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- Friday, 10th November 2017 -
As we rapidly approach the day on which Queenslanders will be heading off to vote, PeakCare is pleased to announce our State Election Video Series. You are invited to watch this short clip that will introduce you to the series of videos that we will commence releasing – one at a time – within the next few days.
PeakCare extends our sincere appreciation to the ALP Minister for Child Safety, Shannon Fentiman, LNP Shadow Minister Ros Bates and members of their staff for their cooperation and assistance in compiling our 2017 State Election Video Series. You are urged to give careful consideration to the messages conveyed in the videos by Ms Fentinam and Ms Bates.

PeakCare's election wishes - make your views known

Last week, PeakCare published our ‘election wishes’. Make sure you read the comments being entered in response to the items we listed and enter your own. This is an effective way of making your views and opinions known to the representatives of the political parties that monitor PeakCare’s commentary.

Supply Nation Briefing and Indigenous Business Trade Fair

Supply Nation will be delivering a free briefing session on the morning of Wednesday, 22nd November at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to help organisations find out how to meet their Queensland Indigenous Procurement Policy target. Taking place after the briefing, the Brisbane Indigenous Trade Fair will showcase over 90 Indigenous businesses across a huge range of sectors. Both events are free to attend, but RSVPs are required by Friday, 17th November to or by purchasing a ticket online.

Promoting and measuring children's wellbeing forum

On Thursday, 23rd November, the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) Middle Years Forum - Promoting and Measuring Children's Wellbeing will explore how to facilitate children's wellbeing and the positive outcomes that this can have for children and the wider community. Speakers will compare international approaches to youth justice, crime prevention, welfare, and wellbeing with those in Australia, both at present and in the future as articulated by political parties on the eve of the Queensland election. The event is free for ARACY members. For more details and to register, visit the website.


CREATE survey for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

From December, CREATE will be reaching out to hear the voices of young people aged 12-25 and who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander on their experiences of out-of-home care. Conversations can be had in person or over the phone to suit the young person. View the flyer for more details or contact the CREATE office on (07) 3317 6020 for any enquiries.

Free community services innovation skills building workshop

The free Innovation-Powered Organisation workshop on Monday, 20th November will explore current ideas and practices for becoming more innovative in the community services industry, and connecting with the Queensland Government's Partnering for the future: advancing Queensland’s community services industry 2017-2025 strategy. Click here for more details and to register.

Free back to school health checks for primary school children

Queensland University of Technology Health Clinics will be running free back-to-school health checks for primary school aged children before the new school term on 16th-18th January 2018, including foot checks, nutrition advice, vision checks and developmental assessments. Registration is essential as places are limited. Call 3138 9777 to register or view the flyer for more details.

Justice with compassion for young people fundraiser

Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) will be hosting a fundraising event on Monday, 20th November to celebrate International Children's Day. The event, titled Troubled before troublesome: JUSTice with COMPASSION for our young people, will be facilitated by ABC AM radio presenter Kelly Higgins-Devine and led by a panel of respected guests, including Father Wally Dethlefs AM, Kathryn McMillan QC and Associate Professor Tamara Walsh. Click here for more details. Tickets are limited so don't miss out, book now! The YAC 36th Annual General Meeting will be held prior to the event at the same venue. To attend, complete a membership form and RSVP by Wednesday, 15th November by email to

Escaping Victimhood

Escaping Victimhood is a UK based charity that provides supportive residential workshops for people whose lives have been disrupted by the trauma of serious crime. The CEO of Escaping Victimhood will be delivering an free information session and morning tea in Brisbane on Monday, 27th November, 10am - 11.30am. View the flyer for more details.

Latest round of Gambling Community Benefit Fund open

The latest round of the Gambling Community Benefit Fund is now open until midnight, Thursday 30th November. Not-for-profit groups operating in Queensland are eligible to apply for one-off grants from $500 to $35,000. For more details and to apply, visit the website.

