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- Friday, 9th August 2019 -

In keeping with tradition, PeakCare is keen to hold another series of Roundtable meetings with our Members and registered Supporters commencing in September. Again, we will be seeking the views of our Members and Supporters about what has changed or stayed the same since our last series of Roundtable meetings held around 12 months ago. As has occurred in previous years, this information will be collected and incorporated within a Roundtables Report.

If your organisation is interested in hosting one of the meetings, please email Annika Stehn ( by Tuesday, 20th August. Chiefly, the role of a host involves providing a venue at which representatives of our Member organisations and Supporters can gather for the meeting. This year, we are especially keen to conduct meetings in Rockhampton and Cairns as they missed out last year. We look forward to receiving advice of your interest in hosting one of these important meetings

Preparing for Transition to Adulthood Month

November is Transition to Adulthood (T2A) month. It is a month to highlight the needs of young people as they make the journey from the care system to adulthood, experiencing positive outcomes along the way. CREATE will be hosting the free Transition to Adulthood Month Launch at 2.45pm on Tuesday, 7th November at The Old Museum in Bowen Hills, Brisbane. The event will feature a presentation, speeches, performances, virtual reality tent, resource stalls, inflatables and much more. RSVP to the event and visit the CREATE website for more information on T2A and how you can get involved in supporting young people transitioning to success.

Free online training for the sector

QCOSS Community Door eTraining provides free self-paced online courses for the community service sector. The courses have recently been updated and are tailored to assist community service workers with their work and to improve knowledge and skills. Courses are organised thematically and cover strengthening non-government organisations, embracing diversity in early childhood education, cultural sensitivity training and governance. Find out more and access the courses.

Free NDIS ILC grant pitch information webinar 

In August and September, the National Disability Insurance Agency will open three Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) grant rounds. Before these rounds are opened, a free 30-minute on-demand webinar is available to support organisations to get their ILC grant pitch right. The webinar will: outline the strategic intent of each program; outline the inclusion outcomes being sought from the investment; and provide tips on how to submit a high quality grant application. Find out more and register.

You are invited to the NAPCAN Child Protection Week Q&A Forum

NAPCAN's official National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum, Putting children first: Changing the way we talk about parenting in Australia, will feature groundbreaking new research commissioned by the Parenting Research Centre from the Frameworks Institute (US), which has highlighted the power of 'framing' when it comes to improving child wellbeing in Australia. The Q&A Forum will contain bold conversation including: the power of the 'child development frame' to effect positive change; how supporting parents is the key to improving child wellbeing; real-life examples of how the research is changing the way we work' and why myths and metaphors matter. Add value and power to your work by using the latest research. Learn how to frame and become part of a growing network that is using framing to change the world for kids and families. Find out more and register.

Nominations open for Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards

The Queensland Mental Health Week Achievement Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of individuals, groups and organisations working tirelessly to reduce stigma and support and empower those living with mental illness. Nominations are open now until 2nd September across 10 award categories with winners to receive an engraved trophy and framed certificate. Categories include not-for-profits, culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Early Years, and more. The overall winner will receive the Earle Duus Award, which includes a $4,000 prize to continue the winner's great work in the mental health sector. Winners will be presented at a ceremony on Friday, 11th October at Brisbane City Hall. Find out more and nominate.

Reminder - Have your say and help improve outcomes for children

Access to quality kindergarten programs and early years services is crucial to setting children up for lifelong success. The Department of Education will be conducting an independent review of funding and the delivery of funding arrangements for early children education in Queensland. The review is seeking input from parents, caregivers, and educators delivering a kindergarten program, or those interested in the funding and delivery of kindergarten in Queensland, via an online survey as well as through a series of targeted consultation forums.

Therapeutic residential care services in Australia:
Current characteristics and future directions

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) this week released the paper, Therapeutic residential care services in Australia: A description of current service characteristics. The paper provides an overview of current practice of therapeutic residential care services conducted in Australia. It reports on the results of an online survey of 37 Australian services including eight from Queensland, describing their configuration, characteristics and activities. The paper also summarises the views of services and discusses issues to be considered in the further development of this form of care for young people. Read more.

