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Social Policy & Advocacy 2018

NSW Mental Health Consultation

AASW NSW summarised and submitted members’ comments to the Ministry of Health regarding the DRAFT NSW Strategic Framework for Mental Health 2018-2022 and the NSW Mental Health Workforce Plan 2018-2022.

Comments focussed on the impacts experienced by individuals, families and communities and the importance of safe, available, accessible, appropriate, evidenced quality mental health care. Thank you to those who provided comments.

See our submission here (June 2018)

Submission to Revenue NSW regarding Work Development Orders

AASW NSW has recommended that Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSW) be approved to sponsor Work Development Orders (WDO) by Revenue NSW.

Work Development Orders allow eligible vulnerable people to satisfy their fine debt through unpaid work with an approved organisation or by undertaking certain courses or treatment. The order can be ‘sponsored’ (developed/approved) by a health practitioner, but social workers are not currently approved for this role. The NSW Branch, together with members of the Self Employed Social Workers Practice Group, has made a submission for AMHSWs to be approved for this purpose.

See the letter here (May 2018)

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