• SpeakUp Free Online Disability Program

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    What is SpeakUp?

    • A unique and time limited online program available to students 7-14 years with a disability enrolled in any mainstream schools across NSW.
    • It is open to young people with or without an NDIS plan.
    • Facilitators are experienced in working with young people and families to deliver this program online.
    • Each student will have individualised sessions working towards their identified goal.
    • Access to a range of resources through an online resource bank.
    • This program will offer parent training sessions to develop and support their student’s advocacy skills.

    To view the full flyer, click on this post.

  • Closing the Gap Indigenous Health and National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference 2021

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    Indigenous Conference Services is pleased to announce the high-calibre of our keynote speakers for the upcoming 2021 Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference and 2021 National Indigenous Chronic Diseases Conference at the Seaworld Resort Gold Coast on November 22-24, 2021. We hope that you have your calendars marked, because we’re only six months away so make sure you secure your ticket to our exciting conferences at Seaworld. This conference has been the go-to place to get inspired and learn by the industry’s best and brightest, gain valuable resources to revamp your organisational strategy and—of course—have tons of fun!

    An unrivalled agenda, deadly First Nations’ speakers and networking opportunities galore—Here’s the latest on what you can expect at these ICS conferences:

    Bringing Our Community Closer

    We like to think of the ICS community as a family, and we’ve been working hard to develop new ways to bring our family together. Hence, ICS has a jam-packed agenda with 15 breakout sessions dedicated to community programs. In the afternoon, we’re keeping the momentum going by bringing out the big guns. Dr. Joseph Stone, a member of native American Blackfeet Tribe, OKKAN (Sundance) and Anasaki-pikuni based in New Zealand will be one of the featured guest speakers.

    Top Keynote Sessions

    You’ll also hear from some of the top First Nations guest speakers namely Robert ‘Bob’ Davis CEO Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation, Harry Callaghan, Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer South Western Sydney Local Health District, Cleone Wellington, Cultural Manager and Hayley Longbottom, Program Manager of WAMINDA, South Coast Women’s Health and Welfare Aboriginal Corporation amongst others.

    In addition, the following presenters and their respective papers had been accepted for presentation at the 2021 National Closing the Gap Indigenous Health Conference:

    • Tanya Druce, Manager, Aboriginal Health, Policy & Planning Wilim Berrbang Western Health
    • Shiree Talbot, Program Manager - Beyond Barbed Wire & TEI
    • Deborah Stockton, Director Clinical Service Integration Tresillian
    • Kelli Owen, National Community Engagement Coordinator Central Northern Adelaide Renal & Transplantation Service (CNARTS) University of Adelaide Nursing School, SAHMRI Team
    • Kristin Xenos, Senior Project Officer Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
    • Bronwyn Clark, Chief Executive Officer of Australian Pharmacy Council
    • Associate Professor Faye McMillan, Australia’s First Aboriginal Pharmacist and Wiradjuri yinaa
    • Dr. Jerry Abraham Alex, Service Registrar, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, King Edward Memorial Hospital
    • Wendy Francis, Director Centre for Human Dignity Australian Christian Lobby
    • Vicki Tillott, Lecturer, Southern Cross University
    • Claire Treadgold, Head of Programs & National Manager, Research & Evaluation Starlight Children's Foundation
    • Christine Fing, Aboriginal Engagement Project Officer BreastScreen NSW; Social Worker
    • Pete Dawson, Clinical Lead
    • Uncle Pat Farrant, Cultural Lead at Bunjilwarra
    • Kevin Heath, Male Aboriginal Health Promotion Officer HARP
    • Natalie Wilcock, Digital Manager of Aboriginal Education & Training TAFE NSW
    • Professor Sarah Blunden, Psychologist & Head of Peadiatric Sleep Research Central Queensland University
    • Toni L. Smith, Principal Female Aboriginal Health Worker
    • Renee Lovell, Manager DV & Women’s Health SLHD Sydney Local Health District
    • Veronica Matthews, CRE Research Fellow Wingara Mura Leadership Program University Centre for Rural Health
    • Gillie Freeman, Aboriginal Health Liaison Officer Western Health
    • Rebecca Wermut, Director, Rhythmosis - Music Therapy Practice Rhythm2Recovery
    • Tim Croft, Manager Aboriginal Health Unit SESLHD South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
    • Emma Chappell, Nutritionist Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation
    • Susan Parker Pavlovic, A/Lecturer Aboriginal Health
    • Emma Walke, Academic lead, Aboriginal health University Centre for Rural Health
    • Dr Mark J Lock, Ngiyampaa Academic
    • Natalie Johnson, Team Leader Aboriginal Portfolio First Nations Research Team Aboriginal Community Matters Advisory Group of NSW Health Education Centre Against Violence
    • Heidi Sturk, Deputy Director Queensland University of Technology
    • David Edwards, Group Facilitator R U Appy Project University Centre for Rural Health
    • Deadly Liver Mob Study Group presenters from the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney.