Micah Christmas Hamper appeal

Last year due to generous donations, Micah Projects organised, packed and delivered over 500 food and fresh fruit Christmas hampers to individuals and families. This year, Micah are inviting all to help by donating goods from the Hampers list or donating money to purchase groceries for the hampers. You can also volunteer to help to prepare for Hamper Day on Friday, 22nd December, or to pack or deliver hampers.

Nominations of candidates to stand for election to PeakCare’s Board

Candidates for election to the three vacated positions on PeakCare’s Board are reminded that their completed Nomination Form and Candidate Election Statement  are due by close of business on Wednesday, 29th November. Access an Information Sheet for more details if you are considering standing for election.

PeakCare's (mostly) spectacular AGM

Registrations to attend PeakCare’s (mostly) spectacular AGM are now being received. Unfortunately, it appears that most people who have registered intend staying for our quite tragic Trivia with a Twist competition. Surprisingly, there are new teams registering that have not competed in previous years. They have obviously not heeded our warnings. We will not be discouraged by this however and please be assured that PeakCare will take steps this year to lift the level of decorum displayed by the competing teams. Click here for a print-friendly flyer or click here to register. Registrations close on 29th November.

Supporting young people leaving out of home care

An October 2016 Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) paper Supporting young people leaving out of home care considers how best to support young people transitioning from out-of-home care. The report shows the legislative and policy context governing transition in each Australian state and territory. Most offer discretionary post-care support up to 25 years of age. Currently Victoria and Queensland only offer discretionary services to 21 years of age, but recent amendments to Queensland's legislation mean support will be available to 25 years. The paper explores the growing body of evidence advocating the benefits of stabilising transition and meeting the individual needs of each young person transitioning, such as allowing young people to transition based on their developmental, social and emotional needs rather than chronological age. Recommendations highlight the need to improve housing affordability and allow access to flexible and ongoing accommodation support. Practice resources are available to guide planning, including this one from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, and this one from the UK's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Inequality of opportunity for Australian children

The Australian children growing up with opportunity article in The Australian Economic Review discusses the inequality of opportunity experienced by children during the early years of education and potential impacts on child development. The article considers the relative prevalence of formal childcare use and kindergarten attendance for specific disadvantaged groups compared to the national standard. The data show average usage increasing over time, but that as recently as 2016, children aged 0-5 years from four specific groups in particular continue to be significantly underrepresented in formal childcare services. These include: children with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and children from regional and remote areas. These groups are only slightly underrepresented in early childhood services for children aged 3-5 years, with children from non-English speaking backgrounds substantially less likely to attend kindergarten, though participation for this group dramatically rises for programs in the year before primary school begins. Overall, the data suggest that more affluent families are more likely to use formal early education services, potentially extending existing advantages. Read the article.

Suicide linked to exposure to domestic violence in childhood

The 2015-2017 report from the New South Wales Domestic Violence Death Review Team states that in 2013, nearly 20 per cent of women who suicided were exposed to family and domestic violence (FDV) in childhood. The report also states that nearly half of all who suicided had experienced FDV during their lifetime as either perpetrator or victim, with women far more likely than men to be victims (69 per cent compared with 5 per cent), and men far more likely than women to be perpetrators (87 per cent compared with 6 per cent). For more than one in ten women who suicided, the data showed that domestic violence, relationship conflict or relationship breakdown were a proximal feature of the suicide. The report includes recommendations for the NSW government, including becoming a member of Our Watch, a national campaign aimed at changing the cultural attitudes and behaviours that underpin violence against women and children, and reconceptualising the data captured around domestic violence events to enable police to view incidents within the context of a relationship history that can highlight patterns of behaviour by both parties. Read the report.

