Aspect October 2016

Aspect Newsletter

From the Executive Director

Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren't There

5438778-1x1-700x700Employment, a job, is widely recognised as the main way of participating in and contributing to Australian society. It provides income, activity, dignity, a social group, and a connection to society.

It is the anchor for many people contributing to their meaning and identity and setting them up for life and their retirement.

So what is it like then if you face the double whammy of there not being enough jobs, and also of having a government and society that encourages unemployment to be seen as a the fault purely of the individual.

In the first Anglicare Australia Jobs Availability Snapshot we seek evidence of what the job market is actually like if you haven't yet got qualifications or experience.  The results are truly scary, it would seem hopeless to be in such a position when nationally there are 6.33 such job seekers for every "entry level" position and even these entry-level positions require up to a year 10 education or a certificate 1. 

Alongside the Snapshot we have published the 2016 State of the Family report, Anglicare Australia's annual spotlight onto an aspect of life in Australia.  This year we look at the things we do across the Anglicare Australia network which contribute to getting people into work and to keeping them there.  The report itself shows that there is hope if we are willing to take on board the evidence of what works and invest in people and programs that out the person in the centre of the search for employment.

SOTF16_COVERThis research tells us two things. Firstly there is a decreasing number of entry level positions available.  In May 2016 only 13.1 percent of all vacancies were at the entry level in 2006 this proportion would have been 21.7 percent.  Secondly we can see that even using a very conservative measure to define disadvantaged job seekers there were many more job seekers than positions.  This does not include all the other people that would be applying for these jobs.

The response seems simple and twofold, yet it also seems beyond our tolerance as a society.

We must consider forms of job creation, public and private partnerships to provide meaningful work that will enhance our communities and environment.  These jobs should not be piecemeal and meaningless but offer a real line of sight to all the benefits that come with work.  And as the jobs grow more complex we need to inoculate those people in level 5 positions against loss of that employment.  All training including school education, VET courses and on the job training should include some scaffolding into the types of skills required in level 4 roles.

And while there aren't enough jobs to go around we need to be more compassionate towards those without employment, offering real ways to elicit well-being, participation and inclusion in our society.  Many many groups are on the record stating that the dole (or Newstart Allowance) is pitifully low. Our own research with NATSEM shows people on Newstart spend 122 percent of their income! in reality this means people are going backwards from day one pawning belongings! going without and entering unsustainable borrowings. Hardly a new start.

IMG_4068Living so far below the poverty line does not prepare you for the work when jobs are available. It is hard to attend job interviews when you can't afford decent clothes; hard to stay connected when you spend all your time making the budget stretch to enough food; and hard to hold your head up when the accepted societal story is that a job is the only way to contribute and anyone without one is lazy and no good.

It is so much cheaper in the long run to invest in people. As we say in the report investing in people is what we do at Anglicare. Investing in people pays huge dividends for them and for the whole of society.  But like financial investment we need to be in it beyond the short term. And like any investment the more you put in the greater the reward and the longer lasting its effects.

Investing in people is complex and requires individualized approaches that have to be re-thought out each time, co-designed with the person involved. There is no short cut if we are to have long lasting results. However this report shows us it is possible, the evidence is in, we just all need to be willing to contribute and recognise, as a society, that pointing blame and isn't enough.

There’s lots happening in the political space that pays little heed to those on the edges of society. Blaming people for being unemployed is symptomatic of the problem. One of the principles that underpins the work of all Anglicare members is to respect and value every person.  It looks like that message is growing in importance as we move towards Christmas and the end of a long political year.

Kasy Chambers,
Executive Director, Anglicare Australia


National Office News

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Human Services

Productivity-Commission-924328_630x210Our reponse to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into HUman Services is proving an interesting and complex project. The Productivity Commission is currently looking at the potential for better outcomes for people using services such as social housing, out of home care, palliative care, family and community services, and services delivered to remote Aboriginal communities. 

The lens would seem to be greater contestability, but much of the talk is about how services are commissioned, and who is involved in that commissioning. 

Kasy and Roland, our executive and deputy directors, have met with the Commissioner and key staff on a couple of occasions. We’ve worked to keep Anglicare network organisations in the loop through a number of CEO alerts, and Roland has been talking to individual network members with an interest in these issues. The deadline for response to this first stage of the inquiry is almost up, but the whole process has another year to roll out.

