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  • Wednesday 19 October 2016

    The Poverty Queue

    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. 

  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    Executive Director Resignation - Baptist Care Australia

    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.


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  • Wednesday 21 September 2016

    Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Press Release

    Offshore detention inquiry a welcome breakthrough

    Inquiry must lead to an immediate increase in refugee intake, says Baptist Care Australia

    National faith-based organisation Baptist Care Australia says this week’s commendable Senate decision launching an inquiry into offshore detention must be used by the Government and the Parliament to break the deadlock condemning asylum seekers to indefinite confinement in inhumane conditions in Australia’s offshore detention centres.

  • Wednesday 10 August 2016

    Australian Churches - Refugee Taskforce

    Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce

    Media Release
    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:

  • Thursday 30 June 2016

    BCA Election 2016 Press Release - Aged Care


    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.

  • Thursday 30 June 2016

    BCA Election Campaign 2016 - Homelessness


    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.”

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  • Aged and Community Services Australia
  • Australian Baptist Ministries
  • Australian Council of Social Services
  • Centre for Ageing and Pastoral Services
  • National Aged Care Alliance
  • National Disability Services
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
Our Mission

Baptist Care Australia is a passionate, innovative, Christian association of Baptist organisations. Our members bring life-enriching care to their clients, residents, their families and communities. Our care for people arises from our belief that God desires wholeness in all aspects of life. Our collective mission is to express Christ’s love as we serve people and includes addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.