Disability Community Event Grants open — apply now!

Disability Community Event Grants open — apply now!

Community, sporting and cultural groups, schools and other NGOs, have until 15 June to apply for up to $5000 to hold an event during this year’s Disability Action Week or International Day of People with Disability.

Events may promote the rights and wellbeing of people with disability; strengthen how they may access and be included within their community; or encourage mainstream services and the broader community to connect and engage with people with disability.

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is also encouraging events that support communities, local businesses and community services to take up opportunities being presented by the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) which will roll out in Queensland from 1 July 2016.

Successfully applying for a grant is a great opportunity to engage with people with disability and help break down and remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion.

A total of almost $150,000 is available for events to be held across Queensland during Disability Action Week 2015 (13-19 September) or on International Day of People with Disability (3 December).

Applications close on Monday 15 June 2015. For more information, please go to: Disability Community Events Grants 2015

CCDA e–UPDATE APRIL 2015 latest sector news and updates

Mental health services crisis diffused as Federal Government announces funding renewal. Sophie Scott. ABC 2nd April

In a move worth $300 million, mental health services will have their funding renewed for a further 12 months. The announcement made today by Health Minister Sussan Ley follows a campaign by Mental Health Australia, after some mental health services began to shut down, unsure of future funding. Ms Ley said the 12-month extension would allow services to continue to be delivered while work continued on the current Mental Health Review. She said negotiations would commence immediately, with priority placed on frontline services. “This review will allow Government to form long-term plans to ensure our high-quality mental health services continue to provide the right care, at the right time in the right setting,” she said. To read the complete article please click on ABC

Feds Renew Homelessness Program Funding. Lina Caneva. Pro Bono.  23rd March. Excerpts

The Federal Government has extended homelessness funding for another two years, providing $230 million under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness –  just as current funding was due to run out in June 2015. Federal Minister for Social Services, Scott Morrison said the Government will provide $230 million to extend the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) until 2017, with funding priority given to frontline services focusing on women and children experiencing domestic and family violence, and homeless youth under 18.

“The Coalition Government recognises that domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness and that women and children are particularly vulnerable. The Government will therefore be ensuring that funding priority under the extension will be given to homelessness service providers that work with women and children in these situations.” Scott Morrison.

In February some 60 Not for Profit organisations and peak bodies warned of homelessness program closures unless the Federal Government urgently renewed the funding. The Not for Profits signed a joint open letter to Minister Scott Morrison calling for Federal homelessness funding to be continued, and a commitment to a four year National Homelessness Partnership Agreement. The organisations led by peak body, Homelessness Australia, had warned that tens of thousands of homelessness clients will be left abandoned if the Federal Government does not extend the $115 National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). To read the complete article please click on Pro Bono

An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda

Peak community and housing groups, including The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, Community Housing Federation of Australia, and National Association of Tenant Organisations, have released ‘An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda’ which outlines reform priorities to achieve an efficient and affordable housing system that strengthens productivity and participation.

To access the document please click on Affordable Housing Reform Agenda

Legal aid funding restored from July. Queensland Times 26th March

The Abbott Government has backed down over $6 million in planned cuts to legal aid, after a widespread backlash over last year’s budget decision. Attorney-General George Brandis yesterday confirmed the funding would be restored from July, after months of uncertainty in the legal community. The funding for community legal centres supported lawyers providing advice to low-income Australians on issues from workplace disputes to domestic violence. Senator Brandis has rectified the funding for two years, with $25.5 million for legal aid commissions, community legal centres and indigenous legal aid services. But the proposed cut will still apply to environmental defenders offices in each state and territory. To read the complete article, please click on Queensland Times

jobactive to help job seekers and employers from 1 July 2015

On 1 July 2015, the Australian Government is introducing new employment services called jobactive to better meet the needs of job seekers and employers and improve job outcomes. Current Job Services Australia contracts expire on 30 June 2015. Under jobactive, Work for the Dole Coordinators will start on 1 May 2015 and other services will start on 1 July 2015 and operate for five years. Fact sheets with more information on jobactive are available at the jobactive page.

The list of successful jobactive providers can be found at Employment. For Fitzroy (Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald), the three jobactive providers will be Job Futures, Max Employment and Neato Employment Services Pty Ltd. WfD Coordinator will be Max Employment.

Tax Review Targets Not for Profit Sector:  Lina Caneva. Pro Bono. 31st March

The Federal Government’s new discussion paper on tax reform specifically targets the Not for Profit sector asking if the current tax arrangements are appropriate – raising issues around the ongoing availability of Fringe Benefits Tax concessions and other foregone tax revenue. Federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey’s tax discussion White Paper, entitled Re:think, Better tax, Better Australia, includes a separate section on the Not for Profit sector which points out that while existing tax concessions help increase the level of activity in the NFP sector, the value of revenue forgone from the concessions is significant and growing steadily.

“NFP tax concessions result in significant revenue forgone,” the discussion paper says. “The two largest groups of tax concessions involve exemptions from paying fringe benefits tax (FBT) for public benevolent institutions (PBIs), health promotion charities (HPCs), public hospitals, non-profit hospitals, and public ambulance services; and income tax deductions for making gifts to DGRs. The amount of revenue forgone from these concessions has been increasing, particularly the FBT exemptions. “By 2017-18, the PBI concession is estimated to result in revenue forgone of nearly $1.6 billion, from almost $1 billion in 2010-11. In comparison, the deduction for gifts to DGRs has remained relatively stable, increasing from nearly $900 million in 2010-11 to almost $1.2 billion in 2017-18. To read the complete article please click on Pro Bono

Coalition has no tolerance for fraud in welfare system. Morrison; Keenan; Payne. Aust. Gov. Joint Media Release. 30th March

Childcare service providers are on notice that the Coalition Government will not tolerate fraud in the family day care sector, or by any other type of service that delivers approved government-subsidised childcare. The warning comes after a team from the AFP-led multi-agency Fraud and Anti-Corruption Centre (FACC) moved on a suspected racket in the family day care industry. Investigators from the FACC team – including AFP, Department of Social Services (DSS) and Department of Human Services (DHS) – were called in when anomalies exceeding $3 million were identified in government benefit payments to a family day care provider. A number of search warrants were executed in the Albury-Wodonga areas today, and a 27 year old woman was arrested charged with three counts of Obtaining a Financial Benefit By Deception contrary to Section 134.2 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).  To see the complete article please click on Foreign Affairs

AFP officers restrained cash and property of $2.2 million, which includes cash to the value of approximately $2.1 million and a vehicle worth approximately $90,000.

Minister for Social Services Scott Morrison said every year taxpayers spend around $7 billion on childcare assistance to Australian families to help them access quality and affordable childcare. “It is crucial this assistance is not taken advantage of,” Mr Morrison said. “I am advised today’s charges surround alleged rorting of the Special Child Care Benefit  subsidies that pay up to the full cost of a child at risk of serious abuse or neglect, or where the child’s family is experiencing temporary financial hardship. “My Department will continue to crack down on non-compliance through random checks, forensic data analysis, suspicious claims investigations and other measures.