Aged and Community Care Network action

seniors-1505935_960_720Members of our Aged and Community Care network have been busy. Three senior network members (from SA, Sydney and Benetas in Melbourne) along with Kasy Chambers and Roland Manderson met with Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt to talk about some of the gaps that are emerging in the evolving aged-care system, and to talk about  the upcoming review of the Act. 

Since then the group has provided reports that illustrate ongoing difficulty accessing home care services through My Aged Care (the age care assessment and referral portal), as well as further information in the value of respite for carers, and costs associated with it.

The Minister flagged he was interested in visiting services as much as possible and we are hoping to sew in a few visits to Anglicare services over the next few months.

On 3 November, another team of  network members will give evidence to the senate Committee inquiring into the future of the aged care workforce, following on from  the Anglicare Australia submissions to the Inquiry made earlier in the year. Please get in touch with Roland Manderson if you would like to offer a comment or advice.

In the meantime, yet another group from across Australia begins the planning of a forum on Restorative Care, Reablement and Wellbeing. The steering group was formed at our national conference in Darwin, and incudes people from most of our aged and community care providers. Everybody talks about reablement these days but there are big questions about how you can get the aged care system to focus and pay for it! Stay tuned or get in touch.  

Clinical and Care Governance Network meeting

300px-SmallwhatisclingovThe Brotherhood of St Laurence was host to the Clinical and Care Governance network meeting last week in Melbourne.

Our guest speaker was Nick Ryan, CEO of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

It was great presentation that ran the gamut from critical incident reporting to the idea of cultural governance, to the special quality that can come from mission base organisations with a real theology and/or philosophy of care.

We shared information on putting quality frameworks in place and helping everyone across an organisation understand how that’s a part of their work. We spent quite a while exploring the complex challenge of finding meaningful indicators for well-being, and outcomes in life.

One of the outcomes was the general agreement to see the network as a community of practice, noting it includes youth, community, disability and aged carer services.  

People were keen to set up another meeting as soon as possible, with an agenda to explore the way we all engage with those who use our services, and make a concrete attempt to define some well-being indicators that make sense inside the Anglicare network.

Key resources we’ve agreed to share include:Valuing lives, living well, research on the added value of faith based NFPs, produced for the NZ Council of Christian Social Services; Stephen Ames - Theology of Ageing;  and the recently released  National Guidelines for Spirituality in Aged Care.

Please touch base with Roland Manderson ([email protected]) for more information. 

Creative Edge Presentations Available Online

2016-national-conferenceFor those who attended the Anglicare Australia National Conference from 4-7 September, 2016, a number of PowerPoint presentations are now available on the Anglicare Australia website.

These PowerPoints were used in workshops and keynotes and are available for your use. Please be sure to reference them if publishing elsewhere, and be sure to seek permission where possible.

Click here to access presentations from the Creative Edge conference

Anti-Poverty Priorities – Anglicare Australia Op Ed on Online Opinion

hobo-315962_960_720Kasy Chambers, Executive Director of Anglicare Australia wrote an OpEd for Anti-Poverty week detailing some of the challenges of working in the social services sector, and liaison with government.

She wrote: "The social services portfolios of federal and state governments lend themselves to buzz words."

"While expressions like "priority investment" and 'encourage people to seek work' seem well-intentioned, they frequently don't reflect the complexity of poverty in Australia."

To read the article in its entirety, click here

#AntiPovertyPriority hashtag from Anglicare Australia

#AntiPovertyPriorityAnglicare Australia developed the hashtag #AntiPovertyPriority to mark Anti-Poverty Week, which began on the 16th and continued to the 22nd of October.

In a short video, staff of the Anglicare Australia National office have shared their own visions for eliminating poverty in Australia. (

Other Anglicare agencies around Australia tweeted from the hashtag and even made their own videos to support this small campaign. 

To read our media release explaining the Hashtag, click here 

Anglicare Australia launches State of the Family 2016

SOTF16_COVERTony Nicholson, Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence (an Anglicare Australia Member Agency) and Kasy Chambers launched the report Positions Vacant? When the Jobs Aren’t There at Parliament House on 31 October.

