Aspect February 2017

Aspect Newsletter

From the Deputy Director

The New Year is Hotting Up

Roland DDA "new year" isn’t really necessarily different to the old. It's just an extension. Think of Syria, the Great Barrier Reef, Centrelink. Nonetheless we all think we get a new start in the new year, and that how we move forward from here, in February, can be more or less unencumbered by anything that happened in say November or December. It gives us a sense of direction. So what has this new start been able to offer up so far?

Competition and innovation for one.

Anything which is new or clever is given the gloss of innovation, which is presumed to be good, while competition is a proxy for efficiency and strength.  Although the NDIS roll out seems to be suggesting that innovation and competition in the social services will result in a higher caseload for workers and uncertainty for service users. And in retail now we are looking at lower wages and global online competition: fast fashion.

Another feature idea of the year so far has been the idea of choice. Do we the Australian people want to fund homelessness services or public housing? Do we want jobs or good work conditions? Do we want Family Tax Benefits or childcare, or the NDIS. Of course these are all false dilemmas. But it's surprising to have to explain yet again how childcare can be the crucial start for young children at risk of getting left behind, and that their families need an adequate income and a safe place to live as well.

And then there's the search for scapegoats and saviours. It's not new to this year, but it seems to be sharpening up.  We might soon be blaming Muslim immigrants for house prices - for example - rather than the tax rules and many years of government inaction.

In the same way, you might have noticed the definition of a welfare cheat in some political media has now become anyone who has, maybe, been overpaid something by Centrelink. Yes, there's been a strong community driven pushback to the process and inaccuracy of the "robo- debt" exercise, but there's no-one yet asking why so many errors or discrepancies exist in the first place nor why the mechanisms of the payments system connect so poorly to the everyday realities of the people it deals with. So even when the scapegoating doesn’t work, it can still be a distraction.

And if we look as far as the US, we can now see the media described as the enemy of the people. Perhaps the very idea of accountability is under attack and is about to be written off as an obsession of some distant elite, as the creator of problems.

In our 2017-2018 pre-Budget submission we pointed to the big issues facing Australia and the world, and the importance from an Anglicare Australia perspective of government looking to deal with those issues progressively and inclusively: Re -committing to the idea that no one is left behind, that every body counts, that we are stronger and better together.

In that submission we talk about dealing with growing inequality, the uncertain economy, the impact of climate change, and the need to work together across our class and social divides. And how they give rise to lots of issues that people across the Anglicare network are all too well aware of: the increasing insecurity of work, the crisis in homelessness and unaffordable housing, the shocking inadequacy of income support, and the growing barriers to inclusion faced by people who find themselves outside the (more or less affluent) mainstream because of who they are, where they live, or what has happened in their lives.

Australian citizens need their governments to face up to the challenges we are facing over the next decades. Not just the politics of the next year or two. And then find a way we can work together on dealing with them.

Of course, Anglicare Australia isn't alone in saying this. Ken Henry, ex-head of Treasury, has just been making this same point from an economist's and banker's perspective: pointing to tax reform, climate policy, our ageing demography and the need for infrastructure as areas where the political parties simply won't agree. Of course his 2010 tax review famously suffered precisely from the kind of "trench warfare" he described the other day.

A lot of the new year has been about partisan politics rather than good governments. It can make for entertainment, but it's not always good policy. Think of how successful Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's personal attack on Labor Leader Bill Shorten is seen to be. And who can remember that it came in a debate about the impact of a government bill on people living on low incomes?

And that's why clean coal is such an exemplar of the year so far. Because there is no such thing. Literally. The lump of coal taken into Parliament House as a prop for Question Time this month was coated in plastic. Otherwise the Treasurer would have got his hands very dirty indeed. But it was a way of dressing up a political priority as a solution to a bigger problem, one that will have consequences generations down the track.

We can't let the politics and entertainment industry tell our story. We all need to find a way to talk about the society, the world, we are trying to create. With more housing, job opportunities, care when we need it, education, as a part of that.

However, I'm not so sure that's come through in the new year so far....

