VOICE. TREATY. TRUTH.
These are the themes for NAIDOC Week 2019.
Voice: With 2019 being the United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages, it is fitting to applaud and promote the Indigenous Voice of Australia, a voice that for over 65,000 years has been used to pass down lore, share knowledge and vibrantly sustain the oldest continuing culture on our planet.
Treaty: Australia is one of only a few democracies in the world that does not have a treaty or treaties or similar formal acknowledgement and arrangement in place with its Indigenous peoples. It’s now time for all Australians and our elected representatives to embrace and act on the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart relating to Voice, Treaty and Truth.
Truth: Integral to the formation of a treaty or similar arrangement is truth-telling, a shared and honest acknowledgement and understanding of the history and colonisation of Australia’s First Peoples. As stated with incredible eloquence on the home page of the NAIDOC Week website:
Critically, treaties are inseparable from Truth.
Lasting and effective agreement cannot be achieved unless we have a shared, truthful understanding of the nature of the dispute, of the history, of how we got to where we stand.
The true story of colonisation must be told, must be heard, must be acknowledged.
But hearing this history is necessary before we can come to some true reconciliation, some genuine healing for both sides.
And of course, this is not just the history of our First Peoples – it is the history of all of us, of all of Australia, and we need to own it.
Then we can move forward together.
Join PeakCare in acknowledging and celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019. Visit the NAIDOC Week website and download the National NAIDOC Logo, poster and teaching guides.
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Conference feedback – Much more than the usual feedback
Last week, all those who attended the National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family and Welfare Association of Australia, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare in Brisbane on 24th and 25th June were invited to complete an on-line feedback survey. Thank you to the many people who have already completed the survey. What is becoming apparent from the findings so far is that extremely divergent views are held about some aspects of the Conference. The comments being received often move far beyond the usual responses to surveys of this type and are providing a much broader and fascinating picture of the child protection system. This makes it all the more important that we receive a high response rate to the survey. PeakCare’s intention is to publish the survey findings and use it to facilitate further commentary and discussion about the matters raised. The closing date for completing the survey is 19th July.
Queensland foster and kinship carers - your opinion matters
The Home Stretch campaign is undertaking a survey on the views of foster and kinship carers across Australia on extending out-of-home care to 21 years of age. The success of this survey depends on it getting to as many responses as possible, and as those who care for young people, the views of foster and kinship carers are of paramount importance. Of the survey respondents so far, only 8% live in Queensland. PeakCare encourages all providers of foster and kinship care services in Queensland to support carers in taking a few minutes to complete the survey online before 31st July in order to provide valuable insight on extending care. Carers can go into the draw for one of three $100 vouchers on completion of the survey. The Home Stretch campaign is aimed at informing Australian policy development, program implementation and evaluation to extend care to 21 years of age. The survey findings will be presented at the Home Stretch Symposium at the Intercontinental Sydney on Tuesday, 27th to Wednesday, 28th August.
Changes to the Blue Card system in effect from 1st July
Legislative amendments to the Blue Card system have been passed in Queensland Parliament. This includes changes to the disqualification and serious offence framework, which commenced 1st July and are now in effect, and the introduction of a 'No Card, No Start' policy which will mean that all people working with children must have a Blue Card before they start child-related work, which is expected to commence in early 2020. The changes that commenced on 1st July include: expanding the range of offences that disqualify a person from applying for a Blue Card; establishing a new framework for dealing with charges and convictions for serious offences; requiring all adult household members residing in homes where standalone care is provided to hold Blue Cards; expanding the definition of 'notifiable person' under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000; and providing an automatic stay of Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal Blue Card review decisions. For more details on the changes, view the latest Blue Card Information Sheet. To keep up to date with Blue Card news, consider subscribing to the Blue Card newsletter or for more details, attend a Blue Card event.
