A fortnightly newseltter from National Director Claerwen Little.
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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
Overall, the major changes in the labour market during the past five years have been positive for workers with disabilities. These changes can be attributed to the dual phenomenon of ageing in the population, and continuing economic growth, both of which increase labour demand. The Australian context is characterised by low inflation, consecutive years of economic growth averaging 4% per annum, successive surpluses in both Federal and State budgets, low official unemployment at 4.5% and anecdotal reports of emerging shortages of both skilled and unskilled workers in most industries (Waghorn et al., 2007).
Major church groups providing social services in Australia; Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia, today called on major parties to commit to an immediate and substantial increase in investment in community mental health.
UnitingCare Australia encourages the Federal Parliament to think about the needs of all Australians who are living with mental illness as they consider a motion on mental health to go before the House of Representatives today.
Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia said today that a new national report card on how Australian living with mental illness are faring will set a benchmark to help gauge progress.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Dementia and Veterans’ Supplements in Aged Care Consultation Paper of April 2013. We welcome the recognition of the additional care needs of people with dementia and mental health issues receiving support from residential and home care services. The following comments and questions of clarification are provided on the Consultation Paper.
UnitingCare Australia welcomes the National Mental Health Commission’s 2013 National Report Card on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and its establishment of clear recommendations for governments and the community.
“As a nation, we need to reduce barriers facing people who are at risk and experiencing disadvantage, understanding that mental health needs intersect with other core social services and supports,” National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said. “Many factors contribute to recovery, including access to good clinical treatment, a safe home, strong relationships and financial security.”
UnitingCare Australia today expressed concern about the abolition of the Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement.
“The Dementia and Severe Behaviour Supplement was introduced to meet the additional costs of caring for people with severe needs. While that cost has proved to be much larger than expected, that is reflective of the significant level of need we are facing. It is vital that we find ways to meet the needs of some of our frailest Australians,” said UnitingCare National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds.
The Government's announcement of $54.4 million in funding that will go over four years to a new initiative to support people with severe symptoms of dementia in residential care facilities is very good news," said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
"Our agencies provide the largest share of aged care in the country and we are consistently hearing that the challenges of caring for people with dementia are growing. Additional support to assist residential care providers in meeting this challenge is most welcome."
“UnitingCare Australia has welcomed Government’s response to the National Mental Health Commission report today.” said Lin Hatfield Dodds, National Director of UnitingCare Australia.
Professor Alan Fels, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission, noted that gains from mental health reforms dwarf those that could be realised in many other economic reform areas.