The impact of the QCOSS Conference from one of our scholarship winners

The New Year has brought new opportunities for Independent Advocacy Townsville’s Tania Brown to test out knowledge and skills gained from Queensland Council of Social Service’s 2016 State Conference.

An Advocate/NDIS Appeals Officer, Ms Brown attended the two-day conference in Brisbane on a scholarship, an opportunity which has proved invaluable.

“I thought it was a great conference. I made a lot of new contacts with other services from Townsville that I now use in my day-to-day work which has helped a number of clients,” she said.

Centered around the theme of ‘Everything is possible’, the 2016 conference brought together the sector’s international thought leaders.

This included keynote speaker, Dr Michael McAfee from the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, PolicyLink in the United States, Julian Thomas (Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research) and Richard Weston (Healing Foundation CEO).

“I found the keynote speech really motivating in taking action to make positive change,” Ms Brown said.

“In Townsville particularly there is a large indigenous population and I found the presentation done by the Healing Foundation to be hugely beneficial in understanding the mismatch between Australian culture and indigenous Australian culture.

“This has been something to really focus on when working with our indigenous client base, especially with regards to understanding trauma and promoting indigenous people to go back to country when they are stuck in westernized society.”

Ms Brown won her scholarship after impressing judges with an application detailing her advocacy work for people with disabilities. 

QCOSS always offers scholarships to its annual conference, as well as other events. Keep an eye out for your chance to apply.