CHP Updates Have you got what it takes to end homelessness? CHP’s Professional Development Survey 2014
A skilled and passionate workforce is critical to end homelessness. CHP has developed a short survey
to better understand the professional development goals and preferences of people who are working to end homelessness across Victoria. This is the second year that CHP has run this survey and it will help us compare training needs over time.
The results of the survey will be shared with training providers and used to develop relevant and engaging practice development opportunities. In October, you’ll also be able to view the results via the CHP website to see how your skills and perspectives compare to other people who are also responding to homelessness.
If you work with or for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in Victoria, please take 5-10 minutes to complete the survey. Every response is anonymous and will help to build better training opportunities into the future.
to complete the survey now. For more information, contact Trish Westmore, CHP’s Capacity Building and Policy Officer on 8415 6207 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for contributions: October edition of Parity: “Homelessness and the law: Access to justice”
People who are homeless have almost twice the need for legal assistance as the rest of the population and over 85 per cent of homeless people have experienced at least one legal problem over a one-year period, compared to 49 per cent of people living in non-disadvantaged housing. The September edition of Parity will examine how homelessness and the law intersect, with a particular focus on legal need, and current responses to legal need.
Contributions of 800 – 1600 words are invited, with a deadline of 15 September.
Contribution details can be found here.
PESP members Ben, Vicky and Joal recently participated in a DHS workshop to develop a paid participant handbook for consumers. Following the activity, DHS told us that their contribution ‘made us reflect differently on the material we had produced’, and as a result that they’d be producing a code of conduct, and greater safeguards for peoel around their personal information. This is a true sign that consumer participation is doing what it should.
Wodonga Institute of TAFE has released their SHS training calendar for August-December 2014. Wodonga Institute of TAFE are the key provider of training to the Specialist Homelessness Sector offering a range of tailored low cost training programs. Download the calendar here.
Trauma informed practice for managers & leaders
Presented by experienced trauma specialist, Patrick Tomlinson, this session is designed to address the challenges faced by managers and leaders who work in organisations that support vulnerable or traumatised people. It takes an in-depth look at the best processes and practices for creating a whole-organisational environment to support the therapeutic task.
Date: 23-24 October 2014
Venue: Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre, Bell St, Preston
Registrations and more info on the Lighthouse Institute website.
Introduction to homelessness and social housing (2 days)
This workshop explores the social housing sector. The training focuses on the causal and structural issues of homelessness, the current issues that impact on the sector and different models of work, the components and structure of the social housing sector (including the range and variety of service provision), the context of social housing provision including historical, social, political, and economic aspects, and the issues that clients face.
Date: Monday and Tuesday, 22 & 23 September 2014
Venue: CAE, Melbourne
Registrations: Book via EventBrite
Home til stumps – housing options for older people in insecure housing
Hume Region Homelessness Network will present this forum to understand more about the housing and homelessness risk to older people in the Golburn Murray Ovens Region.
Date: Thursday 9 October
Time: 9.15am – 3pm
Venue: Lakeside Community Centre, Benalla
Registration via TryBooking.
More info: Download the flier or contact Jan Armstrong
Male Health Victoria, 3rd Annual Victorian Male Health Gathering.
The Social Determinants of Health: Finding the Keys to Better Male Health and Wellbeing
Date: Wednesday September 10
Venue: Lyrebird Community Centre, Carrum Downs
Speakers include Dr Dianne Currier from Ten to Men Australian Longitudinal Study, Anthony Smith speaking on “Links between Unemployment and Suicide” and Mark Towler speaking on “How does Homelessness Impact Health” for more information and registration email Stephen at or phone 0401876646. Visit the website here.
MHV Members Free, Non Members $50 which includes 12 month membership.
3rd National Hoarding and Squalor Conference
Date: Thursday 18 and Friday 19 September
Cost: 2 day conference $654.50 (inc. GST) 1 day only $330.00 (inc. GST)
Conference registrations: to register, click here.
Mind Your Family – the impact and management of family violence
The Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre (MAPrc) and Greater Eastern Primary Health (GEPH) come together to present a special one-day conference for GPs, psychologists and mental health practitioners, dedicated to the identification, management and prevention of domestic violence.
This important one day conference will be held between 9am-5pm on Saturday October 11th 2014 at Monash University, Clayton. Key speakers will describe clinical assessments, management strategies and other important aspects of assisting women experiencing intimate partner violence. A Practitioner’s toolkit will be available, along with other important resource materials.
Date: Saturday 11 October
Venue: Monash University, Clayton
More information on the website
Social Work in the 21st Century – 17-21 October
The aim of the symposium is to showcase evidence based social work practice, research and education in health.
The symposium will highlight innovation in Social Work practice, how the discipline can influence service delivery in health, and creative ways of integrating Social Work practice.
Date: 17-21 October
Location: Gold Coast
More info online.
Design for social innovation – NSW 20-21 October
A two day conference on the latest thinking, doing and change emerging in the field of design‑led social innovation.
Date: 20-21 October 2014
More info online