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Budget Night Sector Briefing


On Budget Day SACOSS staff and many of our member groups will have people in the Budget lock-up all afternoon examining the detail behind the budget spin. Come and join our 2017-18 State Budget Night Briefing 6.00-7.00pm on Thursday 22 June. This will be a chance to digest, deconstruct, and to contribute any insights into the likely impacts for our sector. RSVP here – refreshments and pizza provided.

Pre-Budget Training Session: How to Read the Budget Papers


Come and hear from SACOSS policy staff on how to understand the State Budget papers, find the information you want and avoid rookie errors in interpreting the data. This is a valuable pre-budget training session for the community sector – a free event for members and open to others by donation. The session is 4.00-5.00pm, one week before the Budget lock-up. Register online 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 www.yoursay.sa.gov.au/sa-next-mental-health-plan

​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?

Amplify Your Health Impact


SACOSS and The Public Health Association are pleased to invite you to attend this important event with international guest speaker Professor Ilona Kickbusch. Learn how applying a ‘health lens’ to all areas of our work can amplify our impact and really make a difference to the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.

A forum for current and future sector leaders

This free forum will include local examples and an opportunity to discuss the Health in All Policies application within organisations and across sectors and sub-sectors.

This innovative work has multiple benefits and addresses many of the ‘wicked problems’ that society faces. It provides an opportunity to break down silos and work together to improve the health and wellbeing of all South Australians.

Register online here

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The Deepening Divide - digital disadvantage in SA


Sector Briefing on Digital Inclusion

Digital technologies are now taking a key role in our economic and social life, yet large numbers of people don’t have the on-line access to help them with job hunting, education and training, social interaction and other supports that could improve their lives.

Recent digital inclusion mapping indicates that South Australia rates significantly behind the national average. This session will cover essential questions such as why digital inclusion matters and which groups are most affected in South Australia, and what we can do about it.

You are invited to attend a one hour briefing starting at 10am with Professor Julian Thomas from RMIT (author of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index 2016) and other experts, including Q&A and morning tea.

The session will be followed by the media launch of SACOSS' 2017/18 Budget Submission (which also focuses on digital inclusion).

Register online

Resilience Workshop Information Session


Reflect – Adapt – Lead

Sustaining Optimal Performance and Resilience in Challenging Times

A program package delivered in partnership between SACOSS and Working with Resilience


The community services sector has many challenges. The current funding climate has added more pressure to the community services sector. Some organisations are facing big changes to the way they provide services with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and all are facing the ongoing challenge of supporting their workers to provide vital services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged South Australians.

SACOSS continues to offer opportunities for the sector to develop the skills required to manage and even thrive in these challenging times. This is a great opportunity to work with and be supported by organisational psychologist Kathryn McEwen and experienced psychologist and NGO CEO Mike Dawson.

Are you leading an organisation where staff are:

  • Adapting to major changes in funding or service delivery models
  • Re-building teams following down-sizing or restructure
  • Experiencing high levels of pressure or stress
  • Working in extended periods of uncertainty
  • Struggling to meet service agreement or community expectations
  • Working with client groups with trauma or complex needs?

This program will assist you to develop and implement a customised plan to build resilience within your organisation.

Free Information Session

You are invited to attend an information session to hear more about the package and to talk about this opportunity with Kathryn and Mike. Please note this session is for management and CEOs.

Drinks and nibbles provided


Can't attend but interested in finding out more?

For a full information sheet and/or workshop registration form contact Emily Lawrie at emily.lawrie@student.adelaide.edu.au

Vulnerability & Affordability Conference 2016: Energy, Water & Telecommunications


This Conference will explore vulnerability and showcase better practice in addressing the associated issues. It provides further opportunity to consolidate collaborative approaches to prevent financial vulnerability, facilitate social and financial health and well-being and support businesses in dealing with their customers and communities. This Conference keys in to recent regulatory developments for vulnerable customers and highlights the best opportunities for supporting these customers given transforming consumer protection frameworks.

The Conference sessions will include:

  • Exploration of vulnerability including factors leading to and key indicators
  • Leading business initiatives and programs
  • National research on tariffs, disconnections and fees and charges
  • The poverty premium and its implications
  • Independent dispute resolution – exploring the systemic issues

Building on the success of SACOSS’ Hardship and Affordability Conferences over the past 3 years, the 2016 Conference will bring together leaders from the energy, water and telecommunications sectors and once again promises to be a significant gathering of policy makers, business leaders, regulators, non-profit organisations and community service providers.

A New Age for Older Workers: Adelaide Forum


The South Australian Council of Social  Service (SACOSS) and Council of the  Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event. 

You can download a copy of the flyer here.

New Age for Older Workers - Mt Gambier


What are the challenges of working longer? How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.

A New Age for Older Workers - Whyalla


What are the challenges of working longer? How do we create age-friendly workplaces?

The South Australian Council of Social Service (SACOSS) and Council on the Ageing (COTA) are hosting this important community event.