Friday, 21 July 2017 11:12

Connecting 20 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from Natioanal Director Claerwen Little.

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Bronwyn Pike new Chair of UnitingCare Australia National Committee

Somerville Community Services

Early childhood education survey

Response to Treasury Discussion Paper on Tax Deductible Gift Reforms

Submission to Productivity Commission Report

Minister Ken Wyatt praises Blue Care facility in Cairns

Greens release video about cashless welfare card

New National Director for UnitingWorld

Uniting Church stands against Islamophobia

Services encouraged to nominate for National Disability Awards

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

 

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 10:10

Connecting 6 July 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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UnitingCare Australia marks 40th annivesary

40th anniversary recognised in Parliament

Parliament House vigil for children living in poverty

Keeping in touch

UnitingCare Australia provides feedback on draft NDIS Code of Conduct

UnitingCare Australia looking for Senior Policy Analyst

Single Uniting identity for Victoria and Tasmania

OECD report on early childhood education and care has implications for Australia

Affordable, accessible and appropriate housing for older Australians

Resthaven sponsors research into benefits of respite care

Disability Employment Services paper released

NAIDOC Week

2016 Census data release important for community service

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 09:36

Connecting 8 June 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

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Introduction

  • proposed trial of random drug testing for Newstart and Youth Allowance recipients
  • visit from Uniting in NSW.ACT's Advocate for Aboriginal People Ray McMinn
  • UnitingCare Queensland CEO Anne Cross moving on

Letter to PM on proposed Royal Commission into violence against people with a disability

Research and evaluation

Aged care update

  • first meetings of aged care workgroups
  • My Aged Care website launched

UnitingCare network at forefront of community and business partnerships

Wesley Mission Queensland hosts Shadow Minister for Ageing

Breaking the fast

Queensland synod marks 40th anniversary

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

 

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Monday, 29 May 2017 16:11

Connecting 25 May 2017

A fortnightly newsletter from National Director Claerwen Little.

To read the issue go here.

Introduction

  • Following up the Federal Budget
  • National Office working on draft strategic plan for UnitingCare Australia
  • 40 Days of Prayer
  • Visit by Assembly General Secretary Colleen Geyer

Aged care update

  • Aged Care Network update
  • Submissions
  • Shadow Minister Helen Polley's dementia policy roundtable

Social Policy Network update

CYPF Network update

Women and Employment Demonstration Project

Frontier Services

Rob Floyd new Associate General Secretary

ReGen on proposed drug testing of welfare recipients

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan condemsn inflamatory comments made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton about asylum seekers

National Reconciliation Week

New App assists with home modificaitons for those with a disability and those who are ageing

Recent submissions and media releases

Calendar

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The Invitation to Treat [ITT] for Disability Employment Network [DEN] Capped program providers is welcomed and supported by UnitingCare Australia as the best way to minimise disruption for participants and employers receiving services from high performing providers who deliver long-term support in the workplace. The ITT will ensure the sustainability of employment for those job seekers already placed into work by high performing providers; and ensure that other job seekers who are currently being supported by high performing providers to secure employment are able to have a continuity of service.

Published in Submissions

In providing disability employment services, UnitingCare agencies connect the social justice concerns of the Uniting Church with the role and function of providing social services in partnership with communities and with governments to ensure all people have the means and opportunities to live a decent life which we define as being able to access appropriate food, clothing and healthcare; safe and secure housing; meaningful work, education, rest and enjoyment; and the opportunity to participate in and contribute to communities.

Published in Submissions

UnitingCare provides services and supports in all states and territories to people living with a disability and their carers and families through a wide range of programs and initiatives. Many of these are specifically targeted at people living with a disability, many others have a broader target and support clients who are living with a disability – such as accommodation and housing support, financial services, employment programs, family support programs and respite care. This provides UnitingCare with a very broad understanding of the needs of, and constraints faced by people living with a disability and their carers and families throughout their lifetimes. This understanding informs this submission which draws on the experience and expertise of staff in the UnitingCare network throughout Australia. It highlights key issues faced by people who are ageing with a disability, and provides examples of promising practices in this area from UnitingCare service providers, and the broader service community in Australia and overseas.

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Monday, 16 August 2010 10:18

Disability Care and Support

UnitingCare applauds the Australian Government‟s commitment to developing a National Disability Strategy to enhance the quality of life and increase economic and social participation for people with disability and their carers. We support the Government‟s view that the current system is not meeting the needs of people living with a disability and their families and carers, and we believe that a paradigm shift is required to create the best solutions to improve support services for people with disability.

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UnitingCare Australia believes the Productivity Commission has provided a potentially transformative framework for the funding and administration of support and care for people living with disability in Australia. Along with other organisations that work and advocate with people living with a disability and their families and carers, we support the proposals made in the draft report regarding:
• The establishment of a nationally funded disability care and support entitlement based scheme that is adequate and sustainable, and will ensure consistency and transportability throughout Australia.
• The focus on person-centered approaches, and decision making by individuals and their families about what services will be used and how services are delivered.
• An emphasis on inclusion in community life and local solutions.

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The Government's decision to undertake a competitive tender of the Disability Employment Services – Employment Support Services program for contracts with a performance rating of 3 Stars or below (out of a maximum rating of 5 Stars) is far too wide in a growing and high performing employment support system. We believe tendering 80% of the current contracts is not only poor policy but has the very real potential of penalising the very people for whom this program provides essential support.

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