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- Friday, 13th October 2017 -
The series of Purposeful programming in residential care workshops led by Martha J. Holden concluded in Rockhampton this week. Similar to the workshops held in Townsville on 9th October and Brisbane on 25th September, the feedback that has been received from Rockhampton suggests that, in the words of one participant, the workshop was “perfectly pitched”.
The next workshop in the Hope and Healing Masterclass Series is being presented by Ian Nussey at Cairns (2nd November), Hervey Bay (9th November) and Ipswich (16th November).  The topic is Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours that might be harmful to themselves or others, in the residential care setting. A print-friendly flyer can be accessed here.
Registrations opened today and already each workshop is filling very quickly. To make sure you secure your place at a workshop, register here – do not delay! Registrations close on Thursday, 26th October or when all available places are filled.

Progress report released on Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms

The 12 month progress report of the Queensland government's Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms has been released. The report offers performance snapshots within the seven strategic decisions shaping the reform agenda, and key initiatives taking place in 2017-18. The report shows that of the 121 Child Protection Commission of Inquiry recommendations, 58 have been completed and 63 are underway. Achievements include: universal access to the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program and Talking Families initiatives; statewide rollout of Family and Child Connect and Intensive Family Support services providing early intervention services and support for vulnerable families; establishing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services; releasing the Our Way strategy and Changing Tracks action plan to address the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children in the child protection system; and  adopting a new practice framework that takes a strengths-based approach to working with families.

Release of more ‘Just Ice?’ Symposium Videos

This week more videos of presentations delivered at the ‘Just Ice?’ Symposium co-hosted by PeakCare, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and the Queensland Government on 3rd and 4th August were released. They include:

They now bring the number of videos released so far to eight, including:

There are still more videos to come!


Talking Points for Anti-Poverty Week

This year, Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week is 15th - 21st October. Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has developed a series of Talking Points to facilitate the discussion of poverty and and inequality in the public arena. The Talking Points provide information on key messages, facts and ideas for further action. You can also read more about Anti-Poverty Week in last week's In the Spotlight. There are also a number of  Anti-Poverty Week events taking place, including the Ending Poverty and Inequality in Queensland Forum at the Queensland State Library on Tuesday, 17th October 9.30am - 1pm, "The New Faces of Poverty" Discussion Panel at UNSW on Tuesday, 17th October 1pm - 2pm, and the Picking up the pieces: Good Shepherd and St Vincent de Paul Society Anti-Poverty Week forum at the Queen Victoria Women's Centre, Melbourne, on Friday 20th October 11:30am - 2:30pm.

Indicators of poverty in Queensland

Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) has published a snapshot into poverty in Queensland. Australia’s poverty rate remains above the OECD average, with approximately 430,000 people in Queensland living in poverty. The data shows that Queensland has the nation's highest proportion of low-income households experiencing housing stress. View the infographic.

National Carers Week

National Carers Week will take place 15-21st October. This year, say thank you to carers and recognise the truly valuable and unpaid work they do every day to support Australian communities and the economy. The value of the caring role is estimated at $60.3 billion per year, and yet carers often experience social isolation and find it difficult to work or study. A carer-friendly Australia is one where unpaid carers are recognised and supported during and after their caring role. Find out how to get involved and view the Thank You Wall with messages of support for carers from all over Australia.

New research project recruiting service providers and practitioners

The Good practice in delivering and evaluating interventions for young people with sexually abusive behaviours project acknowledges many adolescents who engage in sexually abusive behaviours have histories that include exposure to childhood trauma, such as family and domestic violence, disrupted attachments, and long-term neglect. The key aim of the project is to foster a shared understanding about the characteristics of effective approaches in responding to adolescents with sexually abusive behaviours in a range of settings to inform service design and implementation across Australia. The project is currently recruiting key service providers and practitioners about effective therapeutic responses for young people with sexually abusive behaviours to participate. To participate, email the research team.

