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- Friday, 18th October 2019 -

PeakCare, similar to many other peak bodies, strongly supported the introduction of human rights legislation within Queensland and has attempted to keep our Members well-informed by producing and releasing videos, including keynote presentations and panel discussions about the legislation during various conferences, symposiums and similar events that we have hosted, publishing our submissions lodged with Parliamentary Committees, and featuring many articles about this topic in past editions of eNews in the lead up to the legislation  being proclaimed.
In late September, it’s likely that senior management of your organisation (if you work for an organisation funded by the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women, the Department of Youth Justice or Department of Communities) received an email jointly released by the Directors-General of these departments about preparing for Queensland’s Human Rights Act which commences from 1st January 2020. If you have not yet seen this email, click here to read a transcript.
As highlighted in this email, non-government and other organisations contracted to provide services to the public on behalf of the Queensland Government are included under the Act as public entities, which means they need to make decisions and act compatibly with human rights. In practice this involves considering human rights in a broad range of activities, from administrative and human resource decisions, to policy, procedure and service delivery decisions, as well as handling complaints that relate to human rights.
Over oncoming weeks, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in partnership with the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC) and QCOSS will be holding free human rights information sessions in 10 locations across the State to provide an introduction to the Human Rights Act and the functions of the QHRC; present non-government organisations with practical resources and tools to build their confidence in effectively meeting our human rights obligations, including the management of human rights complaints processes; and facilitate connections with others in the human services sector about human rights issues and implications.
Click here to find out the dates on which these sessions are being held and their locations, and to access the link for registering your attendance via Eventbrite. Attendance at each session will be limited to one or two representatives from each organisation to ensure that they are as interactive as possible.  Each session is two hours long and will be facilitated by the QHRC. The sessions will include discussion of key human services issues and practice scenarios, and how they relate to human rights. Attendees will receive a workbook that will help when them when they return to their workplace. Make sure your organisation is represented and you give thought to the most suitable persons to relay the information they receive back into your organisation.
Other ways in which you and your organisation can build your knowledge include accessing resources on the QHRC website and on the government’s human rights information portal, or by attending other QHRC human rights training.

Family Matters report again highlights escalating crisis of Indigenous children

The third annual Family Matters Report was publicly released in Canberra yesterday, 17th October 2019. The report again highlights the escalating crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being over-represented in Australian child protection systems. The report shows a growing trend towards permanent placement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children away from kin, with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children now over ten times more likely to be removed from their families than non-Indigenous children, and seven times more likely to be on a permanent care order. According to Richard Weston, CEO of SNAICC and Co-Chair of the Family Matters Campaign, this trend is placing children at serious risk of permanent separation from their families, cultures and communities. Read more.

Queensland releases first Sexual Violence Prevention Framework

On Wednesday, 15th October, the Queensland Government released Prevent. Support. Believe. Queensland's Framework to address Sexual Violence - its first framework to address sexual violenceThe Framework sets out the vision for a Queensland where everyone lives free of the fear, threat or experience of sexual violence. It brings together the progress made so far in addressing this issue, and identifies priority areas for action that will guide the Queensland Government’s future responses to sexual violence. The Framework has been designed to include prevention and responses to all people who experience sexual violence, including women, men, children and young people. Find out more.

New resource to support healthy children in healthy communities

National Children's Week 2019 will be held from 19th October to Sunday, 27th October. Children's Week promotes and celebrates the unity of children across the world. This year's theme is ‘Children have the right to good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that they will stay healthy. Richer countries should help poorer countries achieve this.’ Download the poster here. This year, the Neat Eats initiative has been included as part of the campaign in Queensland to support the theme of health and wellbeing. Submit a healthy recipe to Neat Eats to go into the draw to win prizes valued up to $250 or view the delicious recipes recommended for kids and families. NAPCAN's new tip sheet provides ideas and inspiration for ways to support the message of strong communities that nurture and support children's health and wellbeing. Planting a veggie patch in the backyard or introducing children to community gardens, encouraging nutritious options at school tuckshops, organising activities to include the ideas of children in designing the spaces that they use, and making sure children are aware and informed about their own health are just some of the ways we can all support children's wellbeing. View the tip sheet for more ideas, and make sure to attend one of the free NAPCAN workshops on developing child-safe organisation culture and practice, as well as attending one of the Events in your area supporting Children's Week.

