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27th August 2019     NATIONAL HOUSING CONFERENCE
by AHURI

That National Housing Conference is to be held from 27-30 August 2019 in Darwin.  For more information, click here: https://www.nhc.edu.au. Early bird tickets are available til 31 May 2019.  more

20th June 2019     LGBTIQ+ NORTHERN NETWORK MEETING SCHEDULE 2019
by VincentCare Victoria

VincentCare has offered to host a LGBTIQ+ Northern Network. The aim of the network is to provide an opportunity for mainstream community agencies & LGBTIQ specific agencies in the Northern metropolitan region to meet and share information specific to the needs of LGBTIQ young adults, adults and families, including families of choice.

Location: VincentCare Northern Community Hub, 175 Glenroy Road, Glenroy

Time: 2.00-4.00pm

Thursday 20th June

Thursday 19th September

Thursday 5th December

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14th June 2019     AOD AND HOMELESSNESS: WORKING BETTER TOGETHER AT THE INTERSECTIONS OF PRACTICE TRAINING
by VAADA

Registrations are now open to attend AOD and Homelessness: Working Better Together at the Intersections of Practice training on Friday 14 June, running from 930 – 4pm at the Global Learning Centre in Broadmeadows. This training is targeted at experienced clinicians from both the AOD and Homelessness sectors in the North Western Melbourne region.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nwm-region-aod-and-homelessness-working-better-together-at-the-intersections-of-practice-tickets-61768530337

The correlation between experiences of homelessness and harmful use of AOD is one that most people in the community sector do not refute. However, even with this understanding, true collaborative practice is difficult to achieve. This training brings together AOD and homelessness practitioners to form a shared understanding of each other’s practice principles, enable greater system navigation and identify ways to work more effectively together to improve service user outcomes.

The day will consist of the following three elements –

· Section 1 Making Links
· Section 2 AOD/Homelessness Principles
· Section 3 Collaborative Practice

Participants will walk away with a clearer understanding of the practice principles of the other sector, understand how to navigate the service system and identify some key areas of opportunity in their own practice.

Participants will also be supported in integrating these new practices, via an online community of practice post the event.

There are limited places for practitioners from each of the sectors, so please choose the ticket type that best reflects your current role.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/nwm-region-aod-and-homelessness-working-better-together-at-the-intersections-of-practice-tickets-61768530337 more

4th June 2019     SASHS OPEN HOUSE
by SASHS Network

SASHS, which incorporates the homelessness access point for Brimbank and Melton and a range of homelessness support programs, hosts an Open House Orientation on the first Tuesday of each month from 10 am – 11.30 pm. The Open House Orientations provide information on the broad range of programs delivered across the SASHS Network.

The Open House Orientations are intended for:
• New and existing workers
• Students

The Open House Orientation includes the following:
• An overview of each program delivered at SASHS
• Program Resources
• Opportunities to ask questions
• Agency information sharing
• Morning tea

SASHS Open House dates for 2019:
• Tuesday 4th June 2019
• Tuesday 2nd July 2019
• Tuesday 6th August 2019
• Tuesday 3rd September2019
• Tuesday 1st October 2019
• Tuesday 12th November 2019 (5th November is Melbourne Cup Day)
• Tuesday 3rd December 2019

To reserve a place email Keith at: keith.hunte@aus.salvationarmy.org  If you require any additional information please contact Keith Hunte on 9312 5799/0408 056 695. more

26th May 2019     PETS IN THE PARK CLINICS: FREE VET SUPPORT FOR PETS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE HOMELESS
by Pets in the Park

PITP is a charity run by volunteer vets and nurses. It receives no government funding and relies entirely on community donations to provide assistance to owners and their pets that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Pets in the Park has a new address for 2019 ( for the first three months).
1 Raleigh Street 
Middle Footscray.
The nearest Train Station is Middle Footscray.

The next clinic will be on 26th May 2019.

PITP is a referral only service - in other words PITP is only able to help people who are currently receiving regular assistance from a case worker/support service.  Without a completed Ongoing Referral Form  PITP is unable to provide assistance. Referral Forms will need to be obtained every 6 months to be eligible for long term assistance from PITP.

