Support Worker - Positive Start Parenting Program

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The Support Worker role at IMPACT Community Services is integral to the Positive Start Parenting Program. You will be assisting the Team Leader in delivering early intervention and prevention services aimed at enhancing child and family development and wellbeing. This position involves working directly with children, young people, and their families to strengthen relationships, improve family functioning, and increase participation in community life.

To Make a Difference in This Role, You Will Have

Download the PD to view all the skills and experience required for this role.

Our Offer to You

IMPACT Community Services values its employees and offers a supportive, collaborative work environment. We are committed to professional development and provide various benefits to enhance your work-life balance and job satisfaction.

Our offer to you includes:

How to Apply

To apply for this rewarding position, please visit Seek and follow the application instructions. Ensure you include your resume and a cover letter addressing the core competencies listed in the position description. We look forward to welcoming a dedicated and compassionate individual to our team.

Discover how gender roles and financial strategies intersect in the latest episode of the "Stronger Together" podcast, hosted by Tanya O'Shea from IMPACT Community Services, featuring expert financial advisor Ben Neilson. This episode, explores the dynamic shifts in financial planning and gender roles through insightful discussions and practical advice. 

In this enlightening episode, Ben shares his expert insights on navigating financial planning within the context of evolving gender roles. Listeners will delve into the crucial aspects of financial independence, understanding the significant impact that equitable financial planning can have on relationships and societal structures. The conversation highlights the importance of involving both partners in financial decisions, dismantling traditional gender roles, and adopting inclusive strategies that empower individuals regardless of gender.

Explore a variety of topics including how to foster financial cooperation in relationships, the role of financial education in achieving gender parity, and practical tips for managing finances in a way that supports equality and mutual respect. This episode is essential listening for anyone interested in integrating principles of equality into their financial practices, making informed decisions that benefit all parties, and contributing to broader societal progress.

Tune into "Stronger Together" for a comprehensive guide on using financial tools to create a more equitable and supportive environment for all. Discover how changing your financial habits can lead to greater personal and communal prosperity.

Join us at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre for the screening of "Boiling Point," a powerful documentary that examines the lives of men who have moved away from violence in their relationships.

Produced by The Outback Mind Foundation, "Boiling Point" is not just a film; it's part of a movement towards profound social change. The documentary sheds light on the transformative journeys of men who have overcome their history of violence against family members. We invite you to witness their path to self-discovery and change.

BOILING POINT OFFICIAL TRAILER ; Directed by Aaron Schultz. Visit The Outback Mind Foundation.

Director, Aaron Schultz's vision is to educate and reduce the risk of men committing acts of domestic and family violence, fostering a society where regrettable behaviours are replaced with positive actions.

This event marks an important part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, aiming to promote discussion about personal change and pathways to non-violence.

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Yesterday, the 1st May 2024, IMPACT's Managing Director Tanya O'Shea was one of four inspirational guest speakers at the Hinkler Innovation Series Luncheon, "Innovation to Live Longer," during which she announced IMPACT's exciting initiative, the IMPACT Community Academy. As a Special Assistance School, The IMPACT Community Academy, aims to provide alternative education options that address the challenges young people are facing in the Bundaberg region.

Read the full Hinkler Innovation Series Luncheon speech below

Did anyone ever ask you as a kid ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’

People used to ask me, and I didn’t really know what to say. Partly because I had no real clue, but I was also naïve enough to believe that if I worked hard at school, everything would work out. My plan was incredibly linear – finish school, go to university or get a job.

But, have you ever done a job you didn’t care about?

I have. One in particular. I didn’t always hate it. Got to meet some great people, travelled, some of it was interesting, I learnt a lot about myself and other people. But I didn’t always feel truly motivated, invested or connected to it.

When we care about stuff, it creates purpose, it creates a sense of community. In my current job, I work with other people, who like me, have this critical alignment between their personal and professional values. They recognise that when these values align in this way, it gives them purpose, and a sense that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves. Each morning, they go to work believing that they can help someone else to improve their life, and each night go home knowing that what they did today was important and necessary.

Personally, that values alignment not only makes me better at my job. It means that I wake up each day with purpose. The Okinawans Ikigai or ‘why I wake up in the morning’. According to Dan Buettner’s research, knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy.

What research also tells us is that poor alignment between work and personal values can lead to dissatisfaction, burnout, and lower performance and sense of success and accomplishment, which impacts on our self-belief. Lower confidence can bring down our long-term goals in work and life, while reducing the quality of a person’s life in many different ways, including negative feelings – think sadness, depression, anxiety, shame or guilt. It can really knock around our confidence, adversely affect the way that we show up in life, and impact on our overall mental health and wellbeing.