State of the Family 2016 is informed by a research project called the Jobs Availability Snapshot by social researcher Michelle Waterford.

The research shows there were 138,044 people competing for 21,812 entry-level jobs advertised nationally in May. 

There is only one job advertised for every six low-skilled job seekers who are increasingly excluded from the workforce, raising concerns about a growing number of Australians forced to live below the poverty line.

The report examines this shortage of jobs for various groups of Anglicare clients around the country.

The report and the research are available on the Anglicare Australia website.  

Anglicare Network News

Benetas Acknowledges Pastoral Care Week

hands-216982_960_720A special message for Pastoral Care Week (19th October) from Pam Storey, Benetas Pastoral Care Coordinator:

“Pastoral Care Week gives everyone at Benetas an opportunity to recognise the spiritual caregivers in our midst and the service which these caregivers provide. Whether one works in residential services, home and community care, support, administrative or ancillary services, or in governance, we all facilitate care for our clients from a holistic perspective. We facilitate our clients living the best quality of life that they possibly can. This includes the emotional and spiritual aspects of their life and what gives them meaning and hope.

The 2016 theme, Spiritual Resilience, acknowledges the role all of us have, including Benetas Pastoral Care Practitioners, to support the spiritual resilience or growth of it in those we serve. Spiritual Resilience represents one’s ability to navigate through, or recover from, life’s most challenging moments. Spiritual Resilience finds its roots in one’s sense of spirituality and related practices, religion or beliefs, values, and outlook. It also represents the individual’s ability to gain, maintain or revise a sense of purpose and meaning, relationships, connections to the sacred, nature, and understanding of themselves and the world around them. We are all invited to nurture spiritual resilience. Pastoral Care Week provides us with a unique opportunity to focus specifically on the positive benefits of fostering spiritual resilience both for our clients and ourselves.

Benetas Broughton Hall gives new life to aged care

1bec093Anglicare Australia Member Agency Benetas, a leading for-purpose Victorian aged care provider, recently opened its $1.8million redevelopment of the Berwick Wing in Broughton Hall. Situated in Camberwell, Broughton Hall’s Berwick Wing provides elegant, contemporary accommodation, where residents can enjoy the benefits of person-centered care.

CEO Sandra Hills said that the new Berwick Wing in Broughton Hall reinforced Benetas’ move away from the traditional institutional approach to care. All rooms have been designed to bring residents and their loved ones more privacy and comfort.

“We understand that everyone is different. Broughton Hall offers a unique and supportive approach to aged care so residents are able to make more personal choices and form meaningful relationships,” Ms Hills said.

For more information, click here

Anglicare Central Queensland: Colouring @ the Park

acq mental health week longreachAnglicare Central Queensland brought some colour to Longreach’s Edkins Park for Mental Health Week.  Their Colouring @ The Park activity had a great turn out with a dozen locals dropping in to explore the wellbeing benefits of colouring, including representatives from North West Remote Health, RFDS and Disability Services.  Twelve people turning up on a weekday in 35 degree heat is a great result and a testament to wellbeing facilitator Grace's work building bridges in the community.

In other Mental Health Week events, AnglicareCQ brought African drumming to Gladstone’s community celebrations, held screenings of locally-made documentary Stomp on Stigma, participated in activities and events, and distributed information about local services and preparations for the NDIS.

Barcy Mud Run, Central Western Queensland

IMG_1421Youth from central western Queensland  got down and dirty with some really muddy fun on Saturday October 22, at the first Barcy Mud Dash.  

About 40 young people from 12 to 18 tackled the 2.4km course, testing themselves and conquering the obstacles. 

This event was a partnership between the Queensland Police Service and Anglicare Central Queensland’s youth service, with support from local volunteers, emergency services, Green Army helpers and the Barcaldine Regional Council.

Read more and check out photos!

Robotic Seals Win Award for Innovation in Aged Care

CDU_8050Therapeutic robotic seals used by Selwyn Care, an Anglicare Australia Member, have won an award for innovation.

PARO therapeutic robotic seals are being used in their residential aged care facilities with many benefits for people suffering dementia and other illnesses.

