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- Monday, 18th November 2019 -

The thoughts of all PeakCare staff are with those impacted by the bush fires that are wreaking havoc in Queensland and New South Wales. Our admiration and gratitude are extended to all emergency services as they valiantly fight this scourge, and to the many government and non-government agency personnel and community members who are stepping up to provide the practical and emotional support to those who have been affected. Our sincere hope is that all subscribers to our eNews, your loved ones and all who are the recipients of your organisations’ services stay safe throughout this ordeal.

Free family and domestic violence research available in November

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Monday, 25th November, two gender-based violence research databases are temporarily accessible for free. The Journal of Gender-Based Violence will be free to access until 30th November. Bristol University Press has also provided a collection of articles from various academic journals that are usually behind a paywall with no end date provided.

Hardship protections for families having difficulty paying energy bills 

As summer rolls around the corner, families should be aware that the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Customer Hardship Policy Guideline requires energy retailers to ensure hardship programs for those struggling to pay electricity bills are easily accessible. When placing a customer on the hardship program an energy retailer cannot make it a condition to see a financial counsellor or make payments up front. Retailers must: see if there is a better energy plan for the customer; give tips to save energy and money ; see if there are other ways to help – depending on the retailer this may include a home energy visit; talk about the right payment amount to suit the customer’s circumstances; let the customer know about government concessions, energy rebates and financial counselling services; and advise about the Home Energy Emergency Assistance Scheme (HEEAS) if the customer’s income reduces and/or they have emergency once-off expenses such as moving home, medical, car or other essential item repairs. Customers on hardship programs cannot be disconnected for non-payment if they are meeting the conditions of the hardship program. Find out more.

Not-for-profit state tax exemptions factsheet

In preparation for next year's tax season, Not-for-Profit Law has produced an updated factsheet providing an overview of the common state taxes where a charity or not-for-profit may be able to apply for an exemption in Queensland. The factsheet covers state stamp duties and exemptions, state payroll tax and exemptions, state land tax and exemptions, and other taxes.

Supporting mental health - have your say, bursaries for students, and resources for self-advocacy

The Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on Mental Health has been released, inquiring into how people with mental ill-health (or at risk of mental ill-health) can best be supported. The report identifies five areas for reform: prevention and early intervention for mental illness and suicide attempts, close critical gaps in healthcare services, investment in services beyond health (such as stable housing), assistance for people with mental illness to get into work and allow early treatment of work-related mental illness, and fundamental reform to care coordination, governance and funding arrangements. Written submissions or brief comments in response to the draft report are invited until 23rd January 2020. 

Applications for the 2020 Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association study bursaries are now open. Two bursaries of $5,000 will be offered to two high achieving students studying in the field of mental health. Applications are invited from students who: may have lived experience, be fulltime carers, Indigenous, Torres Strait Islander, Maori or Pacific Islander, or studying remotely in a regional area. Applications must include written proof of achievement (i.e. grade point average), demonstrated need for financial support, and a short resume of personal lived experience, achievements and future aspirations (300 words). Find out more and apply. Applications close 31st January 2020. 

And don't forget the newly developed self-advocacy resource for people experiencing mental health issues to ask for what they need under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), produced by the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and Tandem Carers. The toolkit for self advocacy addresses the basics of self-advocacy including identifying rights and strategies for the individual, a practical model of self-advocacy, an overview of the NDIS and how to enroll, how to appeal decisions, and more.

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.

EOIs closing soon for presentations at 2020 QCDFVR Forum

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR) is currently inviting expressions of interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in the domestic and family violence field to join in presenting/facilitating a breakout session/ community presentation at the annual Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum - Growing Stronger to be held in Brisbane on Wednesday, 13th to Thursday, 14th May 2020. EOIs close Tuesday, 19th November. Submit an EOI online.

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.

CPPAQ November Practice Paper

Join friends and colleagues for the final Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) Practice Paper of 2019, on Wednesday, 20th November at 5.30pm at Cooper Grace Ward Lawyers on George St, Brisbane. Enjoy networking and drinks at the informal event, featuring 3 short vox pops from selected guests. Professor Clare Tilbury, Director and Chairperson CPPAQ will chair the event. Attendance is free for CPPAQ Members, and $40 for non-Members. Find out more and register.

