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Media releases - 2011

Social Workers applaud the Gillard Government’s support for the ASU community sector pay and conditions
14 November 2011
AASW members welcome and acknowledge the historic commitment by the Federal Government to equal pay for women in their reaching an agreement with the Australian Services Union (ASU) on appropriate pay increases for low-paid social and community workers represented by the Union.

Oranges and Sunshine: Social Work on the Big Screen
9 July 2011
The movie Oranges and Sunshine is a reflection of the power of the profession to work with people and address the Government policies that affect their lives.

Federal Budget delivers on mental health but misses the mark on employment
11 May 2011
The AASW has warmly welcomed the Federal Budget announcements on a range of mental health initiatives, which mark a new beginning in the way Australia provides services to people with mental health issues. Funding a national mental health commission and a national mental health consumer peak body will change and improve mental health services in this country.

Australian Indigenous Social Work and Social Policy Special Issue
22 March 2011
The Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) and Routledge journals have released a special issue of Australian Social Work on Australian Indigenous Social Work and Social Policy (volume 64, issue 1, 2011). One article from the special edition is now available free from

Response to the release of the Evaluation of the Better Access program
15 March 2011
Social Workers are part of the solution to the issues raised by the release of the evaluation of the Better Access Review. The release of the Review of the program has demonstrated the crucial and high quality clinical role that social workers play, as part of the Better Access program, in providing mental health services to a wide range of Australians with a range of mental health issues.

Social Workers at heart of response to crises and disasters - World Social Work Day 2011
15 March 2011
Marking World Social Work Day 2011, the AASW has stated that Social Workers are indispensible in the response efforts to disasters and crises. Social Workers have been at the heart of responses to the floods in Queensland and to tropical cyclone Yasi.

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