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Fitzroy Crossing FASD Awareness

The Fitzroy Crossing community turned out in force for their fourth Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day earlier this month. Events and community-led initiatives generated by the local community, have led to major reductions in the incidence of FASD in the town – from 55 per cent to 15 per cent of mums drinking in pregnancy. Maureen Carter, CEO of Nindilingarri Cultural Health Service told the crowd, "FASD is wholly preventable. It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure our kids are born healthy." WACOSS Business Development Manager Stuart Reid visited Fitzroy Crossing during a recent trip to the Kimberley delivering disaster resilience training.

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Broome Resilience Training
WACOSS delivered its first Disaster Resilient Community Organisations workshop in Broome, in early September. The workshop was well-received by participants who all indicated they will be using the ACOSS Resilient Community Organisations resources. The workshop is the first in a series of grant-funded disaster resilience workshops in WA.


Natural Disaster Resilience Training

WA Community Service Organisations have an opportunity to build their capacity to ‘bounce back’ in the event of a natural disaster, with a new training rolled out by WACOSS. The next workshop will be held in Harvey, on Tuesday 10 October, and further dates for regional and remote WA will be announced shortly.

Regional training opportunities

Thanks to a Lotterywest grant, WACOSS is able to deliver subsidised training throughout regional WA. Over the next few months we will be identifying local training needs and planning the two-year roll out. We can offer training for grant and tender writing, governance for boards and committees, collaboration for sustainability, and strategic planning.

Save the date:WACOSS Conference

The biennial WACOSS Conference 2018 will be on 1-3 May 2018. The conference is highly regarded for its contribution to the professional development of staff across all sectors, and is an opportunity to share new approaches and practice innovation in service design and delivery. Interested in sponsoring the event? Contact [email protected]

Sector News

Harmony Week Grants

The Office for Multicultural Interests (OMI) is offering funding through the Community Grant Program, for culturally and linguistically diverse communities and organisations that support them. Grants up to $5000 is available for events, projects, and programs designed by the community to support social cohesion and community development.

Feedback sought on changes to Child Health Checks

The Department of Health is making changes to the scheduling of child health checks. Checks are now recommended for children at age two, and again during the pre-primary year. The gap between ages two and five could be a missed opportunity to screen for developmental delays. Do you have feedback on this? Email [email protected] or submit feedback through the EYN portal.

Community Gardens Grants

Community groups and local governments can apply for up to $10,000 to plan, develop and implement a community garden project. The grants are to encourage members to participate in community life, connect with the environment and with other people within their community, implement and develop skills, and give back to the community. Applications are open until Wednesday 18 October

HealthInfoNet turns 20

The nationally recognised Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet has celebrated its 20th birthday. Established in 1997 by former GP and public health specialist Professor Neil Thomson, the widely used web resource continues to provide high-quality evidenced-based knowledge and information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health to the health sector.

Consumer Protection Awards nominate now

The Consumer Protection Awards is an opportunity to reward and recognise achievements of individuals, non-government organisations, businesses, local governments, journalists and media outlets that have increased awareness of consumer issues, provided support for disadvantaged consumers or contributed to injury prevention for children.

Sector Training & Events

Workshop: Person-Centred De-escalation

This workshop provides an overview of the skills and understandings required to address client presentations that involve aggression or complexity. It focuses on challenging the ‘lens’ through which we interpret and understand difficult client behaviour to gain increased insight, understanding and self-awareness and provides an alternative client-centred way of responding.

Justice Connect Webinars

Justice Connect have two upcoming webinars, Governance and a well-run Board is essential for board or committee members who need to be an effective and legally compliant board member, and Financial Reporting is for those responsible for recording and reporting on financial performance. Each webinar is $25 plus a booking fee.

Youth Sexual Health Sector Event

The Youth Affairs Council of WA and Youth Educating Peers invite you to the 2017 ‘Every Body, Every Mind’ Summit: a WA Youth Sexual Health Sector Event on Wednesday 4 October. Increase your understanding of WA youth sexual health programs, share better practice, listen to the voices of young people, and network with peers in the youth and sexual health sector.

Financial Counsellors Conference

The Financial Counsellor’s Association of WA is pleased to announce that registrations for their annual conference, ‘Waves of Change – Oceans of Opportunities’, to be held 23 – 25 October at the Duxton Hotel, are now open. Please follow the link to find more information and register.

ACOSS Conference Bursaries

ACOSS are able to offer bursaries for attendees to their annual conference for people with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds, thanks to their sponsor in Australia Post. The bursary includes travel and attendance to the October conference ‘Australia in 2030: Creating the Future We Want’ in Melbourne. Applications are open until Friday 6 October.

Social Farming & Social Work

The AASWA and Eco-Social Work practice group are holding a workshop on social farming with internationally renowned social farming researcher Dr Deidre O’Connor. As a guest of the University of Western Australia, Dr O’Connor is visiting Perth and is extending an opportunity to engage in conversations about this emerging and evidence informed practice.
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