So, let’s pause and recap. It is good when our personal and professional values align, as it increases our self-belief which has a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing, gives us a sense of purpose – the reason why we wake up in the morning – and it can improve our life expectancy. Got it. Don’t love my job so need to leave and find another job. Okay, probably not as easy to do but understand the reasoning. Find a job or career that aligns to my values, live my sense of purpose and I have the potential to improve my life expectancy. Easy peasy.

But we know that life isn’t linear, and it isn’t quite that easy. And it is being backed by data. research is telling us that at any one time, only about 20% of the population is feeling like they are living well and have incorporated strategies into their life that support their overall wellbeing.  These people are living their purpose, and potentially have adopted lifestyle habits that according to Buettner, will improve their life expectancy. Unfortunately, this means that around 80% of the population are languishing or experiencing poor mental wellbeing which if left unsupported, can become as detrimental as the experience of serious mental illness. This group includes young people, some of whom aren’t doing so well when it comes to wellbeing, with cracks emerging in their lifestyle habits that will adversely impact their future education and career opportunities.  

Research published by Monash University in their 2023 Australian Youth Barometer report underscores alarming trends in school refusal, incomplete education and post-school declines in further education and training, emphasizing the enduring significance of education in young people’s futures.

You hear the oxymoron right? On the one hand I am talking about creating a sense of purpose within a job, a career after schooling that has the potential to increase life expectancy. On the other, I am sharing that the numbers of young people with poor mental health and wellbeing is on the rise, suicide is the main cause of death in young people, and students are exiting mainstream education resulting in incomplete education and reduced opportunities into further education, training, and employment.

There is no doubt this is a big, complex problem. It feels overwhelming and it is uncomfortable to talk about young people taking their lives. But that is the reality, and as hard as it feels, we have to talk about it. And we can’t rely on others to find a solution.

I don’t have a tattoo, but if I did it would be of the design squiggle and it would sit right here as my constant inspiration and reminder that there is always hope when it comes to solving a problem. You just need to find that one tiny thread. For those not familiar with the design squiggle, imagine a big ball of scrambled Christmas lights – tangled and knotted and finding the ends feels hopeless. That is what it feels like when we face a problem that we don’t have the answer to – we might feel stuck or frustrated, or we’ve tried a few different things, and nothing has worked so we feel like giving up. But all it takes is one tiny thread to emerge and there is hope – and suddenly the problem that you have been grappling with creates a small spark that starts to take the shape of a solution.

12 years ago at IMPACT, we started exploring why young people were disengaging from mainstream education. We parked the problem back then because we had too many other projects to focus on, but at that time we found that it was underpinned by truancy, poor behaviour and lack of parental supervision and support networks. Today, truancy remains part of the issue, however the students not attending school also include high performers, highly capable students, and students who have a strong family support system in place.

So, what’s going on?

Shortly I am going to rattle off a few conditions that you will all be familiar with, but I invite you to consider these not in isolation but think of them more like a spider’s web of interconnecting fibres, and also in terms of things like speed, volume, frequency and proximity. Social media, poverty, climate change, war, crime, discrimination, safety, homelessness, violence. You will be able to think of lots of others, but you get the idea. Some of these are critical for survival, we rely on them and when we don’t have them or if we fear them, it activates our sympathetic nervous system, which triggers that fight or flight response. Rush of adrenaline, feeling heightened and alert, feeling fearful.

These issues are creating a stress response for people.  So many pervasive social issues that are complex and challenging for adults to navigate. Have you ever stopped and imagined the effect that it is having on our kids?

What we know is that these conditions are impacting a young person’s ability to remain engaged in education. The prevalence of school avoidance (or school refusal) behaviours is significantly contributing to school disengagement. School avoidance is the demonstration of an ‘I just can’t go to school’ rather than ‘I won’t go to school’ intention by the young person.

In 2022, on behalf of IMPACT Community Services, I was selected to participate in the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health’s Wellbeing First Innovation Hub, that used design-thinking to apply the principles of human-centred design putting people who access mental health services at the centre of our thinking. It aimed to support community mental health wellbeing leaders to design innovative mental health service models that can be implemented within the services that we are already providing on the ground, while aligning to the Wellbeing First agenda.

So, 18 months after commencing the Wellbeing First project, and restarting the project at least 3 times because we kept working on the wrong problem, the IMPACT Community Academy was borne, and a prototype was approved by the IMPACT Board on the 25 March this year.

We recognised the importance of creating an educational environment where young people can connect and achieve the foundations of life and livelihood in a supportive, enriching environment. While education is important, the measurement of success does not focus solely on an academic outcome: each young person is encouraged to create their own unique pathway within the Academy’s Connect, Learn, Change and Transform model. Our philosophy is essentially that young people need to learn the skills required to become fully formed adults, secure in their knowledge of themselves as healthy and valuable people. It is our belief that young people cannot learn effectively if their needs for physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing are not being met.