Disability

Funding extensions for disability and carer programmes: DSS media release. 13th March

The Abbott Government today delivered certainty to thousands of people with disability, carers, families and their advocates by extending funding for a range of programmes transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Assistant Minister for Social Services, Senator Mitch Fifield, said the Government’s priority was to ensure continuity of services to families and carers as the transition to the NDIS begins. “Families, carers and children will continue receiving quality care and services as there will be no interruption as programmes migrate to the NDIS,” Minister Fifield said. Minister Fifield said the Government had extended funding to the following programmes:

  • Helping Children with Autism (HCWA)
  • Better Start for Children with Disability (Better Start)
  • Young Carers Respite and Information Service (YCRISP)
  • Outside School Hours Care for Teenagers with Disability (OTD)
  • Respite Support for Carers of Young People with Severe or Profound Disability (RSCYP)
  • National Disability Advocacy Program (NDAP)

The contract extensions will provide around $47 million to service providers across the country. For more information please click on DSS

Mental Health

Men’s Experience with Suicidal Behaviour and Depression Project Findings.

This study completed last year, revealed common risk factors and a common pathway leading to suicidal behaviour. Awareness of this pattern is important because it provides a guide for when and how to interrupt suicidal behaviour, and what warning signs may look like. Four traits or experiences were common among suicidal men:

  1. Depression or disturbed mood.
  2. Beliefs and personal values with strong emphasis on masculinity and stoicism.
  3. Stressful life events.
  4. A tendency to withdraw, or avoid problems, in order to cope.

When these four features interacted and got worse over time, this increased the risk of suicide, and creating various barriers to treatment or intervention. For example, men reported that having ‘masculine’ beliefs often meant they didn’t accept feelings or ask for help. Therefore, when stressful events happened, men withdrew or attempted to numb themselves with alcohol or drugs. This avoidance and isolation tended not to improve problems but make them worse, pushing men further along the path towards suicidality. To find out more go to beyondblue

Australian Government Expenditure on Mental Health

  • Over $7.6 billion, or $332 per person, was spent on mental health-related services in Australia during 2012–13, an increase from $302 per person (adjusted for inflation) in 2008–09.
  • $4.6 billion was spent on state and territory specialised mental health services, an average annual increase of 3.2% between 2008–09 and 2012–13. Of this, most was spent on public hospital services for admitted patients ($2.0 billion), followed by community mental health care services ($1.8 billion).
  • Expenditure on specialised mental health services in private hospitals was $330 million during 2012–13.
  • The Australian Government paid $906 million in benefits for Medicare-subsidised mental health related services in 2012–13, equating to 4.9% of all Medicare subsidies. Expenditure on psychologist services (clinical and other) ($391 million) made up the largest component of mental health related Medicare subsidies in 2012–13.
  • The Australian Government spent $788 million, or $34 per person, on subsidised prescriptions under the PBS/RPBS during 2012–13, equating to 8.3% of all PBS/RPBS subsidies.

For more information please click on MHSA

Mental health patients facing cuts to crucial services amid funding uncertainty: experts. Sophie Scott. ABC 24th March

Thousands of Australians seeking help for mental health problems face growing uncertainty because federal funding for hundreds of contracts has not been guaranteed after June 30. Seventy mental health groups, including Mental Health Australia, Headspace, and the Black Dog Institute, have written an open letter to Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Health Minister Sussan Ley.

The letter reads: “We have not received any definitive advice regarding the future of programs.”Some agencies have indicated that without this advice, they will have to give staff notice of termination of employment in a matter of days. “This ongoing uncertainty is causing a huge disruption to organisations and increasingly, deep anxiety amongst the people they serve.” The National Mental Health Commission has completed a major review of the mental health sector, which is currently with Ms Ley, but no date has been set for its release. For more information please click on ABC

Prevention and promotion framework for mental health

Prevention First is a plain language document produced by the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, that provides a new national framework for strategic action to prevent mental ill-health and promote mental health and well-being. This prevention and promotion framework has been developed to translate policy into coordinated action across sectors and for multiple sectors to use in their planning and monitoring of prevention activities. For this reason the resource has been written for a broad audience including governments, health and mental health workers as well as sectors that must be part of the national solution such as children’s services and education. Download the framework document HERE.

A free guide for teenagers who have a parent with a mental illness

The COPMI national initiative has produced a guide specifically for young people from 12 to 15 years of age who have a parent with a mental illness. It is now available for the public to order – free of charge within Australia. The guide is something that parents can offer to their children, or that practitioners can provide (directly to a teenager or offer to parents) to help them better understand their parent’s mental illness. It takes them through what mental illness is and how it affects people, and allows teenagers to reflect on their feelings and find ways of coping with their family situation.

Preview the guide ‘When your parent has a mental illness’ here . (Please note: This is a large file and may take some time to load. The format is intended to provide a preview of content only.) Order your copy now: Access the form here

The NDIS and Mental Health

The National Disability Insurance Scheme is the new way of providing individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers. The NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group was established last year to inform discussion about the scheme and access for people with psychosocial issues. Queensland’s Mental Health Commissioner, Lesley van Schoubroeck, and staff of the commission will be watching developments with keen interest.

There are no Queenslanders on the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group, however the Commissioner was pleased to see involvement of a carer representative and a consumer representative from Queensland in a recent consultation workshop. The Commissioner said it would be important to see how the NDIS might impact on people with mental health issues in Queensland. “I’m particularly concerned about access for vulnerable and disadvantaged people trying to recover from mental health issues. It’s important that the right services are on offer. They must support recovery and include real choice.” More information about the NDIA Mental Health Sector Reference Group and the Access project, take a look here.

Headspace Youth Reference Group

Headspace Rockhampton has restructured the Youth Reference Group and has opened applications up for up to 6 Leaders and 20 General Members to apply!

Indigenous young people,  young people from different cultural backgrounds, young people from rural and remote areas, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people and even young people who have been homeless are encouraged to apply.  The 6 leadership positions will be the ‘drivers’ of coordination for all areas of headspace Rockhampton that are identified as: Community Events; Policy and Development; and Education and Resources.  The 20 General Members will have equal opportunity to contribute to the facilitation and participation of the Youth Reference Group and will aspire to become the future leaders. Benefits of being a YRG members include: skill and knowledge development around youth mental health issues; connecting with other young people; advocacy opportunities locally and nationally; training in areas of interest including media, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, public speaking and a great kick start for your resume!

