Medic Alert – Bracelet or Necklace, do you know what to do?

MedicAlert foundation Peace of mind knowing you’re protected with MedicAlert membership Phone: 1300301476 https://www.medicalert.org.au/  – sorry not hyperlinked yet!! If you see someone collapsed:- (1) LOOK for one of these pictured below, a bracelet or a necklace. (2) By doing so, you could very well be saving their life. Most have info regarding allergies and medical conditions such as the ones we all know like type 1 diabetics, epilepsy BUT i have a condition called CCR Catatonic Conversion Reaction. Other’s may have Conversion Disorder or Mental Illness My condition is not common and very few are aware of how to care for and treat me, surprisingly those people are mostly doctors and health professionals. Many times i have  been misdiagnosed with being drunk or seeking attention, sadly the last thing i want is anyone touching me or creating a scene and i am also allergic to alcoholic drinks, swabs etc. Only recently i was treated very badly by a triage doctor who assumed i was drunk or faking the episode. He failed to look at my bracelet along with several others, one doctor was even holding the hand it was on??? These people are incredible in what they have to deal with everyday, especially on previous occasions when i have arrived either in an ambulance or collapsing in their waiting room/s. However very few are not trained in first aide procedures such as DRSABCD, Mental Health first aide AGLEE or NON Violent Intervention, are YOU? Perhaps you may not see the need, but if you work with the public i strongly suggest you start thinking about it. Talk to...

Welcome to 2017 – Bribie, Caboolture & Nambour

WHATS HAPPENING in 2017?  February gatherings started off with a bit of excitement with ladies unavailable to find our new location at Caboolture and Chloe (my Assistance Dog) escaping from a secured dog park at Centenary Lakes. LOL, she had a glorious time chasing the ducks and me close on her tail. BIG thankyou to the lovely lady Penny who caught a very wet Chloe for me while 3 service men sat and watched. As it was our 4th Birthday we enjoyed cup cakes and lovely coffee bean bags to take home, all supplied by the ladies. We had a lucky dip with $5 gifts and Rachel (Caboolture co-ordinator) provided Book Mark kits for the ladies to take home and make for those less fortunate. In Nambour we meet with the Rotary Garden Village committee at their lovely new club house. With trees in the background, lace cloth and table, it looked wonderful with the chocolate fairy cup cakes. It was a great informative afternoon for all. We later joined a couple of lovely ladies by the pool to hear about their ideas of what the ARK group could do for them. If you would like to join the telephone tree please let me know, we have many ladies that still are not well enough to leave the comfort of their homes and would welcome a friendly call. BIG thanks to all who contribute, without your thoughts, your ideas, your enthusiasm the ARK could not grow!! It has been decided that this year our focus will be ‘TRANSFORMATION”, for without transforming, moving forward, growing, forgiving and letting go of things we have no control over, we will not prosper!!!!...

Mental Health First Aid – “World Mental Health Day 10th October”

Mental Health First Aid ACTION PLAN AGLEE A pproach, assess and assist with any crisis L isten non-judgementally E ncourage appropriate professional help E ncourage other supports The MHFA courses teach you how to give mental health first aid using the Action Plan. MHFA courses can provide members of the community with: Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems; Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available; Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem; Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour. Help someone you care about today ... https://mhfa.com.au/...

The ARK meets each Month – Women connecting with Women “History”

Women connecting with Women, all ages children. Come along for support & social activities. Gatherings held at Bribie Island, Caboolture & Nambour at this stage. Ring Valerie 0427485970 for locations and times.  The ARK meets each Month excluding Dec, Jan & Public Holidays. # Brennan Park on Bribie # CJs Pastries Caboolture  (near Railway Station) # Quota Park Nambour Come along and enjoy a few laughs, good company, outings, activities, discuss topics of interest, share your expertise and survival skills on how to cope with the ups and downs of this world. Look forward to your call! Cheers Valerie [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS & The ARK   Dogs are welcome at park meetings!                     Mums, Bubs & Children – Suitable for ALL AGES               IN THE BEGINNING……….. The ARK was formulated in 2013 by myself Valerie Carter [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS after speaking with over 100 ladies in the Bribie and Sunshine Coast areas. Most of the ladies were struggling with loneliness, anxiety, empty nest, grief or just wanting fun and adventure. The SHED a men’s group was showing great success, so i decided i would establish something similar. My back ground was events management and charity work so running such a group was definitely something i was comfortable with. The first meeting was to take place on 25/2/13 however Bribie decided to have heavy rain falls on the day. I still had the meeting however i conducted it over the phone ringing ladies that hard previously showed interest. At the following gatherings, which at the...

