Subject: INFORM Friday 22 July 2011.
Homeless Persons Week 2011 1-7 August:
MY Address: Diversity in Homelessness
Creating a framework for ending homelessness
22 July 2011
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The Australian Government is committed to supporting the health, happiness and resilience of young Australians. This includes undertaking work to promote positive body image. DEEWR.
End Youth Homelessness
Virgin Unite also has a national petition running on their website http://endyouthhomelessness.com.au/ and we are encouraging as many people as possible to join.
Heart & Soul Australia & New Zealand: Apply Now
The CTK Foundation is partnering with Connecting Up Australia to offer major grants of funds and technology to not for profits and voluntary organisations in Australia and New Zealand. Grant website.
Aged Care Australia
Older Australians, their families, and carers will find it easier to access valuable information about aged care with the introduction of a single, national information line on 1800 200 422 from 1 July. Website.
What is 1800RESPECT Online?
1800RESPECT Online is a service that allows access to chat with a qualified and experienced counsellor about your concerns. It is not a crisis service. If there is an urgent need to contact assistance please call the 1800RESPECT telephone counselling on 1800 737 732. Website.
Bigger cities, bigger slums
Our increasing urbanisation means a significant growth in the size and number of the world's slums. So, without romanticising the slum, can we make them places fit for living? And do we have any choice? Future Tense, 14 July.
Andrew Hall's life changed irrevocably in a split second on Australia Day, 2010. Celebrating at his place in Hawks Nest with a group of mates, he leaned too far over a balcony and fell on to a concrete driveway, breaking his back. Life Matters, 21 July.
When the singer Megan Washington was at high school she had few friends, and so was never invited to any music festivals. Life Matters, 20 July.
You want to achieve but do you set the high-jump bar so high, you'll never jump over? Unhealthy perfectionism is a common feature of depression, anxiety and eating disorders. Life Matters, 20 July.
Walking through Aboriginal history in Tasmania
Tasmanian elder Patsy Cameron leads walking tours along Tasmania's far north-east coastline.
Reviving Indigenous languages
More than 100 Aboriginal languages are critically in danger of disappearing unless more effort is put into reviving them. Life Matters, 19 July.
The Two Economists: the end of consumerism?
The global financial crisis looks like it will get worse before it gets better. In America, pundits are wondering if consumerism, the great driver of their economy for most of the last century, is over. Life Matters, 19 July.
Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Part 3 - Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry
Mental illness is reportedly on the rise in young people. Why? And, what role for secular ethics education in fostering developing minds?
Part-time GPs required (ongoing)
Mobile GP is a non-government agency providing health services to the homeless and marginalised. Work in a fully accredited mobile practice, be supported by a nurse in a 1:1 ratio and also have the back-up of a mental health nurse. If you are interested in the homeless, chronic disease, Aboriginal medicine, mental health, youth health and patients with addiction, Mobile GP would love to have you on their team. For further information, please call Stephanie Dunstan on 0457 925 357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tent City in Whitehorse (USA)
YFoundations (Youth homelessness AUS)
National Alliance to End Homelessness
Where Do I Start? Female Seniors and the Internet
Research by Council of the Ageing (WA) has found that very few senior women are going online due to a lack of skills, anxiety about technology, cybercrime fears and problems with service providers. ACCAN for reports.
Twitter in Plain English
From http://commoncraft.com a quick and plain English intro the micro-blogging service Twitter on You Tube.
Cloud Accounting for NonProfits - A free online webinar
Monday, August 15, 2011 from 2:30 PM - 3:30pm. Website.
Women and Housing Affordability Survey
Full episode on diabetes and obesity in Indigenous communities. SBS, 18 July.
Cheaper options for buyers and renters
More Australians are having their homes repossessed and renters are struggling to find homes they can afford. Now there are bold new schemes designed to ease the housing affordability crisis, and they promise to save both buyers and renters a fortune. Today Tonight, 15 July.
5 Australian Nonprofits Making the most of You Tube
Alzheimer's Facts and Figures
Alzheimer’s Association (USA)
As Life Goes On
Hansard is the name given to transcripts of parliamentary proceedings. This digital version has publications dating back to May 1901.
Aging Care (USA)
WEEKS & DAYS
MY Address Diversity in homelessness
Social Inclusion Week 19 - 27 November
“We would love to see every school in AUS hold an event during SIW2011!”
The journalists and media who write and report on the homelessness, housing and support sector.