New resource on the importance of talking to babies

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) will be holding an afternoon tea to launch a new video about the importance of talking to your baby, with Minister Fentiman speaking at The Family Place, 35A North Street, Woodridge, Logan City on Tuesday, 17th October. Find out more or register to attend - it's free! Following the  launch, the 30-second clip will be made available at NAPCAN's website for free download and use.

Findings into family conflicts with young people at risk of homelessness

The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) has released research into the risk factors for family conflict and breakdown that may lead to young people experiencing homelessness, as well as protective factors. The research found acute and chronic characterisations of family conflict, both common to families with young people at risk of homelessness. Participants experienced reaching a 'tipping point' at which homelessness became a more attractive living option than family dysfunction and conflict. Read more in the ICPS research update.


Next Step After Care

In the lead up to Transition to Independence Month in November, young people are invited to join the Next Step After Care Facebook page developed by CREATE and Life Without Barriers. By joining, the young person can benefit from handy advice from their peers and over 1,400 members in Queensland, find practical information including content for young people transitioning to independence that is updated weekly, access job listings and opportunities for further study including scholarships, plus receive some positive inspiration. Join now!

clubCREATE membership drive

CREATE is an organisation that was started by young people in care (foster, kinship, residential) to make sure the people making the big decisions about the care system listen to and act on the views and experiences of those who have lived it. A key way for agencies and carers to link children and young people with CREATE is to join them up as members. Do you work with children and young people with an out-of-home care experience aged 0-25? Then what are you waiting for? Sign them up to clubCREATE! clubCREATE is a free membership that connects children and young people together and links them to CREATE programs and services all across the state. clubCREATE members receive a welcome pack, a birthday card each year and invites to all of CREATE's fun events, including their upcoming Christmas party at Wet'n'Wild theme park on the Gold Coast. To join, young people can fill out the online membership form, print the membership form and email or post back to CREATE, or email for a bulk membership form. Find out more about clubCREATE at the website or view the brochure for all the details on the benefits of membership.

Nominate now for Queensland Young Achiever Awards

Nominations are now open for the Queensland Young Achiever Awards to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Queenslanders up to 29 years of age. Nominate a young person you know who is contributing positively to their community now in one of eight categories. Category winners will receive $2,000 from Auswide Bank plus the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year will take home an additional $2,000. Nominations close Friday, 15th December. For more details, visit the website.

Grants open for Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month 2018

Applications are invited for one-off funding of up to $5,000 to hold events, projects or activities during Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month in May 2018 that raise awareness about impacts of domestic and family violence and the help available, engage and educate Queenslanders to create communities that support respectful relationships, practice positive attitudes and behaviours and promote a culture of non-violence, or empower family, friends, neighbours and colleagues of victims to take steps they might not otherwise take to respond to domestic and family violence. Applications can be submitted online at SmartyGrants. Applications close at midday on Friday, 10th November.

NDIS videos now available in Auslan

The NDIS has released a number of information videos in Australian Sign Language (Auslan). Videos include 'About the NDIS', 'My NDIS Pathway', and 'Key NDIS concepts'. Click here to view the videos.


Nominations to stand for election to PeakCare’s Board

This week PeakCare was the first to break the news that an election has been called and will most definitely be held this year. Nominations of candidates to stand for election to PeakCare’s Board have been requested from our Members. If you have the right set of experience, skills and other attributes to be a member of PeakCare’s Board, please give earnest consideration to accepting a nomination and standing for election. Or if you know of someone else who might fit the bill, please forward this Information Sheet to them. Each candidate is requested to forward their completed and signed Nomination Form and Candidate Election Statement to by COB on Friday, 3rd November.

Fair warning to PeakCare Members, Supporters and Friends

You are all advised that PeakCare will once again be holding our traditional Trivia with a Twist competition following this year’s Annual General Meeting. This is to provide our Members with fair warning about selecting your teams well. While PeakCare will, once again, attempt to lift the decorum of this event and discourage the quite regrettable competitive fever that seems to overcome our Members and friends when they enter into this event, we have heard that some organisations – mostly government agencies as you might expect – are seeking to avenge themselves. There appears to be a correlation between the extent to which a government agency experiences their loss as a humiliating defeat with the presence of a Director-General on their team. Stay tuned for more announcements, warnings and some wise counsel about this event.