Grants available for Central Queensland communities affected by bushfires

A second round of both small (up to $50,000) and large grants (up to $150,000) is now available to help Central Queensland communities further recover from the 2018 bushfires. Queensland-based community groups, local councils, non-government organisations, peak and industry groups, research bodies, and for-profit organisations delivering to the bushfire-impacted local government areas of Banana, Bundaberg, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay and Rockhampton are encouraged to apply. Applications can be made online. Applications close Tuesday, 5th November at 2pm.


Australian Community Sector Survey 2019 now open - what are your thoughts?

The 2019 Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) Community Sector Survey is now open - share your thoughts on working in the community sector and how the sector is faring in 2019, and what is needed to improve capacity and impact. All staff in community sector organisations in Australia are invited to participate. Completed surveys will have the chance to go into a prize draw to win an iPad (32GB wifi + cellular) and one of five $50 shopping vouchers. The survey closes Friday, 1st November. Complete the survey online.

National Indigenous Youth Empowerment Summit 2020 - save the date

The National Indigenous Youth Empowerment Summit is coming to Cairns on 25th to 28th February 2020. As one of the largest gatherings of the year, this four-day event is focusing on holistic approaches to support, strengthen and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to thrive and flourish in life. With five streams including child protection, social and emotional wellbeing and youth justice, delegates have the opportunity to learn from, and network with, over 300 sector innovators, leaders and front-line workers to inspire actions and to collaborate on strategies towards empowering Indigenous young people, the leaders of tomorrow. Speakers already confirmed include Aunty Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, 2014 NT Australian of the Year and 2015 NAIDOC Person of the Year; Commissioner Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Children and Young People Victoria; Aunty Hazel Collins, Grandmothers Against Removals; Rick Baldwin, Head Coach of the Australian Indigenous Womens Basketball Team, and many more. Register by 8th November to receive $500 off the standard price (reference VIP code: EP1 to receive this discount). Find out more.


AASW Conference 2019 will be Celebrating Indigenous Language and Culture

In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)has announced a strong Indigenous focus in the AASW Conference 2019 – Challenging Inequality and Working together for a just society. The Conference will feature the Indigenous language and culture of the Kaurna people. With Prof. Tom Calma AO, setting the scene on Indigenous issues as keynote speaker, the conference promises to offer an exciting program that highlights the issues for Indigenous peoples across Australia, as well as the social work practice and the profession’s role in working with indigenous people to challenge inequality. The Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Thursday 7th to Saturday 9th November. Find out more and register.

PeakCare’s Member Survey – only a few days left to submit your views

There are only a few days left to respond to PeakCare’s biennial Member Survey with the closing date set at Monday, 21st October. If you have received an invitation to complete the on-line survey, make sure you take up the opportunity to provide your valued feedback and also to enter the draw for a chance to win of 6 gift cards (1 x $100 gift card; 2 x $50 cards; and 3 x $20 cards).

If you are not one of the people who has been randomly selected to complete the survey (and enter the draw!), but would like to do so, please email Annika Stehn ( as soon as possible and details about how to complete the survey will be sent to you. Please note that only those who are employed by a PeakCare Member organisation and registered Supporters are eligible to complete the survey and enter the draw. The survey seeks feedback about PeakCare’s priorities, communication, performance and future opportunities. The survey is completed anonymously and reporting on the survey results will not identify respondents. It can generally be completed within 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how many additional comments survey respondents elect to enter.

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.

Thumbs Up this week to our surprise guest celebrity who will perform at our AGM and end-of-year celebrations on 20th November. Enter our competition to win a free ticket by guessing his identity. Click here for this week’s clue and details about submitting your entry.

