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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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