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2015

AASW President Karen Healy in the media about adoptions

Published: 22 December 2015

‘AASW President Karen Healy tells Guardian Australia readers that governments should not conflate the removal of children from abusive or neglectful situations with adoptions’.

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Call for shift in adoptions

Published: 18 December 2015

The AASW has been quoted in an article by Helen Kempton published in the Mercury.

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Why the cashless welfare card trial will leave us none the wiser

Published: 22 October 2015

An article on the 'cashless welfare card' trials legislation published by The Conversation quotes the  AASW's submission to the Senate Community Affairs Committee.

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Cashless welfare card slammed

Published: 29 September 2015

A federal government plan to trial a cashless welfare card in disadvantaged communities has been slammed by the AASW and ACOSS in an article published by Pro Bono Australia as a move towards a “more intrusive and disrespectful welfare system” .

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Domestic violence experts welcome $100m boost

Published: 24 September 2015

The Guardian has quoted National President Karen Healy in its report about how advocates received Malcolm Turnbull's suite of measures to tackle domestic violence.

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Briggs clarification: Advertiser letter

Published: 23 September 2015

In this letter published by The Advertiser, SA President Dr Mary Hood commends the significant contribution of Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs to the field of child development and child protection.

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Concern over trials social workers face

Published: 4 September 2015

The Mercury has reported that Tasmania's social workers are stretched to the limit dealing with family violence, child protection and other challenges in hospitals, schools and the community after attending an AASW family violence seminar.

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The complex challenges of child protection work

Published: 3 September 2015

In her letter to The Advertiser, SA President, Dr Mary Hood, says one of the most complex challenges of child protection work is to develop a relationship with parents that encourages them to change while at the same time holding the authority to condemn their attempts.

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Social workers 'must be obliged to report abuse'

Published: 21 August 2015

National President Karen Healy is quoted in this article in the Australian in which advocates for children raised in care express a need for social workers  to have the same obligation as teachers and doctors to disclose any knowledge of abuse.

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No direct evidence four week dole wait for young jobless will help, official concedes

Published: 5 August 2015

This Sydney Morning Herald story reports that a federal government official conceded the government has no direct evidence that the plan to make young unemployed people wait four weeks for the dole will help under 25s into work.

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No evidence dole wait will work: Department

Published: 5 August 2015

According to this Yahoo News report, government officials have admitted there's no evidence from other countries that making people wait a month for the dole will actually get them into work.

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'Punitive' plan to withhold dole will hurt domestic violence victims, inquiry told

Published: 5 August 2015

This AAP/Guardian story reports on how the parliamentary inquiry last Wednesday heard that young people and women fleeing violent partners will be put in danger if welfare is withheld.

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Defending social work training

Published: 14 July 2015

This ABC Adelaide's 891 Morning interview with Ian Henschke challenges National Vice President Christine Craik about the training of social workers. The interview followed the Coroner's recent decision about the eight social workers involved in the Chloe Valentine case in South Australia.

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Welfare concerns for domestic violence and the young

Published: 10 July 2015

In this interview with The Wire community radio, National Vice President Chrisine Craik was asked about the eligibility rules for a variety of welfare payments that penalise women trying to escape domestic violence and young people trying to get into the workforce.

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Social work training on track

Published: 8 July 2015

SA President Mary Hood responds to Professor Freda Briggs' latest comments about child abuse training in this letter to the Editor published by the Advertiser

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AASW member talks about her accredited mental health counselling practice

Published: 27 June 2015

Read AASW member Lauren Sokolski's profile in this Sydney Morning Herald article.

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Domestic violence in spotlight again

Published: 12 April 2015

Read this opinion piece in the Courier Mail by Karen Healy, AASW National President

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Ignoring the message of Gillian Triggs

Published: 25 February 2015

Read this letter to Sydney Morning Herald editor by National President, Karen Healy.

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AASW advocates with delegation for universal healthcare

Published: 24 February 2015

AASW attended this meeting covered by the Guardian

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Rosie Batty Australian of the Year

Published: 27 January 2015

The Age's 'Letter of the day' was written by National President Karen Healy

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Services to help perpetrators could reduce violence

Published: 27 January 2015

This letter by AASW President Karen Healy was published by the Australian
 

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Baby hatches: the safest solution for abandoned newborns?

Published: 25 January 2015

Interview with Karen Healy, National President, in the Herald Sun

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Let Families SA staff speak out

Published: 13 January 2015

Opinion article by South Australia Branch President Mary Hood, published by InDaily Adelaide

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