The Southern Cross : June 2011
Page 6 June 2011 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross | news As we all know, kids will be kids and accidents happen. Our personal accident insurance covers children 24/7, wherever they may be at home, school, even on the sports eld. There is no excess and it can provide a bu er between medical expenses and health insurance rebates. For the full list of bene ts, see the product disclosure statement available from us. * $32 per kid, per year inclusive of GST and statutory charges. Prices based on a policy with one insured person. This Insurance is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited (Allianz) ABN 15 000 122 850 AFS Licence No. 234708 and is arranged by Catholic Church Insurances Limited ABN 76 000 005 210 AFSL 235415, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, as a promoter for Allianz. A Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) for insurance products can be requested by calling 1300 655 003; or online from www.catholicinsurances.com.au. this insurance, Catholic Church Insurances will receive commission on these insurance products as a percentage of the premium paid for each policy. Ask us for more details before we provide you with any services on these products. Call 1300 655 003 or visit us at catholicinsurances.com.au * * * * * * * CCI0041 An Adelaide Catholic deacon has been recognised for unique research exposing discrimination and mistreatment by some healthcare providers against people living with physical impairment. The international study, the first of its kind in more than 40 years, found people living with mobility disorders (like Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis) were more likely to be subjects of abuse and inappropriate sexual contact by healthcare providers compared to able-bodied patients, said its author Deacon Shane O'Dea, 46. "I found there was a dramatic difference in the way healthcare providers treat people with physical impairments versus people who are able bodied," he said. "Healthcare providers' behavior suggests they generally have less respect for people living with physical disorders than they do for able-bodied people," he said. "I was surprised by the findings." The 2010 study -- a Health Science Honors thesis at The University of Sydney -- involved an online survey comparing the responses of about 150 able-bodied people with 150 people living with 50 different mobility disorders on perceived barriers to healthcare from GPs, occupational therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists and other healthcare providers. Deacon O'Dea recently received the Dean's Scholar Award for "outstanding academic success" and was recognised as a 2011 Dean's Scholar at a ceremony in Sydney last month. The results of his thesis, Disability, Doctors and Sexuality: do healthcare providers influence the wellbeing of people living with neuromuscular disorders?, will form the basis of a PhD study into the social, systematic and individual discrimination by healthcare providers of people living with physical impairments in a bid to change public and social policy. "Clearly these results relate as much to the 'system' within which healthcare is provided as to the practices of individual practitioners and warrant further study," said Deacon O'Dea. He said his background in counselling and his ministry as a deacon at the Colonel Light Gardens, Goodwood and Kingswood parishes were motivating factors for the study. Deacon O'Dea also has muscular dystrophy, a disorder that weakens muscles, and he has experienced first-hand passive discrimination when seeking access to education, healthcare and built environments. "As a deacon, I seek to be a voice for participation, justice and accessibility that might in some small way contribute to the continual development of a healthy society and Church consistent with Gospel values," he said. Award-winning research DISABILITY PIONEER: Adelaide Archdiocese Deacon Shane O'Dea is embarking on a second study on the barriers to healthcare for physically impaired patients. Workers' rights The right of workers to a just wage has been reinforced by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in a statement marking the 120th anniversary of Pope Leo XIII's Encyclical Rerum Novarum. The statement says the encyclical was the genesis of Catholic teaching on the spiritual, economic and social aspects of modern industrial societies. The bishops acknowledge that while the encyclical was firmly placed in its context 120 years ago, it has surprising relevance today. "The nature of work and the rights that flow from it continue to be a central part of modern Catholic social teaching," they stated. "As much as ever, we affirm that the worker is entitled to a just wage for the work performed and that the wage should be at least sufficient to support the worker and the worker's dependents." Refugee bishop A Vietnamese refugee who came to Australia in a refugee boat has been appointed a Catholic Bishop in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen was 18 years old when he, and his family, fled communism in 1980. His ordination as a bishop will take place in St Patrick's Cathedral on Thursday 23 June at 7.30pm. Since 2008, he has been in Rome serving as Assistant General, responsible for the Asia- Oceania section of his order, the Conventual Franciscans.