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- Friday, 5th October 2018 -

Do you (or someone you know) hold high-level expertise in relation to financial management and planning; human resource management or workforce planning and development; media management, marketing and communications; or stewardship and governance of a human service organisation?

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above, PeakCare invites you (or the someone you know) to consider accepting a nomination to stand for election to PeakCare’s Board.

This year, FIVE Board member positions are to be filled by election at our Annual General Meeting to be held on 21st November 2018. Given the diverse range of organisations that comprise PeakCare’s membership, the Board is keen to ensure that the candidates standing for election are able to represent a wide cross-section of interests and concerns held by our members – large and small, state-wide and local, ‘mainstream’ and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander controlled – from across all parts of the State. The Board is also keen to ensure that it has the right mix of knowledge, skills and experience from which it can draw.

Have YOU got what it takes to perform the important role of a Board Director in ensuring the sound governance of PeakCare? If this is a role that isn’t right for you, but you know of others who might fit the bill, please forward this information on and encourage them to accept a nomination for election to the Board. Nominations are sought by COB Monday, 5th November 2018. For more information about who is eligible to be nominated for election to the Board and the process for lodging nominations, click here.

Hope and Healing - are you up to date?

The Hope and Healing Framework is a trauma-informed therapeutic framework for residential care services across Queensland. The roll-out has begun, so to keep up to date and learn more about the Framework, follow on social media. Access groups on Twitter @HopeQLD, Facebook, Instagram @hope_and_healing_qld and LinkedIn "Hope and Healing QLD". For more on developments in therapeutic residential care in the national context, view the recent Child Family Community Australia paper Therapeutic residential care: An update on current issues in Australia

Free online child aware training

Being 'child aware' involves building an organisational and workplace culture that embraces a range of practices and attitudes that aim to keep the ‘child in mind’. Emerging Minds have developed a free online course to support child aware practice for a diverse range of practitioners. The course aims to enhance understanding about the impact that adult problems may have on children and to support practitioners to think about children early in any contact with a parent. Find out more and register

Draft guidelines for the treatment of children and young people in the media

NAPCAN is seeking feedback on its draft guidelines for the treatment of children and young people in the media. The guidelines cover three parts: How children are represented generally in the media including bias and stereotypes, the rights of individuals in the media including rights to privacy, and how child abuse and neglect is covered in the media. View the guidelines and provide feedback.

ALRC Review of the Family Law System Discussion Paper

The Australian Law Reform Commission has released a discussion paper as part of their Review of the Family Law System. The paper asks 33 questions and makes 124 proposals for change to the family law system, which focus on support for children in the family law system, improving public understanding of the family law system, accessible and coordinated service delivery, and enhanced oversight of the family law system and its workforce. Submissions in response to the paper are invited until 13th November.

Save the date for PeakCare's 2018 AGM

Have you heard the news? PeakCare's AGM will be on Wednesday, 21st November. This year as part of our AGM we will host a very topical symposium that will be a must-attend event for anyone working within the community services sector (stay tuned for details...) There will also be a record number of FIVE vacated Board member positions to fill and, as usual, there will be raffle prizes in abundance to be won and some incredible entertainment to help us celebrate the achievements of the year. Very importantly, this year PeakCare will be donating profits from this event to the Allison Bayden-Clay Foundation. Support PeakCare by attending this event and you will also be supporting the very important work of the Allison Bayden-Clay Foundation.

Underneath the Masculine Mask: How to effectively engage and work with men experiencing depression
Brisbane - Wednesday, 10th October
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

Simon Santosha will deliver this insightful workshop to help equip participants with the knowledge and practical skills to work more effectively with men experiencing mental health issues such as depression. Men can often resist the term ‘depression’ due to traditional masculine socialisation which emphasises independence and task-focus, which results in depression often ‘masked’ as workaholism, substance abuse, withdrawal from relationships, irritability or reactive and/or aggressive behaviours. For more on the importance of supporting men to seek help in ways that make sense to them, read this interview with Simon on working with men and families and the value of strengths-based male engagement strategies. Workshop participants will have increased awareness of the barriers experienced by fathers who have depression in accessing support services; increased knowledge and understanding of what lies behind the mask; skills and strategies to effectively engage fathers who are depressed but refuse or are reluctant to admit or seek help; and knowledge and skills to maximise the effectiveness of referral and support networks for fathers experiencing depression. Find out more and register.

