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PeakCare’s blockbuster event held on 17th November 2015 was indeed a BLOCKBUSTER!

Very positive feedback has been received from those who attended ‘The Encore Sessions’ co-hosted by PeakCare and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), PeakCare’s Annual General Meeting and the end-of-year celebrations that followed, including the now infamous Trivia with a Twist competition.

In both this edition and future editions of eNews, we will bring you further information about highlights of this event including, in particular, some ‘In the Spotlight’ articles about the presentations held during ‘The Encore Sessions’. Click here to view our photo gallery.

PeakCare Board for 2015-16

At PeakCare’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 17th November, Mr Brad Swan (Life Without Barriers) and Ms Sally Kelynack (UnitingCare Community) were elected to serve a further two year term as members of PeakCare’s Board of Governance.  They join other previously elected members - Ms Shelley Wall (Mercy Community Services), Ms Tracy Adams (BoysTown), Ms Leith Sterling (The Benevolent Society), Ms Karen Dawson-Sinclair (Ganyjuu Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Family Support Services) and Ms Shirley Pevitt (Anglicare North Queensland) in forming the Board for 2015-16.

During the AGM, Ms Shelley Wall, the current Board President, thanked members of the 2014-15 Board including the co-opted (non-voting) Board members, Mr Christopher John (United Synergies) and Ms Jane Carter (Churches of Christ Care), for their support and contributions to the work of PeakCare throughout the year.   Next month, the newly formed Board will elect their office-bearers for 2015-16. Click here to obtain a copy of PeakCare’s Annual Report for 2014-15.
Trivia with a Twist winners

The winner of the Trivia with a Twist competition hosted by PeakCare on 17th November was – drum roll please – BoysTown.  First runner-up was Mercy Community Care and third place was awarded to CREATE.  This outcome was marred by controversy as another non-government organisation’s team (which shall remain nameless even though those who were there know all too well who they are!) was romping in for the win, but the Family and Child Commission’s team elected to exercise certain powers to disqualify this organisation for various reasons, supported by the Queensland Police Service. Read more about what really happened behind the scenes.

The competition continues, another prize to be won

PeakCare sincerely thanks the many Queensland businesses, supporters and individuals who generously donated prizes that were won during the raffle draws held during the Trivia with a Twist competition held on 17th November.  View the full list of these generous donors here. PeakCare is now pleased to provide an opportunity for one of our eNews readers who was unable to attend our 17th November event to win an unclaimed raffle prize – a $50 Secure Parking voucher.  Read more and enter the competition here


This week saw the launch of oneplace. An easily accessible directory of community services to help Queensland families to get to the right service at the right time. From mums and bubs groups to domestic and family violence support services, oneplace will be the go-to resource for children, families, community members and professionals looking to find local support provided by government and non-government organisations in Queensland. There are more than 46,000 records listed in oneplace and this is growing every day. Read more about oneplace here

Research-Policy Symposium: Practical Responses to Family Violence
The research symposium seeks to bring together the work of Griffith academics in the field of family violence with the concerns of those working in policy and practice. Using presentations of current work in progress which focuses on practice, the aim is to generate a conversation around how we can better respond to family violence, and how research can facilitate evidence-based policy and practice. Read more and register here
Got something to say about data?
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) publishes a wide range of data on their website and through COMSIS and the Queensland Government’s Open Data website. The Queensland Government has developed a survey to evaluate how useful, complete and accessible the data are. The survey takes about five minutes to complete and you can choose to remain anonymous. It’s an opportunity to get to know COMSIS and the Open Data website (if you don’t already) and to input to the design of better data services that can be used to support your work at a local, regional or statewide level. Read more here

Bring a smile to a child this Christmas

They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is particularly true for children who cannot live with their own families. Be part of the village this Christmas, and give a gift to children and young people in care. Your gift demonstrates your support for Queensland kids in care, their families and carers. For more information about where to donate your gift, please contact your Child Safety regional office or local child safety service centre.


Working Together to Protect Children and Young People from Sexual Harm

Encore Session No. 1 is In the Spotlight
This week, PeakCare was incredibly fortunate to be able to offer encore sessions from esteemed researchers, advocates and experts in child protection. Those who agreed to offer encore presentations had previously delivered their messages to a range of forums and were highly regarded. What was important about these presentations is that they not only offered a recap of important information, they also offered a second chance opportunity for those who were unable to attend the first time to partake in the research and practice wisdom offered.

Over the next few weeks PeakCare will further expand this opportunity for learning from our esteemed colleagues by noting their presentations through our In the Spotlight articles. This week we begin with Carol Ronken’s presentation about protecting children and young people from sexual harm. Carol Ronken is Director of Research and Policy Development at Bravehearts. Read more here in this week's blog post

Substance abuse and its impact on parenting capacity in child protection and family law matters - what are we worried about?

Brisbane - November 24th | Presented by CPPAQ

The workshop panel will discuss: What impact do certain drugs have on the user? How does drug testing work? How does drug and alcohol treatment and counselling work with someone who is misusing drugs and alcohol? What does a parenting capacity assessment take into account when assessing parents with substance abuse issues? What does a Judge think about in child protection and family court proceedings when there is substance abuse impacting on parenting capacity? Read more and register here
Trauma triggered behaviour

Gold Coast - February 11th & Brisbane February 12th | Presented by Compass Seminars

In this dynamic one day interactive workshop acclaimed UK presenter and author Helen Oakwater will offer practical and effective tools that will assist participants to see the world through the eyes of a traumatised child, providing a framework for intervention and recovery from a sensory and trauma focused perspective. The workshop weaves together information on trauma, brain functioning, sensory memories, parenting/caring strategies and child development with effective practical strategies and behaviour management tools.  Although the day is packed with information, small group exercises throughout the day ensure it is also a ‘learn by doing’ experience. Read more and register here
Don’t forget to send through your 2016 training and event listings to Tess Raby.

Members and supporters can list their events free of charge on the PeakCare website!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework 2014 report: Queensland

This report gives the latest information on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Queensland are faring according to a range of measures of health status and outcomes, determinants of health and health system performance. Indicators are based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework.

The report highlights a number of areas of improvement and continuing concern. Access the report here
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