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Highlights on Mental Health

October 17, 2017
Highlights on Mental Health Illawarra Forum were pleased to support the Highlights on Mental Health fundraising lunch held last Friday at Centro CBD as part of Mental Health Month. The audience were treated to a fantastic range of speakers including David Burroughs who challenged the audience to reframe their understanding of mental health, and the importance of everyone being proactive in the workplace to support each other. The most recent findings from the University of Wollongong were showcased including their work on repurposing other drugs. Angry Anderson also told his story, highlighting how early childhood trauma and experiences affected his mental health journey. Illawarra Forum was proud to provide a silent auction item of a Mental Health First Aid training session for the highest bidder to support understanding and action within the workplace which raised over $1000. All proceeds from the day went to Highlights for Mental Health. If you [...]
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NDS provides NDIS Special Briefing in Kiama

October 17, 2017
NDS provides NDIS Special Briefing in Kiama National Disability Services (NDS) delivered an engaging and insightful seminar on the current NDIS climate on Monday 9 October at the Sebel Harbourside in Kiama, hosted by Illawarra Forum. NDS provided local disability service providers and their board members with evidence based information regarding NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework, pricing and workforce development. The speakers provided useful and practical presentations surrounding the complexities and opportunities facing disability service providers as NDIS implementation continues across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. For more information please contact Karen Kirk-Torresan, Policy & Project Officer Disability Services, Illawarra Forum on kkirktorresan@illawarraforum.org.au.
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Human Services Agreement Update and NSW Benchmarking Tool

October 3, 2017
Human Services Agreement Update and NSW Benchmarking Tool From 1 August 2017, all government agencies are required to use the new NSW Human Services Agreement, which is a standard contract, when procuring human services from NGOs and for-profit organisations. Agencies will also use the Agreement as existing contracts expire. This means that any organisation that has, or will tender for, a contract with any NSW agency will be subject to this contract. If you have not yet read the agreement, you may find it here. Illawarra Forum Members have raised numerous concerns with both the process, and the final document including the limited consultation process which did not provide feedback on original submissions, and which resulted in the delivery of a final document with limited opportunity for comment. The Illawarra Forum has pursued the matter directly with NCOSS – as co-chair of the Social Innovation Council and with the Dept [...]
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Recruitment Project Aged Care

October 3, 2017
The Community Services and Health Sector is the largest employer in the lllawarra and Shoalhaven. In the aged care sector alone there are 200-500 new workers needed every year in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. The Illawarra Forum is responding to members concerns about the challenges of recruiting and retaining new staff by running a pilot recruitment project. This project is in the scoping phase and we are looking for employers who are interested in tapping into new potential employees. Please contact Sarah Gadd on sgadd@illawarraforum.org.au or phone 42564333 by 11 October 2017 for more information.
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Have your say: NGO Benchmarking Tool Copy

September 19, 2017
Time is running out to participate in stage one of the NGO benchmarking model before it closes on 1 October 2017. It is important that as many NGOs as possible trial the tool and give feedback. You can register here to complete the online self-assessment. The NGO Benchmarking Model is a self-assessment tool that NGOs self-assess against ten capabilities to determine how customer-centric their organisation is in relation to other providers. According to the Department, participation in stage one means your organisation will: Benefit from the insights gained through the self-assessment process - they’ve heard from NGOs that they are using this information to guide their strategic plans and professional development programs. Access the resource library – it includes resources on customer-centric service delivery, governance, outcomes measurement etc. Be eligible to attend free training in October 2017 focussed on commissioning for outcomes, outcomes measurement or design thinking. Provide feedback on how your organisation, and [...]
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