Category: News

Elder Abuse Awareness Week

Elder Abuse and Neglect is a single or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust, which causes harm or distress to an older person. Definition adopted from WHO Toronto Declaration on the Global Prevention of Elder Abuse, 2002. Age Concern provide an Elder Abuse… Read more »

Not Dead Yet Aotearoa demands better disability stories

  Not Dead Yet Aotearoa were part of the noisy, high-profile protests around New Zealand yesterday, decrying the “disability snuff movie” Me Before You.   Not Dead Yet Aotearoa applauds that disabled people are calling Hollywood, actors and the writer out for “tired old stereotypes that exist only in overwrought imaginations. The protest is well… Read more »

Join the protests against Me Before You

Protests against the movie with the daft/dangerous/insulting storyline that its better to be dead than disabled are set for five New Zealand cities this week. Auckland Wednesday 15 June, 6 – 7 pm IMAX Cinemas, 291-297 Queen St, CBD Meet in front of the rocket-shaped lift, ground floor Free mobility parking in the Civic Car Park… Read more »

“I have seen too many people express a desire for death when actually all they are asking for is help.”

This week the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee issued a report with 49 recommendations about end of life care in the Australian state. The first 48 were about improving palliative care and advance care directives so that all Victorians can get high-quality end of life care. The 49th was a majority recommendation that euthanasia… Read more »

People Who Use Wheelchairs Don’t Actually Want to Kill Themselves

by David Bekhour, Medium, 29 May 2016 Mr Bekhour describes himself as “Attorney by training. Adonis by nature. Writer by choice.” He was born with a rare neuromuscular disease which means he has used a wheelchair his whole life. Recently he has had a tracheostomy and begun using a ventilator to assist his breathing. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t much… Read more »

Mental health workers struggling to cope

RNZ National, 7 June 2016 Information released to RNZ National under the Official Information Act shows a 300 percent increase in crisis mental health referrals to Auckland District Health Board in the last five years. Other District Health Boards are also reporting significant increases. Auckland mental health worker Andy Colwell says those working in the services nationwide… Read more »

Autistic man locked in seclusion: ‘You wouldn’t do it to a dog’

by Kirsty Johnston, New Zealand Herald, 7 June 2016 Ms Johnston reports that 37-year old Ashley Peacock has been compulsorily detained in a Wellington psychiatric unit for five years because of his intellectual disabilities, despite the Ombudsman, Human Rights Commission and National Intellectual Disability Care Agency calling for his release. More than half Ashley’s time… Read more »

Muhammad Ali: “I’m your brother, I want to help you.”

On 20 January 1981 Muhammad Ali coaxed a suicidal man down from a ninth-story ledge in Los Angeles. The man had climbed out from a window and was shouting “I’m no good, I’m going to jump.” The CBS anchor Walter Cronkite reported that “Police, a psychologist and a minister had all but given up when Mohammad Ali,… Read more »