Roland Manderson 

National Office News

Working Together as a Network

  • partnership-2 (1)Working together through expert networks is one of Anglicare Australia’s key strengths. If anyone wanted to know how we hope to fit it in this year, they would look at our mad March meeting calendar.
  • On Feb 28 (tomorrow) the annual planning meeting of national Research Network is being hosted by the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne. We will share intelligence, plan some strategic research together, and learn from each other.
  • The next day, March 1, Anglicare Victoria is host to the Media and Communications network to look at our national projects, such as the Rental Affordability Snapshot in April, working together on advocacy, and the power and discipline of good storytelling.
  • On March 9, the first of our new Strategic Collaboration Groups will meet at the Melbourne airport. The Residential Aged and Community Care group is led by Benetas; this meeting will focus on setting priorities for the next year, and its consequent work plan.
  • On March 15 to 17 the Chaplaincy, Pastoral Care and Parish partnership network will hold its annual retreat in Ballarat, including workshops, presentations, reflections, dinners and planning.
  • On March 21 the Housing and Homelessness Strategic Collaboration Group, led by AnglicareSA will meet in Sydney, courtesy of Anglicare Sydney, to kick off its timely work.
  • On March 28 a working group from the Children Families and Communities network will meet in Canberra to plan a forum later in the year.
  • On March 29 Anglicare CFOs will meet in Melbourne to exchange intelligence.
  • On March 30 the Disability and NDIs strategic collaboration group will hold its inaugural meeting in Newcastle at the home of the lead agency Samaritans Foundation.
  • On March 31 the Clinical and Care Governance Network will meet at AnglicareSA in  Adelaide and explore wellbeing and quality of life, governance frameworks  and  future partnerships on KPIs, benchmarking, and data collection.

If you want to find out more about any of these, or other, Special Interest Networks please contact our office at [email protected] 

 

For Purpose Summer School

for purpose logoThe For Purpose Summer School is a three day professional development event for people working for purpose. Beth Doherty, National Media and Communications Director at Anglicare Australia attended the final day of the school on Tools for Change on Friday 24 February.

The Summer School featured a series of interactive skills development workshops and expert panel discussions, tackling issues and challenges relevant to change makers.

Summer School attendees had a unique opportunity to come together and network with peers and leaders from around the country.

The three workshops attended by Beth included New Trends in Social Media Land, led by Dr Nicholas Carah from the University of Queensland; Low Cost Tools for Big Impact, led by Joanna Le and Caterina Giorgi from For Purpose. There were also two panel discussions called: Video on a shoestring (and for everyone) and The things I can’t live without – Change makers share their favourite tools and resources.

For more information about future workshops by For Purpose Australia, check out their website 

50563Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers hit a chord with her Aspect column last month, and it was amended and republished in Eureka Street on 6 February.

Over Christmas 2016 and the early weeks of 2017, Centrelink's new policy of automated online debt collection has been subject to conflicting reports, making us wonder what version of truth we might best believe.

To read the article in its amended version, click here

 

Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the non-payment of the Superannuation Guarantee

australian-senate-e1442909127281Anglicare Australia welcomed the opportunity to respond to this inquiry into the non-payment of the Superannuation Guarantee. From our work across a diversity of services, including employment services, disability services, emergency relief and housing, we know that the income issues some people face at retirement reflect their working lives, battles with health, various caring responsibilities, and experience of deep and persistent disadvantage prior to retirement. Given the nature of the care and services Anglicare members provide, and the human insights we gain from it, this submission will focus in particular on the effect of the non-payment of the superannuation guarantee on low income workers and their retirement incomes.

To read our submission, click here

 

The Best Results | Anglicare Australia's Submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Human Services

Productivity-Commission-924328_630x210Anglicare Australia has made the following submission to the Productivity Commission's Inquiry into Human Services. Anglicare Australia contested some of the broad parameters of this inquiry from the start. It appears to be established on the presumption that competition is by its nature a driver of efficiency; that efficiency is an inherently good thing in human services; that the innovation that comes with competition between businesses is of benefit to service users; and that it is appropriate to equate individual consumer choice with agency and well-being. These are not presumptions we accept.

To read our full submission, click here

 

Don’t step away from NAHA – housing matters

YES Housing LogoAnglicare Australia supported ACOSS and National Shelter in their call on 15 February, 2017 for the Australian government to continue with the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) and to plan for more social housing, not less. Executive Director of Anglicare Australia Kasy Chambers noted that the Government had pointed to a shrinking supply of public housing. "If the government were to slash its NAHA investment, as has been suggested it might, we wouldn’t see more social housing, we’d see less. That is not acceptable.

