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Healthcare | Social Policy

Supporting Employees Suffering Domestic Violence: The Westpac Experience

As a preview to some of the issues that will be discussed at the 2nd Annual National Family & Domestic Violence Summit we spoke to Ainslie van Onselen, the Director of Women’s Markets, Inclusion & Diversity at Westpac. She spoke to us about the initiatives Westpac has implemented to support their employees who are experiencing…

15 Feb 2016, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Give Happy Live Happy: The Power of Volunteering

Formally, Australia has 6 million volunteers - that's 1 in 4 of us. The power of this collective who form the backbone of Not-for-Profit organisations across the nation is regularly campaigned. According to various reports, the economic value of volunteering ranges from $25billion to $290 billion without even taking into account the social benefits of…

25 May 2015, by Informa Insights

Healthcare | Social Policy

Social media for social change

In the lead up to the upcoming Homelessness Summit in Sydney, Daniel Scoullar, a communications consultant with expertise in the homelessness and housing sector, joins us to  discuss social media's capacity for advocacy, engagement and stakeholder relationship management. While challenging some of the myths about social media and the homeless, he also highlights how a strategic and…

22 Apr 2015, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Opinion: The biggest issues & innovations for prisons in 2015

Figures from last year show that prisons in Australia have been overcrowding with 30, 000 people currently predicted to be incarcerated in our borders. This is currently the highest number of prisoners in Australia throughout history. We spoke to a few industry experts who will be delivering presentations at the Prisons 2015 conference about the biggest…

21 Jan 2015, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

The future of welfare in review

By Nicole Rees, Senior Manager Policy, The Brotherhood of St Laurence (Future of Welfare 2014 Conference Chair of Day One) This conference was very timely. It was timely because there is so much going on at the moment that will impact directly on our welfare system as we know it. It provided a good opportunity…

24 Nov 2014, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Which areas of welfare are in most need of reform?

Australia's welfare system is a complex framework of income support payments and supplements, which is aimed at helping the population in times of need. The Reference Group on Welfare Reform (RGWR) said the the Department of Social Service's cash transfer payments to individuals and families are the largest component of the nation's social support system,…

25 Aug 2014, by Informa Insights

Healthcare | Social Policy

Enabling effective supervision-training for community sector workers

One of the key challenges for supervisors and senior practitioners in the welfare and community sectors is to ensure that supervisees are offered individualised and non-directive supervision development training. In the lead up to the Australian Community Workers Conference and Exhibition 2014, we had the chance to speak to Dr Elizabeth Riley, Counsellor & Clinical…

11 Jun 2014, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Young Queenslanders with disabilities to benefit from housing scheme

Construction has commenced on a new disability housing complex in Queensland, providing more tailored accommodation for those in need in the state. The latest Youngcare project - which is also working to provide more "age-appropriate" housing for disabled youth in other states and cities - is based on a government-funded site in Wooloowin, Brisbane. A second Brisbane…

2 Jun 2014, by Informa Insights

Social Policy

Close-Up: Kerryn Boland

Ms. Kerryn Boland is the NSW Children’s Guardian and A/NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Children’s Guardian is an independent statutory authority.  Its regulatory functions relate to out‑of‑home care, voluntary out-of-home care and adoption services. It also regulates the employment of children under 15 years of age in the areas of entertainment, exhibition,…

5 May 2014, by Informa Insights

Education | Social Policy

Give Australia’s out-of-home care young people a better education

Young people in disadvantaged circumstances often have poorer education outcomes than the general population.  Every year, at least 100,000 children and young Australians access homelessness services (AIHW, 2012).  Indisputably, this would have an impact on their education and their future. Brian Smyth King, Executive Director of Learning and Engagement from NSW Department of Education and…

2 May 2014, by Informa Insights
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