    Save Your Spot

    Attendance is limited, so register now because you won’t want to miss your chance to see these industry-thought leaders. We encourage anyone interested in attending the conference to register early as numbers are filling fast. We’ve structured our registration in such a way that will save organization's money while at the same time providing a great forum for frank and open discussion.

    Running two conferences in one location was only made possible by ICS’ versatility to offer ground-breaking double opportunities for delegates to attend two conferences with one registration. With data-backed science, powerful case studies and a bit of much-needed zen, attendees will take away actionable insights to incorporate into their community programs. To register, please complete the online registration form at this link: https://www.indigenoushealth.net/

    For more details, please visit the conference main website: www.icsconferences.org or email us at adminics@iinet.net.au


  • Leave Nobody Behind Research Survey

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    Leave Nobody Behind Research Project - Surveys for People with Disabilities and Carers

    Project Overview: Providing the emergency management sector with an operational framework for cross- sector collaborative action on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (DIDRR).

    The two surveys below are to determine how prepared people are for emergency situations.

    Emergency Preparedness Survey of Carers

    This study is carried out by a research team at the Centre for Disability, Research and Policy, the University of Sydney. It aims to survey how prepared people are for an emergency situation such as pandemic, bushfire, flood etc, and to understand what people can do for themselves and what supports they need in an emergency situation. The information you provide will help to find ways to assist carers to prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency event.

    This survey should take about 30 minutes and is entirely voluntary. No risk or discomfort is anticipated from participation in this survey. All your answers to the survey questions will be kept strictly confidential and no personally identifiable information will be shared publicly. You can skip any questions you don’t want to answer, and you may discontinue participation at any time.

    You can access the survey by clicking here.

    Emergency Preparedness Survey of People with Disability

    This study is carried out by a research team at the Centre for Disability, Research and Policy, the University of Sydney. It aims to survey how prepared people are for an emergency situation such as pandemic, bushfire, flood etc, and to understand what people can do for themselves and what supports they need in an emergency situation. The information you provide will help to find ways to assist people with disability to prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency event.

    This survey should take about 30 minutes and is entirely voluntary. No risk or discomfort is anticipated from participation in this survey. All your answers to the survey questions will be kept strictly confidential and no personally identifiable information will be shared publicly. You can skip any questions you don’t want to answer, and you may discontinue participation at any time.

    You can access the survey by clicking here.

  • Newcastle Community Services Sector E-Newsletter

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    In acknowledging National Sorry Day on 26th of May, City of Newcastle implemented the ongoing display on the Torres Strait Islander flag on City Hall . National Reconciliation Week also commenced running from 27 May to 3 June 2021.

    Reconciliation Australia's theme for 2021: 'More than a word. Reconciliation takes action', urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action. Many of us locally will come together for local initiatives to continue the collaborative work of Reconciliation. If you want to share information of a local actions email: communityadmin@ncc.nsw.gov.au

    Local Social Events Near You!

    The City of Newcastle would like to invite you to two separate engagement events which mark the start of our Local Social strategy community consultation.

    'Your Place'

    Film Screening and Launch Evening

    A powerful project showcasing seven locals from diverse backgrounds who share their story of what their city and community means to them. Come and watch the seven short films, meet the film subjects in person and let us know why community is important to you. Enjoy free food, drinks, and live music from Regi Kay, one of the stars of the Your Place short films!

    When: Monday 7th June 2021, 5.30pm – 8pm

    Where: 48 Watt St (venue) at 48 Watt St, Newcastle, 2300

    RSVP: Register via Eventbrite link

    A Day in the Garden

    In partnership with Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC), come and help plant a new community herb garden, enjoy a cooking demonstration, free lunch, and a conversation circle regarding the Local Social strategy.

    When: Wednesday 9th June, 10am – 1pm

    Where: Hunter Multicultural Communities, 2a Platt Street, Waratah

    RSVP: Not necessary, but please help spread the word!

    Please share any accessibility and/or dietary requirements with Simone Soeters by emailing: ssoeters@ncc.nsw.gov.au

    Homelessness Forum

    Due to the housing and homelessness crisis facing our community, organisations working in homelessness and other stakeholders will be participating in a Homelessness Forum. The focus of the event is to identify quick-win collaborative actions that can be taken together to respond to the increasing issue.

