NDIS and mental health

Uniting Communities considers the NDIS to be an excellent scheme in the making, but as a market based scheme, it is an incomplete market. We show that a majority of criteria generally accept as pre-conditions for effectively competitive markets do not apply to the NDIS and mental health services in South Australia, at the moment.… 

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… 

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… 

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 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… 

State Submission| The Way forward LGBTIQ report

The Way Forward provides an overview of the considerable work the South Australian Government has undertaken in recent years to further support the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community and create inclusive strategies and approaches within Government agencies. Uniting Communities thanks the State Government for their continued focus on the needs of…