The National Tenant Support Network (National TSN) is an independent, unincorporated not-for-profit initiative delivering a range of services to social and affordable rental housing stakeholders throughout Australia and New Zealand. Email to subscribe: TSN@thenexus.org.au
Homeless Persons’ Week 1-7 August
The launch for this awareness week on will take place in nine separate locations around Australia.
Australia’s immigration detention system continues to breach international human rights obligations
Australia’s strict immigration detention regime continues to lead to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, President Catherine Branson QC has said. AHRC, 21 July.
Fear propelling more families to save
More Australian households are "saving in fear", concerned about a deteriorating economy or losing their job. The Australian, 19 July.
Prison release a deadly sentence
Deathrates among prisoners within a year after their release are 10 times higher than among inmates who remain inside -- with one-third of deaths occurring in the first four weeks of freedom. The Australian, 18 July. MJA Report.
The looming crisis facing the Australian economy
As Julia Gillard spoke to the nation's political journalists on Thursday lauding the "underlying strength" of the economy, Paul Zahra was watching his company's share price plunge. The Australian, 16 July.
Respect helps to bridge the gap
The relentless barrage of bad news about indigenous Australians is at odds with signs of unambiguous improvement in important aspects of their lives. SMH, 16 July.
The Boom: Australians dramatically misperceive wealth inequality
Lost amidst the chatter about carbon taxes, mining regulation, and the “two-speed economy” is a much more elemental question—at heart, what kind of society do Australians really want to live in? The Conversation, 8 July.
Shed some light on Census night
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be conducting the next Census of Population and Housing on Tuesday 9 August 2011.
The Census provides a ‘snapshot’ of Australia every five years. It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night and collects vital information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australian society.
The Census provides a critical indicator of homelessness in Australia.
The information collected from the Census provides important information that government, decision-makers and community organisations use to plan community facilities, services and support programs, such as emergency shelters, domestic violence programs and transitional housing. For more information visit www.abs.gov.au/census.
Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Asylum families in ACT suburbs
Scores of asylum-seekers are now living in Canberra while their claims for refugee protection are being assessed but there are concerns ACT services lack the coordination to properly support them.
Builder says reforms will cut cost of new homes
The ACT Government's Hawke reforms could see the price of new houses slashed by up to $10,000, according to one of the territory's top builders. The Canberra Times, 20 July.
Support for homeless in the box
On any given night there are as many as 110 people sleeping rough in Queanbeyan. To raise awareness of how homelessness affects people in the city, community organisations are being asked to show their creativity by decorating a cardboard box for National Homeless Persons Week. The Queanbeyan Age, 21 July.
Assistance helps students succeed
This year Housing NSW will award 200 scholarships worth $2000 each to students living in social housing. The scholarships are designed to help the successful applicants complete their higher school certificate or TAFE equivalent. Central West Daily, 21 July. Forms are available from Housing NSW.
‘Seachangers’ doing it tough
Unemployed people are finding themselves homeless after moving to the Milton-Ulladulla district seeking a sea change. Milton Ulladulla Times, 20 July.
OOHC not working for at-risk kids
In a letter in Sydney Morning Herald on Friday, July 15, Reverend Harry Herbert, the executive director of Uniting Care NSW, peddled emotive disinformation about the crisis in Australia's increasingly unaffordable out of home care (OOHC) system. The Drum Opinion, 19 July.
Housing peak welcomes new homelessness strategy
Queensland Shelter welcomes a “three-pronged” homelessness strategy, released by the Minister for Community Services and Housing, Karen Struthers.
The strategy, titled “Opening Doors”, is part of the Queensland Strategy for Reducing Homelessness 2011-2014. Q Shelter, media release 21 July.
Govt promises help for Qld's homeless
Women and children forced to flee violent homes will be targeted for special help under a new plan to reduce homelessness in Queensland. 9 News, 21 July.
WILLOUGHBY: Homelessness an issue
I was talking about a pretend lotto win a few weeks back with a family member. After factoring in a trip around the world, a new home and car I piped: "You'd have to give some to a charity, like the homeless or something.'' Gold Coast, 21 July.
Qld disaster victims still without homes
About 90 people who moved into temporary state accommodation after Queensland's natural disasters are still living there five months later. 9 News, 19 July.
Financial counsellors help cash-strapped Queenslanders
Lifeline financial counsellor Mark Bates says he sees everyone. "The the most common questions he's asked about his job is, 'what kind of people do you normally deal with?' The most honest answer is that I'm a bit like your local GP, I see pretty much everyone." Courier Mail, 19 July.
Aldinga not ready for boom – Council
THE State Government should hold back on releasing land for housing at Aldinga until at least 2026, Onkaparinga Council says. Southern Times Messenger, 20 July.