Applications Close: 13th April 2015 . For more information please contact: Jen Williams, Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator . Tel 4921 9800  Fax 4921 4365 Email jwilliams@headspacerockhampton.com.au

The social and cultural determinants of mental health: Collective responsibilities, individualism, austerity and entitlements

These five shortlisted essays from the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition look at mental health from a variety of perspectives. The outright winner, “A Place to Call Home: Housing Security and Mental Health,” was written by freelance writer El Gibbs. Runners-up were Malcolm Forbes, a medical registrar and researcher; medical writer Olivia Hibbitt; poet Sandy Jeffs and sociologist Margaret Leggatt; and Stephen Wright, a writer and counsellor.

The Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition honours the work and memory of the late Professor Gavin Mooney, a health economist who was a tireless advocate for social justice in local, national and international arenas. Each year the competition calls for entries related to a theme around equity and social justice.

To access these essays please click on Gavin Mooney Memorial Essays 2014

Service Information

SMART Recovery is starting!

SMART  Recovery is a voluntary self-help group that assists people in recovering from alcohol, drugs and other addictive behaviours. Based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), SMART Recovery empowers people with practical skills, tools and support to manage addictive behaviours. Weekly SMART Recovery group meetings commence in May at the  Walali  Neighbourhood Centre. For further information please contact  Shelly Green (facilitator) 49 220020

Early Years Network

Do you work with children aged birth to 12 years? Would you like to share information about services in our community? Would you like to receive information that could assist you in your work with children? The Early Years Network provides an opportunity for attendees to share information about their services and provide agency updates to the group. Each month the Early Years Network also invites a different guest speaker to discuss a particular topic relevant to our work with children.  These presentations may be:

  • Information sessions, which enable the speaker to discuss/demonstrate what they do or what services they provide.
  • Capacity building sessions, which allow the speaker to provide educational information that may assist workers in supporting their clients.

A recent survey indicated that 100% of attendees would either agree or strongly agree that the Early Years Network supported their work with children and families, and that the discussion was useful and relevant to their work. If you would like to join the Early Years Network please complete the accompanying EYN Membership form and return to Rebecca.Smith@thesmithfamily.com.au

Staffing and Recruitment for the Older Persons Mental Health Unit.

Recruitment processes have commenced for the OPMHU, with advertisements expected soon for Clinical, Registered and Enrolled Nurses as well as Assistants in Nursing.  Please keep an eye on the Work for Us website for further details: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/employment/work-for-us/ .

Reminder of closure of PCYC Dean St.

Please remember that the PCYC Youth Services Facility at Dean Street will be closed from the 17th April 2015. In spite of this closure, Rockhampton Alternative Learning Space & the Youth Support Services Program will continue to operate from the PCYC office at Stapleton Park. For any further enquiries please call

Jo-Anne Peace: PCYC Program Coordinator, P: 07 49285 243. M: 0418 884 096. E: jo.peace@pcyc.org.au

General Resources

Adrian Bayley, recidivism and structural responses to sexual violence against women. Fatima Measham.

The safety of women cannot be addressed exclusively in terms of law and order. Despite the fact that women are more likely to be raped or killed by an intimate partner in their own home, stranger attacks are still seen as the defining experience of violence perpetrated by men against women. It is a narrative of convenience: one that conceals women who manage to survive partner violence but deserve no less justice; that comforts other women (and men) who believe that they can do things to avoid being violated; that dilutes the notion that the perpetrator had made a choice; and that exonerates institutions from systemic failures.

Reports

The structural drivers of homelessness in Australia 2001–11 . Gavin Wood, Deb Batterham, Melek Cigdem, Shelley Mallett | Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute. 16 March 2015

Homelessness is highly concentrated in particular regions, especially those with high proportions of men, sole parents and indigenous persons—suggesting policy-makers need to target these groups and locations.

Demographics of Living Alone. Australian Family Trends No. 6

This paper describes the trends in living alone and the characteristics of people who live alone. It shows that within this single category of “living alone” there is tremendous diversity and that living alone has very different meanings within the various sub-groups. Demographics of living alone

 Grants

IRT Foundation

The purpose of IRT Foundation’s Community Grant’s Program is to work with local communities to improve the lives of older people by funding practical initiatives. Not-for-profit organisations, community service groups, registered charities and local councils are invited to apply for grants between $1000 and $20,000. IRT Foundation seeks grant applications for projects that demonstrate a positive impact on the health and quality of life of ageing Australians.

The World Health Organization’s Age-friendly Cities Framework identifies eight domains that can be applied to local communities to identify and address barriers to the well being and participation of older people. Applications for community grants should address one or more of these domains. Closes 10th April. http://www.irtfoundation.org.au/community-grants.html

General funding opportunities

Australian Government Grants

Queensland Government Grants

Queensland Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Department of Social Service Grants

Events, Training and Regular Meeting Date Claimers

Regular Meetings

CCDA Committee meeting 2nd Monday of the month, 10am at the Anglicare FACIT office, Ground Floor, 11 Fitzroy St (old MMI building).  Open to interested observers. RSVP to Secretary Carmel Marshall at carmelm@centacare.net. Strategic cross sector issues will be discussed.

Rockhampton Youth Interagency Network (RYIN), Meetings held regularly on the 3rd  Thursday  of the month  9.00am – 10.30am.  192 Dean St (The old WIN building)  For further information or to put items on the Agenda please email or ring Kelly Yow Yeh on 4928 5243 or Kelly.yowyeh@pcyc.org.au.

Local Network Group (Care Coordination Model) Room 5 Community Health Bolsover Street,  Rockhampton Second Tuesday of the month effective from 10/02/2015 until 8/12/2015 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For  more information please contact Susie Cameron, Service Integration Coordinator: 07 4932 5291: Mobile: 0409 341 782: susan_cameron@health.qld.gov.au

Rockhampton Community Access & Equity Reference Group For further information please contact  Bob Muir on 4936 8563: Mobile: 0457 102 707:  E-mail: Bob.Muir@rrc.qld.gov.au

Inclusive Technology Expo – Steering Committee Meeting (A combined COP DES-CQ & SALT event). Community Solutions Board Room – 189 Musgrave Street fortnightly from Tuesday January 6th: 1pm at Community Solutions. Contact Julie Irwin:  4932-8000 /4932-8010 :M 0407 226 147: Julie.Irwin@communitysolutions.org.au

 Rockhampton Interagency meetings for 2014 at UnitingCare Community 229 Musgrave Street, North Rockhampton,. Rockhampton Interagency is an Open/General Cross-Sector Interagency Network in the Rockhampton Area which aims to support each other and to enhance the delivery of services across the spectrum of community needs. Dates: Tuesday 12 May, Tuesday 11 August, Tuesday 10 November. Time: 12.30 – 2.30pm. For further information please contact Bob Muir on 4936 8563: Mobile: 0457 102 707:  E-mail: Bob.Muir@rrc.qld.gov.au

Rockhampton Domestic Violence Network. Last Wednesday of the month, commencing with February: For more  information including the next venue please contact 4926 5603

