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4th September 2015     WOMEN'S INFORMATION, SUPPORT AND HOUSING IN THE NORTH -WELL BEING PROGRAM
by Women's Information, Support and Housing In the North

Women’s Information, Support and Housing In the North (WISHIN) run a fortnightly
Women’s Well Being  on a Thursday. It is not a focused therapeutic program but engages a range of local female practitioners to share their skills and experience across a range of practices and activities to benefit the development of health and wellbeing. These practices include: mindfulness, guided meditations and relaxation practices, gentle-paced yoga, chi ball, qigong, sound healing and a range of creative arts and crafts. The sessions are free and generally start at 10.30 am and finish at 2.30 pm with a shared lunch provided.

Referrals and bookings are essential. Please call Karyn Down on 8692 2020  more

4th September 2015     PEOPLE SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COMPLEX BEHAVIOURS (2 DAYS)
by Wodonga TAFE

The Specialist Homelessness Sector short course calendar, which is funded by the Department of Human Services and managed by Wodonga TAFE, has a number of courses that may be relevant to you.

People skills for working with complex behaviours (2 days) – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE
Wednesday 9 & Thursday 10 September 2015
Centre for Adult Education, 253 Flinders lane, Melbourne
Price $88

This workshop focuses on developing participants’ skills and abilities to engage with people who have complex needs and what are often referred to as ‘challenging behaviours’. This includes dealing with anger, grief and loss, and mental health issues (risk of suicide is also discussed). Training provides strategies, possible interventions, and new ways of looking at complex behaviours. The content of this training is appropriate for all SHS program types especially initial assessment and planning, case management services, youth, and transitional support.

Click on the link for further details and to secure your place: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/people-skills-for-working-with-complex-behaviours-2-days-tickets-1756

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4th September 2015     UNDER THE PUMP: THE PRESSURES ON YOUNG AUSTRALIANS
by John Cain Foundation

This new book takes a hard look at the big issues facing young people today. The John Cain Foundation commissioned a number of experts in issues affecting Australia’s youth – education and training, employment, housing and engagement in the political process. Their essays highlight the risks and challenges faced by young people today.

The book is now available in hard copy for $25
To order your copy email: secretary@johncainfoundation.com.au

This will shortly be available on line as an e-book for $10 more

24th July 2015     MINISTER MORRISON ACKNOWLEDGES HOUSING STRESS
by Pro Bono

Housing failures are at the centre of most social service challenges in Australia, the Federal Social Service Minister Scott Morrison warned in a speech in Melbourne on Wednesday.

The Minister said a lack of housing stock and affordability is a sign that federation "is failing us", in a speech on Positive Welfare and Compassionate Conservatism to the Institute of Public Affairs in Melbourne.

“You will find housing failures at the centre of most social service challenges. It is either a cause or consequence,” he said. more

24th July 2015     CHILDREN'S RESOURCE PROGRAM BROKERAGE REFUNDED
by Children's Resource Coordinators

The Children's Resource Coordinators have advised that the Brokerage Program has been refunded under the NPAH.

Attached is the new application form. Please ensure that any applications are made using this form, and get rid of any old forms that you may have lying around. The application form can also be downloaded from the Children's Resource Program website on the ‘brokerage’ tab.

Please make contact with Luisa (luisa@merri.org.au) or Halime (halime@merri.org.au) before filling in the application form to ensure that the application meets the criteria. more

9th July 2015     FAMILY RECONCILIATION MEDIATION PROGRAM (FRMP) SNAP SHOT
by FRMP

The Family Reconciliation Mediation Program (FRMP) have provided information on Single Session Family Consultation Follow Up sessions they are holding soon and information on access to their Brokerage Funding. more

26th June 2015     ABORIGINES ADVANCEMENT LEAGUE- PRESENTATION
by Aborigines Advancement League

The Aborigines Advancement League recently did a presentation on their organisation for  the Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Sector in the Northern Metropolitan Region. more

26th June 2015     DECOLONISING SOLIDARITY: DILEMMAS AND DIRECTIONS FOR SUPPORTERS OF INDIGENOUS STRUGGLES
by Clare Land

Decolonizing Solidarity is a newly released book that provides a  "thorough examination of the problems that can arise when activists from colonial backgrounds seek to be politically supportive of indigenous struggles. Blending key theoretical and practical questions, Clare Land argues that the impulses that drive middle-class settler activists to support indigenous peoples
will not lead to successful alliances and meaningful social change without being transformed
through a process of public political action and critical self-reflection."

See attached flyer for more information. more

26th June 2015     ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY ELDERS SERVICES
by A.C.E.S

ACES recently presented an overview of their and the services they provide at a DHHS Community Sector Forum .  ACES operates 3 complex aged care programs from one site.  They offer residential care services, low level care hostel and high level care nursing home accommodation more

26th June 2015     VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY SERVICES ASSOCIATION -PRESENTATION
by VACSAL

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Ltd (VACSAL) is a community based organisation established in 1984 as a Peak agency that supports a range of services and provides advice to Government on a range of policy issues impacting on Aboriginal People. Recently VACSALpresented an overview of their organisation and the services provided at a Community Sector forum more

26th June 2015     VICTORIAN ABORIGINAL CHILD CARE AGENCY- PRESENTATION
by VACCA

The Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) is the lead Aboriginal child and family welfare organisation in Victoria, protecting and promoting the rights of Aboriginal children and young people. We provide programs and services to reinforce Aboriginal culture and encourage best parenting practices, and advise government in relation to child abuse and neglect in the Aboriginal community. VACCA recently presented an overview of their organisation and services provided at a Community Sector Forum more

24th June 2015     TACKLING HOUSING UNAFFORDABILITY: A 10-POINT NATIONAL PLAN
by The Conversation

The Conversation reports on a 10 point plan, developed by seven academics, working on housing issues, to address the housing crisis in Australia.