State leaders call for end to failing indigenous action
A group of prominent South Australians has called on the federal government to end the intervention in Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, claiming it has not only failed in its purpose, but in some aspects has made things worse. SMH, 20 July.
Youth homeless crisis means service has to turn away needy
Thousands of youths are homeless in the north-western suburbs due to a lack of public housing and high rental prices. Northcote Leader, 22 July.
More public housing planned, but hundreds left waiting
Footscray and Hobsons Bay will share in 51new public houses, but more than 1200 of the west’s most vulnerable people are still on housing waiting lists. Housing Minister Wendy Lovell announced last week 1600 new properties would be added to public housing stock, of which 428 would be in the north-west metropolitan area. Maribyrnong Weekly, 21 July.
Vacancy rise eases market
Melbourne’s tight rental market is showing signs of easing, with vacancy rates for all metropolitan areas rising above 2 per cent for the first time in six years. The Age, 21 July.
Charter is protecting human rights of homeless Victorians
Representatives from the PILCH Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic, Hanover Welfare Services and the Council to Homeless Persons will be providing oral testimony to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee’s inquiry into the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. Media release, 20 July.
Hume and three other municipalities stretching from Craigieburn to Melton will share in fewer than 90 new public houses this year while thousands of Hume residents still languish on the waiting list. The Hume Weekly, 19 July.
Regional housing sit empty over dispute
A dozen new public houses in regional WA have been empty for up to six months because of an unresolved dispute between the builder of the homes and its subcontractors. The West Australian, 19 July.
Remote rebuild to cost $75m
Almost 60 new homes in flood-ravaged Warmun will be built for $530,000 each, with the rebuilding of the Aboriginal community to cost taxpayers $75 million. The West Australian, 19 July.
One Vision Housing take on Europe
One Vision Housing has been shortlisted in two categories in the biggest awards ceremony of its kind in Europe. 24 Dash, 21 July.
Self build homes could double in a decade
The number of self-build homes built each year could double in the next decade if new proposals are implemented. Inside Housing, 21 July.
Selling off social housing 'not the answer', says Peabody chief
Peabody chief Stephen Howlett has hit out at plans floated by think tank Policy Exchange to sell off social housing in desirable areas such as London, claiming it would lead to an exodus of low and middle-waged people. 24 Dash, 21 July.
Landlords to raise £2bn for affordable rent homes
London’s largest housing associations will jointly raise more than £2 billion of private finance for new homes over the next four years. Inside Housing, 21 July.
How to get ahead in housing
Social landlords are developing their own apprenticeship schemes in order to create a young workforce with relevant skills and a real understanding of the sector. The Guardian, 19 July.
State’s new aim: no homeless in motels
More than 1,600 homeless families live in motel rooms today across Massachusetts, including 284 in the suburbs south of Boston. But come Aug. 1, reforms included in the new state budget could help lead many of those families, as well as several thousand others living in shelters, back to homes of their own. Boston, 21 July.
Homeless in college: How do you make it work?
For homeless college students, every expense is a mountain to be climbed. The cost of a student ID, books, breakfast, lunch and dinner that many college students take for granted are an almost insurmountable challenge for homeless students seeking an education that is often advertised as one of the only paths to a better life. The Washington Post, 21 July.
The long wait for sleep
Rodney Palmer is 52, and he uses a cane because he has a bad hip. Walking is painful for the homeless native San Franciscan, but to reserve a bed at a shelter, he's got to get up early and cover a lot of ground. San Francisco Bay Guardian, 19 July.
PUBLICATIONS & RESEARCH
Much more than infrastructure needed to connect remote communities
Peak consumer body ACCAN say the results of a study released today shed a stark light on the challenges involved in connecting up remote indigenous communities, where very few residents have been online and many have never used a computer. Much more than infrastructure needed to connect remote communities, 21 July.
Australian and Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse
Newsletter no. 45 - Winter 2011 - is now available to download from the Clearinghouse website.
The first issue of the Workplace Bulletin, an initiative of the Domestic Violence Workplace Rights and Entitlements Project, available to download.
Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia
Children's 'witnessing' or exposure to domestic violence has been increasingly recognised as a form of child abuse, both in Australia and internationally. Click here for Paper.
Police interviews with vulnerable adult suspects
In this paper, some of the key issues police are likely to encounter when dealing with vulnerable adult suspects are considered and an overview of the Australian legislation and police policies governing police interviews in such circumstances is presented.
The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to provide information on resources available for parents regarding online safety for their children. Resource sheet.