Morning Tea with Parents
Brisbane - Monday, 13th November
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

Family Inclusion Network will be hosting a series of Morning Tea with Parents events throughout November for parents who have a child protection experience, as a shared 'safe zone' to come together, share experiences and have their voices heard. Parent voices are important because they are the experts on what does/doesn’t work for their families and this informs advocacy for changes in the systems that impact families. Subsequent Morning Teas will be held Monday, 20th November and Monday, 27th November. View the flyer for more details.

Who is the client? Reflecting on the complexity of Child Protection and Family Support practice in the context of the intersection with Domestic and Family Violence
Brisbane - Friday, 17th November

Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers and PeakCare Queensland

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE - Due to the overwhelming interest the venue has been changed to Ashgrove Bowls Club Hall, Yoku Rd, Ashgrove. This Forum by the AASW/PeakCare Practice Group aims to respond to the specific complexities involved in working within the context of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence. Forum presenters and participants will collectively unpack the questions of how we all respond to the complexities of a focus on clients whilst also considering the many associated relationships in each individual’s life. Find out more and register here.

Culturally Sensitive Practice in Foster Care
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November
Presented by Inala Community House and JK Diversity Consultants

This half-day workshop aims to build cultural capacity for practitioners supporting culturally diverse children and young people in out of home care, foster/kinship care placements. The workshop aims to help participants understand Culturally Sensitive Practice in a child protection context, improve service planning, and support cultural needs. Click here for more details and to register.

Professional Boundaries
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November
Presented by Amovita

Are you aware of your own professional boundaries? Right now you may not be aware of your own boundary framework. The aim of this workshop is to enable participants to have time to become aware of and further develop their own professional boundary framework. Click here for more details and to register.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Toowoomba - Monday, 27th November to Tuesday, 28th 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. Find out more or register now. The workshop will also take place in Townsville on Wednesday, 29th November.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 13th November

Parentshop will be delivering this one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations had with parents in child protection. The workshop helps busy professionals to quickly assess and prepare for tough conversations in situations where a clarity-of-message can make all the difference for vulnerable families. View the registration form for more details!

National Employment Solutions Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 16th November to Friday, 17th November

This is the last chance to book a ticket for The National Employment Solutions Conference, which will examine the changing face of work and the workplace and its impacts. The conference will examine challenges, opportunities, trends and issues that relate to innovative employment solutions, featuring over 45 presentations from industry experts. All presentations will be available as podcasts after the Conference, ensuring no one has to miss out! Topics include: tomorrow’s digitally enabled workforce; the future of disability employment; how young is too old? the downward creep of ageism; spatial patterns and drivers of Australia’s future economic landscape; looking back to the future: Migrants working in Australia. Find out more and register at the website.

Barriers to healthcare experienced by trans young people 
Webinar - Tuesday, 21st November

Network MindOUT is hosting a webinar which will focus on the issues faced by trans young people accessing mental health services in Australia. The webinar will draw upon experiences described in the Trans Pathways study, the largest survey of mental health in trans and gender diverse young people in Australia. Find out more or register to attend.

How to enjoy being on a committee
Toowoomba - Tuesday, 21st November 

Be involved and understand the legal and ethical requirements of being on a committee. This presentation will explore the structures of a committee or board, the roles people can undertake, legal and ethical compliance, strategic planning and meeting etiquette. View more information or book now.

2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd November

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equality, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. The 2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will focus on the importance of youth as champions for change. The breakfast will feature a panel of community leaders led by Kay McGrath OAM discussing the positive role men can play in preventing violence, the importance of teaching respectful attitudes and behaviours from an early age, and how we can educate today’s youth to champion change for future generations. Purchase your ticket now.

Authentic Engagement: The nature and role of relationships at the heart of effective practice
Webinar - Wednesday, 22nd November

ARACY will be hosting the second in a series of parent-engagement 'lunchtime learning' webinars, delivered by Dr Tim Moore, developmental psychologist at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. The webinar will explore how best to achieve effective parent engagement by building strong relationships with educators, and will include an interactive Q&A session. Find out more or register.