Women and Poverty: Anti-Poverty Week public forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 16th October
Presented by Micah Projects and Shannon Fentiman MP

You are invited to participate in a public forum hosted by Shannon Fentiman MP and Micah Projects to address the issues of financial hardship, inequality, homelessness and isolation affecting women in Queensland. All Australian women should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. Gues speakers include Shannon Fentiman MP, Nikki Chenowith and Karyn Walsh, with Kay McGrath to MC. The forum will include a panel discussion on Voices of Women Experiencing Poverty. Find out more and register.


Parenting & Enjoying Teenagers
Brisbane - Thursday, 18th October
Presented by BABI Youth & Family Service

BABI Youth & Family Service will be presenting this relaxed, informative and enjoyable 6-week group program for parents and carers of children 10+yrs each Thursday evening from 18th October to 22nd November. Topics covered will include: adolescent development and the challenges of parenting, highlighting and building on strengths, using effective and assertive communication, building your relationship with your teenager, setting limits and boundaries, improving life balance and developing self-care strategies, dealing constructively with anger, and a range of 'hot' topics: sex, alcohol and drug use, driving, social media and more! A special eSafety presentation on keeping young people safe online will occur as part of the series on Wednesday, 21st November. View the flyer for more details, or phone 3393 4176 to register.


Come have a cuppa...Morning Tea for parents
Brisbane - Monday, 22nd October
Presented by Family Inclusion Network

The Family Inclusion Network's Morning Tea for Parents is an opportunity for parents who have/had children in care, have/had intervention with parental agreement, or have been reunified with their children, to share their experiences with others, discuss how they navigated the child protection and out-of-home care systems, and offer support to other parents. The Morning Tea is held once a month on Monday from 9.30am to 11am at Wellspring Coorparoo, 143 Cavendish Road. For enquiries, contact Rebecca by email or phone 3013 6030.

What's going on for our kids? Do labels help or hinder?
Brisbane - Monday, 22nd October
Presented by Act for Kids

The impact of trauma on a child is complex and pervasive, often leading to significant difficulties at home and school. Through exploring trauma and developmental theory, participants will deepen their practical understanding of commonly used labels and be equipped with strategies to nurture children and navigate the systems around them. Find out more and register.

Converging Currents: effective work at the interface of domestic and family violence and child protection
Brisbane - Thursday, 25th October

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Front-line workers in domestic and family violence and child protection share a deep concern around issues of safety, danger and risk for families with children. This interactive workshop supports professionals from both sectors in considering how to come together in their work at the front-line in a practical way that feels ‘joined-up’ for families and helps to secure the common goals of safety and well-being. Workshop content is framed within ongoing legislative and policy reform in both sectors and informed by contemporary thinking and innovative practice. Find out more and register.


Administration Excellence, through supervision, coaching and mentoring
Brisbane - Friday, 26th October
Presented by Amovita International

This supervision training has been specifically designed for supervisors managing and supervising staff in administrative, operational support, and human resource roles. The training offers a unique opportunity for supervisors and managers to develop and hone their supervisory skills, understand the context in which supervision is delivered and how to provide supervision with confidence. The training explores the legal and industrial environment in which supervision is provided. Participants are provided with Amovita's FASE(TM) Front Line/Administration supervision model and resources to ensure supervision is facilitated with confidence. Find out more and register.

Inside Out: Understanding and supporting carer-child relationships in out-of-home care
Brisbane - Wednesday, 31st October
Presented by Compass Seminars

Some children who need love the most, ask for it in the most unloving ways.  This can be particularly true for children in out-of-home care whose complex histories of abuse, neglect and disrupted attachment, often cause them to reject adults who are trying to care and support for them. Making sense of the processes behind their often difficult behaviour can assist professionals and carers to facilitate change and healing. This workshop introduces the Relational Learning Framework (RLF), a case conceptualisation tool which helps out-of-home care practitioners, mental health professionals  and foster carers to examine what foster children have learned in their early life about relationships, particularly through abuse and neglect. Grounded in attachment theory and drawing on cognitive theory this workshop helps practitioners to understand and respond to the challenging behaviour presented by these children and remove barriers to an empathic response. Find out more and register.

Tough Conversations in Child Protection
Brisbane - Friday, 9th November
Presented by Parentshop

This is a one-day course for child protection professionals and family workers to help them to hold the often-challenging conversations 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. Find out more and register.

