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2020

AASW – CALL TO ADDRESS AGEISM IN AUSTRALIA

Published: 1 October 2020

On the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is calling on all levels of government to do more to address ageism in Australian society.  

 

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AASW - FEDERAL BUDGET AN OPPORTUNITY TO OUTLINE PLANS FOR BUILDING A JUST AND INCLUSIVE AUSTRALIA

Published: 29 September 2020

AASW National President, Christine Craik has called on the Federal Government to use the upcoming Budget to focus on issues crucial for constructing an Australia that is better for everyone.

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Social workers welcome extension of telehealth

Published: 18 September 2020

The AASW has welcomed the announcement by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt of a six month extension to the temporary COVID-19 Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) telehealth items.

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AASW Renews call for Social Work Registration - National Child Protection Week 2020

Published: 10 September 2020

During National Child Protection Week, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is calling on all Australian governments to commit to the formal registration of qualified social workers in order to protect some of the most vulnerable members of society.

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World Suicide Prevention Day an opportunity to renew commitment

Published: 10 September 2020

The Australian Association of Social Workers is concerned about the impacts COVID-19 has had on the mental health of many people in Australia, and on World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) the AASW is calling on all levels of Australian government to commit to action to address the rate of suicide in the community.

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AASW welcomes rethink on cost of social work degrees  

Published: 25 August 2020

AASW welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that social work will be moved to a lower tier of fees in its reform package, in recognition of the essential role it plays in mental health, health and community services. 

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AASW continues calls for an end to mandatory detention as COVID-19 situation intensifies

Published: 14 August 2020

As 105 men remain in the Kangaroo Point Central Hotel after being flown from Manus Island and Nauru to Australia for medical treatment, the AASW is again calling on governments to end the practice of mandatory detention.

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AASW launches Reconciliation Action Plan, in the lead up to International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Published: 7 August 2020

The Australian Association of Social Workers has today launched its third Reconciliation Action Plan July 2020-June 2022, which is an Innovate Plan.

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Social workers urge government to lead economic recovery by investing in social housing

Published: 4 August 2020

During National Homelessness Week, 2-8 August this year, Australian social workers are calling for more investment in social housing to help end homelessness.

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Social workers welcome an increase in Medicare mental health sessions in lockdown areas: a start but not the full answer

Published: 4 August 2020

The AASW welcomes the announcement by the Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday, 2 August on the increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to the escalating COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia: AASW calls for an increase in social housing

Published: 7 July 2020

The AASW, in our submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness in Australia, calls on the government to build or acquire additional social housing.

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World Refugee Week 2020: AASW continues calls for an end to mandatory detention

Published: 18 June 2020

During World Refugee Week 2020, the AASW continues calls for the Federal Government to put an end to its punitive practice of mandatory detention.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020: AASW calls for better resourcing of the aged care sector

Published: 15 June 2020

The AASW is calling on better resourcing and funding for the aged care sector on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020.

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Governments need to act now to protect vulnerable children: AASW statement on Mason Jet Lee

Published: 12 June 2020

The brutal and painful death of 22-month-old Mason Jet Lee is a devastating tragedy and we call on all Australian governments to take immediate actions to assure no child has to ever endure what Mason went through in his short life, said the Australian Association of Social Workers National President Christine Craik, Queensland Branch President Ellen Beaumont and North Queensland Branch President Ross Murray in a joint statement released today.

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Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Bill 2020 continues human rights abuses, says AASW

Published: 12 June 2020

The AASW has called for an end to mandatory detention of asylum seekers in its submission to the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 [Provisions] inquiry.

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Australian social workers celebrate National Reconciliation Week 2020: In This Together

Published: 27 May 2020

The AASW celebrates National Reconciliation Week during this week 27 May – 3 June and what has turned out be a prophetic theme ‘In This Together’ and calls on all Australians to continue to work towards Reconciliation.

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Domestic Violence Inquiry report a missed opportunity: published without receiving a single submission

Published: 21 May 2020

The AASW is today questioning the Senate Committee in charge of the Inquiry into Domestic Violence.  This inquiry did not accept any submissions from the domestic and family violence sector and then released its report two days ago, three months ahead of its August due date.

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National Families Week: AASW calls on increased focus on family violence during COVID-19, and for a separate Medicare item

Published: 19 May 2020

The AASW calls for an increased focus on family violence during this Family Violence Awareness Month, with the increased incidence of FV during COVID-19.

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AASW calls for increase in Medicare mental health sessions, publishes guidance for GPs to refer to mental health social workers

Published: 11 May 2020

The AASW renews its call for an increase in Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)-funded mental health sessions in response to COVID 19, said National President Christine Craik.

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Australian social workers encourage everyone to download COVIDSafe app

Published: 27 April 2020

The AASW welcomes the introduction of the COVIDSafe app, launched by the Australian government yesterday and encourages everyone to download the app.

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Measures to respond to mental health during COVID-19 crisis are welcome, says AASW

Published: 30 March 2020

The AASW welcomes the measures the Government announced on Sunday, 29 March. The Association is working with members to implement the government’s new measures to respond to mental health concerns during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Australian social workers respond to COVID-19 pandemic

Published: 23 March 2020

The AASW is working with members and key stakeholders to address the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic.

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World Social Work Day 2020: Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships

Published: 17 March 2020

Today is World Social Work Day, a day of celebration for the social work profession, held every year on the third Tuesday of March. This year’s theme is Promoting the Importance of Human Relationships, which is set by the International Federation of Social Workers.

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Poverty, family violence, all a result of gender inequality, says AASW ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March

Published: 6 March 2020

The single most important thing we could do to eradicate poverty and family violence would be embrace this year’s International Women’s Day theme “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights” and make sure all generations of women, including those to come, have equality with men.

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AASW urges Commonwealth government to commit to continue funding the Equal Remuneration Order Supplementation

Published: 3 March 2020

The Commonwealth government must commit to maintaining the Equal Remuneration Order Supplementation funding for the community sector, which was put in place in 2012.

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Religious Freedom Bills potentially undermine Australian values

Published: 3 February 2020

The AASW calls on the government to halt the introduction of its Religious Freedom Bills into Parliament until the Australian Law Reform Commission finishes its inquiry into religious freedom exemptions in existing anti-discrimination legislation.

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Bushfire Recovery Access Program: Accredited Mental Health Social Workers ready to provide mental health support under new regime

Published: 17 January 2020

The AASW welcomes the Bushfire Recovery Access Program that comes into effect today and will see people affected by the bushfires, including first responders, receive vital mental health supports.

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Queensland’s move to end ‘conversion therapy’ a positive step, but falls short

Published: 16 January 2020

The AASW has called on the Queensland Government to broaden the definition of ‘health service provider’ to better restrict the practice of harmful ‘conversion therapy’, a harmful and discredited practice which purports to convert lesbian, gay and bisexual people into heterosexual.

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The invisible impact of the bushfires: mental health, trauma and family violence

Published: 14 January 2020

Australia’s bushfires are causing devastation on a scale the world has not seen before.   The AASW pays tribute to those fighting the fires, those individuals and groups assisting on the frontlines, and those assisting with the recovery process.

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