Thanks Hilary for a great description of "wicked" problems. I think anything to do with disability is a "wicked" problem, complex and nuanced.
Thanks Martin and others. Yes, I guess that was partly my point. Those disabled by war are something of an embarassment to the nation. As Hilary says a very moving exhibition, and very modest and unsung compared to the larger, more widely promoted Galipoli exhibition at Te Papa.
Thanks for the extra info Hilary. It is indeed a moving exhibition.
As a boomer I take mild offence at your remarks Sacha. We were the activists, and some of us at least still are.
Hilary, you can be forgiven for missing out the brief flowering of EEO in the public service in the late eighties - early nineties because, sadly, little trace of our hard work remains, including our disability pride weeks etc. However the obligations under the State Sector Actare still on the statute books.
Disability was included in the HR Act in 1993, following a strategic alliance with the gay community.
A lot of hard work went into getting disability into the first census in 1996
DPA was not originally a disabled peopl's organisation as it is now. It was set up to be an unbrella organisation for providers and the few DPOs around then, not called that of course. It became a DPO only after a fair amount of blood sweat and tears.
And lastly, thanks for the mention.
What strikes me about the book is the absence of the perspective of any patients. May O'Hagan's book "Madness Made Me" is a very interesting insight into and reflection on mental health services and institutions