The award was announced at this month’s New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA) conference, following a submission and presentation by Selwyn on the positive psychological, physical and social effects for residents when interacting with the seals. 

Benefits include decreasing depression and loneliness, reducing stress and agitation and restoring a sense of calm, comfort and wellbeing for residents. Sessions with PARO also bring about physiological benefits, such as helping to lower blood pressure, and can improve social interaction and conversation.

PARO is an advanced interactive robot modelled on a baby Canadian Harp seal, which responds to touch and other stimuli in its environment by making soft noises, moving its head and tail and opening its eyes.  Designed in Japan, it is the world’s most popular commercial robot for elderly people and is approved in the USA as a health device.

Selwyn has 13 PARO robots which are used on a one-to-one basis and in group settings with residents of its care facilities in Auckland, Hamilton and Whangarei, as well as with clients of its dementia day centres.

Pictured is Selwyn’s Diversional Therapist, Orquidea Tamayo Mortera, with the ‘colony’ of PARO therapeutic seal robots.

Family Based Care for Vulnerable Children being offered

49963Vulnerable children and young people will be able to access an internationally renowned treatment program to move from or avoid residential placements, and live in family based care.

CEO of OzChild Lisa Griffiths together with CEO of Anglicare Vic Paul McDonald have announced a new program for the child welfare system in Victoria. The program is called Treatment Foster Care Oregon, an evidence based program.

TFCO is an intensive program that works with young people, carers and a dedicated professional support team to prevent or remove children and young people from residential care.

Ms. Griffiths said “Children and young people do best when in family, or family-like placements, however at present, there are few options beyond residential care for these young people when foster, kinship or birth family placements break down”.

McDonald said “This is a revolutionary program, we expect that 75% of the children and young people who complete the program will either be reunited with their birth family, if safe to do so, or reach their full potential with a loving kin, kith or foster care family”.

TFCO is an empirically proven therapeutic foster care model alternative to residential care placements. It is delivered by a team of specialists who support the treatment foster carer and the young person with practical behavior based interventions which are designed to enable longer term stability for the young person.

For media enquiries contact Julie-Anne Davies, Anglicare 0413 583 919 or Fin Bird, OzChild 0439 388 251.

Samaritans celebrates Grandparents Day

C_KinshipCare_image-490x300On Sunday 30th October, Anglicare Australia Member Samaritans Foundation marked Grandparents Day with a day of activities, stories and a special lunch at the Newcastle Foreshore Tram Sheds.

Grandparents and Grandchildren from Samaritans Kinship Care network celebrated at the Newcastle Foreshore Tram Sheds from 10:30am-2:30pm.

Samaritans coordinates 11 Grandparents as Parents Support groups throughout the Hunter Valley that provide a peer support network to people who have taken on care responsibilities for their grandchildren.

“Where removal of the child from their biological parents is unavoidable, kinship care and grandparents care is often a good option, but these families need more support, both practical and financial,” Ms White said.

To read more, click here

New Program Opens in Bankstown for Refugee Children

downloadChildren living in Bankstown who come from refugee backgrounds are being offered a new program by Anglicare Sydney.

The ELP program (Early Learning through Play) gives experiences to children between three and five years, using play-based education. The program is to help children from migrant and refugee backgrounds to integrate better when they reach school.

 “There will be free play, art and craft, reading, singing and other group activities for the kids all specifically designed to support the development and wellbeing of children from refugee and migrant backgrounds and help prepare them for school,” explains Roberta Perkins, Anglicare’s ELTP coordinator.

“We hope to create a safe environment to support the entire family as well. Not only does it provide an opportunity for them to improve their English skills, we can also give them practical support, and referrals to other services if needed. Importantly, we hope to provide a sense of belonging as they settle in Australia.

The new program started on Thursday, 13 October and runs from 9:30am to 11:30am at Bankstown Anglican Church, 461 Chapel Street.

Read more


High demand for quality retirement living units in the Hills

human-874979_960_720On 20 and 21 October, Anglicare Sydney (Anglicare Australia Member now merged with Anglican Retirement Villages) opened a new complex of 31 retirement apartments in Castle Hill.

