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2017

Social workers advocating for a more just society: AASW National Symposium 2017 – Hobart, Tasmania

Published: 28 November 2017

Advocating for a more just society: AASW National Symposium 2017 – Hobart, Tasmania

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AASW: Violence against women is one of our most pervasive and preventable human rights violations

Published: 24 November 2017

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) is an important date for governments and the community as whole to raise awareness and commit to seriously addressing what is one of Australia’s most pervasive and preventable human rights violations, Australian Association of Social Workers’ National President, Christine Craik, said today.

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Royal Commission into Northern Territory youth detention marks major opportunity for change: AASW

Published: 17 November 2017

“The final report from the Royal Commission into Northern Territory youth detention highlights what is fundamentally a broken system and there must be a commitment from all levels of government to implement the recommendations” says Ms Cindy Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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National Adoption Awareness Week 12-18 Nov 2017: Greater resourcing needed for preventative service

Published: 10 November 2017

“Adoption Awareness Week is an important time for governments to consider the complexities of adoption, the long-term consequences for children and to make a commitment to adequately funding family support services,” says Ms Cindy Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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Australia failing to meet human rights obligations on Manus Island

Published: 6 November 2017

The government should intervene immediately to ensure that each of the people in the Manus Island detention centre has somewhere safe to live, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Social Workers, (AASW) Ms Cindy Smith, said today.

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AASW National Symposium 2017

Published: 2 November 2017

Advocating for a more just society: AASW National Symposium 2017 – Hobart, Tasmania

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New AASW President to continue social work's advocacy for a just society

Published: 27 October 2017

Social work lecturer and prevention of family violence advocate, Christine Craik, has been elected National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

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World Mental Health Day: everybody has the right to thrive

Published: 6 October 2017

World Mental Health Day (10 October 2017) is an important date to renew our society’s commitment to reducing stigma and encouraging people to seek support, the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Chief Executive, Cindy Smith, said today.

“We need understanding communities, greater resourcing and a system of services that is organised around peoples’ needs,” said Ms Smith.

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RUOK Day: AASW calls for better mental health support funding

Published: 7 September 2017

RUOK Day on 14 September reminds us that we need to normalise and better respond to the ongoing mental health needs faced by our communities, says the Australian Association of Social Workers’ Chief Executive Officer, Cindy Smith.

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Child Protection Week: time to better support vulnerable children

Published: 1 September 2017

Child protection work is one of the most challenging areas of practice and vulnerable children and families need the support of knowledgeable, well trained, accredited and well-supervised professionals, the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM, has said today, in the lead up to Child Protection Week (3-9 September 2017).

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Crackdown on asylum seekers will increase disadvantage

Published: 29 August 2017

The legal and social justice sector’s rapid objections to the withdrawal of support to asylum seekers and refugees shows that many Australians still value fairness and compassion, says the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM.

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Coercion not the way to reduce illicit drug use

Published: 23 August 2017

The Australian Government’s plan to drug test welfare recipients is flawed because it does not consider the complex nature of addiction experienced by addicts and their families, says the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM.

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We need to legislate now for marriage equality

Published: 10 August 2017

The government must take meaningful action and end the lack of legal recognition for same-sex couples as it is having devastating consequences on Australians,” says the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Cindy Smith.

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Homelessness Week 2017: It’s time to address the poverty traps that lead to homelessness, including family violence

Published: 4 August 2017

Homelessness Week is an opportunity for the government to seriously commit to providing meaningful interventions to address the basic human right to safe and stable accommodation, the President of the Australian Association of Social Workers, Professor Karen Healy AM, has said today.

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AASW to present evidence of much-needed family law reforms

Published: 24 July 2017

Urgent reform is needed to ensure that the family law system can more quickly and effectively guarantee the safety of people affected by family violence, says the Vice President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Christine Craik.

She will be giving evidence on Monday 24 July to the parliamentary inquiry into a better family law system during which she will call for the need for government to improve services, processes and staff training to support and protect those affected by family violence. Watch parliamentary live stream

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AASW welcomes Manus Island class action settlement

Published: 16 June 2017

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) welcomes the recent court settlement for Manus Island detainees as a victory for human rights, but much more still needs to be done, says National President, Professor Karen Healy AM, today,

“The $70 million settlement is an important step in addressing the physical and psychological injuries that asylum seekers have suffered as a result of the conditions in off-shore detention.

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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 the devastating impacts that abuse 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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