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- Friday, 22nd November 2019 -

On Wednesday, 20th November, PeakCare Members elected Tom McIntyre (Act for Kids), Janet Wight (Youth Advocacy Centre) and Darren Young (Mission Australia) to fill three positions on the Board that had been vacated. They now join the sitting members who were elected the previous year – Cara Benoit (yourtown), Sammy Bruderer (NAPCAN), Michael Currie (The Benevolent Society) and Sharon Lowe (Churches of Christ in Queensland) to form the Board for 2020.

PeakCare congratulates the newly elected Board Members and thanks all Voting Delegates who either attended our Annual General Meeting or arranged for proxies to cast their votes.

Our warmest regards are also extended to all seven candidates for stood for election. Your support and willingness to volunteer your time to our organisation is sincerely appreciated. Thank you!

Queensland Youth Week 2020

Queensland Youth Week (QYW) is an annual celebration of young people 12-25 years old and the positive contributions they make to Queensland communities. Preparations for Queensland Youth Week 2020 are underway, with an exciting opportunity for a young person with artistic flair, or who may be studying creative arts, to submit their artwork and designs for QYW promotion. The theme for QYW20 is 'Yeah the youth!', which is a call to friendship, strength and unity between young people. Designs must conform to the design brief and terms and conditions. The winning entry will be featured across all promotional materials with winners to also receive a $500 VISA card, a creative pen tablet (Wacom Intuos Pro Medium with Pro Pen 2 valued at $399), and a gimbal (DJI Osmo 3 valued at $159). Two runners-up will each receive a $100 JB Hi-Fi voucher. Young people with an out-of-home care experience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Community grants up to $2,000 are available for local councils, not-for-profits, and parents and citizen groups to hold events and activities celebrating QYW20. To be eligible, events and activities must include young people in the design and delivery of the event, deliver meaningful outcomes, align with objectives of the Queensland Youth Strategy, and raise awareness of the contributions of young people to Queensland's social, economic and cultural life. Find out more and apply. Applications close Sunday, 15th December.

World first new Queensland centre to deliver new understandings about children's relationships with technology

Queensland University of Technology's new ARC Centre for Excellence for the Digital Child will investigate and understand the impact of digital technology on young children. The centre will be led by Professor Susan Danby and will undertake a family cohort study, run technology laboratories, and improve the knowledge base around the effects of digital technologies on children.

Supporting those recovering from traumatic events and natural disasters

Disaster assistance has been extended to help cover the costs of fighting the fires in the Gold Coast, Lockyer Valley and Toowoomba regions. Personal Hardship Assistance is also available for fire-impacted residents in the Bundaberg region.

Families and communities in Queensland's 33 full drought-declared and 4 partial drought-declared zones are eligible to apply for grants to alleviate hardship and cost of living pressures for those impacted by drought, as well as to support a range of events and activities that contribute to community solidarity and access to support services. Applications close Friday, 13th December.

Emerging Minds has produced a Community Trauma Toolkit that offers guidance on supporting children and families during and following a disaster or traumatic event. The toolkit navigates how these traumas can have extensive impacts, and how colleagues, educators, community members and service providers can help to lessen these impacts. Queensland Transcultural Mental Health Centre have released brochures specifically around disaster recovery and mental health for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, available in up to 11 languages other than English.

PeakCare continues to extend our thoughts and well wishes to those who have been impacted, and our gratitude to the brave emergency services personnel involved.

Royal Commission's disability issues paper released

The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has released an issues paper barriers to education and learning faced by those with disabilities. Research suggests that children with disability experience higher rates of suspension and expulsion from schools and that children with disability may be excluded from school activities, such as excursions and sports carnivals. Responses to the paper can be provided either by email to or by mail to GPO Box 1422, Brisbane QLD 4001.

