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Aging with a Disability

Roberta B. Trieschmann, PhD; New York: Demos; 1987 ISBN 0-939957-01-9

Aging is synonymous with living; it is a process that begins at birth and evolves across the life span. Usually the change is subtle, evolving over many years so that “normal aging” results in the gradual reduction in scope and intensity of our activities. Sometimes the change is sudden, however, if we experience a major disability. Thus, many older people find that the miracles of modern medicine provide them with the opportunity to continue to live but with a sudden alteration of many dimensions of their lives.

There is another population, however, that has been overlooked: those who experienced a major disability in the earlier years of their lives, who have adjusted to the altered lifestyle, and who are now experiencing another decline in scope and intensity of activities. Thus, the issue of aging with a disability is a new problem for western societies, one that has caught our health care system by surprise.

As a result, this book has been written for all of us – all of us are aging, all of us experience a decline in energy and altered physical function over time.

A Parent Survival Kit

Adele C. Dingle; Victoria: Collins Dove; 1988 ISBN 0-85924-690-6

If you are a parent this book is for you. Whether you are parenting babies, pre-schoolers, primary school age children or teenagers, you will find skills for survival in this Australian book. Topics include:

  1. Communication
  2. Discipline
  3. Self-esteem
  4. Sexuality
  5. Adolescence
  6. Parenting alone
  7. Helping your child to succeed – and much more

Easy to read, the book contains cartoons and poems and a list of agencies, places, courses and people who can offer further help.

Amy’s (relentless, active, nutty, persistent, outrageous, roller coaster) Life

Amy Alexander; United States, What’s Your Wheelchair, Inc.; 2016 ISBN 978-0-9916079-2-1

Amy Alexander is an individual born fiercely independent. That did not change when she sustained a spinal cord injury at the age of twenty one. The injury left her paralysed for life from the shoulders down. Now, twenty two years later, Amy’s genuine hard earned guidance is transparent in everything she creates.

Initially creating the website, Amy began writing articles that shared her experiences living life with a spinal cord injury.

The title encompassed Amy’s entire mission: everyone has wheelchairs in their lives, holding them back from creating the life they wish for. Amy’s wheelchair is simply easier to see.

Six months later, the articles parlayed into the book, “What’s Your Wheelchair?” The book was followed with the self improvement course Amy designed, “The Power of Your Personal Development.” The course includes a live, seven week webinar in which Amy guides you through the biggest hurdles we face when trying to improve our lives, the reasons behind them and most importantly, how to get over them. This was followed by a well received video course, “Getting What You Wish Out of Life” in early 2016.

“Amy’s (relentless, active, nutty, persistent, outrageous, roller coaster) Life” is an extension of Amy’s mission, with a twist. Along with being a collection of articles, Amy shares daily experiences of the last year as she was creating her website, her first book, her self improvement courses and Some of it will make you laugh, some of it will make you cry and some of it will blow your mind. All of it will inspire you to roll up your sleeves and tackle the wheelchairs in your own life, stopping you from living the life of your dreams.

Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness [8th edition]

Edited by Kathleen J.W. Wilson, OBE & Anne Waugh; Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 1996 ISBN 0-443-05156-9

This book is unique amongst textbooks of anatomy and physiology in its appeal to a wide range of health care students, including nurses, radiographers, occupational therapists, ambulance drivers and complementary therapists.

The book’s success comes from the straightforward nature of the language and the many clear and colourful illustrations.

Each chapter provides an explanation of:

  1. The normal structure and functions of the human body
  2. What takes place when disease, or illness, disrupts the normal processes

Features of this new edition include:

  1. Reordering of the chapter into sections, which show the relationship between systems and how they help to maintain the function of the whole body
  2. Emphasis on homeostasis and the control systems that maintain it
  3. Additional new material on diseases of the skin and nutritional disorders; an overview of incontinence; an introduction to the study of illness; and pathological processes, such as tumour, shock and oedema
  4. Many new illustrations
  5. Revised and updated text, in particular on the blood and immunity

Australian First Aid Volume One

St. John Ambulance Australia; Melbourne: Canberra Press; 1989 ISBN 0-949569-16-X

St. John Ambulance Australia’s comprehensive first aid manual. designed specifically for Australian conditions and presented as a two volume set.Volume One contains all the information needed to cope with an accident or emergency, including:

  1. The St. John DRABC Action Plan
  2. Management of life threatening conditions
  3. Management of commonly encountered injuries and illnesses

