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- Friday, 12th July 2019 -

PeakCare is pleased and proud to announce that, in partnership with Croomo, PeakCare has been awarded Gold for the Best Learning and Development Project – Wellbeing at the 2019 LearnX Live Awards for the e-learning approach to the Hope and Healing Framework for working with children living in residential care. It has been a pleasure to work with Croomo on the development of the Hope and Healing modules and it is an honour to share this award with them.

There are now close to 5,500 residential care workers organised into 120 ‘teams’ from 43 organisations enrolled in the Hope and Healing e-learning program, with over 2,000 residential care workers having completed all ten modules. A monumental achievement!

PeakCare sincerely thanks the many organisations and individuals who have made enormous contributions to the development of the modules including, in particular, Encompass Family and Community, Paul Testro Consultancy Services and Pracademics. Thank you also to Pracademics for your production of the Stories of Hope and Healing podcasts included within the modules and members of the Hope and Healing Expert Advisory Group, residential care staff and very importantly, young people with a lived experience of residential care whose voices ring out loudly and clearly in these podcasts. Thank you also to the many residential care workers who, through your attendance at workshops held throughout the State, identified to us the knowledge and skills you need to successfully implement the framework. We trust that the advice you gave to us has been reflected throughout the modules.

Our appreciation is also extended to Child Safety Minister Di Farmer and Officers of the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women for your sponsorship and support throughout the project and to TAFE Queensland for your collaboration in ensuring strong synergies exist between the Hope and Healing Framework and the courses you provide. Our thanks are also sent to Deb Galvin for your assistance in setting up 120 teams and coordinating their access to the modules (no mean feat!) and the staff from many organisations who have enthusiastically provided your feedback and suggestions about the modules and worked with us in establishing the teams. A special thank you is also extended to Pam Spall whose ideas whilst working for PeakCare generated this initiative and to Lesley Leece, PeakCare’s Assistant Director for your patient and skilful management of the project. Our biggest thank you is saved for all the residential care workers who have or are in the process of completing the Hope and Healing modules. PeakCare and Croomo, very humbly and appreciatively share this award with you. 

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Queensland Human Rights Commission training

The Anti Discrimination Commission is now known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission (QHRC). The QHRC will be offering training sessions around Queensland's new Human Rights Act, including in Brisbane. Find out more about the training. Sessions are available in other cities throughout the state.

What do human rights look like in our nation? A question for Australia

In 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) announced the major project ‘Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights’ to identify what Australians consider would make an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia. The AHRC have released an Issues Paper on the human rights context in Australia and posed questions about what the best Australian human rights framework could look like. Written submissions on any of the questions posed in the Issues Paper are invited until Friday, 30th August. 

Registrations closing soon for Australia's first symposium on extending the age of out-of-home care

Join friends and colleagues for this monumental event - the first ever Australian symposium on extending care to 21 years. The Home Stretch Symposium will bring together policy developers, stakeholders and implementers to explore and discuss the challenges and complexities associated with introducing the policy of extending care to 21 years. These discussions will be informed by international and national experts in this policy area. The Symposium will be held Tuesday, 27th to  Wednesday, 28th August at the Intercontinental Sydney. The packed two-day program will cover topics including: what extending care to 21 means for young people and carers, different models being used nationally and internationally, the challenges, enablers and experience of implementation, and policy progress in extending care by governments in Australia. Registrations close in a matter of days, so don't miss your chance to attend! Find out more and register.

Reminder - Queensland foster and kinship carers opinions matter

The Home Stretch campaign is undertaking a survey on the views of foster and kinship carers across Australia on extending out-of-home care to 21 years of age. Only 8% of those who have taken the survey live in Queensland, which means more responses are required to most accurately reflect the views of Queensland carers. PeakCare encourages all providers of foster and kinship care services in Queensland to support carers in taking a few minutes to complete the survey online before Wednesday, 31st July. Carers can go into the draw for one of three $100 vouchers on completion of the survey. The Home Stretch campaign is aimed at informing Australian policy development, program implementation and evaluation to extend care to 21 years of age. The survey findings will be presented at the Home Stretch Symposium at the Intercontinental Sydney on Tuesday, 27th to Wednesday, 28th August.


