2013 National Conference

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The Anglicare Australia 2013 National Conference was held at the Rydges South Bank, Brisbane on 15-18 September.

The 2013 theme - Drawing on our Diversity – provided the perfect opportunity to explore the multiplicity of our network, the range of work we do and the diverse skills within the network, while remembering the shared values and commitment to a fairer society that brings us together.

John Roffey Lecture

The Future of Faith Based Agencies in a Big Society

Bishop Andrew Curnow was enthroned as the ninth Bishop of Bendigo in June 2003. Prior to his appointment in Bendigo, Bishop Andrew was Bishop of the Northern Region and Registrar of the Diocese of Melbourne. He has lived, studied and ministered to a wide and diverse range of communities and parishes throughout rural, regional and suburban Victoria. Bishop Andrew has a strong passion and interest in welfare and education having held leadership and roles with Anglicare, the Brotherhood of St Laurence, the Council of Christian Education in Schools (ACCESS) and the Melbourne College of Divinity. Bishop Andrew has degrees in commerce, divinity and arts. He is currently involved with St Lukes Anglicare, Bendigo, New Horizons Welfare Services, Braemar College, Benetas and Trinity Theological College. He has a particular interest in the theology of Mission in contemporary Australia on which he has written extensively. Bishop Andrew was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia through leadership roles.

Keynote Speakers

Speech not available.

Miriam Lyons is Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Development, a public interest think tank. She is a regular guest on the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum, editor of the 2013 book ‘Pushing Our Luck’ and co-editor of the 2010 book ‘More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now‘. Miriam was a delegate to the 2020 Summit and was profiled in the Thinkers category of The Australian’s Emerging Leaders series, as a ‘Woman Shaping Australia’ in Madison Magazine and as an AFR Boss 2010 ‘True Leader’. She is on the board of the Centre for Australian Progress and the advisory committee of the Centre for Cosmopolitan Civil Societies at UTS. Miriam has a passion for making good ideas matter. Formerly policy coordinator for NewMatilda.com, she is a frequent public speaker and commentator on a diverse range of Australian policy debates. Pushing Our Luck, published by the Centre for Policy Development, brings together leading progressive thinkers to explore compelling, plain-English solutions to the real challenges facing the next parliament. Ten chapters cover key policy areas, which should be part of this year's debates and will certainly shape our changes of creating a fair and sustainable Australian future.

Palliative Care is Everyone's Business

A professional with 20 years’ experience working in the health sector, Yvonne is Chief Executive Officer of Palliative Care Australia. She interacts and collaborates with all levels of government, health professionals, service providers and advocacy bodies to achieve high quality, accessible and culturally appropriate health care. In addition to managing numerous Government projects, she participates in steering committees for the majority of palliative care initiatives under the Government’s National Palliative Care Program. Yvonne is a passionate advocate for palliative care on the international stage, through her involvement with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, the Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance. She also has a wealth of experience in the public health, with particular interests in Indigenous health, chronic disease prevention, and equity of access to healthcare. She is Vice President of the Public Health Association of Australia and an Australian Health and Hospital Association Councillor.

Caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Accepting and celebrating diversity

Born in Narrandera, Sally Goold (née Bamblett) is a Wiradjuri woman who overcame discrimination to become the first Indigenous registered nurse in New South Wales. In 1971 she helped establish the Aboriginal Medical Service in Redfern. She subsequently moved to Queensland and was appointed to a lectureship in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology. She also worked for the Queensland Health Department as coordinator of nursing services in the Aboriginal Health Program. In 1995 Goold completed a Masters Degree investigating the reasons for continuing low numbers of Indigenous nurses, which she attributed to persistent racism and a lack of student support services. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses in 1997 and was appointed its first Executive Director. Sally Goold has been an inspirational mentor for Australian nurses, especially those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

KATE FREIBERG (for Professor Ross Hommel AO)
Early prevention in socially disadvantaged communities: How to do it, and its impact on positive child development and wellbeing

Conference Presentations

Monday 16 September 2013

Building a research agenda and a research business model in the community sector - Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith

Young people in transition: New research - Dr Sarah Wise

CARE: Creating conditions for change - Alison Ingram

The struggle for congruence - Alison Ingram, Candice Maxton and Michelle Blain

Diversity or adversity: Ensuring diversity strengthens rather than challenges collaboration - Kate Rush and Sue Christophers

Drawing on our diversity: Through collaboration, a living example - Rev David Peake and Arsenio Alegre

Two Worlds: Talking to children and parents about separation; an original Australian resource - Glenda Devlin and Georgena Stuckenschmidt

An extreme way to mentor - Amy Gascoigne, Georgina Pearce, Tom Hossack and Luke Haldenby

Tuesday 17 September 2013 - Morning

Doing Foyer: making the Foyer model work in Western Australia - John Berger

Developing collaborative practice under one roof: sister services working together - Carol Birrell and Tamieka Trebilco

Creating a home, building community, social inclusion and mental health - Suellen Welch and Nerida Leighton

Communicating with Aboriginal people and communities effectively - Archdeacon Karen Kime and Haidee Fullard

Expanding the meaning of us: Anglicanism in ecumenical context and the methodology of receptive ecumenism - Peter Burke

The mysterious case of the Anglican Church - Rev Doug Edmonds

The importance of flexible learning options in primary schools - Susan Richards and Janet Renfrey

Cradle to Kinder: A multi-disciplinary approach to service delivery with high risk families - Sonia D'Urbano and Melissah Charlton

Tuesday 17 September 2013 - Afternoon

Forgotten Notes: A choir for people living with dementia - Alan Gruner

Selwyn Centres reducing isolation for older people and facilitating connection - Rev Marianne Hornburg and Rod Perkins

Spirituality in people with advanced dementia - Chris Perkins and Rev Marianne Hornburg

Dude, this is your forte, take over: Making the most of multi-disciplinary community academic partnership - Leanne Wood and Jen Basham

Building a diverse and strength-based workplace - Georgina Stuckenschmidt

Using the customer experience to drive marketing efforts - Michelle Schwensen and Lisa Rees

Driving supplier diversity through Socially Responsible Procurement - Mike Brannan

Rural and remote diversity - Trish Graham and Narelle Derrig

Creating opportunities for connection and change - Amanda Hunt

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Living beyond Aboriginal suicide: Developing culturally appropriate and accessible suicide postvention service for Aboriginal communities in South Australia - Dr Ian Goodwin-Smith

Community literacy: making a place for the learning for a diverse community - Damian le Goullon and Christine Wall

Taz Kids Clubs & Champs Camps - Cassandra Ogden

Riding the CDC locomotive: the Anglicare South Australia journey - Susan Chessman

CDC: the Samaritans' journey - Shelley Williams

Building design: Models to support better care - Roger Burden

Telehealth in care services: Towards a sustainable future - Alison Little

Connecting: building trust through play and providing a gateway to child safety - Jennie Hannan and Christine Ockenfels

Drawing on our diversity: Indigenous involvement in resource development - Wendy Scarlett, Naomi Havens, Mandy Manggurra and Tanya Kelly