10 Commandments for Reducing Stress

(1) Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be. (2) Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people. (3) Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done. (4) Thou shalt not criticize thyself for decisions that were made in hindsight. (5) Thou shalt learn to say “NO” (6) Thou shalt schedule time for thyself. (7) Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly. (8) Thou shalt be boring / untidy / inelegant and unattractive at times. (9) Thou shalt not even feel guilty. (10) Thou shalt not be your own worst enemy; but your best friend. [Author Unknown]  ...

Winners of Raffle drawn 27th July 2015 at Nambour High School

The Ark held its first luncheon in May with ten ladies attending and enjoying some great food and Tupperware trivia. It was decided that items obtained from having the party would be used for a raffle to raise funds for “The Luke Batty Foundation”. The foundation was contacted to seek approval and we were directed to “Safe Steps” – see details below. WINNERS :- 1st prize Janine Zwar – 2nd prize Paul Clarke – 3rd Prize Lisa Blackman Tickets were drawn out by Nambour High School Principal – Dr Wayne Troyahn Total amount raised $275 – Thankyou to all who supported us! DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE is everyone’s responsibility… By giving a donation today to safe steps (see link below) Family Violence Response Centre, you will be making a real difference to the lives of the thousands of women and their children we assist each year to be safe and live free of violence. Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from providing a 24/7 family violence response, transporting a women and her children to safety, providing emergency accommodation and ongoing support services. Thank you. 24/7 Family Violence Response  1800 015 188 (Toll free) Safe...

Helping Others Cope with Life – The ARK ladies group

The ARK gathers every 4th Monday of each month – Bribie Island Qld at Brennan Park 10.30am and Nambour Qld Quota Park 2pm. We beleive face to face contact has far greater social and health benefits than facebook….. this is why we do not have a facebook page. Areas of society are so isolated even though we live in a world full of electronic communication devices. Many of which the disabled and older generations are unable use or understand. Since commencing 2 years ago we have reached out to many ladies sharing our stories good and bad. Focusing on our strengths gifts and talents. Our aim is to overcome whatever life throws at us and to bounce back stronger. Together we can do amazing things such as a supporting Rosie Batty www.lukebattyfoundation.com.au and Safe Steps www.safesteps.org.au formaly known as Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The link to the article below was written by a journalist from Caboolture News informing readers of how ‘The ARK’ is helping ladies cope with those difficult times in life. Ark Article – Caboolture...

New offence recommended by domestic violence report

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/new-offence-recommended-domestic-violence-report/2559387/ New offence recommended by domestic violence report Christina Ongley | 28th Feb 2015 6:23 PM A NEW criminal offence of “non-lethal strangulation” and the embedding of preventive education programs in all schools should be introduced, according to a landmark report by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. The recommendations were among 140 in total from the report, handed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today. Called Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, the report sets out a range of preventive and punitive measures to tip the balance towards calling perpetrators to account more heavily and better supporting victims of the sad scourge. The report notes there were 66,016 occurrences of domestic and family violence reported to Queensland police in 2013-14, at a cost to the state’s economy of up to $3.2 billion. In her introduction, taskforce chairwoman Quentin Bryce said: “As we learnt more about domestic and family violence in Queensland, it became clear that three broad areas of reform are necessary; changes in our culture and attitudes, reform to the responses to incidents of abuse and its victims, and reform to the response from our justice system.” Key recommendations include the new strangulation offence – following evidence it was a key indicator to domestic homicide, and a clear sign of escalation of violence – as well as the introduction of a special domestic violence court. Crucially, however, the report also called for a comprehensive long-term domestic and family violence strategy that included: A communication strategy about what constitutes family violence, services available to victims and perpetrators, and the fact this...

Medic Alert – Bracelet or Necklace, do you know what to do?

