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- Friday, 29th June 2018 -

Are you ready for PeakCare’s forthcoming Roundtables to be held at Townsville (23rd July), Brisbane (25th July), Hervey Bay (27th July), Kedron (1st August) and Beaudesert (2nd August)?

Have you selected the spokespersons to represent your organisation at one or more of these meetings?

Have you reviewed the last Roundtables Report produced by PeakCare and considered what has changed or remained the same since then?

Have your spokespersons consulted with others within your organisation about the matters you wish to raise at a Roundtable?

Have you booked your attendance in your diary?


Details about each of the venues, final confirmation of the times and dates, and instructions about how to register will be released to our Members and Supporters shortly. In the meantime, set aside the morning of the dates noted above. QATSICPP Members are also very welcome to attend any of the Roundtable meetings.

Members and Supporters who wish to be sent a copy of our last Roundtables Report can email their request to Gary Roberts. If you work for an organisation that is not yet a PeakCare Member or are interested in registering as a Supporter, please click here for details about submitting a membership application. You are reminded that a 10% discount on the first annual membership fee will be given to those who apply for membership prior to 31st July 2018.

Final report on service delivery in remote and discrete Indigenous communities 

During 2017, the Queensland Productivity Commission inquired into service delivery in over 40 remote and discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The report and the Queensland Government’s response are now available. Around 20% of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population lives in remote or discrete communities. Outcomes and opportunities for those citizens are however lower than the rest of the state. Charged with examining how resources for service delivery could be better used, the Productivity Commission made 22 recommendations for structural, service delivery and economic reforms to enable communities to develop their own strategies. Some of the reported data includes that discrete or remote communities have 50 to around 2700 residents, and government expenditure per annum is around $1.2 billion ($29,000 per person). Hopevale is highlighted for having a population of about 1125, 46 different service providers, and 78 different services, including through 44 funding programs across 11 Queensland government agencies. The government’s response commits to addressing the disadvantage in these communities by transferring accountability and decision making closer to communities and service users, reforming service delivery to put communities at the centre of service design, and facilitating economic participation and community development.

National Redress Scheme briefing paper released and submissions closing soon

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has made available a departmental briefing paper to assist the inquiry into the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018. View the paper here. The briefing paper explains the purpose of the Bill, the key stakeholders who participated in the formation of the Bill, how the National Redress Scheme works, and the scope for the Queensland government to influence how the Scheme operates. Submissions in response to the Bill are open until Monday, 9th July and can be submitted by email to or mailed to Committee Secretary, HCDSDFVPC, Parliament House, George Street, Brisbane Qld 4000. Submissions must include the author's name and at least two of the following: mailing address, email address, or daytime telephone number. 

CPRAA Statement of Policy Intent papers released

Last week's eNews noted the Directions Statement underpinning the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017. The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has now made available three Statement of Policy Intent (SoPI) papers that further elaborate on issues mentioned in the Directions Statement. The three papers are: Safe Care and Connection, Information Sharing, and Permanency. A fourth SoPI on Transition to Adulthood is due to be issued by the Department soon.

CFCA practitioner resource series

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) has compiled a series of practice guides for professionals supporting vulnerable children who may have developmental differences and their families. The practice guides cover: emotional dysregulationdiminished social reward, difficulty with executive functioning, and threat bias.

CPPAQ Practice Paper on expert evidence in the Childrens Court

This Child Protection Practitioners Association Queensland (CPPAQ) Practice Paper on Wednesday, 18th July at 5.30pm will address the purpose of expert evidence, what expert reports should contain, and issues to consider when commissioning a social assessment report. It will further consider how courts can appraise social assessment reports about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and how cultural competence can be assured. Magistrate Andrew Moloney will chair the discussion with panellists Rayleigh Joy from LifeCare Consultancy, Candice Butler from QATSICPP, and Maree Crawford from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Attendance is FREE for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.


