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Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Pride Health and Wellbeing – Free Membership

Through the generosity of Coles, 2 two-year Pride in Health + Wellbeing Memberships are available to help smaller organisations provide more LGBTQ inclusive care.

These memberships will allow these organisations to not only review and upskill on their care for gender and sexuality diverse patients/service users but also to measure this change through the free annual Health + Wellbeing Equality Index (HWEI) benchmark and surveys.


These two memberships will be awarded to organisations that meet the following criteria:

• Less than 25 FTE

• Be a not-for-profit organisation

• Working in the health, wellbeing or human services sector

• Working with vulnerable, marginalised and minoritised communities (e.g. culturally and linguistically diverse communities, refugee and newly arrived communities, those impacted by domestic, family and intimate partner violence, people living with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, regional and remote communities etc)

• Are located outside a capital city

• At least one is for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander focused organisation

Expression of Interest forms can be found here.


Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Your thoughts on future aged care home services

Following recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aged Care, the Federal Department of Health is seeking guidance on the types of services that should be supported through in-home care.

It has provided a short survey to consult with senior Australians and their carers and family members as well as providers and professionals who work in aged care about a proposed Service List which you can complete. You have until 24 May to respond.

Living Longer Living Stronger exercise programs near you

Living Longer Living Stronger is an exciting and affordable exercise program to help older people improve their physical strength and fitness. It is a progressive training program designed to improve strength, balance, coordination and endurance. The website offers free videos and other information to maintain your health. The link below identifies the programs running in our local area.


Invitation to the Better Chances Forum engagement practice reflection workshop

Invitation to the Better Chances Forum engagement practice reflection workshop

Register now for the Better Chances June reflection workshops – family and community engagement practice.

In 2022, Better Chances Forum is focusing on strengthening our practice in family and community engagement.

These two-hour workshops will be an opportunity to reflect and learn with colleagues, focusing on:

  • how we engage children, young people and families in our services
  • the essential contribution of family and community-led supports alongside funded and clinical services
  • sharing and developing strategies and tools to strengthen our engagement practice.

Facilitated by Michelle Rogers (Ngunya Jarjum) and Ian O’Reilly (Social Futures).

All workshops will run from 10 am to 12 noon

  • Tweed Civic Centre, Thursday 2 June
  • Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre, Thursday 16 June
  • Grafton, (venue to be confirmed), Thursday 23 June
  • Online, Tuesday 21 June

Please register here by 25 May 2022. If you would like more information, please contact [email protected] or 0438 005 798.

Wesley LifeForce’s Suicide Prevention Workshops in Grafton and Coffs Harbour

Wesley LifeForce’s Suicide Prevention Workshops in Grafton and Coffs Harbour

Wesley LifeForce will be conducting Suicide Prevention Workshops in Coffs Harbour and Grafton.

LifeForce Suicide Prevention Workshops are designed to teach people how to identify the signs that someone may be at risk of suicide and appropriate action to take. Effective interventions can make a real difference and save lives. (Morning tea and lunch will be provided.)

Since 2002, Wesley have provided suicide prevention skills training to more than 33,000 people in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote Australia.

The aims of the sessions are to:

  • how to identify the warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide
  • learn how to ask directly about suicide intent
  • understand what local and national support resources are available to support a person at risk.

Date: Tuesday 17th May 2022 Time: 9:00 am 4:00 pm
Grafton District Services Club,
105 107 Mary St.,
Grafton, NSW 2460
Register with this link: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wesley-lifeforce-suicide-prevention-full-day-workshop-grafton-nsw-tickets-322910844027

Date: Wednesday 1 June 2022, Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
The Cavanbah Centre,
191 Harbour Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450
Register with this link . https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wesley-lifeforce-suicide-prevention-full-day-workshop-coffs-harbour-nsw-tickets-330222282737

Building a community awareness of domestic and family violence

Building a community awareness of domestic and family violence

Lifeline North Coast is excited to share that our newest volunteer Lifeline Ambassador Colleen Longstaff, will be an integral part of our team, by sharing her own past experiences, so we can reach those who have or are experiencing Domestic Violence and trauma.

Colleen has a genuine passion for helping others and encourages people to seek help if experiencing Violence.

There needs to be more conversations about uncomfortable topics, and as a community we need to change the way we think about what Domestic and Family Violence is.

Together with our experienced team, Colleen will be involved in our upcoming campaigns and video series promoting our DV-Alert training, where you can gain the tools to recognise the signs and confidently know what to do next.

