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4th December 2015     FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT FAMILY VIOLENCE FLEXIBLE SUPPORT PACKAGES
by Department Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government recently announced a boost for more practical support for those experiencing family violence, to help them leave a violent relationship and create a safer, more stable future.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said $12 million over four years will fund Flexible Support Packages to assist with expenses faced by those escaping family violence. more

4th December 2015     EXPERTS WARN AUSTRALIAN PRIVATE RENTAL AT CRISIS POINT
by Nine news

Soaring rents are driving struggling Australians to breaking point, with suburbs once considered to be inexpensive now out of reach for many potential tenants.

Australia's first Rental Affordability Index has revealed that those looking to find rental relief have to move even further than ever from capital cities.

Last year, an estimated 1.6 million Australians struggled to pay their rent.

It's no longer just those on low incomes who are struggling to make ends meet, but also middle income earners in the private rental market.


Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/12/02/20/02/experts-warn-australian-private-rental-market-at-crisis-point#dQDWWi5fQZJwYbo3.99
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4th December 2015     VICTORIA'S 10 YEAR MENTAL HEALTH PLAN
by DHHS/NIFVS

Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley launched Victoria’s 10-year mental health plan.

The plan will guide investment and drive better mental health outcomes for Victorians, bringing together the ideas and insights you shared with us through the online consultation and forums.

http://www.nifvs.org.au/victorias-10-year-mental-health-plan-launched/ more

30th October 2015     ABORIGINAL RESOURCE GUIDE: WESTERN METROPOLITAN REGION
by Western Homelessness Networker

Brimbank City Council, Victoria University and the Victorian Government have developed a very useful Resource Guide to Aboriginal services and programs in Melbourne's West.  

The Resource Guide can be accessed at:  https://www.vu.edu.au/industry-community/community-partnerships-engagement/indigenous-partnerships more

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

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2019February
26 Young Women and Family Violence Community of Practice
2019March
18 National Youth Homelessness Conference: 18 and 19 March