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2017

AASW Welcomes Manus Island Class Action settlement

Published: 16 June 2017


The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) strongly welcomes the recent court settlement for Manus Island detainees as a victory for human rights, said National President, Professor Karen Healy AM.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2017

Published: 15 June 2017

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an important date on which to make a commitment to address this serious issue and the devastating impacts that it has on older Australians, says the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM.

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AASW SA Branch Social Work Awards celebrating quality and diversity

Published: 1 June 2017

Winners of the second Social Australian Social Workers of the Year awards, hosted by the Australian Association of Social Workers South Australian Branch, will be announced during the awards ceremony held at UniSA City West Campus on 22 June.

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AASW supports Manus Island class action

Published: 29 May 2017

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the Manus Island class action that began in the Victorian Supreme Court today.

National President, Professor Karen Healy AM, says Australia has breached its international obligations to protect the human rights of people seeking asylum, which includes their living conditions as well as their safety and liberty.

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National Sorry Day about learning from the past: AASW

Published: 26 May 2017

National Sorry Day is an important day for Australians to reflect upon the devastating impacts that government policies have had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and make a commitment to change, says Australian Association of Social Workers National President, Professor Karen Healy AM.

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Budget further entrenches people into poverty: AASW

Published: 9 May 2017

The 2017 budget takes a punitive approach to welfare and targets some of the most vulnerable members of society. It will push people who struggling even further into poverty and social exclusion, the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Professor Karen Healy, AM, has said tonight.

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Balanced budget should not be at vulnerable people's expense

Published: 3 May 2017

The 2017 budget’s success should be measured in terms of its social impact as well as its economic
consequences, the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Professor Karen
Healy, AM, has said.

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AASW opposes Australian seat on UN Human Rights Council

Published: 28 April 2017

Australia’s history of human rights abuses has led the AASW to oppose its bid for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council. The opposition, expressed in a letter to the Commissioner, Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein, was delivered by hand in New York last week.

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Rosie Batty to join Victorian social workers at AASW’s World Social Work Day celebrations

Published: 17 March 2017

Prominent family violence campaigner and founder, director and CEO of the Luke Batty Foundation, Ms Rosie Batty, will address 130 social workers at an AASW World Social Work Day breakfast on Tuesday 21 March.

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SA Child Protection chief to talk at AASW World Social Work Day breakfast

Published: 17 March 2017

Child Protection Department Chief Executive, Cathy Taylor, will outline her vision for connecting all SA services for at-risk families and children, and the role social workers can play in community and government services, at an AASW World Social Work Day (WSWD) breakfast in Adelaide next Tuesday, 21 March.

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Regional and remote social work on Alice Springs' agenda

Published: 16 March 2017

Next week Australian social workers and other allied health professionals working in regional and remote services will gather in Alice Springs for the AASW NT Branch’s Dust, Diversity and Dedication Conference on 20–22 March.

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World Social Work Day 2017

Published: 16 March 2017

On Tuesday 21 March, social workers around Australia and the world will celebrate World Social Work Day.

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AASW calls for greater recognition of women’s paid and unpaid work this International Women’s Day

Published: 8 March 2017

We need greater recognition of women’s work in paid and unpaid roles and of the contribution women make through these roles to our community and economy, Professor Karen Healy AM, President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, said on International Women’s Day 2017.

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AASW condemns Centrelink's release of confidential information

Published: 28 February 2017

The releasing of the confidential information of an individual who has spoken out against Centrelink’s flawed debt recovery scheme is an abuse of power and not the way to engage with vulnerable people, the president of the AASW, Professor Karen Healy has said in a media release today.

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Regional and remote social services the focus of new NT conference

Published: 9 February 2017

Social workers and other allied health professionals interested in regional and remote service delivery and interdisciplinary human and community services are being invited to the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Dust, Diversity and Dedication Conference in Alice Springs on 20-21 March.

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Australian government must increase refugee intake

Published: 31 January 2017

The Australian government must make a stronger commitment to fulfil its human rights obligations and increase its intake of Syrian and Iraqi refugees, in light of the United States’ immigration ban, the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM, said today.

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Centrelink debt recovery scheme - It’s time to repair our broken welfare system

Published: 13 January 2017

Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system and its policies of coercion and confusion are causing significant distress to many disadvantaged Australians, says Vice-President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Christine Craik.

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