Renting reforms in Queensland public consultations open

Everyone deserves to live in a place where they can create a home – whether they rent or own. Queenslanders are invited to provide feedback on major renting policy reform, with Stage 1 of reforms paying detailed attention to minimum housing standards, minor modifications to the property, tenancies with domestic and family violence, and keeping pets. Have your say on the suite of proposed reforms on the Housing and Public Works website. Public submissions close 5pm, 28th December. Tenants Queensland will be hosting a tenancy law forum to discuss the proposed changes on Tuesday, 10th December at the Souths Leagues Club, West End 2.30pm to 4.30pm. Panellists include Dr Chris Martin, the Senior Research Fellow for UNSW's City Futures Research Centre, Acting Chief Operations Officer for Brisbane Housing Company, Stacey Holt, Director of Real Estate Academy of Excellence, as well as Penny Carr, the CEO of Tenants Queensland. Tickets are $25 for sector workers and free for tenants.

Scope of renumeration in NFPs - now open for your input

The Pro Bono Salary Survey is the most comprehensive report of renumeration across the not-for-profit sector. The annual report has become a trusted part of social service infrastructure, informing board and management decisions to support fairness in renumeration decisions across the sector. The 2019 Survey found women working in smaller not-for-profits make just 90 cents for every dollar a man earns in the same role, All employees of not-for-profits organisations are invited to complete the seven-minute survey to inform the next report due April 2020. All respondents will receive the report at half price once released, and will also go into the draw to win one of three reports for free.

Reminder - Public feedback invited on the Path to Treaty

Path to Treaty lights a way forward to negotiated treaties with First Nations Queenslanders. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders as well as members of the wider Queensland community are invited to submit their comments, opinions and ideas about a treaty or treaties. Take part in the conversation by finding out more about Path to Treaty, attending a community consultation session or make comments in the online survey.

Reminder - Nominate and recognise a young achiever

The 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards are now open for nominations. The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people in Queensland up to and including 29 years of age across eight categories. Categories include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award, Regional Achiever Award, the Online Achievement Award and the UQ Create Change Award. Find out more and nominate - and don't forget you can also refer a nominee if you want to recognise someone but don't have the time! Category winners will each receive a trophy and $2,000. The Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will receive an additional $2,000 as well as a state trophy. Nominations close Thursday, 12th December.

Each week, PeakCare publishes a 'Thumbs Up' and/or a 'Thumbs Down' about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email and we will consider publishing them.

Thumbs Up to all the very worthy recipients of our inaugural PeakCare Awards, all those who were awarded Special Commendations and everyone who was nominated for an Award. You are all winners as far as we are concerned. Visit our Facebook Page and enter your ‘likes’ and congratulations.

Thumbs Down to anyone who has not yet visited our Facebook Page and entered your ‘likes’ and congratulatory messages to all the very worthy recipients of our inaugural PeakCare Awards and those who were awarded Special Commendations. Show them some love!

In a sector focused on improving social outcomes across a wide range of issues, have you often wondered why we have not yet achieved the depth of change we seek?  This American research looks at the thread of structural and systemic racism which runs through almost every issue faced by the social sector and argues that in our organisational goals and missions, we are missing a fundamental element of social impact: race equity, an omission which reinforces differential outcomes based on race.  An issue, we would all agree, is entirely relevant in Australia.

The authors make a compelling case for deepening a commitment to race equity given

  • the disparate societal outcomes across numerous social indicators for people of colour;
  • the underrepresentation of people of colour at senior leadership and board levels; and
  • the untapped potential of diverse teams in more effectively resolving social problems (research shows diverse teams - across a variety of different sectors - produce better outputs)

Are you interested in playing an active role in advancing race equity in your organisation? Click here to read a summary of an interesting publication Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture.

Child Safe Organisations
North Lakes - Wednesday, 4th December
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering free child protection workshops around Queensland. The half-day Child Safe Organisations workshop prepares organisations to follow child-safe standards. A child-safe organisation values children and is committed to treating their needs and their safety as the top priority. It means taking serious proactive steps to prevent physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or any kind of harm. Child Safe Organisations move beyond safety and demonstrate commitment to children and young people's wellbeing. Find out more and register for workshops throughout Queensland. 

