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- Friday, 16th November 2018 -


This is your last chance to register for the ‘SPEAK OUT: Improving Outcomes through Advocacy’ Symposium.

Registrations will close at midday TODAY – no more extensions

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New resource hub to support child mental health

Be You is new free initiative developed by Beyond Blue, headspace and Early Childhood Australia designed to address mental health in schools and early learning services. Research shows that half of all mental health issues emerge before the age of 14. They have a lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of the individual and on the lives of those around them. Be You aims to address this need as an online training and resource hub for educators to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. It aims to help educators: recognise and respond confidently to emerging mental health issues in their early learning service or schools; build resilience in children and young people; support their own wellbeing; involve families and carers in their child’s education and wellbeing. Educators can also claim modules toward professional development. Find out more.

Opioid use and harms on the rise, says new report

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare shows the impacts of opioid use in Australia and draws comparisons with Canada in light of the growing trend of opioid use in developed countries. The report shows that in Australia in 2016–17, 3.1 million people had prescription(s) dispensed for opioids, about 715,000 people used pharmaceutical opioids for illicit or non-medical purposes, and about 40,000 people used heroin. The report also shows that pharmaceutical opioids were more likely than heroin to be involved in opioid deaths and opioid hospitalisations. Read the report.

Carers Australia call for explicit respite services in NDIS

Carers Australia, the national peak body representing Australians who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends with a disability, chronic or terminal illness, have released a position paper calling for the National Disability Insurance Agency to remedy the current oversight of respite services in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) framework. The position paper considers why respite may not be acknowledged as a service in the NDIS and recommends that planners and service providers explain to carers and NDIS participants that respite services should be accessed by requesting short-term accommodation for the participant or additional paid care replacement in the home.

Survey for young people and disability support workers

As part of a Australian Research Council Linkage project Relationships and Recognition: young people with cognitive disability, relationships and paid support Research involving Children and Young People with Disability (RCYPD), a team from Southern Cross University, are conducting research into what helps young people with intellectual disability and support workers in their work together. Young people and disability support workers are invited to complete a short survey online and share their thoughts.

Finalists announced for 2018 Young People's Human Rights Medal

The five young finalists for the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2018 Young People's Human Rights Medal have been announced. Congratulations to Narayan Khanal, Madison Birtchnell, Saxon Mullins, Scout Sylvia-Richardson and Apajok Biar for their contributions to inclusiveness and diversity in Australian communities. The winner will be announced at the Human Rights Awards ceremony on Friday 14th December in Sydney.

Applications open for 2019 Sexual Violence Prevention Grants

Applications for grants of up to $5,000 are now open for projects, initiatives or events being held during March and April 2019 that continue the conversation around sexual violence prevention in Queensland. Activities must be undertaken in a way that is respectful and supportive of victims and survivors of sexual violence. Find out more information about the grants and how to apply. Applications close Friday, 14th December.

A passion for working with children and young people often misunderstood - in conversation with Garry King

Garry King has worked with young people in education and social service settings since the 1980s. In his current work environment, Garry works across schools and the community sector to train teachers, youth workers, child protection practitioners, psychologists, social workers and community members on how to address youth suicide and self harm. He acknowledges, “We’ve got a better understanding these days that assessment [in this area] is dynamic – it’s a snap shot in time...children and young people who face poverty, marginalisation and social isolation are specifically at-risk.” Read more.
If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.

Parenting & Enjoying Teenagers
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd November
Presented by BABI Youth & Family Service

BABI Youth & Family Service will be presenting the concluding session of a relaxed, informative and enjoyable 6-week group program for parents and carers of children 10+yrs. 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. 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.

Mastering Assertive Interactions in the Workplace
Brisbane - Monday, 26th November
Presented by Amovita International

This training provides valuable skills for participants to communicate with influence and enables the creation of positive and productive working relationships; skills to diffuse hostile situations; respond appropriately to confrontations and successfully resolve misunderstandings. The course works through a five-tiered model that will develop an understanding and appreciation of the different levels and types of assertiveness. Participants will be provided with various opportunities for reflection and analyse different examples of when, where, how and why staff find themselves in challenging situations. Participants will also be provided with the opportunity to practice the techniques they have learned, building their confidence and emphasising the use of specific strategies for promoting positive and productive interactions. Find out more and register.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Brisbane - Monday, 26th to Tuesday, 27th November 

Presented by Compass Seminars

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) offers professionals an efficient, user-friendly and research-supported approach that is responsive to the practical realities of working with young people and adults. The role of counsellors, and other professionals rests largely on the ability to interact with people in ways that emphasises individuals’ strengths/ resources, identifies possible solutions and supports movement to change. With an emphasis on “what works”, SFBT focuses on the reality that change is the name of the game. It’s used with clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, disruptive behaviours and a host of other emotional and well-being issues. This popular workshop offers a thorough overview of the approach and covers cases from substance abuse, trauma, mental health, child and adolescent difficulties. Find out more and register.