*A Social Health Atlas of Australia: Second Edition ‘Volume 5: South Australia’

John Glover & Sarah Tennant; Adelaide, South Australia: Public Health Information Unit; 1999 ISBN 0-7308-9026-0

The publication of this second edition brings together a wide range of information about the health status of Australians by region, and the health service use by the Australian population. By presenting the data as maps, the atlas provides a graphical image of the distribution of health status, and differences in the patterns and levels of access to and use of health services at the local level throughout the cities, towns, and rural and remote areas of Australia. The format of the atlas makes the information easy to understand and readily accessible to broad groups of users, including public health planners, providers, researchers, students and the general public. The graphs of the newly developed Accessibility/Remoteness Index for Australia (ARIA) provide useful information for communities, as well as practitioners and managers in the health sector, to better understand the differences in the statistics that describe health status and health service use.

This data is essential for policy development and local area planning, and for monitoring and evaluating health services. It is also of major importance for resource allocation at the broadest level, and between areas, services and population groups. The maps and tabulations presented in this atlas represent a major compilation of information for these purposes.

Basic Science for Nurses: Second Edition

Barry Ryan & Marilyn Pedder; Australia: Griffin Press; 1982 ISBN

As each teacher of nurses attempts to guide their students toward the goal of excellence of patient care, they require resources which are both intelligent and realistic. This book has attempted and succeeded in meeting the needs of both students and teachers in their quest for improved patient care.Nursing care that strives for excellence requires a firm foundation of knowledge in many and varied fields. Basic sciences are needed to allow for understanding of the many aspects of nursing practice that are at present expected of the nurse and will be required of nurses of the future.The authors have applied modern concepts of basic science to nursing in a realistic manner which allows both student and teacher to learn and enjoy the knowledge contained within these pages.

The quality of information and examples given in the broad scope of the book allow the students to grasp concepts that give them skills to improve both their knowledge of science and nursing.

The authors have succeeded in their attempt to assist nurses to integrate basic science and basic nursing into a form which allows for greater knowledge of both subjects. Science no longer appears mysterious and nursing; rather, it has become demystified and integrated into nursing.

Breaking Free

Jean Mathew; South Australia: Peacock Publications; 2010 ISBN 978-1-921601-14-9

The inspirational story of a lady who never says die. Born with cerebral palsy, Jean Mathew has faced more trials and tribulations than many of us could ever imagine, yet still lives her life to the full, with a loving family and support from her large circle of friends.

The book traces Jean’s life through her ups and downs as she relates her story through times of tragedy and disappointment. Still she shines through and even offers tips on improving the reader’s own life!

The Charities and Non-Profit Book (2003 edition): A Reference and Guide to Major Charities within Australia

Victoria, Australia: Eagle Communications Trust; 2003 ISBN 0-949077-04-6

For 19 years, this book has continued to provide much needed information to thousands of bequestors and donors.This important and unique reference and guide affords charitable organisations the opportunity to explain their need for financial support in a visually informative way. The charities in this book show how they are combating the ever increasing demands made on them in our rapidly changing society. Funds donated, willed or bequested by interested and generous people represent a vital source of revenue to the charities in this book.This book is divided into a number of sections with key indices:

  1. The Alphabetical Index will track down all organisations in the book
  2. The Classifications Index will group organisations by the categories of their mission – e.g. aged, disabled, etc.
  3. The Section Indices show the physical page of the charity in that section, e.g. Front, National, NSW, SA, etc.
  4. A new section – Professional & Charitable Services includes Fundraising Consultants

*Competitive Tendering: How to write a competitive tender

Jean Roberts; Victoria, Roberts Management Concepts; 1997 ISBN 0-646-34414-5

A successful tender is one that not only wins the job, but also ensures that the project offered in the tender is followed through to conclusion.

  1. Tendering is a core business activity and growth strategy. It should be a natural follow on from your strategic and business plan.
  2. Don’t flinch at the prospect of competitive tendering. The business of winning opportunities and contracts has always been competitive in that it has never been possible for every offer to be accepted. If your organisation has won a tender or a submission, someone else has had to go without or with less.
  3. Separate the tender project from the tender document. Tendering begins by carefully reading the tender brief, and continues with sound and appropriate project planning, costing, budgeting and scheduling. Only then do you start to think about completing the tender document.
  4. A tender document should be a positive, powerful and persuasive marketing tool.
  5. Don’t overlook the option of inviting tenders for services you wish to buy from others, e.g. accounting, auditing, legal advice, maintenance, desktop publishing.

