73 - Number of days until Queensland’s BIG WEEK kicks off on the 24th June with the 2-day National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare
55 - Number of days until registration to attend the Conference closes on 6th June
21 - Number of days left before the early bird rate expires
17 - Number of days left to submit an abstract
17 - Number of days left for your organisation to become a Conference sponsor
11 - Number of non-Government organisations that have already signed up to become a Conference sponsor
Which of the above numbers is the odd one out? The last one – 11. All of the others are guaranteed to decrease over time, but the last one we are hoping to see increase. Encourage your organisation to join the growing number of organisations lining up to sponsor this important event. Your sponsorship helps us to meet the costs of hosting an event of this type while keeping the costs of attending low.
Federal Budget 2019: Bill Shorten’s budget reply
Last Thursday Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten delivered his budget reply at Canberra’s parliament house, following the government’s handing down of the budget on Tuesday. Following the theme of PeakCare’s views on the government’s YES, BUT budget published in last week’s edition of eNews, the opposition leader has announced a range of YES, BUT items as well. Click here to read the list of YES, BUT items compiled by PeakCare, add your comments about whether you agree or disagree with the items on our list and perhaps add some of your own.
QFCC Workforce Survey 2019 now open
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) is undertaking a workforce survey to gather information on the experiences of frontline workers and service providers within the child protection and family support system. The confidential survey can be completed online and will take approximately 20 minutes. Further details on the type of information and what you can expect from the survey can be found in the Participant Information Sheet. The valuable insights of frontline workers will help inform the QFCC's recommendations for improvements within the system to achieve more positive outcomes. The survey will close 17th May.
ALRC makes 60 recommendations for improvements to family law system
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) report Family Law for the Future: An Inquiry into the Family Law System was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, 10th April. The ALRC has made 60 recommendations for reform under seven categories, including: Closing the jurisdictional gap - Stop children falling through the gaps and return family law disputes to states and territories, eventually abolishing federal family courts; Children’s orders - Simplify the factors to be considered when determining living arrangements that promote a child’s best interests and remove mandatory consideration of particular living arrangements; Stricter case management - Clearer consequences for couples and their advisors if they don’t seek to resolve disputes as quickly, inexpensively, and efficiently as possible; Compliance with children’s orders - Improve understanding of orders through greater engagement with family consultants and place limits on interim appeals; Simpler property division - Include a starting position that separated couples made equal contributions during the relationship; Encourage amicable dispute resolution - Increase the proportion of family law matters that are dealt with through alternatives such as FDR (Family Dispute Resolution) and LADR (Legally Assisted Dispute Resolution); and Legislative simplification - Redraft the Family Law Act to make it easier to understand the law. Access the Report for more details.
Nominations open for Disability Support Industry Reference Committee
The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) is now accepting nominations for membership on the Disability Support Industry Reference Committee (IRC). The IRC will be responsible for reviewing and updating national training package qualifications, skill sets and units of competency needed by the disability support sector over the next five years in relation the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Positions open for nomination are: 2 disability service providers, 1 rural/remote disability service provider, 1 assistive technologies expertise, and 1 consumer advocacy group/body. For further information regarding the IRC structure and to submit a nomination, visit the IRC website. Nominations close Tuesday, 23rd April.
Share your knowledge by presenting at FECCA Conference 2019
FECCA is the peak national body representing Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. FECCA's role is to advocate and promote issues on behalf of its constituency to government, business and the broader community. The 2019 FECCA Conference 9th - 11th October in Hobart will highlight new speakers, young people and diverse voices that can articulate the challenges that impact on and issues that are important to people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. The Conference Committee wish to hear from people who have a vision to shape multicultural Australia and continue to lead the conversation on important issues by learning from the past, addressing new and emerging issues, and working collaboratively across sectors to find solutions. Share your bright ideas, innovative and strengths based solutions, and new and emerging issues that need addressing. Abstract submissions close Friday, 21st June. Registration for the Conference is also open, with discounted accommodation for attendees.
Enrolments open for minimum qualifications for residential care workers
In previous editions we let you know that TAFE Qld is able to offer the attainment of the minimum Certificate IV qualification at greatly reduced cost due to generous support from the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training. Information sessions have been held across the state and you can view the presentation at those sessions here (pptx). Enrolments are being accepted now - click here to apply. With the course commencing in May now is a good time to enrol.