To read the media release, click here

 

Common Sense for the Common Good – Stop the Trade off in Essential Services

downloadAnglicare Australia joined with ACOSS and a range of community organisations on 16 February, 2017 to oppose the Government’s Omnibus Bill that would see vulnerable people losing income benefits in order to pay for other essential services including childcare and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS.) “Anglicare Australia serves around one in 25 vulnerable Australians, many of whom rely on income support such as Carers’ Payments, Parenting Payments, Disability Support Payments and Family Tax Benefits.

To read the media release, click here

 

Anglicare Network News

TFCO foster carers needed in Victoria

lisa-and-paulThis call for foster carers comes from Anglicare Victoria.

As a loyal supporter of Anglicare Victoria, you may be aware that our agency is one of the largest providers of out-of-home care in the state.

Anglicare Victoria is asking you to spread the word about a new, innovative foster care program, set to be trialled in Melbourne’s Southern Metropolitan Region - Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO).

TFCO is an evidence- based, internationally successful program that is providing an alternative to residential care and aims to get kids with problem behaviours back to a stable, family life.

The program delivers intensive support to the child, foster carer and birth family over a six to nine month period through a professional, supportive team.

On 28 February, an information night will be held about this innovative program.

To find out more, click here

New Supported Accommodation to Prevent Homelessness in Alice Springs

Anglicare-NT-dots_RGB-175x175This Media Release was provided by Anglicare NT

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy on 30 January announced Anglicare NT had been awarded the tender to manage 22 supported-accommodation units at 103-105 Bloomfield St, Alice Springs.

Mr McCarthy said the Northern Territory had the highest homelessness rate in the nation and initiatives like the Alice Springs supported accommodation units would help those at risk of homelessness.

“Good housing is a right for all Territorians and supported accommodation can help people get back on their feet,” Mr McCarthy said.

To read the media release, click here

New “Creative Space” in Katherine

IMG_0328This article was provided by Anglicare NT

Anglicare NT’s Katherine Regional Office today launched a new creative space, the Barramundi Room.  The Barramundi Room is an open-planned, colourful space featuring computer equipment, a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, a workshop area and a chill-out corner.

‘Anglicare NT’s wide range of community services will benefit from this new space in Katherine.  The space will be used for client programs, workshops, networking meetings, professional development training and community service venue hire,’ said Anglicare NT CEO David Pugh.

‘Youth and housing clients are looking forward to using the space to develop their independent living skills. Clients will learn barista coffee making, meal preparation, budgeting, shopping, money handling and customer service skills.’

To read about this initiative in full, click here

Anglicare maximises reforms for Queenslanders over 65

Anglicare Southern Queensland_Help at HomeThis article was provided by Anglicare Southern Queensland

Local community care provider, Anglicare Southern Queensland, has embraced the opportunities gained through the Federal Government’s aged care reforms, which will allow seniors to choose a home care provider that is best suited to them.

According to Anglicare Southern Queensland’s Director, Service Delivery, Mrs Sue Cooke, Anglicare has developed a model of working with clients to develop individualised plans that go beyond meeting clients’ immediate needs to supporting clients in achieving what they want out of life.

“Anglicare has always had a consumer-directed focus long before consumer-directed care was introduced in July 2015,” Mrs Cooke said.

To read the full article, click here

Fostering education and learning

Meg's Presentation 400 x 265This article was provided by Anglicare Tasmania.

While some children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) can do very well at school, research shows that many are at a greatly increased risk of poor educational outcomes.

There is a growing recognition that foster carers have a key role to play in supporting the education of the children in their care and this has a significant impact on raising aspirations and improving educational attainment.

Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) conducted research during 2016 about Tasmanian foster care and educational support.

To read the article and the report, click here.

Middle Eastern migrants aren’t ‘piling on to the dole queue’

17016403_10155767152669460_1060726535_oThis article was provided by the Conversation via the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

John van Kooy Research Fellow, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Honorary Researcher, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne has written a piece in The Conversation about the perception of Middle Eastern migrants in Australia.

He wrote: Claims that Middle Eastern migrants are “piling on to the dole queue” are misleading. The data actually shows that, after an initial period of relatively high unemployment, labour force participation and employment rates amongst migrant communities eventually reach parity with the rest of the population.

Recently released labour force data indicates that people born in North Africa and the Middle East have unemployment rates of 33.5% during the first five years of settlement in Australia.

