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- Friday, 28th September 2018 -

PeakCare has a well-deserved reputation for hosting Annual General Meetings that are a little different to most. Who can forget the Strengths-based Practice Symposium held as a forerunner to our 2014 AGM, or the Encore Sessions held in 2015? Or the inspiring performances of the Harris Fields State School Cultural Choir and Razor Rap, leaving the events with an armful of raffle prizes, the thought provoking panel-led discussion from last year’s event featuring child protection luminaries from the government and non-government sectors or, lest we forget, the profound educational outcomes achieved from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Trivia with a Twist competitions.

This year, PeakCare will again be employing our customary panache and flair to deliver to you an AGM that is a little different to others. Sadly for some, perhaps happily for others, there will be no Trivia with a Twist competition this year. We think that it has run its course – Trivia with a Twist R.I.P. – we all have to grow up sometime.

What we will be doing this year is hosting a very topical symposium that will be a must-attend event for anyone working within the community services sector. Last year’s panel-led discussion concluded with PeakCare’s Lindsay Wegener stating that he could “feel a symposium coming on” and this will be that symposium. This year, there will be a record number of five vacated Board member positions to fill and, as usual, there will be raffle prizes in abundance to be won and some incredible entertainment to help us celebrate the achievements of the year.

Very importantly, this year PeakCare will be donating profits from this event to the Allison Bayden-Clay Foundation. Support PeakCare by attending this event and you will also be supporting the very important work of the Allison Bayden-Clay Foundation.

Book the date in your diary now – 21st November 2018 – and wait for details of the program to be sent to you shortly.

A milestone event in the history of residential care – what you have said

Have you read A milestone event in the history of residential care, the blog linked to the lead story published in last week’s edition of eNews? Have you read the comments entered in response to this blog? Have you added your own comments? Join the discussion and let PeakCare and others know your views. Your comments can be entered anonymously if you prefer.

Listening to the voices of carers

Foster Care Queensland is conducting a survey to better understand the views and experiences of carers throughout Queensland. It is feedback through surveys such as this that helps better support carers and promotes and enhances the lives of children and young people in care. The survey aims to identify strengths and areas of concern that will contribute toward the development of initiatives and practice moving forward. PeakCare urges Members to bring this survey to the attention of all carers - it will only take a few minutes to complete and will provide vital feedback for improving policy and practice. Complete the survey online or request a paper copy by contacting 3256 6166 or

Departmental training resource on Working with Parents with Mental Illness

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has released the latest in their series of training resources for the sector - Working with Parents with Mental Illness. The resource includes two modules for training around understanding what is mental illness, and possible risk and protective factors that influence the impacts of a parent's mental illness on the wellbeing of children. Previous Department shared training resources include: Introduction to Alcohol and Other DrugsDomestic and Family ViolenceCrystal MethamphetamineParenting and AttachmentChild Development, and Working with Young People - Development, Attachment and Trauma.

New guide on youth justice law in Queensland

Legal Aid Queensland have published a guide for practitioners on matters related to youth justice in Queensland. Youth workers, lawyers and other practitioners working with children and young people should be aware of the provisions, principles and procedures of the Youth Justice Act 1992 and the rights of young people aged under 18 in police and court proceedings. View the guide.

How child safe are you?

The Institute of Child Protection Studies at Australian Catholic University is conducting a survey on the knowledge, skills and attitudes of staff and volunteers regarding safeguarding children and preventing child sexual abuse in youth-serving organisations. Results from the survey will help develop a tool that organisations as well as researchers and organisational leaders can use to gauge how well youth-serving organisations are doing in relation to keeping children safe in institutional environments. Participants would be required to complete two online surveys, 4 weeks apart. Take part in the survey.

