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Topic: reform

What might the health sector learn from the challenges for social services reform?

Some of the questions surrounding plans for social services reform in Victoria will no doubt ring bells for those involved in reform efforts elsewhere – whether in other jurisdictions or sectors. Thanks to Dr Gemma Carey from the Centre of Excellence in Intervention and Prevention Science and Dr Pauline McLoughlin from the LightHouse Foundation for […]

Housing policies: designed to create stress, inequity and other health and social problems

The policies of governments at all levels combine to make Australian housing very expensive, and to exacerbate inequities between the housing haves and have nots. That is one of the overarching themes from the latest Insight journal, published jointly by the Victorian Council of Social Service and Australian Council of Social Service on the topic of […]

Disability reforms are an advance for health

As has been widely reported, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed to move forward on disability reform, following the recent release of recommendations from the Productivity Commission. A Select Council of Ministers from Commonwealth, States and Territories is to start work immediately on developing a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and is due […]

Why an overhaul of disability care is needed: the Productivity Commission

Here is where you can find the Productivity Commission report recommending an overhaul of disability care and support. Just to give you a quick taste from the executive summary: “The current disability support system is underfunded, unfair, fragmented, and inefficient. It gives people with a disability little choice, no certainty of access to appropriate supports […]