Thumbs Up to our friends from the CREATE Foundation on becoming a finalist in the 2019 Human Rights Awards. Click here to read the statement released by CREATE upon hearing this exciting news. 

Overlap between child protection and youth justice

On Tuesday, 15th October the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), an Australian Government agency who works with state and territory governments to collate and publish annual reports on national health and welfare statistics, released their Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2018 report. The report confirms previous research findings that the majority of children who are abused and neglected do not go on to offend, however a large proportion of children who offend have had a history of abuse or neglect. Click here to read more about this report.

Reflections from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 2019 Leneen Forde Address
Brisbane - Tuesday, 22nd October
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ)

The 2019 CPPAQ Leneen Forde Address will be delivered by Professor Helen Milroy, University of Western Australia, Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission, Honorary Research Fellow with Telethon Kids Institute, former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and proud descendant of the Palyku people of the Pilbara region. Her address will reflect the many learnings from the Royal Commission including the importance of bearing witness, keeping children safe, trauma informed approaches, and competency in mental health systems of care. Find out more and register.


CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Working with Traumatic Memories
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th October

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This two-day workshop will assist practitioners utilising prolonged exposure (PE) therapy for working with post-traumatic stress and other trauma. Participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for PE, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. Social Workers working with veterans, survivors of torture and trauma and survivors of family and sexual violence will find this workshop relevant. All of the training content is evidence-based and references for evidence and further reading and training will be provided. 14 hours of CPD applies. Find out more and register.

First Up: Client response training for administration staff
Brisbane - Thursday, 7th November
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

This workshop equips and supports administration workers in their role of providing ‘first-up’ responses to clients and members of the public who present in person at reception or over the phone. We consider how to interact calmly and safely with people who are presenting in a state of crisis or affected by alcohol or drugs, including how to convey empathy while encouraging the client to contain their anger or upset or behaviour. A workshop for all admin workers who may be ‘first-up’ in responding helpfully in difficult situations or helping to de-escalate potential crises. Find out more and register.

Accidental Counsellor Training
Brisbane - Wednesday, 13th November
Presented by Amovita

This presentation has been designed for individuals who are not employed in the role of a trained counsellor. This training will assist participants when they find themselves in a counselling role by accident. The training explores key counselling techniques, how to respond to others in stressful situations and how to interact or communicate when someone has experienced a traumatic event or is in crisis. The training also explores how to reduce the impact of stress in an accidental counsellor role and the importance of debriefng and self care. Find out more and register.

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, 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.

Child Safe Organisations
Coolum Beach - Saturday, 16th November
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering free child protection workshops around Queensland. The half-day Child Safe Organisations workshop prepares organisations to follow child-safe standards. A child safe organisation values children and is committed to treating their needs and their safety as the top priority. It means taking serious proactive steps to prevent physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect or any kind of harm. Child Safe Organisations move beyond safety and demonstrate commitment to children and young people's wellbeing. Find out more and register for workshops throughout Queensland.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 18th November
Presented by Parentshop

The No Scaredy Cats™ 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. Find out more and register.

Key Skills in Family Therapy
Brisbane - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th November

Presented by Compass Seminars

Do you want to work more confidently and effectively with families? Do you know how to troubleshoot when treatment gets “stuck”? This workshop explores systemic approaches to family work. This two-day workshop is aimed at practitioners who work with children, young people, adults, couples, families, and/or organisations supporting clients with mental health issues. This workshop aims to introduce participants to core Family Therapy concepts and broaden practitioners understanding of how to view “the client’s problem”, as well as provide practical skills and interventions for use with the client groups with which they work, built on theoretical constructs from systemic, structural, solution focused and narrative family therapy models to teach core thinking and interviewing skills in family therapy. It makes complex theory easy to grasp and the related techniques easy to implement. Find out more and register.