Supporting the recordkeeping rights of children in out-of-home care

The Australian Research Council is conducting a Discovery Project investigating the design of systems to support the recordkeeping rights of people who experience childhood out-of-home care. The Rights in Records by Design project is looking at developing a model to better meet lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs. As part of the project, they are undertaking a survey on the views of recordkeeping and other professionals in the out-of-home care sector on capacities to implement: Recordkeeping Principles for Child Safety and Wellbeing (Recommendation 8.4) handed down by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in December 2017, and Records Access Principles and Guidelines developed in 2015 as part of the Department of Social Service’s Find & Connect Services and Projects. The survey asks how these principles are being applied throughout the sector, any barriers to their adoption, and other issues that surface in their implementation. Complete the survey online.

What are the issues around accessing interpreters in your region?

The Queensland Access Interpreters Working Group (QAIWG) is currently seeking feedback from services in Queensland to ascertain needs for accessing language interpreters at work. Complete the short survey online.

New opioid toolkit for practitioners

Insight - Alcohol and other drug training and workforce development Queensland - have released Opioid Check, a package of free tools, e-learning, videos and other resources designed for Queensland-based health and community service workers who engage with people who use opioids. The toolkit contains: "Opioids: The Basics" eLearning package; "Opioid Check" Ultra Brief Intervention Tool - a colorful and engaging clinical activity sheet designed to assist health practitioners structure a 10-15 minute ultra-brief intervention with someone who uses opioids; Opioid Withdrawal Management Quick Reference Guide - a 2-page summary of the withdrawal guidelines for use by DABIT / CL and medical staff in hospitals and primary health care settings; worker videos and recorded seminars ranging from beginner FAQs to advanced opioid treatment overview and complex case studies; and key clinical guidelines, withdrawal scales and client brochures. Access the kit.

Applications open for Queensland Youth Engagement Panel

Applications are open for a role on the Queensland Youth Engagement Panel, which provides young Queenslanders with opportunities to influence and inform decisions that impact their lives. The panel will comprise 12 to 14 young people, aged 16 to 25, who reside in Queensland, and membership will be for a two-year term. A key element of the Queensland Youth Strategy is ensuring young people can have their say in shaping relevant government policies, programs and projects. It also sets the vision and priorities for government in improving outcomes for young Queenslanders. To nominate, young people will need to complete the online nomination formsubmit a video (maximum of 2 minutes in length - watch an example) telling the Office for Youth about themselves and what contribution they can make to the panel, as well as a key issue for young people that the young person is passionate about, and what they’ve done so far to help address it, attach a resume and provide contact details of 2 referees. Find out more.


TOY online course for practitioners

The free TOY online course “Together Old and Young: An Intergenerational Approach” is for practitioners looking to bring together older adults and young children to share knowledge, skills, values and have fun. Through this online course you will learn about intergenerational practice with young children (0 – 8 years old) and older adults (65+ years old) and you will discover practical ways to create opportunities for good quality and sustainable intergenerational learning activities. The course is relevant for early childhood education and care practitioners, primary school teachers (working with 4 to 8 year-olds), social care practitioners and volunteers working with older adults and community development workers. The course will commence 15th October.

Strengthening families and ensuring self-determination in child protection

The AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group met earlier this month to reflect on the implementation of the Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice and explore the recent legislative amendments and practices for the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. Read more

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight
please contact 
Lorraine Dupree.

Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression
Brisbane - Wednesday, 10th October
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

Simon Santosha will deliver this insightful workshop to help equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to work more effectively with men experiencing mental health issues such as depression. Men can often resist the term ‘depression’ due to traditional masculine socialisation which emphasises independence and task-focus, which results in depression often ‘masked’ as workaholism, substance abuse, withdrawal from relationships, irritability or reactive and/or aggressive behaviours. For more on the importance of supporting men to seek help in ways that make sense to them, read this interview with Simon on working with men and families and the value of strengths-based male engagement strategies. Workshop participants will have increased awareness of the barriers experienced by fathers who have depression in accessing support services; increased knowledge and understanding of what lies behind the mask; skills and strategies to effectively engage fathers who are depressed but refuse or are reluctant to admit or seek help; and knowledge and skills to maximise the effectiveness of referral and support networks for fathers experiencing depression. Find out more and register.