FRSA National Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 22nd to Friday, 24th November

The 2017 Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference Connecting the Dots: Creating Wellbeing for All is an opportunity to promote creative ways to strengthen wellbeing across the family life course - by connecting the individual 'dots'. Senator Louise Pratt MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities will deliver the opening keynote address. For more details, visit the website.

Morning tea to commemorate 5th Anniversary of the Queensland Government's Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices
Brisbane - Monday, 27th November

The Queensland Post Adoption Working Committee will be hosting a commemorative morning tea to honour the 5th Anniversary of the Queensland Government's Apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices. View the invitation for more details.

Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th November

The QCOSS AGM will take place over breakfast at Souths Leagues Club Head Office, Davies Park, Jane Street, West End. Guest speaker Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner will be speaking. Elections will also be held for two positions to the Board. Find out more and register to attend on the QCOSS website.


AASW National Symposium
Hobart - Thursday, 30th November to Saturday, 2nd December

The Australian Association of Social Workers National Symposium (AASW) 2017 will be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart. The theme of the symposium is ‘Advocacy and social work: creating individual and social change.’ With over 25 professional development and networking sessions and delegates from all over Australia, the symposium will be a unique opportunity to share current practice knowledge and work experiences, and network with the social work sector’s peers. Registrations are now open.

Trauma, the Brain and Biology: Foundations and Treatment of Trauma
Brisbane - Friday, 30th November to Friday, 1st December

Traumatised people chronically feel unsafe inside their bodies: the past is alive in the form of gnawing interior discomfort. Their bodies are constantly bombarded by visceral warning signs, and, in an attempt to control these processes, they often become expert at ignoring their gut feelings and in numbing awareness of what is played out inside. They learn to hide from their selves. Learn about the neurobiology of traumatic stress and adaptations that hide the 'self' in this two-day workshop delivered by clinical psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk, MD at the Brisbane Convetion and Exhibition Centre. Read more or register now.

What works in therapy: Translating 40 years of outcome research into strategies for effective clinical practice
Melbourne - Friday, 1st December

This Relationships Australia Victoria workshop will feature international guest Scott D Miller, counselling psychologist, author and co-founder of the International Centre for Clinical Excellence. Drawing upon 40 years of research, this workshop will offer evidence-based factors responsible for therapeutic success, empirically-supported practices and skills to enhance therapeutic outcomes, methods for assessing and enhancing therapeutic relationships with clients and progressing in treatment. Click here for more information and to register.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Melbourne - Monday, 4th to Wednesday, 6th December

The official program has been launched for the 3rd annual 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference with over 120 workshops, speakers and presentations. Day 1 Keynote speakers include Julie Inman Grant, Children’s eSafety Commissioner, Office of Children’s eSafety Commission, Ms Jennifer Hoffman, Commissioner for Victims of Crime, Department of Justice, Western Australia, Dr Rae Kaspiew, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Assistant Commissioner, Dean McWhirter, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, Ms Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria and Dr Michael Salter, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Western Sydney University. All attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Scholarships to attend the conference are open until Monday, 30th October. Register to attend the conference now; early bird prices end Monday, 23rd October.

Yarning Up on Trauma
Richmond - Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th December

Yarning Up on Trauma is an intensive five day course presented by Berry St Childhood Institute for those who want to learn practical ways to better work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families and communities that have experienced individual trauma, family trauma, community trauma and historical/cultural trauma. Yarning Up on Trauma uses a holistic model to understand trauma which is in contrast to many Western perspectives which focus primarily on the traumatised individual. In working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities, it is necessary to consider not only the impact of trauma on the individual but also on their families, community and culture. Find out more or register now.

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 Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects is seeking to fill two full time positions for Support and Advocacy Workers to join the Coordinated Access Team. The position involves providing services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. Find out more details and how to apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 27th November.

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