Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Submit your young child to the early-intervention industry, or else....
"Part or full payment of the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement (payable at the end of the financial year 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012) may be delayed unless parents eligible to claim the supplement take their four year old for a mandatory health assessment."
"...Jenny Macklin, Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and Minister for Disability Reform, said the checks will help identify any physical health issues such as hearing or sight impairment, as well as developmental conditions and delays."
Roberts, Felicity (2012) Don't miss out on family payment. Web Child. 20 March 2012.
and this is what our close neighbours the New Zealanders are doing to their four-year-olds:
Bradshaw, Marina (2012) Universal Psychiatric Screening for NZ Pre-Schoolers. Mad in America. March 15th 2012.
Ministry of Health (NZ) (2010) B4 School Check information for ECE services and teachers. Ministry of Health.
You're never too young for a stigmatizing label and harmful mind-altering drugs!