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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. 

On Wednesday 20 September, at 1.30pm, MacKillop Family Services is pleased to have the opportunity to hear from Professor Elizabeth Fernandez (University of NSW), who led the recent study on identifying long-term outcomes of Forgotten Australians, Child Migrants and the Stolen Generations – ‘No child should grow up like this’.

Loreto Ministries Australia and South-East Asia are looking for a Director of Mission (permanent, full-time position based in Melbourne. Note: anyone interested in undertaking this role on a part-time, 0.8 basis, will also be considered).

For a confidential discussion about this opportunity and for a copy of the Information Pack which contains details about how to make an application please contact Anthony Spata at REACH Human Resources on 0402 210 055 or at anthony@reachhr.com.au. Applications close Tuesday, 22 August 2017. 
Only candidates with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. Download the advertisement and position description, here

All are invited to attend a Culture and History of the South Sudanese Community Forum in Sunshine on Saturday 15 July from 1.30pm to 4pm in St Theresa's Hall, 18 Drummartin St, Albion. This forum sponsored by Pax Christi, an international peace movement, to meet members of the South Sudanese Community in Sunshine, learn about their culture and history, and hear first-hand of their experiences of being refugees in Australia.

Julian Burnside QC, together with Syrian refugees Omar and Saad Al-Kassab, will join with the Montmorency Asylum Seekers Support Group on Friday 28th July, at 7.00pm to discuss the experiences of people seeking asylum in Australia, and Australia’s treatment of refugees.
Act for Peace is currently recruiting for the 0.7 EFT position of Executive Officer, Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce, which is a contract position until June 2019.  The position can be based in either Sydney or Melbourne. This is a vital role within Act for Peace to ensure it can continue its ecumencial work in this space.
Applications close on Sunday 16th July. More information about the position can be found here

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