According to a media release: ‘The $20 million project started early this year and according to Steven Ball, Anglicare Sydney's Head of Property Development, demand for these properties is strong, with many on waiting lists to nominate an apartment off-the-plan. The second stage of the Lober Square development which is part of Mowll Village apartments were released in April 2015 with 90% reserved off-the-plan within 3 months.’

‘It is the fruition of Dorothy Mowll’s vision that started the village 57 years ago as a home for retired clergy and church workers,’ Mr Ball says.

‘Today, our Castle Hill site is home to more than 1,500 residents. Set on 115 acres, the site is made up of six Retirement Living villages (Mowll village being one) and five Residential Care villages.’

To read more, click here

Home Stretch Campaign Buoyed by Success in New Zealand

meganA large group of welfare agencies led by Anglicare Victoria have launched a campaign recently called ‘The Home Stretch' in a bid to bring about the same reforms to the Out of Home Care system as New Zealand.

The New Zealand Government two weeks ago announced that young people in state care will soon have the right to stay in or return to state care until they turn 21.

The Chair of the “Home Stretch” campaign in Australia, Paul McDonald said “If it’s good enough for New Zealand’s vulnerable children then surely Australian children and young people deserve the same go.”

“We have research by Deloitte Access Economics which shows governments will actually save money by implementing these reforms.”

“In the general population, young people are more likely to continue to live with their parents well into their mid-20s as they learn to cope with the financial, social and other stresses of independent living,” he said.

Anglicare members from across the country attended a briefing day on 26 October, and will work together to develop a national campaign. 

Home stretch information can be found at 

Brotherhood launches new film and research in Anti-Poverty Week

14936903_10155377087464460_1916970666_nThe Brotherhood of St Laurence launched a new compilation of films from the 1940s with new research about social inclusion.

Exposing the conditions and social issues of 1940s Melbourne, the three films: ‘Beautiful Melbourne’, ‘Gaol Does Not Cure’ and ‘These Are Our Children’ were described by the Brotherhood’s founder Gerard Tucker as the films the premier (at the time) dare not see.

According to a media release from BSL, ‘Brotherhood Research and Policy Centre data launched during Anti-Poverty Week in the Social Exclusion Monitor shows more than a million Australians experience deep social exclusion, through factors such as unemployment, poor health and inadequate education.’

View the film at:

Find out more about the Social Exclusion Monitor at:


ABC Gippsland has featured Benetas’ Knit Natter Crochet and Chatter knitting ladies. 

These ladies from Dalkeith Heights, a residential aged-care facility in Gippsland knit blankets that they then donate to Anglicare facilities in the local area.

The interview with the ladies can be listened to at the following link on SoundCloud. More information is also available about the Knit Natter group on Benetas' unexpected heroes page.

#TheFutureWeWant Art Exhibition

TFWW-website-bannerAn art exhibition entitled #TheFutureWeWant will showcase artists with disability who are involved with Anglicare Member EPIC Assist.

The exhibition coincides with International Day of People with Disability, and will run for a six day period. 

Erickson Ilustre the EPIC Events Coordinator says the exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate the skills and creativity of people with disability.

“We have chosen the theme #TheFutureWeWant to highlight our goal of creating a society of inclusion and diversity, which values the many talents and contributions of people with disability,” says Erickson.

“Art is such a powerful form of self- expression, and we have many talented artists willing to share their experiences with us through this exhibition,” said Erickson. 

The event will be held at the Aspire Gallery, 53 Kennedy Tce, Paddington, Brisbane 4064 from Monday 28 November- Saturday 3 December 2016. The opening hours are: 10.30am – 4.30pm

Fore more information, click here

'Come as you are' report from Anglicare NSW South/NSW West and ACT

Jenny Macklin MP, Corey Fredrickson, Andrew Leigh MPAnglicare NSW South/NSW West and ACT’s report Come as you are was launched on Tuesday 18 October, during Anti-Poverty Week in response to new research into the link between food programs and improved social inclusion.

Anglicare called upon the ACT Government to do more to address the needs of social housing tenants affected by relocations from the inner city.

1000 people who receive food and income support from Anglicare services in Canberra and Queanbeyan were subjects of the study. There were in-depth interviews conducted with some of the recipients by researcher Claire Lloyd Jones.

Ministers Jenny Macklin and Andrew Leigh attended the launch and applauded the significant study.