2020 Workplace Mental Health Symposium abstract submissions and registrations now open

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association has launched the 2020 Workplace Mental Health Symposium to be held Monday, 31st August 2020 to Tuesday, 1st September 2020 at the Hilton Brisbane Hotel. Abstract submissions for presentations at the Symposium are invited until Friday, 1st May 2020 across a variety of topics including Workplace Wellness Process; the importance of data, research and application; future trends and innovation; the culture challenge; legal bligations, and more. Early bird registrations are now open with significant discounts.

Save the date for the 2020 Queensland Disability Conference

National Disability Services is pleased to announce the 2020 Queensland Conference will take place 7th-8th May 2020 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. With a rich diversity of speakers, delegates and exhibitors, the program will encourage visionary thinking across the disability sector. Registrations for the conference open on Friday, 14th February 2020. Register your interest in attending.

Reminder - Free human rights legislation training

In the coming weeks, the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and QCOSS will be holding free human rights information sessions in ten locations across Queensland. The sessions will provide an introduction to the Human Rights Act, which commences from 1st January 2020, and the functions of the QHRC; present non-government organisations with practical resources and tools to build their confidence in effectively meeting our human rights obligations, including the management of human rights complaints processes; and facilitate connections with others in the human services sector about human rights issues and implications. Click here to view dates and locations and to access registration. Attendance at each session will be limited to one or two representatives from each organisation to ensure that they are as interactive as possible. Make sure your organisation is represented and you give thought to the most suitable persons to relay the information they receive back into your organisation.

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.

There can be no doubt about it – this week’s Thumbs Up must go to our volunteer firies, Queensland’s Rural Fire Brigades. Thank you for your courage and willingness to serve your community at times of our greatest need.

Child Safe Organisations
Merdian Plains - Wednesday, 20th November
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. 

Working Safely with Trauma and Families
Broadbeach - Friday, 22nd to Saturday, 23rd November

Presented by Compass Seminars

This two day workshop is designed for professionals working with clients and families affected by trauma, with an emphasis on integrating Family Therapy with Trauma-Informed Models and Neuroscience. This workshop is all about how to move individuals, families, and treating systems beyond traumatic stress towards traumatic growth. Find out more and register.


CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Working with Trauma Memories
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th November

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

In this training program, participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. The training is directly relevant to the CPD requirements under the Medicare Focussed Psychological Strategies requirements for Mental Health Social Workers. Social Workers working with veterans, survivors of torture and trauma and survivors of family and sexual violence will find it relevant. All of the training content is evidence-based and references for evidence and further reading and training will be provided. Find out more and register.

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.

Power of Community Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st November

Do you work for a small community organisation? Are you looking for expert advice and support? Are you keen to learn strategies to improve your organisation’s mission? The Power of Community Conference celebrates and builds on the impact our community organisations are having across Queensland. Grassroots organisations have a long history of bringing about positive social change, connecting people and building stronger, more resilient communities. With a focus on creating change at a local level, the program will be a combination of presentations from nonprofit experts, including the importance of storytelling, how to attract grants, when and how to innovate and the importance of resilience and wellbeing and hands-on roundtables and workshops on four key areas including marketing, fundraising, volunteer management and governance. Find out more and register.


Human rights in Queensland: awareness raising for human services NGOs
Ipswich - Monday, 25th 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

Parent Morning Tea
Brisbane - Monday, 25th November

Parents who have child protection experience are welcome to this free monthly morning tea hosted by Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland to chat with other parents about how they navigated the child protection, legal and out-of-home care systems and hear how they gained support, addressed their child protection concerns, and became more included in the lives of their children. The Morning Tea is for parents who: have / had children in care, or have / had an intervention with parental agreement, or been reunified with their children. For more details, contact Becky on 3013 6030 or Find out more and RSVP.

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.

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.

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