Call for Catholic agencies to strengthen collaboration

CLICK HERECatholic Welfare Australia CEO Frank Quinlan yesterday urged all Catholic Health and Welfare organisations to work together more closely to engage and assist Australia's poor.

Mr Quinlan was speaking at the Catholic Health Australia conference "Seek Justice - come to the edge", which concluded yesterday in Perth. He said that health and welfare organisations are well placed to provide an integrated range of services to those in need.

"Governments are increasingly seeking to deal with a small number of providers who can deliver a wide range of integrated service. Our agencies are well placed to provide a suite of essential health and welfare services targeting those most in need."

"The challenge is for us to renew and reflect on our core mission and values, and not to lose sight of what differentiates us from other service providers," Mr Quinlan said.

Speaking at the closing session of the conference, Mr Quinlan said "governments can exercise a very high level of control over the most detailed aspects of our programs and services. We must be constantly vigilant that we are not being drawn to places that we do not wish to be taken."

However, Mr Quinlan was also optimistic that Catholic organisations were well placed to provide services that "for profit" providers would find non-commercial and unattractive. "Our mission must take us to the edge" Mr Quinlan said.

Comment from Executive Director of Catholic Welfare Australia, Mr Frank Quinlan (Catholic Welfare Australia 31/8/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
2005 National Conference Seek Justice - Come to the Edge (Catholic Health Australia)
Catholic Welfare Australia

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32 Sep 2005