Opposition to the chaplaincy program to step up
6 July 2022
The campaign to demand that money allocated to the School Chaplaincy Program be re-directed to funding the employment of school counsellors with teaching qualifications and experience will be reinvigorated.
Medowie members take action over Government neglect
29 March 2021
NSW Teachers Federation members at Medowie Public School walked off the job today after voting for industrial action over the Berejiklian Government’s neglect of staffing issues, particularly school counselling roles.
Lack of school counsellors put students at high risk
1 November 2020
Research by Federation has underlined the urgent need for more school counsellors in NSW with 98 per cent of teachers and 99 per cent of principals stating that the number of students with mental health issues has increased in the past three years.
‘Too much to ask’: Department’s support shortcomings highlighted to inquiry
29 October 2020
It’s impossible to be an expert in a diverse range of learning needs, so we need someone who can guide and advise us, to help us understand, high school teacher Eli Pietens told the Gallop inquiry on 28 October.
It’s time for the Government to make wellbeing in schools a priority
15 October 2020
A long period of drought, catastrophic fires and a disrupted school year amid the uncertainty, fear and anxiety attached to the COVID-19 pandemic has made for a perfect storm as far as the mental health of young people is concerned.
Federation adds name to joint letter to Premier
28 September 2020
In an open letter to the NSW Premier, Federation has joined with experts to call for urgent action to address youth mental health in response to a rise in youth suicides in such a calamitous year.
Counsellors hit the pay wall
11 April 2019
Section: Member’s Voice
I have worked as a District School Counsellor and District Guidance Officer for the Department over the past 28 years, in a number of regions in NSW.