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Thursday, 27th February 2020
Presented by Parentshop

The No Scaredy Cats™ workshop is based on three underlying perspectives: first, by having an understanding of how anxiety develops parents can counter its progress, second, parents can take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems, third, there are practical steps parents can take to build resilience. Find out more and register.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd March to Thursday, 5th March 2020

Presented by Compass Seminars

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy/ Practice (DDP) is an intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, Clinical Psychologist (U.S.A.). DDP is family-based and is focused on facilitating the child’s readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. It is an approach that integrates the areas of neurobiology of trauma, early child development and attachment theory, to produce a therapeutic and parenting approach that assists professionals to understand and effectively support children with trauma- attachment problems, and their families. Early bird pricing now availale until 7th February 2020. Find out more and register.

Human rights in Queensland: awareness raising for human services NGOs
Beenleigh - Tuesday, 26th November

A free two-hour information session introducing the Human Rights Act and the functions of the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and providing practical resources and tools for NGOs to build confidence in effectively meeting human rights obligations, delivered by the Department of Child Safety, the QHR, and QCOSS. Sessions are designed to: increase your knowledge about the Human Rights Act and the functions of the QHRC; increase your awareness about the practical resources and tools available to help you meet human rights obligations, including human rights complaints processes; help connect you with others in the human services sector about human rights issues and implications. Attendance is limited to 1 or 2 representatives from each organisation. Find out more and register.

ACOSS National Conference 2019
Canberra - Tuesday, 26th to Wednesday, 27th November

Early bird tickets are now available for the ACOSS National Conference 2019: Harnessing Community through Effective Action. The Conference will focus on a number of cross-cutting themes, including: how can we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates? How should we speak about poverty and inequality to galvanise action, while empowering those who are excluded? How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all?  Find out more and register.


Information Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) Workshop
Mackay - Wednesday, 27th November

The Inclusion Ready project invites businesses, services and groups from across the community to learn more about ILC grant opportunities for 2020 and beyond. ILC Workshops will help attendees: understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the important business opportunities it presents; appreciate the economic and social benefits of inclusion and the important role inclusion plays in driving productivity growth; identify key opportunities for inclusion and inclusive projects; design & build ILC grant projects; incorporate critical success factors into ILC project design; and collaborate and network with potential project partners. This is a free event but registrations are essential. Find out more and register.


Blue Card Services information session
Logan - Thursday, 28th November

This is a general information session which provides an overview of an employer/business operator’s obligations under the blue card system and an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Find out more and register. View upcoming sessions in locations throughout Queensland on our website.

Queensland ReMADE
Brisbane - Friday, 29th November

Queensland ReMADE is a hands-on gathering, drawing on the wisdom in the room, to start developing a vision, common agenda and key actions for change. Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Common Cause Australia have come together to start a conversation about how we can create a common agenda for Queensland that brings out the best version of us and remake our society for the better. Find out more and register.

Practice Leadership for Behaviour Support Practitioners
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd December

This workshop is for Behaviour Support Practitioners intending to be registered with the NDIS Commission under the PBS Capability Framework and is part two of a four-part workshop held nationally. National Disability Services (NDS) is offerring the second workshop in the Practice Leadership for Behaviour Support Practitioners session. This session will focus on how to engage staff teams in reflective practice and how practitioners can reflect on their own practice. Find out more and register.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Round Two
Caboolture - Tuesday, 3rd to Wednesday, 4th December

Come along and work together at this forum hosted by QCOSS, taking your place to drive change in your community. Across Queensland, communities are looking to work together to make a difference, to create a place where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. You are invited to come along to work with your neighbours and colleagues to make your community the best it can be. This is an invitation to come along and work together, taking your place to drive change in your community. Find out more and register.

In Conversation with Leigh Goodmark: “Why and how did the criminal legal system become the primary response to intimate partner violence?”
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th December

Join Professor Goodmark, Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law, in conversation with the ABC’s Paul Barclay as they discuss her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence. Professor Goodmark explores the ways the criminal legal system can harm those who are subjected to abuse and, instead of reducing the problem, drive intimate partner violence. Her research examines how resources are diverted into a criminal legal apparatus that is often unable to deliver justice or safety, and is failing to prevent violence from happening in the first place. She suggests that a more robust approach is needed to help address this problem. Find out more and register.

