Foster Care Networker (An Independent Social Services Newsletter) Issue 16 November 2004 Hello and Welcome The countdown is on now for Christmas. This past year seems to have just flown by. My home has been overrun with s Teenagers these past couple of weeks. Supposedly on study leave is what they tell me. Well it’ the last exam today, but still no school until next week, and then school is only for a couple of more days. The school holidays are upon us. College is out the first week of December, with most of the other schools finishing not long afterwards. The fun now begins with keeping the children occupied for these 6 – 8 weeks before school starts again. A Grandparent raising her grandchild sent me through the following expert. It was so wonderful to share in this it Grandparents joy and to totally understand that ‘ is’the little things that make caregiving so wonderful and worthwhile. Thank you to the Grandparent who sent it through. “Just thought you would like to hear some positive feedback about this job of raising grandchildren. Finally, after 4yrs with us, our grandson is showing some signs of maturity. Recently he was able to bike around to his other Grandparents' home (nearby) to attend a bar-be-que, unsupervised by us. This is a first as before now, not only would he have not had enough road sense to bike there, but also we couldn't trust his behaviour when he was out of our sight. He still tends to be greedy about food when eating away from home but this is a legacy from the lack of food availability when he was at home with Mum and he has improved. Also, during the last school holidays he went to camp - this time doing most of the packing himself and checking to see that everything was named and naming anything that was not. He also, for the first time, brought absolutely everything home again. Recently I have been sick, with a varicose ulcer, and have needed help in dressing the area every day. My grandson is the only one who was able to get the bandage firm enough to stay up but not so tight that it cut off circulation, he did this twice a day for several weeks. He also did many more household chores than normal as I was supposed to be resting with my leg elevated. For meal preparation I would sit on the kitchen stool with my leg elevated on the beanbag and he would do all the fetching and carrying for me. He has learnt to make a few new meals from this too. This is not too say that all is rosy without any problems but it is an acknowledgment of the changes we are seeing and appreciating. He is 10yrs old.” This newsletter is not sent out on behalf of any Association or Agency, and although every effort is made to ensure the s accuracy of the information, I do not guarantee it’ correctness nor do I accept any legal responsibility. Should you wish to send through any items for future issues of the Foster Care Networker, then please send details to any of the contact details below. Allysa Carberry Carberrys@xtra.co.nz www.hrs.org.nz/fostercare Calling Auckland Caregivers – Fosterparents, Kinship/whanau carers, and Grandparent Carers. Serwind Netzler, is an American foster parent trainer as well as the founder of the Internet site, www.FosterParentTraining.com. Serwind will be coming to Auckland, New Zealand, and has offered us a ‘live two-hour training class for foster parents’on Monday 20th December from 10am to 12.00pm at the Baptist Action Family s Services, 112-C Russell Rd, Manurewa. Mr. Netzler’ New Zealand born wife, Sherryl, will also participate in the training. The training will include a question/answer session. Serwind and Sherryl Netzler have been licensed therapeutic foster parents since 1987. In the mid-70's, the Netzler's were volunteers in one of the first after-school "latch key/safe key" programs in the United States. They've been involved with foster care in four different states. The Netzler's have worked for both state and private agencies in community group homes, residential mental health facilities, and as private residential foster parents. They have two children of their own, plus three special needs/minority children, two of whom they've adopted. In addition to being a foster parent, Serwind has recruited and trained foster parents & group home staff, and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Jude's Ranch for Children-Boulder City Campus in Boulder City, Nevada. Sherryl has served as a Certified Surrogate Parent and a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). The Netzler's have both been honored for their foster care work. Serwind Netzler founded the Internet site www.FosterParentTraining.com in 2000 as a means for foster parents to acquire ongoing training for their annual relicensing requirements. Since its founding, over 2000 members have received training online. Its training is recognized and accepted by foster care agencies throughout the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. s A crèche will be offered for younger children at Baptist Action, and Tumua from St Vincent’ DePaul has kindly offered to organise a ‘Foster Fun Day’for the older children. Children aged four to 14 years of age can be dropped of at the Manurewa Netball Hall, Browns Road, Manurewa for a fun filled morning with Tumua and her wonderful fun team of helpers. Past ‘ days’have been very well received by those who have attended. This hall is very close to Russell Road. The hall will be open for the children to be dropped of from 9.30am. We do realise that this is a hard time of the year, with it being near Christmas and the children being of for the school holidays, but this is a wonderful opportunity to come and hear an International Foster Parent Trainer. The South Auckland Caregivers Association is proud to open up this training session to ALL Foster Parents/Caregivers in the Auckland Region. We would like to finish this training session with a shared lunch – so please do bring a plate of food to share. A gold coin on entry will help cover some of the costs. For Registrations please contact – Allysa Carberry, on ph/fax 09 2670319, or email email@example.com ASAP. Child Youth and Family Caregiver Recruitment Campaign The Child, Youth and Family (CYF) national campaign for the recruitment of caregivers has generated a lot of interest. The launch on 1 November received a lot of publicity. The moving talks by caregivers, Barbara and Joe Watene, and Ian McLaren, the involvement of the children they have cared for and later the visit to Wellington zoo made a powerful impact. s Other speakers were Dr Cindy Kiro, Children’ Commissioner, and Paula Tyler, Chief Executive, Ken Rand, Director National Services and Craig Smith, Acting Chief Social Worker all of CYF. The campaign runs prior to Christmas and also again in February 2005. All enquiries are being followed up and Caregiver Liaison Social Workers are being advised and will follow up at the local level. Some sites are receiving enquiries directly from callers. Information packs are being sent out. A national campaign for caregivers is a first for CYF. The sites have previously organised local campaigns. The results will be collated and evaluated so that we can determine most effective recruitment strategies. A number of resources have been developed for the campaign: posters, radio ads, television interviews and ads and bumper stickers. Information is available on our web site: www.cyf.govt.nz If you are interested in obtaining information or resources please contact Justina Reid, ph 04 9189152. As at 15 November there has been 81 contacts made via the call centre or web site to National Office (this does not include those who have contacted sites directly). 27 newspaper articles have been picked up by 21 different newspapers and 21 Iwi radio stations have been approached. Some stations have followed up by requesting interviews with local CYF staff. The highly professional nature of the campaign coupled with a huge enthusiasm generated by all concerned is proving to be most encouraging. We look forward too considerably more skilled and highly motivated caregivers. Clothing Policy This policy has finally been released. Being a part of the working party has opened my eyes to the fact that policies can take a very long time to finalise and implement. My thanks must go to the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation for giving me the opportunity to represent Caregivers on this working party. Some of the main points of interest are as below. To read a copy of the full ‘ , Clothing Policy’ please go to the ‘Resource Section’of the Caregivers website at www.hrs.org.nz/fostercare. Children in Care Policy – Clothing: This clothing policy for children and young people in the care or custody of the Chief Executive comes into effect on the 1st October 2004. It replaces the clothing policy dated 1st July 2001 in the Care and Protection/Youth Justice Handbook. A) Policy – The clothing policy of Child Youth and Family is that the Department will meet the reasonable clothing needs of children and young persons in the care or custody of the Chief Executive. These needs are met in different ways according to where the child or young person is placed and the length of time they have spent in care. For a child or young person placed with a caregiver: - An emergency payment if the child or young person comes into care with insufficient clothing for the first few days. - An initial assessment of the child or young persons clothing needs, and initial payment according to the set rules. - Mandatory quarterly payments to caregivers commencing after the child or young person has been in the care or custody of the Chief Executive for three months. - Provision for additional clothing payments if the quarterly allowance or initial clothing payment is insufficient to meet the child or young persons reasonable clothing needs. - A Residence payment provision for children and young people placed in a Residence. - Reasonable needs payment provisions to meet other situations where the Chief Executive has responsibility. - Unmet clothing needs for a child or young person placed with the parent, guardian, or caregiver usually having care must be discussed and negotiated with the usual caregiver, family. B) Quarterly Clothing Allowance: Once the child or young person placed in the community has been in the care or custody of the Chief Executive for three months, they will then receive the quarterly clothing allowance in line with the next financial period, and for each subsequent quarter that