The study can be accessed on Anglicare NSW South/NSW West and ACT’s website.

National Awards Profile

WINNER for Excellence | Parentzone Builds Solutions

PARENTZONE2 - EXCELLENCE-ANGLICARE VICWelcome to the next in our series of profiles on the winners and highly commended of the Anglicare Australia 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. These profiles will be featured in the 2017 Anglicare Australia Review.

Parentzone – Parents Building Solutions (PBS) is the Regional Parenting Resource Service for Melbourne and the Gippsland region of Victoria. Every year, Parentzone works with thousands of parents to provide access to resources and support they need to parent effectively.

Parents come to the PBS program to improve communication within their family, particularly around their own responses to their children. Parents reported wanting to be calmer, patient, consistent and to be better able to deal with feelings. A smaller but significant number of parents also reported wanting help with changing aggressive/unwanted behaviours or deal with their children’s behaviours more effectively.

Features include:  tailoring programs to the group needs; building on the groups strengths, experience and learning styles; opportunity for reflection and skill building and acknowledging the changing role of parents throughout the life of the child.

The judges said of this application that it demonstrated excellent and validated results really clearly.

Research and Resources

More support needed for young people leaving care

girl-375114_960_720The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a paper on the types of support needed for  young people leaving Out of Home Care. This paper focuses on the needs of young people from a developmental or life course perspective. It examines the social developmental needs of young adults transitioning to adulthood in the context of leaving care, and examines the literature on how best to support young people leaving care.

It finds that the leaving care transition needs to be flexible, gradual and well planned. This includes individual transition planning based on the young person’s needs, flexible post-care options and ongoing emotional and financial support until young people reach 25 years of age.

New research on food and nutrition programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

photographic-background-1540116_960_720A new report finds that more effective action is urgently required in order to reduce the unacceptable health inequalities experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Published by NACCHO during National Nutrition Week (16-22 October) the report highlights food insecurity and nutrition-related chronic conditions are responsible for a large proportion of the ill-health experienced by Australia’s First Peoples.

The report presents evidence about the effectiveness of food and nutrition programs for  people in different life stages.  It looks at what kind of programs are most effective for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and how these programs should be developed and implemented.

The evidence suggests that the most important factor determining the success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander food and nutrition programs is community involvement in and ownership of program development and implementation.

Population ageing and Australia’s future

hands-216982_960_720The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia has launched a new publication on Australia’s population ageing. Population Ageing and Australia’s future builds on presentations made to the 2014 Symposium of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. It presents evidence from a range of social science disciplines to support policies that address challenges presented by Australia’s ageing population. The material is in four parts:

  • Perspectives on Ageing
  • Population Ageing: Global, regional and Australian perspectives
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Responses by Government and Families/Individuals

The report concludes that "the ageing of our population, both in Australia and internationally, represents a profound historic development. A triumph, not a crisis; an enhancement of our overall wellbeing."  It emphasises, however, that we need to reflect on this demographic profile and the policy responses required in order to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. 


Income of primary carers 42 percent lower than non-carers

download (1)Data from the latest (2015) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows the weekly median income of primary carers is 42 percent lower than non-carers.

The total number of primary carers (those who provided the majority of assistance with core activities of daily living) has also increased to 855,000 - a rise of 11 percent; and just 56 percent of primary carers between the ages of 15 and 64 participate in the workforce compared to 80 percent of non-carers.

Carers Australia CEO, Ara Cresswell said "Deloittes Access Economics estimated that in 2015 the replacement value of unpaid care was equivalent to $60.3 billion dollars, or over $1 billion per week on average".

St Vincent de Paul Society report shows households falling behind

broken-windows-1531752_960_720This month the St Vincent de Paul Society launched a report finding that the prices of many goods and services are rising at much greater rate than the Consumer Price Index.

Over a 26-year period,  hospital and medical services have risen  242 per cent above the price index and education costs by 206 per cent. This is creating increased financial stress for people on income support payments or pensions that are linked to the CPI.  In light of these findings, the Society’s CEO, John Falzon has called on the Government to reverse it cuts to social security.


More leadership and collaboration needed in trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse

download (1)The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a discussion paper examining the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual abuse.