2019 National Child Protection Week

National Child Protection Week (CPW) is almost here, with the 2019 posters now released. Shirleen Nambajinpa Campbell from Tangentyere Women's Safety Group, Hoppys Camp has once again created a beautiful artwork to celebrate one of the key messages of the 2019 campaign that: 'Kids do well when parents are supported'. The second poster was drawn by 14 year old Anamika from Queensland, promoting the message that: 'To raise thriving kids, parents need support to navigate life's choppy waters'. Read more about this year's themes and find out more about how to get involved in supporting the messages of CPW, including four easy ways to show support for the campaign at your school or workplace. Register an event in support of CPW or see what's taking place near you, or attend an official event, including the Q&A Forum Putting Children First in Brisbane on 5th September. 

NDIS now fully operational in Queensland

The National Disability Insurance Scheme became fully operational in Queensland on Monday, 1st July. The NDIS is now available in all areas of Queensland, and people with disability who need support are encouraged to apply for access to the scheme. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Hesta Community Sector Awards now open for nominations

The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of the community sector. Nominations are open across three categories: Unsung Hero for individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia by enhancing the wellbeing of individuals or communities experiencing disadvantage; Outstanding Organisation for outstanding contributions to social justice in Australia through the development or provision of a high quality and innovative program, project or specific service; and Social Impact for those who made an outstanding contribution to social justice in Australia through policy development, advocacy, leadership or representation. Overall winners share in a $30,000 prize pool, and will have their awards presented at the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 26th November. Nominations close 1st September. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply. 

Disability Community Event grants now open

Applications for the 2019 Disability Community Event grants are now open. The grants provide up to $5,000 towards events or activities held during Disability Action Week, 15th to 22nd September, or on the International Day of People with Disability on 3rd December. Applications must demonstrate how the event or activity will foster greater opportunities for people with disability to participate in the economic and social aspects of the community, or must be a celebration of the achievements and aspirations of people with disability in their community. Applications close midday, Monday 29th July. Find out more and apply.

Registrations now open for ACOSS National Conference 2019

Early bird tickets are now available for the ACOSS National Conference 2019: Harnessing Community through Effective Action. The Conference will focus on a number of cross-cutting themes, including: how can we harness the power of local community action to influence national policy debates? How should we speak about poverty and inequality to galvanise action, while empowering those who are excluded?How do we bridge the divide between urban and rural communities to deliver better policy outcomes for all? Register before Wednesday, 31st July to secure your place at a discounted rate! Find out more and register.

Reminder - Much more than the usual feedback about Queensland's Child Protection Conference

Those who attended the National Child Protection Conference co-hosted by the Child and Family and Welfare Association of Australia, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and PeakCare have been invited to complete an online feedback survey. Thank you to the many people who have already completed the survey. What is becoming apparent from the findings so far is that extremely divergent views are held about some aspects of the Conference. The comments being received often move far beyond the usual responses to surveys of this type and are providing a much broader and fascinating picture of the child protection system. This makes it all the more important that we receive a high response rate to the survey. PeakCare’s intention is to publish the survey findings and use it to facilitate further commentary and discussion about the matters raised. The closing date for completing the survey is Friday, 19th July.

Reminder - Discount on new PeakCare membership fees for 2019-20

eNews subscribers are reminded that organisations and individuals who newly apply to become a PeakCare Member or registered Supporter by Wednesday 31st July will receive a 10% discount on their membership fee. Click here to find out more about the new and much fairer membership fee schedule approved by the PeakCare Board for 2019-20 and to download copies of the Member and Supporter application forms.

In this week’s edition, PeakCare is awarding two ‘Thumbs Up’ accolades. With special recognition given to this being NAIDOC Week, it is a very appropriate time to bestow our acknowledgement on both recipients. Each week, PeakCare publishes a ‘Thumbs Up’ and/or a ‘Thumbs Down’ about matters that have come to our attention and draw either our commendation or condemnation. If there are matters that you think are worthy of one or other of these acknowledgements, email and we will consider publishing them.

