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The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia, is calling on the government to consider reforms to tackle the increasing number of older Australians waiting to access appropriate home care.

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UnitingCare Australia congratulates the Federal, State and Territory Governments for committing to work together to tackle this serious problem of elder abuse in our community.

Elder abuse is a serious issue facing too many vulnerable people and has ongoing negative effects on their lives that ripple through communities.

It is criminal behaviour that is wrong on every level

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.

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. 

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, 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.

Community service agencies of the Uniting Church make up one of the largest aged care provider networks in the country, with some 200 residential aged care facilities operating around 15,000 aged care beds. It also delivers care and support for thousands of older people who live in their own homes. In total, Uniting Church agencies are responsible for about 10% of community –based and residential services nationally.