Reporting abuse and neglect: State and territory departments responsible for protecting children
Australian Review of Public Affairs
Dep’t Of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
Review of access to telecommunications by people with disability, older Australians and people experiencing illness. Click here to read the Review's Terms of Reference and information about how to make a submission.
Approaches to personal money management
This report presents findings from a segmentation analysis that used data from the 2008 ANZ Survey of Adult Financial Literacy in Australia. The project profiles the population into segments based on personal money management attitudes and behaviours. The findings are designed to help policy makers better understand how money is managed in Australia, to inform the development of new approaches to assist people in financial difficulty and to prevent people getting into such situations in the first place. FaHCSIA, Occasional Paper.
Men’s Engagement in Shared Care and Domestic Work in Australia
The Social Research Centre (SRC) has partnered with the Institute for Social Science and Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland to undertake research on behalf of the Office for Women in FaHCSIA, into the barriers and enablers influencing men sharing unpaid domestic labour and the care of children. Report.
House of Representatives
Inquiry into Early Intervention Programs Aimed at Preventing Youth Suicide
On Monday 4 July 2011, the Standing Committee on Health and Ageing tabled its report on the inquiry into Early Intervention Programs Aimed at Preventing Youth Suicide entitled Before it's too late: Report on early intervention programs aimed at preventing youth suicide. Report.
Understanding the undertow: innovative responses to labour market disadvantage and VET
Increasing productivity by moving people from welfare to employment is a priority for the Australian Government. This report considers the complex issues of helping those marginalised from the labour market into employment. NCVER, 12 July.
The June "Preventing Elderly Homelessness" Edition of Parity
Two articles from this issue: Better Services and Housing Outcomes: A New Lease on Life for Older People
Call for Contributions for October, Homelessness Research: Improving Services, Improving Outcomes and Working to End Homelessness”. Parity, the national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons, www.chp.org.au/parity
Primary Health Care
Early Childhood Development Workforce, Draft research report, his draft report was released on 30 June 2011. You are invited to examine this draft and provide written comments to the Productivity Commission. Written comments should reach the Commission by 31 August 2011. Commission.
Spring magazine from FEANTSA
The Medical Journal of Australia
The Social Protection Committee (SPC)
Women With Disabilities Australia
United States Department of Labor
Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers. Download the full Trauma Guide
TRAINING, SEMINARS, FORUMS
ANU Women’s Collective and the ACT Women’s Services Network present a discussion forum:
Equality Rights Alliance, Wednesday 3 August, 6:30pm, Law Theatre, Fellows Road, ANU. Website.
Adolescents & young people with ASD - Transitioning to a meaningful life - AAACT Workshop
This workshop will explore the difficulties facing adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum as they transition to a new phase in their lives. Paying particular attention to mental health and social development the workshop will outline strategies to foster resilience and increase social connections for young people. 25 August, ACT. Website.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Course Information
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid Course is designed as a 14 hour course. The course is designed to be conducted in 6 modules; however, the delivery format is flexible. Website.
1 - 7 AUGUST, EVENTS
MY Address: Diversity in Homelessness
Monday 1 August: AHI Supporting ex-prisoners in the community, forum, Redfem, NSW
Wednesday 3 August: WISHIN, Women's Car Sleepout, Brunswick, Vic, click here for flyer
Thursday 4 August: Homeless Persons' Week Info Hub and BBQ, 11am-3pm Narrabundah, ACT
Sunday 7 August: Todd Mall Markets awareness stalls, Alice Springs, from NT Shelter Alice Springs
2011 NESA National Conference
64th Annual United Nations DPI/NGO Conference: “Sustainable Societies; Responsive Citizens” in Bonn, Germany, 3 - 5 September, conference website.
AHURI Improving housing affordability through tax reform: Australia and the UK in comparison
Thursday, 15 September, Sydney. Event website.
AIATSIS National Indigenous Studies Conference 2011
Young and old: connecting generations. 19 - 22 September, Canberra. Conference website.
First Annual Convention of the European Platform against Poverty and Social Exclusion
The Convention, to be organised on 17-18 October in Cracow, will review the progress made towards the headline target of reducing poverty and social exclusion by at least 20 million by 2020 and the implementation of the European Platform against Poverty. It will also debate suggestions for future actions. Convention website.
Youth Health 2011: Its totally important!
Sydney, 9 - 11 November, Congress website.
End Youth Homelessness 2011
YFoundations conference, 22 - 24 November, Sydney, conference website
Welfare in a growing economy
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare is proud to launch their flagship report Australia's welfare 2011 at a national conference in Canberra on 24 November 2011. Conference website.
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