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Past Events

Booklet launch: Promoting Health and Wellbeing


The Promoting health and wellbeing case study booklet has been produced as part of the SACOSS and SA Health Department for Health and Ageing (DHA) Public Health Partnership.  The booklet provides an ‘exchange platform’ for those working in the sector to increase opportunities to share experiences and successes, build capacity and momentum to support the health and wellbeing of communities and those most in need.

The SACOSS - DHA booklet documents diverse approaches to promoting and improving the health and wellbeing of communities. It is hoped that the resource will help to facilitate a community of practice across the sector, capturing various experiences, strategies and outcomes of a number of initiatives and programs. The thirteen case studies fall into three categories, highlighting best practice in innovation, collaboration and partnerships and the promotion of health and wellbeing. 

Copies of the booklet will be available at the booklet launch on Thursday 19 October. 

Mr David Panter, Chair of SACOSS and Ms Vickie Kaminski, Chief Executive of SA Health will open and close the launch (event runs from 10.00am to 11.30am, morning tea included).

Places are limited - register online here

Climate Change and Homelessness Forum


As part of Anti-Poverty week, SACOSS is hosting a forum exploring the impact of climate change on those experiencing poverty and homelessness. Join us to hear from a great line-up of speakers:

  • Dr Scott Hanson-Easey, Research Fellow at University of Adelaide, Director of the former National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility Vulnerable Communities Network, speaking on climate change and its impacts on people living in poverty
  • Dr Danielle Every, Senior Research Fellow at CQ University Adelaide Campus, launching the findings of her report with the Red Cross on homelessness and extreme weather
  • Kellie Caught, Senior Policy Officer, ACOSS, speaking on the Resilient Community Organisations resource to help Community Service Organisations prepare for climate change
  • Representative from Red Cross, speaking on the new Out of the Storm project developing extreme weather education with the homeless community

The forum will run from 12.00pm to approximately 2.00pm and includes a light lunch.

Places are limited - register online here

Revisiting the Digital Future: A Thinker Back in Residence


So many aspects of our daily lives now rely on having the capacity to use digital technologies – access to education and services, applying for jobs, organising finances, and connecting with friends and family.

Don't miss this exciting event co-created by SACOSS and Open State

As more and more businesses and government services move online, the pitfalls of being excluded increase – the digital divide becomes wider and goes deeper. This compounds other areas of disadvantage, such as living in a regional area, having a low income or limited educational opportunities and digital skills. These are all factors which mean people are less likely to be included in the digital world.

This session revisits Professor Genevieve Bell’s residency in 2009-10 as one of our key thinkers on South Australia’s digital future. We ask what has changed in our digital engagement, has the NBN arrived and what difference has it made, and who is more or less included?  Click here to book for this free event.

Digital inclusion: improving the digital divide


Join SACOSS & CEDA for insights from the 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index and what it means for South Australia.

The internet has transformed almost every aspect of our lives creating huge economic and social dividends for society. However today there are still around three million Australians not online. With an increasing number of essential services and communications going digital, the digital divide will continue to widen unless action is taken. At this event discover the latest finding from the 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index.

Hear from key leaders on Australia's digital behaviour and consumption, how we can bridge the digital divide and ultimately ensure that that all South Australians are included in South Australia's digital future.

Speakers: Prof. Julian Thomas - Director, Social Change Enabling Capability Platform, RMIT Michael Kinnane - Director, IT Advisory EY and Heather Rea - Senior Advisor, Digital Inclusion Chief Sustainability Office, Corporate Affairs

Ticket price for CEDA members and guests per person: $99 or table for 10: $900 - contact the CEDA Adelaide Office on 08 8211 7222

 Regular price $165 per person Book online here

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