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In a two-piece story on Ten Eyewitness News, Jessica Turner talks with Youngcare advocates Emily Dash and Jane Watson as well as our CEO Samantha Kennerley about our building project at Auburn and the hurdles it has faced in the past two years.


Disabled youth forgotten
Aired Thursday, 20 November 2014



Disabled care facility at risk

Aired Friday, 21 November 2014






Youngcare Annual Report 2012/2013

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Youngcare's Annual Report 2012/2013 is now available. Click here to view the document.



Australia's NDIS reform recognises that disability could affect any of us

Bill Shorten The Guardian 03/02/14


When I entered federal parliament at the end of 2007, I was appointed parliamentary secretary for disabilities. After 14 years as a union representative, I thought I had seen unfair treatment in the workplace. I thought I had witnessed disadvantage and powerlessness - and I had. But nothing had prepared me for the invisible world of disability.


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Dead is not better than disabled

Dr George Taleporos ABC Ramp Up 31/01/14


With the current spotlight on street violence and warnings about the potential consequence of acquired disability, Dr George Taleporos is concerned about the way disability is being portrayed by the media as a fate worse than death.


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Festive season looking brighter

Daily News Warwick QLD 21/12/13


For Peter Ardrey this Christmas is looking much brighter than last year. On December 19, last year the wheelchair-bound Warwick man lost his house in a devastating fire.


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Breaking new ground

Jane Chudleigh City North News 12/12/13

The tin and timber style homes are designed to look like any other on the quiet suburban street. The difference is these dwellings will make a profound difference to the lives of young people affected by disability and their families.


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Julia Agostinelli loves her light-filled home in the Youngcare Apartments

Sunday Mail 03/11/13


Colour queen: Julia Agostinelli's wardrobe is big on bright, cheerful colour, particularly greens and oranges. She keeps her clothes organised by item and also ensures that most of her beautiful outfits have a matching necklace.


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Youngcare gives mum hope for the future

Peter Foley Queensland Times 02/11/13

Agnes Brown's daughter Angela requires 24/7 support and relies on her mum for assistance when support workers aren't around - and Agnes wouldn't have it any other way.


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Hope for young people needing care

Wide World of Sports 20/10/13

John Tassone broke his neck in a rugby league tackle and is now fighting to reduce the number of young people living in aged care facilities through Youngcare.



High-care housing gets boost

The Courier Mail 07/09/13

Youngcare will develop eight apartments on Albany Creek land it has been gifted by the State Government.


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Keep us young: Navigate maze of disability care

Cathy Morris 23/08/13


More than 7000 young Australians with a disability live in aged care and a further 700,000 are cared for at home. Dealing with every day life can be hard enough, but mountains of paperwork and trouble navigating available services add to the stress.


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Suitable care needed for disabled young

Rachel Browne 24/06/13

Jock Watson spent most of his 20s in a nursing home after a car accident left him with an aczuired brain injury, meaning he needed constant care.


While fellow residents tried to engage the young man in their bingo games and sing-a-longs, it was an isolating experience.


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QLD signs up for federal disability scheme

AAP 08/05/13

Premier Campbell Newman has signed Queensland up to the federal government's national disability care scheme.


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Channel 10 News Queensland: Housing Hope




Human Rights Commission: “Twenty Years: Twenty Stories”

Twenty years ago, life for millions of Australians got easier. The then Deputy Prime Minister in the Keating government, Brian Howe, introduced an Act that would, for the first time at a national level, make it unlawful for people with disability to be discriminated against. The genesis of change was the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth), which commenced operation on 1 March 1993.

Twenty Years: Twenty Stories marks the Disability Discrimination Act's twentieth birthday with twenty inspiring stories on film.

Click here to view the film.

Government Warns of NDIS Scam
Pro Bono Australia News 11/02/13

The Federal Government has warned people to beware of contact from anyone claiming to work for the Government who tries to make them pay an administration fee to access the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The Minister for Disability Reform, Jenny Macklin, and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Jan McLucas, issued a joint statement in which they warned people against falling for the scam.

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Premier Campbell Newman announces Queensland's commitment to NDIS

Koren Helbig, 12/12/12

Queensland has become the second state to commit to the National Disability Insurance Scheme with Premier Campbell Newman promising $1.77 billion toward the landmark scheme by 2018.


