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- Monday, 11th February 2019 -

PeakCare’s sincere best wishes are extended to all our members, colleagues and friends in North Queensland. We understand that many of you are now in the position of having to cope with your own experiences of the devastation that the flooding rains have brought to you and your communities while also attending to the needs of the children, young people and families who are receiving your organisations’ services. Our thoughts are with you as you face this challenge.

Our best wishes and commendation are also sent to all those involved in the disaster recovery work. The pictures and images we see depicted in the media of the recovery efforts both sadden us as we contemplate what you have endured, but also inspire us with a sense of admiration and hope for your recovery.

North Queensland residents are able to access additional financial assistance and support services through Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA). DRFA assistance is now available in 16 local council areas in northern Queensland: Burdekin, Cairns, Charters Towers, Cloncurry, Cook, Croydon, Douglas, Etheridge, Hinchinbrook, Hope Vale, McKinlay, Palm Island, Richmond, Townsville, Whitsunday and Wujal Wujal. For more details and to apply, visit the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website.

Committee’s report on Human Rights Bill tabled in Parliament

Another major milestone has been reached in the journey towards having human rights legislation proclaimed in Queensland. On Monday 4th February, the report of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Human Rights Bill 2018 was tabled in Parliament, which included the Committee’s recommendation that the Bill be passed. Click here to view the Committee’s report. Transcripts of the Committee’s public hearings and copies of the submissions lodged with the Committee (including PeakCare’s submission) can be viewed here.

As we move closer to preparing for the Act’s implementation, it is now time for PeakCare Members to give close and careful consideration to how the legislation will impact ways in which you frame, deliver and are held to account for the services you provide. PeakCare congratulates all who have been involved in driving and supporting the Human Rights Act for Queensland Campaign and commends the Honourable Yvette D’Ath, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice for her role in championing the legislation.

National Youth Homelessness Conference

The first national conference focussed on youth to be held in Australia in over 20 years will take place Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March at Melbourne Town Hall, Victoria. The National Youth Homelessness Conference will look at what has happened in policy and practice to address youth homelessness over the past decade, initiatives that have worked and what future reforms are required in light of developing an agenda to put to government. Despite government initiatives to reduce homelessness, the number of people experiencing homelessness, particularly young people, has increased disproportionately to population growth in the last 10 years. Find out more and register.

 Practitioner insights needed

FrameWorks Institute is conducting a survey to explore how professionals working with children and families think about infant and child development. Participation involves a 90-minute conversation by Skype or phone that will consist of open-ended questions. Individuals and organisations will not be named in any reports based on the emerging research. All participants will be offered an honorarium of USD $150. For more information, or to participate, contact Olivia Piasecki:

The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) is conducting a survey to map primary prevention services that are working to build gender equality and respectful relationships in Australia. The survey closes 15th February and all information will be anonymous. Find out more and participate.

Applications open for NAIDOC grants

Applications are open for funding to contribute to 2019 NAIDOC Week (7th - 14th July) events. The events should celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our society and incorporate the theme "Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future." Applications close 25th February. Find out more and apply.

Reminder - YOUR feedback required on our Strategic Plan

Anyone wishing to provide feedback about PeakCare’s five-year Strategic Plan is reminded that your feedback is due by Friday 16th February. PeakCare’s Board is happy to receive feedback from eNews readers who may be employed by non-government or government agencies working within the child protection sector or have other roles and reasons for taking an interest in the strategic directions of our organisation.  Those wishing to participate in this process are invited to complete a very brief questionnaire and forward the completed copy to Any comments and feedback you wish to submit will be  greatly appreciated and valued.

Winners of PeakCare’s first competition for 2019!

PeakCare is pleased to announce that the winners of PeakCare’s first competition for 2019 are – drum roll please – Tim Finch from UnitingCare, our first prize winner and coming close behind in second place, Debra Bell from Goodna Youth Service. Congratulations, your prizes are in the mail! Our first competition for the year was about the newly released Fourth Action Plan that sits under the umbrella of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. Click here to read the correct answers to the very tricky competition questions that did not faze either Tim or Debra.

