The July 2017 Youth Worker Practice Network member session was focused on Self Care for Youth Workers. This was a practical workshop lead by Will Mollinson from Families ACT and Hannah Watts from the Youth Coalition of the ACT. A summary of the session is available via the links below, and includes links to online resources you can access. Also attached below are worksheets used in the session to develop self care plans, which all youth workers are encouraged to access.
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GIVIT is a not-for-profit organisation matching public generosity with genuine need, and have just started operating in the ACT. Working across Australia, GIVIT works to alleviate poverty by ensuring community service providers have the items required to support their clients. Since 2009, almost 500,000 quality items including white goods, clothes, furniture, IT equipment and personal care items have been donated via GIVIT, assisting Australians in need - all at no cost.
The Australian Psychological Society created a resource to help navigate talking about distressing events like tragic accidents in your local area, or that took place in familiar places like a popular holiday location, or even disasters that happen far away, but are covered by the media, can be powerful and upsetting incidents that intrude into daily life. This resource sheet includes some helpful tips for parents, caregivers and teachers for helping children and young people to cope following local, national, or even world tragedies.
headspace School Support has received a growing number of concerns from schools and parents across Australia about the recently aired Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. The series, which depicts a young woman who suicides after outlining 13 ‘reasons’ for her death, has divided opinion in Australia. While some people believe the show allows for authentic conversations about suicide, others believe the show exposes viewers to harmful suicide messages and imagery.
Capital Health Network, funded by ACT Health, has developed LiveHealthyCanberra, a new easy to use online directory to connect Canberrans with physical activity programs, nutrition support services and social participation opportunities, in an effort to keep people active and well.
A national campaign has recently been launched by headspace to encourage fathers to lead the way in helping young men break the silence and stigma of mental illness. Mental illness affects many young men in Australia according to headspace research, however, only 13 percent seek help. Please pass on to your networks that would find this tool useful.
The June 2017 Youth Worker Practice Network member session was focused on mental health, specifically around young people and self harm. Guest presenters from headspace Canberra and headspace Queanbeyan shared a range of information and resources. A summary of the session, the session powerpoint presentations, and a range of resources which youth workers can access are available via the links below.
The Commonwealth is developing a national Code of Conduct to promote safe and ethical service delivery for the full scheme NDIS. The development of a Code of Conduct is an important part of the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework which was released in February 2017. Consultation is now open on the draft Code of Conduct and we encourage people with disability, their families and carers, providers and workers to share their comments and feedback. The Code of Conduct sets out national standards and outlines expectations of behaviour for providers and workers delivering NDIS supports and se
In February 2017, the National Coalition for Suicide Prevention workshop, convened by Suicide Prevention Australia (SPA), initiated discussion on a 2025 strategic framework for suicide prevention.
The Pharmacy Guild ACT Branch is currently running their Quit for 2 in Community Pharmacy program. Building off the successful of 'Smoking cessation in pharmacy' project, the Pharmacy Guild continues to get out and about spreading the word about the 61 pharmacies and 290 health professionals trained in smoking cessation, who are available to help smoking pregnant women. Knowing that often quitting smoking can take a few attempts so talking to a pharmacist could help with knowing what options are right and what is the best way for individuals’ to quit.