MedicAlert foundation Peace of mind knowing you’re protected with MedicAlert membership Phone: 1300301476 https://www.medicalert.org.au/  – sorry not hyperlinked yet!! If you see someone collapsed:- (1) LOOK for one of these pictured below, a bracelet or a necklace. (2) By doing so, you could very well be saving their life. Most have info regarding allergies and medical conditions such as the ones we all know like type 1 diabetics, epilepsy BUT i have a condition called CCR Catatonic Conversion Reaction. Other’s may have Conversion Disorder or Mental Illness My condition is not common and very few are aware of how to care for and treat me, surprisingly those people are mostly doctors and health professionals. Many times i have  been misdiagnosed with being drunk or seeking attention, sadly the last thing i want is anyone touching me or creating a scene and i am also allergic to alcoholic drinks, swabs etc. Only recently i was treated very badly by a triage doctor who assumed i was drunk or faking the episode. He failed to look at my bracelet along with several others, one doctor was even holding the hand it was on??? These people are incredible in what they have to deal with everyday, especially on previous occasions when i have arrived either in an ambulance or collapsing in their waiting room/s. However very few are not trained in first aide procedures such as DRSABCD, Mental Health first aide AGLEE or NON Violent Intervention, are YOU? Perhaps you may not see the need, but if you work with the public i strongly suggest you start thinking about it. Talk to...

Welcome to 2017 – Bribie, Caboolture & Nambour

WHATS HAPPENING in 2017?  February gatherings started off with a bit of excitement with ladies unavailable to find our new location at Caboolture and Chloe (my Assistance Dog) escaping from a secured dog park at Centenary Lakes. LOL, she had a glorious time chasing the ducks and me close on her tail. BIG thankyou to the lovely lady Penny who caught a very wet Chloe for me while 3 service men sat and watched. As it was our 4th Birthday we enjoyed cup cakes and lovely coffee bean bags to take home, all supplied by the ladies. We had a lucky dip with $5 gifts and Rachel (Caboolture co-ordinator) provided Book Mark kits for the ladies to take home and make for those less fortunate. In Nambour we meet with the Rotary Garden Village committee at their lovely new club house. With trees in the background, lace cloth and table, it looked wonderful with the chocolate fairy cup cakes. It was a great informative afternoon for all. We later joined a couple of lovely ladies by the pool to hear about their ideas of what the ARK group could do for them. If you would like to join the telephone tree please let me know, we have many ladies that still are not well enough to leave the comfort of their homes and would welcome a friendly call. BIG thanks to all who contribute, without your thoughts, your ideas, your enthusiasm the ARK could not grow!! It has been decided that this year our focus will be ‘TRANSFORMATION”, for without transforming, moving forward, growing, forgiving and letting go of things we have no control over, we will not prosper!!!!...

Mental Health First Aid – “World Mental Health Day 10th October”

Mental Health First Aid ACTION PLAN AGLEE A pproach, assess and assist with any crisis L isten non-judgementally E ncourage appropriate professional help E ncourage other supports The MHFA courses teach you how to give mental health first aid using the Action Plan. MHFA courses can provide members of the community with: Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems; Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available; Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem; Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour. Help someone you care about today ... https://mhfa.com.au/...

The ARK meets each Month – Women connecting with Women “History”

Women connecting with Women, all ages children. Come along for support & social activities. Gatherings held at Bribie Island, Caboolture & Nambour at this stage. Ring Valerie 0427485970 for locations and times.  The ARK meets each Month excluding Dec, Jan & Public Holidays. # Brennan Park on Bribie # CJs Pastries Caboolture  (near Railway Station) # Quota Park Nambour Come along and enjoy a few laughs, good company, outings, activities, discuss topics of interest, share your expertise and survival skills on how to cope with the ups and downs of this world. Look forward to your call! Cheers Valerie [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS & The ARK   Dogs are welcome at park meetings!                     Mums, Bubs & Children – Suitable for ALL AGES               IN THE BEGINNING……….. The ARK was formulated in 2013 by myself Valerie Carter [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS after speaking with over 100 ladies in the Bribie and Sunshine Coast areas. Most of the ladies were struggling with loneliness, anxiety, empty nest, grief or just wanting fun and adventure. The SHED a men’s group was showing great success, so i decided i would establish something similar. My back ground was events management and charity work so running such a group was definitely something i was comfortable with. The first meeting was to take place on 25/2/13 however Bribie decided to have heavy rain falls on the day. I still had the meeting however i conducted it over the phone ringing ladies that hard previously showed interest. At the following gatherings, which at the...