they remain in the care or custody of the Chief Executive. This applies to all those children and young people placed with Child, Youth and Family caregivers as well as those placed with services providers’caregivers. The quarterly clothing allowance is paid in advance in January, April, July and October, and the rates are adjusted on 1st April each year in line with the December Consumer Price Index (CPI). The quarterly clothing allowance covers the following: - a reasonable quantity and range of appropriate clothing - a travel bag and - Replacement of school uniform items. When a child or young person is in the care or custody of a Child and Family Support Service, Iwi Social Service or Cultural Social Service (sections 362 and 363), the Directors of those services have the ability to establish their own clothing policies and practices, so long as such policies and practices meet the reasonable clothing needs of the child or young person. C) Nappies: As they are a disposable item, nappies are not considered to be clothing and are not covered by the clothing policy. Unless agreed otherwise with the Child, Youth and Family Caregiver, the SDU is to pay for nappies (either cloth or disposable as preferred by the caregiver) on a reasonable needs basis, over and above other care and clothing payments. For service providers payment for nappies will be according to Appendix A of the Shared Care Service Agreement, which provides for Child, Youth and Family to pay for an initial pack of disposable nappies only. D) Rights and Responsibilities: i) A child or young person in the care of custody of the Chief Executive – Children and young people have the right to have their reasonable clothing needs met, and to be consulted to the extent their age allows in the purchase of their clothing, with increasing involvement as they get older in planning and prioritizing their clothing needs. ii) Caregivers – both Child Youth and family and Service Providers have the right to receive the clothing payments to which they are entitled, unless they have signed a form insisting on a reduced or nil payment. Caregivers are to be encouraged to accept their full clothing entitlement and not be deterred from doing so. iii) Caregivers also have the right: - s To have the clothing policy explained to them during the initial assessment of the child or young person’ clothing needs. Child, Youth and Family caregivers will also be able to access summary of this policy through the Caregivers’ Handbook. - Not to have to account for every dollar of the quarterly clothing allowance - Not to be expected to meet the clothing needs of a child or young person from their own resources. - Not to be asked, if the placement breaks down or is terminated, to refund any money they have spent on the child or young persons clothing. iv) Caregivers are responsible for: - Using the quarterly clothing allowance to ensure that the child or young person has their reasonable clothing needs met. - Providing Child, Youth and Family with receipts for any clothing they purchase as part of an emergency, additional, Residence or reasonable needs payment. E) School Uniforms: Child, Youth and Family makes an additional payment for school uniforms when a child or young person who is in the care or custody of the Chief Executive placed with a caregiver starts a school and requires a uniform, or changes uniform within a school. In these circumstances which apply whether the child or young person is placed with a Child, Youth or Family caregiver or a service provider caregiver, payment should be over and above the quarterly clothing allowance. Replacement of uniform items is expected to come from the quarterly clothing allowance, where this is being paid, or otherwise as an additional payment. F) Personal Kits: On placement consideration should also be given to the provision of a personal kit for the child or young person. full Remember – For a ‘ copy’of the policy go to www.hrs.org.nz/fostercare. Conferences t Foster Care Conference 2005 – “Caring, one day at a time, we don’ stand alone” Christchurch 31st March to 3rd April 2005: Venue for this conference will be College House within the University of Canterbury Campus. College House has easy access from the International Airport and the Rail Station, and is served by the new ring orbiter bus service. The rooms are single, modestly furnished, but extremely comfortable. Rooms are also available for physically disabled people. There will be quality workshops delivered by interesting presenters, lively entertainment, and unexpected performers. This conference will also be accommodating the Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation Inc. For further information please contact: The Convener – Fred Knewstubb, phone (03) 942 7422, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or The Secretary – Lorraine Colvin, P.O.Box 7016, Invercargill, email email@example.com, or For Registration Information – The Treasurer – Peter Foster, phone (03) 4763986, P.O.Box 5412, Moray Place, Dunedin, email firstname.lastname@example.org Primary Focus 2 - Moving in the right direction: A national conference - 10 and 11 March 2005 - Wellington Convention Centre - Wellington Primary Focus 2: Moving in the right direction is a major national conference on Primary Health Care in New Zealand. It follows on from the 2002 Conference Primary Focus: The future of primary health care. The conference will be a chance for learning and sharing information about experiences, ideas, evidence and practical advice. There will be discussion around what can be learned from the last two years of development to help Primary Health Organisations successfully move forward in the future. Keynote speakers will set the scene but this conference aims to ensure you get the most from the real experts – the participants. Registration Registrations will open in early December once the programme has been formulated. A registration fee to attend will be payable and full details will be available on this web site. Registrations will be online only. Contacts: For programme content please contact: Elizabeth Powell Senior Advisor Primary Health Team Ministry of Health Phone 04 470 0632 Email email@example.com For registration and administrative queries please contact: Absolutely Organised Ltd Conference Organisers Phone 04 562 8792 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Caring for the Carers Summit: Celebrating and Supporting the Work of Families and Whanau - 17-18 March 2005, Te Papa, Wellington Keynote speakers: - The Hon Ruth Dyson will speak to the Summit theme, celebrating and supporting the work of families and Whanau. - Baroness Jill Pitkeathley will discuss the global carer movement, 20 years of progress and partnership. - Gail Gibson Hunt, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving in the United States, will focus on work/life issues for carers, to inform human resource managers, employers, and government. - Irene Gibbons, president of Carers Australia, will discuss how recognition and support across cultures makes a world of difference for carers. Workshops: Topics include families in recovery (mental health), discharge planning from a carer perspective, young carers (led by the new Young Carers Forum), the conundrum of carers as killers (factors that lead to tragedy), remote support for families using new tools such as fast Internet, preserving family relationships (the right of carers to say no to performing health supports that erode their primary role as lovers, spouses, children, parents), recognizing families as partners in health and disability, caring across cultures, regional successes in special needs education, and helping families to plan for palliative care. There will also be a special Taking care of YOU! afternoon for carers and busy professionals, who can take advantage of free health checks (blood glucose, blood pressure, breast exams, and general wellness). All full registrations include a free ticket to a gala performance of the play The Carer on the night of 16 March, including cocktails and supper. Costs including GST Full conference $495 Earlybird 10% discount by 14/1/05 $455 One day $250 Conference dinner 17/3/05 $ 48 per person Extra tickets for The Carer gala $125 each Contact Carers NZ: Sara Rogers, National Coordinator, ph (09) 406 0412, fax (09) 406 1036, e-mail: email@example.com, www.carers.net.nz. Tough Teens, Angry Young Adults - Taking Charge of Difficult and Aggressive Youth: Jerome Price - Michigan Family Institute, 9 March 2005 Wellington, 11 March 2005 Havelock North, 14 March 2005 Hamilton, 15 March 2005 Auckland. When youth are out of control, understanding and negotiation often make the problem worse. Families, teachers, social workers, and counselors often become helpless and hopeless, searching for strategies that will put them back in control. In this workshop, you will learn how to: - accurately assess levels of aggression and conflict - reverse the cycle of mutual intimidation - help teens and young adults relinquish control and enjoy their youth - utilise effective strategies when working with high-risk youth The workshop is designed for professionals working with challenging and aggressive youth or their families, including Counselors educators psychologists Social Workers, Youth Justice Workers RTLBs Mental health workers, Family Therapists Psychiatrists. Jerome A. Price, M.A. is the director and founder of the Michigan Family Institute, USA. Renowned for his writings and presentations on working with difficult and violent adolescents, Jerry is a consultant for schools, mental health centres, outpatient programmes, and hospital, medical, and psychiatric staffs. He has published numerous professional articles and is the author of the highly acclaimed books Power and Compassion and The Right to be the Grown-up: Helping Parents be Parents to Their Difficult Teens. For information about registration, please contact: Solutions un-Limited 18 Paetawa Road, Peka Peka, Kapiti Coast Phone (04) 293 3434 Fax (04) 293 3435 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Workshop fees (includes teas and lunch) - $160 inclusive of GST or $130 inclusive of GST per person for groups of 5 or more. Early bird registration fees: prior to 9/2/05 - $130 inclusive of GST or $110 inclusive of GST per person for groups of 5 or more. The Aotearoa Mental Health and Addiction Workforce Development Conference Auckland "May the Workforce be with you" "U ana te mauri, U ana te ringa