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2020

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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