Category Archives: Social Policy

Aged Care: opportunities for social work to make a difference

Building an Integrated Practice in the Private Sector By Lynne Harrold The community aged care sector for older adults is growing exponentially and will continue to do so as our population ages. The facts are there and the projections are … Continue reading

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The NDIS: ethics, dignity and choice: some dilemmas for social workers

Let me frame this piece by stating unequivocally that the NDIS is a genuine capacity building initiative and a great social good. Its current target is to improve the lives of 460,000 Australians with individual funding packages, to help them … Continue reading

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Rethinking Values & Ethics in Social Work : a book review

Social workers who wish to explore the ethical dilemmas in achieving universal human rights would do well to watch the 2012 Steven Spielberg film, Lincoln. With the American Civil War winding to a close in 1865, President Lincoln, fearful that … Continue reading

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Five reasons why workplace bullies survive and thrive: And what we can do about it

In 2015, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons went through a serious soul searching exercise following some alarming reports of bullying in the profession. The College commissioned an independent report that contained shocking findings. These included, 49% of Fellows, trainees … Continue reading

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Living in dystopia: ten tips for reconnecting the personal and the political

Heading into town, by the fire sign, up ahead one mile Mum and naked child by the highway Flash four-wheel drive, I only want a ride to the other side. Don’t try and hide behind your window I bet your weekly wage … Continue reading

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The death of Chloe Valentine: the future of professional social work in child protection

In January 2012, four year old Chloe Valentine died in appalling circumstances at the hands of her mother and her mother’s partner. Both were found guilty of manslaughter and jailed. During her short life Chloe was the subject of many … Continue reading

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Moving to a zero carbon economy: a conversation with Professor John Wiseman on social justice and the environment

Professor John Wiseman is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. His current research focus is the social, economic and political transformations needed to reduce the risks of runaway climate change and achieve … Continue reading

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The demise of Medicare Locals: What social workers in private practice should do about it

Fours years ago on a sunny autumn day in Canberra, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and NSW Premier Kristina Keneally took a stroll through the roses in the gardens of Federal Parliament. Both were bleeding political capital and desperate to do … Continue reading

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The road from citizen to consumer: outsourcing altruism

Back in May, Tony Nicholson, the Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence gave a speech on the future of the community welfare sector. He said in part, I want to consider the path our community welfare sector will … Continue reading

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Education and workforce planning: a social good or a commodity?

Last month the Abbott Government wound up Health Workforce Australia sending a very clear signal that it believes planning is…well..overrated. Welcome to the world of  deregulation and smaller government. Marketised environments are by their nature, fragmented, competitive (even when co-operation … Continue reading

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