hapai" The MHWD Programme Conference has been confirmed for March 8 & 9 2005 at the Sheraton Hotel, Auckland. This conference will feature successful initiatives in the hope that they become tomorrow's best practice. It's an opportunity to network and gain knowledge about workforce development in New Zealand and internationally. Mental Health is about assisting people who experience mental illness and addiction. The Workforce is the high-tech machine of this sector. Ideally, when fantastic people, who have amazing skills, experience and attitude, are in the right place, at the right time, Mental Health becomes the most rewarding place to work. An effective workforce plan is dynamic and multi-dimensional, including Organisational Development, Infrastructure, Training & Development, Recruitment & Retention, Research & Evaluation. If you work in Mental Health and Addiction, you are one of the people that will help make this happen. This Conference is for you. For more information: contact Olympia D'souza, MHWD Administrator, ph (09) 300 6773, email email@example.com. Sport and Alcohol – Understanding the Mix: The place to be on February 8-10, 2005 – Massey University, Palmerston North. The Conference this coming February is gearing up to be an exciting forum where participants from all sides of the Sport and Alcohol recipe can meet and debate the issues "brewed" by this "Mix". They have secured a list of high profile speakers and promise interesting and vigorous debate around the topics of Alcohol and: Sports Performance; Sports Management; Athlete Health; and the Business of Sport. These people, practitioners, managers, academics, athletes, and media personalities will share their views, experiences, and theories about the good, the bad and the ugly side of the sport and alcohol relationship. Be Quick For A Cheap Seat – "Early Bird" Discounted Registrations Close On Dec 15th Confirmed Speakers Confirmed speakers include: ? ? Peter FitzSimons (ex-Wallaby, author , and commentator) ? ? Dave Currie (Olympics Chef de Mission) ? ? Bernice Mene (ex-Silver Fern Captain) ? ? Norm Hewitt (ex-All Black) ? ? Andrew Martin (ex-All Black Manager) ? ? Dr Mike McAvoy and Paul Snowden (ALAC) ? ? Paula Snowden (Deputy CEO ALAC) ? ? Nicki Stewart (CEO Beer Wine and Spirits Council) ? ? Graham Seatter (Lion Nathan Breweries and ex athlete) Glenda Hughes, Trevor Shailer, and Professor Gary Hermansson, high profile athletes (e.g., Farah Palmer, Hugh McGahan) and health experts such as A/Professor Dave Gerrard (Member of World Anti-Doping Agency and sports physician), Greg Cox (Dietitian, Australian Institute of Sport, and Professor Kathy Kitson (expert on Foetal Alcohol Syndrome). Professor Wray Vamplew (Stirling University) who has written articles such as "Mud, sweat and beers: a cultural history of sport and alcohol" as well as "The pub, the drink trade and the early years of modern football". Hon. Steve Maharey (Minister of Broadcasting), and Andrew Dawson (Catering Manager, Sydney Olympic Stadium). These are just some of the huge range of interesting, exciting, and informed speakers for you to come and listen to! On the entertainment side, they have organised a cocktail party at the famous and stylish NZ Institute of Rugby where a NZ Rugby Museum presentation and posters will be on display. There will also be a formal dinner and debate involving high profile sport and media personalities. The topic of the debate is "only men who play with balls have an issue with alcohol". Comedian Michelle A'Court has the difficult job of keeping the conference on schedule, and she will also act as the adjudicator at the dinner debate, so it is bound to be informative but hilarious at the same time. For more information, including registration, visit the website www.sport-alcohol.co.nz. Health Information Standards Organisation: Electronic Referral Letter and Hospital Discharge Summary Standard (S) – invitation to summit Recently HISO sought expressions of interest from the sector regarding the possible development of standards for electronic referral letter and hospital discharge. The response was overwhelmingly positive and consequently HISO has organised a summit to discuss with the sector how we can progress this matter. This summit will be held in Wellington on 7th December from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm. The format will include short presentations by selected sector representatives followed by group discussion during which the following areas will be considered: ? ? What are Referrals and Discharges? ?? What parts of the Referral and Discharge process should be standardised? ?? What are the benefits of Referral and Discharge standards? ?? What is the process for producing standards? ?? What is happening in Australia? ?? How would the sector contribute? ?? How soon could standards be produced? ?? When could a standards process start? If you would like to attend this summit please contact Vyvien Starbuck as soon as possible on (04) 922 1841 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org Brainwave Trust and the Pacific Foundation – From Infant to Adolescent: A Neurodevelopment Approach to Attachment: New Directions in Clinical Interventions: DR BRUCE PERRY Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy Auckland: Monday 28 February 2005 Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre 58 Waipuna Road, Mt Wellington Wellington: Wednesday 2 March 2005 Llott Theatre Wellington Convention Centre 111 Wakefield Street Christchurch: Friday 4 March 2005, Holiday Inn City Centre Christchurch Cnr Cashel and High Streets Registrations will close on the 21st February 2005, and there will be no refunds on cancellations after the 14th February 2005. The cost for an Early Registration received by the 21st January 2005 is $165, or $185 for registrations received after the 21st January 2005. For further information or to register go to www.thelearningcurve.com/bruceperry/seminar.html, or phone (09) 307 6706, or fax (09) 3661969, or by mail to The Learning Curve, P.O.Box 4075, Auckland. Provoking Encounters – Transforming Thought: KEI TE WHAKAPIRIPIRI KI TE WERO HIRINGA I TE MAHARA Relationships between adults and children are strengthened during encounters in which thoughts and actions are challenged and transformed. When provoking and transforming are seen as essential to the learning-teaching process, both adults and children engage in dialogue that is grounded in their past but relevant to their present and their future. St Cuthbert's College Auckland New Zealand 12th - 15th July 2005 With: Carlina Rinaldi, Reggio Children, Margie Carter and Deb Curtis, Harvest Resources, Margaret Carr, Waikato University, Diti Hill, University of Auckland, And more! Early registration of interest to: email@example.com Making the Links for Public Health: A Public Health Association conference, to be held in parallel with the Australasian Epidemiology Association (New Zealand Branch). The conference will discuss common issues and links between sectors at a community, national and global level. Presentations, keynote addresses and workshops will emphasise the wider determinants of health, explore ways to reduce health inequalities, acknowledge the Treaty of Waitangi as fundamental to public health approaches and discuss the aspirations of iwi for cultural, social, economic and health development. The conference will be held at the Wellington Town Hall, 6-8 July 2005. For more information, contact Tricia Mckendry, Conference Works Limited, PO Box 1449, Wellington, phone: (04) 479 8616, fax (04) 472-3053, email: firstname.lastname@example.org Training/Workshops/Seminars CYF/NZFFCF Caregiver Induction Training Course: The National Caregiver Induction Course, is a recent addition to the National Training Programme. The National Caregiver Training Programme is a joint venture between CYF and the NZFFCF. All of the courses (including Induction) are free to ALL caregivers. The Induction course is two days long but is trained in a number of ways (evenings, over weekends, weekdays etc) in recognition of the differing needs of caregivers. The Induction course should be attended by people who are about to enter the carer role or who have recently had a child placed with them. The objectives of the course are: ? ? To provide an overview of the caregiver role ? ? To provide sufficient knowledge for a caregiver to begin providing safe care. Enquiries about course bookings can be made through the department's local Caregiver Liaison Social Workers or the Programme Administrator (Maxine) at 0800 Care 0k (0800 227 305) Please note - that this ‘Induction Course’may also be used for new caregivers that may be coming on board with a Service Provider Agency as well. The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Workforce Development Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Training - 8 x 0.1 FTE CBT Trainee Vacancies (1 Year): The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health – Workforce Development is working to develop a national, sustainable model for training in CBT that is specifically designed to address issues of CBT delivery for children and adolescents. As part of our Workforce Development Programme, we will begin to train a cohort of 8 clinicians (with designated positions for Maori and Pacific clinicians). It is envisioned that these trainees will become advanced practitioners available to supervise other child and adolescent mental health workers in the delivery of CBT. The Werry Centre is able to offer employers funding of 0.1 FTE for one year (February 2005 to February 2006) to enable trainees to complete the necessary training and supervision requirements. The first stage of training will be an intensive, 4 day course (9am – 6pm) on Monday 7th – Thursday 10th February 2005 in Auckland, run by Dr Leslie Sokol, Psychologist, from the Beck Institute (USA). This block training will then be followed by a year of supervised practice via the Beck Institute (this will include teleconference, email and written casework). The extramural supervision programme will span 12 months with individual supervision based on taped therapy sessions every other week via telephone. Upon completion of the yearlong supervision period, trainees will be expected to be available to supervise and mentor other child and adolescent practitioners who are developing CBT skills. For more information on the Beck Institute and the extramural training please visit www.beckinstitute.org. To promote