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- Friday, 6th October 2017 -
Tired of receiving emailed requests from organisations to complete an on-line satisfaction survey? PeakCare Members will be relieved to know that you will not be receiving one of these requests from us. Instead, many of you who work for one of our Member agencies are likely to be invited to participate in a survey that will be conducted over the phone – a much more personal approach and one that liberates you, at least for a while, from your computer screen and keyboard or tablet or whatever other device it is that you may use.

Similar to the previous telephone survey of our Members and Supporters, we will be randomly selecting and inviting 100 people to participate in the survey, but steps will also be taken to ensure that these people belong to a range of occupational groups and are employed by a mix of small, medium-sized and large organisations from across the State in proportions that approximate the profile of PeakCare’s membership.

The telephone surveys will be conducted by a small group of ‘independent interviewers’. The information that is collected and how the survey is reported on will not allow for the identification of any survey respondents or Member agency. As a small token of PeakCare’s appreciation to those who take a few minutes from their busy day to complete the interview, a $20 gift voucher will be awarded to five randomly selected survey respondents.

PeakCare and PeakCare’s Board values all feedback received from our Members and Supporters. As was the case with the previous survey, what you tell us in this survey will be used to inform the strategic planning and future directions of our organisation. The last time a survey was undertaken, no difficulties were experienced in finding 100 people willing and happy to be interviewed. PeakCare is confident that this year the interviewers who phone you will be frequently greeted with messages similar to, “Glad you called…”
Committee recommends that the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017 be passed

In previous editions of eNews, we have reported on the introduction of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017 into the Legislative Assembly by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence on the 9th August and the referral of the Bill to the Health, Communities, Disability Services and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Committee for examination. On 28th September, the Committee tabled its report that contains its recommendation that the Bill be passed. Click here to read the Committee’s report. Other material published in relation to the Committee’s inquiry (including PeakCare’s submission) can be accessed on the Committee’s webpage.

Anti-Poverty public forum

All Australians should be able to live with dignity in their community of choice. This year, Australia’s fourteenth annual Anti-Poverty Week is 15th - 21st October. Read more about Anti-Poverty Week on this week's In the Spotlight. On United Nations’ International Day to Eradicate Poverty, 17th October, Micah Projects will be hosting a half-day public forum from 9.30am - 1pm to address the issues of financial hardship, inequality, homelessness and isolation. Kay McGrath will MC the forum, with guest speakers Dr Richard Dennis, Chief Economist, The Australia Institute; Dr Cassandra Goldie, CEO, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS); and the Hon. Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier, Minister for Transport and Minister for Infrastructure and Planning and Member for South Brisbane. Book your ticket online or contact Margie Gamble for more information about complementary tickets for those experiencing financial hardship.

Draft report into service delivery in remote Indigenous communities

The Queensland Productivity Commission (QPC) has released a draft report for consultation on the inquiry into service delivery in remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The draft report finds that though there are examples of well performing programs and services, there continue to be wide gaps in outcomes between remote and discrete communities and other Queenslanders. Concerns were raised by stakeholders who perceived even in situations of over-servicing and duplication, there was an ongoing high level of unmet need. The report recommends changes to the underlying incentives governing how programs and services are designed, funded and delivered, including structural reform to localise accountability and decision-making and ensure greater responsiveness to service users. Access the draft report, summary report and consultation summaries on the QPC website. Submissions in response to the draft report close Wednesday, 8th November. Public forums will be held throughout Queensland as detailed on the QPC website. A session will be held in Brisbane on Friday, 20th October.

Young people as leaders of change in gender-based violence prevention

Research has found that gender-based violence can be prevented by fostering positive attitudes towards gender equality. R4Respect is a unique peer-to-peer domestic violence prevention and education initiative developed by Youth and Family Service (YFS). The model is collaborative, positioning young people to promote respectful relationships messages among their peers in group settings and online. YFS and Griffith University conducted a process evaluation of the first year of activity of the initiative, finding positive results among both the young peer educators themselves, who developed skills and confidence, and the young people they connected with - for example, an evaluation survey found that 89.5% of participating high school students believed the program had given them a better understanding of respectful relationships and domestic violence. Read more about the initiative.

Legal Aid guidelines

The Board of Legal Aid Queensland has approved more generous guidelines for child protection grants of aid from 1st July this year, making it easier for those in need to access legal representation in child protection and others matters. For more information about child protection grants or to get help for child protection matters call 1300 65 11 88 or visit the Legal Aid website. Read more about the guidelines in the Annual Report.

Research into survivors' perspectives on sex offender reintegration

Bravehearts, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and researchers at the School of Justice at Queensland University of Technology are examining what happens when sex offenders are released from prison and how the needs of survivors of sexual assault can be best met. Researchers are seeking survivors of sexual violence to participate in focus groups in South Australia and share their views about survivors’ needs when offenders are released into the community. For more information, visit the Bravehearts website.

Other dates to remember in October

October is filled with local, national and international dates to remember, so mark them in your diary and get involved! Saturday, 7th October to Sunday, 8th October is Brisbane Open House, a free public festival that celebrates Brisbane’s architecture and offers behind-the-scenes access to buildings across the city. Tuesday, 10th October is World Mental Health Day, a day for global mental health education, awareness, and advocacy. Wednesday, 11th October is the 29th National Coming Out Day and also the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl Child, which focuses attention on the need to address the challenges girls face and promote girls’ empowerment. Sunday, 15th October is the United Nations’ International Day of Rural Women that recognises the vital role that Indigenous and rural women play in agricultural and rural development, particularly in developing countries. Saturday, 28th to Sunday, 29th October is the Power of Peace Festival that celebrates Gandhi’s ideals on multiculturalism, diversity, humanitarianism, non-violence and inclusiveness, being held in Ipswich and Brisbane.