Free financial literacy sessions in Logan
People in Logan who are struggling to make ends meet, or who just want financial advice, are invited to attend a range of free financial literacy sessions during the Logan Money Talks Week of Action from Monday, 22nd to Saturday, 27th July. Organised by Logan Financial Literacy Action Group (FLAG), the Week is open to all community members and organisations. The themes explored include: Overcoming Debt, Smart Investment and Gaining Economic Independence. Find out more about the events being held on the Week of Action Calendar, or click onto the Facebook page to share with those who might be interested in attending.
New partnership to strengthen community sector
Community Sector Banking and the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) have announced a longterm partnership designed to strengthen the community and not-for-profit sector. The partnership will include launching a new national survey of the community sector, last published in 2014, aimed at providing regular data and analysis on the challenges confronting the community sector and the capacity of not-for-profit service providers to meet these challenges.
Locations announced for new interest-free loans for renters
The Queensland government has announced the first two locations for interest-free loans designed to help eligible Queenslanders secure private tenancy and avoid debt associated with payday lending. The Set-up and Rent Sustainment loans will be be available first at Cairns and the Gold Coast. The loans will be available up to the value of $2000, are interest and fee-free and repayable over 18 months. In particular the loans will be targeted to those with net incomes less than $45,000, young people leaving care, women escaping domestic violence, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, homeless people, and seniors. The loans will only be available through the initial Queensland Good Money Stores located in Cairns and Southport with a planned future rollout across the state. For more information, visit the Good Money website.
Free food sustainability and social justice policy forum
Statistics show the number of people seeking food relief in Queensland is on the rise. Strengthening local food systems to overcome hunger and promote food justice - where food is produced and consumed in ways that are sustainable and fair for both people and the environment - is complex and requires an integrated approach. Join key stakeholders who work in areas relating to food relief, health, housing, hunger, poverty and equality at the free Hunger, Justice and Food Policy: Towards A Local Action Plan Forum from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Thursday, 18th July at Trinity Commons, 141 Brookes Street, Fortitude Valley in Brisbane. The forum will have panel sessions followed by interactive sessions to identify opportunities for collaborative action towards a more sustainable and just food system in South East Queensland. Find out more and register.
Have your say on youth justice in Queensland
The Youth Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 is now before the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee. The Committee is seeking submissions in response to the objectives of the Bill, in particular amendments to the Youth Justice Act 1992, the Bail Act 1980 and the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act 2001 including: reducing time for proceedings; removing legislative barriers to bail; improved information sharing to better respond to the needs of young people; removing conditions requiring the use of an electronic device on a child; in sentencing a young person for the manslaughter of a child under 12 years, courts must treat the defencelessness of the victim and their vulnerability as an aggravating factor; allowing the Office of the Public Guardian’s community visitor program for children to visit young people who may reside at a child accommodation service provided or funded by the Department of Youth Justice. Submissions will be received until Wednesday, 10th July at noon. Submissions can be lodged via email to email@example.com.
Reminder - Discount on new membership fees for 2019-20
eNews subscribers are reminded that organisations and individuals who newly apply to become a PeakCare Member or registered Supporter by Wednesday 31st July will receive a 10% discount on their membership fee. Click here to find out more about the new and much fairer membership fee schedule approved by the PeakCare Board for 2019-20 and to download copies of the Member and Supporter application forms.
PeakCare is pleased to introduce our new ‘Thumbs Up – Thumbs Down’ addition to eNews. Each week, we will be publishing a ‘Thumbs Up’ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider publishing them. To get the ball rolling, we are bestowing both a ‘Thumbs Up’ and a ‘Thumbs Down’ this week.
To the RACQ for publishing their article, Equal Understanding: Queensland scores an ‘F’ on the Closing the Gap Report 2019 in the latest edition of their Road Ahead magazine. It’s fantastic to see the RACQ advocating for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and using their influence as Queensland’s largest club to promote issues that should be of concern to all Queenslanders.
