Discussion Papers

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Monday, 20 May 2019

What UK pollsters can teach CSSA members about the 2019 Federal Election result

There are many questions being asked in the wake of Saturday’s unexpected Federal Election result. But the key message for our members and those we are privileged to serve is that it is business as usual for the work of CSSA. CSSA's Director Research, Brenton Prosser PhD reflects on what we can learn from the polls.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The NDIS: another important choice at this Federal Election

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is a major Australian social reform of the last 20 years, but does it provide enough individual choice, asks Catholic Social Services Australia's Dr Brenton Prosser

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Medicalis-nation: the growing dependence of Australian public policy on drugs

Australian media regularly reports concerns about the over-use of drugs to treat our most vulnerable. However, what this reporting has missed is the subtle but underlying trend toward medicalisation in public policy.

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Schools as ‘wrap-around hubs' in disadvantaged communities

Over the last few years, there has been growing interest around school-led community initiatives to respond to challenges in areas of entrenched disadvantage. It is not as though community hubs are a new idea, while place-based projects have been around for over a decade. But it raises the question of what the research says about how to make these place-based projects successful and sustainable?

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Spirituality and resilience in the social services workforce

For many years, professionalism in social service delivery meant being caring but not immersed, empathic but not emotional, and rational not religious. Increasingly academic research is showing the importance of spiritual leadership, mindfulness and personal belief in sustaining social service workers and quality of care.

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Thursday, 23 August 2018

Any Shift to Outcomes Based Funding for Social Services Must Proceed in Partnership

For some time now, health and social service providers have pointed to the contradiction of being funded by the number of services they deliver for programs that espouse better client outcomes. Now, with increased Commonwealth Government interest in outcomes based approaches, is this a case of be careful what you ask for?