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Event: Community Sector Media & Communications Forum, 27 March:
With a federal election looming, media, communications and campaign professionals can play an important role in disseminating information and getting policy issues at the forefront of public and political discourse.

You are invited to join an open discussion to share ideas with fellow community sector media, communications and campaign professionals.

What: Community Sector Media & Communications Forum
When: 27 March, 2013
Time: 9am-12 noon
Where: Marjorie Black Community Room, rear of 47 King William Road Unley (enter via car park)

For further information/RSVP: Please call 8305 4222

Upcoming Events:

Women in Social Innovation


A conversation with “The Don Dustan Foundation’s Thinker in Residence” Allyson Hewitt, (MaRS) and the women of N.O.W Leadership Academy Inc.

Women in Social Innovation will provide inspiration for women and men who want to create social change within their own life, business or organisation with a specific focus on how to build resilience in the face of challenges.

For further information/RSVP: Please click here

Linking Services for Mental Health and Wellbeing


Increasingly services are working with clients who are facing mental health issues alongside or underpinning the issues they are seeking to have addressed. What are the barriers preventing support pathways across services? What are the pathways services would like to see developed to create an integrated mental health system that generates mental health and wellbeing for South Australians?

SACOSS, in conjunction with the Mental Health Coalition of SA and the South Australian Mental Health Commission, invites you to a special Sector Briefing to discuss what you would like to see happen to create better linkages between the broader social and community welfare sector and mental health services.

The Sector Briefing will ask you to describe:

  • Your vision for an integrated mental health system;
  • The steps and support that would be required to get there;
  • The support that would be required when we get there to maintain the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Community organisations that link with mental health will give their perspective on “what an integrated mental health system could look like and how their people would access it”.

The report of the conversations will be forwarded to the SA Mental Health Commission as part of the consultation feedback into the development of the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022. 

The Commission is keen to hear from as many people as possible in developing the SA Mental Health Strategic Plan 2017-2022. For more information and to make a comment, go to

​RSVP online here

SA Mental Health Strategic Plan Background

The South Australian Mental Health Commission (SAMHC) has been established by the Government of South Australia with a key role of leading the development of the South Australian Mental Health Strategic Plan, with a draft due in August 2017 and a final plan in October 2017.

The aim of the strategic plan is to “work toward providing a whole of life, whole of community and whole of government approach to building, sustaining and strengthening the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians”.

The Plan will provide strategic direction for 2017-2022 with a ten year outlook to 2027, based on a twenty year vision for South Australia including:

  • A shared state vision for and commitment to the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians.
  • Strategic direction for action plans extending across prevention, early intervention and treatment to build, sustain and strengthen the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians and to reduce distress for those experiencing mental illness and their families and carers.

Key questions for stakeholders to explore and provide input on include:

  • What is working well to help people experiencing mental health issues and their families and friends on the road to recovery?
  • What is working well to prevent people from developing mental health issues or to lower their severity, duration or impact?
  • What is working well in South Australia to build, sustain and strengthen the mental wellbeing of our children and adults?
  • What could be done better to help people who experience mental health issues, their families and friends?
  • What should people or services stop doing?
  • What three things would make the biggest difference to the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians?
  • Are there any changes in technology, politics, economics or the social environment which could improve the mental health and wellbeing of South Australians?

SA Social Worker of the Year Awards Presentation


The Social Worker of the Year Awards celebrate the social work profession and those individuals who make it unique. Providing an opportunity to acknowledge dedicated social workers that have made a real difference to the lives of South Australians.

Showcasing the nominees and winners demonstrates to the wider community how the profession of social work makes such a significant positive contribution to our state. You are invited to join the announcements and presentations of the nominees and winners of this years’ Awards.

For further information and to RSVP, visit our website or call 8463 5911

Better Boards Conference 2017


Adaptive Directorship: Governing for the Unpredictable

Join hundreds of board members and CEOs at the 11th Better Boards Conference. This popular governance event is one of the largest regular gatherings of leaders from not-for-profit organisations in Australasia.

Leaders from across the NFP spectrum attend with the aim of strengthening their governance and leadership knowledge and skills, and to discuss trends, ideas, innovations and stay current with the latest strategies.

This year's program includes CEO's Day and the Board Member Innovation Tour on the Friday and two days of workshops and presentations over the weekend specifically for the leaders of not-for-profit organisations. Pre-conference Masterclasses are also available on Thursday 27 July. Visit the conference website for further details.

A great value exercise for your board and leadership team. It is well worth making the Better Boards Conference your board's main development activity in 2017.

For further information contact Sheena or Alana - phone: (03) 5429 3786 Email: Website:

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar


The Generation Next Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People Seminar is ideally suited for frontline professionals in the education, community and health sectors that work directly with young people as well as parents. It provides the most up-to-date information and addresses topical issues such as youth depression, anxiety, anger and aggression as well as practical strategies to improve wellbeing, respond better to emerging mental health concerns and provide effective mental health first aid.

Read more and register online here

For more information: call 1300 797 794 or email