national availability of these skills, the Werry Centre will select candidates from around New Zealand. Accommodation will be provided for trainees based out of Auckland for Sunday 6 th, Monday 7th, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th February. Travel arrangements to and from Auckland will also be made for you and associated travel costs covered by the Werry Centre. Morning and afternoon tea will be supplied on each course day. If you have any questions, please email Sue Treanor (email@example.com). Please post your Application Form and Letter, Curriculum Vitae and Workplace Endorsement of Application to: Sue Treanor, The Werry Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, AUCKLAND Applications close Monday 13th December 2004. Sex Offenders in the Community - How to keep children safe: A One-day workshop in Hamilton on Friday 10 December 2004. This is an important workshop for anyone involved with a family or an agency that has had contact with sexual abuse. The workshop will cover: ? ? How sex offenders operate ? ? Characteristics of offenders. ? ? Recognising offender behaviour. ? ? The cycle of offending. ? ? Why prison does not ‘fix’offenders ? ? Why traditional counselling does not work ? ? What treatment is effective ? ? How offenders choose their victims ? ? What you can do to protect children The workshop will alert participants to the behaviour of sex offenders and the risk factors that accompany working with families where a sex offender is involved. It will provide some safety strategies for minimising the risks for children. The day will incorporate small and large group discussion, lecture and role-play. Participants are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences. Handouts will be available and a certificate of attendance will be given to all those completing the workshop. You can find details about the workshop on our website at www.cpstraining.co.nz. The fee is $121.50 per person, with a discount of 5% per person if 5 or more people from the same organisation attend. To register either email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at (07) 8383370. Go Girl Programme for Young Women: A nine-week programme is run at the North Shore Women's Centre for adolescent women aged 13 16 years addressing the underlying issues that can lead to eating disorders and body image issues. The aim of the programme is to develop confidence and self-esteem, build healthy boundaries and coping mechanisms develops assertiveness and communication skills build a healthy body image and self care skills. These issues will be explored using artwork, discussion, role-play and games. The course facilitator, Chris Johannis, is a qualified counsellor and group facilitator with many years’experience working with youth and food and body image issues. The programme is held at the North ShoreWomen's Centre, Mayfield Centre, 5 Mayfield Road, Glenfield and the cost is $30.00. Programmes are run each school term with the next one beginning 8th February 2005. For enquiries and enrolment phone 444 4618 or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org A confidential email system for young women experiencing difficulties with food and body image as well as for those who are concerned about someone who is experiencing these difficulties. The aim of the service is to resource and inform on the appropriate services and avenues to take. Some support is also provided during this process. Emails are responded to on a daily basis by a qualified counsellor. Health Advocates Courses: The following workshops are FREE and are directed at Consumers of health and disability services only. If you are employed by a health or disability service then these workshops would not be suitable for you. The following workshops will be hosted by: Health Advocates Trust at: CCS Royal Oak 14 Erson Ave Royal Oak, Auckland Your Rights: Right 1 – Right 9 This workshop looks at each of the rights and provides opportunity to gain an understanding of what they look like in the context of health and disability services and equips the consumer to exercise their rights. Tues. Dec 7th 10am-1pm Right 10: Making a Complaint Every person receiving a health or disability service has the right to make a complaint. This workshop focuses on the provisions of the Code that assist a health or disability consumer to make a complaint. Tues. Nov 9th 10am-1pm Tues. Dec 14th 10am-1pm EMPOWERMENT ADVOCACY This workshop aims to empower individuals in order that they may be able to resolve areas of conflict in their lives using a Strengths Based approach to advocacy. Tues. Nov 16th 10am-1pm Tues. Dec 21 10am-1pm SELF ADVOCACY This workshop is an introduction to Self-Advocacy. It provides opportunities to identify and utilise tools and resources needed to Self Advocate. Tues. Nov 23rd 10am-1pm Tues. Dec 21st 1.30pm-4.30pm A class may be postponed or cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments. For further information or to book, please contact Health Advocates Trust PO Box 112-206, Penrose. Fax (09) 525 4439, Phone, Frank Wang on (09) 525 2700 E-mail: email@example.com to register your interest. Understanding, Assessing and Treating Learning Disabilities and Childhood Behavioural Disorders – A seminar for Parents, Teachers and Health Professionals: Does your child, or children you teach, suffer from: - Attention deficits; Hyperactivity; Impulsivity? - Mood and Sleep disturbances? - Autism or Aspergers Syndrome? - Learning Difficulties (assoc. with inattention and poor concentration)? - Behavioural problems like being Oppositional; Defiant? This seminar explores recent research about the possible causes of these disorders, and importantly, provides an outline of scientific testing and treatment options that attempt to address the root causes. When: Tuesday 14th December 2004 – 6.30 to 10 pm, at the Beavan Lecture Theatre, Christchurch Hospital, Level 5, 2 Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch. Cost: $38 per person (includes a comprehensive resource booklet) Pre booking is advisable, as entry on the night will be based on available seating. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.adhd.com.au. Summer Courses: Summer courses are coming up fast with the first course only 3 weeks away! Courses: Head Injury 21st -28th November (full) Spinal 3rd – 10th December Youth 12th – 18th December These are all the courses planned for this summer. These courses are filling quickly with a few places left for both able t bodied and disabled participants. If you or know anyone interested, register now to secure a place. Don’ miss out! For registration information contact: Kate Dermer on 07 825 8842, or e-mail email@example.com, ph (07) 8258842, or check out www.backup.org.nz. Smoke Free Mental Health Services: You are invited to attend this FREE workshop focusing on the implementation of smokefree environments in mental health services. This workshop is designed for mental health stakeholders in the Auckland Region. When: December 9th 2004 from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Where: Wesley Community Centre, 740 Sandringham Road, Mt Roskill. What: This interactive workshop will feature speakers addressing the following topics: - Smoking and health (mental and physical) - The smoking culture in mental health services - Law, human rights and tobacco politics - Cessation and harm minimisation Please register by contacting Karyn at the Mental Health foundation. Phone (09) 3007010, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registrations is December 2nd, 2004. New Initiative Community Seminars: Disability News North Shore (DINS) are launching free Community Seminars, an exciting, new initiative for anybody interested in disability issues. DINS are aiming to keep the sessions broadly based so there will be something of interest for everyone, as well as to hold the seminars each semester. Speakers at the first session will be: - Dr Mark Hendrickson – Massey University: Sexuality and Disability. - Todd Fernie – AUT: Breakthrough possibilities for self-mastery. - Janice Schischka – PHD student Auckland University: Attachment theory and the adjustment to school for young children with disabilities. Date: Thursday 2nd Dec Time: 10am to noon Venue: Staff Lounge, Study Centre, Gate 1, Massey University. Please RSVP to Jo on (09) 4140800 ext. 9535, or email email@example.com Consumer Caucus Hui: Where: 762 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden When: Third Thursday of the month – next meeting February 17th 2005, as there is to be no Hui in Dec/Jan. All consumers are welcome to attend. For further information please contact Claire Moore on (09) 6239483. Seeking potential youthworkers – BMETS The first Youth Work Students of the BMETS Youth Work Programme will be graduating on the 17th December 2004. BMETS, a training provider in Manukau City, provides this programme free to people registered with Work and Income as Job Seekers under the Training Opportunities Scheme. The trainee youthworkers designed, obtained funding for, and ran a successful programme for young people - The Tuakana Project - as part of the programme, which combined theory with practice. There is a growing demand for youth workers in the Manukau City region and learners have already found full-time employment with organisations such as Youth Horizons Trust. BMETS is currently recruiting students for next year. If you are interested, or know someone who would be a great youth worker, phone BMETS on (09) 262 0458. Political Information Family and Community Services, National: The Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is a new programme administered by Family and Community Services. The fund provides support for innovative social development projects run by community leaders that will make a real, tangible and measurable difference within their communities particularly in relation to families. CIF will operate as a project based fund to assist up to 16 projects run by community leaders in 2004/2005 and 12 projects in subsequent years. Projects may range from one to three years depending on their nature. Each grant is expected to be approximately $75,000 per annum. This will cover clearly defined expenses such as: ? ? community leader's project management fees ? ? Administration expenses such as travel running costs and venue hire. Clear project guidelines have been developed which state the types of projects to be funded the criteria for funding, how the project works