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2015

Adoption not a simple issue but best interest of children is paramount

Published: 17 December 2015

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report, adoption rates are at an historic low. This has resulted in a call by Social Services Minister Christian Porter for State Government child protection agencies to shift their attitudes towards adoption.

Australian Association of Social Workers' (AASW) President, Professor Karen Healy, however, in urging governments to adopt a careful approach to this issue.

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Ending violence against women requires structural, attitudinal change

Published: 25 November 2015

White Ribbon Day (the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) is the perfect opportunity for our political leaders and all corners of society to take immediate action and create significant structural, attitudinal and service-delivery changes in order to reduce and eradicate violence against women

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Social workers should be subject to professional registration

Published: 25 September 2015

The recommendation of the Select Committee into Statutory Child Protection and Care in South Australia that calls for social workers to be registered under the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA), including requirements for ongoing professional development and training, has been embraced by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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AASW welcomes Women's Safety Package

Published: 24 September 2015

The allocation of $15 million in the Women’s Safety package announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull acknowledges the place of social workers in a properly coordinated response to family violence, says the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers’ President, Professor Karen Healy. 

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Taking down the walls: Domestic violence seminar for Tasmanian social workers

Published: 27 August 2015

The thinking, knowledge and practice of social workers related to domestic and family violence will be challenged by a new Australian Association of Social Workers seminar that will be held in Campbelltown, Tasmania next Friday 4 September.

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Child abuse royal commission: Registration could help prevent abuse like BGD's in the future

Published: 19 August 2015

The AASW sees the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as a significant step towards exposing and addressing the pain and suffering caused to abuse survivors like BGD and hopes that it leads to policy reform, including formal registration, to ensure past atrocities are never repeated.

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Child sexual abuse royal commission: Why governments need to adopt redress scheme

Published: 19 August 2015

On Wednesday 19 August, the AASW will join three other key organisations that provide child abuse prevention and support services at a major parliamentary briefing session in Canberra. Together they will urge the federal government to implement the national redress scheme recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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What child protection workers need to do their job well

Published: 18 August 2015

The AASW agrees with the Mercury editorial published on 18 August about the need for Tasmania to have more professionally qualified staff with the expertise required to work with children with challenging problems.

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AASW applauds government's new family violence strategy

Published: 13 August 2015

The AASW  is pleased with the approach by the Tasmanian government's comprehensive Respect Relationships program which plans to address attitudes amongst men in society, starting with boys in school.

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AASW supports social work education for child protection work

Published: 10 August 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) welcomes discussion about how best to educate and prepare graduate social workers for work in South Australia’s child protection agency, Families SA.

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Proposed youth allowances legislation flawed

Published: 6 August 2015

The proposed Social Services Legislation Amendment (Youth Employment and Other Measures) legislation does not provide an effective incentive for young people to find employment. Instead it is punitive and complicates an overly complex system, says the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) who presented evidence to the Senate Inquiry in Canberra yesterday.

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AASW welcomes Royal Commission into Family Violence

Published: 3 August 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) shares the concern of the Victorian Government that the impacts of family violence are significant and a national emergency, and welcomes the commencement this week of the public hearings of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

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AASW supports protest against Border Force Act

Published: 9 July 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is taking the unprecedented step of supporting the street protest in the Melbourne CBD this Saturday against the Federal Government’s Australian Border Force Act. National Vice President, Christine Craik, says the AASW’s presence at the protest will be in support of its ongoing position against the mandatory detention of children and the attempt to silence professionals who report crimes committed against them.

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It's time to legislate for marriage equality in Australia

Published: 30 June 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) welcomes the US Supreme Court ruling regarding marriage equality and calls for the Australian Government to act accordingly.

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AASW joins call for amendment of Australian Border Force Act

Published: 22 June 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has united with 11 peak health organisations in a joint statement that calls for urgent amendments to the Australian Border Force Act 2015.

AASW National President, Professor Karen Healy, says that the secrecy provisions in the Act which threaten jail for professionals who disclose information about the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers in immigration detention, are appalling and unacceptable in a modern western democracy.