Frontline Mental Health Conference
Townsville - Sunday, 20th October to Tuesday, 22nd October

This three-day conference held by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association focuses on supporting the mental health care of Australian and New Zealand first responders, veterans, soldiers, NGO workers and volunteers. For frontline workers, it's time to put yourself first: find out how to seek help, manage your mental health and support colleagues in need. By breaking the stigma in seeking help, you can create great change for yourself and your fellow frontline workers. The Conference Committee has sourced some of Australia’s most influential experts in mental health, experienced in providing specialised service and support to workers regularly exposed to disaster, emergency, stress and trauma. Find out more and register.

Public hearing on new legislative child death review model
Brisbane - Monday, 21st October

The Child Death Review Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 19th September with the aim of implementing the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) recommendation of establishing a new, independent model for reviewing child death cases. The Bill proposes to: expand the requirement to conduct an internal systems review following the death or serious physical injury of a child known to Child Safety, to other relevant government agencies involved in providing services to that child; and, establishing a new, independent Child Death Review Board located within the QFCC, responsible for carrying out systems reviews following child deaths connected to the child protection system. A public hearing will be held at Parliament House for those wanting to have their say. Find out more.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Rockhampton - Tuesday, 22nd to Wednesday, 23rd October

Come along and work together at this forum hosted by QCOSS, taking your place to drive change in your community. Across Queensland, communities are looking to work together to make a difference, to create a place where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. You are invited to come along to work with your neighbours and colleagues to make your community the best it can be. This is an invitation to come along and work together, taking your place to drive change in your community. Find out more and register.

Parent Morning Tea
Brisbane - Monday, 28th October

Parents who have child protection experience are welcome to this free monthly morning tea hosted by Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland to chat with other parents about how they navigated the child protection, legal and out-of-home care systems and hear how they gained support, addressed their child protection concerns, and became more included in the lives of their children. The Morning Tea is for parents who: have / had children in care, or have / had an intervention with parental agreement, or been reunified with their children. For more details, contact Becky on 3013 6030 or Find out more and RSVP.

Digital environments and developing minds: research and strategies for professionals, producers and policy makers
Sydney - Monday, 28th October

The first annual Children and the Media National Conference will be held by the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian Council on Children and the Media in Sydney. Digital environments are different. The devices are portable, accessible and very persuasive. The content grabs children’s attention, and doesn't want to let it go. How do we ensure that these environments support and don't hinder children’s development? What’s the research telling us? Find out more and register.


Intervening early to prevent youth homelessness: Lessons from the Geelong Project
Webinar - Wednesday, 30th October

This webinar by Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will discuss youth homelessness and what needs to be done to address the problem, with a particular focus on early intervention. The webinar will discuss how early intervention has been applied in Geelong, Victoria, and consider the emerging evidence on its outcomes for young people. It will be of interest to youth and social workers, wellbeing and student support staff in schools, service/program managers, and policy makers who have responsibility for youth and education programs. Find out more and register.

Tenth Annual Queensland Epilepsy Symposium 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 31st October 

The tenth Annual Queensland Epilepsy Symposium will be held at the State Library of Queensland from 8am, with keynote speaker Professor Ingrid Scheffer, an international expert in childhood epilepsy, who will discuss how new research into genetics is changing epilepsy care. The symposium will be relevant to carers, policymakers and researchers. The tenth year of the symposium also marks the first dedicated stream dedicated to nurses and allied health staff, who will have the opportunity to discuss new research into diets for epilepsy, Midazolam guidelines, and improving executive function skills for supporting performance. View the full program for more details, or register online. Morning tea and lunch will be provided. For any questions, phone 07 3435 5000 or email Donna Byrne at

Community Based Prevention and Implementation: Implementation Science and Practice - Introduction to Key Concepts 
Brisbane - Thursday, 31st October

Considered by some as the necessary link between science and practice, the field of Implementation Sciences addresses the factors that influence the delivery of quality services. Implementation Sciences reminds us that the development of evidence-based practices (as informed by Prevention Science) is not enough to ensure good outcomes. Indeed implementation matters! However, for a number of reasons many evidence-based programs are not implemented well. Understanding implementation, is therefore vital to the development, successful use and upscaling of evidence-based programs. Concepts such as, theory of change or program logic, fidelity, adaptation and measuring implementation are all important to Implementation Sciences. This one-day workshop will explore these, and other core concepts related to Implementation Sciences. Opportunity to apply these concepts to your practice and how it relates to systems change will be provided throughout the day. Find out more and register.