Thumbs up to Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians, Ken Wyatt for expressing his commitment during a speech recently delivered to the National Press Club to holding a referendum within three years for the purposes of amending the Constitution to recognise the nation’s first Australians and their ‘voice’ at a national level. We trust that Prime Minister Morrison, his Cabinet colleagues and Opposition Members will come to a position of sharing his ambition and the outcomes that are achieved will truly reflect the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Thumbs up to the Queensland Government for this week approving in principle the settlement of a class action initiated on behalf of an estimated 10,000 Indigenous workers who had their wages stolen by the State during the period 1939 to 1972 under the Protection Act that was then in place. Implementation of the settlement scheme is now subject to approval by the Federal Court. Sadly, the righting of this terrible wrong will come too late for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed since this injustice occurred, even though their descendants in addition to those who are still alive will become parties to this settlement. A big thumbs up goes to Mr Hans Pearson who was the courageous lead applicant in initiating the class action in September 2016.

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High Voltage: working with 'high risk' adolescents
Brisbane - Wednesday, 17th July
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Work with young people with ‘high risk’ behaviours can carry shock potential – for young people themselves and others around them, including front-line workers. Workers often face the tricky challenge of providing an immediate response to extreme and dangerous behaviour by young people, in order to provide safety, while at the same time trying to connect with the hidden pain, trauma and unmet need underpinning this behaviour. This carries the inbuilt conundrum of maintaining a planned approach in the face of continuing crisis. If you are grappling with this ‘high voltage’ work then this is the workshop for you. It is informed by the AIM4® concept map, which supports a practical and effective approach to working with vulnerable young people, grounded in contemporary thinking and research. Find out more and register


Child Safe Organisations
Jimboomba - Wednesday, 24th July
Presented by NAPCAN

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) is again delivering two free child protection workshops around Queensland. Child Safe Organisations is a workshop that is critical to assist organisations to develop child friendly and safe practice embedded within organisational culture, moving beyond safety to demonstrate a commitment to children and young people's wellbeing.
Mandatory Reporting & Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is for everyone who works or volunteers with children and young people and their families and is subject to mandatory reporting requirements. Upcoming sessions will be held in Townsville on Saturday, 13th July. Find out more and register for either workshop throughout Queensland.


CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Working with Trauma Memories
Brisbane -  Thursday, 25th to Friday, 26th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

In this training program, participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for Prolonged Exposure Therapy, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. At the end of the training, participants should feel comfortable in applying this framework to their client work, and suggestions for ongoing support and supervision will be provided. The training is directly relevant to the CPD requirements under the Medicare Focussed Psychological Strategies requirements for Mental Health Social Workers. Social Workers working with veterans, survivors of torture and trauma and survivors of family and sexual violence will find it relevant. All of the training content is evidence-based and references for evidence and further reading and training will be provided. Find out more and register.


A Therapeutic Treasure Box 
Brisbane - Thursday, 15th to Friday, 16th August

Presented by Compass Seminars

This is a two-day workshop exploring creative and expressive tools for working with relational and developmental trauma. This creative and multi-faceted workshop will explore some of the therapeutic qualities required to support children, adolescents, and adults who have and are experiencing relational and developmental trauma. Following this, a range of expressive, multi-sensory, and practical tools for working more effectively with this client group will be presented. Including focusing on areas such as multi-layered safety, emotional regulation, and resilience. Practical case studies will be discussed; as well as links to how some of these tools can be applied to oneself to prioritise self-care. Find out more and register.

No Scaredy Cats
Brisbane - Monday, 19th August
Presented by Parentshop

This workshop is based on three underlying perspectives: first, by having an understanding of how anxiety develops parents can counter its progress, second, parents can take a preventative role in the development of anxiety problems, third, there are practical steps parents can take to build resilience. The lesson framework includes an overall theory of parenting that can assist parents to manage children’s worries; coverage of how some misguided policies are making parents and children more anxious; and biological information about the brain, including how the pre-frontal middle cortex and the amygdala operate, and where fear and anxiety originates. Find out more and register.

Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
 Brisbane - Friday, 6th September
Presented by Queensland Child Protection Week Committee

The annual Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner will be held at the Grand Ballroom of The Greek Club, 29 Edmonstone St, South Brisbane. The Annual Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry. The Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will feature as a guest speaker, as well as a CREATE Young Consultant. Kay McGrath will MC, with live entertainment from sisterMISTER. Purchase your ticket now.


