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Mental health social work enabling better access

Op-ed by Cindy Smith

Bushfires, floods, mouse plagues, housing stress and COVID-19 have all thrown the mental health needs of people living in regional Australia into sharp relief.

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Maurice Blackburn pitches in on social worker-centred legal service

By Jacqueline So

The firm will be collaborating with the AASW on a free "one stop shop" for legal concerns

Maurice Blackburn has unveiled its partnership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) on a social worker-centred legal service.

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Spotlight on AJ Williams-Tchen: Social work’s highest honour

Prominent Aboriginal social worker AJ Williams-Tchen finally had the chance to celebrate being the inaugural Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Social Worker of the Year Award for his innovative social work practice, including educating communities on cultural awareness, trauma-informed approaches, all underpinned by his commitment to Reconciliation.

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Stop jailing kids: calls grow to raise age of criminal responsibility

Jailing children as young as 10 in NSW prisons is adding to the problem of juvenile offenders and needs to be legislated against, a growing number of campaigners have told Central News.

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Coroner's report on the deaths of Amber Rose Rigney and Korey Lee Mitchell

The Deputy State Coroner has found the 2016 domestic violence deaths of two South Australian children could have been prevented if child protection authorities took a more "vigorous role" in securing their safety.

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The Australian Association of Social Workers has released its policy wishlist

The Guardian live political blog, by Amy Remeikis:

The AASW Policy Platform is informed by robust research and the experiences of our 16,000 members who work across the whole of the health and community service system.

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Surge in social workers experiencing mental health issues during Covid-19

Data shows job vacancies for social workers have almost doubled since the start of the pandemic, while the Australian Association of Social Workers says the sector will need to grow by 15 per cent in the next three years to meet demand.

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AASW at Mardi Gras

Here is AASW at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with ABC commentary.

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