UnitingCare Australia

UnitingCare Australia

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:37

Closing the Gap on Child Removal

ational Director of UnitingCare Australia, Claerwen Little, said today that action to reverse the growing gap in child removal rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other Australian children was needed immediately.

‘We acknowledge that resetting the Closing the Gap Strategy must be undertaken by Federal, State and Territory governments in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and communities. What we need right now are clear targets to address child protection added to the Closing the Gap strategy.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:25

Cashless Debt Card Trial

National Director of UnitingCare Australia Claerwen Little says:

‘’When we see that the trial of a new drug is making patients sicker, we call a halt.  The Cashless Debit Card is causing harm – it must be stopped and the $18.9 million a year misspent on it should be redirected to providing programs that really will improve health and well-being in the communities.’’

The Sexual abuse of any child is intolerable in a civilised society.

Today the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will be handed to the Governor General. It has been a harrowing journey for all the brave survivors with more than 15,000 people contacting the Royal Commission and over 2,500 allegations reported to the police by the Royal Commission. It is a national travesty that so many children have suffered. 

Friday, 08 December 2017 13:32

Drug testing welfare reforms

Drug testing removed from Welfare Reform Bill

UnitingCare Australia joins other organisations, doctors, health professionals and addiction medicine specialists in endorsing the removal of the drug testing provisions in the Welfare Omnibus Bill before the Senate in the Australian Parliament today.

UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare Australia have joined together to condemn the Federal Government’s Welfare Reform Bill saying a majority of the measures contained within the Bill will further punish and demonises people who are already on low incomes and need support.
The Bill (Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017) comes before the Senate tomorrow and the leaders of the major church providers group, whose members provide social services to more than 1.5 million Australians each year, wants Senators to recognise their concerns with the Bill.
 

Through the generosity of Australians, organisers hope to raise $1.5 million to support the thousands of community services and programs delivered across the Uniting Network. A few dollars could help women and children fleeing domestic violence, people seeking emergency relief or children and families in desperate situations.

Target and UnitingCare Australia have made it easy to contribute by simply purchasing an Appeal bauble for $1 or giving an unwrapped gift at their local Target store.

 

UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017.

UnitingCare Australia takes this opportunity to comment on provisions of the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Welfare Reform) Bill 2017.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 15:12

Connecting 3 August 2017

A fortnightly newseltter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.

Introduction

  • Somerville Community Services
  • Northern Synod
  • Final issue of Connecting

Random drug testing problematic

UnitingCare Australia Submission to the Review of the National Aged Care Quality Regulatory Process

Roadmap to healthy ageing vital for all our futures

Equally Well: Improving the physical health and wellbeing of people living with mental illness in Australia

Forntier Services makes it to final in Rural Hero Grant

Homeless Week - 'Action and Innovation'

Recent submisisons and media releases

Calendar

 

UnitingCare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia and Anglicare have today commended the ALP for its commitment to oppose the Government's proposed drug testing trial of social security recipients and call on other Members and Senators to do the same.