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2017

Social workers are in demand - SMH

Published: 9 December 2017

When the going gets tough, advice from a counsellor or social worker can make all the difference. Jobs in both professions are set to boom, according to Department of Employment figures, with work for skilled counsellors predicted to grow by more than 24 per cent and demand for social workers to rise by 22.5 per cent by 2022.

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Churches told to catch up - The Mercury

Published: 2 December 2017

IT’S time for the churches to catch up with the science of sexual orientation and gender diversity, retired High Court justice Michael Kirby says

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Humiliation, not help, in store for drug tested welfare recipients

Published: 24 August 2017

The AASW is cited in an article published by the Huffington Post, which expresses charities, medical groups and politicians' displeasure with the government's plan to drug test welfare recipients.

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Farewell for respected advocate

Published: 20 August 2017

A TIRELESS advocate for the disadvantaged has been farewelled in Mount Gambier by hundreds of friends, family and supporters.

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Social work closing gaps

Published: 8 July 2017

Linda Ford received the NAIDOC Excellence Award from North West Hospital and Health Service for a very good reason.

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Victorian youth justice centres falling apart, former insider reveals

Published: 29 May 2017

A former worker at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre has spoken out about a system she says is falling apart, as a parliamentary inquiry is told the inhumane treatment of young inmates is creating hardened criminals rather than rehabilitating them. The AASW's President, Karen Healy AM, was interviewed for this ABC report by Karen Percy which also cites the AASW submission to the Victorian inquiry. 

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Linda Ford honoured nationally - North West Star

Published: 20 May 2017

hen Director of Social Work at the North West Hospital and Health Service (NWHHS), Linda Ford, was invited for the third time onto the National Board of the Australian Association of Social Workers, she decided she probably should accept.

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Welfare Agency insists correct info is crucial DHS: No plan to restore staff to robo-debts - Canberra Times

Published: 17 May 2017

Australian Association of Social Workers national president Karen Healy told senators the removal of human oversight from the debt collection program had undermined public confidence in the system.

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Centrelink robo-debt inquiry

Published: 16 May 2017

The AASW was mentioned in three news stories on 16 May in relation to the Senate's Centrelink robo-debt inquiry.

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Budget 2017

Published: 10 May 2017

AASW National President Professor Karen Healy AM tweet was quoted by ABC in their Budget discussion

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Volunteers pitch in to prevent Indigenous families from being evicted

Published: 17 April 2017

AASW president Karen Healy AM spoke to the ABC on homelessness and closing the gap on 17 April & 18 April.

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Social workers branch out for knowledge

Published: 24 March 2017

Christine Ansorge, Centralian Advocate, 24 March 2017

THIS week saw more than 100 delegates descend upon Alice Springs for the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Northern Territory Branch conference.

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NT Conference: How marionettes can be used to highlight Indigenous issues

Published: 21 March 2017

The ABC has covered a story from the NT Conference about how marionettes are helping Indigenous people highlight Indigenous issues.

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AASW condemns Centrelink's release of confidential information

Published: 1 March 2017

The releasing of the confidential information of an individual who has spoken out against Centrelink’s flawed debt recovery scheme is an abuse of power and not the way to engage with vulnerable people, President Karen Healy AM has said in a media statement.

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Pokies’ link to violence debated - The Advocate

Published: 16 February 2017

Christine Hiltner, from Australian Association of Social Workers Tasmanian branch, said children were often the most vulnerable victims of gambling addictions as child safety was often overlooked and unstable households led to emotional turmoil and detachment, financial deprivation, and often normalisation of gambling behaviour.

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