Better solutions than mandated drug treatment

Uniting Communities has sent a submission to the legislative council outlining our concerns about the SA government’s proposed legislation for mandated treatment for children and young people who are dependent on drugs (click here for our submission). Uniting Communities has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for many years and so we see… 

Controlled Substance Use

Uniting Communities has concerns about the above Bill currently before the Parliament which attempts to mandate treatment from non-compliant drug addicted young people. Dependence on alcohol and other drugs is a chronic relapsing health condition. While Uniting Communities’ welcomes the government’s good intentions to deal with a difficult problem of concern to a small but significant group… 

Opposing Expansion of Cashless Debit Card

Evidence and reports from communities indicate that the implementation of the Cashless Debit Card has not achieved the results which are being claimed by the Federal Government.  Instead of punishing people on income support by placing them on the Card the Government should be directing its attention to increasing public housing stock and ensuring the… 

Federal Budget 2018: Welcome news for those needing home-care support

Following the Coalition Government’s past cuts to the aged-care budget of more than $2bn as a result of adjustments to the residential care funding formula, the announcement of a $1.6 billion aged-care and retirees package is welcome news. “While we welcome these additional packages, this number falls well short of those needed and does little… 

2018 Budget doesn't go far enough for First Nations

The 2018-19 Budget has included announcements that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Whilst some measures are set to deliver an increase to services and are seen as a positive step forward, one would have expected more attention to be paid to addressing the persistent and growing gaps in disadvantage.  Media release ATSI Budget 2018

Closing the Gap Refresh

Uniting Communities supports self-determination for Aboriginal peoples by supporting communities to take the lead, and calls for the adequate resourcing of these activities. Self-determination is key to closing the gap. In our view, the Closing the Gap Strategy is premised on a deficit model and we would encourage a more strengths-based and positive narrative around… 

Getting it Right Early

Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 We are pleased to provide a response to the draft of the Getting it Right Early: South Australian Government’s Prevention and Early Intervention Strategy for Child Abuse and Neglect 2018 (hereafter referred to as the draft strategy). We… 

Submission to ESCoSA on Framework & Approach for SA Water Regulatory Proposal

The Uniting Communities financial counselling team regularly sees clients who are spending two thirds of their income on rent plus utilities, so most of their income is spent on level one of Maslow’s needs hierarchy, meeting the most basic needs of shelter. During 2017, Uniting Communities received funding through the Consumer Advocacy Research Fund (CARF)… 

Submission to Victorian Severe Substance Dependency Treatment Act

UC recognises that involuntary detention and treatment encroaches on human rights such as the right to liberty and security of person and the right not to be subjected to medical treatment without full, free and informed consent. However, in our experience there are occasions when an individual needs to be detained for treatment in order…