The CATSINaM Professional Development Conference will be held at the Sofitel, Broadbeach. The conference aims to work towards an integrated approach to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and highlights the difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by CATSINaM members. For more information and to register, visit the website.
Launch of YANQ research report
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th October
Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) will be launching the findings of research conducted into what works to engage marginalised young people facing very difficult life circumstances back into learning. The launch will be held at the Premierâ€™s Hall of Parliament House from 1:00 till 2:00pm. RSVP by return email to attend.
Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
Albury - Wednesday, 11th to Friday, 13th October
The 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held during Mental Health Week, and aims to explore ways to effectively prepare mental health and other rural human service professionals to meet future challenges. The symposium will feature keynote speakers including Professor James Bennett-Levy, Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing, University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast), University of Sydney, Dr Sue Hodgkin, Senior Research Fellow, John Richards Initiative, Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University and Ms Georgie Harman CEO, beyondblue. Click here to view the full program or register now.
Inclusive practice for children with disability
Webinar - Thursday, 12th October
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will be hosting a webinar on inclusive practice for children with disability from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, to be delivered by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. The webinar will outline current understandings of disability and present recent research findings on the prevalence, risk and prevention of abuse for children with disability, with practice strategies for inclusive practice and creating child-safe organisations. For more details and to register, click here.
Launch of Anti-Poverty Week
Sydney - Sunday, 15th October
Australian Council Of Social Service (ACOSS) will launch Anti-Poverty Week 2017 on at Weave Youth & Community Services. The event will include a press conference and feature former Minister for Social Security, the Honourable Brian Howe AO, who led the Hawke Governmentâ€™s Family Package, Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass and Professor Peter Whiteford. Register online by Wednesday, 11th October.
Trauma Aware Schooling Conference
Brisbane - Sunday, 15th to Monday, 16th October
The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference aims to respond to issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. Keynote speakers include: Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson from We Al-li Trust, Dr. Chris Blodgett from Washington State University, Professor Michael Gregory from Harvard Law School, Associate Professor Phil Riley from Monash University, Professor Pamela Snow from La Trobe University, and Dr Judith Howard from Queensland University of Technology. View the program for further details on topics and speakers, or register online.
Supporting people with disabilities experiencing mental health issues
Caboolture - Monday, 16th October
Community Living Association and WWILD-SVP Association will be delivering a workshop for professionals, support workers and social work/psychology and human services students interested in improving their knowledge and skills in supporting people with intellectual and learning disabilities experiencing mental health issues and disorders. The workshop utilises the bio-psycho-social and community-based mental health model to support people experiencing dual disability. View the flyer for more details. The workshop will also be held in Townsville on Thursday, 26th October.
Guiding children's behaviour webinar
Webinar - Wednesday, 18th October
In Safe Hands Educators in Safety will be presenting a webinar for dealing with aggression and behavioural issues for children aged 2-5 years and their parents. Find out more and register here.
First 1000 Days Summit
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October
Registrations are open for the First 1000 Days Australia Summit to be at Riverside Receptions, New Farm, Brisbane. The Summit explores the importance of the first 1,000 days from pre-conception to two years of age in shaping future health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Register to attend by Wednesday, 11th October. View the flyer for more details.
Child Inclusive Practice Forum
Adelaide - Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October
Less than a month to go until Family and Relationship Services Australia's 2017 Child Inclusive Practice Forum to be held Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. This year's theme is Weâ€™re all in this together, recognising the journey that parents and children and practitioners from across the field take through the process of resolving separation disputes. View the full program here or register to attend.
I Care 2: Leading groups for the sons and daughters of carers
Richmond - Friday, 20th October
Berry Street Childhood Institute and Salvation Army Westcare are presenting a workshop for services wanting to facilitate 'I Care 2' groups in their foster care programs. 'I Care 2' is a preparation and training course for children of families who wish to foster. The program has been developed to better equip the sons and daughters of foster carers with the responsibilities associated with caring. Find out more or register here.
