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No respite for mothers caring for children with a disability

Any mother of a pre-school age child knows that life can be intense. There’s the bathing, feeding, toiletting, playing, comforting, trips to emergency, more comforting – not to mention the constant funk of niggling sleep deprivation. In most families, though, this phase of life eventually passes.

But for mothers who care for children with a disability, the job is unrelenting. In Australia, one in 12 children have a disability and in 95 per cent of cases, the mother is the primary carer…

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