GLADSTONE: Youth Interagency meeting, first Wednesday of the month (except for August Show Holiday) 9am, Community Advisory Service, 142 Goondoon St  Contact  Vernetta on 4976 6311

Mental Health Workers Group regular get-togethers on:  First Monday of the month from 5.00 – 6.00 pm Excelcare D2DL Centre, 10 Albert Street, Rockhampton. Anyone who works in any mental health related field who has, or has had,  mental health challenges themselves are welcome to attend. Confidentiality, mutual support, laughter, community, and a cup of tea are all assured. For more information please contact Cindi  – 4991 1997

The Next Step: Suicide Support Group Meeting. Group open to people who have lost some-one through suicide and are interested in being part of a supportive network and raising awareness of the issue of suicide. For more information please contact Amanda on 0428 841 756 or email amanda@kangabins.com.au

The Rockhampton Mental Health Community of Practice. Third Wednesday of the month. 10am – 12pm. Relationships Australia Cnr Bersker and High Sts. Open to professionals, people with the lived experience of mental health challenges, carers, and all those interested in improving mental health support and awareness. For more information please contact Aaron Kenney on 4926 9726 or akenney@raq.org.au

CQ Suicide Prevention Network meeting.  For more information please contact Cat McPherson | Networks Developer, Wesley LifeForce | (02) 8922 9082 | 0417 932 602 Cat.McPherson@wesleymission.org.au

The  bi- monthly meeting of the Capricorn Coast Community Access Group will be held

in the meeting room at the Capricorn Coast Hospital on Hoskyn Drive, Yeppoon at 10.00 am o, Friday 1st May, Friday 3rd July, Friday 4th September. For more information please contact Ray Thompson on raynoels@bigpond.net.au

MOURA. Moura Interagency Network Meeting.  For further information please contact Debbie Palmes on dpalmes@anglicarecq.org.au or 0428 712 387. Meetings are usually held 2nd Monday of the second month.

GLADSTONE: Interagency Meeting, third Wednesday of the month, 11am, Community Advisory Service, 142 Goondoon St.  Contact Andrea on 4976 6358

YEPPOON. Livingstone Community Development Centre (CDC) User Group Meeting: Meetings are held every  2 months at the CDC Garage10 Johns St. Everyone Welcome. Share Ideas for the CDC. Meet the Livingstone Shire Council Manager Community Wellbeing. Provide Feedback.  Plan CDC Events. For more information including the next date please phone: 4913 3840

YEPPOON: Capricorn Coast Interagency Network Meeting, Contact: Sue Hamilton PH:  07 4913 3840.  Sue.Hamilton@ livingstone.qld.gov.au

EMERALD Interagency meeting, 2nd Tuesday of the month 9am. -11am. . For more information please contact Bec Hall  on BHall@chrc.qld.gov.au or 4980 6345

Rockhampton Bipolar Fellowship support group meeting 1st Tuesday of each month.  Community Health building, Cnr of Bolsover and Cambridge Street. For more details please contact Bruce Edward Mob:0419715345

Interagency Social and Emotional Wellbeing Group, Bidgerdii Community Health, Bolsover St. (Upstairs). 12pm -2pm. Lunch provided. 26 March, 23 April, 21 May, 18 June. For more information, please contact Dena Dodd-Ugle, (07) 449304600 or

ddodd-ugle@bidgerdii.org

If you are a Disability Support Worker who works in supported accommodation, I would love to hear from you!

If you are a Disability Support Worker who works in supported accommodation

I would love to hear from you!

I am currently completing research that explores the experiences of disability support workers and how you go about working with policy – ‘Stories from the frontline: policy, practice and the experiences of Disability Support Workers in Queensland’. I am recruiting participants who would be willing to be interviewed to discuss many different aspects of the work you do.

Confidentiality is assured.

As a token of appreciation, all participants will receive a $25 Coles/Myer voucher.

If you are interested, please contact

Davina Taylor on (07) 49232799 or d.taylor@cqu.edu.au

Please note: You will need to be over 18 and living in Queensland to participate.

This research has Ethics Approval from CQUniversity Human Research Ethics Committee.

DSS FUNDING: LGBTI: INEQUALITY IN AUSTRALIA: COST OF LIVING: AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS: DISABILITY: MENTAL HEALTH: SERVICE INFO; RESOURCES: REPORT; RESOURCES: GRANTS: EVENTS

CCDA Committee meeting 2nd Monday of the month (next meeting February 9th), 10am at the Anglicare FACIT office, Ground Floor, 11 Fitzroy St (old MMI building).  Open to interested observers. RSVP to Secretary Carmel Marshall at carmelm@centacare.net. Strategic cross sector issues will be discussed.

DSS to Negotiate NFP Funding Deals in January

The Department of Social Services, under the new Federal Minister Scott Morrison, says it will begin negotiating formal funding offers with the successful Not for Profit applicants throughout January. The Government said on Christmas eve that the successful providers and their formal funding offers will be made public once these negotiations have been finalised. In the week leading up to Christmas many advocacy and Not for Profit peak bodies were told their funding would not be continued including homelessness advocacy organisation National Shelter as well as Deaf Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia. Morrison said these decisions related to funding advocacy services as opposed to front line support services in the community.

“There has been no impact on the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), which are the primary sources of Commonwealth funding provided to State and Territory Governments to deliver housing assistance and specialist homelessness services,” Morrison said. “So not one bed place is changed on homelessness, nothing of that nature is contemplated under these funding round changes and these are things that the previous Minister and department have been working through for some time.  “This is a process that has been running now for some time as a follow on from the decision to reduce funding in that area by some $240 million dollars and they were savings that were going to the budget. “Some 700 organisations have been funded to do this work in the community.  It was part of an exhaustive, competitive tender round and there will be some cases where organisations that receive funding are no longer but there will be other organisations, over 100 in fact which are new organisations which are now undertaking programmes in the community.

“Some organisations applied for grants that now, due to Budget considerations, will not be going ahead. “The Department will work with affected organisations through the transition to minimise any impacts on services, staff and clients.”

Morrison said the Department of Social Services has advised applicants of the outcomes of the grant funding and it will be negotiating formal funding offers with the successful applicants throughout January with an announcement of the preferred providers and their funding offers to be made once these negotiations have been finalised. “The Government is committed to ensuring grants funding supports the area of greatest need for the community and the most vulnerable people and families in Australia are looked after,” he said.

“The response to funding under the New Way of Working for Grants was overwhelming. “The Department received more than 5,500 applications for grants worth more than $3.9 billion, with approximately $800 million in grants funding available when the new grant rounds were announced. “Grant funding will support a broad range of vital services that assist families, seniors, cultural and linguistically diverse Australians, Indigenous and mainstream communities and vulnerable people across Australia. “The New Way of Working for Grants will result in more streamlined reporting for organisations, enabling them to focus on delivering important services in the community. “Funding has been allocated to specified locations according to the identified level of need and disadvantage.”

The Department said that as a result of developments in the background law and the recent High Court’s Pape and Williams decisions, some programs will require redesign to ensure conformity with the law. “Some grant agreements will be of two years duration as that redesign process takes place. This will also help to ensure service providers have the scope and flexibility to be responsive, innovative and creative in meeting the needs of the community,” the Department said. More information about these rounds is available at www.dss.gov.au/grants.  To see the original article please click on Pro Bono

LGBTI consultation underway

Views on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) are welcomed as part of a new consultation on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues in Australia. Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson (pictured at a recent RightsTalk with Group Captain Catherine McGregor) is holding consultations to explore key rights issues affecting LGBTI people in Australia. Submissions are encouraged from all LGBTI individuals and organisations. An online survey and background paper are now available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website. Access the online survey and background paper HERE.

Bridging our growing divide: inequality in Australia: Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee, Government of Australia

The evidence before the committee is that income inequality—as gauged by various measures across a range of studies—has increased in Australia since the mid-1980s (see chapter 2).

The evidence shows that the likely impact of the Budget measures will be to exacerbate income inequality and poverty in Australia. The Henderson Poverty Line (HPL) and the 50 per cent median income poverty line indicate that far too many vulnerable Australians, individuals and families in receipt of income support, are currently living in poverty (see chapters 2 and 5).

The evidence provided to the committee showed that the level of the Newstart payment is too low. The income of a single, adult Newstart recipient is now more than $100 per week below both the HPL and the 50 per cent of median income poverty line (see chapters 5 and 6).

The minimum wage remains an important mechanism for low income people to avoid poverty and participate in society. The evidence shows that the minimum wage makes a significant difference to income inequality and rates of poverty. It is important that the minimum wage is set at a level that reflects the rising cost of living in Australia.

There is a socio-economic gradient associated with a large range of health outcomes. Poorer health outcomes are recorded for those with lower incomes. A concerted focus on preventive health and improved access to primary healthcare—especially for lower income people—will assist in lifting a number of these outcomes (see chapter 3).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, people living with a mental illness, single parents and newly arrived migrants (particularly those without English) are more vulnerable to poverty and disadvantage. To read the article in full and to access the Report please click on Australian Policy Online.

QCOSS Cost of Living Report

The report shows that while the overall cost of living is lower in regional centres such as Kingaroy, Rockhampton and Cairns, there are higher rates of unemployment in these areas. This means that there are likely to be a greater proportion of the population who are solely dependent on government allowances and payments to meet everyday living costs. As the report shows, single parents and unemployed single people who rely solely on government allowances and payments do not have enough income to meet a basic standard of living, even in regional centres with lower living costs. The report calls on federal and state government to support the construction of more affordable housing for low-income households and requests that the federal government increase government allowances and payments to enable those doing it tough to meet a basic standard of living.

For more information please click on Community Door or to read the full report please click on QCOSS Cost of Living Report .

Nominations are still open for the Livingstone Shire Australia Day Awards.

The Australia Day Awards are presented annually to local citizens and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community. Who inspires you? Do you know someone who inspires others through their own achievements? Why not take this opportunity to acknowledge, congratulate, and thank those individuals for their outstanding contributions?

Categories:

Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Senior and Junior Sportsperson of the Year

Senior and Junior Cultural Award

Sports Administrator

Community Service Award – Individual and Group

Environmental Award – Individual and Group

Community Event

Please click here to read the guidelines and complete the nomination form. Celebrate the wonderful people in our community who work so hard to keep it great! Nominations must be received by 5.00pm Thursday 15 January 2015. *Unsuccessful nominees or groups from past awards are eligible to nominate again and also anyone who has paid employment but goes outside their work commitments to serve the community, is also eligible.

Nominations for Rockhampton Regional Council Australia Day Awards for 2015 have closed.

Disability

Commonwealth doctors to assess new DSP claims

Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has announced Australian Government-contracted doctors will assess new claims for the Disability Support Pension from next year to achieve consistency and equity across the country. “This measure, which starts on January 1, is not aimed at those who may never be able to work but rather people who can work with independent advice and the right support,” he said. “The Government is committed to maintaining a safety net for those who cannot support themselves but many others remain on the pension longer than they need to.

Mr Andrews said the measure follows other changes to the DSP, which uphold the integrity of the welfare system and ensure support goes to those who need it. “Another recent change to the DSP has included compulsory participation activities for people aged under 35 who can work for more than eight hours per week. “This measure has already helped thousands of DSP recipients to engage with Job Services Providers with the view to getting back into the workforce.” Last financial year the Department of Human Services investigated 411 people for dishonestly claiming DSP, which resulted in $9.5 million in raised debts. Minister for Human Services Marise Payne said the Government is committed to protecting the integrity of the welfare system.

“This change will ensure support goes to those most in need,” Minister Payne said. The original Government media release can be found here.

State of the disability sector report from National Disability Services, Centre for Applied Disability Research

A business confidence index for the disability sector, the first in-depth measurement of how disability service providers are faring during this period of major reform, an analysis of the challenges of implementing the NDIS around Australia and a broad review of disability policy and trends. Far-reaching reforms are under way – or on the horizon – in the disability sector. Organisations face large planning and investment decisions. To access the full report please click on State of the Disability Sector Report

17 things Stella Young wanted you to know:  Matthew Liddy: ABC News

Stella Young, who has died at the age of 32, was a passionate, provocative and funny activist for disabled people. Here are 17 things she wanted people to know.

  1. I started calling myself a disabled woman, and a crip. A good 13 years after 17-year-old me started saying crip, it still horrifies people. I do it because it’s a word that makes me feel strong and powerful. Stella Young, writing a letter to her 80-year-old self.
  2. Half of all people with disabilities [in Australia] live near or below the poverty line. Less than 40 per cent of us participate in the workforce … In fact, Australia ranks last among the OECD countries when measured on quality of life for people with disabilities. Stella Young on quality of life for disabled people in Australia
  3. I dance as a political statement, because disabled bodies are inherently political, but I mostly dance for all the same reasons anyone else does: because it heals my spirit and fills me with joy. Stella Young, on dancing and disabled bodies

To read the other 14 things Stella Young thought that it was important for us to know, please click  on ABC News

VALE STELLA YOUNG: WE MISS YOU.

Mental Health

System is letting down region’s mental health patients. Sherele Moody. The Morning Bulletin 17th Dec

COURTS and custodial staff sent 170 Central Queensland mental health patients to the region’s hospitals last financial year – a rise of almost a quarter on the previous year. Queensland director of mental health William Kingswell’s annual parliamentary report reveals involuntary patients at the Central Queensland Network Authorised Mental Health Service rose from 137 in 2012-13. Courts or custodial officers handed out 106 involuntary treatment orders – down 21 on the previous year. There were 26 forensic order patients – people detained in an authorised mental health service or high-security unit for care – and 60 patients charged with a criminal offence. Dr Kingswell said Rockhampton patients were doing it tough compared to city residents because many mental health professionals did not want to leave metropolitan areas. “What you have in a lot of rural and regional Queensland is market failure,” he said. “So you don’t have a well-developed primary care sector or a well-developed private psychiatry sector that you would see in an urban area. “It’s just really difficult to get private practitioners to move out of the postcode that ends in triple zero.” Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland president Tony Stevenson said getting services right at the community level would lower the number of interventions.