and what is expected of each party. All projects must have the support of a reputable sponsor. Applicants are required to demonstrate how their project has wide ranging community support. Community buy-in for each project will help ensure its success and that it meets it objectives. A fact sheet is available at the website – www.familyservices.govt.nz/our-work/cif/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or Phone the Ministry of Social Development on (04) 916 3300. No Rubba, No Hubba Hubba campaign launched: A new youth sexual health campaign was launched at Parliament this week by Health Minister Annette King who says New Zealand's rising rates of sexually transmitted infections will not just go away. The No Rubba, No Hubba Hubba campaign encourages sexually active young people to use a condom. (See website www.hubba.co.nz). Annette King says while teenage sex is an uncomfortable topic for some, studies suggest more than 20 percent of secondary school students are sexually active. Without condoms, these young people were at risk of sexually transmitted infections and viruses like chlamydia and gonorrhoea, and HIV. Annette King says campaign materials also encourage young people to think carefully about sex and to discuss issues with parents and caregivers. New funding support for early childhood services: A new funding pool for early childhood education centres to help cover start-up costs such as equipment and teachers resources, so services don't have to unnecessarily delay opening their doors to children for the first time has been announced. From 2005 the funding pool, worth $4.2 million over four years, will enable new services to employ staff for planning and preparation in the time leading up to the centre opening. It will also enable them to purchase good quality furniture, equipment, and teaching materials. This new funding will help meet the operational costs centres face, which can lead to lengthy delays in getting services up and running. Research shows that intensive and regular participation in early childhood education improves long-term educational outcomes for children. The government is committed to giving more of our youngsters the start they deserve, by helping local communities to establish their own early childhood service. This initiative will assist in increasing the supply of community-based early childhood services in areas of under supply, to meet anticipated increased demand for services. It will provide community groups with greater opportunities to provide early childhood education services that are tailored to meet the needs of local communities. In addition, extra funding will be provided to bring the funding rates for licence-exempt early childhood services up to the funding level for license-exempt kohanga reo. This move is in line with the 'cost drivers funding principle' whereby services with the same cost structure are funded at the same rate. Information about applying to the new funding pool is available on (04) 4638383 or email: email@example.com Contact: Astrid Smeele (press secretary) 04 4719080 or 0274 664438. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org An open letter to charities: Ministry of Economic Development Regulatory and Competition Policy Branch Wellington 17 November 2004 Review of the Financial Reporting Act 1993 - Part II Summary of Reporting Requirements for Charitable Entities and an Invitation to Comment The Ministry of Economic Development is undertaking a Review of the Financial Reporting Act 1993. The Financial Reporting Act places an obligation on certain entities to prepare and file financial reports. It further establishes a body, the Accounting Standards Review Board, which is charged with setting standards for financial reporting. The Review of the Financial Reporting Act is aimed at making sure our financial reporting requirements are appropriate for current New Zealand circumstances. The Ministry has this year issued two discussion documents on the Review of the Financial Reporting Act: the first was released in March and the second was issued this week. In addition to considering issues that were not previously discussed, the second discussion document also sets out a revised set of proposals on the question of "who is required to report" following feedback on the original proposal set out in the first part of the Review. This includes a chapter on the appropriate financial reporting requirements for charitable entities registered with the proposed Charities Commission. A summary of the proposals for charitable entities, taking into account the proposed establishment of a Charities Commission is available. If you would like a copy of the discussion document, or to make a submission on the proposals, please contact Matthew Farrington at the details provided below. The discussion document is also available from the Charities Commission Preparatory Unit's website at http://www.charities.govt.nz or the Ministry's website at http://www.med.govt.nz/buslt/bus_pol/bus_law/corporate- governance/financial-reporting/. Please direct all submissions and any queries to: Matthew Farrington, Telephone: (04) 470 2313, Facsimile: (04) 499 1791 E-mail: email@example.com , Postal: Review of the Financial Reporting Act 1993, Ministry of Economic Development, PO Box 1473, WELLINGTON - Attention: Matthew Farrington , Regulatory and Competition Policy Branch The closing date for submissions is FRIDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2005. I hope you will take this opportunity to provide input into the proposals. The Ministry looks forward to receiving your comments and suggestions. Yours sincerely Geoff Connor Manager, Business Law Regulatory and Competition Policy Branch New telephone service will benefit Deaf people: A new telephone service for people who are Deaf, or who have speech or hearing impairments, marks a technological revolution for New Zealanders, Associate Minister of Communications David Cunliffe and Disability Issues Minister Ruth Dyson said today. The service, NZ Relay, will enable people who are Deaf or who have speech or hearing impairments to participate in telephone conversations using a textphone. A trained call centre operator will convert typed text into speech for a person at the other end of the call, and vice versa. It has been established as a Telecommunications Service Obligation (TSO), with funding through a levy on liable telecommunications service providers. The TSO framework lets us make services available to meet needs that are neglected in the marketplace. It promotes inclusiveness by facilitating affordable access to basic telecommunications services. Sprint New Zealand has been appointed to supply the service nationwide and has set up a call centre in Auckland. Several textphone models will be available to meet a range of user requirements for a rental charge of $15 (incl. GST) a month. The charge will be waived for people who meet the income threshold for the Community Services Card. Media release - Social Services Committee Charities Bill The Social Services Committee is considering further changes to the Charities Bill announced the Chairperson of the Social Services Committee, Georgina Beyer, today. This Bill, as introduced, seeks to establish a Charities Commission to register and monitor charitable entities and approved donees to ensure that those entities receiving tax relief continue to carry out charitable purposes and provide a clear public benefit. "The Committee has now spent considerable time hearing evidence from many submitters on the Bill and agrees with submitters that changes to the bill must be considered", said the Chairperson. The Minister in charge of the Bill, Hon Margaret Wilson, recently announced a number of policy changes that the Government is proposing to make to the Bill. "As the committee needs to report this Bill back to the House by 10 December 2004 for it to proceed through its remaining stages there is limited time for the committee to complete its consideration", said the Chairperson. "To do this, the Committee has authorised the advisers on the Bill to consult directly with a number of sector organisations. This consultation will involve key groups identified by the Committee from organisations that made submissions on the Bill and will occur in November. The feedback from this consultation will inform the Committee's consideration of the Bill", the Chairperson noted. Depending on the complexity of the feedback the Committee receives as a result of the consultation, the proposed changes are likely to either be made to the Bill when the Committee reports to the House or by way of a supplementary order paper following that report. Disability data important for planning: The most comprehensive report ever to look at people with disability in New Zealand will provide invaluable information for planning and policy development. The report is based on two surveys carried out by Statistics New Zealand in 2001. The first examined the living arrangements and activities of around 7200 adults and children with disability living in households. The second gathered information from around 900 disabled adults living in institutions such as rest homes and hospitals. Similar surveys were first conducted after the 1996 census. "Living with Disability in New Zealand” provides the most comprehensive data ever collected about the 22 per cent of adults and 11 per cent of children in this country who have a disability. The government's commitment to fund a third and fourth survey after the census in 2006 and 2011 will further add to our knowledge base, and help us find the best ways to meet the needs of this group of New Zealanders. The report looks at the day-to-day lives of people with disability, including their access to education, employment and income, travel, transport and housing. It explores support services and patterns of disability across a range of ethnic groups, including Maori and Pacific peoples, and looks at whether people are receiving the assistance they feel they need. A large number of statistical graphs and tables are included. The report was developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with government and non-government organisations including the Office for Disability Issues, Ministries of Social Development and Education, Housing New Zealand, Labour Department, ACC, Statistics NZ, Royal NZ Foundation of the Blind and DPA. The full report can be found on the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz. A