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.

A big Thumbs Up to all the representatives of our Member organisations and PeakCare Supporters who have accepted our invitation to join together in constructive dialogue about steps to be taken in response to some comments attached to feedback received about the National Child Protection Conference recently co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare. It’s not too late to join them in this important discussion. If you wish to do so, please respond to the invitation by Friday, 16th August.

Have you read the latest and ever-growing number of comments entered in response to our blog about feedback received about the Conference? Have you added your own response?

A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th to Friday, 16th August

Presented by Compass Seminars

This is a two-day workshop exploring creative and expressive tools for working with relational and developmental trauma. This creative and multi-faceted workshop will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. Find out more and register.

Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Saturday, 17th August
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. The first of these workshops is Child Safe Organisations is a workshop that is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, moving beyond safety to demonstrate a commitment to children and young people's wellbeing. A following session will be held in Rockhampton on Friday, 30th August. The second workshop, Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, is for everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people and their families and is subject to mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held in Rockhampton on Friday, 30th and Saturday, 31st August. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 19th August
Presented by Parentshop

This 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. The lesson framework includes an overall theory of parenting that can assist parents to manage children’s worries; coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious; and biological information about the brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates. Find out more and register.

Tuning In to Acting Out: Responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd August
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This advanced workshop assumes that participants have a working knowledge of the impacts of disrupted attachment, trauma and loss upon young people in care or disengaged from family. We know that these issues underpin the often challenging behaviour of these young people. But how best to respond? This workshop takes a very practical approach to applying this theoretical knowledge in everyday work with troubled young people. It considers effective behaviour guidance, staying safe when behaviour is extreme, and responding to behavioural crises in ways which apply the evidence about ‘what works’ in addressing the underlying causes of the behaviour. Find out more and register

Exploring Attachment in Couple Work
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th August

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This half day workshop is designed to assist social workers, psychologists and counsellors to develop a better understanding of working with couples from an attachment framework.This is relevant for social workers who work therapeutically with couples. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge Attachment specialists and The Circle of Security. Find out more and register.


Queensland Kinship Care Forum
Brisbane - Monday, 2nd September
Presented by PeakCareQueensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), CREATE Foundation and Queensland Foster and Kinship Care (QFKC)

You are invited to the Queensland Kinship Care Forum. Keynote speakers at the Forum include Dr Lucy Peak, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus, a national charity in England and Wales supporting both formal and informal kinship carers; and Meredith Kiraly, psychologist and Research Fellow in the Social Work Department at the University of Melbourne, whose specialty research area is kinship care. This forum is for kinship (relatives or extended family) carers, both where legal orders providing authority to care for a child exist or other informal family arrangements are in place, and government and non-government practitioners, policy makers and academics. Kinship carers attend free of charge. Find out more and register.


Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
 Brisbane - Friday, 6th September
Presented by Queensland Child Protection Week Committee

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held at the Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St, South Brisbane. The Annual Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will feature as a guest speaker, as well as a CREATE Young Consultant. Kay McGrath will MC, with live entertainment from sisterMISTER. Purchase your ticket now.


Voices in Action Conference 2019
Melbourne - Thursday, 14th to Saturday, 16th November
Presented by CREATE Foundation

95% of previous attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the ideas shared at the event would help improve the out-of-home care system. The 2019 Voices in Action Conference will provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system, with the wisdom of lived experience. The discussion will focus on: how to include young voices in decision making processes; how to support and improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care; and the need to improve complaints processes for children and young people. The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector. Carers, professionals and sector leaders must attend for a fresh grassroots approach to garnering insight into what works in out-of-home care. The full program is now live and discounted early-bird registration rates are available until Thursday, 15th August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference and elevate the voices of children and young people in care. Find out more and register.