Complicated Trauma (Diagnosis and Treatment) (A Working Manual for Therapists, Physicians, and Pastoral Counsellors)

Robert Grant, PhD; United States, Roberts Management Concepts; 2009 ISBN 0-646-34414-5

Traumatic events can no longer be considered in isolation. More and more trauma victims are carrying a constellation of trauma related injuries, i.e., multiple experiences of trauma over the entire lifespan, along with substance abuse, developmental deprivations, personality disorders / features and a variety of co-morbid symptoms. All the above come together, not only to shape post-traumatic reactions, but also the very structure of personal identity. The needs of victims become even more complex when institutional, cultural, gender and religious factors are taken into consideration. Therapists can no longer afford to treat these elements in isolation.

This work provides practitioners a comprehensive approach to the assessment / treatment of Complicated Trauma. It goes beyond looking at trauma in terms of single events, PTSD symptoms, psychological stabilisations, and returns to functioning. Rather, it focuses on the underlying shifts that take place in organisations of self, other, world and God. It is a must for therapists, physicians, nurses, social workers, hospice volunteers, chaplains, humanitarian workers, pastoral counsellors, spiritual directors and body workers who accompany victims of trauma on their complex journey of healing.

Disability in the Pacific Islands

Jeff Heath; SA: McDonald-Heath; 1987 ISBN 1-86252-931-4

The single aim of this book is to document and share the experiences, expertise and knowledge of existing services for people with disability in the Pacific Islands.It is the author’s goal that this book will be but one step in raising the expectations of the island communities, and those interested in island affairs, to the true potential of the individual with disability.

Disability Politics and Community Care

Mark Priestly; London, England: Jessica Kingsley; 1999 ISBN 1-85302-652-2

Mark Priestly addresses the relationship between the politics of disability and community care policies. Guided by his direct work with representatives of the disabled people’s movement, he argues that although the ideas behind social policy and practice have started to reflect values such as participation, integration and equality, the current policy and its implementation often undermine these goals. ‘Community care’ still contributes to the view of disabled people as dependent and different, thus reinforcing their social exclusion and marginalisation.This book encourages health and welfare professionals and policy makers to start working much more closely with disabled people themselves. Priestly argues that involving disabled people in the design and production of their own welfare will break down the disabling boundary between service ‘provider’ and ‘user’ and will result in the reality of integrated living. He presents practical suggestions for the changes necessary for the proposed reorganisation of service provision which will redefine direct work with disabled people.

*First Aid 4 Every Emergency

Bruce Cameron and Melinda Asquith; Australia: 4 Life Training; 2011

Being confronted with an emergency situation can be very frightening. Knowing what to do to help the casualty in this setting is a wonderful skill. This First aid manual is designed to assist a First Aider by providing comprehensive but accessible information and strategies for many emergency situations.

Fundamentals of Case Management: guidelines for practicing case managers

Judith M. Siefker, Michael B. Garrett et. al.; USA: Mosby; 1998 ISBN 0-8151-2498-8

This book is a useful, easy to read reference for professionals in case management. Professionals will find all the latest information on:

  1. Training for the novice case manager and the case management trainee. This manual covers insurance-based case management and explains how case management fits into the insurance system.
  2. Guidelines on how to set up and operate an effective case management program.
  3. Comprehensive and fundamental information on case management with sample forms, report formats, checklists, and examples of criteria that eliminates the need to develop new case management tools.
  4. Cutting edge information on issues relevant to case management today. Information on topics such as case management in the 21st century, disease management, and much more are discussed in detail.

How To Be Resilient

Stacey Copas; Australia: Resilience For Results; 2015 ISBN 979-981-09-0016-8

Things go wrong. It is just a matter of when, not if. How you react to challenges will determine your level of success and achievement. The principles outlined in this book come from first hand experience in dealing with some of the toughest adversity one could face – a devastating accident at age 12 left Stacey a quadriplegic and needing a wheelchair for mobility for the rest of her life.

There was no textbook theory, fluff or hype that got her to where she is now, just real world, practical, in the trenches principles that got her from rock bottom to succeeding in business, sport and life. In this book, these principles have been laid out in the easiest way possible so now you can apply them in your life too.