Settling well in Australia often takes time for people from migrant backgrounds. The first few years can involve significant personal, social and economic transition. Refugees, in particular, can face challenges in dealing with the trauma of forced displacement.

To read the entire article, click here

A sustainable solution for youth homelessness

Peterblog_layred-670x300This blog was written by CEO of Samaritans Foundation, Peter Gardiner

Today young people are faced with many challenges with youth unemployment at a high, and affordable housing options at a low.  The struggle is even more real for those from a disadvantaged background with no family to rely on and so the cycle of homelessness begins.

In 2014 Samaritans established a Student Accommodation service in Wickham aiming to break the cycle of homelessness by offering young people a clearer pathway into employment and independent living. The program is based on a Foyer model and has proven very successful. Subsidised accommodation is offered as well as supportive living and a mentor to help young people achieve their education goals. The program creates positive and sustainable pathways forward for these individuals. It offers the support they need to achieve the qualifications necessary to secure steady, long-term employment.

To read the full blog, click here

Owner finds Gladstone man living under home, police arrive

b88603731z1_20170223170834_000g2ah5g9b2-0-brdd6oiy26oe7x3jsn2_t1024This article was published in the Gladstone Observer

DESPITE rock-bottom prices in the local private housing market, people are still feeling the pressures of housing costs.

Anglicare Central Queensland housing manager Melinda White said many of the residents who stayed in Gladstone after the downturn were struggling.

"In a way the need for affordable housing has decreased, but that's only because people are leaving town," Ms White said.

"But those who stay are under pressure, and may be locked into rental contracts they can no longer afford."

Ms White said Anglicare was able to assist people under financial stress with affordable pricing that was below market price.

The issue of affordable housing was highlighted in a recent court case, when a Gladstone man pleaded guilty to trespassing after he was found sleeping underneath a vacant home.

To read the full article, click here

MORE PLEASE! Dining with Dementia

dinner plate 2This article was provided by AnglicareSA

Staff at St Laurence’s, AnglicareSA’s Residential Aged Care facility at Grange, know there is more to a meal than just food.

A dining model introduced at St Laurence’s for residents living with dementia, has seen increased interest in meals, better eating, healthy weight gain and greater interaction and conversation at meal times.

Across cultures, food is central to our rituals and social wellbeing and viewed as a positive and communal part of the day. However, with illness or ageing, this can be impacted. Research has shown that people with dementia experience weight loss, and that eating difficulties and weight loss are common in residential care facilities.

Atmosphere, aesthetics, people, aroma, appearance and presentation of food all affect the dining experience. AnglicareSA Senior Manager Residential Aged Care, Jacinta Robertson, said meal time is an important opportunity for social interaction.

To read the full article, click here

EPIC collaborates with Orange Sky

Orange-Sky-CollageThis article was provided by EPIC Assist

Just over two years ago, a couple of Brisbane mates had an idea to start a charity.

It was a simple concept. Throw a washer and dryer in the back of a van and travel the city providing free laundry services to the homeless. Originally just one van doing the rounds in Brisbane, Orange Sky Laundry now services eleven locations across Australia.

Not content with simply washing clothes, Orange Sky Laundry (Orange Sky) want to do their part in assisting their friends on the street to reconnect with the community.

In the near future, Orange Sky will begin providing casual employment opportunities to their friends on the street, a number of which have disabilities or particular support requirements. As this is a new area for Orange Sky to delve into, they approached EPIC Assist (EPIC) for guidance.

To read the full article, click here

National Awards Profile

HIGHLY COMMENDED - Poker Machines Cause Harm in Your Local Area - Social Action Research Centre (SARC), Anglicare Tasmania.

Anglicare Tas SARC - National Awards - IMAGE 2 - Margie launching mapWelcome to the next in our series of profiles on the winners and highly commended of the Anglicare Australia 2016 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence. These profiles are featured in the 2017 Anglicare Australia Review.

SARC works for social change guided by principles of social justice. SARC undertakes this work across a spectrum of activity including social research, policy development, advocacy and lobbying, community education and awareness-raising.

SARC’s Poker Machines Cause Harm in Your Local Area online interactive map is the centrepiece and rallying point of a new campaign to have poker machines removed from community venues in Tasmania.