Save the date for Workforce Council forum

The Health and Community Services Workforce Council will be hosting a forum for stakeholders to discuss the concept of quality vocational education and training delivery in early childhood education and care. The forum will be held on Friday, 10th November, with ticket sales opening soon.

Extended date to complete Workforce Census

Don't forget to have your say in the first ever Queensland Community Services Workforce Census, which aims to collect and analyse previously hidden workforce data across all sub sectors to contribute to a common language and clearer understanding of the scope of work involved in the sector, and to support future research and funding decisions. Register your interest to participate online.

2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast

The 2017 White Ribbon Day Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, 22nd November 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.


The QCOSS Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Wednesday, 29th November, 7:30am - 9:30am 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.

Anti-Poverty Week 2017

Anti-Poverty Week is a week where all Australians are encouraged to organise or take part in an activity aiming to highlight and overcome issues of poverty and hardship in Australia or overseas. It was established in Australia as an expansion of the United Nation’s annual International Anti-Poverty Day on 17th October.  This year, Anti Poverty Week will be held from the 15th to the 21st of October. 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.
Educators' understandings of children’s problematic sexual behaviour

A study from the University of South Australia into over a hundred Australian educators' experiences and understandings of pre-pubescent children's problematic sexual behaviours has found that individual knowledge among educators was not comprehensive and that over a third felt they had not been trained in identifying and responding to children’s problematic sexual behaviours. The results suggest that while educator training in Australia does cover mandatory reporting guidelines in cases of suspected abuse or neglect, training specific to children's problematic sexual behaviours needs to be offered. The research contends there are clear gaps in educators’ knowledge of typical sexual behaviour, and that a lack of formal education for educators makes it more likely that children's own understandings of appropriate sexual behaviour and knowledge of sexual organs and development could be impeded. Read the study here.

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.

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.

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

Registrations will soon be 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. Watch out for further advice about the date on which PeakCare will commence receiving expressions of interest to attend the workshop!
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.

FECCA 2017 Conference
Darwin - Sunday, 8th October to Tuesday, 10th October

The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) will be holding their 2017 Conference Challenges and Possibilities for Multicultural Australia at the Darwin Convention Centre. The Conference will provide opportunities to share knowledge and identify best practice and explore possibilities with a network of organisations and individuals who share the vision of a harmonious multicultural Australia, with equity for all communities regardless of cultural, linguistic, racial or religious background. View the program or register online.


Working with migrant and refugee communities in a mental health setting
Brisbane - Tuesday, 10th October

Inala Community House in partnership with JK Diversity Consultants will present this workshop to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to engage effectively with adults, children and youth from diverse backgrounds experiencing mental health issues. Click here for more details and to register.

CATSINaM National Professional Development Forum
Gold Coast - Tuesday, 10th to Thursday, 12th October

The CATSINaM Professional Development Conference will be held at the Sofitel, Broadbeach. The conference aims to work towards an integrated approach to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and highlights the difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by CATSINaM members. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Launch of YANQ research report
Brisbane - Wednesday, 11th October

Youth Affairs Network Queensland (YANQ) will be launching the findings of research conducted into what works to engage marginalised young people facing very difficult life circumstances back into learning. The launch will be held at the Premier’s Hall of Parliament House from 1:00 till 2:00pm. RSVP by return email to attend.

Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
Albury - Wednesday, 11th to Friday, 13th October

The 9th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium will be held during Mental Health Week, and aims to explore ways to effectively prepare mental health and other rural human service professionals to meet future challenges. The symposium will feature keynote speakers including Professor James Bennett-Levy, Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing, University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast), University of Sydney, Dr Sue Hodgkin, Senior Research Fellow, John Richards Initiative, Australian Institute for Primary Care & Ageing, La Trobe University and Ms Georgie Harman CEO, beyondblue. Click here to view the full program or register now.

Inclusive practice for children with disability
Webinar - Thursday, 12th October

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will be hosting a webinar on inclusive practice for children with disability from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, to be delivered by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn. The webinar will outline current understandings of disability and present recent research findings on the prevalence, risk and prevention of abuse for children with disability, with practice strategies for inclusive practice and creating child-safe organisations. For more details and to register, click 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 by Wednesday, 11th October.

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.


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.

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 by Wednesday, 11th October. 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.

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.

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 three weeks to go until the ACOSS National Conference that provides 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. Indigenous writer, actor and director, Nikkiah Lui will host the event, which will also announce the winners of the HESTA Community Sector Awards. Keynote speakers include Kon Karapanagiotidis, CEO of Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Matt Noffs, CEO of Noffs Foundation. Entertainment will include The Baker Boys Band. 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.


QCOSS State Conference
Brisbane - Tuesday, 31st October to Wednesday, 1st November

The 2017 QCOSS State Conference – Dream it. Do it. will be held at The Gabba. The conference will shine the spotlight on people who have reached their goals by thinking ‘outside the box’. Hon Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence will officially open the conference, with Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and keynote speakers Belinda Bell from Cambridge Social Ventures at Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK and Dr Richard Dennis of The Australia Institute. Day one will offer plenary and concurrent sessions focusing on QCOSS’ four focus areas of place-based approach; citizen-led policy development; cost-of-living advocacy; and sector capacity and capability building. Day two will offer a choice of masterclasses. Visit the conference website for details and to register.

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.

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.

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'. Early bird registration has been extended to 5pm Friday 13th October so don't miss out! For more details, visit the 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. The program is recognised by many organisations for Continual Professional Development (CPD) points, and all attendees will be able to view all speaker podcasts and PowerPoint presentations after the conference. Confirmed 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. 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 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.

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.

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