He said more funding and introducing e-health and more support for GPs could make a world of difference for patients on the edge. To read the complete article please click on The Morning Bulletin

Mental illness and the NDIS. National e-bulletin

The National Mental Health Committee of the AASW wrote to Minster Mitch Fifield under the National President’s signature with key questions of concern relating to the ‘rolling in’ of current programs into the NDIS funding envelope which could potentially leave the current or potential future recipients of these programs without services. The issue is the loss of the ‘recovery’ philosophy which is at the core of these initiatives.  It is complex with points from both perspectives.  The letter is available here and the Minister’s response is available here. For further information go to website www.aasw.asn.au or contact AASW on email aaswnat@aasw.asn.au or phone (02) 6232 3900.

Continued decline in use of seclusion in mental health facilities

Information showing a continuing decline in the use of seclusion in mental health facilities has today been made available on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW’s) Mental Health Services in Australia website (available at http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au). Seclusion is defined as confinement at any time of the day or night alone in a room or area from which free exit is prevented. For the first time the national seclusion collection has been extended to include the duration of a seclusion event, the number of episodes with a seclusion event and more detailed information to allow more accurate calculation of separate rates for children’s units, older person’s units and adult units. Seclusion rates in acute mental health units have dropped over time, falling from 13.5 seclusion events per 1,000 bed days to 8.0 events between 2009-10 and 2013-14. Nationally, seclusion rates were highest in child and adolescent units (9.6 episodes per 1,000 bed days) and adult mental health units (9.5 seclusion events per 1,000 bed days). ‘However, the duration of seclusion events for child and adolescent units is much lower, at 1.3 hours, compared to, for example, adult units (6.3 hours) and older person units (3.5 hours),’ said AIHW spokesperson Geoff Neideck. To read the full media release please click on AIHW

Mental health services in Australia- Website Update

Updated sections of the MHSA website include:

  • Admitted patient care – Restrictive practices
  • Ambulatory equivalent public hospitals
  • Access to Allied Psychological Services

The updated sections can be viewed online at http://mhsa.aihw.gov.au/home/.

Lessons for Life

People who attempt to take their own lives provide valuable lessons for suicide prevention. The “Lessons for Life” research study by SANE Australia and the University of New England explores their experiences, and what we can learn from them to save lives now and in the future. The full report can be found at SANE

 Service Information

Community Training Network

The Community Training Network (CTN) conducted by Home Support Association provides low-cost, professional training for people working within the community and social sectors in Central Queensland.  Community Training Networks focus is to deliver training on topics and issues identified by people who use community based services, and professionals working within the sector.

Some examples of non-accredited training programs that are offered are:

  • Auslan for Social Conversation
  • Instructional Skills for Workers in the Social Sector
  • Manual Handling
  • CPR and First Aid (Accredited)
  • Record Keeping Practices
  • Legal and Ethical Frameworks

CTN already has four training programs scheduled for early 2015. These are included in the Events and Training Calendar below, or for further information about CTN and the services that we can provide please contact: CTN Administrator, Email: ctn@homesupport.org.au Phone: 0408 276 383 Fax: 4927 6404

New program to assist separated parents

Relationships Australia will be commencing a program to help separated parents maintain workable arrangements around caring for their children, starting on 2nd February 12.30pm – 2.30pm (day group) and a night group starting at 5.30 – 7.30pm. There are still a small number of vacancies within the group, so more people would be welcome. If anyone is interested please contact Relationships Australia on Phone: 1300 364 277

Election Considerations

QCOSS Election Media Release: An opportunity to achieve social and economic wellbeing for all

With nearly 15 per cent of Queenslanders living below the poverty line, Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) today calls on all candidates in the Queensland state election to be held on 31 January to commit to actions which will ensure the social and economic wellbeing for all.

The QCOSS 2015 Queensland Election Platform outlines the key actions an elected government will need to take to achieve the vision of thousands of Queenslanders captured in the Queensland Plan.

We will have a community spirit that embraces our diversity and unique culture and gives everyone the opportunity to shine. We will not leave anybody behind. (Queensland Plan, 2014)

“Based on our conversations with our members and the ongoing work we do in policy development, QCOSS puts forward six key actions an elected government will need to take now to achieve long-term wellbeing for all Queenslanders,” said QCOSS CEO Mark Henley.

“The first action is a commitment for government, the community service sector, business and the community to work together to codesign the best possible ways to address poverty and disadvantage in Queensland,” he said.

“Action is also needed to address cost of living issues, invest in a centre of excellence to support communities with evidence based best practice in family support, establish long-term agreements with the Australian Government in the areas of housing and homelessness, health and education, and provide programs to support vulnerable Queenslanders transition to sustainable employment.”

“We are excited by the opportunities this election holds and will continue to work towards ensuring all Queenslanders achieve social and economic wellbeing.”

For more than 50 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. With almost 600 members, QCOSS supports a strong community service sector.

QCPCA Policy – Towards Election 2015

This comprehensive position statement is the distillation of hundreds of responses gathered through website surveys over the past months and informs prospective candidates at the forthcoming Queensland State election of the issues being raised by P&Cs. Click here to view the QCPCA Policy – Towards Election 2015.

QAILS perspective: A fair and just Queensland – QAILS call to parties: 2015 Queensland election

As Queenslanders head to the polls, QAILS thinks it’s important for our political leaders to commit to a fair and just Queensland. Based on community legal centres’ experience and expertise supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged Queenslanders with legal problems (including over 46,000 in 2013-14!), QAILS is calling on political parties to:

  • access to justice [more]
  • domestic and family violence [more]
  • vulnerable young people [more]
  • people with mental health issues and intellectual disability [more]

General Reports

Specialist homelessness services 2013-14

This is the third annual report of the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection. Over the past three years, agencies have supported more than half a million Australians who were homeless or at risk of homelessness. In 2013-14, specialist homelessness services assisted around 254,000 clients, a 4% increase from the previous year. The report describes the clients that have received specialist homelessness support, the assistance they sought and were provided, and the outcomes achieved for those clients. For the first time, data about clients with a disability are included in the report. Download the full report HERE.

 General Resources

QCOSS Community Door Online Training: An Introduction to Cultural Integrity

You will be working through tasks that will support you to learn some facts and perspectives of the lives of people from various cultures. It is expected that while working through this resource, you will have a desire to read more and learn more of challenges that these people face in their everyday lives.

