Introduction to Supported Decision Making – free one day workshop – Tweed Heads

In coordination with Social Futures, the NSW Public Guardian is offering free tailored workshops in northern NSW for disability services staff to promote the decision making rights of people with disability.

This training will:

  • Be suitable for Team Leaders, Ability Linkers, Local Area Coordinators and Key Workers
  • Cover building the ability of people with disability to make their own decisions
  • Be considered in the context of the NDIS
  • Focus on effective steps and strategies for providing support for decision making
  • Discuss dilemmas and tensions, as well as strategies to address these
  • Be run over one full day
  • Offer additional train-the-trainer component for those wanting to take this approach further within their organisation

To register for this event you will need to print and fill out the attached registration form and email it to [email protected] To discuss you participation, you can also call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

The venue for this event in Tweed Heads is yet to be confirmed. We will advise participants as soon as this information is available.

Introduction to Supported Decision Making – free one day workshop – Lismore

In coordination with Social Futures, the NSW Public Guardian is offering free tailored workshops in northern NSW for disability services staff to promote the decision making rights of people with disability.

This training will:

  • Be suitable for Team Leaders, Ability Linkers, Local Area Coordinators and Key Workers
  • Cover building the ability of people with disability to make their own decisions
  • Be considered in the context of the NDIS
  • Focus on effective steps and strategies for providing support for decision making
  • Discuss dilemmas and tensions, as well as strategies to address these
  • Be run over one full day
  • Offer additional train-the-trainer component for those wanting to take this approach further within their organisation

To register for this event you will need to print and fill out the attached registration form and email it to [email protected] To discuss you participation, you can also call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Information Session for family/carers of a person living with dementia – Grafton

Understanding Dementia, Effective Communication & Future Planning

This free information session covers an introduction to dementia for family carers and explains the causes of dementia, the importance of diagnosis and early planning. The session will also explore changes in communication that occur for a person with dementia, problems that may arise from communication breakdown and helpful suggestions for easing communication challenges for the person with dementia.

As a carer, attending this information session will provide you with:

  • Opportunities to meet and talk with other carers & families involved in dementia care
  • A deeper understanding of the impacts of dementia including why changes are occurring
  • Information and contact details of local support services available to you

This event is being delivered in collaboration with: Alzeimer’s Australia NSW – https://nsw.fightdementia.org.au/; and The Dementia Outreach Service of the Northern NSW Local Health District – http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/community-health/ballina-community-health.

Presenter: Judy Bartholemew of Alzeimer’s Australia

Judy Bartholomew of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, is an aged care and dementia specialist with 26 years experiece encompasing residential aged care settings; community based services; Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs); and government services. Judy is an experienced trainer with a Masters in Public Health and a BA in Social Welfare.

 

To attend this event:

Please select the number of places you wish to reserve in the RSVP section below and complete the registration form. You will need to provide your name, post code, email address and contact number. Social Futures will be in touch to confirm your participation. To discuss you participation, you can call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Introduction to Supported Decision Making – free one day workshop – Grafton

In coordination with Social Futures, the NSW Public Guardian is offering free tailored workshops in northern NSW for disability services staff to promote the decision making rights of people with disability.

This training will:

  • Be suitable for Team Leaders, Ability Linkers, Local Area Coordinators and Key Workers
  • Cover building the ability of people with disability to make their own decisions
  • Be considered in the context of the NDIS
  • Focus on effective steps and strategies for providing support for decision making
  • Discuss dilemmas and tensions, as well as strategies to address these
  • Be run over one full day
  • Offer additional train-the-trainer component for those wanting to take this approach further within their organisation

To register for this event you will need to print and fill out the attached registration form and email it to [email protected] To discuss you participation, you can also call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

Information Session for family/carers of a person living with dementia – Banora Point, Community Centre

Understanding Dementia, Effective Communication & Future Planning

This free information session covers an introduction to dementia for family carers and explains the causes of dementia, the importance of diagnosis and early planning. The session will also explore changes in communication that occur for a person with dementia, problems that may arise from communication breakdown and helpful suggestions for easing communication challenges for the person with dementia.

