The Australian Association for Adolescent Health and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association have partnered to host the 2018 Youth Health Conference. This year’s conference theme, “Owning Future Change”, invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify challenges and implement solutions to create real change in the lives and health of young Australians. The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings will be presented with policy and practice recommendations, and where innovative models of care will be showcased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference. Find out more and register.
My Health Record information session
Brisbane - Friday, 9th November
A free briefing for the disability sector is being held to discuss the My Health Record at The Glen Hotel, Eight Mile Plains from 10.30am to 12noon. Every Australian will get a My Health Record unless they choose to opt out before 15th November. This is an opportunity for questions to be answered about My Health Record – the briefing will cover the benefits, how it works, as well as the privacy and security of the system and records. Tea and coffee will be provided. Find out more and register.
Domestic violence intervention facilitator training
Brisbane - Monday, 12th November to Thursday, 15th November
Working effectively with men who have used domestic and family violence requires specialist knowledge and skills. In this four-day intensive workshop hosted by Services and Practitioners for the Elimination of Abuse Queensland (SPEAQ), you will work through a range of ideas and perspectives in domestic and family violence practice, and develop intervention skills to enhance family safety and wellbeing. This workshop is specifically designed to support workers who are developing their skills as men’s DFV behaviour change group facilitators. The workshop will cover topics including: how to have an engaged working culture when working with family violence; engaging with mandated clients; understanding the righting reflex; understanding the various pathways into family violence; mapping and identifying disruption points in patterns of behaviour; therapeutic group work skills; and co-gender facilitation. Find out more and register.
Sexuality and people with an intellectual disability: a sex positive approach
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th November
This workshop to be delivered by Lud Allen Counselling will explore the meanings that you give to sexuality and specifically the meaning you give to sexual education for people with an intellectual disability. You will identify barriers that exist to supporting clients in meeting their sexual health and relationship education needs. You will use and critique resources specifically made for sexual health education of people with an intellectual disability and explore the benefits of 1:1 education vs small group education and hear how this has been applied successfully in real life scenarios. Find out more and register.
Who is a parent?
Brisbane - Wednesday, 14th November
Brisbane Family Law Pathways Network presents this conversation with drinks and canapes around the legal and social issues arising from the question of "who is a parent?" led by family law specialist, partner at Harrington Family Lawyers, Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and founder of the LGBT Family Law Institute Australia, Stephen Page. Find out more and register.
FRSA 2018 National Conference
Cairns - Tuesday, 20th to Friday, 23rd November
The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. This year’s theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind is a call to all family and relationship service providers to continue creating better futures for all Australian children, families and communities we serve in the delivery of evidence-informed, collaborative and innovative services. The theme lends itself to a range of areas of exploration and discussion—from outcome measurement and reporting to FRSA’s current investment into seeking how our sector can take a more coordinated prevention and early intervention approach in its service delivery. Pre-conference workshops have now been announced. Find out more and register.
Advancing social work and human services research - Engagement and impact (panel discussion and seminar)
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd to Friday, 23rd November
As part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project that is aiming to advance the production, utilisation, and impact of social work research in Australia, two events are taking place. A panel discussion will be held on researcher and industry perspectives about social work and human services research engagement and impact. The panel will feature Michael Hogan, Director General of Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women who will speak about using research to inform innovation in human services and Michele Robinson, Director Evidence to Action, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety who will speak about how ANROWS promotes evidence to action. A seminar will also take place that will explore how social work researchers and industry can work together to increase research influence and real-world impact; and how to maximise the benefits that research brings to the community, social policy, human services delivery, and service users. Speakers will include Professor Grahame Simpson, industry representatives on what they look for in research partners and how they want to engage, Professor Christine Bigby on building and sustaining research partnerships, and Professor Mike Fisher on developing infrastructure to increase research impact. Find out more and register.
A Human Rights Act for Queensland - community event
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd November
QCOSS is teaming up with the campaign for A Human Rights Act for Queensland to hold a free community event discussing how a Human Rights Act would be of benefit and how the push for this important reform can be sustained. Aimee McVeigh, Campaign Coordinator, A Human Rights Act for Queensland will MC the event with a keynote presentation by Scott McDougall, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Queensland, followed by a diverse panel of experts who will reflect on the importance of a Human Rights Act in their specific domain. Panel members include: Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects; and Kevin Cocks AM; Shane Duffy, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Queensland); and Alani Tenaglia, Student volunteer with campaign for A Human Rights Act for Queensland. The event will examine a range of issues related to human rights, including the process and challenges associated with the development, implementation and enforcement of human rights charters, and most importantly what a human rights act in Queensland will mean for Queenslanders and Australians more broadly. Find out more and register.
Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 26th November
The Family Inclusion Network's Morning Tea for Parents is an opportunity for parents who have/had children in care, have/had intervention with parental agreement, or have been reunified with their children, to share their experiences with others, discuss how they navigated the child protection and out-of-home care systems, and offer support to other parents. The Morning Tea is held once a month on Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Wellspring Coorparoo, 143 Cavendish Road. For enquiries, contact Rebecca by email or phone 3013 6030.
Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Eighth Gathering
Sydney - Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th November
The International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide has invited The Healing Foundation and The University of Sydney to join together to celebrate the strengths of Indigenous peoples across the world. Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering will share the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples across the world.
Post Inquiry: getting the voices of children and young people heard in decision making and litigation
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
This Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) Practice Paper will discuss issues around getting the voices of children and young people heard - why is hearing from children and young people important? What has changed since the Inquiry, what has stayed the same? What are the challenges, what are the opportunities? Where to from here? Attendance is free for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.
Domestic violence and family law workshop
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th November
Women's Legal Service Queensland is holding a free full-day workshop for community agencies and service providers on the topics of topics of safety planning and risk assessment, domestic and family violence legislation and orders and family law (parenting and property), presented by a social worker and solicitor. Find out more and register.
STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd December to Wednesday, 5th December
Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. Over the course of three days, the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change. The Conference aims to facilitate policy change, raise awareness and work together to eliminate violence within Australia. Find out more and register.
NFP Financial Leaders Summit
Sydney - Tuesday, 4th December to Thursday, 6th December
In an increasingly complex and constantly evolving environment, NFPs face ongoing challenges in their pursuit to achieve long-term social outcome success whilst remaining financial sustainability. The NFP Financial Leaders Summit is being held on 4- 6 December at the Mercure Sydney. This summit will shed light on key strategies of how to successfully diversify revenue streams and rely less on single source of funding in order to build financial strength. The practical programme will offer insights into: effective strategies for sustainability; proven measures to manage cash flow; balancing commerciality, purpose and sustainability; and developing a strong business model. View the full agenda or see the speakers list for more.
Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May 2019
The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. Abstract submissions are now open until 30th November. Presentations can be in any of four formats: plenary (symposium, hypothetical or debate), XPRESS podium (maximum 3 minutes), workshop (interactive), or Policy Think Space (discussion).
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