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Coercive Control Network Dinner at Parliament House - Friday 26 March

AASW Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn and Queensland Branch Social Policy & Advocacy Sub-Committee Member Fotina Hardy, attended the Coercive Control Network Dinner at Parliament House on Friday 26 March.

The dinner focused on the recent announcement of the Queensland Task Force on Coercive Control.

Yasmin noted 'It was a fantastic opportunity for them to network with key services in the DFV field and highlighted that a collaborative effort will be required to push forward and implement this significant legislative and associated cultural change'.

Other organisations in attendance were Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, Micah Projects, White Ribbon Australia, DVConnect, Women’s Legal Service QLD, and Children by Choice, as well as Sue and Lloyd Clarke (Hannah Clarke's parents).

Key note speaker was Jess Hill, investigative author and journalist.
POSTED 29/03/2021

Brisbane's 3 day lockdown

Please see following information for Brisbane's 3 day lockdown;

Greater Brisbane will enter a 3-day lockdown from 5pm AEST Monday 29 March to 5pm AEST Thursday 1 April. Allied health professionals as healthcare workers are considered essential workers however it is recommended that if you can provide care via telehealth it is preferable to do so.

Anyone who has been in Greater Brisbane on or since 20 March must go into lockdown. Information about the lockdown restrictions including mask wearing, permitted reasons to leave home, travelling to and from the Greater Brisbane region, weddings, funerals, gatherings and non-essential businesses, activities and undertakings is available on the Queensland Health website.

Pertinent information for the social service sector includes:

• Community service workers are considered essential workers as they have been in previous lockdowns. You should work from home if you are able to do so.
• You must carry a face mask with you at all times when you leave home, unless you have a lawful reason not to. You must wear a face mask in indoor spaces. You must wear a mask outdoors if you are unable to stay 1.5 metres from other people. Masks do not need to be worn in some in some circumstances, including by children under 12 years, where people have certain medical conditions, and in workplaces where it is not safe to do so. You can remove your masks to consume food or drink.
• Schools, child care centres and kindergartens will remain open for children of essential workers and children experiencing vulnerability or disadvantage.
• Community facilities to remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. Community facilities may continue to operate if they provide formal out of school hours care.

Physical distancing must be observed to the extent possible.

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/urgent-covid-19-update
POSTED 29/03/2021

Grave Concerns Over Passage of Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (QLD)

Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Queensland Branch President Yasmin Dunn and Chief Executive Officer Cindy Smith have described the passage of the Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (QLD) as a missed opportunity to protect the best interest of vulnerable children and their families.

Please see the ABC Report and the Media Release.
POSTED 24/03/2021

Queensland Child Protection Week - 5 - 11 Sept 2021

The Queensland Child Protection Week Committee is accepting applications for the following grants:
• Activity Grants
• Regional Grants
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement

Please see further information here.
Child Protection Week > https://childprotectionweek.org.au/

Child Protection Week Award Nominations 2021 ** NOW OPEN **

The Queensland Child Protection Week Committee is accepting nominations now and we encourage you to nominate. The Annual Queensland Child Protection Awards provide an opportunity to publicly acknowledge the efforts, commitment and unreserved energy of many people who make a significant contribution to our community to prevent child harm and neglect.

It is hoped the awards will inspire others to continue to work towards ensuring the wellbeing of our children.

Nominate Now - NOMINATIONS CLOSE FRIDAY 28 MAY 2021

For Categories, Selection Criteria and FAQ's please see here.
POSTED 23/03/2021

COVID-19 vaccination update: Roll out of Phase 1b

The AASW has received clarification from the Department of Health on the roll-out of Phase 1b of the COVID-19 vaccine and how it relates to social workers and allied health.

The vaccine will be available to the following groups, which includes social workers who work in private practice, from Monday 22 March 2021:

  • Individuals working in health care including doctors, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, dental practitioners
  • All public and private hospital staff
  • Healthcare workers in private practice

Phase 1b sites will be by appointment and you will require proof of occupation (ID card, letter from employer or Eligibility Declaration Form) to demonstrate eligibility.

For more information please see the Department of Health’s fact sheets:

Please contact social.policy@aasw.asn.au, if you have any additional questions.
POSTED 23/03/2021

AASW Child Youth and Family Practice Group - Expression of Interest

Expressions of Interest are sought from a Student or New Graduate Member to join the Steering Committee.

Who we are: A Queensland based practice group whose purpose is:

… to provide a forum for discussing child, youth and family policy and practice from a culturally informed social work perspective. The Practice Group recognises and promotes an emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice in the child, youth, and family space.

