Civil Voices
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Rachel is a journalist specialising in the social sector.


Improving LGBTI Inclusion in Aged Care

Rachel McFadden, Friday, 12th May 2017 -  As many as one in 10 people over the age of 65 identify as LGBTI, according to a new training video released by the Aged Care Channel (ACC) and the Department of Health.

Call Out for Innovators to Find Digital Solutions to Global Youth Crisis

Rachel McFadden, Thursday, 11th May 2017 -  World Vision, together with Optus, are inviting innovators to develop digital solutions to the global youth job crisis with the successful applicant receiving a $20,000 grant.

Innovators and Leaders in Social Impact Measurements Awards Announced

Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 10th May 2017 -  A trio of leading organisations were recognised for their excellence in developing and delivering social impact measurements at the Think Outcomes conference in Sydney on Wednesday.

Budget is a Big Win for Mental Health


Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 10th May 2017 -  Mental health has become a priority in the federal government's health agenda with advocacy bodies across the country welcoming the announcement with a sigh of relief.

Turnbull Budget has Glaring Omissions for Indigenous Australians


Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 10th May 2017 -  The delivery of the 2017 budget for Indigenous Australians was a “mixed bag” of support and omissions, leaders of key Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations said.

Social Sector Slams Mandatory Drug Trial for Welfare Recipients


Rachel McFadden, Wednesday, 10th May 2017 -  The federal government’s announcement that it will launch a drug testing trial to 5,000 new welfare recipients has been met with outrage from the social sector’s leading advocacy groups.

Civil Society Calls for a People Centred Budget


Rachel McFadden, Monday, 8th May 2017 -  More than 75 civil society organisations have joined forces to advocate for a people-centred budget that serves the needs of ordinary Australians.

Australia’s First Social Impact Bond for People Living with Mental Illness

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 8th May 2017 -  In an Australian first, social impact bonds will be used to improve the lives of people living with a mental illness.

Northern Territory Gets its First Innovation Hub

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 8th May 2017 -  A Darwin-based company has received a $500,000 grant to develop the Northern Territory’s first innovation hub.

Workplace Stress is Reaching Toxic Levels in Social Sector

Rachel McFadden, Monday, 8th May 2017 -  A researcher looking at the high levels of work stress in the social sector has warned work stress and burnout are reaching “toxic” levels and is calling on the sector’s peak bodies to act.

Sector Warns of Big Brother Welfare as Cashless Debit Cards Look to Expand

Rachel McFadden, Friday, 5th May 2017 -  Speculation is mounting that the government could announce an extension of its controversial income support model, known as the cashless debit cards, in its 2017 budget.

Peak Body Calls for Urgent Review of NDIS

Rachel McFadden, Thursday, 4th May 2017 -  The nation’s peak body for disability service providers is calling for urgent action to save the struggling National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
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