What is your baby thinking? Intervening early with new families

Parenthood is a daunting experience for many new mums and dads. As parents embark on this significant life transition and the physical and emotional challenges it brings, understanding their baby from the earliest moments is important in making the transition to parenthood as positive and joyful as possible. Responding to the needs of children and families at the earliest opportunity has long been recognised as the means of setting children and their families on a path to holistic wellbeing. Read more.

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

Implementation of Royal Commission recommendations 2018 progress report released

The first annual Progress Report on federal government implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been released. The report overviews the 84 recommendations focussed on redress and the 122 other recommendations that require some involvement by federal government. The report is organised around five themes: Making institutions child safe; causes, support and treatment; responses to abuse, including redress and civil litigation; criminal justice and the protection of children; and accountability and annual reporting. Read the report.

Amplify your Social Work Toolkit
Brisbane - Friday, 15th February
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

The 2019 AASW Queensland Branch Forum has been designed to sharpen social worker’s practice toolkits through high quality practice and skill-based workshops. The Forum program has been designed to maximise opportunities for varied and practice based workshop sessions by bringing together 80 social workers with engaging workshops across the Forum's three streams: Children and Young People, Families and Health & Wellbeing. 7 Hours CPD apply for full-day attendance. Early bird prices currently available. Find out more and register.

Are the Kids OK? – being child aware while supporting families
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th February
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Targeted at anyone working in a support role with families and young people, this popular workshop draws on Encompass' specialty in risk assessment in child and family work. All who work with families, children and young people must have as their focus the safety and well-being of the children. An ability to assess the risk of harm, and to recognise both protective factors and indicators of danger, is crucial. This one day workshop provides an opportunity for participants to develop their knowledge and skills specific to work with families where the well-being of children is a focus. Participants will have the opportunity to apply core concepts and knowledge to their own practice context. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Tuesday, 12th March
Presented by Parentshop

This essential one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers helps to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. The course teaches a method to: identify and clearly articulate the strengths and deficits in parents’ caring capacity so that parents have a clear future work plan; comprehensively gather information for holding a factual tough conversation so that as many facts (as can be reasonably gathered) can be brought to bear in conversations with parents; defuse antagonism during a tough conversation while holding a firm line; and identify the important ‘dashboard’ markers for parents so that everyone has clarity about what is expected within a given timeframe. Find out more and register.

Brisbane - Monday, 18th to Tuesday, 19th March
Presented by Compass Seminars

An exploration of the ways the immune system, epigenetics, affect regulation, and attachment intersect in mental health. Mind-Brain-Gene describes the feedback loops between the multiple systems contributing to the emergence of the mind and the experience of the self. It explains how our mental operating networks "self-organise", drawing from and modifying our memory systems to establish and maintain mental health. Synthesising research in psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics with interpersonal neurobiology and research on integrated psychotherapeutic approaches, John Arden explores how insecure attachment, deprivation, child abuse, and trauma contribute to anxiety disorders and depression to produce epigenetic affects. Find out more and register.

Stupendous ‘triple-bunger’ national child protection conference
Brisbane - Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June
Presented by QATSICPP, PeakCare and CAFWAA

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), PeakCare and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are partnering to bring to Brisbane a national child protection conference. At this stage, we’ve assigned the working title, ‘The Triple Bunger’, to the conference as it seems an apt way of describing this ambitious and exciting venture. Save the dates and stay tuned for more advice about the conference and the opportunities you will be given to attend and contribute to this triple-streamed event.

Sharing information and engaging with parents about child mental health
Webinar - Tuesday, 12th February

Co-produced by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and Emerging Minds, this free webinar will explore how practitioners can share information about children’s mental health (0-12 years) and effectively engage parents to support prevention and early intervention for child mental health difficulties. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their own practice. Further resources on child mental health will also be provided. Find out more and register.

