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Media releases - 2010

Community services workers need better pay and a workforce strategy
19 November 2010
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is disappointed that the Federal Government appears to be unwilling to resource a pay increase for the community services workforce.

Social Workers win Better Access campaign
12 November 2010
The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is tonight celebrating a campaign victory for mental health services for low income and disadvantaged people.

Minister Butler Launches new Code of Ethics
12 November 2010
The Federal Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, the Honourable Mark Butler MP, will launch the new AASW Code of Ethics at the AASW’s AGM in Brisbane this evening (November 12).

Social Workers congratulate new Government
13 September 2010
The AASW looks forward to working with the ALP minority Government on a range of issues important to social workers and their clients.

ALP Mental health announcement misses the mark
27 July 2010
The AASW is disappointed that the announcement by Prime Minister Gillard on mental health has failed to address the removal of social workers from the Better Access (Medicare) program.

Social workers unconvinced by responses to Senate Estimates on Mental Health
3 June 2010
The AASW is deeply concerned at the responses to Senate Estimates hearings on the Budget changes to Social Work services under the Better Access to Mental Health Services program.

Social workers win Government reconsideration
19 May 2010
Following productive discussions yesterday with Minister for Health and Ageing’s senior staff on the Medicare mental health program, the AASW welcomed the Government’s announcement to defer changes to the program until 1 April 2011.

Professor Pat McGorry joins AASW in condemning cuts to mental health services for low income, rural and regional Australians
12 May 2010
Australian of the year Professor Patrick McGorry has condemned the decision to remove social workers and occupational therapists ability to offer mental health services under Medicare. The move will hurt thousands of Australians. From July, many Australians with mental health issues who access these services will no longer be able to claim back the Medicare rebate currently available, which will frequently mean they are unable to afford the service.

Unregistered psychotherapists are a risk to vulnerable Australians
6 April 2010
The AASW has warmly welcomed the Federal Minister for Health’s response to ABC TV’s 4 Corners program on unlicensed and unregistered psychotherapists.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers