Training for Health System Consumer Representatives

The North Coast Primary Health Network together with the NNSWLHD have engaged Health Consumers NSW to run a 2-day training (2-3 August in Goonellabah) for consumer representatives who are involved or would like to be involved in the health system.

The 2 day course has been designed to:

  • Enhance your knowledge of consumer representation in the context of the health system.
  • Expand your effectiveness in the role as consumer representative.
  • Access networks to support your consumer engagement.

Register: Please contact Corinne Martin [email protected] or phone 0438 882 817

Post expires at 3:49pm on Thursday August 2nd, 2018

Webinar: Diagnosing children with mental health difficulties: Benefits, risks and complexities 

This webinar on Thursday 2 August 2018, 1-2pm AEST, will critically examine the diagnostic categories and practices used in Australian health and welfare settings. It will argue that it is vital that diagnoses be contextual to the child’s past and present environment and recognise the various biological, psychological and social factors that may be involved.

Like adults, children experience mental health difficulties. In some cases, the psychiatric labels we give to these difficulties play an important role in children’s treatment and recovery. Yet in other cases, such labels can be misleading and even harmful.

In practice, psychiatric labels can influence how child and family welfare professionals work with children, even if they are not responsible for diagnosing children themselves. Such diagnoses can influence their work in myriad ways, including:

•    how they talk about and interpret children’s distress and impairment
•    the expectations they have of families
•    the interventions they provide.

The webinar will aim to encourage service providers and policy makers to reflect on the role that psychiatric diagnoses play and will encourage them to place such diagnoses in broader contexts relevant to the children and families they work with. 

This webinar will be relevant to practitioners, service providers and policy makers whose work involves children at risk of mental health conditions.

Test your system before the webinar, and read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Register to attend the webinar

Post expires at 1:57pm on Thursday August 2nd, 2018

An Introduction to Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour

SAFE in Oz will be presenting ‘An Introduction to Working With Individuals Who Have Self-Destructive Behaviour’, a 2-day training workshop in partnership with Interrelate in Coffs Harbour 25-26 October 2018 and in partnership with Casino Neighbourhood Centre in Casino 29-30 October 2018.

SAFE in Oz aim to give workshop participants an insight into the headspace of a person who participates in self-destructive behaviour/s in order to better understand their ‘real’ world and life experiences. The training encapsulates individuals’ needs throughout their lifespan and is flexible and responsive to the workshop participants.

Link to Coffs Harbour Training Workshop Flyer …

Link to Casino Training Workshop Flyer …


Post expires at 11:50am on Sunday October 28th, 2018

Webinar: Tax Concessions for Not-for-profits

An online webinar will help NFPs navigate their way through the tricky world of tax concessions on 31 July 2018.

The webinar will break things down in simple terms by outlining the common tax concessions for the not-for-profit sector and the various eligibility criteria and processes involved.

The session will provide an excellent opportunity to probe deeply into tax issues for not-for-profits and will cover:

  • Income tax exemption
  • DGR status
  • Fringe Benefits Tax
  • What you’ll receive:
  • Opportunity to submit questions
  • Copy of webinar recording and slide presentation
  • Information on further resources and support

More information and registration


Post expires at 11:10am on Tuesday July 31st, 2018

Child Parent Play Therapy for Parents and Carers

Perspective Psychology Services & Applied Techniques Training are running a course on Child Parent Play Therapy for Parents and Carers, Monday 23 July to Monday 20 August 2018 at Mt Gravatt Suites, 658 Kessels Rd, Upper Mt Gravatt.

Play, being the natural way children make sense of the world, can become a catalyst for empowerment, greater success at school, stronger peer relationships and a stronger sense of self-worth when used by care givers at home.

This 5-week group program offers a supportive and understanding space for you to learn and grow as a parent, carer, step-parent or any other role supporting a child.

Play Therapy Fun Facts:
  • “Children are unable to understand and talk about their feelings the way adults do and this makes adult therapies inappropriate in meeting children’s needs” (Byron Norton, 1998).
  • Adults make sense of their world through thinking and talking through things with others;
  • The brain doesn’t fully mature until the age of 21 to 25 years!
  • Formative years have a profound influence on a child’s development and span the period up to 8 years of age which are critical for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development.
  • Children make sense of the world through play.
  • Play therapy is evidence based and a great bonding tool.

Further Information and Registration Details

Post expires at 10:41am on Monday July 23rd, 2018

ACE Professional Development Series 2018

ACE Lismore has brand new Professional Development short course packages available which can be tailored to suit the strengths, challenges and needs of everyone. All training sessions are interactive, based on adult learning principles and are facilitated by skilled and experienced trainers.


Mental Health First Aid is a must have no matter where you work [teachers, sports clubs, community services, government agencies, health care professionals].


This workshop is aimed at helping supervisors become more efficient with delegating, setting goals and expectations (for themselves, their team and others), providing feedback and resolving  conflict. 


Practical & Popular. This is for anyone (18 years and over) who is not necessarily employed as a counsellor, but finds themselves in a counselling role. 


Personal time management skills have quickly become an essential for career success.

Contact ACE Lismore for more details: 02 6622 1903


Post expires at 9:31am on Thursday August 2nd, 2018

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