See attached referral form and below for referral information. Pets in the Park look forward to meeting new pet owners with their furry friends in 2019! 

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21st May 2019     LAUNCH OF THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING HALLMARK INITIATIVE
by Affordable Housing Hallmark Institute

The Hallmark Research Initiatives program harnesses cross-discipline capabilities to increase the impact of our high quality research.

Initiative Chair: Professor Alan Pert.
Research team: Associate Professor Rebecca Bentley, Dr Kate Raynor, Dr Ilan Weisel and Professor Paul Walker.

The Affordable Housing Hallmark Research Initiative brings together researchers from architecture, urban planning, property economics, public health, geography, economics and sociology to acknowledge the complexity of housing systems and their role in supporting or inhibiting sustainability, social justice and economic stability.

This launch event will bring together experts from across the University of Melbourne and key government, industry and not-for-profit champions of affordable housing. A special announcement will be made of seed funding opportunities associated with the Initiative.

Refreshments will be served following formalities, which will commence at 3.45pm.

Date And Time
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Click here to register more

16th May 2019     CAN THE POPULARITY OF TINY HOMES PROVIDE A SOLUTION FOR OLDER WOMEN FACING HOMELESSNESS?
by Melissa Martin, ABC News

The number of women over the age of 55 experiencing housing stress and homelessness is rising in Australia, but the increasing interest in tiny homes may provide a viable solution for these women.

The quirky, transportable homes have become the darling of the reality TV scene, and social media groups sharing ideas and tips for tiny homes boast tens of thousands of followers.

Now moves are afoot on the NSW mid-north coast to establish a tiny home village, specifically for older women.

Click here for the full article.  more

16th May 2019     MARAM TRAINING
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Servces

New MARAM Training now Available

Registrations for MARAM modules Leading Alignment and Comprehensive Renewing Practice are now open via https://training.dvrcv.org.au/.

Five new MARAM training modules will become available for professionals from prescribed framework organisations:

Leading Alignment: a one-day module designed to support organisational leaders to manage alignment and staff with new responsibilities under MARAM (registrations open).

Comprehensive Renewing Practice: a one-day module for those who have completed CRAF 3 but need to renew their practice in MARAM (registrations open).

Comprehensive Newer Family Violence Specialist training: A two-day module for the specialist family violence workers who are newer to the field and/ or have not completed CRAF 3 (available in the next month).

Brief and Intermediate: For workers who are not directly focused on responding to family violence, but who engage with people who are at risk of experiencing or using family violence (late 2019).

Risk Identification and Screening: For workers who may identify family violence through one-off, episodic or ongoing service provision (late 2019).

'Brief and Intermediate' and 'Risk Identification and Screening' modules will be rolled out by Victorian government departments to their various staff and funded services later in 2019. more

16th May 2019     NEGATIVE GEARING

Negative gearing is proving to be one of the most debated issues of the election. Here are some recent media articles on the subject:

SBS News: What is negative gearing and if it's scrapped will you pay more rent? 

University of NSW: Changing negative gearing and what it means for renters

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16th May 2019     UPCOMING FIGHTING FAIR TRAINING
by Scott Dutton

MEDIATION & CONFLICT RESOLUTION TRAINING (LEVEL 1)
This interactive and stimulating 2-day course will assist professionals to explore conflict and impart the essential principles and process of mediation....click for more
MELBOURNE: September 10&11, 2019 - Melbourne

DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
This 1-day workshop will assist managers/ workers/ staff to understand and demonstrate the skills, techniques and model in having difficult & necessary conversations....click for more
MELBOURNE: Nov 12, 2019 - Melbourne CBD

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) IN THE WORKPLACE
This 1-day workshop will assist managers, team leaders and team members to develop insight and awareness of their own and others’ emotions (behaviours, moods, reactions) to intentionally improve individual, team and organisational outcomes (wellbeing) in the workplace....click for more
MELBOURNE: Nov 13, 2019 - Melbourne CBD

IN HOUSE TRAINING

Please contact us if you are interested in training or workshops for your team or organisation. You are also able to pay this financial year and hold it next financial year. See below for the course titles. More information and a proposal can be sent with the specific content / learning outcomes. 