What is infant and child mental health and why is it important for practitioners to think about it? 
Webinar - Tuesday, 9th October

Co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds, this free 1-hour webinar will focus on how practitioners and services can develop consistent and engaging child-focused practice, and why early identification of mental health issues needs to be everyone's business. Find out more and register.

Internet and child safety awareness
Brisbane - Thursday, 11th October

The Queensland Child and Family Commission (QFCC) invites you to a free event to hear Alicia Kozakiewicz speaking about Internet and Child Safety Awareness 2pm-3pm at QUT Gardens Point Campus. Alicia Kozakiewicz is an international advocate for preventative safety education and effective legislation. Alicia is a survivor of internet abduction and child sexual exploitation. Her presentation will include talking about her experiences and the information that policy makers, educators and parents need to be aware of to help keep children safe from online grooming for child sexual exploitation. Find out more and register.

The Sanctuary Model in Context
Brisbane - Monday, 15th to Tuesday, 16th October

The Sanctuary Institute Australia and MacKillop Family Services are inviting community services organisations and schools to attend a two-day seminar to support cultures of safety, wellbeing and learning in organisations. Participants will learn about The Sanctuary Model, a trauma-informed, whole of organisation change model that responds to the impact of chronic stress and adversity. Educators should note this program meets the requirements for provisional or full teacher registration for 14 hours of Professional Learning in every Australian state. Teachers will be able to demonstrate increased knowledge and proficiency on Standard 1 and 4 of Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL). View the flyer for more details or register here.

10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium
Hobart - Tuesday, 16th to Wednesday, 17th October

The 10th Australian Rural & Remote Mental Health Symposium is an opportunity for policy makers, clinical practitioners, academics, service providers and mental health professionals to join together and provide a collaborative platform for the challenges, solutions, innovations, support systems and networks for rural mental health. Find out more and register.

Let's talk about parenting in a new way that better influences policy
Webinar - Tuesday, 23rd October

This webinar hosted by ARACY will feature guest speaker Annette Michaux, Director of the Parenting Research Centre. Annette will present key findings from research that explored how to change public thinking about parenting, and how to create meaningful and lasting change for families including the wellbeing of children. The research found that there is now a new and extremely powerful master narrative about the importance of parenting. Annette will also outline some top-line tips and tools for communicating effectively about children’s growth and development through parenting support. Find out more and register.

Community Recovery Masterclass and forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 25th October

The third annual Queensland Community Recovery Forum will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The free event will showcase communities who have journeyed from disaster to resilience and will give you the opportunity to learn and share strategies that build community capacity and resilience. Hear from national experts who have influenced communities to move to a new future. As part of the forum, a masterclass will be held for people working with community groups and agencies. It aims to bring together practical methods to understand what the elements of each community are now and how to engage key stakeholders, individuals and communities in tangible ways to work together in recovering after a disaster. The free, one day masterclass will be held on two days for your convenience - Wednesday, 24th October and Friday, 26th October from 9am-3pm.

2018 ACOSS National Conference
Sydney - Monday, 29th and Tuesday, 30th October

The ACOSS National Conference has been a key event for civil society in Australia for over six decades. Each year hundreds of thought leaders, policy makers, political leaders, social innovators, practitioners, academics, campaigners, community leaders and social justice advocates come together to engage in collective public policy analysis, discussion and debate; identifying challenges and strategising solutions with the view to address poverty and inequality and enhance social cohesion in Australia. At this year's conference dinner ACOSS and HESTA will be co-presenting the Community Sector Awards. Early bird tickets are now available - don't miss out! 

Understanding domestic and sexual violence across migrant and refugee communities
Brisbane - Wednesday, 31st October

This half-day workshop presented by The Oasis Centre will assist practitioners to understand the intersection between domestic and family  violence and its impact on the lives of migrant and refugee women. This workshop will help practitioners acknowledge how culture, ethnicity and religion impact on communities understanding of domestic and family violence, the context of Intimate Partner Violence and the challenges for women in reporting and dealing with this type of abuse, the Influence of gender roles and traditions within migrant and refugee communities, and barriers to accessing support. Find out more and register.

Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference
Auckland - Sunday, 4th to Wednesday, 7th November

The 2018 Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs (APSAD) Conference program will showcase high quality and state of the art scientific research into treatment, prevention and policy while also providing an opportunity for practitioners to share their latest insights and lessons learnt. The program includes a stream on working with adolescents including a workshop on ‘QuikFix’ a substance use risk targeted brief intervention for young people developed in Queensland. Registrations for the Conference close Sunday, 14th October. 

2018 Youth Health Conference
Gold Coast - Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th November

The Australian Association for Adolescent Health and the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association have partnered to host the 2018 Youth Health Conference. This year’s conference theme, “Owning Future Change”, invites young people, clinicians, researchers, educators and policy makers to act now to identify challenges and implement solutions to create real change in the lives and health of young Australians. The 2018 Youth Health Conference is the platform where the latest research findings will be presented with policy and practice recommendations, and where innovative models of care will be showcased. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Health and Sexuality Education and Sexual Health are major themes in this year’s conference. Find out more and register.

Sexuality and people with an intellectual disability: a sex positive approach
Brisbane - Tuesday, 13th November

This workshop to be delivered by Lud Allen Counselling will explore the meanings that you give to sexuality and specifically the meaning you give to sexual education for people with an intellectual disability. You will identify barriers that exist to supporting clients in meeting their sexual health and relationship education needs. You will use and critique resources specifically made for sexual health education of people with an intellectual disability and explore the benefits of 1:1 education vs small group education and hear how this has been applied successfully in real life scenarios. Find out more and register.

FRSA 2018 National Conference
Cairns - Tuesday, 20th to Friday, 23rd November 

The Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) National Conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. This year’s theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind is a call to all family and relationship service providers to continue creating better futures for all Australian children, families and communities we serve in the delivery of evidence-informed, collaborative and innovative services. The theme lends itself to a range of areas of exploration and discussion—from outcome measurement and reporting to FRSA’s current investment into seeking how our sector can take a more coordinated prevention and early intervention approach in its service delivery. Pre-conference workshops have now been announced. Find out more and register.

Healing Our Spirit Worldwide: The Eighth Gathering
Sydney - Monday, 26th to Thursday, 29th November

The International Indigenous Council for Healing Our Spirit Worldwide has invited The Healing Foundation and The University of Sydney to join together to celebrate the strengths of Indigenous peoples across the world. Healing Our Spirit Worldwide – The Eighth Gathering will share the experiences, resilience and challenges confronting Indigenous peoples across the world.

STOP Domestic Violence Conference
Gold Coast - Monday, 3rd December to Wednesday, 5th December

Domestic violence can affect anyone in the community, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, age, culture, ethnicity, religion, disability, economic status or location. Over the course of three days, the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will highlight, acknowledge and reflect on the efforts of those who have contributed and set the bar for change. The Conference aims to facilitate policy change, raise awareness and work together to eliminate violence within Australia. Find out more and register.

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.

Coordinator and caseworker - YAC

YAC is seeking a fulltime coordinator and caseworker to lead and provide casework support to young people in the youth justice system from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 8th October at 6pm.

Student Protection Officer - Brisbane Catholic Education

Brisbane Catholic Education is seeking a temporary part time Student Protection Officer for a fixed term until 21st December 2018. The role supports the provision of services in student protection to school based personnel and office staff. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 10th October.

Redress Support Worker, Lotus Place - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in Rockhampton to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Scheme. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 22nd October.

Redress Support Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Support Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in Townsville to provide flexible, timely and transparent practical assistance and emotional support to people engaging with the Scheme. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 22nd October.

Redress Admin Worker - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Redress Administration Worker to join the National Redress Support Service Team in West End, Brisbane, to provide reception, administration, communications and operational support to both Redress Services and the Reconciling Histories Program. This is a fixed term, part time position with a minimum of 30 hours of work available per week (M-F, 10.30am-5pm), for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 2. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 22nd October.

Redress Team Leader - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Team Leader to work within a shared Leadership framework, leading the National Redress Support Service Team to provide appropriate support to people considering and applying to the National Redress Scheme for people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. This is a fixed term position, 4 – 5 days per week (subject to funding) for a period of 12 months (with the option to extend) and is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 6. Find out more and apply. Applications close 5pm Monday, 22nd October.

Practice Supervisor - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a part-time Practice Supervisor working in the South East region. The role will report to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, and will involve supervision, debriefing, self-care and professional development of the team across the three locations - Arundel, Springwood and Strathpine. The role is classified under SCHC&DS Industry Award Level 7. Find out more and apply.

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