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- Friday, 22nd September 2017 -
On 17th September, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath announced a time-framed plan for the long-awaited and welcomed integration of 17-year-olds previously dealt with by the adult criminal justice system into the youth system. A staged transition will start in November leading up to the commencement of the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Act on 12th February 2018. Also announced were a number of other initiatives including the establishment of ‘supervised bail accommodation services’ in nine locations to progressively come on line starting in December; new ‘frontline’ staff for courts, community and youth detention centres; more resources for courts, including two more magistrates, to improve the timeliness of court processes; and increased funding for Legal Aid Queensland and the provision of after-hours legal services for young people.

These initiatives carry enormous significance for not only those working within the youth justice system, but also for child protection policy-makers, program heads, managers and practitioners within both the government and non-government sectors.

Click here to find out why and read PeakCare’s opinion about the recently announced reforms.
Distressing news

Recent media reports about a man having been charged with 10 counts of rape and other offences relating to three children in the foster care of his mother are, of course, distressing. While for good reasons, media reports have not disclosed the man’s identity, there are some who have, no doubt, become aware of both who the man is and who the affected children are. It’s news that will be particularly distressing for workers from both the government and non-government sectors who have had an involvement with these children and their carer family, but it is distress that the child protection community as a whole shares with you.

It is somewhat ironic that this news has come to the fore so soon after the release of the Foster Care and Blue Card Systems Review Reports. It’s also interesting to observe that those reporting the story in the media have thought it necessary to note that the man had a ‘valid blue card’. Whilst not stating that these events are evidence of blue card system ‘failures’, some may draw this inference from the mention made of it within the media reports. The fact that the man had a valid blue card and no history of offending simply highlights the foolishness and dangers of viewing the blue card system, however much it may be improved and made more rigorous, as anything more than a ‘screening tool’ (albeit a useful one) and one that should not be relied upon as providing a ‘guarantee’ of a person’s suitability to care for children.

First and foremost in our concerns, of course, should be the children against whom the alleged offences have been committed as well as their families and loved ones.  Sections relating to the empowerment of children contained within the Keeping Queensland’s children more than safe: Review of the foster care system report make for compelling reading when consideration is given to the experiences of these children and their apparent silence throughout this time. 

Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child

In May 2017, a national summit was convened to strategise about the recordkeeping and archiving needs for childhood out-of-home care, with a view to ensuring that the systems set up to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect do not themselves cause harm. Approximately 180 people gathered for “Setting the Record Straight for the Rights of the Child”. Click here to access copies of the communique, strategic plan, and summit report. You are welcome to provide comment on the strategic plan, and to develop activities for promoting, refining and developing the plan. Really setting the record straight for the rights of the child encompasses discussing how you or your organisation might get involved in the Initiative, and/or have an event with a speaker from the Initiative. Find out more about the Setting the Record Straight so you can play your part in recordkeeping and archiving systems that meet the lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs of children and young people in child protection systems.

Be involved in shaping the non-profit sector

Participate in the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study, the largest ever research study for all non-profit organisations, employees and volunteers and help shape the future of the sector. The survey is led by the Centre for Social Impact, The University of Western Australia to inform non-profit practice, policy, and funding on staff development, well-being, engagement, careers, and productivity. All findings from the survey will be freely available. Take the survey online until Wednesday, 31st October.

Launch of YANQ research report

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 on Wednesday, 11th October from 1:00 till 2:00pm. RSVP by return email to attend.

Perspectives on resilience among Aboriginal children

An article published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health describes perspectives of Aboriginal community members on resilience among Aboriginal children. The research found community members believed resilient Aboriginal children possessed knowledge and self-belief encouraging positive decision making despite challenging circumstances. A strong sense of cultural identity and safe, stable and supportive family environments were thought to contribute to resilience. The study suggests sustainable, Aboriginal-led programs are needed to identify at-risk children, provide safeguards for children during periods of family adversity, and promote positive family dynamics. Read the study online.


ANROWS report on rural women’s DFV coping experiences 

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) has published the results of a qualitative study examining the experiences of women seeking help for domestic and family violence who live in regional, rural, and remote areas in Australia. The study investigates how social and geographical isolation can shape women’s efforts to seek help and live safely. The study found that surprisingly, most women did not see physical distance as a barrier to accessing services, but rather, experienced social isolation as more of a deterrent to help-seeking. Women were also likely to experience extended periods of coping with violence especially by placating and trying to help their partner prior to their own help-seeking. The study also found there is little or no help for men who use violence in regional, rural, and remote places outside a police or court response, and that services embedded within local community contexts were the most likely to be successful. Read more about the findings or access the full report.

