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- Friday, 3rd August 2018 -

PeakCare is seeking applications for the position of

Applications are sought from people who are:
  • Strong and clear thinkers with high-level policy research and analysis skills, exemplary specialist knowledge of current legislation, policy, practice and program trends and issues, and a demonstrated capacity to formulate and deliver authoritative advice and submissions relevant to the planning, delivery and improvement of child protection and family support services within Queensland
  • Well credentialed leaders with an unswerving commitment to improving the life outcomes of Queensland children, young people and families
  • Strategic thinkers with demonstrated capacity to serve as a member of our organisation’s senior management team
  • Disciplined project managers, skilful negotiators and robust advocates able to engage and effectively communicate with a vast array of elected officials, government and non-government organisations, other peak bodies, special interest groups, and the general public   
  • Individuals hungry to play their part in a dynamic organisation that thrives on the challenge of devising the best possible means of exerting our influence to bring about change  
Does this sound like you? Does it sound like someone you know?

The successful applicant may negotiate appointment to the position on a full- or near full-time basis. 

Click here to obtain a copy of the position description and instructions about lodging an application.

 Enquiries about submitting and application may be directed to Ms Lesley Leece, Assistant Director, PeakCare (Ph: 07 3368 1050; Email:

The closing date for submitting applications is COB Friday, 24th August 2018.

New report identifies young people's experiences of homelessness

Homelessness Week, coordinated by Homelessness Australia, will be held 6th-12th August this year with the theme 'Ending homelessness together'. In the lead up to Homelessness Week, Mission Australia have released findings from the Youth Survey 2017 in the report Young people's experiences of homelessness. Key findings include that nearly 1 in 6 young people reported having experienced homelessness, and almost one in five who had couch surfed reported they had first done so when they were younger than 12 years old. Young people who had experienced youth homelessness were also more likely to have moved more times in the past three years; perceive barriers to achievement of their goals; highly value getting a job; be highly concerned about family conflict and depression; and feel they had no control over their lives. The findings of the report support the development of early identification and support for young people at risk of homelessness. The report recommends seven key policy changes, including developing a national homelessness strategy, and extending and improving exit planning for young people leaving care.

New resources supporting healing from trauma

The Healing Foundation has released new resources on supporting healing from trauma for young people. The resources include factsheets on the timeline of trauma and healing in Australia and working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and their families. Also released is an animation aimed at assisting the workforce and community to understand the concept of Intergenerational trauma. The animation is introduced by Professor Helen Milroy, a leading Aboriginal child and family psychiatrist, to assist people to understand the child and family implications of trauma and how practitioners can support quality healing.

Departmental training resources - new release on Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has released the latest in their series of training resources for the sector - an Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drugs. The resource includes five modules for training around understanding the biophysical aspects of drug use and drug withdrawal, harm reduction, stigma and discrimination, and impacts of substance use on parenting and during pregnancy. Previous Department shared training resources include: Domestic and Family ViolenceCrystal Methamphetamine, Parenting and AttachmentChild Development, and Working with Young People - Development, Attachment and Trauma.

Report shows reality of inequality in Australia

The Inequality in Australia 2018 report released by UNSW and ACOSS shows that households in the highest 20% income bracket have five times as much income as those in the lowest 20%, while the top 1% receive as much income in a fortnight as the lowest 5% get in a year. The report also shows that wealth inequality is higher in Australia than income inequality, and that some groups are more likely to be in the lowest 20% income bracket: among unemployed people, 77% are in the lowest 20% income group, and among single parents 36% are in the lowest 20% income group. Read more and download the report.

PeakCare responds to Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion Bill

PeakCare has lodged a submission to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee on the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card Trial Expansion) Bill 2018 (the Bill). The Bill seeks to expand the cashless debit card arrangements to a further trial site, to run until June 2020, specifies the class of trial participants for the area (Newstart, Youth Allowance (Jobseeker), and Parenting Payment recipients aged until 36 years), and increases the total number of trial participants, among other amendments. PeakCare joins with other social policy commentators in expressing concerns about the Bill across four main areas: logistical and practical problems with quarantining income to a cashless debit card; further stigmatisation of welfare recipients; utilising simplistic solutions to complex social problems; and the lack of an evidence-based approach. To find out more about PeakCare's concerns, view our submission.

New website for Human Services Quality Framework

Information and resources related to the Human Services Quality Framework have moved to a new website - ensure your links are updated to access the new site and most current information. 