They identify that public awareness and concern about the current housing market is significant but that it occurs at a time when the Federal Government has no Minister for Housing "and just last month Government senators dismissed calls for renewed Commonwealth housing policy leadership recommended by the Senate’s extensive (2013-2015) Affordable Housing Inquiry." more

5th June 2015     ABORIGINAL FAMILY VIOLENCE HELP CARDS
by Northern Integrated Family Violence Service Coordination Team

The Aboriginal Family Violence Help Cards have recently been updated through consultation with Aboriginal services in the northern metropolitan region.

The cards provide information about family violence support services that are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men.

Help Cards have also been translated into 14 community languages and are now available to order.

To order cards, please fill out this form and forward it to info@whin.org.au more

5th June 2015     FUNDS FOR SCHOOL CAMPS, SPORTS AND EXCURIONS FOR ELIGIBLE YOUNG PEOPLE
by Childrens Resource Workers NWMR

The Victorian Government has announced funds for school camps, sports and excursion for eligible children.

This funding is given to the schools but is tied to individual children to pay for sports, camps and excursion. Eligibility criteria similar to EMA recipients. Check out the links below. $125 for primary, $225 secondary. Forms are at the bottom of the second link

 http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/csefflyer.pdf

 

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/csef.aspx?Redirect=1

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5th June 2015     ONLINE INTERVENTION ORDER APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE IN YARRA
by Womens Health in the North

The Neighbourhood Justice Centre (NJC) in Collingwood  has turned the existing paper application for Family Violence Intervention Orders (FVIOs) into an easy-to-use, secure, online version. All Yarra residents over the age of 18 can use the online application system. more

5th June 2015     THE CHEAPEST WAY TO END HOMELESSNESS IS RIDICULOUSLY SIMPLE, ACCORDING TO THE LARGEST-EVER US STUDY
by Buisness Insider Media

The Economic Roundtable in the United States has released its findings on the largest study on homelessness in American history.

The focus was on Santa Clara County, California, home to the extreme wealth of Silicon Valley and the highest percentage of homelessness in the entire United States.

The methodology is enough to make a social scientist swoon: researchers analysed information about everyone in Santa Clara County who had been homeless between 2007 to 2012 — a full 104,206 people. more

5th June 2015     WOMENS HEATH IN THE NORTH SUBMISSION TO VICTORIAN ROYAL COMMISSION INTO FAMILY VIOLENCE
by Womens Health in the North(WHIN)

Womens Health in the North(WHIN) submission identifies key issues and challenges related to family violence, as identified by WHIN and its regional partners, the submission highlights effective or promising solutions to those issues, and makes suggestions for action required to support and further develop the solutions. 

WHIN consulted with more than 60 regional partners in the development of the submission to ensure the incorporation of input that reflects the experiences of organisations involved in the NIFVS partnership and the NMR Preventing Violence against Women Committee. The recommendations reflect many suggestions made by partners in our work in the northern metropolitan region(NMR).

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28th May 2015     PRECARIOUS HOUSING CAREERS: THE QUIET REVOLUTION IN AUSTRALIAN HOUSING
by Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre

Brotherhood of St Laurence Lunchtime Seminar 
by Professor Gavin Wood

12:00 to 13:00

Location: Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

 

A quiet revolution in home ownership and housing finance is ushering in a new era for the Australian housing system. The old era was characterised by a relatively risk free housing pathway – departure from the family home was followed by a short period renting during which a deposit is saved, before a home is purchased with the aid of a mortgage. Typically a household’s mortgage was paid off while working so that in retirement couples and singles could live comfortably on the age pension because housing costs were zero. For the small numbers of disadvantaged Australians that could not attain ownership, public housing offered a secure refuge.

This secure pathway has been eroded and most low income households in the early stages of their housing careers are now facing an uncertain housing future.  This seminar will document how we have reached this point, and the wider ramifications for the Australian welfare state. It will conclude by exploring policy initiatives that could address emerging issues in the contemporary Australian Housing System.

 

Gavin Wood is Emeritus Professor of Housing and Urban Studies at RMIT University and Guest Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment, TU Delft. Netherlands. He also holds and Adjunct Professor position in the School of Economics, Finance and Property Studies, Curtin University, Western Australia. He previously held positions in the economics departments of Murdoch University (Western Australia), the University of Glasgow and University of Aberdeen (Scotland).

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22nd May 2015     'THE LINE' RELAUNCHED
by Children's Resource Workers

The Line is a primary prevention behaviour change campaign for young people aged 12 to 20 years. The Line encourages healthy and respectful relationships by challenging and changing attitudes and behaviours that support violence.

Click here: http://www.theline.org.au/ more

23rd April 2015     LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION VIDEO ON OUT OF HOME CARE SYSTEM AND MOVES TOWARDS THERAPEUTIC CARE
by Lighthouse Institute

The Lighthouse foundation in partnership with with Creativa videos  recently launched  an animated video that  explores the shocking reality as well as the cost of youth homelessness in Australia, the way young people have been cared for over the year in the out of home care system, and the move towards therapeutic care which will provide young people hope for a better future.

Please take the time to watch and share this poignant and thought provoking video.  more

Events

2019April
29 An Introduction To Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviours
2019May
7 Making Links Orientation
7 SASHS Open House
14 Brotherhood Talks: The role of the Sustainable Development Goals
2019August
27 National Housing Conference