NDIS Six Years On: Insights from the Hunter
Brisbane - Wednesday, 6th November

CSIA is bringing speakers from the Hunter region – a National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) pilot area – to share their experiences, insights, what they have learned and what they wish they had known. Being three years ahead of the rest of the roll out they have learned a lot. Tickets are limited so organisations are advised to get in quick. The speakers will cover culture and finance, new business models, how to prepare for National Quality and Safeguarding, as well the chance to engage further with speakers in an interactive session at the end of the day. Find out more and register.

Blue Card Services information session
Brisbane - Wednesday, 6th November

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.

Transition to Adulthood Month Launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 7th November

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 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.

Be You: Reflecting on year one of an ambitious plan for mentally healthy learning communities
Webinar - Tuesday, 12th November

This Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) webinar will feature Beyond Blue CEO Georgie Harman reflecting on the first year of Be You, Beyond Blue’s national education initiative delivered in partnership with headspace and Early Childhood Australia. Be You provides – online and free of charge, to every early learning service and school – a roadmap, building blocks, professional development, and support to foster a mentally healthy learning community. Georgie will share the successes and lessons learned during the first year of Be You as over 6,000 schools and 2,750 early learning services made a commitment to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. This will be valuable to anyone with an interest in mental health and education, providing insights into the Be You journey so far and outlining future plans. Find out more and register.

Introduction to the Human Rights Act
Brisbane - Thursday, 14th November

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 two-hour Introduction to the Human Rights Act training course provides a basic introduction to the key elements of the Act. No previous knowledge is needed. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.

Information Linkages & Capacity Building (ILC) Workshop
Brisbane - Thursday, 14th November

The Inclusion Ready project invites businesses, services and groups from across the community to learn more about the $400 million in ILC grant opportunities for 2020 and beyond. ILC Workshops will help attendees: understand the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and the important business opportunities it presents; appreciate the economic and social benefits of inclusion and the important role inclusion plays in driving productivity growth; identify key opportunities for inclusion and inclusive projects; design & build ILC grant projects; incorporate critical success factors into ILC project design; and collaborate and network with potential project partners. This is a free event but registrations are essential. Find out more and register.

Power of Community Conference 2019
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st November

Do you work for a small community organisation? Are you looking for expert advice and support? Are you keen to learn strategies to improve your organisation’s mission? The Power of Community Conference celebrates and builds on the impact our community organisations are having across Queensland. Grassroots organisations have a long history of bringing about positive social change, connecting people and building stronger, more resilient communities. With a focus on creating change at a local level, the program will be a combination of presentations from nonprofit experts, including the importance of storytelling, how to attract grants, when and how to innovate and the importance of resilience and wellbeing and hands-on roundtables and workshops on four key areas including marketing, fundraising, volunteer management and governance. Find out more and register.

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?  Find out more and register.

Policy Writing and Development Workshop
Brisbane - Wednesday, 4th December

This workshop by For Purpose will provide a hands-on opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to create policy development processes, identify policy priorities and write a range of policy documents for systemic advocacy. The workshop will also draw-on case studies and examples from across the not-for-profit sector of policy documents created by organisations for the purposes of systemic advocacy. This workshop is all about identifying policy priorities and developing policy positions, submissions, briefs and other documents that are used in systemic advocacy. Find out more and register.

National Early Years Summit 2020
Melbourne - Wednesday, 11th to Thursday, 12th March 2020

The National Early Years Summit 2020 will bring together leading thinkers and change-makers to look ahead and ask: What should a blueprint for young children’s wellbeing look like? This work and discussion at the Summit will begin a ten-year endeavour by bringing together those who work on the front line with children, academics, government policy makers, parents, and others. The Summit will involve building on a knowledge of what works for kids, highlighting what information we lack, and how we can acquire it. It will also include thought and advocacy on how best to apply that knowledge to get the best results for our children with the limited resources available to governments, organisations, and families. Special rates are available for early bird registrations and Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Members. Find out more and register.

