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The Queensland Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum (QIFVP) is an event dedicated to celebrating the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to come together and learn from, share with and inspire each other.
The QIFVP highlights strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others, with discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence. We are excited to announce that this years theme is ‘Language of Change’.
Date: Wednesday 16 to Thursday 17 May 2018
Venue: Mercure Hotel, Townsville
Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Delegates: $450pp
Non Indigenous Delegate: $500pp
Early Bird Registration (which includes a FREE FORUM T-SHIRT) opens Monday 5th February 2018 (and closes Sunday 22nd April 2018).
Karla McGrady is Senior Policy Advisor at Our Watch, an independent, national organisation working to prevent violence against women. Karla’s role focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and young people, recently completing research and consultation on a project developing a resource on preventing violence against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. This project is designed to contribute to the development of culturally safe and appropriate solutions to the prevention of violence against women. Before joining Our Watch she worked in Brisbane, Qld in Indigenous Health on projects that focused on empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and young women to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing, including through discussions about respectful relationships.
Anti Violence Campaigner | No More Campaign
Charlie King is an Indigenous Australian sport broadcaster and anti-family violence campaigner. He is a Gurindji Australian, descendant of his mother, Ningardi, a Gurindji woman of central/western Northern Territory. Mr King has worked most of his life seeking to improve the lives of Indigenous people. He has held many positions in Human Services from 1979 to present. Amongst other positions, he has been a Youth Worker, a Juvenile Justice Worker, a Child Protection Officer in a Youth Service and a Juvenile Justice Manager. In 2006, Mr King consulted with over 30 Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory about the role of men in reducing the high levels of Child Protection and Family Violence. This consultation led to the founding of the NO MORE campaign – a campaign that called for “No More” by Indigenous male elders. The campaign called for all Australians to link up and say No More. This work and the campaign still consumes him even though he has been a radio broadcaster since 1994. Mr King was awarded an OAM in 2015 for Services to the Indigenous Community and to the Media.
Training & Resource Officer | SNAICC
Katrina has 41 years of experience both in direct service and management roles primarily with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Katrina lived and worked in Coober Pedy South Australia for 38 years on Yatjatjatjara and Pitjatjatjara country. Working for the Umoona Community Council for over a decade with the Anangu peoples; delivering case management and community education and development initiates to address Family Violence.
Katrina then commenced employment with Family and Community Services for 15 years delivering holistic case management and community development services to the local community and the communities on the APY Lands to address financial duress and family violence and also served as the Deputy Mayer of the District Council of Coober Pedy for 2 terms; representing and advocating for the rights of the Anangu peoples in the Region.
Katrina moved to Melbourne in 1998 and commenced delivering holistic case management services and community development initiatives at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service for close to 12 years. Katrina capacity built these services to establish a unit at the Victorian Aboriginal Health Services and was the Program Manager of that unit whilst mentoring Aboriginal staff to lead.
Personally, Katrina is married to an Aboriginal man from the Yorta Yorta Nation (Wollithiga); and cherishes her long-term connection to her husband’s, culture, country, family and community.
Associate Professor Jenine Godwin-Thompson
Training and Projects Coordinator | SNAICC
Jenine is a proud Yaggerah Aboriginal woman from Brisbane, around the Moreton Bay area in sunny Queensland. Over the past ten years she has been working extensively across government and non-government Aboriginal health, education, and mental health sectors within the Townsville community, as well as with Aboriginal communities in the gulf and North West regional communities in Queensland. Jenine is specialised in community and policy development, research, developing and delivering educational curriculums/workshops/lectures, and implementing and coordinating culturally appropriate programs for service delivery. Reflective of her experience around building capacity and community development programs, Jenine’s role as Training and Projects Coordinator has her working across Training, Research, and Policy areas. Jenine is dedicated towards building and developing SNAICC’s research capacity, training development and review, while ensuring and informing relevant policy across SNAICC’s key priority and project areas.
Jamie is a Gangulu-Wuli Wuli/Kanolu woman from Central Queensland and currently employed by the Qld Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (QCDFVR), based at the CQU North Rockhampton campus. Having previously held a fulltime position at Victoria’s Deakin University’s Institute of Koorie Education (IKE), Jamie maintained a strong commitment to Community Based Delivery Indigenous higher education, learning, and research, in addition to actively possessing knowledge relating to social work processes and interventions, decolonisation, mental health and community development. The International Speaker is also affiliated with Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples Inc. a dedication to self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations and is Chairperson on the Board of Access Recreation.
Aboriginal Health Professional | TAIHS
Esme has been employed with Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Services (TAIHS) since 2013 as a Health Professional. Her mother’s people are the Bwgcolman Nation of Palm Island and her father’s people are from Croyden/Coen area in the Far North Queensland. Esme’s education took place at Cherbourg State School and Murgon State High. Further studies include attending TAFE in Rockhampton, completing the AIWEP Programme and later studying a Certificate IV in Primary Health in Cairns. Esme’s past employment history includes Barambah Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Women’s Business/Sexual Health with Queensland Health and a houseparent for children in care. Esme is also the loving mother of 4 wonderful children.
Family Response Facilitator | Mercy Community Services
Lloyd Kyle is presently positioned as a Family Response Facilitator with Family and Child Connect in Townsville – a funded Program auspiced by Mercy Community Services – Queensland. Lloyd is an Indigenous Specialist engaging Families (both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous alike) whereas 83% of notifications do not meet the Department of Child Safety’ threshold regarding abuse and neglect of children in Townsville and outlying communities. Lloyd has predominately worked within the Social Service sector in a career spanning over 30 years.
Red Dust Healing
Randal Ross is of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Australian South Sea Island descent. He is:
* the former Co-founder of Internationally Recognised Red Dust Healing;
* Indigenous Advisory Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young Men’s Research Lowitja Institute;
* the co-author of “Garbutt Magpies: Boys to Men: 25 years on”; and
* a Building Indigenous Research Scholar (BIRC) James Cook University.
Randal was appointed by the then Prime Minister Mr John Howard to the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust Member with the development of the Jezzine Barracks Development in Townsville. Randal’s ongoing work is focused on rebuilding families through healing across Australia.
Ms Khrishna Wyles
Client Support Officer | QIFVLS
Khrishna Wyles is an Aboriginal Woman. Her mother is from the Kalkadoon tribe and her father is from the Warragamay tribe with a very widespread family connection. Khrishna is one of 11 siblings. She was educated at William Ross State High School and continued her education by completing a Diploma in Business and a Certificate III in Hospitality as Sweet Pastry Chef. Khrishna has had a diverse range of work experiences, which include working with the Great Barrier Reef Indigenous Partnerships Unit as the Indigenous Tourism Operations Officer, The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program as a Youth Worker and for the Townsville Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Corporation for Women where she worked alongside the NDIS Coordinator. Khrishna then identified that there was a need to bring a stop to violence in the community and this lead to becoming the client Support Officer at QIFVLS but also to become a role model to her children, family and my community.
The Forum celebrates the work done by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in preventing and responding to family violence. It is an opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to come together and learn from, share with and inspire each other.
The event highlights strategies and programs that could be used effectively by others and there will be discussions that relate to working with men, women and children who are either victims, or perpetrators, of domestic and family violence.
Dates: Wednesday 10th to Thursday 11th May 2017
Venue: Pullman Reef Hotel Cairns, Queensland
Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Delegates: $450pp
Cheri Yavu-Kama-Harathunian IWC Chaplain,
Board Director and Advisory Council Committee Member
Mrs Yavu-Kama-Harathunian was elected to the Board in 2008. She has assisted in the development of programmes and services and their implementation. She was involved, alongside her husband, in the development of the two historical documents that articulated the aspirations of the Aboriginal and Islander people in the Bundaberg region; ‘First Steps- A Blueprint for the Future-2005 -2025 and Second Steps- A Blueprint for the Future- Strategic Planning for 2005 -2025’. Her key expertise lies in policy development; strategic planning; process education; in-house training; capacity building education; Aboriginal Spirituality and Law; Cultural studies; Healing Circle Work and Counselling; Mental Health; Research; Cultural governance training; Transformational Management Training; Train-the-Trainer; and staff development. Cheri is a sought after conference speaker who has a gift to inspire, and empower an audience in a very unique way. She is committed to the aspiration of Sovereignty for Australia’s First Nations Peoples. She is an Elder amongst the Terabalang Bunda and Gooreng Gooreng Peoples and a Senior Elder of her Kabi Kabi clan/family group. She was appointed the IWC’s first Chaplain-In-The-Marketplace in October 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Indigenous and Community Health; Masters Criminal Justice; Cert IV Small Business Enterprise and is a Licenced Minister of Religion. She sits as Director on Lonweigh Aboriginal Corporation; Bunya Mountains Elders Council; Director Indigenous Business Institute. She has been awarded the International Professional of the Year 2013 by World Wide Who’s Who.
Gayle Munn & Richard McCarthy
Founders, Lateral Peace Project
Gayle is a Gunggari woman from South West Queensland. Richard has Kamilaroi and Kooma heritage.
Collectively have several decades of experience gained from their community involvement and working within their communities in a variety of roles that include Social Justice Group Members Murri Court Sitting Members, Advisory Committe Member Lifeline
Advisory Committee, Men’s Women’s and Child and Youth Healing Camp Co-ordinators and Facilitators, Cultural Heritate Co-ordinator, Cultural Educators, Health Education and Training and Youth Mentoring.
They have worked in a variety of sectors including the Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Education and Training, Remote Communities, Department of Corrective Services (working within the prison system with Aboriginal inmates both male and female), Vocational Education (alternate school programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island kids at risk), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Services.
They hold qualifications in and are experienced in Counselling, Mental Health, Mental Health First Aid, Training and Assessment, Circle Work, Life Coaching, Emotional Intelligence Coaching, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy and Reiki.
Professional Development Training Includes: Peace Ambassadorship, Mindfulness and the Hakomi Method in Counselling, Mindfulness and Emotional Healing, Circle of Security Parenting, Jack Canfield – Breakthrough to Success and Breakthrough to Success Advanced Training, Marumali, Reiki, Trauma.
They are two of four founding Members of the Lateral Peace Project.
Key Achievements include: Presentation on Healing from Lateral Violence at the Seventh Gathering of Healing Our Spirits Worldwide.