Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Speaker: After the Apocalypse,

    Ten months after the Chernobyl explosion my five year old daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia. She was in New Zealand and Chernobyl was a long way away but I have often wondered whether it had an influence. They say that every growing thing at the time on the planet has traces of the Hiroshima bomb, and the radiation fallout from Chernobyl drifted around the world. So who knows who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and became susceptible to the effects.

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  • Hard News: Reimagining Journalism,

    Wonderful to see Kirsty talking about her research and writing about Ashley Peacock.

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  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z,

    Kirsty Johnston's latest article features a letter from Garth Bennie from the disability providers' network to the Minister of Health warning that the situation has similarities to that before the first Mason report in the 1980s. Annette King says at that time they first had to acknowledge that there was a crisis. Current government does not.
    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11701216

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  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z,

    Apologies to the security guards who have actually been very polite and friendly to me each day. Today the security post has shifted further along the corridor. You still need to go through it to get to Court Room 6 (which has adjourned until summing up next week) but there must be some action in one of the other rooms they need to monitor more closely.

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  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z,

    I have a feeling that the Ministry of Health is seeking some guidance and answers through this court case. Something that they can also apply to Ashley's situation. They seem a bit stuck.
    They will be summing up next week and then it will probably be a few weeks while the judge writes her judgement.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Wouldn't it be great if the Correspondence School had the innovative capacity to do that 'NotSchool' stuff. There are many people out there who could provide input about how to do it well. That would be an educational project we could support.

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  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    I suspect this is one way to get rid of those pesky kids with behaviour or learning 'issues' which schools do their best to dissuade from attending. If there is a 'cool' then that is an official option to send them to. Tidy solution for the Ministry and Minister.

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem,

    There is so much wrong with how NZ is doing policy on education at the moment.

    It's a bit like grabbing at ideas (many with an underlying principle of privatisation) and seeing how they fly. Fortunately, there is a lively informed social media network which can quickly analyse and spot the shortcomings eg in this article about the Tiso family (which isn't the full picture but all you can fit into a mainstream media article.
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/83481426/fears-daughter-will-miss-out-twice-in-change-to-special-education-funding

    Meanwhile one of my favourite autism bloggers has recently become active again and points to the problems with a system which relies on low status SENCOs and teacher aides.
    https://autismandoughtisms.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/teacher-aides-and-sencos-in-new-zealand-schools-symptoms-of-a-broken-system/

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  • Access: Disability as a wicked policy problem, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Don’t forget the family benefit. Married women got the equivalent of a third of national super (the pension) for each child. It went into their own bank account. So with three children there was the equivalent of an extra salary coming into the home. It could even be capitalised for a home with a 3% State Advances loan. Ironically, the family benefit went in Ruth Richardson's 1991 'Mother of all Budgets'.

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  • Access: Patients X, Y and Z,

    There is always a reason for behaviour. Is has context and does not occur in a vacuum. The purpose could be to gain something, access something, escape from something, remove something, or a result of pain or boredom. Or it just feels good.
    When trying to change behaviour positive reinforcement works better than punishment. Being alert to what triggers behaviour (antecedents) means it may be possible to divert undesirable behaviour at that point with appropriate strategies. It is very important to check out whether there are medical reasons such as untreated infection or pain. Much behaviour is as a result of boredom which can be addressed by active engagement. (I learnt all this by listening to the speaker Angela mentioned above but can apply to any behaviour in children or adults).

    Yet in our mental health system we seem to go straight to punishment, seclusion or other negative reactions.

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