In the second half of 2015, the issue of poker machines in Tasmania resurfaced on the political agenda. This presented a once in a generation opportunity to push for fundamental change that could have a life-changing impact on Tasmanians.

Mobilisation of a broad and coordinated community campaign was needed to push for this change. The interactive online map and associated campaign ties together research, policy development, advocacy and community awareness raising, in line with the SARC model of working.

The judges really loved the innovative use of interactive technology to explore and explain a policy issue in this application. 

Research and Resources

Grants to support the participation of people with disability at conferences

12920Grants of up to $10,000 are available to assist people with disability to participate in national disability-related conferences held in Australia.

The National Disability Conference Initiative is intended to ensure that people with disability have the opportunity to participate in conferences about issues that affect their lives.

The grants can be used for expenses such as travel, registration and accommodation for people with disability, and can also be used by conference organisers to develop accessible materials, hire Auslan interpreters, or for other measures to improve participation of people with disability. Applications close at 2pm AEDT on 14 March 2017. 

To find out more, click here

Unsettled: life in Australia’s private rental market

16996544_10155767237064460_224211658_nA new report, published jointly by CHOICE, National Shelter and the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations, has revealed the widespread fear and discrimination faced by thousands of renters.

The survey found highlighted both the extent and the impact of insecure rental situations, finding that 83 per cent of renters have no fixed-term lease or are on a lease less than 12 months long, and  62 per cent of people say they feel like they can’t ask for changes without risk of retribution.

The people with the most experience in the rental market were the most likely to hold off on a request for repair for fear of rent increases or eviction. The survey also found that discrimination was widespread, with 50 per cent of renters report experiencing discrimination when applying for a rental property.

To read more click here

Indigenous leaders call for urgent action as little progress is made to Close the Gap

download (2)The 9th Closing the Gap report has once again shown limited progress being made on key indicators of Indigenous disadvantage.

The report finds that only one target, halving the gap in year 12 attainment by 2020, is on track to be met. Four targets are supposed to be met in a year - halving the gap in employment, halving the gap in reading and numeracy, closing the gap in school attendance and halving the gap in child mortality.

First Nation leaders have met with the Prime Minister and called on him to support the historic Redfern Statement, developed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations during the 2016 federal election. 

To read more, click here

“Hour-glass ceiling”: Working hours risking women’s health

female-768690_960_720A paper published this month has shone a light on how current work hours can disproportionately affect women, when paid work is combined with unpaid domestic labour and caring responsibilities.  

The study found that in general, the current 48-hour limit has less of a negative impact on men who are doing less unpaid labour.

The author found that for women, the healthy work limit was 34 hours per week once their other commitments were considered. The healthy work limit for men was up to 47 hours a week generally because they spend much less time on care or domestic work than women. The author warned that working longer hours can erode mental and physical health. 

To read more, click here

ACOSS releases budget priorities statement

Cassandra Goldie with ACOSS budget reportACOSS has released a budget priorities statement outlining a suite of measures to address urgent areas of reform such as housing, inadequate incomes and community services funding. The measures save $9.4 billion by 2018-19, in addition to putting $4 billion into critical social infrastructure to reduce poverty and inequality. Some of the key cuts to tax concessions include:    

  • Capital Gains Tax – from 50% to 25% over 10 years - Saving: $500m in 2018-19.
  • Small business Capital Gains Tax breaks – Saving: $150 million in 2017-18 ($300m 2018-19)
  • Deductions for personal investment expenses (Negative Gearing) – Saving: $150 million in 2017-18 ($300m in 2018-19)
  • Private trusts to avoid personal income tax – Saving: $0 in 2017-18 ($1,500m in 2018-19)
  • Tax income retained in private companies - Saving: $1,200m in 2018-19
  • Remove Private Health Insurance rebate - Saving: $3,400m in 2017-18 ($3,500m in 2018-19)
  • Abolish Extended Medicare Safety Net - Saving: $420m in 2017-18 ($430m in 2018-19)
  • Superannuation contributions reforms – further reforms including fund earnings post-retirement - Saving: $0 2017-18 ($1,300m in 2018-19)

Some of the measures they recommend introducing include increasing Allowance payments (single people) by $54 a week, increasing the maximum amount of  Commonwealth Youth Assistance, restoring community services funding levels and establishing a national career transitions program. The full budget priorities statement is available at this link. 

