Completing the child protection jigsaw

Abridged version published in InDaily, 6 September 2016. Over the past two years South Australia has experienced arguably its most extensive and far reaching examination of how it responds to the protection of children and young people through the auspice of the Nyland Royal Commission. It has produced an exhaustive report on the failings and… 

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services

Uniting Communities has made a contribution to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services through our peak UnitingCare Australia. ++++ http://www.unitingcare.org.au/media-publications/submissions/submission-to-the-productivity-commission-inquiry-into-introducing-competition-and-informed-user-choice-into-human-services Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services UnitingCare Australia has long believed that reforms increasing user choice are positive… 

Anangu Lands Paper Tracker welcomes green light on community dialysis

Recognising that for more than 15 years APY Lands communities and support organisations have been campaigning to have access to community-based renal dialysis on the APY Lands, the Anangu Lands Paper Tracker Project of Uniting Communities is very excited to hear that SA Health is now supporting the establishment of a permanent dialysis facility in… 

Lending a hand of support

Thank you to Brendan McDonnell from Herman’s Hands for the generous donation to Lifeline Adelaide from the sale of streetwear by this great new brand. Brendan (second from right) was joined by the Lifeline Adelaide Ambassador and Port Adelaide Football Club player Matthew Lobbe (second from left) as they met with Lifeline volunteers and heard about… 

Welcome to our new Ambassador, Matt Lobbe

Lifeline Adelaide is proud to announce Matt Lobbe, Port Adelaide Football Club ruckman, as an Ambassador for the service. Matt is passionate about breaking down the stigma around mental health problems, becoming an Ambassador in 2016 to promote positive mental health, particularly in the workplace, and to help challenge negative stereotypes. Having seen the impact of mental… 

Storm the Pokies

Uniting Communities is strongly supporting the call made jointly today, (Bastille Day) by Andrew Wilkie, Nick Xenophon and Rev Tim Costello for the new Australian Parliament to commit to practical and sensible gambling reform. They are committing to work for: “A ban on sports betting advertising during G-rated time periods. Both MPs will move resolutions… 

Uniting Communities' Adelaide CBD redevelopment approved

‘Uniting in the City’ set to further invigorate Adelaide’s market precinct The redevelopment of the headquarters of leading South Australian community service provider, Uniting Communities in Adelaide’s CBD, has been approved by the Development Assessment Commission of South Australia (DAC). The $80 million ‘Uniting in the City’ project creates a 20-storey, multi-use building bringing together… 

Fears for implications of aged-care funding cuts

Leading non-profit organisation, Uniting Communities, has expressed major concerns regarding funding cuts outlined for residential aged care by the Federal Government. Some $1.2 billion in cuts to aged care funding have been announced by the Government in the 2016-17 budget through the aged care funding instrument (ACFI). These cuts are targeted at the most frail… 

Amendments to APY Land Rights Act

This week Susan Tilley raised concerns with our State politicians regarding proposed amendments to the APY Land Rights Act.  Here is a copy of our correspondence with a link to the Paper Tracker website.   Good afternoon  I write regarding the proposed amendments to the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.  The Anangu Lands Paper… 

A Fair Energy Future for SA

Electricity shouldn’t be a luxury item, but for a growing subset of South Australians the cost of using power is already out of reach. You only have to look at the numbers: last year 10,179 households in our state were disconnected from electricity for inability to pay. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone happy…