The Illawarra Forum is the peak body working for community services and organisations in the Illawarra and the Shoalhaven. It supports community organisations, promotes expertise and innovation, fosters industry development and pursues social justice in the region. Its membership consists of organisations and individuals that provide community services.

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Wellness and Reablement Self Audit

December 12, 2017

Illawarra Forum have developed a Wellness and Reablement (W&R) Self-Audit for CHSP services. This short questionnaire allows you to do a quick stocktake on where you are now in your W&R practice, and where you may want to look at changing your procedures. To do the questionnaire please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W3V2MQ5 We will also be using the data from these surveys to plan for future training, professional development and organisational support for 2018.

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AGM 2017

December 12, 2017
Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on Thursday 7 December at Warrigal, Shell Cove. We welcomed a new Board Member, Alice Lans, and the special resolution regarding our name change passed unanimously (we will keep you informed of the changes in the new year). At the conclusion of the official business, attendees were fortunate to hear inspiring words from our Guest Speaker Karen Willis OAM, the Executive Officer, Rape & Domestic Violence Service Australia. The R&DVSA are doing remarkable work for their clients while showing incredible fortitude to stand against the impacts of privatisation and commodification of services. Copies of our Annual Report were also made available to attendees.
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Upcoming Training & Events

SSDN Meeting

15/02/2018
SSDN Meeting to be held at Meals on Wheels - Surry Hills. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments.           
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Towards a Culture of Wellness & Reablement: Better Questions workshop

22/02/2018
A forum for CHSP & HCP providers, RAS, ACAT, government staff and allied health professionals. Wellness & Reablement requires Aged Services Professionals to have more ‘person-centred conversations’ in their assessment and practice. Knowing when and how to ask (the right) questions as opposed to advice giving or telling, is essential. This Better Questions Workshop offers simple yet highly effective communication strategies to facilitate conversations with older clients that can tap into their potential and resourcefulness, leading to them being more motivated and feeling more valued, engaged, respected and ultimately healthier people! At the end of this workshop you will: Recognise habitual patterns of response in our conversations Understand the impact of asking vs telling and the principles of asking Better Questions Using Better Questions in practical scenarios Handling resistance to the approach Tips to enhance your listening skills Improve your ability to ask Better Questions with a ‘person-centred’ or wellness focus Introduction to the Better Questions model Questioning Practice – work in groups to practice the skills learned Develop an action plan for ongoing implementation of your learning Enable clients to take more responsibility and accountability and use questions to create more engagement and motivation Redefine their roles and create a new mindset to incorporate new practices Lindsay Tighe is the founder of Inspirational Coaching and Better Questions and is a highly regarded speaker, business woman, coach and author of eight books. Her passion is teaching the skill of asking Better Questions to release human potential and she has developed various workshops and resources which are detailed at www.betterquestions.com.au She has trained thousands of people in the Aged Care, Community &Health sectors to support the Wellness/Reablement approach and Consumer Directed Care. Lindsay holds an MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management and has appeared on Channel 7’s Sunrise and has featured in numerous national publications. For a printable flyer please click here  Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. CAN’T MAKE IT? If you are unable to attend your nominated course a substitute for your place is welcome to attend. The full training fee will be charged if you or someone in your place does not attend the session and we have not been given notice as specified below. REFUNDS: If the registered participant is unable to attend a minimum of 3 days’ notice is required to receive a full refund. If the registered participant provides less than 3 days’ notice a refund of 50% of course cost will be refunded. If the course is cancelled, a full refund will be paid in full. CATERING: Please advise us at time of booking of any specific dietary requirements. TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: Please advise us at time of booking if you have any specific training needs e.g. for visual, hearing or mobility impairments. DON'T HAVE A CREDIT CARD? Use the Promotional Code INVOICEME for Bank Transfer payment.           
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