ACWA Conference and National Kinship Care Forum

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2018 will be held in Sydney on Monday, 20th to Wednesday, 22nd August. ACWA is the NSW non-government peak body representing the voice of community organisations working with vulnerable children, young people and their families. The Conference will highlight the continuing endeavour of working with community organisations in providing positive outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families. This is the last chance for discounted early bird registration - ends Saturday, 30th JuneFind out more and register. Following the Conference, on Thursday 23rd August, 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.


Have your say on working beyond your job description

The National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health is conducting research to investigate why child and family welfare practitioners work outside of their scope of practice, the consequences of doing so, and what changes are needed to help them feel more supported in their work. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the research, please contact Rhys Price-Robertson or call (03) 9214 7867.

CREATE National Survey 2018

CREATE’s National Survey 2018 is now open, and offers young people 18-25 years old with a care experience the opportunity to share their opinions, experiences and ideas on living in the care system. All participants enter the draw for $100 gift vouchers and an iPad Mini 4. The survey can be completed online or over the phone on 1800 655 105.

Parents in the child protection system

Part two of the AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group Forum – Who is the Client? on the intersection of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence was held on 22nd June. It focused attention on the experiences and needs of parents in the child protection system. 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.

Talking about ‘evidence’ again  

This week’s In the Read responds to deliberations about drawing on available evidence to inform program design, and identifying and using ‘evidence-based programs’. In an ideal world, we’d know what works for whom and under what circumstances, ‘all’ the evidence would be in one place, and ‘re-inventing the wheel’ would be obsolete. The thing is though, you need to understand the basics about evidence and its relevance to your clients, circumstances and needs. What counts as good evidence reviews the extent to which it is possible to reach a workable consensus on ways of identifying and labelling research evidence. Hierarchies of evidence and good-enough evidence are discussed. The authors conclude “there is no simple answer to the question of what counts as good evidence. It depends on what we want to know, for what purposes, and in what contexts we envisage that evidence being used. Thus while there is a need to debate standards of evidence we should be realistic about the extent to which such standard–setting will shape complex, politicised, decision making by policymakers, service managers and local practitioners.” Click here to read about a few examples of evidence clearinghouses and what they hold on ‘kinship care’.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Gladstone - Tuesday, 10th July
Presented by NAPCAN

This 3-hour interactive workshop covers essential knowledge for anyone working with children and young people, particularly those covered by mandatory reporting requirements. Topics covered include: roles and responsibilities in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, legislative requirements including mandatory reporting, organisational/individual responsibility in responding to early indicators of harm and family support needs, how to respond, and prevention strategies. This workshop will also be held in other locations around Queensland. Find out more and register

Masterclass in Working Effectively with Groups 
Brisbane - Saturday, 14th to Sunday, 15th July
Presented by Australian Association of Social Workers

This is a weekend workshop is for those working or training as social and community service providers, counselling or anyone wanting to explore, develop confidence, and further group facilitation skills. The workshop offers an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of group process and the managing of group energy and leadership skills. The contents are crucial for Social Workers in general and mental health practitioners in particular due to the fact that social workers are fully engaged in work a variety of group therapy and community group work. Find out more and register.

Expert evidence in the Childrens Court
Brisbane - Wednesday, 18th July
Presented by Child Protection Practitioners Association Queensland

This CPPAQ Practice Paper will address the purpose of expert evidence in the Childrens Court, what expert reports should contain, and issues to consider when commissioning a social assessment report. It will further consider how courts can appraise social assessment reports about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, and how cultural competence can be assured. Magistrate Andrew Moloney will chair the discussion with panellists Rayleigh Joy from LifeCare Consultancy, Candice Butler from QATSICPP, and Maree Crawford from Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. Attendance is FREE for CPPAQ Members. Find out more and register.

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.

