Australia lags behind in disability employment

Research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) reveals that Australia is falling behind other developed nations in the provision of employment and other opportunities for people with a disability (PWD).

Australia ranks 21st out of 29 OECD countries in the provision of employment opportunities for those with a disability and the proportion of disabled Australians who live in poverty, 45%, is double the OECD average.  Unemployment rates for PWD within Australia are also double the rate of people without disabilities/serious health problems.

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Why you should use Maltron one-handed keyboards

Upper limb disability in Australia

There are many reasons why an individual may have limited or no use of one hand.  The main causes are: diabetes, vascular disease, trauma (e.g. an industrial accident), congenital conditions affecting the musculo-skeletal or nervous system and infections (such as sepsis and osteomyelitis).  It is estimated that there are at least 35,000 persons with amputations within Australia, which is likely to be an underestimate given that it is based on data gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1993.  Statistics from the US show that the most common amputation is partial hand (one or more fingers) and the next most common is loss of an arm.

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Revolutionary Maltron keyboard helps prevent Repetitive Strain Injury

What is RSI?

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) (also known as repetitive stress injury, occupational overuse syndrome and regional musculoskeletal disorder) is an injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous system caused by prolonged repetitive hand movements or sustained or awkward positions, such as those involved in computer, mouse and keyboard use. 

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