To the Federal Government for again ruling out this week any intentions to review or increase the Newstart allowance. It has now been more than two decades since the allowance has been increased in real terms.
High Voltage: working with 'high risk' adolescents
Brisbane - Wednesday, 17th July
Presented by Encompass Family and Community
Work with young people with ‘high risk’ behaviours can carry shock potential – for young people themselves and others around them, including front-line workers. Workers often face the tricky challenge of providing an immediate response to extreme and dangerous behaviour by young people, in order to provide safety, while at the same time trying to connect with the hidden pain, trauma and unmet need underpinning this behaviour. This carries the inbuilt conundrum of maintaining a planned approach in the face of continuing crisis. If you are grappling with this ‘high voltage’ work then this is the workshop for you. It is informed by the AIM4® concept map, which supports a practical and effective approach to working with vulnerable young people, grounded in contemporary thinking and research. Find out more and register.
Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Wednesday, 24th July
Presented by NAPCAN
The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. 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.
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 Townsville on Saturday, 13th July. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.
CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Working with Trauma Memories
Brisbane - Thursday, 25th to Friday, 26th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers
In this training program, participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for Prolonged Exposure Therapy, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. At the end of the training, participants should feel comfortable in applying this framework to their client work, and suggestions for ongoing support and supervision will be provided. 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.
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.
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.
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. Discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st 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.
Supporting the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children through a collaborative community approach
Webinar - Tuesday, 9th July
This free webinar by Child Family Community Australia will discuss how service organisations can work with Aboriginal communities to increase accessibility for First Nations families. The presenters will explore the practical implementation of collaboration with Aboriginal communities and how this sits alongside traditional therapeutic approaches in non-Aboriginal services to deliver positive outcomes, particularly for infant and child mental health. The webinar will explore challenges and how to meet them, examine current research underlining the importance of cultural competence, provide case studies on practices that have delivered positive outcomes, outline what mainstream organisations should consider when recruiting and training staff for a culturally informed and responsive workforce, and more. Find out more and register.
Working with victims of violence and/or domestic and family violence
Brisbane - Tuesday, 9th July
This free two-and-a-half hour session by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) will provide an excellent opportunity to network with other victim services, as well as enable new staff to learn about DJAG’s Victim Assist Queensland services and for experienced staff to refresh their skills. The workshop will cover practical information about the support provided by the Victim Assist service. Find out more and register.
Tenancy Skills Institute Official Launch Bayside
Brisbane - Tuesday, 9th July
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 Bayside at Alexandra Hills with a free information session. Find out more and register.
Youth Matters 2019 Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 10th July
This free forum will address matters currently affecting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Queensland. Young leaders from migrant and refugee backgrounds, young people seeking asylum, and community services are invited. The forum will be an opportunity to share and launch the findings of the My Australia Youth Census ARC research with a focus on Employment, Education and Health, as well as to hear directly from young people about what matters to them, and for the sector and young people to work together to identify key issues and develop actions for future work. Find out more and register.
Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Gladstone - Wednesday, 10th July
National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability, and in turn support people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of life. This workshop will include information and insight into the NDIA’s new strategy and the planned roll-out of grants in 2019. Register now for the Gladstone session, register for the Rockhampton session on Friday, 12th July, or find out more about other locations.
Human Rights Act Masterclass
Newmarket - Friday, 19th July
To prepare for the introduction of the Human Rights Act and complaints mechanism to commence 1st January 2020, Disability Law Queensland Director and founder and coordinator of the Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign, Aimee McVeigh, is holding a three-hour workshop for disability organisation employees, people with disability, their families and supporters. Attendees will: learn of the 23 human rights protected by the legislation and learn about what the Act means for Queenslanders, especially people with disability; learn what organisational obligations are under the Act and how to make sure you are compliant; and learn how to advocate for human rights by using the Act in your work to ensure all are treated with respect, equality and dignity. Find out more and register.
