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2018

Immediate action needed to address increasing homelessness, says AASW on World Homeless Day

Published: 10 October 2018

On World Homeless Day, the AASW calls on all Australian governments to take meaningful action to assure that every Australian is afforded the basic human right to affordable, safe and secure housing, including addressing the needs of vulnerable women who are affected by family violence, and older women.

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Social workers urge Australians to challenge assumptions and stereotypes on World Mental Health Day

Published: 10 October 2018

World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2018 is an opportunity to renew our commitment to increasing awareness, reducing stigma and challenging structural issues surrounding mental health disparities within our communities, Australian Association of Social Workers National President Christine Craik said today.

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Australian social workers welcome the Royal Commission into aged care

Published: 19 September 2018

Experiences shared on Tuesday night’s 4 Corners program are devastating, but do not come as a shock to Australia’s social workers. The AASW welcomes the announcement on the weekend of a Royal Commission into aged care and hopes it will address the cultural changes that are needed to correct a range of failings.

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AASW welcomes historic step taken to protect the most vulnerable in society, with the introduction of a Bill to register social workers in South Australia

Published: 5 September 2018

Steps are being taken to formally register qualified social workers in South Australia, following numerous government reports and coroner’s reports, and input from the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), the national peak body of the profession, with the introduction of a private member’s bill to South Australia’s upper house today.

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Child Protection Week 2018: AASW renews its call for greater investment in early intervention and workforce regulation

Published: 31 August 2018

Australian governments must make a significant investment in early intervention services to ensure children and families receive the support they need from skilled and knowledgeable professionals, said the AASW National President Christine Craik on the eve of National Child Protection Week.

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: 2018

Published: 9 August 2018

Australian social workers today commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This year’s theme is Indigenous peoples’ migration and movement.

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Australian social workers recognise National Homelessness Week 2018

Published: 6 August 2018

The theme of this year’s National Homelessness Week, 6-12 August is “Ending homelessness together”, and the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) agrees that ending homelessness takes an all-of-community approach, which also factors strong links to family violence.

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AASW decries recent vilification of the Sudanese community in Melbourne

Published: 26 July 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) is deeply concerned by the continuing vilification of the Sudanese community in Victoria by some of our political leaders.

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Because of Her, We Can! AASW supports NAIDOC Week 2018

Published: 4 July 2018

Today marks the beginning of NAIDOC Week 2018, which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures in Australia.

This year’s theme is “Because of Her, We Can”. AASW Director and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative Linda Ford said Aboriginal women bring valuable knowledge and experience to social work practice, especially when working with Indigenous clients and communities

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Treatment of asylum seekers must be an election issue, says AASW

Published: 19 June 2018

In Refugee Week, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) calls for immediate action from both major parties to address Australia's horrific treatment of asylum seekers.

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Elder abuse takes many forms and requires a community response, says AASW on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Published: 15 June 2018

Stopping elder abuse starts with raising public awareness in order to prevent the damaging impacts it has on older Australians, AASW National President Christine Craik said ahead of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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Social workers acknowledged in Queen’s Birthday 2018 honours

Published: 13 June 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) congratulates the social workers who received a Queen’s Birthday honour on the weekend.

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National Reconciliation Week 2018: Don’t keep history a mystery

Published: 27 May 2018

Today marks the start of National Reconciliation week and the AASW recognises it as an important opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, while renewing our commitments to work with Indigenous peoples to collectively address the injustices they continue to face.

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Give a little. Change a lot: AASW celebrates the contribution of volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Published: 22 May 2018

National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration which recognises the contribution of volunteers in Australia. This year, it will be held between 21-27 May, with the theme Give a little. Change a lot.

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Australian social workers endorse International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, support Safe Schools and decry conversion therapy

Published: 16 May 2018

Tomorrow is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and is an incredibly important date to support and advocate for the rights of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse people across Australia, and all over the world.

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Tuesday night’s Budget prioritised hip pocket savings over real help for Australia’s most disadvantaged

Published: 11 May 2018

Tuesday night’s Federal Budget was a missed opportunity to provide a decent standard of living for Australia’s most disadvantaged and for every school to be provided with highly trained mental health professionals the AASW’s National President Christine Craik said. 

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Federal budget must include provisions to ensure a decent standard of living for all, says AASW

Published: 2 May 2018

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National President Christine Craik today called on the Government to overturn the recent policies which have put a decent standard of living, and participation in the life of the community, out of reach of many people, ahead of the Budget speech next week.

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Recognising the vital work of social workers this World Social Work Day 2018

Published: 20 March 2018

World Social Work Day on Tuesday, 20 March celebrates and recognises the achievements of social workers and their commitment to improving the lives of individuals, families and communities across Australia and internationally.

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Close the Gap Day 2018: AASW renews its call for a greater focus on social justice and reconciliation

Published: 15 March 2018

On National Close the Gap Day, the AASW has today called for significant and immediate action to address the entrenched inequality and disadvantage faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.    

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AASW calls on Government to end its human rights abuses in Australia, as it takes its seat on the UN Human Rights Council

Published: 1 March 2018

Now that Australia has taken up the position on the United Nations Human Rights Council for the next three years, it is time for the Government to end the human rights violations which are occurring at home because of its own policies, according to AASW National President Christine Craik.

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AASW calls for registration of all social workers, leading up to SA state election

Published: 28 February 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers is hosting a social justice election forum in Adelaide at the University of South Australia next Monday, leading up to the state election to be held on 17 March.

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AASW strongly supports national strategy to stop elder abuse

Published: 22 February 2018

The AASW welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of its intention to develop a national plan for the prevention of elder abuse, and commitment to finally stop the devastating impacts that it has on the lives of so many.

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AASW urges a strengthening of the proposed redress scheme for survivors of institutional sexual abuse

Published: 15 February 2018

The AASW has today called for a strengthening of the proposed redress scheme in its submission to the Senate inquiry in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Northern Territorians asked to nominate a social worker for prestigious award for World Social Work Day

Published: 12 February 2018

The Australian Association of Social Workers is hosting the Mary Moylan Award for exceptional social workers and is seeking nominations.

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On the 10th anniversary of the National Apology, the AASW renews its call for action and justice

Published: 12 February 2018

On the 10th Anniversary of the Apology to Stolen Generations, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) today renews its call for immediate action from Australian governments in working with Indigenous leaders and communities towards reconciliation and social justice.

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Australia Day should be inclusive of all Australians, says AASW

Published: 25 January 2018

Australia Day should be inclusive of all Australians, says AASW

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) has today called for a national day which is inclusive of all Australians, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

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