Voices in Action Conference 2019
Melbourne - Thursday, 14th to Saturday, 16th November
Presented by CREATE Foundation

95% of previous attendees either agreed or strongly agreed that the ideas shared at the event would help improve the out-of-home care system. The 2019 Voices in Action Conference will provide an in-depth exploration of three key issues identified by children and young people with a care experience as fundamental to improving the out-of-home care system, with the wisdom of lived experience. The discussion will focus on: how to include young voices in decision making processes; how to support and improve outcomes for young people transitioning from care; and the need to improve complaints processes for children and young people. The conference format will feature a daily keynote address from inspirational thought leaders in the care system, followed by a series of interactive, workshop style sessions focused on applying the insights of young people, carers and professionals to some of the key issues facing our sector. Carers, professionals and sector leaders must attend for a fresh grassroots approach to garnering insight into what works in out-of-home care. New speakers have been added to the program and discounted early-bird registration rates are available before 1st August, so be quick to secure your place at this game-changing conference and elevate the voices of children and young people in care. Find out more and register.

Attitudes to violence against women among people from non-English speaking countries
Webinar - Thursday, 18th July

Join ANROWS and a panel of experts for a free webinar to discuss new research exploring the attitudes of people born in non-English speaking countries towards gender equality and violence against women, and ways of working collaboratively with communities to address these issues. The conversation will draw on the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS), conducted by ANROWS. This free webinar is designed for those working with, and leaders of, migrant and refugee communities and practitioners and policy-makers working with and for migrant communities. Find out more and register.

Tenancy Skills Institute Official Launch Townsville
Brisbane - Friday, 19th July

The Tenancy Skills Institute offers free tools to improve access to accommodation for prospective tenants, increase property management efficiencies and boost the bottom line by producing the best rental tenants. The Institute's approach is to work with community members, individuals and the real estate industry to create better housing options and outcomes for people in Queensland. The Tenancy Skills Institute will be launched in Townsville with a free information session. Find out more and register.

Human Rights Act Masterclass
Newmarket - Friday, 19th July

To prepare for the introduction of the Human Rights Act and complaints mechanism to commence 1st January 2020, Disability Law Queensland Director and founder and coordinator of the Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign, Aimee McVeigh, is holding a three-hour workshop for disability organisation employees, people with disability, their families and supporters. Attendees will: learn of the 23 human rights protected by the legislation and learn about what the Act means for Queenslanders, especially people with disability; learn what organisational obligations are under the Act and how to make sure you are compliant; and learn how to advocate for human rights by using the Act in your work to ensure all are treated with respect, equality and dignity. Find out more and register.

Inclusion Ready: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities 
Brisbane - Saturday, 20th July

National Disability Services (NDS), in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance (CSIA), is offering free workshops across Queensland to 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, and in turn support people with disability to participate fully in all aspects of life. The Inclusion Ready Project will conduct a free workshop in collaboration with Multicultural Development Association (MDA) to bring information and insight into the NDIA’s new strategy and the planned roll-out of grants in 2019, specifically for the CALD community. Find out more and register

Working with refugees
Brisbane - Wednesday, 24th July

Multicultural Development Australia will deliver this one-day workshop full of 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.

Siblings of children with disability - a workshop for parents
Brisbane - Friday, 26th July

This workshop presented by Siblings Australia will assist parents to: understand the concerns of siblings of children with disability; identify behaviours that might indicate stress; explore factors affecting the adjustment of siblings; identify parent role in supporting siblings; identify other sources of support for siblings; and meet other parents with similar experiences. Please note some NDIS plants will allow reimbursement of registration. Find out more and register.

Working effectively with parents of young children at risk
Webinar - Wednesday, 31st July

This webinar by ARACY will explore findings from a three-year, multi-state study of effective practices. Data were collected through services including home visiting, specialist clinics, play groups and integrated community-based centres addressing a range of early childhood concerns (feeding, sleep and settling, aggressive behaviour, etc.). Findings reveal essential ingredients of impactful partnership, pathways through which professional expertise is put to effective use, and features of innovation and agile practice that take everyday work into frontier territory. These have important implications for interactions with families, reflective practice, and management. Find out more and register.

Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium - Engaging pregnant and parenting young people
Maroochydore - Thursday, 8th to Friday, 9th August

Di Farmer, Queensland State Minister for Child Safety, Youth & Women will open the Australian Young Pregnant & Parenting Network Symposium, with headline speaker, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner. Keynote speakers include Professor Ian Hay, Macquarie University; Dr Angelique Howell and Dr Deb Lynch, University of Queensland; and Tiara Ruua and Joanne Furminger, Institute of Urban Indigenous Health. Breakout panels will include young parents - graduates from STEMM like Emily and Amanda - will tell us what worked for them, and school principals and policymakers will tell us what can be done. Child minding will be available onsite. Find out more and register.

Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance
Brisbane - Friday, 23rd August

The 16th annual Micah Moonlight Dinner Dance will be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It is a night of glamour and excitement, delicious food and elegant attire, and in true Micah Projects fashion, it is also a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your ticket now to avoid disappointment - the Dinner Dance has sold out every year for the past six years!

QCOSS State Conference 2019
Caloundra - Thursday, 12th to Friday, 13th September 

The QCOSS State Conference 2019 will have the theme Leading change together, building on conversations had in the time since the Movement for change conference last year. Register by Sunday, 14th July and take advantage of substantial early bird discounts (up to $220 per ticket!), as well as ensuring you are part of the conversation about: rebooting the system (structural change); being in service (sector change), and starting a revolution (community change). An exciting list of speakers has already been announced, including keynote speaker Stan Grant, Indigenous Affairs Editor for the ABC and multi-award winning journalist; Caterina Giorgi, Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose; David Moody, Acting Chief Executive Officer of National Disability Services; Scott McDougall, Commissioner of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland; David Ritter, Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia, and many more. Find out more details about the program or secure your ticket now to avoid missing out.


2019 Foster and Kinship Care Conference
Perth - Thursday, 5th to Saturday, 7th September

The 2019 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference is open to all foster and kinship carers nationally and is being held at the Rendezvous Hotel, Perth. The conference aims to provide an exciting and nurturing learning environment, acknowledging, inspiring and promoting personal and professional connections in the fostering sector and will present a unique opportunity to learn from, and alongside, family and general foster carers. The conference will have a strong focus on elevating the voice of the carer, both as an individual and a collective group. Find out more and register.

Policy and Advocacy 2-Day Intensive
Townsville - Wednesday, 16th to Thursday, 17th October

This 2-Day Intensive workshop by For Purpose will provide for purpose professionals with the opportunity to work alongside like-minded individuals to develop the critical skills required to navigate the policy development process and make change happen. Participants will learn how to to develop tailored advocacy strategies for their organisations with innovative tactics to achieve your desired policy outcomes. The workshop has been developed for people working in the not-for-profit of for purpose sector. It is for anyone seeking to influence government, particularly people working in policy, advocacy, government relations and communication roles. Find out more and register.

Visit our Events page for further opportunities in the sector.

Child Safety Program Coordinator, Mackay - Wellways

Wellways is seeking a full time Child Safety Program Coordinator for the Mackay office. This role is responsible for the day to day performance and development of Wellways' Child Safety business within their part of the region. This includes, managing the quality of Child Safety service delivery, managing the reputation and profile of Wellways service delivery within the Child Safety program; managing the Child Safety budget and managing the Child Safety workforce. Find out more and apply.

Allied Health Clinicians: Mental health care - yourtown

yourtown is seeking two Allied Health Clinicians: Psychologist/Mental health occupational therapist/Mental health social worker to work within the Child and Family Hub based at Deception Bay. The role function is to provide a single entry point into mental health care and wraparound supports and services for children and their families. This will include intake, assessment, planning, referrals and delivering a range of evidence based psychological therapies tailored to the needs of each family and child. Applications close Tuesday, 16th July. Find out more and apply.

Family Support and Advocacy Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is currently seeking a Family Support and Advocacy Worker to work as part of an integrated team supporting a mix of families including those experiencing homelessness and those at risk of homelessness. This includes assisting families in crisis accommodation to access affordable and permanent housing through proactive outreach and case management. This is a full time, permanent position with a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week and is classified under the SCHADS Award 2010 at a Level 4. Applications close Thursday, 18th July. Find out more and apply.

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