shortened version in hard copy and alternative formats will be available by the end of the year. s Five-year work programme focuses on improving children’ rights: s A Government action plan to tackle key human rights issues facing New Zealand’ young people has been released to s coincide with National Children’ Day on the Sunday (31st October). The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) has s released the Government’ work programme on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), which examines important issues facing children and sets out what it will do about them over the next five years. A summary of the work plan, written for young people, is also being released. As a party to UNCROC, the Government reports to the United Nations (UN) every five years, outlining what it is doing to s improve children’ rights in New Zealand. It last reported in 2003. Many government agencies, including the Ministries of Social Development, Justice, Education and the New Zealand Defence Force are contributing to the work programme. The Government will report back to the UN back on its progress in 2008. All New Zealand children should be able to enjoy the human rights guaranteed to them under UNCROC, and this work programme is an important step in making sure they do Overall, New Zealand continues to make good progress towards improving the rights of children. Advances since 2003 include steps towards ceasing age mixing in prisons, the launch of a parent support strategy, and work to address minimum age inconsistencies in our laws. s New activities include raising awareness of children’ employment rights and identifying ways to monitor children’s participation in work. s The work programme also responds to children’ issues the UN has identified as needing improvement. These include changing section 59 of the Crimes Act, which allows parents to use “reasonable force” to discipline children; and raising the minimum age of criminal prosecution, currently set at 10 years for murder and manslaughter. In response, the Government has been actively reviewing section 59 and has launched a parent support strategy promoting non-physical discipline of children. It is also working to improve responses to serious offenders under 14 as part of a review of the minimum age of prosecution. Clean Slate Act to help 500,000 Kiwis: The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act came in to force on Monday 29th November 2004, allowing hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders with minor convictions to finally put past mistakes behind them. The new law allows people convicted of offences that did not result in a sentence of imprisonment, and who meet the criteria, including having gone seven years without any convictions, to have their convictions concealed. The Ministry of Justice estimates that the Act will help up to 500,000 New Zealanders, the overwhelming majority of whom committed a relatively minor offence in their youth and are now law-abiding citizens. There are few people in New Zealand who could claim to have led totally blameless lives, yet those convicted many years ago for offences such as shoplifting have often continued to be disadvantaged by having convictions on their record. An employment expert at the University of Waikato has said that discrimination against job seekers for past offending is common. Since 1986, the Police Diversion scheme has been able to deal with minor offenders without obtaining a conviction. This Act puts people with similar historic convictions in the same situation as those who have benefited from the diversion scheme. The Act does not require individuals to lie. It simply allows a great many ordinary, and now law-abiding, New Zealanders who have long suffered unnecessary anxiety about past mistakes to no longer have old and minor criminal convictions revealed. It is still lawful to ask someone to consent to the disclosure of their criminal record by the Ministry of Justice or the Police but if the person has a clean slate, no convictions will be revealed. The Act is not 'soft on crime'. In fact it is fairly conservative in the conditions it sets. Comparable legislation has been operating in countries such as the UK, Canada and in some states in Australia, for up to 30 years, and most of them clean- slate convictions of up to six months' jail. The non-custodial threshold means that no serious or recidivist offender will be eligible. The seven-year qualifying period is based on statistical evidence that shows that people with minor convictions who have not re-offended after seven years are no more likely to re-offend than those without convictions. Other criteria require that the individual has paid court-imposed financial penalties and never been indefinitely disqualified from driving. Anyone convicted of specified offences, such as sexual offences, is not entitled to a clean slate. The legislation only conceals criminal records; it does not wipe them. Any further conviction, regardless of the sentence, ends entitlement to clean-slate previous convictions until all the criteria are met again, so the Act only rewards those who have permanently changed their behaviour. Full criminal records can also be made available in special circumstances such as police investigations or court proceedings, and in relation to sensitive types of employment, such as the care of children or jobs involving national security. Finally, because our legislation cannot bind foreign governments, the Act does not legally excuse New Zealanders from disclosing convictions to overseas authorities. Clean Slate is automatic - people do not need to apply. Anyone who is unsure if they will qualify can request a copy of their criminal record from the Privacy Assistant of the Ministry of Justice. Information about how this can be done, and about Clean Slate, is available from the Ministry's website www.justice.govt.nz under the 'Information for the Public' section. Changes in the Housing Scene: A) From the 1st November the Ministry of Housing was renamed as the Department of Building and Housing. The Department will continue to work of the former Ministry as well as taking on some additional policy work which until now has been spread across a range of Government agencies. It is envisaged that the Department will become a one-stop-shop for building and housing services. For more information go to the Departments new website at www.dbh.govt.nz. B) A new national organisation has been created for the purpose of strengthening and expanding community-based housing in NZ. The organisation is called ‘Housing Aotearoa’and it aims to link, support and represent community-based groups throughout NZ that provide housing to people on low incomes or with special needs. Groups include Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, Comcare, Pathways and others. s Housing Aotearoa will receive funding from the Housing Innovation Fund to help get established in it’ first three years. Law change benefits children and young people: Planned changes to the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989 will enable more flexible and appropriate responses to reports of children and young people in need of support. The proposed legislative amendments will allow the Department to authorise non/government organisations approved under the Act to provide more timely support for children and families not at immediate risk of harm. The involvement of non-government organisations will lead to better use of services and better outcomes. However responsibility for the preliminary assessment, including determining the appropriate response, will remain with Child, Youth and Family, or the Police, depending on which agency receives the call. Working through these new options will take time, and implementations will be phased in over the next few years. Supplementary learning support in special education: The number of students with special education needs receiving additional specialist teacher and support time is to increase from 550 to 1000 per year from 2005. The government is committing $18.306 million in funding over the next four years to support this initiative. By providing the students with dedicated specialist teacher time and extra specialist support, the teachers will be able to develop and provide a meaningful learning programme. While funded for 550 students, referrals during 2004 indicated that up to 1,000 would qualify for the specialist support. By increasing the number of students covered they are continuing to address the longstanding issue of students who are not adequately supported through existing initiatives. These students require a high level of support to learn, but do not qualify for the Ongoing and Reviewable Resourcing Schemes (ORRS). While the students are eligible for other special education support, that is often inadequate to meet their learning needs. Ministry of Education specialists and Resource Teachers Learning and Behaviour identify the eligible students and work together with other providers, teachers and parents to ensure a high quality learning programme for the students. The new initiative will supplement existing special education support, with the students generally continuing to access the specialist support they were already receiving. Health of People and Communities Report: One in three NZ children live in poverty and those from poor families have higher rates of illness, injuries and death, a recent report says. The report, by the Public Health Advisory Committee, examines how factors such as education, employment, occupation, housing, location and income affect health. It found the strongest influence on health came from factors outside the health system, and government departments and local authorities needed to examine the impact of policies on community health. The report recommended the government adopt an official poverty measure by July 2005 and aim to reduce child poverty by at least 30 percent by 2007. It urged the government to assign an appropriate body to be responsible for co-ordinating policies and monitoring the effects on health inequalities. The report is titled ‘The Health of People and Communities: A Way Forward – Public Policy and the Economic . Determinants of Health’ It can be downloaded from www.nhc.govt.nz/publications/awayforward.html. Hard copies of the report can be obtained by phoning (04) 4962277, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Disability Support Services: The Office