• Anala Newsletter July 2021

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    Anala are a service that support and guide individuals, families, young people, the frail aged and organisations by creating unique programs and services to cater for personal or organisational requirements. Their mission is to create individualised supports to cater for your lifestyle needs.

    Their July 2021 newsletter is available in the library here.

  • Aboriginal Health Resources - COVID-19

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    You can find a variety of COVID-19 Aboriginal Health Resources from NSW Health here. A select few can also be found below.




  • Lifeline Training Opportunities

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    Lifeline have a number of training opportunities available including Mental Health First Aid Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Accidental Counsellor Foundations. You can find out more about the opportunities on offer here and by viewing the flyer below.



  • Interrelate Groups, Classes, Counselling and Seminars 2021

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    Community Partners at Interrelate are offering parenting programs and counselling offered as part of Communities for Children.

    You can view the flyers for each of the programs by clicking on this post.


  • National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

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    An estimated 300,000 Australians have not had their births registered and 500,000 do not have a birth certificate. As a consequence, many people struggle to fully participate in Australian society without this simple but vital document. They experience difficulty enrolling in schools and in accessing mainstream services, such as opening bank accounts, joining sporting clubs, voting, and applying for a job, a driver’s licence or a passport.

    Pathfinders National Aboriginal Birth Certificate Program

    The Pathfinders Aboriginal Birth Certificate Project, was an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Program that aimed to redress this issue by conducting sign-up days in towns and areas where there are significant numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who don’t have birth certificates. Since the program’s inception more than 8,000 people have gained access to their birth certificates.

    Eligibility

    A free Birth Certificate was available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet the following criteria:

    1. Are preparing to attend pre-school
    2. Are preparing to attend primary school
    3. Are preparing to attend secondary school
    4. Are transitioning from school to the workforce
    5. Are transitioning from school into further education
    6. Were born in NSW, Qld, ACT or Vic
    7. A parent of children / young people applying is also eligible

    ID requirements

    Pathfinders recognised that in the absence of a Birth Certificate it was difficult to produce the forms of identification required to apply for a certificate. Several forms of identification are still required by law and Parents/Guardians and young people 16 yrs and over must have 3 forms of ID from the following:


    Category 1
    (You need one from here)

    Category 2
    (You need two from here)

    Proof of Guardianship
    (You need one from here)

    Driver’s License

    Medicare Card

    Child’s name on Medicare card

    Passport

    Credit or Debit Card

    Child’s name on C’link card

    Firearm’s License

    Proof of Age Card

    Letter from at GP

    RTA or RMS Photo card


    Letter from Centrelink

    Centrelink Benefit Card



    Certificate of Aboriginality



    Marriage License



  • 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