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Workshops address important issues for Catholic social services at national conference

We are excited to offer a range of important workshops that focus on the various issues facing the Catholic social services sector at our upcoming national conference, Hearing Healing Hope (21-23 February 2018 at the Catholic Leadership Centre in East Melbourne). People can attend the conference as a whole, or attend just the workshops session on the Thursday afternoon (for $100). The full program can be viewed here, however, below is an outline of the workshops on offer.
WORKSHOP SERIES 1:  1.45pm – 3.15pm
1.1 Emerging issues in not-for-profit governance with Elizabeth Proust AO
This workshop will be led by Elizabeth Proust AO, who has been involved in a range of arts, charitable, university and business boards. She has played key roles in developing and leading organisations, including as Secretary of the Victorian Department of the Premier and Cabinet, and Chief Executive of the City of Melbourne. The workshop will explore governance issues for the not-for-profit sector, including the role of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission. WORKSHOP FULL 
1.2 NDIS 1: Challenges and opportunities within a mission framework with Camilla Rowland and panellists Hon. Kevin Andrews MP; Dr Ken Baker AM; Christine Macqueen 
This workshop will explore key areas of convergence and tension between NDIS policies and practices and the mission of Catholic social service agencies to provide excellence of care in supporting vulnerable people and those with complex needs. The workshop will be led by facilitator Camilla Rowland, CEO Marymead, with expert panelists as listed. Agencies with a connection to the NDIS and other individualised funding models will benefit from this workshop. WORKSHOP FULL
1.3 Love of neighbour: The challenge for parishes with Dr Bob Dixon, Fr Terry Kean and Bernadette Dennis
Parish communities are called to reach out in service to those in need.  In many ways, they can reach parts of the community that professional service agencies cannot.  There is much to be gained from strengthened collaboration between parishes and Catholic social service agencies. 
This workshop will focus on the ways in which parishes can learn from each other, and Catholic social service agencies can strengthen their relationships and collaboration with parishes, to deepen and broaden the work of the church in reaching out to vulnerable and marginalised members of the community. 
1.4 It’s Time … Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellness and Empowerment: Our Personal and Professional Heart Call for Change with Darlene Dreise and MC Sherry Balcombe
Warning: Your attendance at this presentation and workshop will require you to leave your ego at the door as we embark on a personal and professional journey along paths well-trodden and trails yet unknown.     Our destination?  The place of comfort and energy, which best enables us to honour our call to serve our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and enable two-way learning.  
While acknowledging what has worked in this space, we will also identify what could be done via the privileged stance of our respective ministries today.  Let us lament, laugh and learn with each other as we work for personal transformation and professional growth.
1.5 Church Leadership in preventing and responding to family violence; sharing resources and insights from around the country. Charlie King will Chair, joined by Helen Burt, Jocelyn Bignold and Di Swan.
This workshop will share experience and ideas relating to awareness of nature of family violence, its incidence, and causes; providing support for victims and survivors, including children; responding to needs within our organisations and our congregations; and resourcing a pro-active approach by Church leaders.
WORKSHOP SERIES 2:     3.45pm – 5.15pm
2.1 Priorities in governance of Catholic organisations with 
Prof Gabrielle McMullen AM 
Des Powell AM
This workshop will explore formation for the governance and stewardship of Catholic ministries and how leaders can respond to current priorities in leading Catholic organisations. Through case studies, it will guide those in or preparing for governance roles in Catholic ministries on how to embed mission into their decision-making and stewardship of the ministries and build the Catholic ethos of their agency. 

2.2 NDIS 2: The contribution of the Catholic network. 
Chaired by Kate Venables, with 
Tony Hollamby,
Peter Selwood and
Anne-Marie Mioche
This interactive workshop is an opportunity to contribute to and connect with the collective expertise of Catholic agencies delivering services under the NDIS. It will include presentations from leaders in the Catholic sector and space to delve deeper in discussion around effectively sharing expertise across the network, connecting with Diocesan and other Church agencies and developing ideas for delivering disability services in rural and regional Australia. This workshop will be particularly beneficial for social service providers with a connection to the NDIS. 

2.3 Social housing: exploring opportunities for affordable housing initiatives c
haired by Chris Hall AM, with 
Dr May Lam 
In this workshop delegates will explore opportunities for Catholic agencies, dioceses and parishes to respond to the affordable housing crisis, a growing problem that has been recognised and featured in the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Social Justice Statement 2017 -2018. Case studies of work being done at national level, in dioceses, and by Catholic agencies will showcase some of the diverse responses and partnerships being formed to improve affordable housing supply, from policy advocacy, finding land and finance, and the creation of action networks to generate new housing supply.

2.4 Effective advocacy of public policy chaired by Bernie Geary OAM, with Sally Parnell and Phil Glendenning
This workshop will focus on effective advocacy of public policy, drawing conclusions from our success and other endeavours. Case studies that demonstrate ways in which to effectively impact public policy and broader social understanding will be presented and discussed.
The discussion will be conducted through the lens of Catholic social services and what are the implications for each person, for agencies and for our sector as a whole. 
2.5 Excellence in caring for vulnerable clients: Going beyond the rhetoric and compliance to explore excellence in care with Dr Robyn Miller
The workshop will focus on the culture, the processes and structures that need to be in place to ensure vulnerable clients are receiving the best of care. The workshop will look at issues of accreditation, standards and reporting, to ensure clients are safe and receive the best care; and also at what is needed beyond what can be stipulated by regulators.
2.6 Support for asylum seekers and recently arrived communities; sharing information and insights from around the country with Brigid Arthur csb and Tracey Cabrié
This workshop will focus on the fundamental needs of asylum seekers and recently arrived communities, and how can we collaborate to provide appropriate support. A range of practical case studies will be presented and discussed. Advocacy priorities will inevitably emerge. 

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