Babies brains are fed when you Paint Your Town REaD!
Webinar - Wednesday, 20th February

Literacy and language skills develop from birth and form the bedrock of education. The capacity, confidence and disposition to use language in all its forms underpin learning and promote general child development and wellbeing. About 6.5% of Australian children start primary school vulnerable in the developmental area of language and cognition. This number is double for children from the most disadvantaged backgrounds. In this webinar presented by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), Barbie Bates, Executive Director of Paint the Town REaD, along with colleagues from Wollongong and Shoalhaven, will explore how, by reading to and with young children, we can all play an effective role in preparing them for future success and helping them become self-confident and motivated learners. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2 Day Intensive
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st to Friday, 22nd February

This 2 Day Intensive delivered by For Purpose will provide attendees with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. This Intensive will cover theory on how social change happens, the political process and points of influence, articulating a clear problem and ask and communicating clear messages to make the case for change. At the end of the Intensive, participants will be able to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. Find out more and register.


Building resilience and wellbeing in the early years: Coping strategies for parents and children from CALD backgrounds
Webinar - Wednesday, 27th February

This webinar presented by Child Family Community Australia will discuss an approach to productive parenting in early childhood that incorporates principles of positive psychology and productive coping skills for families with young children. This approach will be illustrated using a case example of an innovative early years productive parenting program adapted for parents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds attending a playgroup in Melbourne, Australia. Research findings which indicate that parents benefit from being introduced to culturally sensitive parenting skills and that highlight the efficacy of practical resources to support communication between parents and children will also be discussed. Find out more and register.

Churchill Fellowship information sessions
Mt Isa - Monday, 4th March (followed by other locations around Queensland)

A Churchill Fellowship offers Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to research issues of interest. The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society. The Churchill Trust is on the road throughout February and March to deliver a National Roadshow of Information Sessions about the 2019 Churchill Fellowship opportunity. In Queensland, free information sessions will be held in Mt Isa (4th March), Brisbane (5th March), Noosa (12th March), Cairns (13th March), and Townsville (14th March). The sessions will provide the opportunity to listen to some extraordinary Churchill Fellows share their Fellowship experiences, impart insights on their fascinating projects and how the program helped them achieve their goals. Applications to the Fellowships are now open.

5th Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 13th to Wednesday, 15th May

This annual conference by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association offers a two day educational program of speakers and a half day of workshops. The aim of the conference is to broaden the understanding of the range of addictions, comorbidity, pain management, harm reduction, mental health and wellbeing and to look at solutions in regard to prevention, treatment and recovery through evidence based research, programs and practical models. The conference is inclusive of varying populations, the professional, peer support workers and the role of the family. Find out more and register.

Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum
Mackay - Wednesday, 15th to Thursday, 16th May

The Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research. The Forum aims to share knowledge and highlight new approaches on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacted by domestic and family violence. By attending this Forum, you can expect to gain understanding about the different service delivery approaches required when working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities. The Forum will introduce new and different approaches based on research and evidence to inform practice when responding to this type of violence. Find out more and register.

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

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. The participation of young people will be a key feature of the Conference.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 20th to Friday, 21st June

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will discuss, learn about and respond to the issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. A school student’s experience of complex trauma  (e.g. physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse, serious neglect, violence, etc.) can have a serious impact on school behaviours, attendance, engagement and (therefore) educational and life outcomes. Worrying behaviours can also have a significant impact on the well-being, efficacy, and retention of teachers and other educators. To address this, government departments and many non-government agencies are increasingly encompassing what is now referred to as trauma-informed practice when supporting or working with children and adolescents. To minimise concerns at school that can lead to student disengagement or disciplinary exclusion, there is a growing call for a collaborative, cross-agency, trauma-informed approach to service provision – which includes the schooling system. 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.

Support and Intake Worker, Lotus Place - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a part-time (25 hrs a week) Support and Intake Worker as part of the team at Lotus Place to provide reception, administration, communications and operations support work, including planned support and advocacy services under direction of the North Queensland Regional Coordinator. This position is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2 and is based in Townsville. Applications close Monday, 18th February. Find out more and apply.

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