Through a wellbeing lens, curriculum will be delivered that has the potential to challenge mindsets, encourage growth and transform lives in a way that allows the young person to be more adaptable and resilient as they enter adulthood.

The Academy aims to prepare young people to negotiate and adapt to the non-linear pathways that evolve when they leave school. We want young people to have a choice when it comes to a job, to live their purpose, and to recognise the importance of building their capacity and strength when it comes to their emotional, social, and psychological wellbeing.

The Academy is ambitious, with a proposed start date of term 1, 2025. Back at the start of this presentation, I mentioned that when we care about stuff, it creates purpose, it creates a sense of community. And we really care about this.

We know that it won’t change the outcomes for all young people, but we are confident that taking this step will improve the lives of young people within our community while also contributing towards building the mental wealth of our nation.

Imagine what is possible and the potential ripple effect – nurturing mental capital, mental health and wellbeing, through adequate education, and creating economic security, housing, healthcare, psychological and cultural safety, and through equal access to opportunity. Imagine the effect that taking one small step could have on economic prosperity, and the collective wellbeing and resilience of communities.

My hope is that when you leave here today, you will pause before asking a young person ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’, and instead ask them ‘what types of things do you like to do, and what could you do with that?’

Although small, the IMPACT Community Academy aims to be more than a school—it will be a safe place where students can be curious about their interests, find direction, purpose, their Ikigai (IKI guy)—a reason to wake up in the morning. Just as Buettner’s Blue Zones show that having purpose impacts on longevity, focusing on well-being and purpose in education could shape the future health of these young people. It’s not just about academic achievement; it’s about fostering a supportive community that helps students navigate their challenges and find meaning in their lives, which can lead to improved mental health, reduced stress, and a greater sense of belonging—all factors that contribute to longevity.

Our goal is to shape lives, not just minds. In essence, we believe that by nurturing purpose and well-being, we're not just educating minds; we're potentially extending lives, one student at a time.

About the Position

IMPACT Community Services is currently seeking a dedicated Forklift & Truck Driver to join our dynamic Recycling & Collections team. In this vital role, you will be responsible for the collection and transportation of recyclable materials, ensuring that these tasks are carried out efficiently and safely. Your daily duties will include operating forklifts and trucks, including hooklift trucks, within the team, as well as managing the loading and unloading of materials as directed.

To Make a Difference in This Role

To excel in this position, you will need a High Risk licence with proven experience operating forklifts, and a Medium Rigid or Heavy Rigid (MR/HR) licence for safe truck driving. A strong commitment to safety, excellent customer service skills, and the ability to work effectively within a team are essential. You will also be required to maintain positive relationships with both internal and external customers, and comply with all workplace health and safety regulations.

Note: Please download the Position Description to view all the skills and experience required for this role.

Our Offer to You

At IMPACT, we are committed to supporting our staff as they make a significant contribution to our community. In addition to a fulfilling career opportunity, we offer:

How to Apply

If you are ready to make a positive impact and meet the requirements outlined, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your application via Seek, ensuring to include a cover letter, your resume, and any other relevant documentation. We look forward to reviewing your application and potentially welcoming you to our team at IMPACT Community Services!

About the Position

IMPACT Community Services is seeking a dynamic and committed individual to fill the role of NDIS Service Manager. This pivotal position is designed to lead a client-focused and price-competitive service for NDIS participants. The role involves a strategic oversight of the NDIS and Independent Living Options programs, ensuring sustainable delivery and growth, managing annual plans and budgets, and maintaining compliance with all NDIS legislation and standards. This role is not just about management but about making a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve.

To Make a Difference in This Role, You Will Have

To truly excel in this position, candidates will need a strong track record in managing and leading teams, a thorough understanding of person-centred practice, and working knowledge of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Financial literacy, experience in setting and managing budgets, and proficiency in using client information systems and MS Office suite are also crucial. Leadership skills and the ability to navigate the regulated industry landscape are essential.

Please download the Position Description to view all the skills and experience required for this role.

Our Offer to You

At IMPACT, we believe in nurturing our staff as much as we are committed to empowering the community. As part of our team, you will enjoy making a difference in a supportive and dynamic environment, backed by a strong commitment to learning and development. We offer significant employment benefits to enhance your work-life balance and professional growth, including:

How to Apply

If you are passionate about making a difference and possess the qualifications and experience we are looking for, we would love to hear from you. Please submit your application, including a cover letter and resume. Ensure your application clearly demonstrates how you meet the essential criteria for this role. Join us in building a caring and inclusive community through opportunities that empower people and increase social and economic participation.

