Domestic Violence Response Training: Wadeye, Elcho Island, Katherine, Darwin and Alice Springs

DV-alert offers nationally recognised training and non-accredited training across all states and territories in Australia. DV-alert is funded by the Department of Social Services and is a key initiative under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. View the DV-alert workshop schedule below and click here to begin the registration process.

Session Date Town
Awareness Session 21 February 1-3pm Wadeye
General Workshop 23-24 April Elcho Island
Indigenous Workshop 30 April – 1 May Katherine
General Workshop 3-4 May Darwin
Disability Workshop 17-18 May Darwin
General Workshop 22-23 May Alice Springs
Multicultural Workshop 5-6 June Darwin

Alcohol & Other Drugs Sector Network Meeting Katherine, 28 February

Information sharing and network meeting for AOD sector workers in the Katherine region

NT PHN, in collaboration with the Association of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies NT (AADANT), are pleased to invite you to the Katherine AOD sector network meeting.  These meetings will be held across the Territory to provide opportunities for peer-to-peer networking, sector information updates and sharing of information between those working in the AOD sector.

The need for increased networking opportunities has been a common theme in the Workforce Development Consultation and it is hoped that these meetings will provide increased opportunities for communication and collaboration across the various levels and organisations working within the sector.  All staff working within the AOD sector are invited to attend and opportunities for cross-sector engagement are also being explored.

The format of the meetings will be semi-structured with opportunities for presentations around topical issues, round-table discussions and open networking over an informal breakfast setting.  Tea and coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.

Where:                       Ibis Styles Katherine, Stuart Highway

When:                        8:30am – 10:00am, 28 February 2018

Register:                   To allow for catering, please register your attendance here.

Workshop for Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma and Abuse, Darwin 17 March

This full-day educational workshop provides a safe space for people, who have experienced abuse or trauma in childhood, to learn more about what that experience means and how it may have affected then and now. It will raise awareness about survivors’ strengths and resilience, the role of coping strategies, how the brain responds to stress, and most importantly research which shows that recovery is possible. Participants will gain information which may help them build on their strengths, understand their reactions and ways of coping and identify strategies for positive change. Participants will also receive information about finding and engaging good support, accessing helpful resources and self-care strategies.

By attending this workshop participants will:

  • Understand childhood trauma and abuse, how common it is and how it often relates to current challenges with relationships, self-esteem, health, wellbeing and other life issues
  • Learn about their strengths, the ways they coped in childhood, are coping now and explore possible changes in the future
  • Understand more about the brain, the biology of stress, and triggers with tips on how to recognise and manage them better
  • Explore strategies to help manage their emotions and levels of arousal
  • Learn where to go to find help, how to care for themselves, interact in healthy ways with loved ones and others, and explore possibilities for recovery

17 March

Travelodge Resort

64 Cavenagh St

Darwin City

Time: 10am to 4:00pm

(Registration from 9:45am)

Cost: Free to attend

Blue knot foundation –  for more information or to register go to  training and services at   www.blueknot.org.au

Study: 89% of Youth in WA Detention Centre Had Undiagnosed Severe Neurodevelopmental Impairment

The Telethon Kids Institute undertook a study of 100 young people incarcerated at Banksia Hill Detention Centre in Western Australia between the ages of 10-17.

The study found 89 per cent had at least one area of severe neurodevelopmental impairment, such as problems with memory, cognition, motor skills or attention.

Research was initially planned to focus on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), but soon found the majority of young people at Banksia Hill Detention Centre had a neurodevelopmental impairment regardless of FASD.

“Almost half of the young people had severe problems with language, how to listen and understand and how to reply and explain what they think,” Professor Carol Bower, director of FASD Research Australia explained.

Just over 30 per cent of the children assessed in the study had FASD. Prior to the study, most youths were not diagnosed with any brain disorder.

Dr Raewyn Mutch, a paediatrician and one of the researchers who conducted the assessments said the study has exposed the need for early diagnosis and intervention. This is the highest known prevalence of FASD in a custodial/corrective setting in the world; almost double the previous highest Australian estimate in a non-custodial setting.

“We recommend that young people be fully assessed on entry into the juvenile justice system and preferably much, much sooner, at their first encounter with the law or before, so their vulnerabilities are recognised, and specific and appropriate interventions and care plans can be put in place,” Professor Bower said.

WA Corrective Services Minister Fran Logan said Banksia Hill staff had been aware of the symptoms of these neurological impairments, but did not know what caused them.

“The challenge now is to adapt the approach to the management of these highly complex young people in detention,” he said. “There are several other initiatives involving cross-government departments, which are being developed or going through Cabinet, that will also go towards addressing what is an entrenched and complicated matter.”

“The department recognises that full neurodevelopmental assessments of young people who are considered to be at risk of FASD at the earliest possible point is an important step forward,” a spokesman for Department of Justice WA said.

About a quarter of the young people were found to have intellectual disability, with an IQ score at or below 70. Only 11 who completed full assessments had no domains of severe neurodevelopmental impairment. Seventy-four per cent were Indigenous Australians.

*With files from The Sydney Morning Herald

NTG MyLearning: Family Safety Framework Training Dates Released

The Northern Territory Government MyLearning portal upcoming Family Safety Framework training dates have been released.

Location Date
Alice Springs 15 February 2018
Darwin 13 March 2018
Yuendumu 20 March 2018
Tennant Creek 28 March 2018
Alice Springs 19 April 2018
Alice Springs 14 June 2018

Registrations for Family Safety Framework Training are now to be submitted online through the MyLearning portal.  Below are instructions on how to apply for training for participants who do not work for Territory Families. In summary:

  1. Go to: https://mylearning.nt.gov.au/
  2. Under the heading “Application Forms” click on “Application Form for Non Departmental Staff”
  3. Choose “Family Safety Framework Training” from the drop-down list
  4. NT Government employees use their ePass details to login
  5. All other participants click “Request a non-NTG account”

Participants will require a unique email address to register for the training.  This can be their personal email address if they do not have a unique work email address, or if their work email address has not yet been set up.  If you would like to register a colleague for the training and your colleague does not have access to any email address, please send an email to TF.EducationAndTraining@nt.gov.au.

Places are limited, and these may be prioritised to ensure that as many agencies/organisations have the opportunity to participate.  Please direct any queries to tf.domesticviolencedirectorate@nt.gov.au.