    Wednesday 30 June

    10am – 2pm

    The Place: Charlestown Community Centre

    RSVP for in-person attendance is required, register here

    The forum will also be hosted online.

    For enquiries please contact Emilie Wiggers, Community Development Officer, Lake Macquarie City Council via email - ewiggers@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

    Older Women's Network NSW

    Older Women's Network NSW produces a newsletter, click the picture below to visit their website and explore their activities and resources.

    Since Mayfield Church of Christ has resumed gathering, we have adopted new "rhythms" and we are seeking to make a difference in our community! We are working together to make a practical, meaningful, and tangible difference in our local community.

    We are reaching out to organisations hoping we can support the good work that they are already doing. If there is a project, an individual or an area where you feel like we can support, please get in touch.

    Tim Drough tim@mayfieldcofc.org.au


  • Leadership Development Grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women

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    Women & Leadership Australia is offering 64 full attendance grants for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to attend the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposiums in 2021.

    These grant aim to ensure the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are represented at the events, and to support the development of strong and effective leadership across Australia’s Indigenous communities.


    Women from every sector, industry, background and level attend the Symposiums each year, and this diversity allows participants to learn from each other’s experiences and be empowered to move forward on their leadership journey. The Symposiums are a valuable opportunity for female leaders to come together to hear from an exceptional line up of inspirational guest speakers and explore topics including gender equality, leadership, career advancement and life fulfilment.

    The grants will be awarded to current and aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women leaders who play active roles at the community, local or state levels, and who would otherwise be unable to attend the Symposiums due to a lack of funding or employer support.

    Grant selection criteria:

    • Applicants identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander;
    • Applicants must be 18 years or older on the date of the event they are applying to attend;
    • Applicants who are emerging and/or aspiring leaders within the public or private sector, or within their communities will be highly regarded.

    The grants cover the full Symposium ticket price, but do not cover flights or accommodation costs associated with attendance. Please note - Grants for the ACT Symposium are now closed.

    Apply online here. Applications close 6 weeks prior to each state event. Successful applicants will be contacted by WLA shortly after applications close.

    To find out more, visit the website or email events@wla.edu.au

  • SNAICC News

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    SNAICC has been working with the Australian Government through the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) to develop a new National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Early Childhood Strategy.

    This is an incredible opportunity to help shape government policies to improve outcomes for our children in their early years and they want to hear from you.

    An extensive engagement process is underway to ensure as many voices as possible help to develop this strategy, including our families, organisations, communities and caregivers.

    So tell us, how could government and services improve to support our children to grow strong in culture, be healthy, safe, and ready for school?

    Answer one of their surveys, provide a submission or see our activity sheet for children. Watch their video message to find out more about how you can provide input, and hear from Minister for Indigenous Australians, The Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, about their partnership with the NIAA.

    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STRATEGY

    The Family Matters National Week of Action is coming up 9-15 May with some informative online events featuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders.

    Family Matters National Week of Action
    (9-15 May) register for online events

    As 2021 progresses, the Family Matters campaign continues to hold federal, state and territory governments to account as we work to keep our children with family, culture, and community.

    Our campaign is essential to meet the target for Closing the Gap to reduce the over-representation of our children in care by 45% before 2031. SNAICC and Family Matters National Leadership Group members are working hard on the next national plan for protecting Australia’s children.

    An important note for organisational members of our Family Matters Strategic Alliance: in coming weeks, we shall convene the 2021 general meeting of the Family Matters Strategic Alliance. Please check your sponsorship status now and email familymatters@snaicc.org.au if you have not paid your organisational sponsorship for 2020-21

    Monday 10 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – Working with Our Mob: how to put Family Matters principles into practice

    Introduced by SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and facilitated by Karl Williamson, Family Matters National Leadership Group member and social worker.

    Speakers include: Michael Currie, Queensland Family Matters Co-Chair and Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development with the Benevolent Society, and Sue-Anne Hunter, Family Matters Co-Chair.

    This webinar is an invaluable way for all child and family services providers and practitioners working with Aboriginal people to develop empowering, respectful practice.

    You can register here.

    Tuesday 11 May – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle and your work

    The action for today is to read through the five connecting elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle – Prevention, Partnership, Placement, Participation, and Connection. Using the link above, print out the Child Placement Principle for your workplace (right click on the diagram to save) and use it to guide your work with our children and families.

    Wednesday 12 May (12-1.30pm AEST) – National commissioner call to action

    Join SNAICC CEO Catherine Liddle and Family Matters Co-Chair Dr Paul Gray as they lead a discussion by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners and deputy commissioners around the continent as we continue to call for the creation of dedicated, independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s commissioners in each state and territory and at the national level.