Preventing sexual violence in Queensland - what are your ideas?
Queenslanders are called on to have their say on how to prevent sexual violence, with public consultation opening online and a series of local forums being held. Public submissions will be used to inform the development of a Sexual Violence Prevention Framework for Queensland. The Brisbane public forum will be held on Thursday, 18th April. Forums are being held in other locations throughout Queensland. Submissions are invited in two forms - answering an online survey on four themes identified in the background paper, and/or emailing written submissions to email@example.com. Young people up to age 25 years are encouraged to have a say on the Queensland Youth eHub to go into the draw to win one of ten JB Hi Fi vouchers.
Leadership opportunities for Indigenous young people
The 2019 Queensland Indigenous Youth Leadership Program provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders (18-25 years), from remote, regional and urban communities to develop leadership skills and learn how to make a change in their communities. This year it will be held in Brisbane from 29th June to 3rd July. Leadership skills development and community issues are a focus, and the objectives are specifically tailored to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders to work together to develop community project proposals to help address community issues and drive change. The program culminates in the one-day Eric Deeral Indigenous Youth Parliament delivered by Queensland Parliamentary Services, providing participants with a first-hand experience of democratic processes. The Office for Youth in partnership with Glencore Coal Assets Australia meets all reasonable travel, meals and accommodation expenses for participants attending the program. Applications close at 5pm Monday, 15th April. Young people can find more information and apply online.
Nominations closing soon for Queensland Multicultural Awards
Recognise your local community volunteers, groups, businesses, government agencies and media whose long-term efforts have helped to build an inclusive, harmonious and united Queensland. The Queensland Multicultural Awards recognise winners across eight categories: Outstanding Young Achiever, Outstanding Individual Achiever, Community, Business, Government (local), Government (State), Education training and skills, and Media. To find out more about how to nominate, visit the website. Award winners will be announced at a special dinner in August, during Multicultural Queensland Month. Nominations close Thursday, 18th April.
Early bird rates still available for registering to attend National Child Protection Conference
Registrations for the National Child Protection Conference being co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) are now open. This important conference forms part of Queensland’s BIG WEEK that will consist of not one, not two, but three big events:
- National Child Protection Conference (24 & 25 June)
- Advocacy Masterclass led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26 June), and
- QATSICPP Members’ Conference (27 & 28 June).
DO NOT MISS OUT - REGISTER NOW AT THE DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD RATE! Click HERE to register!
If you wish to also attend either the second or third of the BIG WEEK events- the Professor Cindy Blackstock Masterclass on 26th June and/or the QATSICPP Members’ Conference on the 27th and 28th June, click here.
SHAME FILE - Shape up New South Wales!
Thank you for the many submissions of abstracts for the Conference. Since last week, the number of Queensland submissions that have been received has increased and fortunately we are no longer in the position of being shamed by Western Australia. New South Wales on the other hand appears to be falling way behind. Why are we not surprised by that? Visit the website to submit an abstract as well as offer your suggestions for the Conference Program by no later than COB Monday, 29th April.
Congratulations to this week’s winners of free Conference tickets
PeakCare was inundated with entries into our ‘Name the Queensland Icons’ competition. Congratulations to Caterina Schulz from Act for Kids, Emma Matthews who is also from Act for Kids and Jori Etuale for the Brisbane Emergency Response Outreach Service (CLA Inc). Your tickets are in the mail – metaphorically speaking.
Stay tuned for next week’s competition
Keep an eye on your inbox for an announcement about our next competition. Another three free tickets will be up for grabs!
Don't miss out on the chance to be a sponsor!
Encourage your organisation to join 11 other organisations in becoming a sponsor of this exciting event. Visit the website for the details about how your organisation can become a sponsor.
The views of young people centrestage over two key Queensland Events
On Friday, 5th April, a group of young people were centrestage throughout the Queensland Youth Housing Coalition’s Platform 1225 Forum as they focused their conversations on social inclusion and human rights for young people. On Tuesday, 9th April, another group of young people gave their perspectives on recent research into the views of children and young people in out of home care in Australia as panellists at the Queensland briefing of the CREATE Foundation’s national survey report. Across both groups of young people one key message was central in their feedback: young people don’t feel heard and often when they do speak out, they don’t feel that what they say is paid attention to. Nor do they feel that speaking out makes any difference. Read more.
