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The conference is being run by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre of Victoria University in Melbourne’s CBD.

The conference will bring together a diverse range of faith-based organisations to showcase and discuss best practice governance. Speakers include Commissioners from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Family Violence, as well representatives of key regulatory bodies (eg. ATO, ACNC, Consumer Affairs). It promises to be an illuminating and innovative take on critically important issues of our time.

Kathy Landvogt from Good Shepherd will be speaking in a panel session on Day 1 entitled ‘Reframing our history: Coming to terms with problematic pasts’, outlining how Good Shepherd approaches its institutional history and impacts on former residents in the contemporary context.

'Holding The Light', an ecumenical service of remembrance for victims and survivors of domestic violence was held on Sunday 26 November to remember those who have been killed this year through family violence. During the service, the bell tolled 42 times to pay tribute to the women who were murdered by someone known to them between Jan-Nov 26, 2017 in Australia.
The Service organiser and Director of ThinkPrevent, Dr Ree Boddé, also provided this powerful address, which was delivered to 200 plus delegates at the Bendigo Interfaith Conference held on 12 November 2017: "There is never a religious, a cultural, a societal justification for violence against women. Period."  Click here to listen.
The Catholic Church in Melbourne, along with the Vatican, sends an annual greeting to Hindus on the occasion of the festival of Diwali. This message offers warmest greetings and the blessings of prosperity and success on the occasion of Diwali, and looks forward to the Catholic and Hindu communities ‘doing more together in the future for the common good of our society’. May the celebration of Diwali be a time of joy for us all.
Member organisation, Australian Catholic Against Trading in Humans (ACRATH), with the assistance of students at the St Thomas Moore Law School of the Australian Catholic University (ACU), have prepared a submission for an inquiry into Human Organ Trafficking and Organ Transplant Tourism.
 ACRATH's submission (which is number 8 in the list), can be found here. Also, ACRATH's 2018 calendar is now available!
Youth mental health is one of the big issues facing our local Vietnamese community. To address this, a mental health awareness discussion forum, 'Viet Youth In Crisis - How can we help?', will be held on Saturday 28 October, at 1.30pm, at St Joseph's Hall, corner of Buckingham and St James Avenue, Springvale. Download flyer, here.
Women escaping domestic violence who are forced to seek temporary refuge in motels will benefit from a new crisis centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs. The Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre was officially opened on 8 October in a ceremony led by Sr Meredith Evans RSM and attended by Vinnies national and state presidents Graham West and Cathy Beaton. Vinnies chief executive officer David Wark said, “It was clear to us a couple of years ago that Vinnies could make a difference to outcomes for women at risk, who are often housed in motel accommodation, and we set about making that happen. This new service will provide a wrap-around service where women and their children will have the support of the whole Vinnies community.”

Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand and St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria invites you to join public policy experts and people with lived experience at the 2017 Anti-Poverty Week Forum "Picking up the Pieces" on 20 October 2017, from 11.30am - 3.30pm.Together, we will discuss the consequences of increased social security conditionality and what needs to be done to pick up the pieces and disrupt cycles of disadvantage. Click here to register.

The parish of St Dominic's East Camberwell has recently erected a large banner facing Riversdale Road, stating: 'St Dominic's Parish Welcomes Asylum Seekers'. The banner is 3.5m long and 75cm high, and was erected after support was given by the parish priest, Fr Peter Toan Nguyen OP, the Dominican Community who reside there, and the parish council.
Pope Francis has condemned "verbal and physical violence towards women" and called for "respect" while addressing large crowds on a recent visit to Colombia. The Argentine pontiff, the first Pope to visit the country in over three decades, said that the Bible celebrates women who are strong and influential.
"How many women, in silence, have persevered alone?" he asked those gathered in the city of Villavicencio, Colombia, where the Pope travelled to show support for the country's peace process. Read the full BBC story here.

You are invited to attend the launch by Russell Broadbent of a book on asylum seeker issues. in Melbourne on Thursday 21 September.

The book, Bridging Troubled Wates: Australia & Asylum Seekers, which has been written by Dr Tony Ward, with the active involvement of Caz Coleman who has had extensive involvement with refugee matters.

This project of Yarra Institute for Religion and Social Policy was largely funded by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand in 2011, but was often delayed with frequent changes in government policy.

The venue is the Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth St., Melbourne, near the Queen Victoria Market, from 5.30 for a prompt start at 6pm and finish the official part by 7pm, with drinks/coffee/tea available afterwards. 

Click here for more information. 

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