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Linking Up for Kids Conference


The Linking Up for Kids conference is inspired by the recognition that the health and education sectors each do terrific work to support, teach and care for children and youth. What is less evident is how much more effective they could be in working together to keep kids well, and to better meet their needs when they are not.

This conference aims to showcase innovations, models, programs and activities that enhance the health and well being of children and youth through forging partnerships between health and education service providers. It asks:

  • What are school communities currently doing, and what more can they do in the future, to promote the health of children and youth?
  • What can health workers do to meet the education needs of long term patients?
  • What can we do together to produce happy, healthy, functional adults? How will we know?

This two-day event, will offer learning and networking opportunities to a wide cross-section of public and private healthcare providers, and school and educational staff from remote, rural, regional and metropolitan areas.

It is with this vision in mind that Children’s Healthcare Australasia (CHA) and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), invite you to participate in these vital discussions at the Linking Up for Kids conference being held in Sydney on 14 and 15 April 2014. Call for abstracts open at the moment, closing 07 October.

H.E.L.P. Conference

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is proud to be hosting the 2nd Health, Educators, Learners, Practioners (H.E.L.P.) Conference. This conference brings together professionals from Health and Education with a focus on improving outcomes for children with chronic and serious illnesses. The conference will be held at Sea World Nara Resort on the Gold Coast from 18th to 20th of September 2013.

The theme for this year’s H.E.L.P. Conference is ‘The Ripple Effect’: How the effects of serious illness and treatment impact on children, their families, teachers and the health professionals who support them.

Focusing on continuity of education and the social/emotional impacts for children with serious illness the conference will provide information based on latest research, challenges and strategies to improve outcomes for children, families and practitioners.

The 2013 H.E.L.P. Conference is an exceptional opportunity to share ideas, expertise and build collaborations with practitioners nationally and internationally.

Keynote, breakout and networking opportunities with professionals in the fields of Medicine, Psychology, Education and Allied Health will be available throughout the conference.

Find details of the H.E.L.P. Conference here.

Achieving Effective Outcomes:

Language, Learning & Literacy

A conference being held by the Children’s Hospital at Westmead – Education Research Institute (CHERI).  12 & 13 September 2013, Parramatta RSL, New South Wales

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Professor Nickola Wolf Nelson, Program Director, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Western Michigan University.

Professor Nelson conducts research and has published widely on language-literacy, including curriculum and classroom based assessment and intervention for children with language/literacy impairments. She is also author of a number of books including ‘Language and Literacy Disorders: Infancy through Adolescence.’ She is currently conducting standardisation research on the ‘Test of Integrated Language and Literacy Skills’ and is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, ‘Topics in Language Disorders’.

PROFESSOR NELSON’S keynote addresses will be on models of spoken and written language disorders, assessment, differential diagnosis, curriculum and classroom based intervention for children with language/literacy disorders.

National language and learning experts will also be joining, including ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR CORI WILLIAMS, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR GENEVIEVE MCARTHUR, and DR ROSLYN NEILSON, amongst others. Presentations include the identification of language disorders in children from non-English speaking backgrounds and evidence for based classroom approaches; research on the language based processing problems that underlie persistent reading difficulties; collaborative models of service for teachers and speech pathologists; and evidence based practice for language and learning impairments.

Register on-line and view the conference program at CHERI Conferences

MissingSchool named a 100 Community Heroe

MissingSchool has been successfully nominated to receive a 100 Community Heroes Grant worth $1000 from the Calwell, Curtin, Jerrabomberra, and Wanniassa Community Bank® branches of Bendigo Bank. The presentation ceremony will be held at 10am, Wednesday 24 July, 2013, at Calwell Community Bank Branch, Shops 19-21 Calwell Shopping Centre.

MissingSchool Consultation

MissingSchool is holding a small consultation process to help inform our planning for 2013-14. The consultation will be held in Canberra, on Wednesday 26 June from 1.00-3.00 pm. We are inviting people who have useful and informed perspectives to contribute. The consultation will include parents, carers and professionals who care for seriously sick kids. For further information please email Cathy Nell, or call 0400 241 900.