If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight, contact Lorraine Dupree.
Speak Up (Level 1 and 2)
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th April
Presented by CREATE and QATSICPP
In light of the release of findings from the 2018 CREATE Survey of young people with out-of-home care experiences in Australia, CREATE will be holding a workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people with a care experience. Speak Up is an empowerment program for those aged 14-25 years that helps to: develop confidence and awareness, understand the care system and explore experiences, and learn how to work effectively as part of a team and improve communication. Day 1 will cover Level 1, which focuses on self-development and the importance of strengths-based communication. Day 2 builds on the skills covered in Level 1, rights and responsibilities, and how to use a voice effectively on a professional platform. On completion, participants have the opportunity to become a CREATE Young Consultant, which opens up future opportunities. View the brochure for more details on how the training can help young people, or to register a young person to attend, contact Andrew Foley on (07) 3317 6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Effective Supervision for Supervisors - being the best you can be!
Brisbane - Thursday, 2nd May
Presented by Encompass Family and Community
Supervisors in the area of child, youth and family welfare commonly learn how to supervise solely through ‘on the job’ experience. Their main source of knowledge may be their own experiences of being supervised. This interactive one-day workshop helps supervisors in child and family welfare and youth services to understand supervision as a specific area of practice and to develop their practice skills in this area. Participants consider contemporary thinking and knowledge around supervision frameworks and models and are supported to use this in developing their supervision practice approach. Find out more and register.
Focused Psychological Strategies for Social Workers
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th to Friday, 17th May
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
This two-day workshop will help participants understand how psycho-education, and motivational speaking, are useful with particular client groups. The workshop will examine theoretical ideas and explore practical applications of approaches to psychology such as emotional regulation, art therapy, mindfulness and meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and more. All sections will be framed by appropriate discussions and exercises. The workshop will be delivered by Ruth Crowley Brown. Find out more and register.
Parent morning tea - come by for a cuppa
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
Presented by Family Inclusion Network
The Family Inclusion Network is holding free small forums to meet with parents who have experienced the Queensland child protection system, and hear their thoughts. Lunch and afternoon tea will provided and transport is available if required. To RSVP, call 07 3013 6030, email email@example.com or RSVP via Facebook. All conversation during the forum will be confidential and no representatives from the Department of Child Safety will be attending.
Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Monday, 20th May
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 - Friday, 28th June
Presented by Compass Seminars
This workshop will open up the enormous possibilities and potential of the Genogram, a typically underutilised tool, as a process for both assessment, and intervention. Family diagrams (or Genograms) provide a picture of who a person is, where they come from, who matters in their life, and how they belong in the world; as well as providing a framework for understanding present stressors, past struggles and strengths and resources. A Genogram interview is a powerful assessment tool giving you more detailed understanding of case presentations and how to plan targeted interventions. This workshop will equip participants with an understanding of what genograms are and how they can assist in assessment, treatment planning, and potentially used as a therapeutic intervention in themselves. Find out more and register.
Helping Dad support Mum and bub
Webinar - Monday, 15th April
The Family Action Centre at the University of Newcastle in collaboration with Mission Australia will host this webinar presenting learnings from the SMS4dads project on helping fathers to better support their partners in the postnatal period. Presented by Richard Fletcher and Chris May, this webinar will draw upon their research with fathers and mothers on what support is needed to help address postnatal depression and anxiety to enable practitioners working with families to mobilise fathers in providing support to their families. Find out more and register.
NDIS - an honest conversation
Brisbane - Monday, 15th April
QUT Business School's Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) is hosting the rare opportunity to join a conversation - in person or online - with those in the know about improvements made and improvements still needed in the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The free seminar will feature people with deep NDIS connection and experience and have the opportunity to put your thoughts and questions forward in a constructive and informed environment. The seminar will be facilitated by Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes and will hear from Alan Hough, Director at Purpose at Work and ACPNS alumnus, Paul Paxton-Hall, Director of Paxton-Hall Lawyers and specialist in nonprofit law, and more. For those who can't attend in person at the QUT Gardens Point campus, the seminar will also be streamed online for webinar access. Find out more and register.
