Wellness Rhetoric: Implications for Policy and Practice in Australian Childhood Health and Disability Services

Document Type

Book Chapter


Faculty of Computing, Health and Science


School of Psychology and Social Science




Bree, L., & Saggers, S. (2009). Wellness rhetoric: implications for policy and practice in Australian childhood health and disability services. In: Marshall, C.A., Kendall, E., Banks, M.E., & Gover, R.M.S. (eds) Disabilities: Insights from Across Fields and Around the World. USA: Praeger.


In this three-volume set, experts from around the world spotlight the latest research on physical and psychological disabilities, as well as the social, legal, and political issues that come to bear on those people affected. These authors teach us what the disabilities are, how common they have become, what challenges people with disabilities face, what treatments are available, and whether new promising efforts for rehabilitation are on the horizon. We also learn, in these volumes, about social actions that have advanced human rights for people with disabilities in countries around the world. Yet, we learn that in these same countries, discriminatory actions against people with disabilities continue to occur. The impact of different cultural beliefs about disability are explored and these beliefs are juxtaposed against legislative responses. In all three volumes, people with disabilities share their personal narratives about events they have faced in society. They provide rich examples of how culture, social interactions, and legislation can impact on people.