Last chance to participate in ANROWS survey

The annual Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) Stakeholder Survey ensures ANROWS stays responsive to the needs of key stakeholders: policy developers, practitioners and researchers. All responses to the survey will be aggregated and individual responses will remain confidential. The 2017 survey closes tonight, Friday, 22nd September at midnight so click here to participate.

Practical advice for men navigating separation and divorce

Relationships Australia, MensLine Australia and beyondblue have compiled an extensive resource to give practical advice to men going through a separation or divorce or for those supporting them. Separation is stressful and can result in escalating conflict between couples, resulting in high emotional and financial cost to families. The Men and Separation booklet aims to highlight the decisions men face when going through separation and the options they have, as well as the risks they can face, such as depression. The booklet covers topics such as looking after yourself, how to adapt existing parenting strategies, and how to relate to the former partner, as well as research in the area and where to seek further assistance.

Findings on career aspirations of adolescent boys and girls

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) has published research showing the types of jobs adolescents aged 14-15 years aspire to are consistent with gender stereotypes and gendered selection of school subjects. Although  both genders were attracted to similar industries such as science, planning and architecture, boys were much more likely to aspire to engineering, transport, information communications technology, or trade and technical jobs, with girls preferring roles in education, the law, social professions such as counsellors or personal services such as beauticians. Read more about the findings.

Mental illness and risk-taking among adolescents

Child Family Community Australia has published results from Young Minds Matter, the second national survey of mental health and wellbeing of Australian children and adolescents conducted in 2013-14, showing that adolescents with mental disorders including anxiety, ADHD and depression were significantly more likely to engage in risky behaviours such as smoking, binge drinking, using cannabis and risky sexual activity. In particular, the research showed risky behaviours as most prevalent among young people with major depressive disorder. The research suggests additional opportunities for reducing harms associated with risky behaviours with interventions that also focus on mental illness. Read more.

Effectiveness of interventions to minimise drug related harms among Indigenous youth

A study by the Sax Institute into the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing risks of alcohol and other drug related harm among at-risk Indigenous youth found that the most effective interventions demonstrated strong community support and engagement (primarily by incorporating cultural values and activities and a strength-based focus) and had sustainable funding. Effective interventions were those that were flexible enough to meet both individual and community needs and utilised various delivery modes. Read more about the study.

Online resource to support early literacy

The Australian Literacy Educators’ Association has developed a free online guide to help engage parents and carers in early literacy. The resource consists of online modules designed to encourage learning through collaborative play. The modules include topics such as spelling, the names of body parts, developing memory and relationships between objects. Access the modules here.

Registrations open for 2017 Mental Health Super Summit

One of Australia’s largest mental health professional development providers in collaboration with Act for Kids is hosting the 2017 Mental Health Super SummitThe Summit will be delivered via 20 live webinar sessions from Thursday, 5th October to Sunday, 8th October, and will continue as an on-demand event (i.e. you can watch recorded versions of the live sessions) until Sunday, 22nd October. Attendees decide how much they want to pay to attend, with all proceeds donated to charity. This year target is to raise $150,000 to support Act for Kids to provide therapy for children who have been abused or neglected. View the full program or register now to ensure you don't miss out!

Guiding children's behaviour webinar

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 on Wednesday, 18th OCtober. Find out more and register here.

FECCA 2017 Conference

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 from Sunday, 8th October to Tuesday, 10th October. 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.

Disaster recovery forum

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 on Wednesday, 25th October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Find out more and register.


Inclusive practice for children with disability webinar

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) will be hosting a webinar on inclusive practice for children with disability on Thursday, 12th October 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.

#YouthChoices set to roll

In October Queensland will begin launching #YouthChoices, a unique program working with high risk young people to reduce the likelihood of involvement in crime. The program is based on Multisystemic Therapy, an internationally regarded model that deals with young people who commit serious and/or repeated offences holistically within their social and community context to facilitate positive behaviour change. The program will initially be launched in Northlakes and Springwood with up to 600 young people aged 10 - 16 years old projected to be referred to the program over five years. The program will be delivered through implementation of a Social Benefit Bond.


Nominations open for 2018 Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards

Nominate someone that has made a significant difference to your life and to the lives of others for the Lord Mayor's Australia Day Awards in one of ten categories from Young Citizen of the Year to Community Event of the Year. Nominate online until Monday, 13th November or view the eligibility criteria here for further details.

AIFS 2018 Conference announced

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 Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July 2018 at 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.

Listening to children and young people

The importance of listening to children and young people is becoming increasingly understood as central to their wellbeing, safety and development. This is particularly so where matters of child protection are concerned. Queensland Child Protection Week (QCPW) notes listening to children and young people as the key child protection message, alongside child protection being everyone’s business. Read more.
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Cashless debit cards: cherry-picking evaluation findings?