Queensland Mental Health Week 2017

Queensland Mental Health Week raises awareness of mental health and wellbeing during the week of 8 - 14 October through a range of events and activities, with the 2017 theme "value mental health".  2017 is the first year that Queensland communities have been able to apply for $85,000 in grant funding to assist them in sharing key mental health messages and raising awareness. Read more.

If you have contributions you'd like to donate to the Ice Bank, or know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the spotlight, please contact Lorraine Dupree.

Concerns for Indigenous education and employment outcomes in Queensland

The audit report, Education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 2016-17 examines whether Queensland is 'closing the gap' in education and employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in accordance with the 2007 government reform program Closing the Gap. The audit found the greatest reduction in the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous state school students occurred in Year 12 attainment rates. However, the audit found state schools are struggling to sustain the individual case management approach that currently supports higher attainment rates. Disproportionate numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are still leaving school before the end of Year 12, with state schools three to four times more likely to cancel the enrolment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students due to non-engagement with the curriculum. Upon completing Year 12, a third of Indigenous students also reported they were not working or studying, a rate that has remained stable over the past four years. The gap in overall employment rates between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people continues to increase, which the report  asserts  requires greater collaboration to support the transition from education to employment. Read the report here.

Supporting people with disabilities experiencing mental health issues 
Caboolture - Monday, 16th October

Community Living Association and WWILD-SVP Association will be delivering a workshop for professionals, support workers and social work/psychology and human services students interested in improving their knowledge and skills in supporting people with intellectual and learning disabilities experiencing mental health issues and disorders. The workshop utilises the bio-psycho-social and community-based mental health model to support people experiencing dual disability. View the flyer for more details. The workshop will also be held in Townsville on Thursday, 26th October.

Professional development sessions for teachers
Brisbane - Monday, 16th October
Presented by Act for Kids

Act for Kids will be delivering two professional development sessions especially targeted to teachers at Wooloowin. The morning session, Social and Emotional Learning: Tools to increase student engagement in the classroom, will explore how to best support children who have experienced trauma get the most out of structured learning environments. The afternoon session, The Ins and Outs of Occupational Therapy, will explore the developmental needs of children from a trauma-informed perspective. View the flyer for more details and to register.

Consent, right to information and privacy
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th October
Presented by PeakCare, QCOSS and the Quality Collaboration Network

This workshop explores common tensions and dilemmas surrounding consent, right to information and privacy for workers responsible for accreditation, certification or information and privacy management in community-based services working with children, young people and families. Registration is essential so make sure you don't miss out! View the flyer for more information, or register here.

Youth Voices workshop
Brisbane - Tuesday, 24th October

Join young people and adults who care about them to actively engage with the findings of the Youth Voices survey at the Anglicare Southern Queensland Youth Voices Workshop at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Fortitute Valley. The workshop is open to all young people 10-25 years, those who work with young people, those involved in policy development and delivery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, peak body representatives and researchers. View the invite for more details and RSVP by 18th October by email to Leanne Wood.

Weaving the Tapestry - applying relationship based parenting approaches in family support
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

The focus of this workshop is to equip workers providing support to families with relationship-based parenting strategies and tools that can be implemented with parents to bring about safer and more secure parent-child relationships. Participants will take away practical resources to use with parents that will ultimately promote safety and  decrease risk. Find out more or register online.

Distressed or deliberately defiant?
Townsville - Friday, 27th October
Presented by Compass Seminars

This workshop for educators will explore best practice for managing student behaviour due to trauma and disorganised attachment. Grounded in attachment theory and neuroscience research, this seminar will explore why these children and young people often defy rules and authority, can sabotage even the most supportive of relationships and can continually put themselves at risk. Find out more or register now.

Understanding Domestic and Sexual violence across Migrant and Refugee communities
Brisbane - Monday, 30th October
Presented by Inala Community House
and JK Diversity Consultants

This half day workshop will highlight the intersection between domestic and sexual violence and its impact on the lives of migrant and refugee women, examining culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities’ understanding of domestic and family violence. View the flyer for more details and to register.

Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours
Three locations - throughout November
Presented by Ian Nussey

Registrations are now open for the Working in a trauma-informed way with children and young people exhibiting sexual behaviours that might be harmful to themselves and others, in the residential care setting workshop to be presented by Ian Nussey as part of PeakCare's Hope and Healing Masterclass Series. The workshop will be held in three locations - Cairns (2nd November), Hervey Bay (9th November) and Ipswich (16th November). Click here to access and distribute a print-friendly flyer. Click here to submit an expression of interest to attend the workshop. Registrations close Thursday, 26th October or when available places are filled.
The Forgotten Known Stage 2 - Further development of attachment theory in practice
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th November
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This full-day workshop is designed for those who have attended the core Forgotten Known workshop and who wish to further their skills and develop tools for working with clients who have experienced trauma and attachment disruptions. The workshop will also examine how the workers own attachment history and self-knowledge impacts on the client/worker relationship. Attendance at the core ‘Forgotten Known’ workshop is a prerequisite for attendance at this workshop. This is relevant for social workers who have direct contact with clients who have experienced complex trauma and attachment disruptions. The education material in the presentation is based on theoretical knowledge that is gleaned from attachment and trauma experts such as Dan Siegal, Bruce Perry, Bryan Post, Circle of Security and Karyn Purvis. Find out more.

The PASE model in your organisation
Brisbane - Tuesday, 14th November
Presented by Amovita

This forum considers a PASE implementation plan, the process of integration and how to evaluate the implementation framework. The forum includes a question and answer session, enabling organisations to gain further understanding about how to implement their supervisory program and provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the successes and review improvements. The forum reviews how to engage resources and tools over the first 12 months of implementation, how to evaluate successful supervision and build a culture that sustains quality supervisory outcomes. Find out more and register here.

Launch of Anti-Poverty Week
Sydney - Sunday, 15th October

Australian Council Of Social Service (ACOSS) will launch Anti-Poverty Week 2017 on at Weave Youth & Community Services. The event will include a press conference and feature former Minister for Social Security, the Honourable Brian Howe AO, who led the Hawke Government’s Family Package, Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass and Professor Peter Whiteford. Register online.

Trauma Aware Schooling Conference
Brisbane - Sunday, 15th to Monday, 16th October

The inaugural Trauma Aware Schooling Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The conference aims to respond to issues of complex childhood trauma and the need for trauma aware practice in schools. Keynote speakers include: Emeritus Professor Judy Atkinson from We Al-li Trust, Dr. Chris Blodgett from Washington State University, Professor Michael Gregory from Harvard Law School, Associate Professor Phil Riley from Monash University, Professor Pamela Snow from La Trobe University, and Dr Judith Howard from Queensland University of Technology. View the program for further details on topics and speakers, or register online.

Blue Knot Day
National - Monday, 16th October

Blue Knot Foundation’s national awareness and fundraising day, Blue Knot Day, invites us all to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. Find out more on how you can get involved on the website.

Using information to support Customer Services and Delivery
Webinar - Tuesday, 17th October

Having access to the right information when and where it is needed is an important part of supporting the health and wellbeing of Australians. This webinar will explore the foundations of great service delivery through the My Community Directory system. The upcoming Marketing and Promotion webinar will explore how to improve search returns on My Community Directory, and other places and how you can promote your various services and events on Tuesday, 21st November. The Growth in the Health and Community Sector examines what people are searching for to drive sustainable business decisions that meet real community needs on Tuesday, 19th December. Register now by return email or request a link to the webinar recording if unable to attend.

Guiding children's behaviour webinar
Webinar - Wednesday, 18th October

In Safe Hands Educators in Safety will be presenting a webinar for dealing with aggression and behavioural issues for children aged 2-5 years and their parents. Find out more and register here.

First 1000 Days Summit
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October

Registrations are open for the First 1000 Days Australia Summit to be at Riverside Receptions, New Farm, Brisbane. The Summit explores the importance of the first 1,000 days from pre-conception to two years of age in shaping future health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. Register to attend or view the flyer for more details.