Parent–child play: A mental health promotion strategy for all children
Webinar - Wednesday, 4th December

This webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss how practitioners can use child-led play to assist families to improve parent–child relationships and child mental health. The presenters will detail how practitioners who work with families with children aged 0–12 years can adapt child-led play to their specific professional circumstances and use it as a mental health promotion strategy. This webinar will assist practitioners who interact with families in universal health, education and community services, including early childhood education and care settings. Find out more and register.

Policy Writing and Development Workshop
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th December

This workshop by For Purpose will provide a hands-on opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to create policy development processes, identify policy priorities and write a range of policy documents for systemic advocacy. The workshop will also draw-on case studies and examples from across the not-for-profit sector of policy documents created by organisations for the purposes of systemic advocacy. This workshop is all about identifying policy priorities and developing policy positions, submissions, briefs and other documents that are used in systemic advocacy. Find out more and register.

eSafety Workshop
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th December

Family Law Pathways Network Greater Brisbane and the eSafety Commissioner are running free two-hour e-safety workshops in a number of locations with important information, knowledge and skills for frontline workers to help clients facing technology-facilitated abuse. The workshops will help workers identify technologically-facilitated in family and couple settings to support clients take back control and use technology safely. Find out more and register. Workshops will also be held in Ipswitch on Wednesday, 11th December, Logan on Thursday, 12th December, Warner on Tuesday, 10th December.

Defensible Documentation for Disability Support Staff
Brisbane - Thursday, 12th December

This three-hour session presented by Preventing Harm Initiative will help participants learn the leading method to document progress notes professionally, legally and competently. Upon completion of the workshops participants will be able to: identify the key elements required for progress notes to be defensible under question, and understand duty of care and how to document relevant information, incidents, risks, change and ‘refusal of care’. Discounted registration applies for NDS members. Find out more and register.

National Early Years Summit 2020
Melbourne - Wednesday, 11th to Thursday, 12th March 2020

The National Early Years Summit 2020 will bring together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like? This work and discussion at the Summit will begin a ten-year endeavour by bringing together those who work on the front line with children, academics, government policy makers, parents, and others. The Summit will involve building on a knowledge of what works for kids, highlighting what information we lack, and how we can acquire it. It will also include thought and advocacy on how best to apply that knowledge to get the best results for our children with the limited resources available to governments, organisations, and families. Special rates are available for early bird registrations and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Members. Find out more and register.

National Social Role Valorisation Conference 2020
Brisbane - Friday, 27th to Saturday, 28th March 2020

The first ever Australian Social Role Valorisation Association (ASRVA) national conference will be held in Brisbane in 2020. The vision of ASRVA is that all people, including those that are marginalised and disenfranchised, are enabled to be perceived positively and have good lives. The foundation of social role valorisation (SRV) is a sense of social justice, leadership development, and working for change with individuals, services, systems and citizens. The ASRVA Conference will be reinforcing the spirit of a community of practice through a mixture of speakers, discussion and activities, and will be grounded, focussing on application, and using a range of activities and styles to better match varied learning preferences. View the date claimer, follow ASRVA on Facebook or contact to be kept updated on Conference news and be notified when registrations open.

AIFS 2020 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 12th June 2020

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2020 ConferenceWhat is a good life for families? And how do we get there? - will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference will feature presentations, roundtable sessions and symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing, under six themes: family policy and service system challenges; balancing work and family; health and wellbeing over the life course; communities and social cohesion; family threats, vulnerabilities and trauma; and family law challenges and solutions. The program will feature local and international renowned experts from a range of fields related to family wellbeing. Plenary speakers already confirmed include: Professor Stephen Zubrick, Head, Brain and Behaviour, Telethon Kids Institute; Annabel Crabb, ABC’s Chief Political Writer; Jess Hill, Author and Journalist; Richard Glover, Author and Radio presenter. Find out more.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

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