for Disability Issues is to lead a review of long-term disability support services. The review will advise government on how to improve its systems for providing disability support so they: - Improve outcomes for disabled people and their families. - Are consistent with the NZ Disability Strategy, and - Are simpler to access, seamless and more equitable. Consultation with disabled people and the disability sector is a central component of the review. As the review gets underway, information on the process to be undertaken will be made available on their website – www.odi.govt.nz/about/review-dss.html. Disabled Persons Employment Promotion (Repeal and Related Matters) Bill: The Disabled Persons Employment Promotion (Repeal and Related Matters) Bill has been referred to the social services select committee for submissions and further consideration, and will report back later in the year. When passed, the bill will give disabled people employed in sheltered workshops the same employment rights as everyone else, including minimum wage and statutory holiday provisions. Copies of the bill can be purchased from Bennetts Government Bookshops or found on the Internet at: http://www.knowledge-basket.co.nz/gpprint/docs/bills/20041381.txt For more details about the select committee, contact Graham Hill, phone (04) 471 9533, fax (04) 473 0127 or email Graham.Hill@parliament.govt.nz NASC trials up and running: Three innovative trials of needs assessment and service coordination arrangements, processes and services for people with disabilities have been established: - Capital Support – covering Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti; - Kupenga Hao Ite Ora – Supportnet, covering Rotorua, Taupo and Turangi; and - Lifelinks, covering Christchurch and the Timaru District of South Canterbury. The trials will operate until 30 June 2005 and include an evaluation by the Donald Beasley Institute, supported by funding from the Health Research Council and Ministry of Health. This evaluation will inform recommendations to the government on how to develop improved arrangements for intersectoral needs assessment and service coordination for people with disabilities under the age of 65. For more information, please contact Terry Hibbert, Disability Services Directorate, (MOH), email; email@example.com Other Information Support Workers for the Disabled – Focus 2000: Focus 200 Ltd. require reliable, honest people with their own transport to assist disabled children and adults in their homes with personal cares and home help. A good command of English is essential. For further enquiries please phone Eileen on 8466295 ext. 205 FOCUS 2000 Ltd. Magenta Creative Space: (Art Studio/Gallery for people with mental illness and other disabilities) Magenta Trust is a creative art centre based in Nelson actively supporting artists with disabilities. For some it gives the artists the economic stepping stone and confidence they need to move from being in residential or supported care to relative or even complete independence. Others remain in their care situations but the centre gives them a realistic experience of working in the community while still having the benefit of understanding and support around them as they go about their creative work. Trusts like this, walking hand in hand with those in need of support and their families or carers contribute considerably to the options and the quality of life that so many people would not have otherwise. While Magenta is only Nelson based, there are many such enterprises in other centres and rural locations around New Zealand, The art they produce stands alongside the best. Support them where you can and you are supporting some one who is doing their level best to be self-supporting and independent - with pride. Exhibitions th A number of our students’ works were sold at the public exhibition held on July 26 at the studio. Thanks for those who attended. This means a lot to our students. th th Our students’ works will also be exhibited at the Suter Gallery from 6 December to 20 February. Maggie has also been asked to give a floor talk to the Suter Society. She says she will be using this opportunity to publicise the studio and the important role it plays in the recovery of people with experience of mental illness. Public Open Days Magenta Creative Space are again having their Saturday Open Days (from 10.30 a.m till 1 p.m), which started on the 13th November. The open days are being advertised in papers and on the radio and in the SF Nelson (Supporting Families in Mental Illness) kindly publicised them in their newsletter. They offer an opportunity for anyone to come and see the studio and the art, and buy if they wish to. Please tell people about the studio and these open days, or better still, bring them with you when you come to check it out for yourself. The Public Open Days are only possible because the trustees are giving of their time to be there. ECPAT Cyberkidz A4 Colouring Activity Book : For Sale $3.50 per book or koha. Phone (09) 846 2629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to ECPAT NZ Inc, P.O.Box 41 264, Auckland, or check out the website at www.ecpat.org.nz. Consumer Recalls: NESTLE CHOC BITS DARK CHOCOLATE THE PROBLEM The chocolate contains milk protein, which is not declared on the label. DETAILS Nestle Choc Bits Dark Chocolate 250g. WHAT TO DO If you have an allergy to milk protein do not consume the product. If you have any concerns about your health seek medical advice. The product can be returned for a full refund to: Nestle Consumer Services, Freepost 64857, PO Box 1784, Auckland 1015. For any further queries call Nestle Consumer Enquiries on 0800 830 840 between 8am and 6pm. ORAL-B CROSSACTION POWER TOOTHBRUSHES THE PROBLEM There is a small possibility the brush-head could come off, while in use. There have been only a few reported instances so far, in the United States. DETAILS Oral-B CrossAction Power toothbrushes: soft and medium handles, and soft and medium brush-heads. This is not a plug-in product. It runs on a single AA battery and has two sets of bristles and two sets of buttons to turn on and off. It has a maximum retail price of $25.95 WHAT TO DO Should you have any enquiries or require further assistance, please call the SellAgence Consumer Hotline on 0508 283 696. BLACKBALL SALAMI PRE-COOKED MEATS THE PROBLEM The products may be contaminated with Listeria. DETAILS All of Blackball Salami's pre-cooked meats, including: Cabana, Cooked Chorizo, Bier Stiks, Chicken Breasts, Whole Chickens, Cabanossi, and Pastrami Sold through New World, Pak N'Save, Supervalue and Fresh Choice in the South Island and Moore Wilson's in the North Island. WHAT TO DO Return the product to the place of purchase for a refund. Anyone concerned about his or her health should seek medical advice. For any further queries call 0508 725 264. ORANGE CHOC DROPS THE PROBLEM The product contains skim milk powder, which is not declared on the label. DETAILS Planet Candy brand Orange Choc Drops 400g, sold nationwide only at The Warehouse stores. WHAT TO DO If you have an allergy to milk protein do not consume the product. Return it to the nearest Warehouse store for a refund. If you have any concerns about your health seek medical advice. For any further information call The Warehouse Customer Services on 0800 422 274. Health and Disability Commissioner and Advocacy Services: Consumer Advisory Group: s The role of HDC’ Consumer Advisory Group is to provide timely advice and feedback to the Commissioner on strategic issues, such as handling of consumer complaints about health and disability services, how to improve the quality of health and disability services, public interest issues where HDC can take a lead, policy issues raised by the Commissioner, and promotion and education. For more on the Consumer Advisory Group, please see our website, www.hdc.org.nz. Nationwide Advocacy Service: Advocates take the side of the consumer and operate independently of providers, HDC and other agencies such as the Ministry of Health. Advocates provide information to consumers about their rights, and the options available if they wish to complain. They have particular expertise in supporting consumers to achieve low-level resolution. This can be achieved more quickly than an investigation and is more likely to achieve an outcome consumers are satisfied with. A face-to-face meeting, for example, can provide an opportunity for the consumer to tell the provider why they are upset about what happened, and what their concerns are. Most consumers want acknowledgement of what happened to them, an explanation and apology where this is indicated, and to hear what steps will be taken to prevent what happened to them happening to someone else. The provider is often able to address these matters at the meeting, which helps with resolution for the consumer and provides important feedback for the provider to improve the quality of their service. Advocates also undertake education sessions for consumers and providers in both the disability and health sectors. Specialised ‘train the trainer’sessions are provided for those interested in taking on a more proactive role in the promotion of consumers’rights. All advocacy services are free. To contact an advocate, or organise an education or training session phone: Upper North Island: 0800 555 050 Mid and lower North Island: 0800 423 638 South Island: 0800 377 766 Research: How people and communities are using technology: A researcher is looking for a broad cross-section of people who are working, volunteering or taking part in community activities to participate in a survey as part of his research! The research looks at how New Zealanders use computers and the Internet to take part in and influence the democratic processes in our communities. The survey will only take you about 20 minutes to complete and can be done online. If you live in New Zealand and are over 18, all you need to do is visit this website: www.edemocracy.co.nz. This research is part of a PhD at Central Queensland University. It is aimed at learning about how people and communities are using technology (or what stops them using it) to promote issues in their own community, to publish their own views and opinions and to connect with other communities, local government and central government. If you would like to participate but prefer to complete a paper-based survey. It can be downloaded from the above website or you can contact Andy Williamson on (09) 817 1133 or by email