them to deliver
the program in the home, at the dinner
table and in the playground, so that these
strategies of parenting are in place
consistently," Associate Professor Young
"What this funding means is that we can
have access to more kids -- we can get our
wait list down."
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