10 Commandments for Reducing Stress

(1) Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be. (2) Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people. (3) Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done. (4) Thou shalt not criticize thyself for decisions that were made in hindsight. (5) Thou shalt learn to say “NO” (6) Thou shalt schedule time for thyself. (7) Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly. (8) Thou shalt be boring / untidy / inelegant and unattractive at times. (9) Thou shalt not even feel guilty. (10) Thou shalt not be your own worst enemy; but your best friend. [Author Unknown]  ...

Winners of Raffle drawn 27th July 2015 at Nambour High School

The Ark held its first luncheon in May with ten ladies attending and enjoying some great food and Tupperware trivia. It was decided that items obtained from having the party would be used for a raffle to raise funds for “The Luke Batty Foundation”. The foundation was contacted to seek approval and we were directed to “Safe Steps” – see details below. WINNERS :- 1st prize Janine Zwar – 2nd prize Paul Clarke – 3rd Prize Lisa Blackman Tickets were drawn out by Nambour High School Principal – Dr Wayne Troyahn Total amount raised $275 – Thankyou to all who supported us! DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE is everyone’s responsibility… By giving a donation today to safe steps (see link below) Family Violence Response Centre, you will be making a real difference to the lives of the thousands of women and their children we assist each year to be safe and live free of violence. Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from providing a 24/7 family violence response, transporting a women and her children to safety, providing emergency accommodation and ongoing support services. Thank you. 24/7 Family Violence Response  1800 015 188 (Toll free) Safe...

Helping Others Cope with Life – The ARK ladies group

The ARK gathers every 4th Monday of each month – Bribie Island Qld at Brennan Park 10.30am and Nambour Qld Quota Park 2pm. We beleive face to face contact has far greater social and health benefits than facebook….. this is why we do not have a facebook page. Areas of society are so isolated even though we live in a world full of electronic communication devices. Many of which the disabled and older generations are unable use or understand. Since commencing 2 years ago we have reached out to many ladies sharing our stories good and bad. Focusing on our strengths gifts and talents. Our aim is to overcome whatever life throws at us and to bounce back stronger. Together we can do amazing things such as a supporting Rosie Batty www.lukebattyfoundation.com.au and Safe Steps www.safesteps.org.au formaly known as Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The link to the article below was written by a journalist from Caboolture News informing readers of how ‘The ARK’ is helping ladies cope with those difficult times in life. Ark Article – Caboolture...

New offence recommended by domestic violence report

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/new-offence-recommended-domestic-violence-report/2559387/ New offence recommended by domestic violence report Christina Ongley | 28th Feb 2015 6:23 PM A NEW criminal offence of “non-lethal strangulation” and the embedding of preventive education programs in all schools should be introduced, according to a landmark report by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. The recommendations were among 140 in total from the report, handed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today. Called Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, the report sets out a range of preventive and punitive measures to tip the balance towards calling perpetrators to account more heavily and better supporting victims of the sad scourge. The report notes there were 66,016 occurrences of domestic and family violence reported to Queensland police in 2013-14, at a cost to the state’s economy of up to $3.2 billion. In her introduction, taskforce chairwoman Quentin Bryce said: “As we learnt more about domestic and family violence in Queensland, it became clear that three broad areas of reform are necessary; changes in our culture and attitudes, reform to the responses to incidents of abuse and its victims, and reform to the response from our justice system.” Key recommendations include the new strangulation offence – following evidence it was a key indicator to domestic homicide, and a clear sign of escalation of violence – as well as the introduction of a special domestic violence court. Crucially, however, the report also called for a comprehensive long-term domestic and family violence strategy that included: A communication strategy about what constitutes family violence, services available to victims and perpetrators, and the fact this...

Medic Alert – Bracelet or Necklace, do you know what to do?