at email@example.com and he will send you a copy, along with a postage-paid envelope. Listen up – Children Talk about Smacking: ‘ , Listen Up: Children talk about Smacking’ published by Save the Children, presents the views and experiences of 70 young children. Researchers met with children in primary schools and after-school clubs throughout Wales and using an alien character s called Splodge, asked a series of questions about smacking. Children’ views on smacking provide insight into the effects of hitting children. The methodology used is based on that used by Carolyne Willow and Tina Hyder who conducted a similar study in England. Terry Dobbs has conducted similar research in New Zealand. Some of the most telling messages from the study in Wales includes: - children do not view smacking as trivial – the impact of the smack is deeply felt s - smacking hurts children’ feelings t - it doesn’ always stop bad behaviour - It can encourage children to smack other children. - EPOCH New Zealand can supply an electronic copy of this report. Contact them through their website on www.epochnz.org.nz, if you want a copy. Are you a young parent or about to be one? s s The Auckland Women’ Centre has produced Are you a young parent or about to become one, a young parent’ resource book designed to increase positive outcomes for teenage parents and their children. It was developed using a participatory and consultative process and covers information about pregnancy, parenting, relationships, accommodation, education, financial assistance and legal issues. The section on parenting is very clear in its message that smacking is not okay and that physical punishment damages children. This is an excellent resource – for information about how to get copies contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Kiri Award: A new national award to be known as The Kiri Award has been launched by the Child Development Foundation (CDF), in association with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa. The community award will honour a NZer whose work – either paid or unpaid – has significantly contributed to the well being of children or young people. Individuals can be nominated from the areas of health, education, and sport, or from other roles within the community. He or she will have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to their work with children and young people. The winner will be announced at a charity dinner at Government House in Auckland on 12 February 2005. Dame Kiri will be guest of honour and will present the award. CDF is a charitable educational trust, established to help children develop good social and communication skills. Its programmes are used in more than 2000 NZ schools. The Foundation has been providing resources for children and young people for 18 years. Nominators for the Kiri Award are required to supply supportive information on their candidate, outlining why the person should be recognised. A national judging panel for this inaugural award is yet to be confirmed and will include a representative of Dame Kiri. Entry Criteria & Procedures One award will be given each year. Candidates must be NZ citizens. Nominees must work with children and/or youth (aged 0–18 years) and have demonstrated commitment to children’s well being in the home, school or community environment. Nominees are not necessarily required to be “front line” workers and/or direct service providers. Any member of the community may submit a candidate nomination but must complete an official CDF nomination form and read the criteria, which is available from the CDF website www.reachingcdf.org.nz, or phone 0800 438 233 for details and the nomination form to be sent. Clearing House for Family Violence: The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is developing a clearinghouse for family violence information. The aim is to s collect, collate, promote and disseminate family violence information to a broad range of end users. It’ hoped that the clearinghouse will start its operations around mid next year. The clearinghouse will have a dedicated website and hard copy repository. It will be a central place of access for national and international evidence-based research and best-practice interventions for family violence. The hard copy repository will s be housed within MSD’ Information Centre, with the remainder of the tasks being completed by non-government agencies working in collaboration with MSD. For more information call Tracy Anderson (Project Manager), phone (04) 9189515, or email email@example.com. Parent to Parent: Parent to Parent is running a weekend camp for 8-18 year olds that has a brother or sister with a disability or special needs. The camp will be at camp Adair, Hunua from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th February 2005. The camp is free and assistance with travel costs is available. Registrations are needed by the 15th December 2004. For more information contact: Parent to Parent P.O. Box 234, Waikato Mail Centre, phone (07) 8341153, fax (07) 834 1108, or go to www.parent2parent.org.nz. Mentoring Programme launched in NZ: Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) New Zealand was launched in Wellington in September 2004. Developed in America more than 100 years ago, the BBBS mentoring programme has been designed to provide children and young people with trustworthy adults who will listen, take an interest in them, and be there in times of need. Initially based in Nelson, BBBS NZ is looking to expand throughout New Zealand. The BBBS mentoring programme uses volunteer mentors who are screened, matched with young people, coached and regularly monitored by professional case managers. For more information BBBS New Zealand can be contacted on (03) 5459864, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. NFD (National Foundation for the Deaf Inc)– Quest for Excellence Scholarship: Established in 2004 by the NFD and the Deaf Association of New Zealand the $15,000 annual scholarship will be given to a person with moderate or greater hearing loss who demonstrates extraordinary achievement vision and purpose. The Quest for Excellence Scholarship is available for deaf or hearing-impaired New Zealanders planning to embark on postgraduate study. For more information and how to apply for 2005, visit www.questforexcellence.org.nz. SF Auckland – New Phone number: SF Auckland now has an active 0800 number for people to call and get reception in Auckland. The number is 0800SFAuck, or 0800 732 825 Their other details are SF Auckland P.O.Box 78 122, Grey Lynn, Auckland. Phone (09) 3789134, fax (09) 3786783, or email admin@SFAuckland.org.nz. Neurological Foundation of New Zealand– AGM: The AGM is to be held on Thursday 2nd December 2004, at 6pm, at the Neurological Foundation National Office, 66 Grafton Road, Auckland. Auckland City Mission: The Auckland City Mission is desperately short of volunteers to support its Christmas appeal activities. The mission works throughout the year to help people experiencing poverty and exclusion. Volunteering can be fun and rewarding, it can enhance your skills, develop new friendships and give something back to society. Volunteers are needed to help with the street collection on December 8th, and staff a gift-wrapping stall at Borders Bookstore during December. If you would like to discuss how you can support Auckland city Mission by volunteering your time and skills, phone Dave Bellamy on (09) 3792395 ext. 206, or email email@example.com. Car Jacking Scheme – Not a Joke: Be aware of a new car-jacking scheme (this could also be a ploy for kidnapping). Imagine – You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car, and get inside. Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift into REVERSE, and you look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space, but you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So you shift into PARK, unlock your doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the car-jackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. Your engine was running, you would have your purse in the car, and they practically mow you down as they speed of in your car. Be aware of this scheme that is now being used. Just drive away and remove the paper that is stuck to your window later, and be thankful that you read this notice. A purse contains all identification, and you certainly do NOT want someone getting your home address – they already HAVE your keys!!!! Family Court Website: In an effort to increase the transparency of its work, the Family Court has updated its website. It now offers information especially for children and young people; about how the court works what it does, and what is involved in appearing before the court. For more information go to www.courts.govt.nz/family. IHC Art Awards: Entries are now open for the 2005 IHC Art Awards. These awards are designed to encourage the creativity and art of New Zealanders with an intellectual disability. This award is sponsored by Telecom. The awards are open to anyone with an intellectual disability (people do not need to be an IHC service user). Entry Forms and conditions are available from IHC National Office, P.O. Box 4155, Wellington, or 0800 746 444, or www.ihc.org.nz. Works of art need to be received by the 25th February 2005. Winners will be announced by the end of April. Ten finalists will be chosen by art judges from each of the Northern, Central and Southern Regions. The work of the 30 national finalists will be exhibited at the Dowse Gallery in Lower Hutt between 9th April and 26th June 2005. And to End Someone will always be prettier. They will always be smarter. Their house will be bigger. They will drive a better car. Their children will do better in school. And their husband will fix more things around the house. So let it go, and love you and your circumstances. Think about it. The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart. And the most highly favored woman on your job may be unable to have children. And the richest woman you know, she's got the car, the house, the clothes....might be lonely. And the word says if "I have not Love, I am nothing." So, again, love you. Love who you are. Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say "I am too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed!" "Winners make things happen. Losers let things happen." "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world"
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