The group’s specific terms of reference include:

  • Promote and focus on achieving best practice and emerging research in working alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Promote and advocate for the unique contribution social work can bring to child, youth, and family work.
  • Advocate for the professionalisation and recognition of social work within child, youth, and family practice.
  • Prioritise, develop, and advocate for strategies and social policy responses, to inform child, youth, and family practice.
  • Provide a forum for social workers working in child, youth, and family contexts in which contemporary professional issues can be discussed and reflected on.
  • Support social workers in exploring, sharing, reflecting on, and influencing research in the child, youth, and family work speciality area
  • Support social work professional development through sharing and promoting relevant professional development opportunities in the child, youth, and family context (including national and international conferences)

Membership: The practice group is open to all social workers. Operationally the Practice Group has a steering committee who plan and deliver events etc.

We need you: We are seeking an interested Student or New Graduate who wishes to be part of the Steering Committee to contribute to planning and delivery. It is vital for the group to have representation across the social work continuum.

What is expected of you: Steering committee meetings are held every 4-6 weeks on the last Thursday of the month 9-10.00 am online. Events will be held every 8 weeks.

How do you express your interest?: If you are interested in contributing to this dynamic practice group please contact Fotina Hardy and Chloe Warrell (co convenors) to express your interest:

fhardy@bigpond.net.au; cwarrell@communityliving.org.au.

Due date: Friday 9 April 2021
POSTED 22/03/2021

Close the Gap Awareness Day - 18 March 2021

QLD Branch Management Committee Member Yaleela Torrens was proud to be the Master of Ceremonies for the Closing the Gap Awareness Day yesterday in Gladstone. Delivered by the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre, the event attracted over 20 different stall holders who proudly showcased their wide range of services and supports, to over 150 attending community members. The event was a first for the Gladstone Women’s Health Centre and hosted guest appearance from NRL Star and former Brisbane Bronco’s and State of Origin player Jaral Yow Yeh, traditional Indigenous food, and local Aboriginal dancers. Yaleela stated that “any of the Closing the Gap Day events should always be an opportunity for all services and agencies to reflect on the economic and social inequalities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and, for all Australians to be brave enough to be change makers within your own communities’.
For more information on the service please see here and more photo's please see the Branch FB Page.
POSTED 18/03/2021

Call for Qld Branch Sub-Committee Members

The Queensland Branch sub committees provide a means to assist the Branch Management Committee (BMC) in the development and execution of key governance responsibilities. The sub-committees’ purpose and functions support and align with key AASW documents including National and Branch Strategic Plans, the Code of Ethics, Practice Standards, the Reconciliation Action Plan, The Constitution and the By-Laws. The sub-committees are supported by, and work with, the Branch Manager in meeting its purpose and functions.

The terms of reference provide further detail on the key purpose and functions of each of the sub committees.

If you would like to submit an EOI for any of the above sub-committees, please email Rachel on aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au.

ie: EOI can comprise of, but is not limited to:

  • Employment/workplace, current role, past roles
  • Experience
  • Specific Interest areas in Social Work
  • Strengths/contributions you can bring to the committee/branch
    POSTED 19/03/2021

Portable Long Service Leave for the Community Services Sector in Queensland

You and your colleagues need to be informed about the PLSL Scheme and how it works. Share this information
about the PLSL Scheme with your colleagues and friends who work in the Community Services Industry.

Portable Long Service Leave in Queensland started on 01 January 2021, please see here for further information.
Posted 03/03/2021

ABS Census Data Collection 2021

AASW welcomes the changes in the ABS Census Data Collection 2021 in relation to its conceptions of Sex, Gender, Variations of sex characteristics and Sexual orientation. This is a positive step to ensure that the Census can accurately represent the diversity of the Australian community. We encourage other government departments to adopt these definitions in their lines of work to ensure inclusivity.

https://www.abs.gov.au/.../standard-sex-gender.../2020...
POSTED 27/01/2021

Upcoming Online Workshops/Webinars

21 May 2021 - EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Practitioner Training Lvl 1 (May)
09 & 10 June 2021 - Art Based Therapeutic Activities for children and young people: Building resilience and mental health through creative expression
Posted 02/11/2020

Call for Qld Branch Management Committee and sub-committee members

The Branch is seeking a new Vice Branch President, Branch Committee Members and would like Expressions of Interest for the Branch sub-committee's.

Branch Management Committee
The Branch has a Vice Branch President position and a few casual BMC vacancies open, ready for your nomination. If you would like to nominate for the Qld Branch BMC please forward a nomination form to aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au. Please see Qld Branch BMC Information 2020 for further details.

Branch Sub-Committee's
The Branch is seeking expressions of interest for the Social Policy, RAP, Practice & Special Interest Groups and Membership sub-committee's.
Please see the terms of reference for further detail on the key purpose and functions of each sub-committee. To submit an EOI please email aaswqld.admin@aasw.asn.au
Posted 27/08/2020

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