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- Friday, 8th June 2018 -

PeakCare Members will soon be receiving their invitations to renew their membership for 2018-19.

Is your organisation not yet a PeakCare Member? If not, think about this…

Do you work for a non-government organisation providing child protection or family support services?


Do your organisation and the children and families who received your services benefit from PeakCare’s policy analysis and advocacy?


Have you or others from your organisation ever attended a PeakCare event?


Do you receive information sent to you by PeakCare?

(since you are reading this)

Is your organisation going to become a PeakCare Member?



Do not leave it to a few to contribute to the support provided to many.

For more information about becoming a PeakCare member and to access a copy of the application form, click here.

Individuals may also apply to become a (non-voting) PeakCare Supporter. Click here for more information.

Non-government institutions join National Redress Scheme 

Five major non-government institutions have committed to joining the Scheme and provide redress to people sexually abused in their care as children. These include: the Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, Salvation Army, Scouts Australia, YMCA and the Uniting Church. 

QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2018

If you are concerned about the implications of the impending state budget for disadvantaged Queenslanders and would like to hear directly from government on how those experiencing poverty will be affected, join the attendees at the QCOSS State Budget Breakfast 2018 on Friday, 15th June at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Hon Jackie Trad MP, Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships will join economist Prof John Quiggin and QCOSS CEO Mark Henley for a Q&A session hosted by ABC journalist Matt Wordsworth. Find out more and register.

Open access article on opioid overdose treatment

Drug and Alcohol Review have dedicated their May 2018 open access edition to naloxone - the medication which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. This issue includes an overview of take-home naloxone in Australia, some of the findings and lessons learnt from the rescheduling and implementation phase and how the evidence base is developing on administering take-home naloxone. Access the issue.

Funding for new initiatives assisting vulnerable groups find long-term employment

The Department of Social Services' Try, Test and Learn Fund is trialling innovative approaches to assist vulnerable people to secure long-term employment. The fund is not an ordinary grant round, but is looking for initiatives that can provide evidence about the effectiveness of interventions aimed at supporting people on a path towards long-term workforce participation and stability. The second tranche of the fund is now open for grant applications until 28th September. Tranche two will support groups at risk of long-term welfare dependence, including the four priority groups identified as: Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over (with a focus on those who have been out of the workforce for longer than 12 months), migrants and refugees aged 16-64 and receiving income support, carers aged 16-64 and receiving Carer Paymentat-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support, as well as other vulnerable groups identified by published research or from experience in working with vulnerable people. Find out more about the fund and applications here.

Sponsorships available

Wednesday, 6th June was 2018 Queensland Day, an opportunity to commemorate Queensland's independence as a state. Applications are now open for the 2019 Queensland Day Sponsorship Program of up to $15,000 per event for communities seeking to reflect the unique culture, heritage and aspirations of Queensland during 1st - 9th June 2019. Applications should embrace a strong sense of community engagement and inspire Queenslanders to get involved.

The Queensland Mental Health Commission is inviting applications up to $10,000 for sponsorship of events, conferences or other activities that support the Commission's aims and contribute to the achievement of better mental health outcomes for Queenslanders. Applications close 31st August. For more details, download the sponsorship application form.


Share your thoughts on technology use in community services 

Community services workers are invited to contribute to the development of a Technology Blueprint to support the community services industry to use technology to better advance service delivery and business operations. The Technology Blueprint will help position the industry to shape technology to meet Queensland’s current and future service needs. Share your thoughts in a quick online survey, or attend one of the regional forums including in Brisbane on Thursday, 21st June. Find out more here.


EOIs open for being co-opted to PeakCare's Board

Are YOU employed by a PeakCare member organisation? Are YOU interested in being co-opted to serve as a Member of PeakCare’s Board? PeakCare’s Constitution allows for the ‘co-opting’ of up to two persons to serve on the Board, additional to those who are elected by the membership at Annual General Meetings. Co-opted Members do not have the ‘voting rights’ held by elected Board Members. Currently, one of the co-opted positions on the Board is vacant and the Board has elected to call for expressions of interest from individuals who wish to be considered for this role. Read more for advice about whether or not you may be eligible to take on this important role and the process for expressing your interest. Expressions of interest are to be received by COB on Wednesday, 20th June 2018.

Reflections on Creating Inclusion: Giving parents a voice forum

Family Inclusion Network Southeast Queensland hosted several parents to share their experiences of the child protection system on 1st June, the UN Global Day of Parents. They engaged in a conversation with presenters alongside attendees from government and non-government organisations about the multiple layers of parenting, child protection and family support. 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.

NDIS – good and bad news

NDIS and how the rollout is going is often in the news. COAG’s Disability Reform Council recently presented its quarterly report to 31 March 2018 on NDIS. Around 5% of participants so far are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and around 7% are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. On average, participants are supported by 1.53 providers. Autism and intellectual disability are the most common disability groups. The report asserts that participant numbers are growing; children aged 0 to 6 years are being supported to access the ECEI; NDIS participants are satisfied; provider numbers are growing; and the scheme is financially viable. Click here to read the report.