CPPAQ invite you to the 2018 Leneen Forde Public Address

Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland. This year's Leneen Forde Public Address on Tuesday, 11th September will be delivered by Dr Scott Harden, who will discuss his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musings upon the protection of children and their interests. Dr Harden is a child, adolescent and adult clinical and forensic psychiatrist.  In his clinical practice he has particular interest and experience in evaluation of anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young people and adults. In his forensic practice, he has experience in a range of legal and treatment settings with young people and adults. CPPAQ Members are reminded this is a free event, for non-members the price is $40. Find out more and register.

Your insights required into therapeutic residential care 

The Australian Institute of Family Studies is conducting a survey to better understand how therapeutic residential care services are currently configured in terms of staffing, rostering, physical location, unit size and other characteristics. The survey requires one representative from each service organisation offering therapeutic residential care to take part. If your service works across multiple jurisdictions, they are asking for a response from one manager for each jurisdiction. Take the survey here.

Nominate now for Queensland Community Achievement Awards

The Queensland Community Achievement Awards are designed to encourage, acknowledge and reward the valuable contributions individuals, communities and businesses are making throughout Queensland. Want to recognise someone but don't have the time? Just click here to fill in their contact details and they will be asked to complete the nomination. To nominate in a specific category, visit the online portal and select the category from the dropdown menu.  Winners will receive a $2,500 cash prize. Nominations close Tuesday, 28th August.

Queensland Multicultural Month

August is Queensland Multicultural Month, with events to celebrate the cultural diversity of Queensland. Multicultural Race Day at Doomben will take place on Saturday, 4th August, the Multicultural Plaza Music Stage will be at the Ekka 10th-19th August, the Culture Train regional music tour offers a multicultural musical journey through some of Queensland’s most remote towns 17th-31st August, and the Queensland Multicultural Awards will be held 19th August.

Peak advocacy service for homeless young people turns up the volume

The Queensland Youth Housing Coalition is intent on supporting the homelessness sector and young people with the plethora of issues that need to be addressed to ensure quality holistic support for young people. On May 11th this year, Queensland celebrated this vital resource in youth homelessness returning as a funded State Peak youth housing and homelessness organisation to benefit Queensland’s most vulnerable. Read more.

If you know of a program, group or organisation that should be In the Spotlight
please contact 
Lorraine Dupree.

Better tools for practitioners require evidence and a child-focus

A cornerstone of child protection reform in Australia has been the focus on developing child protection practice frameworks to guide training and competencies informed by evidence-based approaches. A review of current frameworks has identified four significant gaps and limitations in Australian frameworks: inconsistency and lack of child-focused planning so that outcomes tended to emphasise parental and practitioner satisfaction, or decreasing expenditure; lack of guidance as to what practitioner assets might produce better child protection practice; little guidance on the models, techniques and tools needed for each aspect of child protection practice; and lack of an evidence base for the frameworks being used or, in some cases, evidence that indicated that the frameworks used were actually producing negative or contrary outcomes.

A new Social Care Institute for Excellence quick guide for practitioners gives an overview of evidence-based interventions that may be effective when working with children and young people who have experienced abuse or neglect. The guide also covers principles that children and young people have identified as being most important for the professionals who support them.

And lastly, Podsocs, a podcast for social workers as an initiative of the School of Human Services and Social Work at Griffith University, highlights topics of interest for all human services practitioners, students and academics. Podsocs features up-to-the minute research, diverse perspectives on social phenomena and focus on knowledge and skills needed in the human services. 

Best Practice in Case Note Writing
Brisbane - Tuesday, 7th August
Presented by Amovita Consulting

This half-day training explores the importance of case note writing and recording, best practice principles, and takes participants through a range of scenarios and case studies in which to develop best practice writing skills. Participants will also learn Amovita’s exclusive R.E.A.S.O.N. Case Note Writing Framework. Find out more and register.

123 Magic & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 22nd August
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-olds the skills to manage children's difficult behaviour. The professional training includes role play, group discussion, worksheets and videos. This one-day course equips professionals with the knowledge to teach parents the program over three sessions and/or how to teach the tenets of the program in a few one-to-one clinical sessions. Each participant receives professional practitioner training resources including a manual, slideshow and session-by-session guidelines to facilitate parent meetings. Find out more and register.