Youth Voices workshop
Brisbane - Tuesday, 24th October
Join young people and adults who care about them to actively engage with the findings of the Youth Voices survey at the Anglicare Southern Queensland Youth Voices Workshop at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fortitute Valley. The workshop is open to all young people 10-25 years, those who work with young people, those involved in policy development and delivery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, peak body representatives and researchers. View the invite for more details and RSVP by 18th October by email to Leanne Wood.
HESTA Community Sector Awards Dinner
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th October
The finalists for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards have been announced, with fifteen finalists recognised over four categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Buy tickets to the event here.
ACOSS National Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th to Wednesday, 25th October
Only three weeks to go until the ACOSS National Conference that provides the opportunity for community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience to come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia. Indigenous writer, actor and director, Nikkiah Lui will host the event, which will also announce the winners of the HESTA Community Sector Awards. Keynote speakers include Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Matt Noffs, CEO of Noffs Foundation. Entertainment will include The Baker Boys Band. Registrants are also invited to forward a short issues-based film for broadcast at the conference during breaks - to an audience of over 400. Films can be forwarded to Kate Finlayson, ACOSS Media Advisor via email, Dropbox, WeTransfer or a method that suits best. View the program or book tickets now to attend.
International Life Course Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 24th to Thursday, 26th October
The second International Life Course Conference brings together policy makers, international experts and researchers to showcase the latest ideas, theories and interventions for tackling the problem of social disadvantage over the life course. This conference presents a unique opportunity for anyone working in or reporting on the area of social disadvantage to bring themselves up to date with the latest research. Find out more or register to attend.
Working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October
Berry St Childhood Institute and Robert Tucker deliver this training aimed at professionals who work with children and young people where there are concerns about their problem sexual behaviours. The training will explore the issues and challenges in evaluating whether sexual behaviour is age-expected, problematic or harmful, differences between pre-pubescent and adolescent sexual behaviour and causes, motivations and purpose of sexual behaviour and implications for intervention. Find out more or register now.
Disaster recovery forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is hosting the Queensland Community Recovery Forum to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for building resilience in communities following natural disasters. The Forum aims to explore the economic relationship of business investment in community wellbeing strategies and the social and economic impact disasters have on community wellbeing. The Forum will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.
Promoting Attachment and Resilience in Home Based Care - An introduction to the secure based model
Richmond - Wednesday, 25th October
The secure base model of therapeutic caregiving was developed by Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Mary Beek from the Centre for Research on Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, UK. Based on attachment and resilience theory and research, the model provides a positive and practical framework for understanding and assessing childrenâ€™s needs, and for enabling and supporting carers to meet those needs. During this workshop, Professor Schofield will explain the Secure Base model and its applications to practice and there will also be opportunities for participants to discuss how the model could be useful in their work with children and carers. Find out more or register online.
Rob Jackson volunteer management workshops
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October
Volunteering Queensland will host UK Volunteer Management expert Rob Jackson for two workshops and a networking lunch. Workshop 1 will look at some of the key ways in which society is changing and how these changes affect volunteerism and discuss what leaders of volunteers can do to update their practices to accommodate these changes, further enhancing their engagement and retention of 21st century volunteers. Workshop 2 will look at the phenomenon that is social media and how it can be used to strategically communicate to teams and recruit new volunteers. Discounted pricing is available for attending all three events. Find out more or register online.
Enhancing Practice in Child Sexual Abuse Work: A Case Formulation Approach - a masterclass with Richard Rose and Robert Tucker
Richmond - Monday, 30th October
This masterclass hosted by Berry Street Childhood Institute will focus on using a case formulation approach when undertaking sexual abuse work in family contexts. Taking a practical approach participants will learn more about case formulation applied to case management, treatment planning and therapeutic care. Find out more and register here.