What will a Human Rights Act mean for your organisation?
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
Presented by QCOSS, PeakCare and Queensland community service peaks

This free event discussing What will a Human Rights Act for Queensland mean for your organisation? is relevant for all family and community sector organisations. Hon Yvette D'Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice has been invited to present the keynote address. A panel session will follow with community sector professionals discussing how they believe a Human Rights Act will affect the sector. Panel participants include: Aimee McVeigh, Director, Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign; and James Farrell, Director, Community Legal Centres Queensland. Register to attend.

Post Inquiry: getting the voices of children and young people heard in decision making and litigation
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November
Presented by CPPAQ

The Practice Paper Series by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) provides a cost effective way for professionals to gain ongoing professional development. This Practice Paper will discuss issues around getting the voices of children and young people heard - why is hearing from children and young people important? What has changed since the Inquiry, what has stayed the same? What are the challenges, what are the opportunities? Where to from here? Attendance is free for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.

Insurance and superannuation claims legal education seminar
Brisbane - Monday, 3rd December
Presented by AASW and Slater & Gordon

This presentation co-produced by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and Slater & Gordon Solicitors explores a type of insurance benefit attached to superannuation funds. This benefit may be accessible to clients who have superannuation and who experience injury or illness. In this session insurance claims are defined and entitlement options are explained. This includes eligibility criteria and the application process. Find out more and register.

FRSA 2018 National Conference
Cairns - Tuesday, 20th to Friday, 23rd November 

The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. This year’s theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind is a call to all family and relationship service providers to continue creating better futures for all Australian children, families and communities we serve in the delivery of evidence-informed, collaborative and innovative services. The theme lends itself to a range of areas of exploration and discussion—from outcome measurement and reporting to FRSA’s current investment into seeking how our sector can take a more coordinated prevention and early intervention approach in its service delivery. Pre-conference workshops have now been announced. Find out more and register.

Advancing social work and human services research - Engagement and impact (panel discussion and seminar)
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd to Friday, 23rd November

As part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project to advance the production, utilisation, and impact of social work research, a panel discussion and seminar are being held - the former will consider researcher and industry perspectives about social work and human services research engagement and impact and the latter will explore how social work researchers and industry can work together to increase research influence and real-world impact; and how to maximise the benefits that research brings to the community, social policy, human services delivery, and service users. The panel will feature Michael Hogan, Director General of Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women who will speak about using research to inform innovation in human services and Michele Robinson, Director Evidence to Action, Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety who will speak about how ANROWS promotes evidence to action. Seminar speakers will include Professor Grahame Simpson, industry representatives on what they look for in research partners and how they want to engage, Professor Christine Bigby on building and sustaining research partnerships, and Professor Mike Fisher on developing infrastructure to increase research impact. Find out more and register.

A Human Rights Act for Queensland - community event
Brisbane - Thursday, 22nd November

QCOSS is teaming up with the campaign for A Human Rights Act for Queensland to hold a free community event discussing how a Human Rights Act would be of benefit and how the push for this important reform can be sustained. Aimee McVeigh, Campaign Coordinator, A Human Rights Act for Queensland will MC the event with a keynote presentation by Scott McDougall, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner of Queensland, followed by a diverse panel of experts who will reflect on the importance of a Human Rights Act in their specific domain. Panel members include: Karyn Walsh, CEO, Micah Projects; and Kevin Cocks AM; Shane Duffy, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (Queensland); and Alani Tenaglia, Student volunteer with campaign for A Human Rights Act for Queensland. The event will examine a range of issues related to human rights, including the process and challenges associated with the development, implementation and enforcement of human rights charters, and most importantly what a human rights act in Queensland will mean for Queenslanders and Australians more broadly. Find out more and register.

Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 26th November

The Family Inclusion Network's Morning Tea for Parents is an opportunity for parents who have/had children in care, have/had intervention with parental agreement, or have been reunified with their children, to share their experiences with others, discuss how they navigated the child protection and out-of-home care systems, and offer support to other parents. The Morning Tea is held once a month on Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Wellspring Coorparoo, 143 Cavendish Road. For enquiries, contact Rebecca by email or phone 3013 6030.

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Eighth Gathering
Sydney - Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th November

The International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide has invited The Healing Foundation and The University of Sydney to join together to celebrate the strengths of Indigenous peoples across the world. Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering will share the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples across the world.

