UnitingCare Queensland’s mission and our central focus on people and communities means that we constantly strive to influence positive health and social outcomes. To do this we listen to our clients and communities, draw on emerging evidence and trends and continually review the quality of our services.
We also aim to influence policies, laws, resource allocation and practices affecting our client group and communities we work in. We do this through our relationships with the Uniting Church and UnitingCare Network; our clients and communities; politicians, including Ministers and local members alike; other non-government organisations, peak and industry bodies and the media.
The following policy positions are not meant to represent everything we care about; rather they are some current issues we seek to influence. The positions will continue to be developed and regularly reviewed so they reflect new or emerging evidence. There are also links to UnitingCare Queensland campaigns or positions developed in response to government consultation on issues impacting on our services and clients.
UnitingCare Queensland considers that a greater range of clients can benefit from receiving health care in different ways, other than staying in hospital. We are committed to working in partnership with the Queensland Government and acute and primary health care providers to identify and implement suitable opportunities. One immediate opportunity is a trial of Hospital in the Home services involving telehealth and remote monitoring delivered to a wider patient cohort.
UnitingCare Queensland is committed to equitable access to services for people in regional, rural and remote areas including services that meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We seek to work in partnership with other service providers, governments and other funders and local communities to plan for, design and deliver appropriate, accessible, and sustainable service models in these areas.
The implementation of the NDIS in Queensland aligns with UnitingCare Queensland’s commitment to person centred care and our aim to be the choice for care and service. To ensure people with disabilities who do not meet NDIS access requirements receive the support they need UnitingCare Queensland considers governments need to commit to a range of safeguards and a transparent system for monitoring and reporting funding levels for disability services.
UnitingCare Queensland considers there are increasing opportunities for governments and private providers to deliver health infrastructure and clinical services through Public Private Partnerships. To realise these opportunities governments and private providers need to work together to actively pursue opportunities.
UnitingCare Queensland looks forward to a Queensland where everyone can live free from violence from a partner or family member, and where children do not have to see or experience family violence. We will continue to support the work of the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland and consider the report due to be presented to the Premier in February 2015.
UnitingCare Queensland calls for continued investment in secondary child protection services and earlier transition for children leaving out of home care; and for continued investment by the Queensland Government in the delivery of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry recommendations at the committed levels to ensure the reform objectives are achieved.
The community services industry in Queensland collectively employs over 100,000 people, is supported by thousands of volunteers and contributes more than $5 billion to the Queensland economy. There are many changes and reforms occurring within the various industry sectors in which we work. At UnitingCare Queensland we want a say in these changes, and have contributed to a number of reviews through submissions and consultations.