    Speakers include: April Lawrie, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (South Australia); Justin Mohamed, Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People (Victoria); Natalie Lewis, Commissioner for the Queensland Family and Child Commission; Richard Weston, Deputy Children’s Guardian for Aboriginal Children and Young People (New South Wales), and Nicole Hucks, Assistant Children’s Commissioner, Office of the Children's Commissioner (Northern Territory).

    Join this key call for accountability and in defence of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

    You can register here.

    Thursday 13 May (12-2pm AEDT) – Ways to connect children back to their family, culture and community

    This conversation will be led by Family Matters Co-Chair Sue-Anne Hunter.

    Speakers include: Jo-Anne Kelly, Project Manager Community Initiatives with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation; Jacynta Krakouer, Family Matters National Leadership Group and University of Melbourne; and Jennifer Parsons, QATSCIPP Sector Development Officer.

    Engage and learn from this fascinating discussion among four expert Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners in child and family services. Build your practice skills and learning through Aboriginal-led engagement, awareness, and ideas for skill development.

    You can register here.

    You can see the full list of events and see what SNAICC is up to by visiting their website here.

  • Young People's Employment Pathways Program

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    Life Without Barriers has partnered with Joblife to create - Young People’s Employment Pathways:


    • SLES- School Leaver Employment Supports program by Life Without Barriers
    • ESL – Employment School Leavers program by Joblife
    • DES – Disability Employment Services by Joblife


    You can find out more by viewing the flyer in our library here.

  • Dress for Success In Newcastle

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    Dress for Success Newcastle have reopened their showroom to provide free styling services for women.

    If you have a client that requires clothing for a job interview, a new job, court or other important life event, please make a booking.


    Clients can make their own booking or you can assist them to book at the following link:

    https://calendly.com/dressforsuccessnewcastle/dressing-appointment


    What is a dressing appointment?

    • The client spends an hour with one of our Dress for Success stylists
    • The stylist provides the client with several outfits to try on based on needs and style preference
    • The stylist helps to style an outfit for the client that reflects the client’s personality and helps them feel confident.
    • The client will take home a full outfit including clothes, shoes, handbag and accessories.

    All our services at Dress for Success are free. I have attached a couple of brochures which may assist you with knowing more about our service for clients and for schools/youth services. Please note the Newcastle address has yet to be updated on these fliers. Our new address is 116A Belford Street, Broadmeadow. All styling services are provided as a prebooked service.


    You can view the full brochure in the library here.

  • National Redress Scheme Information

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    Warning: This post refers to sexual abuse and may be triggering to some people.

    The National Redress Scheme is for adults who were sexually abused as a child. Redress in the form of money, counselling or apologies may be available to people this has happened to.

    To find out more, you can call 1800 843 929 or email info@wayfinderhub.com.au.


  • COVID-19 Showcase - Sharing Success and Supporting Recovery Event

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    Expression of Interest to participate

    The PHN is inviting expressions of interest from primary care providers to participate in our COVID-19 showcase on May 26 and 27, 2021.

    Our aim is to bring providers together to learn from each other by sharing the challenges, triumphs, and new ways of working that have allowed us to continue to deliver high quality primary health care to our communities during the pandemic.

    For providers generous enough to share their experiences we are offering free one to one coaching session with a communication and engagement specialist who will help craft your story, sharpen your presentation skills, and make you feel at ease presenting your story.

    We are seeking EOIs for the following the three following areas:

    Option 1. Presentation with Q&A

    You will have 10 minutes to present your story or innovation, with 5 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

    Option 2. Innovation spotlight

    You will have 10 minutes to ‘pitch’ your innovation. Tell us your idea or new way of working and why we should adopt it. A short, sharp 10 minutes for the spotlight to be on you and your team.

    Option 3. Keynote speaker and panelist

    We are looking for keynote speakers and panelists to take part in more official proceedings as part of our showcase, alongside our PHN board members and key stakeholders.

    There are no specific topics that must be covered but could include:

    • Digital health, telehealth, and technology
    • COVID-19 preparation, response, and management
    • Keeping our community safe and/or maintaining the community’s health
    • Collaboration and partnerships
    • Mental health and wellbeing
    • Aboriginal health and wellbeing
    • Resilience and Recovery.

    Submissions close 9.00am Monday 3rd May 2021.

    We will contact successful applicants once we have received all EOIs, mapped an agenda and selected the most fitting topics and presenters.

    The Showcase program and Eventbrite registration information will be communicated soon.

    If you have any questions, contact Erica Drew, Integrated Care - Central Coast Health Alliance & HealthPathways on 0408 466 480 or edrew@hneccphn.com.au.

    You can find out more here.