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- Friday, 11th May 2018 -

There can be no better way to commence the Family Matters’ Week of Action than this special screening of After the Apology by Larissa Behrendt that tells the story of four Aboriginal grandmothers who battled government policies to bring their grandchildren home. Watch this powerful and confronting film, then stay for the panel-led discussion that will follow. PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener was both humbled and pleased to accept his invitation to join this panel.

PeakCare hopes that our Members will be well represented at the screening on Monday night and expects that you will be keen to show your support for the Family Matters Campaign throughout the National Week of Action.

Email Jess McArdle to access one of the few remaining free tickets for After the Apology or for advice about how you can purchase a ticket. We hope to see many of you at this very special event on Monday evening.

At 5.30pm on 19th May, Family Matters Queensland will also be hosting a screening of Cherbourg Women - My Struggle, My Fight at Kuril Dhagun, Level 1 of the State Library. Click here for details.

Budget 2018-19

The Australian government delivered the 2018-19 budget on Tuesday 8 May 2018. There has been a range of public commentary about ‘who’ will and won’t benefit from the announcements and commitments. Click here to access government factsheets about announcements relating to the Department of Social Services’ portfolio – cashless debit cards, enhanced debt collection activities, and longer waiting times for new migrants. A less well publicised announcement is that funds have been allocated for a national apology to the victims of institutional child sexual abuse. It is disappointing however that the government passed on the opportunity to properly fund the fourth and final action plan of the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children' and has not supported the major shift in investment required to provide early, up-front support to children and families when they need help. Detailed commentary by ACOSS and other community sector agencies can be accessed from here

Last chance to prepare an event for National Families Week

Across Australia, local communities and organisations have registered their events to join together in celebrating the importance of families during National Families Week, 15th to 21st May. See what other events are on in your area, and don't forget to watch the video What does family mean to you? to reflect on the diverse meanings of family in our communities.

Have your say on important topics affecting the sector

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, during which we can all Do Something to contribute to understanding and addressing the harms resulting from domestic and family violence. The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children Australian is a major federal government policy framework consisting of four action plans that have underpinned the development of crucial services and initiatives, such as 1800RESPECT. Women Against Violence Alliance are conducting a project to evaluate the Third Action Plan, and contribute to the Fourth Action Plan. Have your say here (anonymously if you prefer) on current gaps, areas of concern, and positive steps that can inform the development of an effective Fourth Action Plan.

As mentioned in last week's eNews, the Australian Human Rights Commission is taking submissions until Wednesday, 23rd May from individuals and organisations on child rights in Australia and Australia's progress in meeting its obligations under the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child. Submissions are invited on any of the nine groups of child rights, including civil freedoms, violence against children, family environment, disability, and more. 

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is conducting a survey to explore stakeholder views on key aspects of the Commission's ongoing progress, what has been working and areas for improvement, to support better outcomes for Queenslanders with mental health and problematic alcohol and other drug use, or who have been impacted by suicide.

And finally, service providers in the following program activity areas are requested to complete a short ten question survey by noon, Friday 18th May to help gather valuable input on barriers to using the Data Exchange system and Standard Client Outcome Reporting (SCORE): Family and Relationship Services (FaRS), Communities for Children Facilitating Partner (CfC FP), Children and Parenting Support (CaPS), Intensive Family Support (IFSS), Find and Connect Support Services and Forced Adoption Support Services (Adult Specialist Support).


Funding currently available for community organisations and non-profits

Applications are open until Saturday, 19th May for activity grants of up to $1,000 for non-government and community organisations and networks for events that promote the key messages and aims of Child Protection Week. Regional grants of up to $5,000 are also available for not-for-profit organisations in each of the six regions of Queensland that can demonstrate collaboration with a minimum of five other agencies within that region. Applications are also open until 31st May for the latest round of grants from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for activities and initiatives that enhance the capacity of community organisations to provide services, leisure activities and opportunities for Queensland communities.

Supporting young people as they prepare for adult life -
conversation with a Child Safety Officer

Working within the Transition to Independence space with young people is increasingly dynamic. Child Safety staff are continuously looking to improve the way they interact with young people and engage with them through their journey from out of home care to adulthood. Read more.