As a carer, attending this information session will provide you with:

  • Opportunities to meet and talk with other carers & families involved in dementia care
  • A deeper understanding of the impacts of dementia including why changes are occurring
  • Information and contact details of local support services available to you

This event is being delivered in collaboration with: Alzeimer’s Australia NSW – https://nsw.fightdementia.org.au/; and The Dementia Outreach Service of the Northern NSW Local Health District – http://nnswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/about/community-health/ballina-community-health.

Presenter: Christine Vannucci of Alzeimer’s Australia

Chris Vannucci is a Registered Nurse who has spent the last 17 years working in residential aged care facilities, Aged Care Assessments Teams psychogeriatric support, respite care coordination and management of community care packages.  Since 2011 Chris has worked for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW as a Project Officer focussing on raising awareness of dementia and dementia risk reduction, sector development to improve service and support for people living with dementia, their family and carers and more recently the Tweed Dementia Friendly Community initiative.

 

To attend this event:

Please select the number of places you wish to reserve in the RSVP section below and complete the registration form. You will need to provide your name, post code, email address and contact number. Social Futures will be in touch to confirm your participation. To discuss you participation, you can call Social Futures Training Program Coordinator on 0439 137 207.

ACOSS National Conference Coming Up Soon!

There’s only a matter of days until registrations for the ACOSS National Conference close! The conference is on in Melbourne, 24-25 October 2017.

This is your National Conference, in your sector, filled with your colleagues and campaigners, debating issues that directly affect you. The conference is covering critical debates, including housing affordability, digital advocacy, narrative impacts on social change, equitable clean energy, diversity to inclusion, and much, much more. It’s addressing these issues through the lens of Australia in 2030; asking ourselves where we’re going, why, and how. Looking towards this nation’s, and this sector’s, best and fairest possible future is something you shouldn’t miss.

This year there are more than 60 speakers at the conference, including Paul Barclay (ABC Radio National), Lenore Taylor (The Guardian Australia), Patricia Karvelas (ABC RN Drive), Allan Clark (NITV), Saul Eslake (Economist), Matt Noffs (Noffs Foundation), Senator Richard Di Natale (Australian Greens), L-FRESH The LION (Hip Hop Artist), Dr Amanda Cahill (Centre for Social Change), Kon Karapanagiotidis OAM (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre), Starlady (Zoe Belle Gender Collective), and Professor Muriel Bamblett (Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency), just to name a few.

To make sure your voice is part of this pivotal national event, book your tickets now, and to read more about the amazing speakers visit www.acossevents.org.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Training – Free Half-Day Workshop in Tweed

Lifeline Northern Rivers and Rekindling the Spirit have joined forces to deliver a new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program in our region. The program, a half-day workshop developed by Wesley LifeForce, is a culturally appropriate and tailored package for Indigenous communities that will facilitate discussion and the spreading of information regarding suicide prevention and intervention. A half day workshop will be held in the Tweed region at 9.30 am on Thursday November 9 – venue to be confirmed.

There is no charge for attending and morning tea will be provided.

Earlier this year two members of the Rekindling the Spirit team spent a week with Wesley LifeForce in Sydney being trained to deliver the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Program. Part of that training in Sydney was delivered by The Seedling Group, an Aboriginal consultancy specialising in Indigenous community research and engagement, who have worked with Indigenous groups right across Australia and the Torres Strait, to develop the training content.

Organisers delivered two pilot workshops for Indigenous workers in Lismore earlier this year and received very positive feedback from those who attended. Ultimately the intention is to deliver the training directly to Indigenous communities in the Northern Rivers but we have decided to start with two separate half-day workshops for Aboriginal workers. This will be another opportunity to test the training content and invite feedback on its likely impact and usefulness for our local communities.

Lifeline believes that this program will meet a need so are anxious to get started on building capacity in local communities. If you are able to engage and support these workshops by attending yourself and/or by sharing this invitation with colleagues and encouraging them to attend they would appreciate that very much.

Register by emailing [email protected] or by calling Niall Mulligan on 02 66224133 or 0400221143.

 

ACOSS: Let’s tackle child poverty in Australia

ACOSS is marking the beginning of Anti-Poverty Week with a renewed call for government to stop attacking Australia’s social safety net, and the people who need it, and instead focus on reducing child poverty in Australia, as it has been done before.