Digging Deeper: risk assessment and strengths-based family work
Brisbane - Thursday, 11th October

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Is risk assessment still relevant in child protection when you work from a strengths-based framework with families? Of course! Assessing risk remains at the core of protecting children and young people. Yet what some find tricky is how to integrate the risk assessment process with a strengths-oriented approach to practice.  This workshop ‘digs deeper’ into this question, reviewing contemporary understandings of the concepts and skills critical to risk assessment and exploring how to successfully enact these in practice while working to engage with families around the safety of their children.  The complexities of this work are enormous, as is the responsibility to ‘get it right’.  This workshop provides the opportunity to explore your understanding and approach to risk assessment and where it fits with frameworks for inclusive engagement and work with families. Find out more and register.

Women and Poverty: Anti-Poverty Week public forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 16th October
Presented by Micah Projects and Shannon Fentiman MP

You are invited to participate in a public forum hosted by Shannon Fentiman MP and Micah Projects to address the issues of financial hardship, inequality, homelessness and isolation affecting women in Queensland. All Australian women should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Gues speakers include Shannon Fentiman MP, Nikki Chenowith and Karyn Walsh, with Kay McGrath to MC. The forum will include a panel discussion on Voices of Women Experiencing Poverty. Find out more and register.


Parenting & Enjoying Teenagers
Brisbane - Thursday, 18th October
Presented by BABI Youth & Family Service

BABI Youth & Family Service will be presenting this relaxed, informative and enjoyable 6-week group program for parents and carers of children 10+yrs each Thursday evening from 18th October to 22nd November. Topics covered will include: adolescent development and the challenges of parenting, highlighting and building on strengths, using effective and assertive communication, building your relationship with your teenager, setting limits and boundaries, improving life balance and developing self-care strategies, dealing constructively with anger, and a range of 'hot' topics: sex, alcohol and drug use, driving, social media and more! A special eSafety presentation on keeping young people safe online will occur as part of the series on Wednesday, 21st November. View the flyer for more details, or phone 3393 4176 to register.


Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 22nd October
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

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.

What's going on for our kids? Do labels help or hinder?
Brisbane - Monday, 22nd October
Presented by Act for Kids

The impact of trauma on a child is complex and pervasive, often leading to significant difficulties at home and school. Through exploring trauma and developmental theory, participants will deepen their practical understanding of commonly used labels and be equipped with strategies to nurture children and navigate the systems around them. Find out more and register.

Administration Excellence, through supervision, coaching and mentoring
Brisbane - Friday, 26th October
Presented by Amovita International

This supervision training has been specifically designed for supervisors managing and supervising staff in administrative, operational support, and human resource roles. The training offers a unique opportunity for supervisors and managers to develop and hone their supervisory skills, understand the context in which supervision is delivered and how to provide supervision with confidence. The training explores the legal and industrial environment in which supervision is provided. Participants are provided with Amovita's FASE(TM) Front Line/Administration supervision model and resources to ensure supervision is facilitated with confidence. Find out more and register.

Inside Out: Understanding and supporting carer-child relationships in out-of-home care
Brisbane - Wednesday, 31st October
Presented by Compass Seminars

Some children who need love the most, ask for it in the most unloving ways.  This can be particularly true for children in out-of-home care whose complex histories of abuse, neglect and disrupted attachment, often cause them to reject adults who are trying to care and support for them. Making sense of the processes behind their often difficult behaviour can assist professionals and carers to facilitate change and healing. This workshop introduces the Relational Learning Framework (RLF), a case conceptualisation tool which helps out-of-home care practitioners, mental health professionals  and foster carers to examine what foster children have learned in their early life about relationships, particularly through abuse and neglect. Grounded in attachment theory and drawing on cognitive theory this workshop helps practitioners to understand and respond to the challenging behaviour presented by these children and remove barriers to an empathic response. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Friday, 9th November
Presented by Parentshop

This is a 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.