Mr Newman has also promised to reform the state's fault-based motor accident insurance scheme and adopt the no-fault National Injury Insurance Scheme, although it is not yet known how that plank will be funded.

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Queensland prepares for NDIS with ‘Your Life Your Choice’

Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
The Honourable Tracy Davis


Queensland is taking its first step towards introducing a trial of self-directed funding for people with a disability, one of the hallmark features of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said the Your Life Your Choice trial would start by the end of the year with a select cohort of people who are currently funded through Disability Services, as part of the Newman Government’s Six Month Action Plan.

“Your Life Your Choice will allow people with a disability to directly purchase their own specialist disability services, giving them greater choice, flexibility and control over the existing funding they currently receive from Disability Services,” Mr Newman said.


Click here to read the full statement


The Project, Channel Ten: Youth in aged care homes


Check out TV coverage of youth in aged care homes on The Project, Channel Ten.



Northern Territory News: On track to get young out of aged care

Conor Byrne, 08/06/12

DARWIN athletes will be running, throwing, and jumping tonight to help get young people out of agedcare homes.

Darwin High School student Michaela Blake, 17, from Woodroffe. Palmerston. aims to raise $1000 for charity Youngcare at a come-andtry session at Darwin Athletics Centre in Marrara.

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The Daily Telegraph: Families are seeking dignity and freedom

Laura Cencigh-Albulario, 28/04/12

MANUELA Sitchenko lives in hope that her husband, Mark, will be able to either come home, or find a place to live where he isn't surrounded by people who are decades older than him.

Mark, who sustained frontal lobe damage due to a brain tumour, is one of the 7614 young Australians living in aged care.

A gap in Australia's health care system means that, aside from aged care, or taking up permanent residence in a hospital, there are few alternatives for under 65s with an acquired brain injury or degenerative illness who can't be cared for at home.

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The Daily Telegraph: Mum finds a new life with `second family'

Laura Cencigh-Albulario, 28/04/12

FEELING like a mum again is the bit Hazel Marel loves most about living in a facility designed for young people with full-time care needs.

The 40-year-old, who has secondary progressive MS, was one of the first people to move into Youngcare Apartments, Brisbane, when it opened in 2007.

Her 13-year-old son, Clayton, spends most weekends and holidays with her. ``We can go out to the shops, or to the movies, he has his own bed in my room, and I have a little kitchen, so on Saturdays we usually have our own meals together,'' she says.

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Courier Mail: Jacana 5's plight highlights wider issue

Margaret Wenham, 14/04/12

BARBARA Douglass has paused to collect her thoughts so she can sum up the difficulties facing her severely brain-damaged grandson, Ryan, and his family as they try to secure him disability support funding and somewhere to live.

"A lot of people get worn down by it," the 71-year-old says finally. "Tell you what - there's worse things than death and that's the perpetual grief for families."

She's not saying, you understand, that it would be better if her beloved Ryan had died when his car hit a power pole more than four years ago, or that she would rather be dead than continue to play her role in the family's watchful and loving guardianship of him.

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Western Advocate: Asian challenge for Jock


IT is almost a decade since Jock Watson, a St Stanislaus’ College student, was involved in a car accident and suffered a severe brain injury.

Since the accident, Jock’s family, including his brothers and mother Jane, have been working tirelessly to raise money for Youngcare, an organisation that aims to help get young people out of nursing homes.


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The Age: Nursing home out of reach for diabetes sufferer

Michelle Griffin, 05/03/12

WORKING for country newspapers and radio stations, Leigh Dickinson travelled hundreds of kilometres in various jobs.

But since he suffered a diabetic coma two years ago, his horizons have shrunk to a hospital ward. Brain damage has burnt through his memories and speech; his eyesight is failing as his blood sugar still soars and plummets to dangerous levels from uncontrolled diabetes.

At the age of 35, Mr Dickinson is on waiting lists for a place in a nursing home, a fate his family reluctantly accepts.

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The Drum: Disability funding no indulgence, Mr Abbott

Stella Young, 01/02/2012

In a speech yesterday at the National Press Club, Tony Abbott outlined a plan for the nation if he is to land top job.

In summary, he wants the budget to be in "strong surplus", and until that happens there's a whole lot of stuff that's going to have to wait.

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is one of those things that's been put on the "let's wait and see" list.