About the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants
Brisbane - Saturday, 20th July
Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) and the Inclusion Ready Project invite key stakeholders to a free workshop about the Information Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) Grants. ILC grants deliver activities which help create positive and lasting change for people with disability and their communities. Organisations and members of the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community are important stakeholders and beneficiaries of ILC grants. This workshop is specifically designed for CALD services, mainstream organisations and members of the CALD community with disability, their families and carers. Find out more and register.
Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 24th July
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.
Working effectively with parents of young children at risk
Webinar - Wednesday, 31st July
This webinar by ARACY will explore findings from a three-year, multi-state study of effective practices. Data were collected through services including home visiting, specialist clinics, play groups and integrated community-based centres addressing a range of early childhood concerns (feeding, sleep and settling, aggressive behaviour, etc.). Findings reveal essential ingredients of impactful partnership, pathways through which professional expertise is put to effective use, and features of innovation and agile practice that take everyday work into frontier territory. These have important implications for interactions with families, reflective practice, and management. Find out more and register.
Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people
Maroochydore - Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August
Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium, with headline speaker, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner. Keynote speakers include Professor Ian Hay, Macquarie University; Dr Angelique Howell and Dr Deb Lynch, University of Queensland; and Tiara Ruua and Joanne Furminger, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Breakout panels will include young parents - graduates from STEMM like Emily and Amanda - will tell us what worked for them, and school principals and policymakers will tell us what can be done. Child minding will be available onsite. 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!
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 by Sunday, 14th July and take advantage of substantial early bird discounts (up to $220 per ticket!), as well as ensuring 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.
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.
Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.
Project Officer - PeakCare Queensland
PeakCare Queensland is seeking a full time, fixed term (3 months) Project Officer to to work with the Assistant Director in developing the practice framework for the newly adopted Joint Agency Protocol to Reduce Preventable Police Call-outs to Residential Care Services. Expressions of interest close Friday, 5th July. Find out more and apply.
Child and Family Case Worker - UnitingCare Community
UnitingCare Community is seeking a full time fixed-term Child and Family Case Worker (until 13th January 2020) as part of the Child and Family Team -Intensive Family Support Service based at Underwood. The role provides a mix of therapeutic and in-home practical care to support complex, vulnerable and often hard to reach families. Applications close Monday, 8th July. Find out more and apply.
Child Safety Program Coordinator, Mackay - Wellways
Wellways is seeking a full time Child Safety Program Coordinator for the Mackay office. This role is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Child Safety business within their part of the region. This includes, managing the quality of Child Safety service delivery, managing the reputation and profile of Wellways service delivery within the Child Safety program; managing the Child Safety budget and managing the Child Safety workforce. Find out more and apply.
Coordinator, Practice Governance - Centacare
Centacare Family and Relationship Services is seeking a full time (37.5 hrs per week) Coordinator, Practice Governance for a 12-month contract with possibility of extension. This position, reporting to the Manager of Practice Governance and Research, will provide and resource operations and regions regarding practice governance, service delivery and client risk management priorities within the framework of Centacare's mission, values and vision. The role is classified under SCHDSIA Award Level 7. Applications close 12pm Monday, 8th July. Find out more and apply.
Allied Health Clinicians: Mental health care - yourtown
yourtown is seeking two Allied Health Clinicians: Psychologist/Mental health occupational therapist/Mental health social worker to work within the Child and Family Hub based at Deception Bay. The role function is to provide a single entry point into mental health care and wraparound supports and services for children and their families. This will include intake, assessment, planning, referrals and delivering a range of evidence based psychological therapies tailored to the needs of each family and child. Applications close Tuesday, 16th July. Find out more and apply.
Family Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is currently seeking a Family Support and Advocacy Worker to work as part of an integrated team supporting a mix of families including those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. This includes assisting families in crisis accommodation to access affordable and permanent housing through proactive outreach and case management. This is a full time, permanent position with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 at a Level 4. Applications close Thursday, 18th July. Find out more and apply.