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- Friday, 6th December 2019 -

The special edition of eNews released earlier this week and the linked blog about the State Government’s announcement of a funding boost to Next Steps Plus and the launch of the Queensland Home Stretch Campaign is continuing to attract a flood of comments in response to the blog.

PeakCare welcomes the discussion and debate that the blog has generated. The best policies and programs almost always result from a wide cross-section of views being collected and considered, especially when the discussion privileges the voices of those most directly impacted by the decisions that are to be made. Grabbing at solutions to a problem without thoroughly exploring, analyzing and defining the problem rarely produce the best answers.

Your opinions, your practice wisdom and own experience add to the richness and depth of the dialogue and the analysis that underpins sound policy and program development. Whether your contribution takes the form of strongly advocating a particular position or is expressed as a reservation or concern, it all counts towards making sure that nothing is being overlooked and helps to avoid incorrect assumptions being made. Raising your voices allows decision-makers to gauge the strength of opinion held by our sector about certain matters. It makes it apparent where there is strong unity in the opinions that we hold as well as where there may be divergent views that simply, but very importantly, indicate the need for more research and debate.

In most instances, there is strong agreement held within our sector about the outcomes we are seeking for children, young people and families – as is certainly the case when it comes to the need for more concerted efforts in supporting the transition of young people into adulthood well beyond the age of 19. Where there may be areas of disagreement, they chiefly concern the best means of achieving the outcomes we are seeking or the sufficiency of the responses that are being provided or intended. Read the comments that have been entered in response to the blog so far, then add your own – anonymously if you prefer - and play your part in contributing to this important dialogue.

What does a blueprint for young children's wellbeing look like? Find out at the National Early Years Summit 2020

ARACY's National Early Years Summit 2020 on Wednesday, 11th to Thursday, 12th March 2020 at Albert Park, Melbourne, will bring together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like? Working together for their first 1000 days and beyond. This work and discussion will begin a ten-year endeavour to enhance understanding and bring together frontline workers 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. A draft program has been released, with more details to come. A preliminary list of Thought Leaders and Panellists has also been announced, with more to be announced in coming weeks. The Thought Leaders will make a contribution by guiding the work of the Summit. Special rates are available for early bird registrations and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Members. Find out more and register.

Discussing treaty

Important discussions on the matter of treaty between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all levels of Australian government are taking place in Queensland. Attend the upcoming discussion on Saturday, 14th December 3pm-4.30pm at Kurilpa Hall, West End, Brisbane. The event, hosted by ANTaR, will be led by Kombu-merri/Waka Waka philosopher Mary Graham, Goenpul Goori First National sovereign owner Dale Ruska, and Barada an Kabalbara woman Margaret Hornagol. Tickets are $10 for waged and $5 for unwaged, includes light refreshments. Register by Tuesday, 10th December by contacting Wayne on 0408 701 906 or email

Free webinars on reliable record keeping

National Disability Services invites frontline staff and managers to view a series of six webinars produced by Russell Kennedy Lawyers on Reliable Record Keeping. Topics include why reliable record keeping is important, the characteristics of reliable record keeping, tips and strategies, and case studies. Each webinar is 20 minutes and is accompanied by downloadable supporting documentation. This includes FAQs, checklists and strategies. View the webinars.

Financial abuse toolkit

A new website produced by 1800RESPECT provides information for people concerned about or experiencing financial abuse. The website explains what financial abuse can look like, the contrast between financial abuse and a healthy relationship, the nature of financial abuse in a domestic and family violence context, where to get help, and how to protect yourself in the future. The website also has a quick exit button and a 24-hour chat online option for confidential discussion. Visit the website.

Survey on recovery pathways in cases of serious child neglect

LaTrobe University is conducting an online survey seeking the views of professionals who have worked with serious child neglect in the past year to inform understandings about recovery pathways. Results from the survey aim to help inform a PhD research project focused on developing a theory of change to address the developmental consequences of serious childhood neglect. The survey will take around 30 minutes to complete and is open until 31st January 2020. Access the survey.

Funding applications open for new emergency crisis accommodation for DFV survivors

The federal government is accepting applications for the Safe Places Emergency Accommodation program to provide new or expanded emergency and crisis accommodation for women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, including funding renovations or repurposing buildings where this creates new emergency accommodation. Accommodation must provide access to appropriate specialist support, and applications must provide evidence of a formal ongoing partnership with a domestic and family violence specialist service, specialist Indigenous service, or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse service. Find out more and apply. Applications close 14th February 2020.

Impact 25 Award nominations closing soon

ProBono Australia's 2019 Impact 25 Award nominations are now open for individuals in the social sector who go above and beyond in creating positive impact. Impact 25 recognises the most influential people in the Australian social sector, as voted by their peers. Impact 25 nominees spend their days advocating for the issues of the day, including those who are marginalised and silenced, and inspiring others to do so. Nominations close in a week, on Thursday, 12th December, so don't delay, have your input on up to two individuals you believe in. Nominations just require a less than 100 word description of why the nominee deserves to be recognised. Nominate now.

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 who have entered responses to PeakCare’s blog about the Government’s announcement of the funding boost to Next Steps Plus and the launch of the Queensland Home Stretch Campaign. Your voices are important and carry weight in influencing the opinions of Government decision-makers and political parties. Encourage your colleagues and organisations to join you in speaking up.

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.

Information Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) Workshop
Moreton Bay - Tuesday, 10th December

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.

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.


Changing Lives, Changing Communities Round Two
Brisbane - Tuesday, 3rd to Wednesday, 4th March 2020

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.

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.

DV Specialist Worker (Court) - BDVS, Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent part time (15.2 hours minimum per week) DV Specialist Worker (Court) for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service classified at SCHADS Award Level 4. The objective of the role is to ensure people affected by domestic and family violence are safe and supported and to collaborate with police, court staff and other stakeholders, and to support the safety, emotional, legal and practical needs of those experiencing domestic violence while dealing with the courts. Find out more and apply. Applications close Thursday, 19th December.

Service Manager (Woolloongabba) - St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul is searching for a part time Service Manager (30.4 hrs/week) for the Woolloongabba, Brisbane location. The key objective of this position is to support staff in their work with clients of Child Safety Service Centres where ongoing intervention with a family is required, to assist clients to exit the child protection system and to prevent families from re-entering the system. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 3rd January 2020.

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