Internet and child safety awareness
Brisbane - Thursday, 11th October

The Queensland Child and Family Commission (QFCC) invites you to a free event to hear Alicia Kozakiewicz speaking about Internet and Child Safety Awareness 2pm-3pm at QUT Gardens Point Campus. Alicia Kozakiewicz is an international advocate for preventative safety education and effective legislation. Alicia is a survivor of internet abduction and child sexual exploitation. Her presentation will include talking about her experiences and the information that policy makers, educators and parents need to be aware of to help keep children safe from online grooming for child sexual exploitation. Find out more and register.

The Sanctuary Model in Context
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th October

The Sanctuary Institute Australia and MacKillop Family Services are inviting community services organisations and schools to attend a two-day seminar to support cultures of safety, wellbeing and learning in organisations. Participants will learn about The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed, whole of organisation change model that responds to the impact of chronic stress and adversity. Educators should note this program meets the requirements for provisional or full teacher registration for 14 hours of Professional Learning in every Australian state. Teachers will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and proficiency on Standard 1 and 4 of Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). View the flyer for more details or register here.

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Hobart - Tuesday, 16th to Wednesday, 17th October

The 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is an opportunity for policy makers, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health professionals to join together and provide a collaborative platform for the challenges, solutions, innovations, support systems and networks for rural mental health. Find out more and register.

Let's talk about parenting in a new way that better influences policy
Webinar - Tuesday, 23rd October

This webinar hosted by ARACY will feature guest speaker Annette Michaux, Director of the Parenting Research Centre. Annette will present key findings from research that explored how to change public thinking about parenting, and how to create meaningful and lasting change for families including the wellbeing of children. The research found that there is now a new and extremely powerful master narrative about the importance of parenting. Annette will also outline some top-line tips and tools for communicating effectively about children’s growth and development through parenting support. Find out more and register.

Community Recovery Masterclass and forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October

The third annual Queensland Community Recovery Forum will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The free event will showcase communities who have journeyed from disaster to resilience and will give you the opportunity to learn and share strategies that build community capacity and resilience. Hear from national experts who have influenced communities to move to a new future. As part of the forum, a masterclass will be held for people working with community groups and agencies. It aims to bring together practical methods to understand what the elements of each community are now and how to engage key stakeholders, individuals and communities in tangible ways to work together in recovering after a disaster. The free, one day masterclass will be held on two days for your convenience - Wednesday, 24th October and Friday, 26th October from 9am-3pm.

2018 ACOSS National Conference
Sydney - Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th October

The ACOSS National Conference has been a key event for civil society in Australia for over six decades. Each year hundreds of thought leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders and social justice advocates come together to engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate; identifying challenges and strategising solutions with the view to address poverty and inequality and enhance social cohesion in Australia. At this year's conference dinner ACOSS and HESTA will be co-presenting the Community Sector Awards. Early bird tickets are now available - don't miss out! 

Understanding domestic and sexual violence across migrant and refugee communities
Brisbane - Wednesday, 31st October

This half-day workshop presented by The Oasis Centre 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 help practitioners acknowledge how culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities understanding of domestic and family violence, the context of Intimate Partner Violence and the challenges for women in reporting and dealing with this type of abuse, the Influence of gender roles and traditions within migrant and refugee communities, and barriers to accessing support. Find out more and register.

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference
Auckland - Sunday, 4th to Wednesday, 7th November

The 2018 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference program will showcase high quality and state of the art scientific research into treatment, prevention and policy while also providing an opportunity for practitioners to share their latest insights and lessons learnt. The program includes a stream on working with adolescents including a workshop on ‘QuikFix’ a substance use risk targeted brief intervention for young people developed in Queensland. Registrations for the Conference close Sunday, 14th October. 

2018 Youth Health Conference
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th November

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coordinator and caseworker - YAC

YAC is seeking a fulltime coordinator and caseworker to lead and provide casework support to young people in the youth justice system from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 8th October at 6pm.

Practice Supervisor - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a part-time Practice Supervisor working in the South East region. The role will report to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, and will involve supervision, debriefing, self-care and professional development of the team across the three locations - Arundel, Springwood and Strathpine. The role is classified under SCHC&DS Industry Award Level 7. Find out more and apply.

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