Opinion piece: Flex your mental muscles for better health

As published in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in October 2018. Good health isn’t just about the body: an active mind plays a crucial role in ageing well and delaying, or even preventing, the onset of related health problems. There’s plenty of evidence to support the benefits of ‘exercising’ the brain to keep diseases… 

Opinion piece: Shedding light on support at home

As featured in The Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser in September 2018. The aged care sector has seen widespread reform over the past decade, most notably for home support services. The ‘consumer directed care’ model implemented by the Federal Government is now offering older Australians more choice about ageing at home. While this has been a… 

Opinion piece: End-of-life care is in your hands

As featured in the Boomer lift-out of The Advertiser on Monday 12 November. Australians are living longer than before – advances in modern medicine have increased our life expectancy significantly. According to the World Health Organisation, in Australia in 2018, life expectancy for a man is 81 years and 84.8 years for a woman. But… 

Coalition urged to revive 'necessary and inevitable' emissions reduction

Uniting Communities has joined with other not-for-profit and business groups to urge the Morrison government to put emissions reduction back on the table, warning that a global transition towards lower emissions and ultimately net zero emissions is both necessary and inevitable. Ahead of the first meeting of state Energy Ministers since Scott Morrison dumped the emissions reduction component… 

ACCC delivers path to 20% energy cost reductions

Uniting Communities congratulates the ACCC on delivering a report proposing a practical path to average energy savings of about 20% within 3 years in South Australia and calls on governments, industry and regulators to deliver on the 56 recommendations. The report recognises ‘once and for all’ that energy prices are too high. The ACCC says… 

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

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… 

New approach to resolve SA’s child protection crisis

Major social service organisations have called on the Parliament to show leadership on South Australia’s growing child protection crisis. AnglicareSA and Uniting Communities have today challenged the incoming government to tackle the economic and community costs of our broken child protection system. Child protection advocate Belinda Valentine, grandmother of Chloe Valentine, said that families must…