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… 

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.… 

Briefing paper on the impact of the Community Development Program on APY

This briefing paper provides an overview of the Community Development Program (CDP), with a particular focus on the impact of the CDP in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) communities in the north west of South Australia.  The Paper then provides commentary on the proposed reforms to the CDP – announced on 8 May 2018 by the Minister for… 

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… 

Adelaide’s design-leading U City development ‘tops out’ - Media Release

Construction at South Australia’s ‘greenest’ building marks key milestone reaching top floor Adelaide’s new U City development in the heart of the CBD has reached a key milestone today with the building ‘topping out’, as construction reaches the final 20th level of the project on the corner of Franklin and Pitt Street. U City is… 

Rough Justice for People with Disabilities in SA Court - Media Release

The SA Government has cut the Communication Partner Service in today’s budget, removing the opportunity for people with communication disabilities to have their voice heard and understood in our legal system. “This funding cut is false economy, removing a very cost effective, volunteer provided service that brings together police, the court system and a NGO… 

SA Budget has more negatives than positives for first nation South Australians - Media Release

CUTS TO NATIVE TITLE SERVICES AND SILENT ON REMOTE HOUSING The 2018-19 State budget includes very few positives for First Nations South Australians. The positives include a welcomed State contribution of $50,000 (2018-19) towards the provision of permanent community-based dialysis treatment services on the APY Lands, and the establishment of a position for a Commissioner…