Into the streets – a book by and for disabled people

Victorian disabled people’s self-help groups and their friends; Victoria, Australia: Disability Resource Centre; 1981 ISBN 0-959-3828-01

Most small not-for-profit organisations are under-resourced and under-skilled. Many are barely keeping their heads above water now the emphasis is on contracting out work in both the public and private sectors. Most are looking for help to cope with new demands for accountability and performance assessment.This book offers a broad introduction to the management issues faced by human service organisations, particularly small ones. It covers the basics of managing different roles and skills, staff and volunteer recruitment, maximising people’s contributions, managing financial and physical resources and managing change. The approach is practical and the text is illustrated with real examples.This book is an essential reference for students, board members, managers and others working in the human services sector.

Managing to Survive: Managerial practice in not-for-profit organisations

Alun C. Jackson & Frances Donovan; NSW, Australia: Allan & Unwin; 1999 ISBN 1-86448-728-3

Most small not-for-profit organisations are under-resourced and under-skilled. Many are barely keeping their heads above water now the emphasis is on contracting out work in both the public and private sectors. Most are looking for help to cope with new demands for accountability and performance assessment.This book offers a broad introduction to the management issues faced by human service organisations, particularly small ones. It covers the basics of managing different roles and skills, staff and volunteer recruitment, maximising people’s contributions, managing financial and physical resources and managing change. The approach is practical and the text is illustrated with real examples.This book is an essential reference for students, board members, managers and others working in the human services sector.

Managing Violence and Aggression: A manual for Nurses and Health Care Workers

Tom Masen & Mark Chandley; Edinburgh, UK: Churchill Livingstone; 1999 ISBN 0-443-05934-9

Health care workers are reporting an increasing incidence of violence and aggression from patients/clients and their families. Understanding the role of aggression in society, and recognising how it can be controlled and managed, requires an awareness that violence and aggression are fundamental human characteristics. Normally under control, they can flare dramatically under the influences of stresses like illness, worry and grief.This book helps health care workers understand how aggression can arise and how it can develop into violence. It follows the developmental path of violence, taking the reader from the phase of relative normality through to the phase of attack. While exploring the enormous body of literature and theory relating to violence and aggression, it concentrates on the practicalities of management, with a focus on prevention.The authors are nurses with long experience of managing violent and aggressive people. The book helps health care workers to move beyond their fear of violence to a recognition that they can manage it appropriately, safely, and with maximum positive outcomes for all involved.

*Mental Health First Aid Manual [Second Edition]

Betty Kitchener, Anthony Jorm and Claire Kelly; Melbourne, Australia: University of Melbourne; 2010 ISBN 978-0-9805541-3-7

This manual has been written to accompany the 12 hour Mental Health First Aid course. The course is designed for members of the public to learn how to assist someone who is developing a mental illness or is in a mental health crisis. The developing mental illnesses covered include depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance misuse. The mental health crises covered are: suicidal thoughts and behaviours, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, traumatic event, severe psychotic state, acute effects from alcohol or other drug misuse and aggressive behaviour. The giving of mental health first aid is most relevant in situations when it is first becoming apparent to others that a person in their family, social or professional network is developing a mental health problem. However, the course may also provide some useful information on how to assist a person who has a history of a mental illness or longer term mental health problems.

Night Life – Ten years of light in the dark – The story of MACS: The mobile attendant care service

Jan Dyke; Brisbane, Australia: MACS Publication; 2002 ISBN 0-9580817-0-0

This book is about a small group of people and their quest for a good deal in life. Together, they have built a small community based organisation that has been operating for ten years, assisting people with disabilities in a personalised way in their own homes at night. The service is driven and governed by people with disabilities, keeping the decisions about life close to the people being served. It is an uplifting journey told by the people involved, with many lessons to be learnt not only about service provision but also about life.

Paediatric Nursing

Barbara F. Weller & Sheila Barlow [Sixth Edition]; London, UK: Bailliere Tindall; 1983 ISBN 0-7020-1013-8

This book covers the essentials of basic paediatrics for the student nurse in general training and provides a sound introduction for the student paediatric nurses.Reflecting fully the modern emphasis on the healthy child, the text is presented in two parts.Part 1 discusses the basic principles of paediatric nursing and includes:

  1. Normal development of the healthy child
  2. The newborn
  3. The infant at risk
  4. The needs of the sick child

Part 2 takes a systems based, problem solving approach to the nursing care needed for the conditions that occur in childhood.