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Ramp Up: National disgrace: poor quality of life for Australians with disabilities

Stella Young, 05/12/11

On Wednesday morning people around Australia woke to some news that surprised them.

A report released by PricewaterhouseCoopers told us that people with disabilities living in Australia have the poorest quality of life among people with disabilities anywhere in the developed world. We rank 27th out of the 27 OECD countries.

Click here to read the full story.

612 ABC: A Mother's Love

Georgia Stynes, 10/11/11

When 17 year old Suzannah Coad was seriously injured in a car accident in 2005 she sustained a life threatening brain injury. After the accident Suzannah required 24 hour care, a need too great for her family to fulfill at home. In another blow, her family then found out that there were no other care options in the Central Highlands other than living in the local hospital or aged care facility.

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Brisbane City News: NDIS vital for quality of life


Queensland-based charity Youngcare is one of many working in the sector to support the NDIS proposal before the Federal Government.

The organisation grew from a lack of suitable accommodation for young people with high care needs, something chief executive officer Marina Vit says is still lacking.

Click here to read the full story.

Croakey Blog: Young People STILL in nursing homes

Jennifer Doggett, 17/09/11
It seems obvious that aged care facilities are not an appropriate place for young people, yet it appears frustratingly difficult to provide accommodation for this small but very important group of people which meets their needs. A new study in the most recent Australian Health Review reveals the barriers that have prevented a government program from reaching its goals of moving young people out of nursing homes within five years.

Click here to read the full story.

7.30 New South Wales: Constance backs national disability reform [video]

Sharon O'Neill, 26/08/11

NSW Disability Services Minister Andrew Constance has urged for the national disabilities insurance fund to be pushed forward after discovering the domestic realities of living with a disability.

Click here to watch the story.

The Angry Cripple: Don’t pigeonhole the disabled on housing options


Mahatma Gandhi, one of the twentieth century’s greatest freedom fighters, once said of freedom, and I quote: “Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.”

As emphasised by Gandhi, freedom is a right. However, despite Gandhi’s pronouncement all those decades ago, freedom as a right represents a shadowy illusion on the outer circle of disability rights.

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7.30 New South Wales: Deceased man's family calls for disability reform

Sharon O'Neill, 15/07/11

A tribute to the efforts of recently deceased disabled man Shane O'Reilly and his family's campaign for a national disability insurance scheme.

Our sincere condolences go to Sue O'Reilly and her family.

Melbourne Times Weekly: Jamie Busbridge: Too young for an aged care home

Beau Donelly, 06/07/11

JAIMEE Busbridge has another name for the Department of Human Services. She refers to the government body, responsible for looking after Victoria’s disabled and disadvantaged people, as the Department of Inhumane Services.

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The Today Show: Carers

Mike Dalton, 30/06/11

A campaign for a national disability insurance scheme is underway to help families in need. TODAY’S Mike Dalton reports on the struggle of one particular family.

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The Canberra Times: Our moral obligation to vulnerable, marginalised

Sally Richardson, 24/06/11

Most Australians assume that Australia being what it is a wealthy, prosperous, nation people with disabilities already get the support they need.

However, if you believe this, then you are sadly mistaken. We are a first-world nation with a third-world disability system.

Click here to read the full story.

The Australian: Report offers new hope for disabled: a national insurance scheme would improve life for sufferers and families

Sue O'Reilly, 18/06/11

EVERY four months for the past six years, Perth mother Lesley Murphy has applied to the West Australian government for funds to help pay for the intensive care needs of her son Conor, who suffers from the life-limiting disability Duchene muscular dystrophy.

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Courier Mail: Support for disabled far from adequate

David Barbagallo, 14/06/2011

EDUCATION and health care for all are our rights as citizens of Australia - unless, it seems, if you are a person with a disability.

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Courier Mail: Plea for disability funds

Koren Helbig, 14/06/2011


PEOPLE with disabilities are worse off in Queensland than any other state as Government spending on services lags by almost $180 million a year, support groups claim.


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Sydney Morning Herald: Report reveals burden on carers to reach crisis limit

Alexandra Smith, 30/05/11


SUE O'REILLY and her family fled Australia for Britain as ''disability exiles'' 15 years ago in a desperate bid to give her severely disabled son, Shane, a chance at a better life.