Every course and workshop we run at Lifeline North Coast provides you with skills for life and you will learn how to open up a conversation and connection on a deeper level with anyone.

Lifeline North Coast has qualified and experienced trainers in DV-alert workshops. These workshops will teach you how to ‘Recognise, Respond and Refer’ in these situations.

Check our both our two hour and one day awareness workshops now.

Woolgoolga 1-Day DV-aware – 13th May 2022

Click here to register for this workshop

Nambucca 2-Hour DV-aware – 31st May 2022

Click here to register for this course

Gender in disaster training post-floods

Gender in disaster training post-floods

Family violence and men’s self-harm increase after disasters.

Two new sessions will look at identifying and responding to family violence at times of disaster; how gender stereotypes shape experiences of emergencies; and the impacts of disasters on LGBTIQA+ people.

Tuesday, 17 May | 1-3pm
Brunswick Valley Community Centre: 42 South Beach Rd, Brunswick Heads

Wednesday, 18 May | 1-3pm
Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre: 50 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah NSW

REGISTER HERE: Eventbrite.

It is important to understand what happens for our communities in disasters. Gender and Disaster Australia promotes and understanding of the role played by gender in survivor responses to disaster. We do this through facilitated discussions and training, which shares what survivors of disaster have told us, and gives participants an opportunity to embed insights into practice in community, emergency management, and in the health and community sectors’ responses and in community.

• How to identify, and respond when family violence is indicated
• Ways to facilitate constructive responses by men in and after disaster
• Ample time for questions and discussion

The Presenters
RACHAEL MACKAY is a social work practitioner, facilitator and trainer in gender
equity, disaster and the prevention of violence against women for over 25 years,
and the Manager of Gender and Disaster Australia’s national Train the Trainer
program. Having worked across homelessness, aged care, child protection, and
domestic violence, Rachael has seen firsthand the impact of harmful gender
stereotypes and their consequences. With experience developing and
facilitating training for thousands of emergency services personnel, local
government employees, community organisations, and local community members, Rachael is passionate about creating more inclusive, informed and caring response and recovery efforts to increasing disasters on a national scale.

STEVE O’MALLEY Steve O’Malley AFSM is a Senior Leading Firefighter and the
current Manager of Emergency Management sector engagement at Gender
and Disaster Australia GADAus. An operational firefighter for more than 30
years, Steve is an experienced trainer and presenter on gender, diversity and
inclusion and passionate advocate for a more equitable and fairer society for
all. He has been an operational Fire-fighter for more than 30 years and is a graduate in the study of Human Rights. Steve is an Honorary Life Member of WAFA, a foundation member of the Emergency Management Victoria ‘Gender and Disaster’ taskforce and a trainer and facilitator of the Gender and Disaster Pod’s ‘Gendered Violence and Lessons in Disaster’ training package.

National Conference on incontinence to be held in May

National Conference on incontinence to be held in May

The 30th National Conference on Incontinence will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in May 11-14. Early Bird registration has been extended to May 1.  The full program can be found on this link. https://continence.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/ncoi2022/information/Agenda

For full details and registration follow this link https://www.continence.org.au/registrations

Dementia Practice Webinar free series

Dementia Practice Webinar free series

Dementia Australia Centre for Learning is hosting a free Webinar, called ‘Making a difference in dementia care’.

It will be held on Thursday, 28 April, from 12pm to 1:30pm

The live session will focus on achievements and challenges and how to offer quality care for people living with dementia.

Registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/making-a-difference-in-dementia-care-online-webinar-registration-305133952867

Other inquiries can be emailed to [email protected]

Applying a cultural lens to end of life care webinar

Applying a cultural lens to end of life care webinar

A joint collaboration between the Centre for Cultural Diversity and the PICAC Alliance, this webinar unpacks culturally diverse perspectives on end of life care and approaches to death and dying amongst diverse communities.

It features case studies from the PICAC Alliance with perspectives from peak bodies exploring the confluence between cultural sensitivity and end of life care.

Wednesday, April 20

Time: 2pm to 3.30pm

Where: Zoom

Register here

NR Community Healing Hub training – Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid

NR Community Healing Hub training – Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid

Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub is running our next Aboriginal Mental Health First Aid (AMHFA) training workshop on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 April 2022, facilitated by Danielle Cameron, Principal Master Facilitator and Director of Blackbirds Culture. This is a great opportunity to learn practical skills to support a person with a mental health problem.

Thursday 21 April – 8.45 am to 1.45 pm

Friday 22 April – 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

Venue to be advised. Email Danni Cameron at [email protected] to secure your spot.