Working with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Applying the National Youth Settlement Framework in mainstream services
Webinar - Wednesday, 28th November

This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia will discuss recent developments with the National Youth Settlement Framework and how it can be applied to mainstream youth services. The framework provides a basis for planning, delivering and evaluating programs and activities that have been designed help newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to settle well in Australia. Find out more and register.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities - Brisbane
Brisbane - Wednesday, 28th November

What will it take to create a Brisbane community where everyone contributes, matters, and belongs? The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is here and brings opportunities to build and shape inclusive, thriving communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities – Brisbane is about bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure people with disability are included in their community, and can access what they need like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and a job. Find out more and register.


Research in the Round forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th November

The Queensland Family and Child Commission is pleased to present its sixth Research in the Round forum on Protecting children from online grooming. The forum will be held 2pm - 5pm in Room ThreeSixty, QUT Garden’s Point campus. Three highly respected researchers will present on their research findings followed by an interactive panel discussion. The panel will explore ways to help protect children from online grooming and discuss what further needs to be done in the areas of policy and practice. Find out more and register.

Domestic violence and family law workshop
Brisbane - Thursday, 29th November

Women's Legal Service Queensland is holding a free full-day workshop for community agencies and service providers on the topics of topics of safety planning and risk assessment, domestic and family violence legislation and orders and family law (parenting and property), presented by a social worker and solicitor. Find out more and register.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd December to Wednesday, 5th December

Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. Over the course of three days, the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change. The Conference aims to facilitate policy change, raise awareness and work together to eliminate violence within Australia. Find out more and register.

NFP Financial Leaders Summit
Sydney - Tuesday, 4th December to Thursday, 6th December

In an increasingly complex and constantly evolving environment, NFPs face ongoing challenges in their pursuit to achieve long-term social outcome success whilst remaining financial sustainability. The NFP Financial Leaders Summit is being held on 4- 6 December at the Mercure Sydney. This summit will shed light on key strategies of how to successfully diversify revenue streams and rely less on single source of funding in order to build financial strength. The practical programme will offer insights into: effective strategies for sustainability; proven measures to manage cash flow; balancing commerciality, purpose and sustainability; and developing a strong business model. View the full agenda or see the speakers list for more. 

Engaging children as partners in practice to support their mental health and wellbeing
Webinar - Wednesday, 12th December

This free webinar co-produced by Child Family Community Australia and Emerging Minds will discuss practices that can contribute to practitioners creating genuine partnerships with children and their families. For practitioners, issues in adopting this practice can include: confidence in engaging children in developmentally appropriate ways; agency structural and workflow issues that inadvertently limit flexibility and creativity; the expectations of parents and carers on the type of intervention required; and finding ways of working collaboratively that minimise power imbalances between adults and children. Find out more and register.

Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 12th December

This free session will be an overview of employer/business operator obligations and will provide an opportunity to clarify any issues regarding the blue card application or assessment process. Enquiries about the session can contact 07 3211 6749. Find out more and register.

Introduction to Working Therapeutically with Complex Trauma Clients
Brisbane - Friday, 14th December

This one-day interactive professional development training by the Blue Knot Foundation provides practitioners with the foundational knowledge and skills needed to work in counselling and/or therapeutic relationships with adult survivors of complex trauma. This training provides essential knowledge, insights and tools to enhance clinical practice and possibilities for recovery for complex trauma clients who present challenges around to ‘adaptive’ coping strategies, arousal, emotional regulation, attachment and safety. Find out more and register.

Child Aware Approaches Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May 2019

The 6th Child Aware Approaches Conference will advance the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020, the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022, and the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Conference will focus on five key themes: improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, improving access to prevention and early intervention, improving placement stability, keeping children and young people safe from abuse, and strengthening focus on wellbeing Beyond 2020. Abstract submissions are now open until 30th November. Presentations can be in any of four formats: plenary (symposium, hypothetical or debate), XPRESS podium (maximum 3 minutes), workshop (interactive), or Policy Think Space (discussion).

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.

Redress Support Worker (Townsville) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in Townsville to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Scheme. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 26th November.

Support and Advocacy Worker (casual pool) - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is currently seeking Support and Advocacy Workers to join the casual pool. These positions will provide casual relief across several different Micah Projects programs, including: Resident Support Program, Homefront, Street to Home, Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Coordinated Access Team and Supportive Housing Hope Street. Hours of work for these positions can vary across programs involving weekday, weekend, and night time work across different rosters. Availability across 24 hours/7 days a week is desirable. These positions are casual and are classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 – Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 31st December.

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