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The Courier Mail: Failing system disabling economy

Mark Henley, 28/04/11

AT 42, Graham has quadriplegia and weighs only 45kg. He has to forgo lunch every day because his funding package for personal support doesn't stretch far enough to include a support worker during the middle of the day.

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The Australian: Politicians receive a compelling invitation from the nation's carers

Mike Steketee, 30/04/11

BY the time Julia Gillard returns from the royal wedding, she will have a letter with a less gilt-edged invitation waiting for her.

It is to spend a day helping care for a person with a severe disability -- to "walk in our shoes" as Sue O'Reilly and Fiona Porter, who signed the letter and who have disabled children, put it.

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Every Australian Counts: Lesley and Conor - Five reasons why an NDIS would change our lives

21 year old Conor was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative condition that means his muscles constantly break down and cannot repair themselves.

Watch Conor and Lesley, his mum, tell their story, and take a moment to learn how an NDIS could change their lives.



Every Australian Counts: James' Story

James Davies is just 20 years old and has spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy. He has "terrifying" concerns for his future and believes a National Disability Insurance Scheme is essential.

Watch his story here.

Pitt: Historic opportunity to bring about real change


Minister for Disability Services and Mental Health, Curtis Pitt told State Parliament today that the National Disability Insurance Scheme is an historic opportunity to bring about real change for people with a disability.

Click here to read the full media release.

Brisbane Times: Thumbs up for a national disability insurance scheme [video]


We are all just one accident away from potential disability, so how essential is a national disability insurance scheme?

Economics columnist Ross Gittins explains here.





The Daily Telegraph: The last frontier for human rights

Bill Shorten, 04/03/11

AUSTRALIA is a rich and generous country, but something we have never got right is how we empower Australians with a disability and their carers.

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The Australian: Time to see disability as a public, not a private, issue


EVERY now and again, a public policy issue emerges in which the social and economic arguments are so clear that it is hard to believe it is still being debated.

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The Australian: Day to day for families living with disability

Stephen Lunn, 01/03/11

MELBOURNE couple Sue and Neville Gregory were thrown into the world of disability care when their daughter Melanie was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at eight months old.

"When we end up in a nursing home we'll just have to take her with us because there is really no other option for us at this point in time."

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The Australian: Chance to show we're willing and able to help

Stephen Lunn, 26/02/11


FOR the millions of Australians living with a disability or caring for someone who is, Monday at 2pm will be a watershed moment.

But the rest of us should be no less interested when the Productivity Commission releases its draft report on Disability Care and Support. First, disability can affect any of us at any time. Second, the hit to taxpayers could be significant if the government pursues the commission's anticipated recommendations.


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Herald Sun: Pollies must join forces on disabled

Jill Singer, 23/02/11

THE political argy-bargy about a relatively small flood levy does not augur well for the millions of Australians holding out for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme.

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The Advocate: Scott's reward for dedication


After sustaining quadriplegia in a motorbike accident 27 years ago, Scott Stidston has been a tireless crusader for injury prevention and the promotion of inclusive communities for all people. This year he will join the campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme.


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Every Australian Counts: Robert and Mary's story



Every Australian Counts is the campaign for the introduction of a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


and how different life would be for both Robert and his family if Australia had an NDIS.


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 The power of choice - why a national disability support scheme is crucial


More than 45 years ago, a split-second action created serious consequences for Witta’s Alan Ashford, who sustained quadriplegia in a car accident. While the Productivity Commission investigates a proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), Alan, along with the rest of the disability sector, is holding its breath, hoping that finally a long-term care and support system will be installed in Australia.

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Herald Sun: Carers must be given fair support

Jill Singer, 2/02/2011

AUSTRALIA'S support for people with disabilities and their carers is in desperate need of improvement. The terrible plight of Rebecca Giddens, reported yesterday in the Herald Sun, highlights the shameful state of affairs. 


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The Australian: Bid to get young out of aged care fails, with a rise in the number living in nursing homes

James Massola, 25/01/11

THE number of young people forced to live in nursing homes is on the rise, five years after a government push to find alternative accommodation for the disabled and vulnerable. 


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Manningham Leader: National Disability Insurance Scheme a step closer



DONCASTER state Liberal MP Mary Wooldridge’s campaign to bring in a national insurance scheme for people with disabilities could soon see fairer treatment for Australia’s “underclass” of injury victims.


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