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2019

We have to talk about poverty and inequality: Royal Commission into Mental Health Interim Report

Published: 29 November 2019

The AASW welcomes the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Interim Report and sees the recommendations as a good start but calls on all Australian governments to address the root causes, including poverty, discrimination and inequality.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: AASW stands with Generation Equality against rape

Published: 25 November 2019

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, the AASW supports this year’s theme and stands with Generation Equality against rape. Violence against women is our national shame, made worse by the disproportional rates of violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in this country.

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Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society: AASW Conference 2019 comes to Adelaide

Published: 6 November 2019

The theme of Australian Association of Social Work Conference 2019 is Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society. It will be held in Adelaide for two days from tomorrow afternoon.

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Schools need social workers: AASW welcomes call for improved wellbeing in schools

Published: 6 November 2019

The AASW welcomes the interim report on mental health by the Productivity Commission, and its emphasis on schools as places where young people’s mental health concerns can be addressed early and effectively.

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Medevac repeal is state-sanctioned torture: AASW

Published: 28 October 2019

Repealing the Medevac laws is tantamount to state-sanctioned torture and is in direct breach of our human rights obligations, said AASW National President Christine Craik.

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Registration of social work profession to be a highlight at upcoming conference in Adelaide

Published: 24 October 2019

The theme of Australian Association of Social Work Conference 2019 is Challenging Inequality: Working together for a just society. It will be held in Adelaide on 7-9 November.

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Cashless debit card especially harmful in small communities, punishes regional Australia, says AASW

Published: 21 October 2019

The Cashless Debit Card stigmatises and punishes people based on their location and unemployment status, AASW National President Christine Craik said today.

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Celebrating social workers on International Allied Health Professionals Day

Published: 14 October 2019

Today is International Allied Health Professionals Day and on this day, the AASW renews its call for mandatory registration of social workers.

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Centrelink’s debt recovery system is a war on the poor, says AASW

Published: 10 October 2019

Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system is a war on the poor and the vulnerable, AASW National President Christine Craik said yesterday.

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World Mental Health Day: The AASW calls for significant sector reform

Published: 10 October 2019

On World Mental Health Day, marked annually on 10 October, the AASW calls on all Australian governments take action to address the suicide epidemic we currently have in this country.

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Australian social workers declare a climate emergency: AASW

Published: 7 October 2019

“Australian social workers have joined social workers worldwide in declaring a climate emergency,” said AASW National President Christine Craik, who attended the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) Asian-Pacific Social Work Conference in September.

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AASW strongly opposes Newstart drug testing

Published: 12 September 2019

The mandatory drug testing of Newstart recipients, accompanied by a possible reduction in income support payments, is deeply unethical and does not understand the complex nature of addiction, said Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President Christine Craik.

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Invest in affordable housing, says AASW during National Homelessness Week

Published: 9 August 2019

During National Homelessness Week, which is 4-10 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in affordable housing to end homelessness.

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Celebrate Indigenous languages on International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, says AASW: 9 August 2019

Published: 8 August 2019

On the eve of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (IDOWIP), we reflect on the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples in Australia, and across the world, celebrating what has been achieved while recognising how much more needs to be done.

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NAIDOC Week 7-14 July: Voice. Treaty. Truth.

Published: 12 July 2019

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) welcomes Minister Ken Wyatt’s announcement this week that action will be taken to advance constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

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World Refugee Day: A new parliament, a new opportunity

Published: 20 June 2019

On World Refugee Day, Australian social workers urge the new parliament to fulfil its human rights commitments and give immediate attention to stopping the continued mistreatment and neglect of people seeking asylum and people who have been assessed as refugees, both offshore and onshore.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019: AASW renews call for a significant investment in aged care workforce

Published: 14 June 2019

Stopping elder abuse requires immediate action, said AASW National President Christine Craik on the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, and this starts with adequate resourcing and training the aged care workforce to be able to better identify the dynamics, attitudes and behaviours that lead to elder abuse.

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National Reconciliation week 2019 – A time to walk together in courage

Published: 30 May 2019

As we reflect on 2019 National Reconciliation week, and its theme – Grounded in truth. Walk together in courage. - the Australian Association of Social Workers calls on all Australians to learn more about Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, while renewing our commitments to work with Indigenous peoples to collectively address the injustices they continue to face.
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Natasha Stott Despoja AM to be the keynote speaker at AASW Conference 2019 in Adelaide

Published: 24 May 2019

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is pleased to announce that Natasha Stott Despoja AM will be the keynote speaker of the AASW Conference 2019, which will be held in Adelaide from 7-9 November.

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AASW supports International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

Published: 17 May 2019

On 17 May, the Australian Association of Social Workers recognises the importance of this date and issues raised by IDAHOBIT, as we continue to take a stand against discrimination of the LGBTIQ community.

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National Families Week 2019: The AASW renews its call for urgent action to address family violence

Published: 15 May 2019

During National Families Week 2019 (15-21 May), the AASW celebrates families as the central building block of our society. This year’s theme, Stronger Families, Stronger Communities, highlights their protective and nurturing capacity, while also recognising the threats to families from gender-based violence.

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AASW South Australian Branch Social Worker of the Year Awards 2019

Published: 3 May 2019

The night of nights for social workers in South Australia was held last night at the Beach House in Glenelg, hosted by the AASW’s South Australian Branch.

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AASW publishes its Federal Election Policy Platform 2019

Published: 24 April 2019

The AASW has today published its Policy Platform in anticipation of the Federal Election, to be held on Saturday, 18 May.

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Increasing income support would have made a better Budget than tax cuts, say Australian social workers

Published: 3 April 2019

The projected Budget surplus has been delivered off the backs of Australia’s most vulnerable, according to the Australian Association of Social Workers.

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Harmony is more important than ever this week

Published: 22 March 2019

Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch.

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AMHSWs are experts in complexity, new report published today says

Published: 21 March 2019

Accredited Mental Health Social Workers (AMHSWs) provide a vital service to those experiencing mental health disorders according to its new report Accredited Mental Health Social Workers: Qualifications, Skills and Experience.

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World Social Work Day: Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships

Published: 19 March 2019

World Social Work Day is held each year on the third Tuesday of March to celebrate the profession of social work and the role of social workers in the community. This year’s theme is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships. This year, it is held on 19 March.

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AASW South Australian Branch calls for Social Worker of the Year nominations

Published: 8 March 2019

The Australian Association of Social Workers South Australian Branch is seeking nominations for the Social Worker of the Year Awards to give individuals and groups who work with the state’s most vulnerable populations a chance to shine.

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Balance for Better: Social workers call for action on gender inequality

Published: 8 March 2019

The 2019 theme of International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter, with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calling for action on gender inequality.

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Australian social workers welcome the Victorian Government’s plan to ban ‘conversion therapy’

Published: 7 February 2019

As the Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers took to the streets on Sunday to support LGBTIQ Victorians at the Midsumma Pride March, the Association welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement that it plans to outlaw ‘conversion therapy’.

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