Daily News - Friday 2 August 2013

Posted 2 August 2013 11:42am

Job Services Australia 'fails people with mental health problems'
Katherine Murphy, The Guardian

Four respected independent advisory bodies to the prime minister say the government's employment services system fails to deliver for Australians with chronic mental health conditions.

The public rebuke has been delivered by the heads of the Australian Social Inclusion Board, the Prime Minister's Council on Homelessness, the National Mental Health Commission and the Australian National Council on Drugs.

Fairer welfare pay move 'doomed unless both parties on board'
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

The head of Kevin Rudd's social-inclusion board has called for a bipartisan commitment to increasing welfare payments, warning that jobless families reliant on government income support are going backwards and children are suffering while a lack of political leadership on both sides exists.

Social-inclusion board chairwoman Lin Hatfield Dodds said a bipartisan commitment was necessary to progress the issue and deal with deepening poverty.

Patrick McGorry hits out at Australia's 'beleaguered, fragmented' mental health system
Sue Dunlevy, News Limited Network

Former Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry has lashed out at the "parlous state'' of the mental health system, as experts warned that more needed to be done to get the mentally ill jobs.

... His criticism came as four groups representing the disadvantaged claimed government employment services didn't work for the mentally ill because they didn't include housing, welfare and drug treatment services.

Perspectives: Mental Health and Wellbeing in Australia
Mental Health Council of Australia

This strategic publication, Perspectives: Mental Health & Wellbeing in Australia, represents a snapshot of an important moment for the mental health sector in Australia, a time of real and meaningful reform.

The publication is about building a stronger mental health sector, through collaborative reform, based on a coordinated approach to services and policy, creating an inclusive system where individuals are able to live a contributing life.

UK - EQOLISE study finds Individual Placement and Support approach is effective in helping people with severe mental illness obtain competitive employment
LSE Health and Social Care blog (Feb 2013)

[Individual Placement and Support] has emerged as an effective way to help many people with severe mental illness obtain competitive employment and could potentially contribute to social and economic inclusion. IPS seeks to place people in open paid employment, providing them with intensive and ongoing support.

Homeless persons week to smash stereotypes

People sleeping rough are not the only Australians affected by homelessness.

Launching National Homeless Persons Week in Adelaide on Thursday, federal Parliamentary Secretary for Housing and Homelessness Doug Cameron said it was time to challenge stereotypes about homelessness.

Life lessons from the Wayside Chapel in Sydney's Kings Cross
Graham Long, news.com.au

Homelessness usually comes with side servings of mental health issues and addiction. I am the pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney's Kings Cross and so the views I express in this book come from the gutter up, rather than from a university or Parliament House down. They have been formed out of the extraordinary journey I have shared with so many, and this book tells the story of my life as a backdrop to what I have seen along the way.

Grants to help disabled to work
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

The Rudd government has created a fund to allow business and agencies to apply for grants to trial radical ideas that get disabled people into work.

The new, one-off fund worth $1.6 million will open immediately and is premised on the idea that the successful projects will form the basis of future programs to be rolled out across the country.

Federal Government continues to support job seekers keep a roof over their head
Media release, Kate Ellis

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis MP today announced that the Federal Government was extending a trial that allowed Job Services Australia providers to spend their funding on helping jobseekers avoid homelessness by paying rent or through funding crisis accommodation if normal housing services were not available.

Childcare centres get report card
Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Childcare centres in the most disadvantaged areas of Australia are just as likely to be rated "Exceeding'' as those in areas of greatest social advantage.

The Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority yesterday released its second "snapshot'' showing how childcare centres are performing in education, health and safety, physical environment, staffing, relationships with children, partnerships with the community and leadership.

No moral limits to what Rudd will do to win
Josh Bornstein, The Age

That Rudd has written and spoken eloquently and at length about his Christian principles, his admiration for German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and his opposition to ''lurching to the right'' on asylum seekers seems immaterial. What happened to the ''biblical injunction to care for strangers in our midst''?

Asylum Solutions: saving money with a more humane response
Julian Burnside, The Conversation

The major political parties in Australia are engaged in a competition to outdo each other in their promises to mistreat boat people. The theory is that this will deter others from seeking protection here.

Dispute over PNG payments
Bianca Hall and David Wroe, The Age

Papua New Guinea and the Rudd government are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal.

Asylum campaign needs vetting: Indonesia
Michael Bachelard, The Age

he Australian Customs and Border Protection Department says it's "committed to working cooperatively with the Indonesian Government to gain their support" for an Australian advertising campaign.

An Indonesian Government Information ministry spokesman confirmed yesterday that any campaign about the policy of a foreign government needed approval by the Indonesian authorities.

What the Holy Father Said
Timothy Cardinal Dolan

One wonders if the Holy Father is frustrated by all this attention to his interview. For six days he spoke powerfully about lofty issues such as friendship, service, trust, joy, hope, love for the poor, humility, discipleship, faith, and simplicity. Those words got a bit of coverage. The “hot button” issues such as women’s ordination, contraception, divorce and remarriage, abortion, homosexuality, or celibacy, as I noted in my blog Monday, did not seem of any concern to the three million youth, or to their beloved Pope Francis.

But, as usual, the press predictably brought these weary issues up, and have given them more ink than any of the other noble themes that rang through Copacabana Beach. It’s not the Church that is obsessed with those topics, but the media!

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