QCOSS State Conference
Brisbane - Tuesday, 31st October to Wednesday, 1st November
The 2017 QCOSS State Conference â€“ Dream it. Do it. will be held at The Gabba. The conference will shine the spotlight on people who have reached their goals by thinking â€˜outside the boxâ€™. Hon Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will officially open the conference, with Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and keynote speakers Belinda Bell from Cambridge Social Ventures at Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK and Dr Richard Dennis of The Australia Institute. Day one will offer plenary and concurrent sessions focusing on QCOSSâ€™ four focus areas of place-based approach; citizen-led policy development; cost-of-living advocacy; and sector capacity and capability building. Day two will offer a choice of masterclasses. Visit the conference website for details and to register.
Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st November to Thursday, 2nd November
Early bird registration is now open for the inaugural Queensland Gendered Violence Prevention Forum. The Forum is designed for practitioners working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence. Early bird prices end Monday, 2nd October. View the preliminary program or register online now.
Interagency Child Protection Symposium
The Child Protection Interagency Committee is comprised of a diverse range of agencies involved in child protection services in Queensland, including Childrenâ€™s Health Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Police, Department of Education and Training, Queensland Family and Child Commission, Office of the Public Guardian, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, PeakCare Queensland, CREATE Foundation, Foster Care Queensland, Life Without Barriers, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak, and Legal Aid. This year's Symposium More than the Sum Of its Parts, Interagency Collaboration: Connecting the dots for our young people will focus on how best to support adolescents in out-of-home-care. Find out more or register now.
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd November to Friday, 3rd November
Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th November
The bodyâ€™s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the â€œsomatic narrativeâ€ of body language is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. This two-day workshop will explore the body as a target of therapeutic action and is delivered by Path Ogden, phD, who founded an internationally recognised school specialising in somaticâ€“cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Read more or register now.
National Employment Solutions Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 16th November to Friday, 17th November
The National Employment Solutions Conference will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and its impacts. The conference will examine challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that relate to innovative employment solutions, featuring over 45 presentations from industry experts. The full program has now been released. All presentations will be available as podcasts after the Conference, ensuring no one has to miss out! Topics include: tomorrowâ€™s digitally enabled workforce; the future of disability employment; how young is too old? the downward creep of ageism; spatial patterns and drivers of Australiaâ€™s future economic landscape; looking back to the future: Migrants working in Australia. Find out more and register at the website.
How to enjoy being on a committee
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 21st November
Be involved and understand the legal and ethical requirements of being on a committee. This presentation will explore the structures of a committee or board, the roles people can undertake, legal and ethical compliance, strategic planning and meeting etiquette. View more information or book now.
FRSA National Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th November
The 2017 Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference Connecting the Dots: Creating Wellbeing for All is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course - by connecting the individual 'dots'. Early bird registration has been extended to 5pm Friday 13th October so don't miss out! For more details, visit the website.
AASW National Symposium
Hobart - Thursday, 30th November to Saturday, 2th December
The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium (AASW) 2017 will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The theme of the symposium is â€˜Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.â€™ With over 25 professional development and networking sessions and delegates from all over Australia, the symposium will be a unique opportunity to share current practice knowledge and work experiences, and network with the social work sectorâ€™s peers. Registrations are now open.
Trauma, the Brain and Biology: Foundations and Treatment of Trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 30th November to Saturday, 1st December
Traumatised people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Learn about the neurobiology of traumatic stress and adaptations that hide the 'self' in this two-day workshop delivered by clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD at the Brisbane Convetion and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.
STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 4th to Wednesday, 6th December
The official program has been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. The program is recognised by many organisations for Continual Professional Development (CPD) points, and all attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Confirmed keynote speakers include Julie Inman Grant, Childrenâ€™s eSafety Commissioner, Office of Childrenâ€™s eSafety Commission, Ms Jennifer Hoffman, Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia, Dr Rae Kaspiew, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Assistant Commissioner, Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria and Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now; early bird prices end Monday, 23rd October.
Yarning Up on Trauma
Richmond - Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th December
Yarning Up on Trauma is an intensive five day course for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma. Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives which focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, community and culture. Find out more or register now.
AIFS 2018 Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 2018
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian governmentâ€™s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. The 2018 AIFS Conference will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference is accepting abstracts until Friday, 8th December. Register here or sign up to the Conference newsletter to receive all the details as they become available.