What is the NDIS and how do I access it?
Arana Hills - Tuesday, 16th April
The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) will be sponsoring a series of free information sessions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) throughout April. Carers Qld will be hosting a session on what the NDIS is and how it can be accessed from 9.30am at Arana Hills Library - 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills QLD 4054. Register for the session. There are also a series of upcoming drop in sessions in various locations around Queensland that offer support in navigating the NIDS, for both service providers and those enrolled in NDIS. To find out more about sessions in other locations in Queensland, visit the Events section of the NDIS website.
Inclusion ready ILC workshop
Gold Coast - Tuesday, 16th April
National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland until July. These free workshops will help organisations and businesses to understand how the National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) Information, Linkages, and Capacity Building Grants (ILC) can help them become more inclusive of people with disability. Register now for the Gold Coast session, register for the upcoming Sunshine Coast session on Thursday, 18th April or find out more about other locations.
Consumers Health Forum - policy priorities for the incoming Australian government
Webinar - Wednesday, 17th April
This free series of webinars hosted by ARACY outlines some leading Australian organisations' policy priorities for the next Australian Government, put forward on behalf of Australia’s children and young people. Register for any or all of the election special webinars and hear what these organisations want for our country's future. Next up is the Consumers Health Forum of Australia's (CHF) recommendations for the next Australian Government, delivered by CHF CEO Leanne Wells. The Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) is the national peak body representing the interests of Australian healthcare consumers. CHF works to achieve safe, quality, timely healthcare for all Australians, supported by accessible health information and systems. Register here.
Needs assessment: a tool for program planning and community building
Webinar - Wednesday, 8th May
This free webinar hosted by Child Family Community Australia will provide an introduction to needs assessment and briefly describe the process. It will explore and provide practice insights into how conducting a good quality needs assessment can enhance an agency or organisation’s understanding of community issues and assets for policy or service delivery; and build and strengthen community through the needs assessment process. The webinar will be presented by Paul Harkin, Director of Community Development at The Benevolent Society and Jessica Smart, Senior Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Find out more and register.
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.
Injustice of Intimacy podcast launch
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th May
The Nundah Neighbourhood Centre and Brisbane North Community Legal Service invites you to the launch of the Injustice of Intimacy Podcast Series: “How do we overcome the challenges for women who seek help for Intimate Partner Sexual Violence?”, a project sponsored by Legal Aid Queensland’s Community Legal Education Collaboration Fund. In this podcast series women share their stories and experiences and professionals share their practices and insights. The event will be presented by The Hon. Yvette D’Ath MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and The Hon. Di Farmer MP, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Find out more by viewing the invitation or register now.
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.
Working with refugees
Brisbane - Thursday, 16th May
Multicultural Development Australia (MDA) will deliver this full-day workshop highlighting practical skills to enhance the services you provide to people from refugee backgrounds within the welfare and services sector. This program addresses service delivery challenges including: understanding and communicating with clients from diverse refugee backgrounds; responding appropriately to needs specific to people from refugee backgrounds; helping people from refugee backgrounds regain their independence, and more. Find out more and register.
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.
QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2019
Brisbane - Tuesday, 18th June
This year's QCOSS State Budget Breakfast will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hon Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships has been invited to speak and share insights into the impact that the budget will have on Queenslanders experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The Treasurer's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion including: Professor Anne Tiernan, Dean (Engagement), Griffith Business School; Neil Willmett, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council; and Anita Veivers, Executive Director, Centacare FNQ. Find out more and register.
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.
International Conference on Youth Mental Health
Brisbane - Saturday, 26th to Monday, 28th October
This conference by the International Association for Youth Mental Health at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre aims to improve mental health service responses for young people, and features presentations for professionals, researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as well as young people and their parents. In recent years, many countries have acknowledged the importance of targeted services for youth in the critical age group of 12–25 years. Young people will play a core role in sharing their skills, voices and experiences in the conference, and will be involved in all aspects of planning and decision making. Find out more and register to attend.
Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.
DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered), BDVS - Micah Projects
Micah Projects is seeking 2 x DV Specialist Worker (casual - rostered) for the Brisbane Domestic VIolence Service (BDVS). This position is an after-hours crisis response to domestic violence. The DV Specialist Worker 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. This is position is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 12th April.