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AASW Senate submission strongly backs social workers on Nauru

Published: 19 May 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has today made public its submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Recent Allegations Relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru.

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2015-16 Budget: It's time to index government allowances to the average male income to end financial hardship

Published: 12 May 2015

All the major political parties should commit to ending the financial hardship faced by Australians on government allowances during their preparations for the federal Budget today, says the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Glenys Wilkinson. 

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2015-16 Budget: Not every Australian will benefit, vulnerable people miss out again

Published: 12 May 2015

The President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Professor Karen Healy, says tonight’s budget has made no changes to the Youth, Austudy and Newstart allowances that will continue to be paid at rates well below the poverty line.

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Mental health report needs to be released

Published: 16 April 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is calling on the Federal Government to release the full Report of the National Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services so its recommendations can be considered by the entire mental health sector and the community.

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Coroner's Inquiry should jump start reform

Published: 9 April 2015

The Coronial Inquiry into the tragic and preventable death of Chloe Valentine has highlighted the need for supervision of newly qualified social workers and for social workers to be registered like other professionals dealing with safety critical situations, according to the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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Close Nauru detention centre now

Published: 8 April 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the call by its member Viktoria Vibhakar that all asylum seekers on Nauru be transferred to Australia. The call was made in the Open Letter to the Australian People and was discussed on ABC TV’s Lateline last night.

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Reverse cuts to 'Close the Gap'

Published: 19 March 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is urging the government to reverse cuts to Indigenous services as we acknowledge Close the Gap Day on 19 March.

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Children out of immigration detention now say peak health groups

Published: 18 March 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has joined with other peak health groups in Australia to call for the immediate release of all children in immigration detention including those children held on Nauru.

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Remote communities not simply lifestyle choices

Published: 12 March 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) stands with the Aboriginal leaders who have voiced their concern about the Prime Minister’s dismissive comments about the significance of remote Aboriginal communities.

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AASW supports UN special rapporteur

Published: 11 March 2015

The AASW can confirm that Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, especially the detention of children, does indeed constitute torture according to the definition adhered to by the UN, as claimed by the UN's special rapporteur on torture.

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More incentives needed for rural practitioners

Published: 4 March 2015

Reports of Medicare Mental Health services being inequitably distributed is alarming, but not surprising, National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Karen Healy said today.

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McClure reforms fail students

Published: 26 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) believes the McClure Welfare reforms seriously disadvantage young people and others hoping to improve their situation by studying.

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AASW supports recommendations of Forgotten Children report

Published: 25 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) strongly supports the recommendations of The Forgotten Children report. Social workers have consistently reported to the AASW the damage done to children by prolonged incarceration.

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Prevention key to combating home-grown terrorism

Published: 23 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is deeply concerned new security measures announced today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott will jeopardize the social fabric that holds our society together.

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Child protection education in Australia: an AASW statement

Published: 20 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) sets and monitors educational standards for social workers in this country and utterly rejects Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs’ claim that there is “little if anything about children in social work courses” as reported in her evidence to the Coronial Inquiry into the death of Chloe Valentine (ABC 19/2/15).

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Spare the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

Published: 19 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) urges the Federal Government to continue their campaign to strongly oppose the execution of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

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Queensland Labor fo cus must be on areas hit hardest

Published: 18 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) urges the newly elected Queensland Labor Party to make youth unemployment, education and homelessness key priorities.

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Thousands face homelessness with closure of Home at Last

Published: 13 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) urges the new Victorian government to continue funding older persons’ housing service Home at Last, or thousands will face homelessness.

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Justice for Indigenous people needed ahead of apology anniversary

Published: 9 February 2015

In the lead-up to the seventh anniversary of the apology to the stolen generations on 13 February , the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has called for a greater focus on justice for Indigenous people.

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Australian of the Year award puts family violence on the agenda

Published: 27 January 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) warmly congratulates Rosie Batty on being named the 2015 Australian of the Year.  

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Open discussion key to a better child protection system

Published: 7 January 2015

Employees of Families SA should be openly encouraged to make submissions to the Royal Commission, according to The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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