The paper finds that while there is a shared understanding of what trauma-informed care means, there are variations in the way trauma-informed care is being implemented. The research suggests that trauma-informed care would be significantly strengthened through national leadership and collaborative initiatives to design, implement and evaluate organisational and systemic approaches. Further to this, it also recommends the creation of a funding, dissemination and resource-sharing infrastructure to support collaborative work and research. 

Submissions invited on Draft Fifth National Mental Health Plan

checklist-1643781_960_720Stakeholders are being invited to comment on the draft of the Fifth National Mental Health Plan, released by the Health Minister Sussan Ley in late October.

The Plan identifies seven priority areas for improved national policy and collaboration:

  • Coordinated treatment and supports for people with severe and complex mental illness;
  • Suicide prevention (including renewed efforts to develop a national approach to suicide prevention; improving data collection and identification of people at risk)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health and suicide prevention;
  • Physical health of people living with mental health issues;
  • Stigma and discrimination reduction; and
  • Safety and quality in mental health care.

In its focus on these seven areas,  the Draft Plan responds to the ongoing calls for more integration in the mental health service system, focused on the holistic needs of consumers and carers; more responsiveness to local needs and circumstances; the need to rebalance efforts towards promotion, prevention and early intervention; and building the workforce capacity to support system change. It outlines a commitment to develop national approaches to suicide prevention and intervention; plans to work with Primary Health and Local Hospital Networks; improve the integration of services and developing coordinated treatments and community support; improve access to mental health services in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities; and identify and collate guidelines and resources to inform the development of services.

Consultations will be held in each capital city, and will be run in partnership with Mental Health Australia.

Anglicare Australia invites members to get in touch with their plans and perspectives as we prepare our response.

Please contact [email protected] for more information. 

Policy, consultations and grants

Third National Blueprint for Domestic Violence

stop-1131143_960_720The Government has released its third national blueprint for addressing the issue of family violence. 

The Third Action Plan 2016-2019 of National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women & their Children 2010-2022 is a long-term collaboration for action by Commonwealth, state and territory governments aimed at achieving: ‘a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children’. The Third Action Plan (2016-19) marks the halfway point of the twelve year National Plan to achieve generational change.

The six National Priority Areas for attention in the Third Action Plan are:

1. Prevention and early intervention.

2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their children.

3. Greater support and choice.

4. Sexual violence.

5. Responding to children living with violence.

6. Keeping perpetrators accountable across all systems


Youth Jobs PaTH : Helping Young People Get A Job

youth-jobs-pathMedia Release from the Honourable Michaelia Cash. 26 October, 2016.

The Australian Government has today launched the process to seek expressions of interest from employers and other organisations to deliver training in stage 1 of the three stage Youth Jobs PaTH programme to help young people into jobs.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash today launched the tender process for the delivery of pre-employment training for young unemployed Australians.

“This is an exciting development in the implementation of the Turnbull Government’s PaTH program, which will get young Australians ready, give them a go, and get them a job,"

Minister Cash said. "The Government is determined to prevent our young people from entering a life of welfare dependency. Giving young Australians the skills they need is crucial in helping them find their way into a rewarding working life."

The CHSP Growth Funding Round opened for grant applications on Monday, 17 October and closes at 2pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 29 November 2016.


Opening of the Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round

seniors-1505943_960_720Aged care providers of Commonwealth Home Support Program services are invited to apply for funding to support older people to live independently within their communities. Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said growth funding of up to $115 million over two years from 2016-17 is available under the Commonwealth Home Support Program Growth Funding Round. 

Sector Events

Sector Events, March, 2017

7th International Carers Conference
Dates: 4-6 October at the Adelaide Convention Centre

FCA Conference (Financial Counsellors Australia)
Dates: 14-17 May, 2017
Full program and registration information coming soon

HESTA awards
Nominations for the 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards are now open - the annual Awards recognise graduates, individuals and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care, across a range of health settings. 

GARMA festival
Regustrations open. Run by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, the Garma festival will take place from the 4th to the 7th of August.

18th International Mental Health Conference
Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held on the Gold Coast, QLD on 21 – 23 August 2017. More information is available on the website where you can submit your abstracts and register.

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