The appendices provide invaluable practical information associated with the art of nursing sick children.

Practical Project Management: The secrets of managing any project on time and on budget

Michael Dobson; Mission, USA: Skillpath Publications; 1996 ISBN 978-1-57294-015-4

Do you have an unlimited budget to complete your projects correctly? Can you take as much time as you need to get the project done? Do you receive clear directions when a new project lands on your desk? If you’re a project manager, then more often than not, you’re working against these kind of constraints day in and day out.In this book, Michael Dobson shows you that project management is more than just using the latest project management software, drawing charts and leading teams – it’s first and foremost a way of thinking about projects.No matter how many projects and deadlines you’re battling, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of each step in the project life cycle so you can bring your projects in on time and on budget every time.

This book will show you:

  1. The difference between a project and a program
  2. How to plan and manage your time and costs
  3. How to focus on the objective
  4. How to uncover hidden resources and opportunities
  5. How to brainstorm potential problems and solve them early on

Person to person: A guide for professionals working with people with disabilities [Third Edition]

Lindsay Gething; Sydney, Australia: Maclennan + Petty; 1997 ISBN 0-86433-113-4

The recurrent theme of this book is that people have disabilities. People without disabilities often have difficulty in looking beyond the disability to recognise and be aware of the actual person – a person who has feelings, opinions, financial worries, family commitments, sporting interests, sexual partners, and all the other concerns and features that go with everday life.From this sensible perspective, Lindsay Gething has again presented us with a refreshing, practical and informative guide to interacting with people with disabilities.This book gives a comprehensive view of what it is like to live with a range of disabilities, exploring individual, family and community reactions. The book focuses on issues such as personal adjustment, sexuality, being a parent, family and community living, appropriate behaviours, and strategies for interactions, with relevant medical information for accurate background. Each chapter also provides lists of appropriate resource organisations.

With a new chapter on mental health, and up to date international coverage throughout, this new edition reflects recent significant changes in the disability field, legislation and service provision models.

Vignettes and case studies with their personal perspectives highlight a major theme of the book: the uniqueness of the individual.

Promoting Health: The primary health care approach [2nd Edition]

Andrea Wass; NSW, Australia: Harcourt Saunders; 2000 ISBN 0-7295-3425-1

This best selling text has established itself as an authoritative resource for nurses and other health workers wishing to develop their skills in health promotion.Following the success of the first edition, this book has been expanded and updated in response to national and international developments in policy and action to achieve Health for All.The text presents an approach to health promotion based on the principles of social justice, equity, community participation, and the development of sustainable, balanced health care systems. It then examines a variety of strategies of use to health workers in the health promotion process, including health education, community development, group work, working with the mass media and the development of healthy public policy.

This book is a practical resource, designed to challenge and empower health workers with a commitment to promote the health of their communities.

Remaking the Body Rehabilitation and Change

Wendy Seymour; NSW, Australia: Allen & Unwin; 1998 ISBN 1 86448 499 3

Our lives are preoccupied with bodily maintenance. We spend many of our waking hours eating, exercising, washing, grooming and dressing in order to maintain our sense of self. What happens after major physical impairment? How do we relate to a damaged body?

Wendy Seymour interviews men and women who have suffered profound bodily paralysis, and explores how they deal with their appearance, relationships, sexuality, incontinence and sport. She finds that even major impairment hasn’t annihilated these people’s experience of an embodied self. She shows that the process of self-reconstruction is interwoven with social expectations and argues that the experience of disability highlights the continuous work involved in embodiment for everyone.

This book is a major contribution to the field of the sociology of the body and essential reading for rehabilitation professionals and students.

Solving Common Bowel Problems

Wendy Jannings, Jane Temblett, Georgia Cairns, Julie Pryor; Sydney: 2009 ISBN 1-74186-878-5

This booklet is an excellent tool and resource for people with a spinal cord injury who have bowel problems. It will assist in assessing and developing an individualised bowel management program. It is also suitable for people caring for someone with a spinal cord injury and a bowel problem.

Stop the world I want to get back on!

Elaine Peddey and Leonie Paddick; Port Adelaide, SA, Australia: 1995 ISBN 0-646-23488-9

This book is about choices – the choice between really living and merely existing.This practical and easy to read book has been written in response to the many, many people who have come through the authors’ seminars and asked: “When are you going to write a text book? You speak in a language we can understand.”The book is based upon the authors’ own personal experiences and those of many other people who have shared their stories with the authors. The strategies for healing and well-being after battling life’s storms, have been used, confirmed and proven by many people.