Journey 1

  • The meaning of culture and reflect on your own cultural identity and predispositions.
  • Awareness of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander culture, history and language
  • Ways to communicate effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Journey 2

  • Discuss cultural identity and gain cultural knowledge
  • Cross cultural understanding and an environment that support all cultures.

To find out more please click on e-training

Contact Policelink

​​​​​​Policelink for all Non-Urgent Police Reporting

Phone: 131 444
Website: www.policelink.qld.gov.au
Email: policelink@police.qld.gov.au If your enquiry relates to an existing Police Report, please ensure you provide your Full Name, Date of Birth and QP number (eg QP1200XXXXXX).
Fax: (07) 3055 6305
Phone: (07) 3055 6206 for interstate / mobile phones
Phone: 61 7 3055 6206 for international callers

To report a non-urgent incident to Police, access the On-line Reporting​ section.

Additional Queensland Police Service Centres:

Triple Zero; if it is an emergency, or the crime is happening now, call 000.

Hoonline; to report hooning activities which occur on land and water ways (for example: street racing or burnouts). Phone 134 666 or (07) 3055 6206 for interstate / mobile phones.

Crimestoppers; to provide information relating to a crime or dangerous activities that may assist with investigations. Phone 1800 333 000

Switchboard; all Queensland Police Service general enquiries. Phone (07) 3364 6464

 Grants

General funding opportunities

Australian Government Grants

Queensland Government Grants

Queensland Gambling Community Benefit Fund

Department of Social Service Grants

Events, Training and Regular Meeting Date Claimers

Events and training

Sensory Integration Workshops 10.00am – 11.30am Friday 16th and Sat 17th Jan, The Umbrella Network, 254 Eldon St. Cost $20pp. FULLY BOOKED.

Sensory Matters Product Displays 12pm – 2pm Fri 16th and Sat 17thJan, The Umbrella Network, 254 Eldon St. FREE. Children are welcome at the product displays. Also see www.sensorymatters.com.au or for more information please contact Julie Baker 0419 523 704. There will be no pressure to buy, however if you wish to purchase EFTPOS will be available

Parenting Plan Workshop: Presenter – Joanne Madden of  Joanne Madden Solicitors. Duhig Centre, 147 West St). FREE. January 20th  2015. Registration from 9.30am. Start 10am – finish 11.30am. Morning tea provided. To register please email sandypaton@bigpond.com  FULLY BOOKED

POPPERS 6 week program for children 6 – 9 years whose parents are  separated.  10th February 2015 3:30pm  Relationships Australia, 119 High Street, Rockhampton. Cost. $50 (6 sessions) 1st child: $1O (for each extra child attending at same time). Afternoon tea provided POPPERS aims to support young people in their experience of parental separation, conflict and change in their family situation. For more information or to book a place please phone 1300 364 277

CENTRAL HIGHLANDS Whole of Sector Day. 16th February. Venue and times tba.  The purpose of the day is to look at: Where we are as a community;

Evidence how services are working together; How we can support each other; Community and staff development; Developing a strategic plan for community; Finding a way forward through uncertainty. Please email karmstrong@anglicarecq.org.au for additional information or to register your interest to participate.

Focus on Kids a program to help separated parents maintain workable arrangements around caring for their children, is starting on 2nd February 12.30pm – 2.30pm (day group) and a night group starting at 5.30 – 7.30pm. There are still a small number of vacancies within the group, so more people would be welcome. If anyone is interested please contact Relationships Australia on Phone: 1300 364 277

CPR Training, 2nd February, 5.30pm -8.30pm, 13 Cavell St, Wandal Community Garden.

By 27th  Jan $65 – normal $75. Tea and coffee provided. For more information please contact 0408 276 383 0r ctn@homesupport.org.au.

Apply First Aid, 2nd  & 3rd February, 5.30pm -8.30pm, 13 Cavell St, Wandal Community Garden. By 27th  Jan $130 – normal $140. Tea and coffee provided. For more information please contact 0408 276 383 0r ctn@homesupport.org.au.

Communities for Children Planning Workshop, 6th February, 9:00am to 3:00pm, Duhig Centre, 147 West Street. RSVP by  23rd  January to Rebecca.Smith@thesmithfamily.com.au.

You are invited to come and help shape the way we deliver the future outcomesfor local children and their families. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. Please provide details of any dietary requirements when you RSVP.

BILOELA: Expressions Of Interest are called for ASIST training. Biloela Wednesday 11th & Thursday 12th February. The Black Dog Ball Committee in partnership with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service are offering ASIST training to members of the community who are likely to come into contact with rural families undergoing extreme hardship due to circumstances beyond their control. Training is being offered FREE OF CHARGE as a result of funds raised by the 2014 Black Dog Ball to community members who may not generally have access to this essential service. (Workshops generally cost in the vicinity of $250 to $300 per person). For more information and registration forms please contact: Debbie Hughes, Black Dog Ball Committee, 07 49222519 or 0408 156699

Intro to Mental Health, 17th  February 9am – 4pm, Frenchville Sports Club Cnr Eldon and Clifton Sts. By 107h Feb $165 – normal $175. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch provided. For more information please contact 0408 276 383 0r ctn@homesupport.org.au

Auslan Intermediate, 18th , 23th , 25th February: 4th , 11th, 18th, 25th March: April 1st. 9am – 4pm,, HAS Training Room, Cnr Haig and Cavell, Wandal.. By 11th  Feb $165 – normal $180. Prerequisite – Auslan Introductory. Tea and coffee provided. For more information please contact 0408 276 383 0r ctn@homesupport.org.au.

EMERALD: Out of Home Care Training Modules Available in Emerald – 2015. Child and Youth Mental Health Service, Community Health Building at the Hospital. 

 Wednesday February 18th 11am – 2pm; -Thursday February 19th 9am – 12pm. Cost: Free. Twelve training modules are being made available to out of home care service providers including Foster Carers, Residential Care Workers, Support Workers, CSO’s and other professionals working in the child protection sector in and around Emerald in 2015. All modules are 3 hours in duration and require participants to engage actively in the learning through a range of individual, small group and large group structured activities. What to Bring:     A snack & Something to write with. Contact Please contact Christian Miesch Ph: 49205700; email: Christian.miesch@health.qld.gov.au

Youth Mental Health First Aid. Thurs 19th & Fri 20th February, Room 1 Community Health Building Cnr Cambridge & Bolsover Sts, 9am 4.30pm. Cost:$100.00 (catering provided)Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14 hour course which teaches first aid skills for mental health crisis situations and the early stages of mental health problems  including depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance misuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, aggression etc. For a registration form, please contact Nicole Cooper on Email: Nicole_Cooper@health.qld.gov.au

POP Stars 6 week program for children 10 – 12 years whose parents are separated.  26th March 2015 3:30pm (Afternoon tea provided) Relationships Australia, 119 High Street, Rockhampton. Cost. $50 (6 sessions) 1st child: $1O (for each extra child attending at same time). POP STARS aims to support young people in their experience of parental separation, conflict and change in their family situation. For more information or to book a place please phone 1300 364 277