Human Rights Act Masterclass with Aimee McVeigh
Brisbane - Monday, 12th August

This three-hour masterclass with founder and coordinator of the HumanRightsAct4Qld campaign, Aimee McVeigh, is for disability organisation employees, people with disability, their families and supporters to prepare for the introduction of the Human Rights Act and complaints mechanism. View the flyer or register.


QCOSS Tender writing and Skilling Queenslanders for Work workshops
Atherton - Monday, 12th August

Need help writing successful grant or funding applications? Looking for tips to make your funding applications stand out? Want to know more about Skilling Queenslanders for Work and how to apply for funding? Come along to the QCOSS tender writing workshop to find out about: developing a methodology for writing tenders or funding applications; how to make your response stand out; building evidence; establishing value for money; addressing assessment criteria; key pitfalls; and checklists and resources. Find out more and register. A webinar will be held on 4th September for those who cannot attend a workshop.

Community Door information and feedback session
Townsville - Tuesday, 13th August 

The QCOSS Community Door website is being redesigned and QCOSS is seeking feedback from Community Door users on what they want out of the new website. Open information sessions are being held in Townsville (Tuesday, 13th August), Logan (Tuesday, 20th August) or Brisbane (Thursday, 29th August) for input, and each attendee will receive a $50 voucher for their organisation.

Tenancy Skills Institute Launch
Cairns - Wednesday, 14th August

The Tenancy Skills Institute offers free tools to improve access to accommodation for prospective tenants, increase property management efficiencies and boost the bottom line by producing the best rental tenants. The Institute's approach is to work with community members, individuals and the real estate industry to create better housing options and outcomes for people in Queensland. The Tenancy Skills Institute will be launched for the Cairns region with a free information session. Find out more and register.

Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd August

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is a night of glamour and excitement, delicious food and elegant attire, and in true Micah Projects fashion, it is also a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment - the Dinner Dance has sold out every year for the past six years!

NDIS Workforce Research Forum
Townsville - Tuesday, 27th August

Hear the latest research on the NDIS in the Townsville region at this free event and learn strategies to solve your workforce problems. This session explores the WorkAbility Queensland research project, a partnership with CQUniversity, CSIRO’s Data 61 and Global Community Resourcing, investigating the workforce demands, and skills and training needs arising from the implementation of the NDIS across the state. The research project takes a deep dive into six NDIS regions, and this forum will present findings from the Townsville research report and explore practical solutions to local workforce needs. Find out more and register.

NDIS Workforce Research Forum
Townsville - Tuesday, 27th August

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) invites you to attend these free essential forums to connect with industry and workforce stakeholders, hear the latest research on the NDIS in your region and learn strategies to solve your workforce problems. Hear from experts about jobs growth, emerging roles, workforce demand and supply, and skills and training needs related to the NDIS workforce. Register for the Townsville forum or the Mackay session on Wednesday, 28th August.

North Queensland Child Protection Symposium
Townsville - Friday, 30th August

NAPCAN and the Queensland government present this free one-day symposium aimed at changing the conversation around child protection in North Queensland. This symposium is for all government and non-government agencies and workers who have an interest in child protection in the community. Guest speakers: Dr Suzanne Packer AM, pediatrician and children’s rights advocate, and Professor Ben Mathews, Principal Research Fellow at QUT School of Law. Find out more and register.

Parenting in Australia for multicultural families
Logan - Friday, 30th Brisbane

This is a free workshop by Relationships Australia QLD for parents of multicultural backgrounds to support raising healthy children. This workshop is intended for parents from multicultural backgrounds to: provide support and increase confidence of parents to raise competent children; and connect with other parents in a safe and supportive learning environment. The course will examine: why cultural practices and beliefs are important and how parents and carers can pass them on to their children; reducing conflict in the family by promoting harmony; Australian laws on domestic and family violence and ensuring safe child rearing methods, and more. Find out more and register.

Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th September

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.

Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th September

Multicultural Development Australia will deliver this one-day workshop full of practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.

QCOSS State Conference 2019
Caloundra - Thursday, 12th to Friday, 13th September 

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will have the theme Leading change together, building on conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register to ensure you are part of the conversation about: rebooting the system (structural change); being in service (sector change), and starting a revolution (community change). An exciting list of speakers has already been announced, including keynote speaker Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and multi-award winning journalist; Caterina Giorgi, Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose; David Moody, Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services; Scott McDougall, Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland; David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia, and many more. Find out more details about the program or secure your ticket now to avoid missing out.

Home Stretch Symposium
Sydney - Tuesday, 27th to  Wednesday, 28th August

Join friends and colleagues for this monumental event - the first ever Australian symposium on extending care to 21 years. The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area. The packed two-day program will cover topics including: what extending care to 21 means for young people and carers, different models being used nationally and internationally, the challenges, enablers and experience of implementation, and policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia. Find out more and register.


2019 Foster and Kinship Care Conference
Perth - Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September

The 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference is open to all foster and kinship carers nationally and is being held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth. The conference aims to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, acknowledging, inspiring and promoting personal and professional connections in the fostering sector and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and alongside, family and general foster carers. The conference will have a strong focus on elevating the voice of the carer, both as an individual and a collective group. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2-Day Intensive
Townsville - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th October

This 2-Day Intensive workshop by For Purpose will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. Participants will learn how to to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. The workshop has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles. Find out more and register.

Introduction to the Anti-Discrimination Act
Brisbane - Wednesday, 23rd October

The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The QHRC will be offering training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act, including in Brisbane. The Introduction to Anti-Discrimination Act training course provides a basic introduction to the key elements of anti-discrimination law in Queensland. No previous knowledge is needed. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.

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? Register before Wednesday, 31st July to secure your place at a discounted rate! Find out more and register.

In conversation with Prof Leigh Goodmark
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th December

Join ANROWS at the Banco Court for an evening with international domestic and family violence law expert Leigh Goodmark, interviewed by the ABC’s Paul Barclay. Professor Goodmark is Director of the Gender Violence Clinic at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law. She will be discussing her new book, Decriminalizing domestic violence: A balanced policy approach to intimate partner violence. Save the date and keep an eye on future issues of ANROWS Notepad for registration and more details.

AIFS 2020 Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 9th to Friday, 12th June 2020

The AIFS 2020 Conference will ask the important question: What makes for a ‘good life’? This seemingly simple question has dogged philosophers, economists, legislators and leaders through the ages. The Conference will explore the idea of a good life for families in the face of rapid social and technological change, at different stages of our lives, and in the context of service delivery and institutional organisation. The Conference is currently accepting presentations, roundtable sessions or symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing across six subcategories. Submissions can be made online until Monday, 21st October. Sponsorship opportunities are also available from $1,000 to suit all budgets. Find out more in the Sponsorship Prospectus.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Support and Advocacy Worker (Find and Connect), Lotus Place - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a permanent, full time Support and Advocacy Worker (Find and Connect) for the Lotus Place service, with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week, for a and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. The objective of the role is to provide an initial response, ongoing assistance and support to people who experienced childhood abuse in institutional settings who are searching for (or may have located) their records of care or other personal history searches. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 19th August.

Registered Nurse, Street to Home (After Hours) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a part-time, fixed term to June 2020 with possibility to extend, Registered Nurse to work after hours within a community-based outreach program as part of the Street to Home team. The position will three shifts per week, 6pm-12am (33.6 hrs per f/n). The Registered Nurse will be employed by Micah Projects as part of the multidisciplinary Street to Home team in an outreach capacity to provide direct nursing care and care co-ordination, and to create pathways to overcome barriers to healthcare for people with complex health and social issues across Brisbane. The role is paid in line with the Queensland Health Nurses and Midwives EB Agreement Level 5. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Wednesday, 14th August.

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