Category Archives: Social Policy

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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The National Registration and Accreditation Scheme: a never-ending story

In April, the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) announced a  review of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (NRAS). Former director of WA Health Kim Snowball was appointed to independently lead the review. Mr Snowball has held a variety … Continue reading

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AASW position paper on aged care: Is there a right to dignity and shelter?

If you were interested in my post on who pays for nursing home care, you might also want to read the AASW position paper, Ageing in Australia. It takes a human rights perspective and is written with care and compassion. … Continue reading

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Who pays for nursing home care? And why is the cost linked to real estate values?

If our government tells us it will be reforming something in order to make it sustainable, improve access, provide more choice and improve quality – be afraid. No- this is not a piece about higher education “reform”; it is about … Continue reading

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Tony Abbott, the Pope, the Greens and maternity leave

I originally posted the piece below 12 months ago. It remains relevant today.  It looks like Tony Abbott will be wedged by a big business friendly Senate that values profit above family and community. An ex-Pope, the Greens and Tony … Continue reading

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