Trauma and Differential Diagnosis

This forum aims to enhance practice and client outcomes by generating lively and informative conversations through expert presentations and an interactive case-study and panel discussion.

This practice forum will support and enhance the skills and knowledge required by health and community services professionals working with children, young people, and families. It will consider and explore the, at times, overlapping presentations of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) in the context of a trauma history.

 

When:
Friday 12 May 2017

Where: 
Department of Health and Human Services
165-169 Thomas Street, Dandenong, Victoria 3175

Cost: 
$100.00

Contact:
Tymur Hussein tymur.hussein@connections.org.au    

To book your ticket, click here. 

Program

9:00am -   Registrations
9:20am -   Welcome 
9:30am -   FASD Presentation; ASD Presentation; ADHD Presentation; RAD Presentation 
10:50am - Morning Tea 
11:10am -  Case Study (small group work)
  
11:50am -  Panel Discussion
12:30am -  Close

Speakers

  • Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Prue Walker
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) - Sonia Street
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – Tim Doyle
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) - Adela Holmes

For more information about our speakers,Trauma and Differential Diagnosis speaker list.pdf

12 May 2017

2016 Conference Program now available

Are you interested in finding out more about the latest, innovative practice and tools which will contribute to your knowledge to make the lives of vulnerable children and families better?

The 2016 Connections UnitingCare Conference; Making Lives Better - Improving life outcomes for vulnerable children and families will explore how we build services around clients in a changing, complex world. The draft program has now been released and can be viewed on our dedicated conference website.

With keynote speakers from Australia and the world, the conference will cover topics such as cultural responsiveness and awareness; early intervention; measuring change in the context of challenge and workforce development. It will highlight best practice and empower you to work more effectively with clients presenting with complicated needs.

Renowned psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg (pictured below) will address delegates, presenting on today’s technology and how this can be integrated into practice when working with young people.

The conference will also feature a panel of experts who will ponder the question ‘can family violence be eradicated?’ and discuss the role their organisation plays in eradicating it.  

The conference will showcase, present and discuss the latest interventions, research and tools that can contribute to your knowledge of how to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

When: 25 – 26 May 2016.
Where: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
Registration: Save $100 off the standard price with our early bird rate of $595 (early bird offer closes 1 May 2016).

To learn more or to register, please click here.

 

Is it possible to eradicate family violence?

During the three year period between 2011/12 to 2014/5, more than 187,000 people sought help from specialist homelessness services because of domestic and family violence, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

In 2014, Victoria Police responded to 68,000 incidents of family violence which equates to one every 8 minutes. More shockingly, of those 68,000 incidents, there were nearly 44,000 children present.

How do we address family violence? What role do community organisations and statutory bodies play in dealing with family violence? Can we eradicate family violence?

The 2016 Connections UnitingCare Conference: Making Lives Better - Improving Life Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Families will bring together a panel of experts to discuss family violence and the role their organisation plays in eradicating it. Delegates will be provided with an opportunity to address questions to members on the panel.

The panel includes: 

> Dean McWhirter - Assistant Commissioner Family Violence Command, Victoria Police
> Paul Nixon - Chief Social Worker, Child Youth and Family Services New Zealand
> Leslie Fleming - Magistrate Children's Court Victoria
> Kate Hawkins - Supervising Magistrate Family Violence Court Victoria
> Jim Allen - Program Manager, Family and Community Services, Anglicare Eastern
> Dr Lyndal Bugeja - Project Manager, Coroners Court of Victoria

When: 25 – 26 May 2016.
Where: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
Registration: Save $100 off the standard price with our early bird rate of $595 (early bird offer ends 1 May 2016).

 

 

 

Call for abtracts extended

The closing date for the submission of abstracts has been extended to Friday 12 February.

The Connections UnitingCare Conference: Making Lives Better - Improving Life Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Families, will explore how we build services around clients in a changing, complex world.

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We are keen to receive papers which explore and address innovative ideas which respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families in the community.

We encourage submissions from a range of organisations and individuals who can contribute to our knowledge of current practices and interventions which are making the lives of vulnerable children and families better.

The conference will focus on four key sub themes:

1. Cultural responsiveness and awareness
> How agencies manage client’s needs in a culturally sensitive way.
> How agencies manage with less specialist services being available.

2. Early intervention
> How the development of practical skills and tools can help with early intervention.
> Programs that demonstrate vision and innovation which make a real difference and give hope to vulnerable families.

3. Measuring change in the context of challenge
> Dealing with complex families and demonstration of positive outcomes.
> Trauma informed practice in the context of working with clients.
> Innovation in practice and managing demand.
> Examples of latest research and theoretical framework with positive outcomes for clients.

