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Social policy and advocacy

SA Health Governance Amendment Bill 2019

Two SA Branch delegates attended the government consultation on this set of amendments in May 2019 within the SACOSS umbrella of membership collaborative advocacy.

Further information can be found here:

Older Australians in residential care denied access to medicare funded psychological treatments

AASW SA President Dr Mary Hood and Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and author Felicity Chapman have written to the Commissioner for Mental Health, Chris Burns. calling for his assistance in over turning policies to enable these vulnerable clients to receive access to clinicians under the Better Access Scheme which is available to every single adult in this country not living in a care setting.

You can read the letter to the Commissioner for Mental Health, Chris Burns here.

The SA Branch endorsed Election Statement is finalised!

Thank you to every member and supporter of the profession / association who contributed their ideas, feedback and advocacy skills in pulling this agreement together.

Longer term the SA Branch has a strong voice on matters of social inclusion, social justice, human rights and issues that impact upon the quality of life of all Australians.

Visit our social policy and advocacy section to view advocacy initiatives across the AASW.

  • AASW SA Advocacy for Child Projection Soical Workers and professional registration - ABC Radio discussion including a phone interview with Jennie Charlton, SA Branch Vice President, June 2016:  accessible here.

  • AASW SA Branch Feedback on the Draft Child Development and Wellbeing Bill 2015 accessible here

  • On the 30 January 2015, the South Australian Branch tendered a submission to the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. AASW SA Branch has called for a range key practice principles for child wellbeing and protection to be implemented. We would like to thank many voluntary contributors for making this possible. The AASW SA Branch President, Dr Mary Hood, has offered to speak to the Commission directly regarding ideas presented in this Submission. To read this document please click here.

  • In August 2014, the South Australian and National AASW offices combined efforts to respond to the South Australian state government’s Review of Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services. The Review tackles high level issues such as clinical governance, leadership, models of care and risk management. The AASW’s submission underscored the contribution of social work in these areas and of the professional structures and supports provided by the Association. We are now able to release the submission to our members here. Read the document submitted by a specially formed sub-committee of the AASW (SA Branch)

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers