Child Protection Reform Amendment Act:

Since the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women’s last communique in March 2018, work has been ongoing to prepare the sector for the start of the changes being made through the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (CPRAA). The Department has stated that it is taking a staged approach to implementation, and is proposing that the following amendments start in late July: Intervention with Parental Agreement Vaccinations Temporary Custody Orders Research Use of Information by the Queensland Police Service Publication of information regarding child witnesses A factsheet with further information on these changes has been prepared by the Department and can be downloaded here (see below)

IWC sponsorship: 'Footy means love, family, friends'

WHEN Brothers Aston Villa Women’s Football team takes to the pitch, it means a lot to the players. “Women’s football adds a range of things to the Bundaberg community - showing the young girls around Bundaberg that we support them in playing football,” said Team Captain Hayley Sparozvich. For one team member, 20-year-old Kiama Theuerkauf-Smith, it also has deeper meaning. “Football in Bundaberg means love, family and making friends for lifetime and, importantly ‘because of her, we can’,” said Kiama, echoing the theme of the 2018 NAIDOC celebrations. She is a member of the Wakka Wakka tribe from the North Burnett, and was just named Bundaberg NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year 2018. “Women’s foo

IWC team member wins NAIDOC award

IWC team member Kiama Theuerkauf-Smith has been named Bundaberg NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year. Kiama, 20, was presented with her trophy at the NAIDOC Ball on Saturday. Kiama has worked in the administration area of IWC for a year, and outside work is active in the sporting environment. She is a member of the Brothers Aston Villa Women's Football Team, which is sponsored by IWC. Last year, IWC Youth Program Support Worker Joshua Tanner took out the NAIDOC Sportsperson of the Year 2017.

Elders share memories with students

DAYS gone by came to life to students at Eidsvold State School on 28 June, when Traditional Owners / Elders from the community shared their childhood stories. Groups of students took turns to listen and learn from the Traditional Owners, who opened up a window on a world that now lingers only as memories and stories. “The students, which were mixed age groups from prep to seniors, heard how very different things were for children and teens 50 and 60 years ago,” said IWC North Burnett Assistant Manager Cynthia George. “No school uniforms, no hats, no tuckshop, no transport – children in those days would walk, or travel by horse, up to one-and-a-half hours to get to school. At 12 years old, ma

Elders enjoy NAIDOC Week lunch

IWC held its annual NAIDOC Week Elders' Lunch at Bundaberg Home Care today. A great atmosphere and fabulous meal. Our warm thanks to Board members Averill Eggmolesse, Lurlene Henderson and Stirling Eggmolesse for being part of this event, along with IWC CEO Ara Harathunian and IWC Corporate Coordination Manager Leanne Connors. Some of our NDIS team also joined the Home Care staff, with their helping hands much appreciated. IWC is non-government, community-run and a registered charity, offering services without discrimination and delivering Reconciliation in Action every day.

Players turn out in droves for charity day

RAIN did not stop play when IWC sponsored a charity golf day at Gayndah on Saturday 7 July. Despite the grey skies and intermittent rainfall, almost 50 players - and around 30 spectators and helpers - turned out for the fundraiser held by community-run health and wellbeing organisation IWC to support another good cause – LifeFlight. “It was a terrific turnout on the day, and we have to thank Gayndah Golf Club for helping us stage this community event,” said IWC North Burnett Assistant Manager Cynthia George. “IWC sponsored the event as a way of bringing the community together and it was held to mark the 2018 NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week.” The event was run in conjunction with Gayndah

Donated knits send warm message

WITH temperatures taking a dive once again, IWC is handing out free blankets, beanies and scarves – all handmade with community wellbeing at heart. To help celebrate NAIDOC Week, Blanket Buddies in Bundaberg have donated six big boxes of large and small blankets, scarves and beanies. Members of our community who would value these knitted items are invited to come into the IWC Health & Wellbeing Centre, 184 Barolin St, any day this week. The knitted items are on tables in the foyer and people are invited to take one or several items. For parents with babies or young children, we have small blankets and some knitted toys. If you need a bigger blanket for your bed or to wrap around you on the c

RACGP, AMA speak out on bulk-billing

This makes interesting reading, and is all over the media in Melbourne and Sydney. It echoes exactly what IWC is saying. Doctor's surgeries are reportedly turning away mental health patients and children because stagnating Medicare rebates do not cover the cost of complex consultations. Instead the system perversely encourages GPs to churn through 10 patients an hour, says Dr Bastian Seidel, head of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP). AMA president Dr Tony Bartone said it was not a case of doctors crying poor and that if Medicare rates had kept up with the consumer price index, they would be more than double the current rate. Read more: You also can hear more from

Community gets behind Charity Golf Day

THE North Burnett community has got behind an Charity Golf Day being run by IWC and Gayndah Golf Club to raise funds for LifeFlight. “The event is being held on Saturday July 7 at Gayndah Golf Club,” said IWC North Burnett Assistant Manager Cynthia George. “It is being held to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018 and Reconciliation Week 2018, and is inclusive. We invite everyone to be part of this, no matter what your skill level as a golfer. The cost is $20 per player. “If you don’t want to play, come along as a spectator and cheer everyone on – as well as helping us raise funds for LifeFlight, which provides a vital service for our community. “There will be rolling raffles that everyone can enter –

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