National Social Role Valorisation Conference 2020
Brisbane - Friday, 27th to Saturday, 28th March 2020

The first ever Australian Social Role Valorisation Association (ASRVA) national conference will be held in Brisbane in 2020. The vision of ASRVA is that all people, including those that are marginalised and disenfranchised, are enabled to be perceived positively and have good lives. The foundation of social role valorisation (SRV) is a sense of social justice, leadership development, and working for change with individuals, services, systems and citizens. The ASRVA Conference will be reinforcing the spirit of a community of practice through a mixture of speakers, discussion and activities, and will be grounded, focussing on application, and using a range of activities and styles to better match varied learning preferences. View the date claimer, follow ASRVA on Facebook or contact to be kept updated on Conference news and be notified when registrations open.

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

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) 2020 ConferenceWhat is a good life for families? And how do we get there? - will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference Committee is accepting presentations, roundtable sessions or symposia on a diverse range of issues affecting family wellbeing, under six themes: family policy and service system challenges; balancing work and family; health and wellbeing over the life course; communities and social cohesion; family threats, vulnerabilities and trauma; and family law challenges and solutions. Abstract submissions can be made online before the closing date just one week away on Monday, 21st October. The Conference program will feature local and international renowned experts from a range of fields related to family wellbeing. Plenary speakers already confirmed include: Professor Stephen Zubrick, Head, Brain and Behaviour, Telethon Kids Institute; Annabel Crabb, ABC’s Chief Political Writer; Jess Hill, Author and Journalist; Richard Glover, Author and Radio presenter. Find out more.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Men's DV Offender Program Facilitator - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking sub-contracted facilitators for the delivery of the BDVS Men’s Domestic Violence Offender Program. Facilitators must possess a Level 2 Facilitator requirement under the Professional Standards of Practice - working with men who perpetrate domestic and family violence or have the ability to obtain this requirement. Programs are held Monday afternoons and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for three hours.  The sessions comprise an hourly rate of $60 plus 20% loading to cover sub-contractor responsibilities. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 21st October.

Community Development Worker - Kingston East Neighbourhood Group

KENG is seeking a permanent part time (15.5 hours per week over 3 days) Community Development Worker based in Logan. The successful applicant will work to support the Logan community to enhance their skills, build capacity and empower them while working within social justice principles. The role is classified at SCHCDS Level 4.1. Email to obtain a copy of the Position Description and Selection Criteria before applying. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Friday, 25th October

Older Person Action Program Coordinator - Kingston East Neighbourhood Group

KENG is seeking a permanent part time (16 hours per week over 2 days) Older Person Action Program Coordinator for the OPAP program which seeks to reduce older people’s risk of social isolation by providing activities that strengthen their links with the community. The position works within social justice principles and all activities, projects and programs are community focused and in accordance with identified community needs. The role is classified at SCHCDS Level 4.1. Email to obtain a copy of the Position Description and Selection Criteria before applying. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Friday, 25th October

Clinical Practice Coordinator - Centacare Family and Relationship Services

Centacare is seeking a full time, 12-month fixed term (with possibility of extension) Clinical Practice Coordinator working closely with  the Manager of Practice Governance and Research based in Fortitude Valley. The position will focus on strengthening Centacare’s focus on quality service delivery and practice, whilst ensuring those who deliver services to vulnerable members of the community receive high quality supervision, resourcing and guidance regarding best practice. The role is classified under SCHDSIA Award Level 7. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 28th October.  

DV Specialist Workers (Casual, Rostered) - BDVS, Micah Projects

The Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) as part of Micah Projects is seeking casual DV Specialist Workers for the roster pool. This position is an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence and is responsible for providing a crisis response to individuals who have been referred to Safer Lives as victims of domestic violence primarily by DV Connect and Queensland Police. In order to be considered for this position you must be able to work at short notice, overnights and weekdays. This is position is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2. Find out more and apply

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