Find more info on the benefits of AMHFA training here.

Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub offers a community healing space to support flood recovery with trauma-informed counsellors, bodyworkers, children’s play therapists, yarning circles, group activities, and free tea, coffee, food and a friendly chat. The healing hub is run by a collective of Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners offering trauma informed and culturally informed healing practices for all.

Find out more here on the Northern Rivers Community Healing Hub website.

TAFE NSW Opportunities for businesses and students

TAFE NSW Opportunities for businesses and students

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all eligible employers who engage an eligible existing or new staff member into a Traineeship before the 30th June 2022.

What is the support to employers?
Any business that engages a staff member into a Traineeship before the 30th June 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of the wages paid to this employee for a 12-month period. The 12 month period commences from the start date of training and is paid at a maximum of $7,000 per quarter (up to $28,000 over 12 months). This support is called the Boosting
Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy. There is no limit on the number of eligible trainees your
business can employ.

Is your business eligible for the subsidy?
Your business may be eligible for the BAC wage subsidy if:
 You commence a trainee before the 31st March 2022
 Your trainee is completing a Certificate II or higher qualification, and the training contract is approved by the state training authority

Is the subsidy only for new workers in my business?
No, existing workers are also eligible to attract the subsidy if:
 The employee transitions from casual to part time or full time to undertake the traineeship, or transitions from part time to full time to undertake the traineeship
 Traineeships may be undertaken at Certificate II, III, IV and Diploma level and can be relevant to any work role from entry level to Management level.

How do I receive the subsidy?
If you are eligible to receive the subsidy, you will receive a claim form quarterly. You simply complete the claim form,
attach the requested pay and training evidence and Mas will process the claim for you.
Payments are made quarterly in arrears.

I’m interested in hearing more, what do I do next?
call Derek on 0456 961 263 for immediate helpful
business assistance

Become a work placement host employer

Most Community Services qualifications require some level of work placement to ensure
students can demonstrate competency in a real world environment.
Students on work placement require opportunities to observe and assist employed staff
in the relevant skill areas of their study, and to learn about organisational policies,
procedures, and legal and ethical requirements of the host employer and industry.
Students complete skills assessments by performing certain tasks in the workplace
under supervision, and demonstrate their knowledge with written assessments based
on their duties with the host employer.
The requirements for a supervisor from the host employer include completing written
comments and observations about the student to ensure the student has performed
competently in the workplace.
Work placement days, times and structure can be designed around the needs of the
host employer and the student.
Hosting a student on work placement can be a great way to recruit new employees who
have already demonstrated their commitment and competence in your workplace.
TAFE NSW is the leading provider of vocational education and training in Australia.
We aim to skill the workforce for the future through high quality, practical education
and training, delivered in part through our vital connections with industry.
How to get involved.
For more information or if your organisation is interested in becoming a work placement
host employer for any of our Community Services courses, please contact:
Kathryn Gibbings,
Work Placement Coordinator
Phone: 0439 508 293
Email: [email protected]


TAFE NSW Community Services courses

TAFE NSW for Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Grafton

* CertificateIII in Community Services, CHC32015, Full-time, Various locations, one year –

*CertificateIV in Community Services, CHC42015, Full-time, Various locations, one year

*CertificateIII in Individual Support (Disability) – face to face — CHC33015, Full-time, Various locations, one year

* CertificateIII in Individual Support (Disability) – blended delivery – CHC33015, Full-time, Various locations, one year

*CertificateIV in Mental Health, CHC43315, Full-time, Various locations, one year

* CertificateIV in Mental Health Peer Work, CHC43515, Full-time, Various locations, one year

*Diplomain Community Services, CHC52015, Full-time, Various locations, one year

*Community Services, Disability Support and Mental Health qualifications

More about enrolment
To discuss your organisation’s training needs and find out how we can customise courses to suit your employees, contact
Deirdre Anderson –Head Teacher Community Services. Phone: 02 66593792. Email: [email protected]

‘Aboriginal Families as Teachers’ funding is open to NFP

‘Aboriginal Families as Teachers’ funding is open to NFP

YWCA Communities for Children program is hosting an information and question time session from 10am – 12pm on Wednesday April 13 at YWCA 101a Rous Rd Goonellabah for Aboriginal Community-Controlled organisations/businesses and community based or not-for-profit organisations interested in applying for Aboriginal Families as Teachers Round 2 funding which opens 2 May 2022.