Child Inclusive Practice Forum
Adelaide - Wednesday, 18th to Friday, 20th October

Less than a month to go until Family and Relationship Services Australia's 2017 Child Inclusive Practice Forum to be held Adelaide Hills Convention Centre. This year's theme is We’re all in this together, recognising the journey that parents and children and practitioners from across the field take through the process of resolving separation disputes. View the full program here or register to attend.

I Care 2: Leading groups for the sons and daughters of carers
Richmond - Friday, 20th October

Berry Street Childhood Institute and Salvation Army Westcare are presenting a workshop for services wanting to facilitate 'I Care 2' groups in their foster care programs. 'I Care 2' is a preparation and training course for children of families who wish to foster. The program has been developed to better equip the sons and daughters of foster carers with the responsibilities associated with caring. Find out more or register here.

HESTA Community Sector Awards Dinner
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th October

The finalists for the 2017 HESTA Community Sector Awards have been announced, with fifteen finalists recognised over four categories. Winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. Buy tickets to the event here.


ACOSS National Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th to Wednesday, 25th October

Only two weeks to go until the ACOSS National Conference which will provide the opportunity for community leaders, policy and decision makers, practitioners, academics and people with lived experience to come together to collectively tackle the issues driving poverty and inequality in Australia, and only a matter of days until registrations close! Indigenous writer, actor and director, Nikkiah Lui will host the event, which will also announce the winners of the HESTA Community Sector Awards. Speakers include Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Matt Noffs, CEO of Noffs Foundation, Paul Barclay of ABC Radio National, hip hop artist L-FRESH the LION, Patricia Karvelas of ABC RN Drive and many more. Registrants are also invited to forward a short issues-based film for broadcast at the conference during breaks - to an audience of over 400. Films can be forwarded to Kate Finlayson, ACOSS Media Advisor via emailDropboxWeTransfer or a method that suits best. View the program or book tickets now to attend.

International Life Course Conference
Sydney - Tuesday, 24th to Thursday, 26th October

The second International Life Course Conference brings together policy makers, international experts and researchers to showcase the latest ideas, theories and interventions for tackling the problem of social disadvantage over the life course. This conference presents a unique opportunity for anyone working in or reporting on the area of social disadvantage to bring themselves up to date with the latest research. Find out more or register to attend.

Working with children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October

Berry St Childhood Institute and Robert Tucker deliver this training aimed at professionals who work with children and young people where there are concerns about their problem sexual behaviours. The training will explore the issues and challenges in evaluating whether sexual behaviour is age-expected, problematic or harmful, differences between pre-pubescent and adolescent sexual behaviour and causes, motivations and purpose of sexual behaviour and implications for intervention. Find out more or register now.

Disaster recovery forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is hosting the Queensland Community Recovery Forum to discuss challenges and identify opportunities for building resilience in communities following natural disasters. The Forum aims to explore the economic relationship of business investment in community wellbeing strategies and the social and economic impact disasters have on community wellbeing. The Forum will be held  at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.

Promoting Attachment and Resilience in Home Based Care - An introduction to the secure based model
Richmond - Wednesday, 25th October

The secure base model of therapeutic caregiving was developed by Professor Gillian Schofield and Dr Mary Beek from the Centre for Research on Children and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of East Anglia, UK. Based on attachment and resilience theory and research, the model provides a positive and practical framework for understanding and assessing children’s needs, and for enabling and supporting carers to meet those needs. During this workshop, Professor Schofield will explain the Secure Base model and its applications to practice and there will also be opportunities for participants to discuss how the model could be useful in their work with children and carers. Find out more or register online.


Rob Jackson volunteer management workshops
Brisbane - Thursday, 26th October

Volunteering Queensland will host UK Volunteer Management expert Rob Jackson for two workshops and a networking lunch. Workshop 1 will look at some of the key ways in which society is changing and how these changes affect volunteerism and discuss what leaders of volunteers can do to update their practices to accommodate these changes, further enhancing their engagement and retention of 21st century volunteers. Workshop 2 will look at the phenomenon that is social media and how it can be used to strategically communicate to teams and recruit new volunteers. Discounted pricing is available for attending all three events. Find out more or register online.