4. Workforce development
> How multidisciplinary teams function effectively to improve outcomes.
> Examples of how working collaboratively has improved outcomes for clients.
> Programs with frameworks that are transferable to different contexts.


This two-day conference will offer a broad range of presentation styles, including:

> Oral presentations
> Interactive workshops
> Poster presentations


When: 25 – 26 May 2016.
Where: Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000.
Registration: Save $100 off the standard price with our early bird rate of $595 (early bird offer closes 1 May 2016).
 
  

Call for abstracts close in less than 3 weeks

You are invited to submit an abstract for the Connections UnitingCare Conference: Making Lives Better.

We are keen to receive papers which explore and address innovative ideas which respond to the needs of vulnerable children and families in the community.

We encourage submissions from a range of organisations and individuals who can contribute to our knowledge of current practices and interventions which are making the lives of vulnerable children and families better. The conference will explore how we build services around clients in a changing, complex world.

Presentation styles offered:

- Oral presentations
- Interactive workshops
- Poster presentations

Abstracts can be submitted which address the following four key sub-theme areas:
•    Cultural responsiveness and awareness
•    Early intervention
•    Measuring change in the context of challenge
•    Workforce development

Abstracts will be peer reviewed by the Conference Program sub-committee. The committee reserves the right to decide the format of the presentations and in which stream they will be presented on the basis of time and space available.
Abstracts should be a maximum of 250 words.

 

Save the date - Connections UnitingCare Conference

The Connections UnitingCare Conference: Making Lives Better - Improving Life Outcomes for Vulnerable Children and Families, will explore how we build services around clients in a changing, complex world.

With keynote speakers from around the world, the conference will cover topics such as; cultural responsiveness and awareness; early intervention; measuring change in the context of challenge and workforce development. It will highlight best practice and empower you to work more effectively with clients presenting with complex needs.

When: 25-26 MAY 2016

Where: RYDGES MELBOURNE
183 Exhibition Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


The conference will provide a unique forum which will advance thinking and innovative practice in the four key sub-theme areas:

Cultural responsiveness and awareness
- How agencies manage clients' needs in a culturally sensitive way.
- How agencies manage with less specialist services being available.

Early intervention
- How the development of practical skills and tools can help with early intervention.
- Programs that demonstrate vision and innovation which make a real difference and give hope to vulnerable families.

Measuring change in the context of challenge
- Dealing with complex families and demonstration of positive outcomes.
- Trauma informed practice in the context of working with clients.
- Innovation in practice and managing demand.
- Examples of latest research and theoretical frameworks with positive outcomes for clients.

Workforce development
- How multidisciplinary teams function effectively to improve outcomes.
- Examples of how working collaboratively has improved outcomes for clients.
- Programs with frameworks which are transferable to different contexts.

For more information, click here


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25 May 2016 to 26 May 2016

Connections Conference - Sponsor Spotlight Kingston City Council

Connections is proud to have the Kingston City Council as a Gold Sponsor of the Connections UnitingCare Conference Leading Practice - Making a difference in the lives of children and families.

Kingston City Council's Family, Youth and Children's services team delivers services to 30,000 people annually and has over 140,000 contacts with residents per year.

We listen to those who know - our children, young people and families. We understand that all families are different. That's why we are:

  • Making our services easier to use.
  • Filling in the service gaps and levelling the 'playing field'.
  • Building family centres with a full range of services in one place.

Kingston is delivering services for all families. These include Youth, Family Support , Maternal and Child Health, Immunisation, Family Day Care, Long Day Care, Kindergarten and Kindergarten Central Enrolment, School Aged Care (Before and After School and Vacation Care) and a range of supported playgroups with a focus on supporting those who are experiencing vulnerability.

For more information about Kingston's Family, Youth and Children's Services click here or call 9581 4585.

City of Kingston

Conference Spotlight - Dr Sally Cockburn

Dr Sally Cockburn, known in the media as Dr Feelgood, is Australia's leading health communicator. Graduating from Monash University Medical School in 1982, Sally spent 6 years working in public hospitals and now specialises in General Practice, working part time in Suburban Melbourne.

Sally has combined 30 years clinical and teaching experience with two decades of extensive media work, becoming a national personality in television, radio and print.

Sally's interest in social justice has led to her involvement in several high profile causes. In 2006 she worked with then Senator Kay Patterson, assisting her with her historic bill which saw reform allowing embryonic stem cell research in Australia. In 2008 Sally was an advocate for law reform of abortion in Victoria. In 2012 Sally was a consultant to Gordon Legal in their landmark Thalidomide case. In 2013 Sally has enrolled in the Masters of Health Law course at University of Melbourne.

For more information about our other keynote speakers and Featured Workshop Presenters, click here.

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