If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

Domestic and family violence: a common experience for many women

May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in Queensland and this year we are all called on to Do Something to address the impact of domestic and family violence in our communities. 

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018 provides an insight into this issue, drawing from over 20 major data sources on causes, impacts and outcomes. The report finds 1 in 6 women over the age of 15 experience violence at the hands of an intimate partner, and are more likely to experience violence at the hands of a current or previous partner than from any other source. This type of violence most often takes place within the home, usually out of sight of others, but often in front of children whose exposure to this violence can result in long term effects on their development and an increased risk of mental health issues, and behavioural and learning difficulties. The report also found that children who experienced physical abuse or sexual abused themselves before they were 15 were around 3 times as likely to experience domestic violence after the age of 15. Other vulnerable groups with heightened risk of experiencing violence are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, young women, pregnant women, women with disability, and women experiencing financial hardship. 

A decade-long study published in the journal BMJ Open examined more than 33,000 ethnically diverse women presenting to give birth at a major hospital in Western Sydney between 2006 and 2016, and found that experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) during pregnancy spanned all cultural groups, suggesting pregnancy is a risk factor across all cultures. Violence during pregnancy increases the risk of low birthweight, premature birth, diabetes and heart disease. The study found that women born in New Zealand (7.2 per cent) and Sudan (9.1 per cent) were most likely to disclose IPV during routine psychosocial assessment at the first antenatal booking visit, with women from China and India least likely to disclose IPV. The study found that nearly a quarter of women disclosing domestic violence also disclosed childhood abuse. 

Brain Injury Australia in conjunction with researchers at Monash University and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare recently conducted an Australian first project into the prevalence of acquired brain injury for domestic violence victims and perpetrators. The researchers found that 40 per cent of 16,000 family violence victims admitted to hospital between July 2006 and June 2017 had sustained a brain injury, and that 1 in 3 of those admitted were children under 18 years. Researchers contended that the figures potentially still don't reveal the full extent of brain injuries inflicted by perpetrators of family violence. Read more.

After the Apology feature documentary screening
Brisbane - Monday, 14th May
Presented by Family Matters

To support Family Matters National Week of Action, individuals and organisations are invited to attend or host a screening of After the Apology, a powerful new feature documentary by Larissa Behrendt following four Aboriginal grandmothers who each face their own battle in challenging government policies to bring their grandkids home. Check out the trailer for the film here and check out current screenings available here. The film will be shown at Event Cinemas, Brisbane City on Monday, 14th May at 6.30pm, with other screenings around Queensland. Organisations can request to host a screening at their local cinema here which will create an event page and allow bookings.

Understanding domestic and family violence across refugee and migrant communities
Brisbane - Monday, 14th May
Presented by 
Inala Community House 

This workshop will assist practitioners to understand the intersection between domestic and family violence and its impact on the lives of migrant and refugee women. This workshop will cover: acknowledging how culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities understanding of domestic and family violence; Intimate Partner Violence and the challenges for women in reporting and dealing with this type of abuse; the Influence of gender roles & traditions within migrant and refugee communities; and barriers to accessing support. Find out more and register.

Cherbourg Women: Our Struggle, Our Fight screening
Brisbane - Saturday, 19th May
Presented by 
Family Matters

As part of Family Matters National Week of Action, this screening of Cherbourg Women - My Struggle, My Fight on Saturday, 19th May at 5.30pm at Kuril Dhagun, Level 1 of the State Library in Brisbane will showcase the moving journey documented by Yamaji filmmaker Janine Kelly, who travelled to Cherbourg Community with her Aunty Rhonda Collard-Spratt to hear the personal stories of Cherbourg women suffering the removal of their children and grandchildren, and fighting to have them returned to their families. View the flyer for more details.