Enhancing Practice in Child Sexual Abuse Work: A Case Formulation Approach - a masterclass with Richard Rose and Robert Tucker
Richmond - Monday, 30th October

This masterclass hosted by Berry Street Childhood Institute will focus on using a case formulation approach when undertaking sexual abuse work in family contexts. Taking a practical approach participants will learn more about case formulation applied to case management, treatment planning and therapeutic care. Find out more and register here.

Queensland Gendered Violence Practitioner Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st November to Thursday, 2nd November

Early bird registration is now open for the inaugural Queensland Gendered Violence Prevention Forum. The Forum is designed for practitioners working in the fields of gendered violence, including those who work with survivors, families, and children affected by domestic, family and sexual violence, and perpetrators of domestic, family and sexual violence. Early bird prices end Monday, 2nd October. View the preliminary program or register online now.

Interagency Child Protection Symposium
Brisbane -
Thursday, 2nd November to Friday, 3rd November

The Child Protection Interagency Committee is comprised of a diverse range of agencies involved in child protection services in Queensland, including Children’s Health Queensland, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Police, Department of Education and Training, Queensland Family and Child Commission, Office of the Public Guardian, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, PeakCare Queensland, CREATE Foundation, Foster Care Queensland, Life Without Barriers, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak, and Legal Aid. This year's Symposium More than the Sum Of its Parts, Interagency Collaboration: Connecting the dots for our young people will focus on how best to support adolescents in out-of-home-care. Find out more or register now.
Wisdom of the Body, Lost and Found: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach
Brisbane - Thursday, 9th and Friday, 10th November

The body’s intelligence is largely an untapped resource in psychotherapy, yet the story told by the “somatic narrative” of body language is arguably more significant than the story told by the words. The language of the body communicates implicit meanings and reveals the legacy of trauma and of early or forgotten dynamics with attachment figures. This two-day workshop will explore the body as a target of therapeutic action and is delivered by Path Ogden, phD, who founded an internationally recognised school specialising in somatic–cognitive approaches for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and attachment disturbances. Read more or register now.

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

The National Employment Solutions Conference 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. The full program has now been released. 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.

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.

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.

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, 2th 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 Saturday, 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.

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.

Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 28th to Wednesday, 30th May 2018

The Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is hosting the annual Australian and New Zealand Addiction Conference focusing on three overarching themes of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. The conference is currently seeking abstracts into addiction prevention strategies, interventions, practical tools, risk factors and approaches to reduce harm, for presentations or workshops. Submit an abstract online by Monday, 5th February. 

AIFS 2018 Conference
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 2018

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. The 2018 AIFS Conference will be held  at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Conference is accepting abstracts until Friday, 8th December. Register here or sign up to the Conference newsletter to receive all the details as they become available.


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.
High Risk and Safety Coordinators - Micah Projects (BDVS)

Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS) is a specialist domestic and family violence service that works within Micah Projects. The service is seeking 2 full time High Risk and Safety Coordinators to work within the high-risk team. The high-risk team is an integrated response consisting of a multi-agency meeting with the primary purpose to increase the safety of victims and their children assessed as being high risk in the community and manage the high risk posed by perpetrators and increase their accountability. Click here for more information. Applications close 5pm Monday, 16th October.

Senior Community Facilitator - CREATE

CREATE Foundation are seeking a full time Senior Community Facilitator to lead their new Townsville office. The applicant should have experience in organising and running programs, supervising staff and building strong networks in the sector. Find out more. Applications close Wednesday, 25th October.

Youth Facilitator - CREATE

CREATE Foundation are seeking a part time (4 days a week) Youth Facilitator for their new Townsville office. This role will inspire connection, empowerment and change through fun and creative events and workshops, by providing leadership opportunities for children and young people who are members of clubCREATE or are Young Consultants, and by working to create positive change within the out-of-home care sector. Find out more. Applications close Wednesday, 25th October.

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