The Queensland Audit Office assessed how effectively the Queensland Government is managing the transition to the NDIS and how well prepared it is to oversee services after the transition. Recommendations were made to the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors about strengthening whole-of-government program management; establishing formal mechanisms to share lessons and risk information; and establishing the framework, performance indicators and data needed to monitor participant outcomes and value for money. You can keep up-to-date about the NDIS in Queensland by subscribing to news updates.

Just some of the reports and discussion of issues from a range of perspectives are as follows. Follow this link to a March 2018 report, Mind the gap: NDIS and psychosocial disability. The Victoria story: insights and policy recommendations from expert stakeholders. Follow this link to Access to the NDIS for people with cognitive disability and complex needs who are in contact with the criminal justice system: Key challenges. Follow this link to Choice, control and the NDIS: Service users’ perspectives on having choice and control in the new National Disability Insurance Scheme. Click here to access the NDS Disability Sector report 2017, which reported providers’ concerns about low NDIS prices, the costs of change, uncertainty about their financial sustainability, and worries they won’t be able to provide services at NDIS prices.

Child Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence: Issues in practice when working with multicultural communities
Brisbane - Monday, 11th June (half day)
Presented by The Oasis Centre

This workshop is for practitioners working with victims of child sexual abuse and sexual violence within migrant and refugee communities. Ms Jatinder Kaur will discuss the expert evidence she gave at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The topics include: recognise child sexual abuse within multicultural families, barriers faced by victims, shame, stigma and taboo, intra-familial, extra-familial, incest and forced child marriage, cultural sensitive practice, risk assessment, therapeutic approach and supports. View the flyer for more details and to register.

123 Magic & Emotion Coaching
Brisbane - Wednesday, 13th June
Presented by Parentshop

A comprehensive one-day training course that provides skills to teach parents and carers of 2-12 year-olds skills to manage their 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.

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention / Mandatory Reporting
Toowoomba - Saturday, 16th June
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

Working with Complexity: parents with mental health, substance use and family violence issues 
Brisbane - Thursday, 21st June 
Presented by Encompass Family and Community

Frontline workers confront increasingly complex family situations where the safety of children and young people is linked to serious and seemingly chronic parental issues. This workshop considers practice skills in working with families to make a difference, when parental issues relate to the often concurrent issues of mental health, substance misuse and family violence. This workshop reflects upon frameworks for understanding parental functioning, including complexity and change theory, and considers how best to respond to the needs of children in these circumstances. Find out more and register.

Who is the Client? Reflecting on the complexity of Child Protection and Family Support practice in the context of the intersection with Domestic and Family Violence - Part 2
Brisbane - Friday, 22nd June (half day)
Presented by AASW/PeakCare Child Protection Practice Group Forum

This Forum aims to respond to the specific complexities involved in working within the context of child protection, family support and domestic and family violence. This includes addressing the tricky issues around who is the client and the different roles practitioners undertake. The additional marginalisation of clients such as those who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, parents in the system and those who live with a disability will be explored. There will be an emphasis on perpetrator accountability and engaging with perpetrators of abuse. In asking the question, Who is the Client? Forum presenters and attendees will collectively unpack the questions of how we all respond to the complexities that impact our clients whilst also considering the many associated relationships in each individual’s life. Read more about Part 1, or register for Part 2.


Stuff That Sucks
Brisbane - Wednesday, 27th June
Presented by Compass Seminars

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with a specific focus on its successful application with younger people. ACT is an empirically supported therapeutic approach that draws on behavioural and mindfulness principles to help people make space for painful thoughts and feelings and instead turn their focus towards values. ACT is rapidly growing in popularity internationally and is being used successfully with people experiencing a range of life challenges including low mood, worries, difficult behaviour, anger, anxiety, and interpersonal or family conflict. Find out more and register. This workshop will also be held at the Gold Coast on 25th June and Toowoomba on 26th June.

Doing School Differently Conference
Gold Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

Berry Street Childhood Institute presents this unique opportunity to advance the national conversation on flexible and inclusive education by bringing together educators, researchers, policy makers and young people who are committed to developing and sustaining successful educational opportunities and pathways for young people who have experienced barriers. The conference will explore a diverse range of topics including trauma-informed practice, how to develop individualised and flexible learning plans, case studies of alternative education methods, supporting young parents and their children, improving disability inclusion, and youth mental health challenges. Find out more and register.

National Conference on Indigenous Incarceration
Tweed Coast - Thursday, 28th to Friday, 29th June

The Conference will discuss the overrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in prison in Australia and options for rehabilitation and change, such as healing and rehabilitation centres and raising the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. First Nations peoples will also be sharing their lived experiences with the criminal justice system. Find out more and register.

Not-For-Profit State of the Nation travelling seminar
Brisbane - Friday, 29th June

The seminar will explore the current state of the NFP sector, latest trends, techniques and innovations in fundraising, how to develop a marketing strategy, sales in a NFP context to attract donors, staff, volunteers and corporate partners and best practice customer service. Find out more and register.


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

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.

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.

Childminder for Family Inclusion Network SEQ - Micah Projects

Micah Projects is seeking a casual Childminder for a fixed term from June to December for a total of approximately 90 hours. The role will be to offer childminding services for parents engaging in sessions run by Family Inclusion Network in June and on Wednesday evenings from July to December, 4.30pm to 8.30pm. Applications close Monday, 18th June. Find out more and apply.

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