LONGREACH: Expressions Of Interest are called for ASIST training. Longreach

Wednesday 29th & Thursday 30th April The Black Dog Ball Committee in partnership with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service are offering ASIST training to members of the community who are likely to come into contact with rural families undergoing extreme hardship due to circumstances beyond their control. Training is being offered FREE OF CHARGE as a result of funds raised by the 2014 Black Dog Ball to community members who may not generally have access to this essential service. (Workshops generally cost in the vicinity of $250 to $300 per person). For more information and registration forms please contact: Debbie Hughes, Black Dog Ball Committee, 07 49222519 or 0408 156699

Youth Mental Health First Aid. Thurs 18th & Fri 19th June, Room 1 Community Health Building Cnr Cambridge & Bolsover Sts, 9am 4.30pm. Cost:$100.00 (catering provided)Youth Mental Health First Aid is a 14 hour course which teaches first aid skills for mental health crisis situations and the early stages of mental health problems  including depression, anxiety, psychosis, substance misuse, eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, non-suicidal self-injury, panic attacks, aggression etc. For a registration form, please contact Nicole Cooper on Email: Nicole_Cooper@health.qld.gov.au

Regular Community and Interagency Meetings

CCDA Committee meeting 2nd Monday of the month, 10am at the Anglicare FACIT office, Ground Floor, 11 Fitzroy St (old MMI building).  Open to interested observers. RSVP to Secretary Carmel Marshall at carmelm@centacare.net. Strategic cross sector issues will be discussed.

Rockhampton Youth Interagency Network (RYIN), Meetings held regularly on the 3rd  Thursday  of the month  9.00am – 10.30am.  192 Dean St (The old WIN building)  For further information or to put items on the Agenda please email or ring Kelly Yow Yeh on 4928 5243 or Kelly.yowyeh@pcyc.org.au.

Local Network Group (Care Coordination Model) Room 5 Community Health Bolsover Street,  Rockhampton Second Tuesday of the month effective from 10/02/2015 until 8/12/2015 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. For  more information please contact Susie Cameron, Service Integration Coordinator: 07 4932 5291: Mobile: 0409 341 782: susan_cameron@health.qld.gov.au

Rockhampton Community Access & Equity Reference Group For further information please contact  Bob Muir on 4936 8563: Mobile: 0457 102 707:  E-mail: Bob.Muir@rrc.qld.gov.au

Inclusive Technology Expo – Steering Committee Meeting (A combined COP DES-CQ & SALT event). Community Solutions Board Room – 189 Musgrave Street fortnightly: 1pm at Community Solutions. Contact Julie Irwin:  4932-8000 /4932-8010 :M 0407 226 147: Julie.Irwin@communitysolutions.org.au

Rockhampton Interagency meetings for 2014 at UnitingCare Community 229 Musgrave Street, North Rockhampton,. For further information please contact Bob Muir on 4936 8563: Mobile: 0457 102 707:  E-mail: Bob.Muir@rrc.qld.gov.au

Rockhampton Domestic Violence Network. Last Wednesday of the month, commencing with February: For more  information including the next venue please contact 4926 5603

GLADSTONE: Youth Interagency meeting, first Wednesday of the month (except for August Show Holiday) 9am, Community Advisory Service, 142 Goondoon St  Contact  Vernetta on 4976 6311

GLADSTONE: Interagency Meeting, third Wednesday of the month, 11am, Community Advisory Service, 142 Goondoon St.  Contact Andrea on 4976 6358

YEPPOON. Livingstone Community Development Centre (CDC) User Group Meeting: Meetings are held every  2 months at the CDC Garage10 Johns St. Everyone Welcome. Share Ideas for the CDC. Meet the Livingstone Shire Council Manager Community Wellbeing. Provide Feedback.  Plan CDC Events. For more information including the next date please phone: 4913 3840

YEPPOON: Capricorn Coast Interagency Network Meeting, Contact: Sue Hamilton PH:  07 4913 3840.  Sue.Hamilton@ livingstone.qld.gov.au

EMERALD Interagency meeting, 2nd Tuesday of the month 9am. -11am. . For more information please contact Bec Hall  on BHall@chrc.qld.gov.au or 4980 6345

Mental Health Workers Group regular get-togethers on:  First Monday of the month from 5.00 – 6.00 pm Excelcare D2DL Centre, 10 Albert Street, Rockhampton. Anyone who works in any mental health related field who has, or has had,  mental health challenges themselves are welcome to attend. Confidentiality, mutual support, laughter, community, and a cup of tea are all assured. For more information please contact Cindi  – 4991 1997

The Next Step: Suicide Support Group Meeting. Group open to people who have lost some-one through suicide and are interested in being part of a supportive network and raising awareness of the issue of suicide. For more information please contact Amanda on 0428 841 756 or email amanda@kangabins.com.au

The Rockhampton Mental Health Community of Practice. Third Wednesday of the month. 10am – 12pm. Relationships Australia Cnr Bersker and High Sts. Open to professionals, people with the lived experience of mental health challenges, carers, and all those interested in improving mental health support and awareness. For more information please contact Aaron Kenney on 4926 9726 or akenney@raq.org.au

CQ Suicide Prevention Network meeting on January 28 from 4-5:30pm at Walali Neighbourhood Centre.  For more information please contact Cat McPherson | Networks Developer, Wesley LifeForce | (02) 8922 9082 | 0417 932 602 Cat.McPherson@wesleymission.org.au

Visual Arts Program for clients with a disability – Rockhampton Campus

There are still vacancies in our Visual Arts program for clients with a disability which will commence this Friday at Rockhampton Campus.  Please find attached brochure and enrolment selection form for this program.

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Inclusive Community Celebration – Sunday 9 December 2012

I am sending you this email as I thought you, your clients, your contacts and friends may be interested in attending. Please help by spreading the word.

There is a wonderful event being held on Sunday 9 December from 8am til 10am at Stapleton Park, Cycle Track, Rockhampton PCYC. Its about promoting an Inclusive Community. A community in which we are all able to access and participate.

There will be a sausage sizzle run by Frenchville Rockwheelers, Music by Kate Leahy, a jumping castle for all ages from Pimp My Party, a Coffee Van from Reny’s, and of course a chance to ride your pushbike around the cycling track or have a go on a handcycle. The PCYC are providing access to their accessible toilets.

This is an International Day for People with Disabilities Event.

So come along bring your family and friends, catch up with old friends, make some new ones and show your support for a community that is accessible to everyone. Bring your own chair and/or bicycle and helmet if you wish.

The Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association is looking for volunteers to assist with the event, so if you are interested in helping out please let me know.

Michael Oxley
Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
PO Box 2126
Wandal Post Office
Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone 07 49212640
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