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Webinars on supporting people and animals experiencing DFV

Webinars on supporting people and animals experiencing DFV

Lucy’s Project is offering a series of free webinars for domestic and family violence (DFV), community, government and other services to improve their capacity to support people and animals experiencing DFV.

You can register via this link. The webinars will cover:

  1. Understanding animal abuse and DFV (30 June, 11am-12pm)

The link between animal abuse and DFV, barriers to leaving for people with animals, and the impact of animal abuse, DFV and trauma on children and animals

  1. Creating an animal inclusive DFV practice (21 July, 2pm-3pm)

Why animals should be included, benefits of an animal inclusive service, intake process and safety assessment form, and working with animal support agencies

  1. Safety planning for people and animals (18 August, 11am-12pm)

Creating a safety plan for people and animals including companion, farmed and assistance animals, relocating and rehoming animals, and relevant laws

Please feel free to share this with your networks!


Youth Flourish Outdoors: Adventure Therapy Training

Youth Flourish Outdoors: Adventure Therapy Training

Youth Flourish Outdoors: Adventure Therapy Training

When: 17th and 18th of July

Where: Chillingham Community Centre

How much: $215 (discounted because it’s hosted by RiverTracks)

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/youth-flourish-outdoor-adventure-therapy-training-tickets-149634913053

Learn how to better help young people better heal from trauma through nature immersion and adventure!

About this event:

RiverTracks Tweed Valley is organising an in-house training event for people working with kids with complex trauma. This will be important training for the development of the RiverTracks team to ensure we are prepared to work with youth at risk. The event is also open to community members and industry workers.

Cost: $210 (includes a $15 RiverTracks donation)

The training will be held at a venue TBA in Murwillumbah. Billets are available if needed with RiverTracks start up volunteers.

If the cost is a barrier to you participating please reach out to RiverTracks by contacting Ahri as we are applying for grants that may be able to assist. [email protected]

For more information about the training see link and below: http://www.youthflourish.org/basic-complex-trauma-focused-advent

‘Adventure Therapy for Complex Trauma’ is a two-day training designed for Therapists, Youth Workers, Behaviour Support Teachers, Youth Support Coordinators, Chaplains, and others who support difficult to engage young people. Outdoor Educators will find the training useful in catering for ‘difficult’ students and will help improve outcomes.

Adventure as therapy is highly engaging, targeted and an effective therapeutic process. Adventures can be short, local and may not require adventure qualifications. Getting young people away from the normal environment can help them re-structure their world views of themselves, peers, systems and their potential. They can then return to the normal environment and be assisted to maintain these changes.

Our framework received excellent feedback at the 8th International Adventure Therapy conference (2018) and at other conferences. The framework is emerging, being the focus of research at Griffith University, yet already provides a simple, achievable and targeted method through which an array of program options can be designed.

Detail: 2 full days, 8am to 4pm

Day 1 – theory of Complex Trauma and Trauma Focused Adventure

Day 2 – workshops in using Outdoor Activity to Heal includes a comprehensive pdf ebook.

For previous participant feedback see: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6399467291981021184

For photo’s of past courses see: https://www.facebook.com/pg/youthflourishoutdoors/photos/?tab=album&album_id=151051165499598

And a content summary here: https://prezi.com/view/9NE9aXQrDicmLggbm1Sq/

For bookings: https://www.youthflourish.org/training

Basic course content:

Day 1 – Complex trauma theory.

New approaches to mental health

Neuro basis of harm and healing

Adverse childhood experiences

Phased treatment process (Safety, Processing, Integration a and b)

Targeted therapy outcomes

Adventure therapy theory

Domains of adventure experience (nature, adventure, social, individual, time)

Four therapeutic benefits of using the model

4×5=4 model of complex trauma focused adventure therapy

Day 2 – workshops to apply the theory to a variety of potential adventure activities. Works through each phase of treatment and how the activities can help or hinder treatment at each phase. Tips for customers to guide outdoor operators toward appropriate delivery.





Day 2 concludes with a period of refection where participants plan and discuss their implementation of the model.

Please invite interested friends and networks.

Department of Health shares CHSP service delivery expectations and recommendations during latest COVID-19 Restrictions

Department of Health shares CHSP service delivery expectations and recommendations during latest COVID-19 Restrictions

Please find latest email update below from: NSWACT.CHSP <[email protected]>.