Brisbane - Tuesday, 4th September
Presented by Compass Seminars

Research is clearly showing that well designed primary schools and classroom environments boost children’s learning ability. By modifying and fine tuning the environment, we are basically changing the sensory environment for students. Factors such as visual glare, the effect of florescent lights, impact of posters on classroom walls, noise level, seating organisation, seating options, tactile options, transitions and playground equipment are just some of the sensory and environmental players in schools.Understanding the core concepts of sensory processing, how to identify sensory reactions or sensory driven behaviours in classrooms and schools is critical in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who also struggle significantly with sensory processing difficulties daily. Find out more and register

Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people - Intergenerational trauma youth forum
Brisbane - Tuesday, 24th July 

The Healing Foundation will host a public forum and webinar discussing best practice in shaping strategies with young people in healing from Intergenerational Trauma. The forum brings together young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, policy makers, community leaders, and professionals. Speakers will include Professor Helen Milroy, a leader in Indigenous mental health and trauma; young advocates Tonii Skeen and Karlie Stewart; and Joel Wenitong, a respected community mentor and member of The Last Kinection. The Healing Foundation is inviting young people aged from 17 - 25 years in particular to attend in person, and if they can't, to attend online. Save the date and stay tuned for updates!


2018 AIFS Conference: What matters most to families in the 21st Century?
Melbourne - Wednesday, 25th July to Friday, 27th July

The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian government’s key research body in the area of family wellbeing. Every two years, the AIFS Conference offers unrivalled opportunities to mix with leading thinkers, decision-makers and researchers across a range of sectors and disciplines who are dedicated to improving the lives of families. Join leading thinkers and change-makers at the 2018 AIFS Conference – What matters most to families in the 21st Century? which will look ahead and ask: what does the future for families look like? What are the challenges and opportunities and how prepared are we? Exploring these questions requires boldness, curiosity and imagination, and the AIFS 2018 Conference will provide rich debate and inquiry, and encourage participants to engage with the emerging issues for families. The Conference MCs will be Virginia Trioli, ABC journalist, and Madonna King, writer and journalist and the Conference boasts a range of renowned speakers

3rd Biennial Childhood Trauma Conference 2018
Melbourne - Sunday, 29th July to Friday, 3rd August

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.

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.

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.

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. 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 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 bring the 2018 Youth Health Conference to Surfers Paradise. This year’s conference will explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s health, diversity and health, and sexuality education and sexual health as its major themes. Technology, mental health, and young people with chronic illness and disability will be just some of our other streams. 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.

Support and Advocacy Worker, Street to Home - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects is seeking a full time Support and Advocacy Worker to work within the Street to Home team. This position will advocate for and support people to: access/maintain permanent and affordable housing; be safe and comfortable within their home; access support, social and health services; and empower and foster independence and interdependence through participation, and access to appropriate resources, opportunities and services within the community. This position is classified under the SCHADS Award as a Level 4, and offers a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 2nd July.

DV Specialist Worker (Court), BDVS - Micah Projects 

Micah Projects is seeking a part time DV Specialist Worker (Court) to work within BDVS. This is a fixed term position for a period of 12 months with a minimum of 30.4 hours of work available per week. The objective of this role is to ensure that people affected by domestic and family violence are safe and supported, and collaborate with QPS officers, court staff and other stakeholders to assist with the safety, emotional, legal, and practical needs of people affected by domestic violence. This position is classified under the SCHADS Award as a Level 4. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 2nd July.

DV Specialist Worker, BDVS - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a full time DV Specialist Worker to work within BDVS. The objective of this role is to support people affected by domestic and family violence to live free from violence and to assist with the emotional and practical needs and issues arising from their experience. This position is classified under the SCHADS Award as a Level 4, and offers a minimum of 38 hours of work available per week. Find out more and apply. Applications close Monday, 2nd July.

Clinician - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a Registered Psychologist or Mental Health Accredited Clinician to join the team at Springwood. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides counselling with adults, children, young people and their families who have experienced, or may be at risk of child sexual assault. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July.

Clinician (part time) - Bravehearts

Bravehearts is seeking a Registered Psychologist or Mental Health Accredited Clinician to join the team at Strathpine. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides counselling with adults, children, young people and their families who have experienced, or may be at risk of child sexual assault. This part-time role is for three days per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July.

Practice Supervisor - Bravehearts 

Bravehearts is seeking a full time Practice Supervisor to join the team. Reporting to the National Therapeutic Services Manager, this role provides supervision, debriefing, self-care and professional development of the team across the three locations, Arundel, Springwood and Strathpine. Find out more and apply. Applications close Friday, 20th July. 

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