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October 2020

Webinar – Jay Weatherill: The Challenges of Early Years Reform

October 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
virtual Australia

Until we acknowledge the importance of the early years to lifelong learning, health, and emotional outcomes, reform will continue to be hidden behind a fog of confused responsibilities, incoherent government arrangements, and disconnected from the realities of family life. Services, particularly in relation to early learning, will continue to be unaffordable, inaccessible, and of variable quality. A superficial overview of structures relating to early childhood point to five disconnected systems: childcare, preschool, children’s health, family and community services, and child…

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Anglicare Australia Jobs Availability Snapshot 2020

October 14, 2020

The Anglicare Australia Jobs Availability Snapshot 2020 will be released on the 14th October. See https://www.anglicare.asn.au/ for more information.

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Webinar: Families Under Extreme Stress Factors associated with meal provision in early care and education (ECE) services

October 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
virtual Australia

Nutrition in childhood is a key environmental factor affecting ongoing health and wellbeing across the life course. Early nutrition is associated with ongoing weight status, risk of chronic disease and quality of life. Poor nutrition, whether in terms of quantity or quality of food accessed, is strongly implicated in population health costs, both human and economic. Professor Karen Thorpe's research team is assessing the way in which the competitive economic market of Early Care and Education programs are associated with…

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Vulnerable Australia

October 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
virtual Australia + Google Map
Free

The Vulnerable Australia webinar is a presentation on the current and emerging vulnerability in Australian communities, exacerbated by the economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. This webinar will reveal a newly developed model for measuring and anticipating vulnerability in local communities and provide valuable insights from our expert panel of leaders in the social services sector. Speakers include Sarah Pennell, Foodbank Australia; Stella Avramopoulos Good Shepherd Australia NZ; Mohammad Al-Khafaji, Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia and…

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Resilience in the Age of Covid: Older Women’s Take on Poverty & The Way Forward

October 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
virtual Australia
Free

Join the conversation on what older women have to say about the impact of COVID-19, and what we need to focus on as a country to deal with its fallout. Prior to COVID-19, older women were the fastest growing cohort amongst the homeless and the situation has not improved with the pandemic. Instead, this recession will also hit older women hard. Hear from: Ronni Kahn, Founder of OzHarvest Liz McEntyre, Aboriginal Official Visitor, NSW Inspector of Custodial Services Elaine Paton,…

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Webinar: Families Under Extreme Stress “Normal” stresses and additional challenges arising from COVID-19

October 15, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
virtual Australia

In this virtual panel discussion, panellists from the University of Melbourne (UoM) and the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) will share insights from recent research on families' recovery from economic recession, financial and mental stress on parents, and the systemic drivers of financial stress and the impact on children. Dr Dina Bowman, Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security, BSL Dr Matthew Curry, Ronald Henderson Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research, UoM & BSL Dr Barbara Broadway, Senior Research…

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Home is Where the Heart is: The Link Between Poverty, Housing, and Health

October 15, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
virtual Australia
$25

The facts Secure and affordable housing is critical to overcoming many of the economic, social and chronic disease challenges facing rural and remote Australians, particularly chronic diseases closely related to housing such as rheumatic heart disease. People in rural and remote Australia have lower incomes, lower net household worth, higher instances of risk factors for poor health, higher levels of chronic disease, accidents and injury, and reduced life expectancy. A key challenge for people living in poverty is access to…

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Tackling child poverty in the wake of COVID-19: Priorities for Australia’s social security and family payments systems

October 15, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Free

As the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to ramify across communities, the number of children and families living in poverty is set to escalate. Before the pandemic, rates of child poverty in Australia were already stubbornly high, with more than one in six children living below the poverty line. In the 1980s Australia led the world in implementing measures to guard against child poverty, reducing it by over 30 per cent through reforms to the family payments system.…

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St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s Rosalie Rendu Forum

October 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

Re-imaginging the future: Can we create more equitable communities post pandemic? Over recent months, the strength and resilience of our communities has been tested. First floods, drought and fires, and now a global pandemic have exposed the flaws in the social and economic systems that should be designed to protect even the most vulnerable among us. 0ut of crisis, however, comes opportunity. Together, we can achieve an Australia that doesn’t merely return to normal, but embodies the compassion and justice…

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Salvation Army “A Pathway to Social Justice” National Report

October 16, 2020

A new Salvation Army national report  "A Pathway to Social Justice" will be released on the 16th October. See https://www.salvationarmy.org.au/ for more.

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