Tuning In to Acting Out: responding to the behaviours and needs of young people
Brisbane - Thursday, 23rd August

Presented by Encompass Family and Community

We all acknowledge the principle that children and young people who need care are best placed with kin, if there are family members who can provide safety and help meet their emotional needs. However there are some challenges to be overcome! Achieving positive family contact with parents can be tricky, and research tells us that reunification planning can be more difficult than with non-relative carers. Family of origin patterns of interaction, and longstanding issues around relationships and the meanings attributed to past events, can be complicated. Cultural and customary kinship roles add a further dimension. This workshop puts the spotlight on the particular issues which workers must address for kinship care to work well, and considers strategies to assist all parties to focus on the child’s needs irrespective of ‘family’ issues. Find out more and register.

CBT Exposure Therapy for Anxiety Disorders
Brisbane - Thursday, 23rd August
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This one-day workshop will assist participants to work with clients who have social anxiety, generalised anxiety, specific phobias, intrusive thoughts and panic/anxiety attacks, using CBT Exposure Therapy. When clients experience anxiety that gets in the way of functioning, life starts to get organised around the anxiety itself. For example, people start to seek reassurance, find activities to distract themselves or avoid the people, places and things that trigger their anxiety. Unfortunately, this just makes the anxiety increase in the long term. It has been empirically demonstrated that an effective way to deal with anxiety is to become habituated to the situations, triggers, thoughts or memories that are being avoided by actually being exposed to them. Find out more and register.


National Child Protection Week Q&A Forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th September
Presented by NAPCAN

Child abuse can be prevented if we all play our part. Why then is there still so little talk about the things we can do to create communities that support families and children (before problems arise)? Why is the topic of primary prevention still largely missing from conversations about child abuse and neglect? And, when prevention is mentioned, why is it still so often confused with early intervention? This National Child Protection Week (2nd to 8th September) NAPCAN invites you to join the conversation about prevention in a lively and inspiring Q&A Forum about why primary prevention needs to be front and centre when we talk about child abuse and neglect. Katrina Blowers from Channel 7 will MC, with speakers including Norman Laing, Indigenous Lawyer and Advocate, Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner, representatives from R4Respect, and Michael Hogan, Director-General, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. Register now.

Lost in Translation - Supporting Young People with Complex Support Needs in Transition Forum
Brisbane - Thursday, 6th September
Presented by Community Living Association

Lost in Transition is a three-year ARC funded research project exploring the issues of young with complex support needs in transition that aims to map existing frameworks for transition support planning, describe the needs of young people with complex support needs in relation to key life transitions, develop an understanding of the various meanings of transition to young people with complex support needs and for those who provide transition support, and explore how these transitions can be tracked and quantified. The Lost in Translation Forum to be held at Banyo Library will discuss what it would take at a policy, practice and organisational level to achieve appropriate supports to young people with complex support needs in Queensland. View the flyer for more details. To register, phone 3266 5633 by 3rd September.

Solution Focused Families
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September
Presented by Compass Seminars

Using goal-orientated Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), can assist you to identify a client's hoped for changes and participate in conversations that build those changes in great detail, often leading to solutions they may never have considered trying. Whilst this sounds simple, it is challenging, and made more complex when there is more than one person in the conversation such as with families. Here, you must be skilled at identifying desired outcomes that ALL involved parties can engage in. If you fail to co-construct a conversation that identifies detailed future outcomes you risk family members disengaging, sabotaging or dividing - often keeping them focused on the problem and blocking potential change. This workshop explores the effective core techniques required to work families when change is the name of the game! Find out more and register

2018 Leneen Forde Public Address
Brisbane - Tuesday, 11th September
Presented by CPPAQ

The Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ) aims to improve interdisciplinary professional collaboration in the child protection system in Queensland. This year's Leneen Forde Public Address will be delivered by Dr Scott Harden, who will discuss his experience as a child psychiatrist in the courts - musings upon the protection of children and their interests. Dr Harden is a child, adolescent and adult clinical and forensic psychiatrist.  In his clinical practice he has particular interest and experience in evaluation of anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young people and adults. In his forensic practice, he has experience in a range of legal and treatment settings with young people and adults. CPPAQ Members are reminded this is a free event, for non-members the price is $40. Find out more and register.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Capricornia - Tuesday, 7th August

Building on the momentum of QCOSS’ Movement For Change Conference and Pulse conversations, a series of regional events will be held with the aim of creating real social change in 13 Queensland communities. Changing Lives, Changing Communities will kick off in CapricorniaFraser Coast and Townsville during August. Community members are invited to attend this free, two-day event to explore what it takes to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs. Bring a friend or colleague and work together to develop a shared vision and equip yourself with knowledge and actions to make real social change.