Working with migrant and refugee communities in a mental health setting
Brisbane - Monday, 21st May
Presented by AASW

Participants will gain better understanding of working cross culturally with families from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The workshop will prepare professionals with knowledge and skills to engage effectively with adults, children and youth from diverse backgrounds and with mental health issues, and will explore acculturation, transition issues, culturally appropriate mental health assessment and developing cross-cultural communication skills. Includes 7 hrs CPD. View the flyer for more details or register.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Hervey Bay - Tuesday, 22nd May
Presented by NAPCAN

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements. Topics covered include: roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, legislative requirements including mandatory reporting, organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs, how to respond, and prevention strategies. This workshop will also be held in other locations around Queensland. Find out more and register

Keeping Hope Alive: vicarious trauma and emotional wellbeing in human services practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 24th May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Delivered by Matthew J. Armstrong, this workshop will offer the opportunity to learn about the complex processes of vicarious trauma, to reflect on our own personal experiences of caring, and, most importantly, to learn and implement strategies which allow us to practice our unique profession in the human service sector in ways which are safe, sustainable, and which celebrate the privilege of helping others. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Thursday, 31st May
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations with parents in child protection.The workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. Find out more and register.

Creating Inclusion: Giving parents a voice
Brisbane - Friday, 1st June
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

Parents and families are invited to a free 3-hour forum to hear how other parents have amplified their voice and are changing ‘the system’. Creating Inclusion: Giving parents a voice is a forum that will hear from parents who have experienced children removal, and are now working as parent representatives at the renowned project Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter. Key speaker Jessica Cocks will share her Churchill Fellowship research on child protection and out-of-home care in the USA, Canada, Norway and the UK. Child minding will be available on site. Family inclusion in the child protection and care systems is a related free three-hour workshop on Thursday, 31st May for practitioners on learnings from the Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter project, an innovative group aimed at building a family inclusive chidl protection and out-of-home-care system.

Gurrumul - special screening
Brisbane - Sunday, 3rd June
Presented by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Qld

ANTaR will hold a special fundraising screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Gurrumul, about the Indigenous musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician in history, who sang stories of his land in Yolŋu languages and in English. Gurrumul was formerly a member of Yothu Yindi, and later Saltwater Band. All proceeds from the screening will go towards supporting the policy, advocacy and community education projects of ANTaR, who receive no government funding. Purchase tickets or view the poster for more details. 


Stuff That Sucks
Brisbane - Wednesday, 27th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people. ACT is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and interpersonal or family conflict. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 25th June and Toowoomba on 26th June.

Acting on Evidence: 2nd Research Conference on Violence Against Women and their Children
Sydney - Tuesday, 15th to Thursday, 17th May 

The 2nd ANROWS National Research Conference on Violence against Women and their Children - Acting on Evidence focuses on translating research findings into policy and practice. The conference discusses new evidence and applications, including in areas such as responding to violence against women in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, service provision in complex contexts, data challenges and opportunities, positive interventions for young people using violence and public health perspectives. View the programmore about the speakers or register now.

QCOSS 2018 State Conference - Movement for Change 
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The QCOSS 2018 State Conference Movement for Change - Play Your Part will ask how to move our communities closer to greater wellbeing by challenging how we talk about the world. The conference will explore the current landscapes in which we live and work, uncover the big issues and identify the stories that are dividing our community, develop an understanding of the evidence base for change and the current state of play from which to move forward, explore reforms currently underway, and learn from opinion leaders from different backgrounds and sectors. The conference will be hosted by author, novelist, lecturer, mentor, social commentator, columnist, speaker, broadcaster and award winning advertising writer Jane Caro, with appearances by Richard Denniss, Mick Gooda, the Puuya Foundation, Family by Family and many more. View the program, find out more about the speakers or register now.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research present the Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum – Language of Change. The event aims to celebrate the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It will be an opportunity to highlight strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others, with discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence. Find out more and register.


Living with domestic and family violence - Part two
Webinar - Friday, 18th May

Community, health and education workers are invited to attend a free legal information webinar about how Legal Aid Queensland can help clients with legal protection from violent relationships. The webinar will be delivered by Jason Garrick, family lawyer from our Violence Prevention and Women’s Advocacy team, and will cover: a brief overview of domestic and family violence, including any changes to the law, practical tips for workers to support clients living with domestic and family violence, including domestic violence protection orders and parenting orders, what happens when children are involved, and getting help from Legal Aid Queensland and referral pathways. Find out more and register to attend.


Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 28th and Tuesday, 29th May 

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is hosting the annual Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference covering a broad range of topics including prevention, treatment, systematic responses, behaviours, mental health and harm reduction in relation to all types of addiction.  The program will include emerging trends and the various addictive habits of alcohol and other drugs, gambling, and more. View the program, find out more about the speakers, or register now.

Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Ending Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Violence Conference has been designed to help make the change toward ending violence in Indigenous Australian communities. The conference will provide practical guidance on how to be more effective in the areas of prevention, healing, response, and working with people who use violence, as well as how to increase self-determination. View the programfind out more about speakers or register now.

2018 Creating Child Safe Organisations
Sydney - Tuesday, 29th to Wednesday, 30th May

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is hosting a National Conference to explore the plans to improve prevention and enhance responses to child sexual abuse. The Conference will explore future directions, how to implement a child safe culture and framework, how to improve incident reporting and responses and how to equip staff to support child safe environments. View the program or register now.

Family inclusion in the child protection and care sytems
Brisbane - Thursday, 31st May

This is a free three-hour workshop hosted by Family Inclusion Network for practitioners on learnings from the Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter project, an innovative group aimed at building a family inclusive child protection and out-of-home-care system. Participants will do activities to develop ideas for practice change and program development that is family inclusive. At the end of this session participants will have identified a set of strategies that they can implement in their own setting to help build and promote family inclusion in child protection and out of home care and improve outcomes for children. Find out more and register. Parents and families are invited to a separate free 3-hour forum to hear how other parents have amplified their voice and are changing ‘the system’. Creating Inclusion: Giving parents a voice is a forum that will hear from parents who have experienced children removal, and are now working as parent representatives at the renowned Family Inclusion Strategies in the Hunter.

ACA 2018 National Childcare Conference
Gold Coast - Friday, 1st June to Sunday, 3rd June

Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland will deliver the 2018 National Childcare Conference – Together We Grow, It Takes A Village. For more details, view the program or find out more about the speakers. Register here.

Doing School Differently Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

Berry Street Childhood Institute presents this conference which offers a unique opportunity to advance the national conversation on practice and research in flexible and inclusive education by bringing together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers. The conference will explore a diverse range of topics including trauma-informed practice, how to develop individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Find out more and register.

2018 AIFS Conference: What matters most to families in the 21st Century?
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. Every two years, the AIFS Conference offers unrivalled opportunities to mix with leading thinkers, decision-makers and researchers across a range of sectors and disciplines who are dedicated to improving the lives of families. Join leading thinkers and change-makers at the 2018 AIFS Conference – What matters most to families in the 21st Century? which will look ahead and ask: what does the future for families look like? What are the challenges and opportunities and how prepared are we? Exploring these questions requires boldness, curiosity and imagination, and the AIFS 2018 Conference will provide rich debate and inquiry, and encourage participants to engage with the emerging issues for families. The Conference MCs will be Virginia Trioli, ABC journalist, and Madonna King, writer and journalist and the Conference boasts a range of renowned speakers. Early bird registration closes Monday, 14th May, so don't miss out, register now.

Visit the Events page on our website for other opportunities in the sector. You can also email your professional development opportunities so that we may promote them through future editions of eNews.

Support and Administration Worker, Lotus Place (Rockhampton) - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects are seeking a part time (min. 25 hours/week) Support and Administration Worker to be based in Rockhampton and provide reception, administration, communications and operations support work, including planned support and advocacy services under direction of the Central Queensland Regional Manager. at SCHADS Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 15th May.

North Queensland Regional Manager, Lotus Place (Townsville) - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects are seeking full time North Queensland Regional Manager to be based in Townsville to to work as part of the team at Lotus Place and to work strategically on developing partnerships and access to services with people who experienced childhood abuse in institutional settings in North Queensland, at SCHADS Level 6. Find out more and apply. Applications close Tuesday, 15th May.

DV Specialist Worker, BDVS - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects are seeking a part time (min. 30.4 hours/week) DV Specialist Worker to work as part of a 24/7 roster as an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence, at SCHADS Level 3. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 23rd May.

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