Please register to attend this event via the following link: AFaT Funding Round 2 – information session

About the program

The Aboriginal Families as Teachers (AFaT) program aims to support Aboriginal families to build a rich home learning environment. The Minister for Early Childhood Education has approved an expanded AFaT as an initial implementation initiative of the First Steps Aboriginal Children’s Education Strategy. Support for Aboriginal families to participate in early childhood education, particularly with support from Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, also reflects targets of the Closing the Gap agreement, endorsed by the NSW Premier.

Through working directly with families and collaborating with early childhood education services, the Aboriginal Families as Teachers program has been developed to encourage early learning and participation in a quality early childhood education program in the years before school.

The program has six core objectives:

• support Aboriginal families to provide developmentally rich home learning environments for young children birth to five years

• promote literacy and numeracy rich home learning environments

• build families’ confidence in their ability to support the healthy development and learning of their children

• support Aboriginal children and their families for successful transitions to school

• promote the importance of early childhood education within families and communities, including participation in a quality early childhood education program for 600 hours in the year before school (at a minimum)

• support Aboriginal children’s developmental outcomes across all five domains (physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language)


To be eligible to apply for Aboriginal Families as Teachers program Round 2, organisations must plan to deliver the program in eligible communities and meet one of the following criteria:

• be a community based or not-for-profit organisation

• be an Aboriginal community-controlled organisation or business

• meet the qualifications requirements listed below for the development and delivery of early childhood education activities under this program.

Applicants will need to confirm that the proposed program activities will be developed by a certificate III or diploma qualified early childhood educator, early childhood education teacher, or other person with a relevant tertiary qualification, in order to proceed with the application.

Subject to satisfying the initial eligibility criteria, organisations will then be assessed against the following assessment criteria:

• previous experience working with Aboriginal families and communities

• previous experience working with families with children aged 0-5

• established links with early childhood education providers in the community in which the program is proposed

For more details

For more details about the program please visit the Department’s website click here  or contact:

Tanika Harris (Senior Aboriginal Policy and Strategy Implementation Officer)

M: 0413 145 165, E: [email protected]

Looking for training to be a board member?

Looking for training to be a board member?

Opportunities to get real-life experience on a board without all the responsibilities that come with being a director, don’t come up often. The YMCA is offering Board Traineeships.   There is one week left to apply.

On top of attending all YWCA Board meetings as an observer, Board Trainees will also be awarded a full scholarship to complete the AICD Foundations of Directorship course (this may be in-person or online and is estimated to be a full three-day commitment). They’ll also receive two years’ membership to Women on Boards and, once the traineeship is complete, attend Women on Board’s Getting Started: Realising your Board Potential course.

The Board Traineeship is only open to YWCA Members, but membership is free, so why not join today?

Apply for the Board Traineeship now! 

TAFE NSW Opportunities for businesses and students

Cooking pre-apprenticeship training at Ballina TAFE

Looking for work in 2022? Apply NOW for the Commercial Cookery pre-apprenticesip at TAFE NSW Ballina

TAFE NSW Aboriginal Education and Engagement Coordinator is also working with National Indigenous Culinary Institute who, on completion, could assist you with obtaining an Apprenticeship within the industry.

Apprentice opportunity locations include; Byron Bay, Ballina and more.

Red Cross Webinars on disaster recovery and supporting others

Red Cross Webinars on disaster recovery and supporting others

The Australian Red Cross invites you to attend a short webinar on providing best practice social and emotional support for people affected by disasters. The session will include what to expect in the first six months after disaster.

The session will be held on Wednesday, April 13 from 1.30pm to 3pm 

 Register here for ‘What to expect in the first 6 months of recovery’

The session will be hosted by Red Cross’ National Emergency Operations team and facilitated by Clinical Psychologist Dr Rob Gordon.

Another session will look specifically at community-led recovery after disasters and will include questions and answers

The session will be hosted by Red Cross’ National Emergency Operations team and facilitated by Steve Pascoe, community leader and disaster recovery mentor.

This will be held on Tues April 26 from 2pm to 3.30pm AEST

Register here for Community-led recovery after disasters

For more information the local contact is [email protected]  ( ph: 02) 6113 9597 – 0429 727 734, the Recovery Support Officer | Engagement Team | Northern Rivers – Richmond Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Ballina, Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, National Recovery and Resilience Agency

If you missed this workshop delivered last Thursday contact Redcross to see when it will be repeated. ‘The supporting others  and looking after yourself after disasters’ session was presented by Shona Whitton – National Coordinator, Recovery & Psychosocial Support Emergency Services – Australian Red Cross