Children Communities Connections Conference - November 2012
Flinders supports service improvement for children and communities
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is a key partner at the Children Communities Connections Conference, November 2012. The conference is being held for the third time and will bring together practitioners, policy makers, academics and service users to explore strategies for service improvement, research translation into practice and improved collaboration between the sectors that support children and adults.
Professor Ann Roche, Director of NCETA, will give a keynote presentation on the intersection between adult specialist services and the child and family welfare sectors. Ann’s presentation will look at how traditionally adult focussed services, such as the alcohol and other drug sector, are moving to work holistically with clients in relation to their drug use and its impact on their roles as parents and carers. Research shows that parenting can be both a stressor and a motivator for change for people with alcohol and other drug issues. Collaboration between alcohol and other drug and child and family welfare services at systems, organisational, and practice levels can effect significant improvements in outcomes for clients and their children. Most importantly, it offers the possibility of breaking inter-generational cycles of substance abuse.
Professor Martin Westwell will also give a keynote presentation. Martin is the first Director of the Flinders Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century. Martin will present on the implications that scientific and social changes may have on children in the future, with a focus on changes in the education system. Throughout his career, Martin has worked with government, teachers, parents and others to provide access to scientific evidence to help inform their decision-making about the learning and education of young people.
Other keynote speakers include:
Productivity Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald who is engaged in a study examining the workforce of the Early Childhood Development Sector. He is also the convenor of the Indigenous Disadvantage Working Group of the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision. Robert will speak about the systemic issues facing government and non-government organisations providing services and support to children and families, with a focus on those who are vulnerable.
Professor Gabriele Bammer will present on Integration and Implementation Science, an emerging research discipline that that tackles complex real-world problems through the synthesis of disciplinary and stakeholder knowledge, comprehensively understanding and managing unknowns and providing integrated research support for policy and practice change. Gabriele is a professor at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University and a research fellow at the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The conference will also include a range of workshops and presentations focussing on practice and policy issues in the child and family sector. For further information please go to the conference website at http://www.salisburyc4c.org.au/downloads.php#1 where you will find registration details.
Click here to download the CCC program.
National Review of Australia's Liquor Licensing Legislation
SA Police and the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) wish to advise of the postponement of the launch and release of the reports of the review into liquor licensing legislation in Australia undertaken by NCETA. The launch was to be held 24 July at the Flinders University Victoria Square Campus.
Further information about the release of the reports will be provided once it becomes available.