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Vulnerable Australians miss out on social support payments because of red tape

UnitingCare Australia’s National Director, Susan Helyar, said today that getting access to social security payments in times of crisis was proving too difficult for the people who needed them most. Welcoming the release today of the Australia Institute’s... May 31, 2010

Time for action on gambling

Susan Helyar, National Director of Uniting Care Australia has welcomed many of the recommendations in the Productivity Commission’s final report on Gambling released today by the Federal Government. “The report, which found that 15 per cent of regular... June 23, 2010

Draft child protection standard welcome but independent National Children's Commissioner needed

Susan Helyar, National Director of Uniting Care Australia said the 34,000 children in out of home care in Australia will be better off once the draft national child protection standards released by the Federal Government today are implemented. Ms Helyar... July 7, 2010

The Grand Plan for the federal election

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) said today’s official announcement of the federal election campaign was an opportunity for all parties to make a public commitment to the reform of aged care. The Grand Plan, a new vision for the care... July 17, 2010

Major church groups seek action on community mental health

Major church groups providing social services in Australia; Anglicare Australia, Catholic Social Services Australia, The Salvation Army and UnitingCare Australia, today called on major parties to commit to an immediate and substantial increase in investment... July 21, 2010

Aged care remote in rural areas

Living in rural and remote areas has many benefits but for older people it can mean long delays for assistance and support in their own homes because of distant links to services; it can mean moving away from a supportive community for appropriate residential... July 22, 2010

Major parties silent on aged care policies

It's the second week of the federal election campaign and the two major parties’ aged care policies remain a mystery, which could be solved during the Leaders’ debate on Sunday night. The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) – a group of... July 24, 2010

Compulsory widespread income management will not address disadvantage

  Susan Helyar, National Director of Uniting Care Australia said widespread compulsory income management will do little to help the country’s most disadvantaged citizens move beyond welfare dependency. Ms Helyar made the comments following Tony... July 28, 2010

Looking forward to Coalition aged care policy

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) has welcomed the imminent release of the Coalition’s policy on aged care. “Mr Abbott’s acknowledgement of problems facing the aged care sector, and in turn older people depending on services, is... July 30, 2010

Coalition aged care policy a boost for older Australians

The Campaign for Care of Older Australians (CCOA) has hailed the Coalition’s aged care policy as a positive initiative to maintain services and develop urgently needed residential facilities. “The Coalition’s commitment to restore the 1.75 per cent... August 1, 2010