Click here for more information and to register.  more

16th May 2019     FEDERAL ELECTION SCORECARD
by Everybody's Home campaign

Click here: https://everybodyshome.com.au/fed-scorecard/ to see a scorecard of where the major parties stand on the five key things that will address the housing crisis.  more

15th May 2019     MANAGER, CASEWORK AND STRATEGIC ADVOCACY - FLAT OUT
by Flat Out

This new position at Flat Out is currently advertised on Ethical Jobs.
Link: http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/FlatOut/manager---casework-and-strategic-advocacy

See also attached PD.

Please send applications to Kayla Ta, Executive Officer at kayla@flatout.org.au, using the subject line: Manager - Casework and Strategic Advocacy application via EthicalJobs.
For further information please call 0402 889 836.

Applications should include the following documents:

a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (no more than 4 pages)
a current CV with three recent referees including most recent line manager

Applicants who do not address the key selection criteria will not be considered.
Applications close midnight Wednesday 22 May 2019.
Interviews will be held in the week of the 27 of May 2019. more

15th May 2019     TWO VACANCIES: ELIZABETH MORGAN HOUSE
by Elizabeth Morgan House

Please see below two job vacancies within EMH – Intake Coordinator and Outreach:

Coordinator. http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/ElizabethMorganHouse/outreach-coordinator

http://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/Members/ElizabethMorganHouse/intake-coordinator-1

Applications close on 22 May 2019.  more

15th May 2019     FEDERAL ELECTION ANALYSIS
by Shelter

Click here for an election analysis on housing policies:  http://shelter.org.au/site/wp-content/uploads/190409-Federal-Election-Housing-Policy-Guide-v3.pdf more

15th May 2019     QUICK GUIDE TO THE NDIS
by Parliamentary library

Please find attached a quick guide to the NDIS, updated May 2019.  more

15th May 2019     DONATE WARM CLOTHING
by Western Homelessness Networker

A homelessness worker has created a new Facebook page under the name Donate Warm Clothing in order to garner donations of warm clothing to homeless people on the streets of Melbourne this winter.

We accept cleaned and washed blankets,vdoonas, warm clothing for adults and sleeping bags, both new and used of all sizes.

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15th May 2019     CHANGES TO ALLOCATIONS TO SOUTHBANK AND LAUNCH HOUSING EAST ST KILDA
by Launch Housing

Please find attached communication for homelessness agencies re allocations to Launch Housing Southbank and Launch Housing East St Kilda. more

15th May 2019     THE BRUTAL TRUTH ON HOUSING: SOMEONE HAS TO LOSE IN ORDER FOR FIRST HOME BUYERS TO WIN
by The Conversation

Click here for a link to an article analysing the recent election promises from the Liberal and Labor parties in relation to housing.

The bottom line on housing? Changing rules on negative gearing and capital gains tax is more likely to increase home ownership than guaranteeing part of the deposit.

But no policy proposed in this Commonwealth election affects the really big lever for home ownership: increasing housing supply. more

15th May 2019     NEW MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
by NWMPHN

North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is excited to announce that cohealth and Neami National have succeeded in their application to receive $3.5 million to provide psychosocial support in northern and western Melbourne.

The funding will be used to establish new services for people with severe and complex mental illness who are not eligible for assistance through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). 

Attached is a fact sheet about new funding to support people experiencing mental health issues.  more

17th April 2019     'FINDING A HOME IN VICTORIA' IN ENGLISH, ARABIC AND DARI
by Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health

Last year, at the request of DHHS, the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health developed a resource for newly-arrived Syrian and Iraqi communities in the north about accessing community services.

During the focus group consultation, finding a home came up as a constant concern, and it was clear that people were not aware of services, translated resources and options available to them. Subsequently, the Department commissioned the Centre to develop a resource specifically about housing, which has been translated in Arabic and Dari.

The Finding a home in Victoria resource is now available online. You can find the English, Arabic and Dari versions on the Health Translations Directory here or by copying this address:
http://healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf/PresentDetail?Open&s=Finding_a_home_in_Victoria. more

Events

2019May
26 Pets in the Park Clinics: Free vet support for pets of people who are homeless
2019June
4 SASHS Open House
14 AOD and Homelessness: Working Better Together at the Intersections of Practice training
2019August
27 National Housing Conference