MedicAlert foundation Peace of mind knowing you’re protected with MedicAlert membership Phone: 1300301476 https://www.medicalert.org.au/  – sorry not hyperlinked yet!! If you see someone collapsed:- (1) LOOK for one of these pictured below, a bracelet or a necklace. (2) By doing so, you could very well be saving their life. Most have info regarding allergies and medical conditions such as the ones we all know like type 1 diabetics, epilepsy BUT i have a condition called CCR Catatonic Conversion Reaction. Other’s may have Conversion Disorder or Mental Illness My condition is not common and very few are aware of how to care for and treat me, surprisingly those people are mostly doctors and health professionals. Many times i have  been misdiagnosed with being drunk or seeking attention, sadly the last thing i want is anyone touching me or creating a scene and i am also allergic to alcoholic drinks, swabs etc. Only recently i was treated very badly by a triage doctor who assumed i was drunk or faking the episode. He failed to look at my bracelet along with several others, one doctor was even holding the hand it was on??? These people are incredible in what they have to deal with everyday, especially on previous occasions when i have arrived either in an ambulance or collapsing in their waiting room/s. However very few are not trained in first aide procedures such as DRSABCD, Mental Health first aide AGLEE or NON Violent Intervention, are YOU? Perhaps you may not see the need, but if you work with the public i strongly suggest you start thinking about it. Talk to...

Welcome to 2017 – Bribie, Caboolture & Nambour

WHATS HAPPENING in 2017?  February gatherings started off with a bit of excitement with ladies unavailable to find our new location at Caboolture and Chloe (my Assistance Dog) escaping from a secured dog park at Centenary Lakes. LOL, she had a glorious time chasing the ducks and me close on her tail. BIG thankyou to the lovely lady Penny who caught a very wet Chloe for me while 3 service men sat and watched. As it was our 4th Birthday we enjoyed cup cakes and lovely coffee bean bags to take home, all supplied by the ladies. We had a lucky dip with $5 gifts and Rachel (Caboolture co-ordinator) provided Book Mark kits for the ladies to take home and make for those less fortunate. In Nambour we meet with the Rotary Garden Village committee at their lovely new club house. With trees in the background, lace cloth and table, it looked wonderful with the chocolate fairy cup cakes. It was a great informative afternoon for all. We later joined a couple of lovely ladies by the pool to hear about their ideas of what the ARK group could do for them. If you would like to join the telephone tree please let me know, we have many ladies that still are not well enough to leave the comfort of their homes and would welcome a friendly call. BIG thanks to all who contribute, without your thoughts, your ideas, your enthusiasm the ARK could not grow!! It has been decided that this year our focus will be ‘TRANSFORMATION”, for without transforming, moving forward, growing, forgiving and letting go of things we have no control over, we will not prosper!!!!...

Mental Health First Aid – “World Mental Health Day 10th October”

Mental Health First Aid ACTION PLAN AGLEE A pproach, assess and assist with any crisis L isten non-judgementally E ncourage appropriate professional help E ncourage other supports The MHFA courses teach you how to give mental health first aid using the Action Plan. MHFA courses can provide members of the community with: Skills in how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health problems; Knowledge of the possible causes or risk factors for these mental health problems; Awareness of the evidenced based medical, psychological and alternative treatments available; Skills in how to give appropriate initial help and support someone experiencing a mental health problem; Skills in how to take appropriate action if a crisis situation arises involving suicidal behaviour, panic attack, stress reaction to trauma, overdose or threatening psychotic behaviour. Help someone you care about today ... https://mhfa.com.au/...

The ARK meets each Month – Women connecting with Women “History”

Women connecting with Women, all ages children. Come along for support & social activities. Gatherings held at Bribie Island, Caboolture & Nambour at this stage. Ring Valerie 0427485970 for locations and times.  The ARK meets each Month excluding Dec, Jan & Public Holidays. # Brennan Park on Bribie # CJs Pastries Caboolture  (near Railway Station) # Quota Park Nambour Come along and enjoy a few laughs, good company, outings, activities, discuss topics of interest, share your expertise and survival skills on how to cope with the ups and downs of this world. Look forward to your call! Cheers Valerie [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS & The ARK   Dogs are welcome at park meetings!                     Mums, Bubs & Children – Suitable for ALL AGES               IN THE BEGINNING……….. The ARK was formulated in 2013 by myself Valerie Carter [Founder & Administrator] of 1800MUMMYS after speaking with over 100 ladies in the Bribie and Sunshine Coast areas. Most of the ladies were struggling with loneliness, anxiety, empty nest, grief or just wanting fun and adventure. The SHED a men’s group was showing great success, so i decided i would establish something similar. My back ground was events management and charity work so running such a group was definitely something i was comfortable with. The first meeting was to take place on 25/2/13 however Bribie decided to have heavy rain falls on the day. I still had the meeting however i conducted it over the phone ringing ladies that hard previously showed interest. At the following gatherings, which at the...