In light of the rolling lockdowns across Australia all services should continue where they can be delivered safely in accordance with State/Territory social distancing and infection control requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. CHSP providers should discuss any concerns regarding the delivery of CHSP services during this period with their clients. Providers are encouraged to offer assurance that they are undertaking all the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of both clients and staff. This may need to include a discussion with the CHSP client’s family or carers regarding rescheduling appointments, temporarily substituting care staff or reducing the frequency of the service for a short period.

Should providers have concerns regarding the well-being of their clients they are able to support the individual to contact the Older Person’s COVID-19 Support Line which can provide help, support and mental health resources to older Australians (1800 171 866).

The Commonwealth Department of Health expects all essential aged care services to continue during this period where it is safe to do so. For the purposes of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), essential services include:

 Meals (delivered to the home only);

 Transport (trips to essential medical appointments only);

 Domestic Assistance (cleaning, delivery of groceries and other essential shopping only);

 Nursing;

 Personal Care;

 Allied Health and Therapy Services;

 Social Support (phone and online-based services only).

Essential services are able to be provided to senior Australians who have not been assessed for services for up to six weeks.  All clients should be registered on My Aged Care.

Should you need to suspend delivery of essential services, please notify your Community Grants Hub Funding Arrangement Manager (FAM) as soon as possible.

All service providers are reminded that flexibility provisions have been relaxed to enable providers to re-allocate up to 100 per cent of their grant funding between their funded activities and aged care planning regions to help meet targeted demand for essential services, retain and expand key workforce and cover the cost of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Service providers that require additional financial support during this period are encouraged to apply for additional funding through the CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Ad Hoc Funding Round. A copy of the Grant Opportunity Guidelines for this funding round can be found on GrantConnect. Note flexibility provisions must be fully utilised before applying for additional funding through the CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 funding round.

Information and advice on the correct use of PPE in an aged care context can be found on the Department’s website including:

 Guidance and training on how masks should be worn;

General resources for the health workforce on the correct use of PPE;

 COVID-19 guidelines for infection prevention and control in residential aged care homes; and

 Online COVID-19 infection control training.

Additional training modules specifically designed for an aged care context (including advice on identifying a COVID-19 outbreak, using PPE and implementing infection control and appropriate cleaning and waste disposal measures) are also available. Note you will need to register before accessing this training if you have not already done so.

CHSP service providers must use their own supply of masks and other PPE first and may then contact [email protected] to request extra supply as needed. All requests for PPE, including masks, will be assessed on a case by case basis. If your request is successful, your State Government will issue you with additional PPE.

For more information about emergency provisions and support available to CHSP providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, please carefully review the fact sheets published on the Department’s website including:

The CHSP Emergency Support for COVID-19 Fact Sheet;

The CHSP Emergency Flexibility Provisions Fact Sheet; 

Other Supports and Program Initiatives for CHSP Service Providers Fact Sheet;

The CHSP Information for Clients, Families and Carers Fact Sheet.

Please do not hesitate to contact the team if you have any questions.


Commonwealth Home Support Programme

Home Support Operations Branch

Home and Residential Division | Ageing and Aged Care Group

Australian Government Department of Health

From: NSWACT.CHSP <[email protected]>

Downsizing your home

Downsizing your home

If you choose to downsize, you can benefit from the Federal Government’s downsizing initiative. This means that if you’re aged 65 or more, you can sell your principal residence (which needs to have been owned for at least 10 years) and use the proceeds to make a non-concessional (after-tax) contribution of up to $300,000 to your superannuation for an individual, or up to $600,000 for a couple. Known as Downsizer contributions, these do not count towards your superannuation contribution caps. To learn more, visit the ATO website.

Be aware that:

• Limited availability of lower-priced accommodation can mean having to move to a different location to secure reasonable downsizing funds. This can mean leaving friends and family behind.

• Once legal and transaction costs, stamp duty and moving expenses are taken into account, your funds could be substantially eroded.

• Downsizing can have a potentially adverse impact on assets and income tests used to assess Age Pension eligibility.

Just over 42% of people have no intention to move or downsize from their family home.

Access your home equity without moving:

If you would prefer to unlock some of your home equity but stay at home, you might like to consider a Reverse Mortgage, or the Federal Government’s Pension Loans Scheme.

More details can be found in the following link:


Jobs Vacant with Ageing and Disability Commission

Jobs Vacant with Ageing and Disability Commission

Please be advised that we have 3 roles open at the ADC. One role is a Helpline Consultant, working with the Ageing and Disability Abuse Helpline team, and 2 are in the Communications and Engagement team.  All the information and how to apply can be accessed in the below links.