ACOSS has honoured the Hawke government’s legacy of reducing child poverty by a massive 30 per cent, while shining a light on the increasing child poverty today.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie is joined by former Minister for Social Security, the Honourable Brian Howe AO who led the Hawke Government’s Family Package which successfully reduced child poverty in Australia by 30 per cent, leading social policy researcher Professor Peter Whiteford, community workers and parents with lived experience of poverty, from the Hawke era and now.

The Honourable Brian Howe AO says when he was appointed Minister for Social Security in 1984, he invited a group of social policy researchers to meet with him.

“I asked them to deliberate with me on the question, ‘if you were the Minister what would be your highest priority for reform?’” said Mr Howe.

“The last line on the butcher’s paper said ‘create a guaranteed minimum income for children’. Then, Professor Bettina Cass together with Peter Whiteford proposed a mechanism for ensuring and benchmarking the adequacy of child payments.

“Recognising the critical importance of Indexation, they proposed a system of payments in line with movements in average weekly earnings and the extension of uniform rent assistance to low income families as part of the family package. This work provided the basis for the 1987 budget commitments to social security payments for families that would over time lift families above the poverty line.

“The family package created a measure of adequacy not apparent today.

“The social security system should not be a fund from which governments draw to meet budget shortfalls, but rather it should be an institution designed to outlaw poverty and enhance citizen rights, contributing to the building of a fairer Australian nation,” he said.

Dr Cassandra Goldie says the basic need of families to have enough money to live with dignity has not changed.

“Child poverty is a government choice, not a given. It is unfathomable that our government chooses to set policy agendas that increase the number of children living in poverty in this country, particularly children of single parents,” said Dr Goldie.

Download the ACOSS Briefing Note on Child Poverty in Australia

“Love Bites” Facilitator Training

“Love Bites” facilitator training will be held 11 and 12 December in Lismore. Love Bites is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships and violence prevention for 15-17 year olds.

Love Bites Junior is a respectful relationships education program that focuses on the development of respectful relationships for 11-14 year olds.

Course details:

9.00am – 4.00pm

Venue: Women Up North Housing Inc.

40 Wyrallah Road, East Lismore. (Parking available Avondale Avenue)

Registration link: https://napcan.ismartsoftware.net/iRegister/Courses/ViewCourse?courseId=1

 

Post Flood Therapeutic Group in Lismore – starting 25 October

Lifeline, in collaboration with the Lismore-based University Centre for Rural Health, is running a 6-week group for people whose lives have been affected by the floods.

Research shows that communities impacted by a natural disaster can begin to experience increased and more profound stress about 6 months after the event; in response to this challenge Lifeline and the University Centre for Rural Health have come together to design and deliver an innovative group program called “Using Our Brains for a Change!” . The project is a 6-week group program designed to empower people to better manage their responses to adversity and to improve their overall well-being.

Many people have had a hard time after the March/April 2017 floods. Lifeline wants to ask some questions around their experience such as: How has it been for you?  Has getting back on your feet been a problem? Have you been feeling low or anxious or giving yourself a hard time? Have you had self-blaming thoughts like: “Others seem to have got over it completely-   what’s wrong with me?” And having asked those questions work with impacted community members to help them to better manage their responses and regain control of their well-being.

In the group participants will learn what contemporary understandings of the human brain can tell us about moving forward after a natural disaster. They will use their brain to get their lives back on track – or to change tracks – and to increase their sense of wellbeing. This program will draw on mindfulness, self-compassion and positive psychology practices, as well as neuroscience. The aim is to create some new ways of being that offer an opportunity for growth and renewal in peoples’ lives over the coming months and years.

Using Our Brains for a Change Flyer

The content for the project has been developed by James Bennett Levy, Professor of Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing at the University Centre for Rural Health (North Coast) working in partnership with Ruth Rosenhek, psychotherapist.

The group will meet in Lismore at 5.30 pm on Wednesdays, with the first meeting on Wednesday 25/10/2017. To register your interest in being part of the group contact  Niall Mulligan on 6622 4133 or email [email protected].

Lifeline intends to offer more groups in other Northern Rivers’ communities in early 2018.  The group has been funded under the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

 

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