10 Commandments for Reducing Stress

(1) Thou shalt not be perfect nor even try to be. (2) Thou shalt not try to be all things to all people. (3) Thou shalt leave things undone that ought to be done. (4) Thou shalt not criticize thyself for decisions that were made in hindsight. (5) Thou shalt learn to say “NO” (6) Thou shalt schedule time for thyself. (7) Thou shalt switch off and do nothing regularly. (8) Thou shalt be boring / untidy / inelegant and unattractive at times. (9) Thou shalt not even feel guilty. (10) Thou shalt not be your own worst enemy; but your best friend. [Author Unknown]  ...

Winners of Raffle drawn 27th July 2015 at Nambour High School

The Ark held its first luncheon in May with ten ladies attending and enjoying some great food and Tupperware trivia. It was decided that items obtained from having the party would be used for a raffle to raise funds for “The Luke Batty Foundation”. The foundation was contacted to seek approval and we were directed to “Safe Steps” – see details below. WINNERS :- 1st prize Janine Zwar – 2nd prize Paul Clarke – 3rd Prize Lisa Blackman Tickets were drawn out by Nambour High School Principal – Dr Wayne Troyahn Total amount raised $275 – Thankyou to all who supported us! DOMESTIC & FAMILY VIOLENCE is everyone’s responsibility… By giving a donation today to safe steps (see link below) Family Violence Response Centre, you will be making a real difference to the lives of the thousands of women and their children we assist each year to be safe and live free of violence. Your donation will be carefully invested in our vital services, from providing a 24/7 family violence response, transporting a women and her children to safety, providing emergency accommodation and ongoing support services. Thank you. 24/7 Family Violence Response  1800 015 188 (Toll free) Safe...

Helping Others Cope with Life – The ARK ladies group

The ARK gathers every 4th Monday of each month – Bribie Island Qld at Brennan Park 10.30am and Nambour Qld Quota Park 2pm. We beleive face to face contact has far greater social and health benefits than facebook….. this is why we do not have a facebook page. Areas of society are so isolated even though we live in a world full of electronic communication devices. Many of which the disabled and older generations are unable use or understand. Since commencing 2 years ago we have reached out to many ladies sharing our stories good and bad. Focusing on our strengths gifts and talents. Our aim is to overcome whatever life throws at us and to bounce back stronger. Together we can do amazing things such as a supporting Rosie Batty www.lukebattyfoundation.com.au and Safe Steps www.safesteps.org.au formaly known as Womens Domestic Violence Crisis Service. The link to the article below was written by a journalist from Caboolture News informing readers of how ‘The ARK’ is helping ladies cope with those difficult times in life. Ark Article – Caboolture...

New offence recommended by domestic violence report

http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/new-offence-recommended-domestic-violence-report/2559387/ New offence recommended by domestic violence report Christina Ongley | 28th Feb 2015 6:23 PM A NEW criminal offence of “non-lethal strangulation” and the embedding of preventive education programs in all schools should be introduced, according to a landmark report by the Special Taskforce on Domestic and Family Violence. The recommendations were among 140 in total from the report, handed to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today. Called Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland, the report sets out a range of preventive and punitive measures to tip the balance towards calling perpetrators to account more heavily and better supporting victims of the sad scourge. The report notes there were 66,016 occurrences of domestic and family violence reported to Queensland police in 2013-14, at a cost to the state’s economy of up to $3.2 billion. In her introduction, taskforce chairwoman Quentin Bryce said: “As we learnt more about domestic and family violence in Queensland, it became clear that three broad areas of reform are necessary; changes in our culture and attitudes, reform to the responses to incidents of abuse and its victims, and reform to the response from our justice system.” Key recommendations include the new strangulation offence – following evidence it was a key indicator to domestic homicide, and a clear sign of escalation of violence – as well as the introduction of a special domestic violence court. Crucially, however, the report also called for a comprehensive long-term domestic and family violence strategy that included: A communication strategy about what constitutes family violence, services available to victims and perpetrators, and the fact this...