The Commonwealth Government is intent on extending the geographic areas in which cashless debit cards are compulsory for some welfare recipients, but legislative change is needed to do this. Hence the Social Security Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017, which has been referred to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee for consideration. The rationale for issuing certain welfare recipients with cashless debit cards is to restrict their spending on alcohol, gambling and drugs and direct their income to food, clothing, shelter and transport. The Minister’s second reading speech asserts: “The trials have been completed, an evaluation has been conducted, and it's been shown to work and now there's an opportunity to expand the cashless debit card to new locations.” The Minister is referring to the evaluation by ORIMA Research in which the authors qualify a number of the positive findings with caveats but, in any case, the evaluation methodology has been critiqued as seriously flawed making even the seemingly positive findings contestable. For example, the interim report refers to positive outcomes for a proportion of the Trial participants as they were able to save more money and spend less on alcohol, but the majority of participants said the scheme had no impact or made their lives worse.

Click here to access the evaluation reports by ORIMA Research and here to read “The Cashless Debit Card evaluation: does it really prove success?” by Janet Hunt, Centre of Aboriginal Economic Policy Analysis, ANU.

Click here to find out about making a submission by Friday, 29th September and to take a stand for legislative change that is evidence-informed.  

Rebranding Case Management - What does it look like under NDIS?
Brisbane - Tuesday, 26th September to Wednesday, 27th September
Presented by Amovita

Being able to identify the client’s real needs, develop and engage a quality assessment framework and use language that is specifi­c to the NDIS is vital for successful outcomes. This training aims to reinvigorate the language of case management, offering participants a clear and professional framework for case management, a range of tools and processes to ensure professionals are engaging best practice in the case management relationship. During the training, participants will also gain an understanding of the crucial role that change plays in the neuro assessment process to shift clients to a place of achievement. Find out more or register now.

Dyadic Developmental Practice (Level 1)
Brisbane - Monday, 9th to Thursday, 12th October 
Presented by Compass Seminars

Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) is a family-based intervention model developed by Dan Hughes, that facilitates a child’s readiness and ability to establish a secure attachment with his/her caregivers. It focuses on the importance of reciprocity in parenting, caregiving and therapy, based on the models of attachment theory and intersubjectivity, and is consistent with the needs of children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma. Find out more or register now.

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.

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.

CARE Model of Residential Care for Children
Brisbane - Tuesday, 26th September

Griffith Criminology Institute will be presenting The CARE model of residential care for children with Deborah E. Sellers and Martha J. Holden from Cornell University from 9.30am to 10.30am at Mt Gravatt Campus, Griffith University. Please be advised the this will now take place in: Room 1.129, building M09. A copy of the campus map can be accessed here. The seminar will explore the principles, research and evidence behind the Children and Residential Experiences (CARE) program that helps residential care service providers enrich the dynamics of their agencies. The seminar will be followed by time for discussion and morning tea. For more information, view the invitation or RSVP now.

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

Be part of the CATSINaM Professional Development Conference to be held at the Sofitel, Broadbeach. This year's conference is themed "Claiming our Future", and aims to share information while working towards an integrated approach to improving health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. The Conference also provides an opportunity to highlight the very real difference being made in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health by our CATSINaM members. For more information and to register, visit the website.

Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium
Albury, NSW - 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. Early bird registration closes soon so don't delay! 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.

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. Another workshop will also be held in Townsville on Thursday, 26th October. 

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, VIC - 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.

ACOSS National Conference
Melbourne - Tuesday, 24th to Wednesday, 25th October

The ACOSS National Conference will provide an 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. Entertainment will include The Baker Boys Band. View the program or book tickets now to attend.

Promoting Attachment and Resilience in Home Based Care - An introduction to the secure based model
Richmond, VIC - 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.

International Life Course Conference 2017
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.

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, VIC - 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 2017 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’. Keynote speakers include Belinda Bell from Cambridge Social Ventures at Cambridge Judge Business School in the UK and 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.

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. Early bird prices end Friday, 6th October. 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'. Take part in the biggest family and relationship services sector conference and register and fully pay for registration before 5pm Saturday, 30th September to go into the draw to have your registration refunded so you can attend the conference for free! For more details, visit the website.

AASW National Symposium 2017
Hobart, TAS - 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 now 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.

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.
Community Health Clinical Nurse - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a Registered Nurse to work as part of Inclusive Health Partnerships within the Home for Good – Coordinated Access and Referral Team (CART). This position is available with a minimum of 22.8 hours of work available per week, to be worked Wednesday – Friday from 8am – 4pm until June 30th 2018 with the view to extension. The role involves creating pathways for highly vulnerable people who have been identified as presenting frequently to the Emergency Department of the RBWH by providing direct nursing care, case management and direct linkage into primary and community-based healthcare, social support and housing providers. Click here for more details and to apply. Applications close 5pm, Thursday, 28th September.

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