Townsville Cultural Festival is on its Way! Spotlight Member Activities

8, July, 2017

11 June 2017

Townsville Cultural Festival image

The Townsville Intercultural Centre is busily organing the Townsville Cultural Festival which showcases the diversity of Australian music, food, arts and culture, bringing thousands of people together each year in a celebration of life.

From Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th August, over 100 performing groups will offer everything from folk, jazz, blues, hip-hop and rock, to Indigenous Australian music and dance, drum circles, fire shows, cabaret, poetry, theatre, and traditional dance groups from around the world.

The Centre of Learning hosts workshops, lectures, discussion panels, theatre and poetry. There will be DJ sets, solo sets, dance workshops, massage exchange stations and yoga classes. Dozens of market stalls from around the world will offer arts and crafts, cuisines, fashion and produce. Throughout the grounds you will find featured art installations, interactive games, roving characters, show rides, Indigenous yarning circle, henna tattoo stalls and gypsy fortune tellers.

Come along and join this celebration of Unity in Diversity.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page or event website.

Connections – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Emerging Leaders Project: Spotlight Member Activities

28, June, 2017

28 June 2017

Connections will be delivering the NDIS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Emerging Leaders Project across QLD from June this year until June 2018. This Project will work with 8 Indigenous communities across Queensland providing NDIS and Business training to upskill local mentors. The project will support local champions to meet community identified needs and provide sustainability and local ownership of the transition to the NDIS

The Project will be;

  • consulting and engaging with a full range of sectors within participating communities, including Elders, community leaders, businesses, government, local councils and people with disability, their families and carers
  • supporting these communities to develop place-based, culturally appropriate supports to people with disability that reflect the needs of people, their families and carers, and the community
  • identifying and supporting existing, new and potential organisations and businesses to enhance their knowledge, skills and capacity to deliver culturally appropriate supports and services under the NDIS
  • identifying, supporting and developing market opportunities within communities to improve economic outcomes
  • identifying, linking and where possible, expanding existing community-based initiatives
  • Increase community based workforce opportunities (Cert III Individual Support)
  • promoting access and inclusion in the broader community, and;
  • engaging with providers already delivering readiness initiatives where the focus and outcomes of initiatives are aligned
  • developing a Service Capacity Building Toolkit, which will be available for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities to utilise as a resource

Connections would also like to acknowledge our Provider Readiness colleagues, and look forward to working collaboratively over the next year.

If you would like further information on any of the projects please contact;

Small and medium providers in rural and remote locations

  • Project Lead is Lisa Fraser from National Disability Services in Queensland

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander providers and communities

  • Project Lead is Karen Thomas-Goldsmith from Connections Incorporated

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse providers and communities

  • Project Leads are Mitra Khakbaz from MDA and Pino Migliorino from DiverseWerks.

CheckUP Calls for Abstracts for its 2017 Forum: Spotlight Member Activities

13, June, 2017

13 June 2017

CheckUP logoCheckUp will be hosting its signature event, the CheckUP Forum 2017 on 8th September. This year, following keynote presentations, there will be two concurrent sessions that will include a variety of presentations from CheckUP members and stakeholders.

From now until 26 June, CheckUP is calling for submissions form organisations that are undertaking work in one or more of the six topic areas:


Working Together

Forming collaborations and partnerships
Engaging with communities.

Working Smarter

Using data and digital solutions
Implementing new workforce solutions.

Working Better

Moving from illness to wellness
Providing cross-sectoral care.


Important Information

  • The CheckUP Forum will be held at Rydges Southbank, Brisbane on Friday 8th September.
  • Call for abstract submission close at 5.00 pm on Monday 26th June.
  • If your abstract is successful, you will be notified by Friday 30 June.
  • Abstracts not selected for a concurrent session may be offered a poster presentation.
  • If your abstract is successful, you will receive one complimentary ticket to the CheckUP Forum.
  • Reimbursement for other costs associated with attending the CheckUP Forum and/or Networking Dinner (e.g. travel, accommodation) is not available.
  • Additional information is located in the Call for Abstract form.


For further details, see the Call for Abstracts form

Micah Projects’ Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance: Spotlight Member Activities

5, June, 2017

5 June 2017

Save the Date!

Image of Micah Projects' Moonlight Dinner DanceMicah Projects’ 14th Annual Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in the Plaza Ballroom on Friday 25th August 2017.

The Moonlight Magic Dinner Dance is not a fundraising event but one which focuses on creating an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to center on what we have in common, rather than our differences. Certainly, a great excuse to dress up, share a fabulous meal with old friends and meet new friends on the dance floor.

We hope you can join them on what we are sure will be a night to remember! Invitations will be sent out in June.

Help Communify to Help the Community this Winter: Spotlight Member Activities Issue 12

24, May, 2017

Communify Queensland logo

QAMH member organisation is Communify Queensland, is inviting all community members, staff, students and volunteers to declutter their wardrobes and donate any unwanted clean clothes, shoes, books and accessories for its Wrap Up For Winter event.

The event, scheduled for 14th June 2017, offers community members a chance to ensure they are prepared for winter, and can stay healthy, over winter.

Donations can be dropped at the entrance of Jubilee Hall at 180 Jubilee Tce, Bardon (Mon- Fri 9am-5pm).

For further information, see the event flyer.


Special Showing: When the Bough Breaks_Spotlight Member Activities Issue 11

10, May, 2017

Logo for Peach Tree Perinatal WellnessYou are invited to a networking event for professionals working in the perinatal sector in Brisbane on Friday 26 May. The event will be hosted by QAMH member, Peach Tree Perinatal Wellness, who will present a special showing of the newly released USA documentary ‘When the Bough Breaks’.

This is a documentary produced in the United States and shines a bright light on the serious issues associated with postpartum depression and psychosis.

For further information and to book, visit the event website.


Open Minds Seeks Two Non-Executive Directors: Member Activities Issue 11

9, May, 2017

Logo of Open Minds

The Open Minds’ Board wishes to recruit two Non-Executive Directors who have a genuine interest in the work of Open Minds. The skills sets being sought are as follows.

  • A clinical or allied health professional – potentially a clinical psychologist, registered mental health nurse therapist, social worker or health professional – with significant mental health experience providing support or clinical services to clients/patients in a health/psychiatric facility.
  • A professional with experience in strategic human resource management, organisational development, and industrial relations. Previous board experience will be highly regarded for this role.

Candidates from south-east Queensland and northern NSW are sought.

Directors are remunerated by way of a base annual fee plus an additional loading for those directors who also chair a board committee.

To apply for this position, visit, click on “Position Search”, select role before clicking on “View Selected” and then “Apply Online”.

Alternatively, for further information about the positions please contact Glee Mitchell on 0417 065 408 or

Applications close 5pm Friday, 19 May 2017.