Life’s storms flow over into all areas and affect work performance. This book is a useful resource, assisting all people to find meaning, value and motivation in life.

Taking Charge A journey of recovery

Graham Martin; Brisbane, Queensland: Family Concern Publications; 2012 ISBN 978-0-9808207-8-2

Graham Martin was a general medical practitioner in England before migrating with his family to Australia in 1974 to complete his training in psychiatry. He has been professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Queensland since 2001, and, despite being an academic, has continued with an ongoing commitment to clinical work with troubled young people and their families.This book is the story of Graham’s partial recovery from Transverse Myelitis, a paralysing spinal condition that left him with ongoing loss of sensation and power in both legs, and a range of other handicaps. This book follows his journey from the first horrifying days in hospital, through a dedicated Spinal Unit, to his return to home, work and life.

The Human Body: A comprehensive guide to the structure and functions of the human body

Edited by Louise Bostock, Stephen Luck and Sam Merrell; London, UK: Marshall Editions; 1989 ISBN 0-86136-191-1

A superbly illustrated, comprehensive guide to the way your body works, including:

  1. Skeleton and muscles: the makers of movement
  2. The heart: the vital pump
  3. Respiration: the breath of life
  4. Digestion: fuel for the machine
  5. The brain: house of the human mind
  6. Skin and hair: the body’s protective coverings
  7. The senses: monitoring the outside world
  8. Growth and development: from embryo to adult

‘What we’re Wheelie like…’

Written by Gail Miller, illustrated by Samantha Stevens; Australia: Australian Self Publishing Group; 2011 ISBN 9780980635782

What If…your best friend was in a wheelchair and people always stared at them when you were out together? How would that make you feel? How would that make THEM feel?

Peep Inside…and you will discover that people who use wheelchairs are regular people, with feelings, who live their lives sitting down. Some things are tricky for them, but they often come up with very clever ways to do things.

They like to go to parties and dress in nice clothes.

They laugh and have fun, just like you.

That’s ‘What they’re Wheelie like…’

Without Due Care

Therese Mackay; Australia: 2010 ISBN 978-0-646-53747-4

Medical negligence is a subject no one wants to talk about until it happens to them.

It is made all the worse for affected families because Australia’s health system is saturated in cover-ups; a system so ruthless, it does not matter if trusting patients end up dead.

When our loved ones die from their medical treatment, it is human nature to want an all encompassing explanation on what went wrong. The duty to our loved ones kicks in and drives us. We expect statutory authorities to act.

Therese Mackay, in demanding answers to ‘what went wrong’ with her late husband Don’s treatment and care in a Sydney public hospital that led to his untimely and unnecessary death, was not only blocked by people with greater resources, but also not helped by those people whose help she needed because of their institutionalised indifference.

No bereaved family with iatrogenesis the cause of death should have to steer the investigation to find the truth. The Mackay family so did. But those people in power who failed to exercise their statutory duty and do what is right did not consider that the Mackay family’s efforts in wanting justice for Don would help others encountering the same tragedy when their loved ones too die from medical negligence.

The New South Wales health system let Don Mackay down. His family did not.

This is an account of a loving family’s plight and fight for justice for the late Donald William Mackay 1950 – 2007.

Your Health Rights: The essential guide for every Australian – A Choice Handbook

Australian Consumers Association; Sydney, NSW, Australia: APC; 1988 ISBN 0-900882-52-2

Every Australian uses the health system. But few of us know what our rights are in dealing with all kinds of health professionals. How can we ensure that our best interests are always protected and that our treatment is always clearly explained? This new book from the Australian Consumers Association, publishers of CHOICE magazine, clearly and simply explains what every Australian needs to know to be confident when dealing with the medical system. This book provides detailed information on how to deal with complex problems such as:

  1. Choosing a doctor
  2. Using medicines safely
  3. Choosing a hospital or nursing home
  4. Making complaints
  5. Consenting to treatment
  6. Protecting the best interests of you and your family
  7. Paying for health care
  8. Coping with long-term illness

Do you have a right to die? Can you refuse treatment? Are you entitled to access your medical records? This book explains the consumer’s position in all States and Territories on these and many other vital medical questions.