New Directors for BaptistCare, Uniting Care and Catholic Social Services Australia.

rules-2076442_960_720The peak bodies of some of Australia’s major Church Providers in social services have undergone significant changes over recent months, with BaptistCare, Uniting Care and Catholic Social Services Australia all welcoming new Executive Directors.

BaptistCare welcome Marcia Balzer in early February.  According to BaptistCare, Marcia is a professional executive with a strong background in management of issues in complex multi-stakeholder environments. She has experience in both for-profit and government organisations, progressing from marketing and fundraising to areas in communications, advocacy and public relations. Her career has evolved from single issue management organisations through to State and national level advocacy.

Marcia BalzerMarcia’s most recent role was Head of Public Affairs Manager with the Australian Veterinary Association.

On a personal level, Marcia has a passion for social justice and enterprises which operate in that space.

UnitingCare welcomed Claerwen Little on 6 February, a member of the Uniting Church, and a long term committed member of UnitingCare Australia’s National network. Ms Little has held a number of senior executive roles in service delivery, advocacy and innovation for over 35 years in the community sector.

Claerwen LittleShe was responsible for establishing the research and advocacy functions of Uniting (NSW/ACT) and led a large and complex suite of programs for those most disadvantaged. With her team, she established Australia’s first Social Benefit Bond restoring children in care back to their families. Claerwen is also passionate about working to ensure justice for Australia’s first peoples.

Jesuit priest Fr Frank Brennan began his role as CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia on 6 February, 2017. Fr Brennan has been a long-time advocate for human rights and social justice in Australia.

frankbrennan101043-w400-q35-catholic-social-services-australia-a5895In every role he has had, Fr Brennan has been amplifying the voice of conscience, especially the voice of those who are marginalised.

Frank is an adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and the Australian National University College of Law and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies. He is also the superior of the Jesuit community at Xavier House in Canberra.

Government Policy and Information

Parliamentary sitting dates revised

imagesThe 2017 Parliament sitting dates have been revised.

The new sitting calendar can be found here at the following link.

Senate cross bench expanded as Senator Cory Bernardi quits the Liberal Party

764592f8e75b6ec385d99dfbee33705c_400x400South Australian senator Cory Bernardi’s defection from the Liberals to establish his own conservative party has expanded the Senate cross bench once again.  

His move doesn’t change a lot immediately, but once Bob Day’s seat is filled, the Liberals will need to harness 10 votes to pass legislation in the Senate.

If the legislation is opposed by the ALP and Australian Greens, the Government will have to negotiate with at least 5 different groups to pass the legislation.

The ABC has a handy interactive guide to the new Senate at this link.

Inquiry into Centrelink’s automated debt recovery system

b5afc3f8e158b7ac3ef0089108ef9cd1The Senate Community Affairs References Committee will investigate the government’s controversial Centrelink automated debt recovery system.  The terms of reference include inquiries into its impact on people, its design and administration, how much capacity was given to Centrelink services to cope with the program, and process of contracting debt-collectors. Individuals and organisations can make submissions, which are due by Wednesday March 22. The Committtee is due to report by the 10th of May. 

For more information, click here

June Oscar AO appointed to the role of Social Justice Commissioner

June-Oscar-2017-flickr-large-31293658436-medium760x425June Oscar AO has been appointed the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission. Oscar is a Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing in WA who has long been involved in Indigenous health and welfare. Currently she is the chief executive of the Marninwarntikura Women's Resource Centre. Oscar will replace Mick Gooda, who is now working on the Northern Territory youth detention royal commission. 

Sector Events

Sector Events

The Australian Breastfeeding Association's 2017 Seminar Series for Health Professionals
Dates: Brisbane,14th March; Sydney,15th March; Melbourne 16th March; Perth 18th March.

FCA Conference (Financial Counsellors Australia)
Dates: 14-17 May, 2017
Full program and registration information coming soon

HESTA awards
Nominations for the 2017 HESTA Australian Nursing and Midwifery Awards are now open - the annual Awards recognise graduates, individuals and teams for their professionalism, innovation and care, across a range of health settings. 

GARMA festival
Regustrations open. Run by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, the Garma festival will take place from the 4th to the 7th of August.

18th International Mental Health Conference
Abstract submissions are now being accepted for the 18th International Mental Health Conference, being held on the Gold Coast, QLD on 21 – 23 August 2017. More information is available on the website where you can submit your abstracts and register.

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