ACWA Conference and National Kinship Care Forum
Sydney - Monday, 20th to Thursday, 23rd August

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2018 will highlight the continuing endeavour of working with community organisations in providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. ACWA is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. Find out more and register. Following the Conference, the National Kinship Care Forum will be held at the Australian Human Rights Commission, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney. The Forum will discuss the importance of kinship care, which now provides more statutory out-of home care than foster care across Australia. Attendance is free - find out more.

10th Annual Women and Homelessness Forum
Brisbane - Wednesday, 29th August

The Lady Musgrave Trust is hosting the 10th Annual Women and Homelessness forum, a sector driven event that is developed each year by a joint Working Group Committee comprising representatives from The Lady Musgrave Trust, Centacare, Ozcare, QShelter, DVConnect, Micah Project Inc. and the Queensland Government. The 8th edition of the resource booklet for homeless women 2018-2019 A Handy Guide for Women in Brisbane will also be available free of charge. The forum will be officially opened by the Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick De Brenni. Find out more and register

Protective Behaviours Australia Conference 2018
Brisbane - Thursday, 30th to Friday, 31st August

Act for Kids, NAPCAN and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are partnering with Protective Behaviours Australia, to present the Protective Behaviours Australia Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. The two-day event features keynote speakers from all across Australia sharing their research, insights and knowledge of protective behaviours. Combined with informative and interactive workshops, attendees will walk away empowered with the knowledge to collectively reduce the incidence and impact of abuse and violence in the community and keep our kids safe. Discounted accommodation rates are available at Oaks Casino Towers, Oaks Festival Towers and ISTAY River City.

15th Annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance 
Brisbane - Friday, 31st August

The annual Micah Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance will be be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. In true Micah Projects fashion, it is a night where socially created barriers are toppled and all members of the Brisbane community can come together as equals, to enjoy each other’s company. Purchase your tickets now.

Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

The Queensland Child Protection Week Dinner celebrates the dedication and commitment of those working within the child protection industry in Queensland. This year's dinner will be hosted by Kay McGrath, with Hon. Dianne Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence speaking. Find out more and purchase tickets.

Bravehearts White Balloon Day Gala
Brisbane - Friday, 7th September

Bravehearts extends an invitation to join Hetty Johnston AM and distinguished guests for an evening dedicated to protecting the children of Australia. Enjoy a sumptuous 3 course dinner, guest speakers, live entertainment, exciting raffle and auction prizes. Do not miss the chance to support this wonderful event and important cause. Early bird discounted tickets available now.

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.

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! 

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. The Conference will be held at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel with the theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind

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.

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.

Team Manager, Family and Child Connect - Mercy Community

Mercy Community is seeking a permanent full time Team Manager for the Family and Child Connect team working out of the Moreton Bay Region. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as the role is required to be filled as soon as possible. Find out more and apply.

Corporate Support Manager - PeakCare

PeakCare is seeking a full time Corporate Support Manager to ensure effective management of corporate and governance services. Reporting to the Assistant Director, you will support the work of the board, Executive Director, Assistant Director and other staff on a daily basis while also independently managing the office functions, including: financial resources, human resources, information management and record-keeping practices, and office management and reception. Find out more and apply. Applications close Wednesday, 8th August.

Immediate Supported Accommodation Worker - KENG

Kingston East Neighbourhood Group (KENG) is seeking a permanent experienced Housing Support Worker for 36 hours a week to work within the integrated service model in the Immediate Supported Accommodation Program. Experience in providing holistic and individualised case management support to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness is key. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 13th August.

Assistant Team Leader, BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Assistant Team Leader for the Brisbane Domestic Violence Service (BDVS). The role is classified under the SCHADS Award at a Level 7. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 13th August.

Principal Policy Adviser - PeakCare

PeakCare is seeking a full- or near full-time Principal Policy Adviser to research, monitor and maintain comprehensive knowledge of legislative, policy, program and practice trends and issues in child protection and family services, to exercise a leadership role on behalf of PeakCare in analysing and providing authoritative specialist advice, and to contribute to PeakCare's operational planning. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 24th August.

Project Coordinator, LLA & Collective Impact - Save the Children

Save the Children Australia is seeking a full time, fixed term Project Coordinator based in Mt Isa. The role supports the Local Level Alliance across Mount Isa and the Gulf, and the Collective Impact objectives for the Connected Beginnings Program in Doomadgee. The role provides local leadership to progress important community development and collective impact initiatives. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 27th August. 

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