Communications and Engagement roles:



Helpline role:


These roles are ongoing based in Parramatta.

Please note that the deadline for applications for the Helpline role will be extended by a few days.

Or contact:

Renee Kastanias | Communications Manager

NSW Ageing and Disability Commission

T 02 8753 9196 M 0438 489 245

A Level 6, 93 George Street Parramatta 2150

E [email protected] 

W www.ageingdisabilitycommission.nsw.gov.au 

No excuse for elder abuse

No excuse for elder abuse

Last week June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

A number of Australian older persons’ peak bodies and advocacy groups are putting the spotlight on elder abuse through a few different campaigns and events.

Elder Abuse is an act towards an older person that will cause harm and is carried out by someone they know, like a family member or friend. Abuse that falls under elder abuse includes physical, social, financial, psychological, sexual, mistreatment, and neglect.

Seniors Rights Victoria is urging all Victorians to accept that ‘Elder abuse is everybody’s business’. The advocacy and information service encourages people to hold a Stir a Cuppa for Seniors event in their local community, which aims to bring Victorians together to talk about elder abuse. A range of local events, including seminars and special morning teas, are listed on the Senior Rights Website.

Manager at Seniors Rights Victoria, Rebecca Edwards, says that these events are pivotal to unpacking the difficult topic with older Victorians.

“Conversations tend to start organically and robustly around a cuppa and we want to nurture that notion when it comes to the issues around elder abuse,” explains Ms Edwards.

Kay Patterson, the Age Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, launched a special campaign for WEAAD called ‘Inheritance: Not an entitlement’ with the Respecting Seniors Network which focuses on ageism as a driver for elder abuse.

“Elder abuse can start with ‘benevolent ageism’; where attitudes tip the scales towards protection and away from respect for an older person’s independence and autonomy. When taken to an extreme, these attitudes can result in elder abuse, leading to real harm to the older person,” explains Commissioner Patterson.

“Ageism undermines the human rights of older Australians and is an obstacle to achieving a fair and equal society which respects and recognises the inherent rights of everyone.

“This idea of counteracting ageism and promoting respect for seniors similarly drives the work of the Respecting Seniors Network and is a key part of their strategy for preventing elder abuse in the community.”

The campaign includes seven short film clips, exploring the issue of inheritance impatience or entitlement that often leads to financial elder abuse.

Full story by Liz Alderslade below.


Dementia Australia launches new ‘micro-lessons’ app for Home Care Workers

Dementia Australia launches new ‘micro-lessons’ app for Home Care Workers

Peak body for dementia, Dementia Australia, launched a new mobile app for home support and community care workers that aims to build the skills of these workers to provide quality care for people living with dementia.

The app, Ask Annie, teaches short, self-paced learning modules to support and community care workers to refresh their skills and learn new tips and techniques to provide better care to people with cognitive issues.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dementia Australia, Maree McCabe, says the Ask Annie tool was designed with the help of community care workers to make the app accessible and educational.

“The app is an easy to use, convenient training tool, able to be purchased by provider organisations as a multi-license package for their staff to access anywhere and anytime,” says Ms McCabe.

“Once the team member signs up to the app, Annie is there to provide encouragement, tips and to offer ongoing training that is accessible whenever the care worker wants to schedule in a quick 10 or 15 minute check-in across the country.

Full article in link below by Liz Alderslade.


Celebrate NAIDOC week 4-11 July Theme: Heal Country!

Celebrate NAIDOC week 4-11 July Theme: Heal Country!

The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

Country that is more than a place and inherent to our identity.

Country that we speak about like a person, sustaining our lives in every aspect – spiritually, physically, emotionally, socially, and culturally.

NAIDOC 2021 invites the nation to embrace First Nations’ cultural knowledge and understanding of Country as part of Australia’s national heritage and equally respect the culture and values of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders as they do the cultures and values of all Australians.

For generations we have been calling for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of our culture and heritage.

Further information can be found in the link below:


Rental lists for week commencing June 28, 2021

Rental lists for week commencing June 28, 2021

Click the links below to view the latest rental vacancy lists for the Northern Rivers region, including Tweed Heads, Lismore, Ballina, Grafton and Casino.

If you or somebody you know is homeless, or is at risk of homelessness, contact Link2Home 1800 152 152 for 24 hour emergency support.

If you are living from Tweed Heads to Grafton, you can contact Connecting Home on 1800 048 310 between 9am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday or email [email protected]

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  • Lismore
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