February eNews


The Institute Bulletin
Edition #1 February 2019

Welcome to The Institute Bulletin

Many of you will, by now, be aware that the hole left by the retirement of our founding Director, David Hayward, is to be filled by Micaela Cronin on April 15. News of Micaela’s appointment has been greeted with great excitement on our social media channels, and we are looking forward to benefitting from her broad experience in a range of leadership and service delivery roles in Australia and overseas.

This year will also see the launch of our newly redesigned Certificate III (Individual Support) curriculum, complete with virtual reality modules, online learning, additional work placement experience and face-to-face learning. 

This re-design project, funded by the Victorian Government, has focused on increasing the quality of care and has involved close collaboration by the end users of aged care and disability services, as well as industry. In a year when we are expecting a barrage of depressing submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Services, we are anticipating a strong uptake of our new curriculum by TAFEs from around Victoria. 

In 2019, we are continuing to work closely with Family Safety Victoria – co-hosting a forum in March and kicking off our Leadership Intensives for senior staff in the fields of family violence prevention and response, and related fields.

We look forward to keeping you updated on our work during the year, and seeing you at one of our many events.

Sally Thompson
Acting Director


Improved quality of care a virtual reality

A major redevelopment of training for aged care and disability workers has utilised virtual reality technology and the experience of nursing home residents to ensure students are schooled in patient-centred care.

In a year where the industry is bracing itself for a deluge of distressing submissions to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI) has redesigned an entry-level qualification with a clear focus on improving the quality of care.

Nursing home residents, people with disabilities, carers and industry employers have all been involved in creating the new curriculum for the Certificate III (Individual Support).
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Social work support for students


FSSI has introduced a dedicated social work intern position to assist students undertaking its Certificate III and IV qualifications to deal with issues that are impacting on their studies.

Joanne Chee, 27, a final year social work student, is the first intern to take on the role, which will involve talking to students about the challenges they may be facing.

‘RMIT actually has a lot of supports available that they may not know about,’ Joanne says, These include childcare, chaplaincy and the  Jobs Shop, which can assist them with their resume.

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Certificate provides a second chance

Natasha felt ill when she attended the graduation ceremony for the Certificate III in Disability in 2017. She forced herself to attend the ceremony to support a friend she had made when she began the course herself, before homelessness and other issues caused her to drop out.

But, in December last year, Natasha returned to the Future Social Service Institute (FSSI)  – this time to accept her own graduation certificate after making the courageous decision to return to study and gain a qualification that would enable her to work in the disability sector.
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Family Safety Victoria’s Centre for Workforce Excellence, in partnership with the Future Social Service Institute, is pleased to invite you to a free one-day forum.

The forum will showcase innovative leadership and practice in responding to family violence from across the sector. It will be a chance to hear from experts and sector leaders, and to be involved in dynamic workshops focused on leading change to improve outcomes in family violence.

 The forum will feature:
  • An international keynote address by Barbara MacQuarrie, Community Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children at The University of Western Ontario. Barbara will focus on Canada’s response to family violence, including Project VEGA.
  • Renowned comedian Nelly Thomas as Master of Ceremonies.
  • Workshops led by sector leaders and experts on leading practice change.
Participants will have the opportunity to choose from a number of breakout sessions which will enable them to deep dive into topics that are most relevant to them. We will be in touch with forum registrants closer to the date to provide the program and details about how to register for the breakout sessions. 

Who should attend: Senior managers, practice leaders and principal practitioners from the specialist family violence sector and other services that intersect with family violence.
Refreshments: Morning tea, lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please advise of any dietary requirements when you register.
Order of proceedings: Refer to the Family Safety Victoria  web page for program updates.

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