Wednesday 19 October 2016
The Federal government has initiated much discussion on welfare reform and the economic impact of employment opportunities. Government initiatives providing both an adequate social safety net and economic development are welcomed, but more is needed. Current levels of community disadvantage require significant government action across a range of fields.More
Wednesday 21 September 2016
I write to advise that Carolyn Kelshaw has chosen not to renew her contract for another term when it finishes in February 2017. The Baptist Care Australia Board will commence recruitment to select a new Executive Director to take the strategy forward, following the fantastic establishment phase that Carolyn has overseen for the past three years.More
Tuesday 15 November 2016
Refugee resettlement a welcome breakthrough
The Australian Government’s announcement that asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island will be allowed to leave their present inhumane confinement and resettle in the Unites States is a welcome breakthrough, national faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia and A Just Cause said following the Government’s announcement.More
Wednesday 10 August 2016
Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce
10th August 2016
Nauru child abuse: “the government knew and did nothing”
The Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce says the Nauru files released today corroborate previous allegations submitted to the government and the Moss Review as far back as 2014.
Misha Coleman, Executive Director of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce:
“The files released today corroborate the allegations made in letters from detainees which were smuggled out of the Nauru camp and given to the Taskforce in 2014. Read More:More
Thursday 30 June 2016
Baptist Care Australia says funding cuts jeopardise our ageing population
National faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia says the Federal Budget cuts risk destabilising the aged care sector. After the election these cuts must be reversed.
The May 2016 budget slashed aged care funding by $1.2 billion. They risk destabilising the aged care sector as it transitions through major reforms to shift government funding from providers to consumers, so they can control their own care.
Without sound transition funding which does not currently exist, experienced aged care leaders warn the financial impact of the funding cuts to providers will undermine the viability of the sector, particularly those who care for those with the most complex needs.
Aged care providers need funding stability and predictability to effectively plan.More
Thursday 30 June 2016
Baptist Care Australia says national homelessness strategy is a key task for the new Parliament
National faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia is calling for all political parties and independents to commit ahead of the Federal Election to a long term strategy to address homeless.
Baptist Care Australia has identified Homelessness and Affordable Housing as one of the key issues it is highlighting during the 2016 Federal Election campaign.
Baptist Care Australia’s executive director Carolyn Kelshaw said the organisation noted with concern that homelessness has barely rated a mention from the major political parties during the election campaign.
“We are calling on all parties and independents to commit to implementing a long term strategy to address homelessness when the new parliament convenes,” she said.
“Along with other faith-based organisations, Baptist Care Australia is calling on the political parties and independents to support a national response to homelessness framed as a long-term strategy that meets the needs of diverse groups of at-risk people needing shelter.”More