The Australian Childhood Foundation presents this conference with 18 internationally renowned practitioners and major authors in the field of trauma and neuroscience offering the opportunity to hear about innovative, practical and translatable ways of working with creative arts, sand tray, play, attachment based dynamics, movement and sensorimotor intervention. The conference themes of Trust, Love and Betrayal are at the core of the experience of childhood trauma and ultimately the relationships which can offer safety, hope and resolution. Find out more and register.
Managing employees - how do we do that?
Webinar - Tuesday, 31st July
Have you recently volunteered or joined a Management Committee? Do you have loads of questions and not sure of the answers? Would you like some help in understanding your role and responsibilities as an employer? This QCOSS webinar is specifically designed to help new and existing Management Committee members to understand their responsibilities as an employer and also the responsibilities to their employees. The webinar will cover communication, effective management, successful induction, ensuring safety and workplace procedures are adequately in place, and effective teamwork. The webinar will be presented by Susan Cislowski from Community Management Solutions. Find out more and register.
UQ Deaths in Custody project launch
Brisbane - Wednesday, 1st August
The University of Queensland's Deaths in Custody Project is a partnership between the TC Beirne School of Law and Sisters Inside Inc. aimed at shining a light on the deaths of criminalised people that happen in prisons, in police cells and in other custodial environments around Australia each year. Since 2016, teams of law students have donated many hours of their time pro bono, for no academic credit or reward, to finding, reading and analysing over 500 deaths in custody inquest findings. The results of their research have now been compiled on a new website, to give researchers and members of the public better access to the stories of those who have lost their lives in custody. Speakers at the project launch will include: Debbie Kilroy OAM, Sisters Inside Inc., Stephen Keim SC, Higgins Chambers, and Tamara Walsh, Professor, UQ. 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 Capricornia, Fraser 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.
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