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Thursday 31 May 2018

EO's report - May 2018

By: Sandy Ross

As this issue of Devil’s Advocate goes to press, we are in the last stages of preparing the July-December 2018 training calendar, due for posting on 1 June. We hope the CPD on offer in the period is relevant and varied enough to meet important needs and keep the sector developing in their roles. Many thanks to Tanja Haeusler, our new Training Manager, who has hit the ground running in her role to meet this deadline.

Some of the CPD in the period is set to take place with our Annual Conference, 17-19 October in Melbourne at Pullman on the Park (returning to the venue of two year’s ago). This year’s conference theme is ‘Empowering People’ and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. For the first time, we are planning to include two side events – a Student Breakfast on Thursday 18 October for all our members who are currently studying for the diploma, and an Agency Managers breakfast on Friday 19 October to encourage responsible consumption of beverages at the dinner the night before (and to bring together our agency manager’s network in an informal setting). Registrations for the conference will open on 5 June, and we encourage all those with relevant interest to register for these side events along with their conference attendance.

We are in the process of finalising a new funding agreement for FCRC with Consumer Affairs Victoria, and hope to report on the status of that in the next DA issue. In the meantime, we have reached a separate funding agreement with Department of Health and Human Services to train FCs in elder abuse issues, and to support the inclusion of FCs into the integrated care model for suspected elder abuse cases. The Department recognises the importance of including financial counselling in its care model, and we look forward to a fruitful collaboration that develops stronger links between financial counsellors and the health and human services sectors.