About the position

This is a newly created position that will service the Mundubbera and Eidsvold area. You will provide support to people with a disability to assist them to achieve their goals, increase their independence and participate in community life. The support may be one-on-one or group support, in the person's home, in public or at IMPACT's facilities.

To Make a Difference in This Role, You Will Have

To excel as an NDIS Support Worker, you will need a minimum of a Certificate III in Individual Support or a related field, along with proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and a commitment to continuous professional development. A positive attitude, professional conduct, and the ability to work effectively within a team are essential. For a comprehensive list of the skills and experience required, we encourage you to download the Position Description (PD) from our website.

Our Offer to You

At IMPACT Community Services, we value our staff and offer significant employment benefits to show our appreciation for your hard work and dedication. Our offer includes:

The successful applicant will be required to obtain background checks prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and an NDIS Worker Screening clearance.

How to Apply

If you're passionate about making a difference and meet the qualifications listed, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your application through our website, including your resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the position. Join us at IMPACT Community Services and be part of a team that is dedicated to creating positive impacts in the community.

Season 2, episode 9, "Brighter minds & enhancing mental wellbeing in the classroom" features an insightful conversation hosted by Tanya O'Shea with guest Vicki Ross, focusing on the mental health of young people in educational settings, primarily in Bundaberg. This episode delves into the crucial role of schools and community collaboration in identifying and addressing mental health issues among youth. Vicki Ross, a guidance officer who works across both primary and high schools, shares her extensive experience and observations regarding the various mental health challenges faced by children and adolescents. The discussion highlights the importance of early intervention, the prevalence of conditions such as ADHD, anxiety, and depression, and the impact of bullying on students' mental wellbeing.

Vicki emphasises the significance of individualised support strategies, the need for creativity and innovation in intervention approaches, and the role of family and community support systems in aiding young people. The conversation also touches on the broader societal issues contributing to mental health problems, such as financial stress and the effects of social media on loneliness and isolation. The podcast aims to shed light on the complex landscape of youth mental health and the collaborative efforts required to support the wellbeing of young individuals in the community.

Discover how individual stories weave into a larger narrative of hope, resilience, and collective action. It's time to embrace our roles in fostering an environment where every child can flourish. Let's learn, support, and grow together.

IMPACT Community Services:

➡️ IMPACT Community Services: 07 4153 4233 or 1800 179 233
This service is available to residents of Bundaberg, South Burnett, North Burnett and the discovery Coast visit HERE to read more

Other support services:

➡️Reach Out
️Lifeline - 13 11 14
️13YARN – 13 92 76
➡️Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
➡️DV Connect - 1800 811 811
➡️Parent Line - 1300 301 300
️MensLine - 1300 99 78 78
➡️1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

IMPACT Community Services Limited (IMPACT) is a high profile, community owned organisation supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised members of our community. Since 1978, we have been supporting local people experiencing disadvantage, poverty, and exclusion. Our vision is to improve lives. IMPACT is also a Child Safe Organisation committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.

General Manager Corporate Services  

This role works closely with the Managing Director and General Managers to ensure strategies are developed and achieved collaboratively. It also provides strategic and operational leadership for the shared services functions of finance, information technology, marketing, compliance, workplace health & safety and human resources. We provide programs and services in Bundaberg, Childers, Gin Gin, Hervey Bay, Agnes Water and Kingaroy.

This leadership role coordinates enterprise-wide processes such as budgeting and drives continuous improvement within internal systems and processes. It provides autonomy, variety, and a mandate to improve effectiveness.

To make a difference in this role, you will have:

Our offer to you:

To find out more, view our Position Description

How to apply

Submit your application today and provide your:

IMPACT welcomes all applications, including from Indigenous Australians, people with a lived experience of mental health concerns and recovery, a disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ+ and from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

We believe that diversity in our workplace makes us stronger and we provide equal opportunity to all. IMPACT is proud to be an INCLUSIVE EMPLOYER 2022-2023 with the Diversity Council Australia. Selection for all vacancies is made on the basis of merit. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain background checks prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and an NDIS Worker Screening clearance.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:

Please note: This podcast may contain references to, or feature images, videos, and voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have passed away.

In episode 8, "Bridging loneliness through the power of nature and community: Sharon's Story," we invite listeners on a profound exploration of healing and connection through the lens of Sharon's life. As an Indigenous woman who has navigated the challenging waters of loneliness and trauma, Sharon's experiences illuminate the powerful roles that both nature and a compassionate community play in the journey towards emotional and psychological well-being.

This episode is not just a story of personal triumph; it's a deeper dive into how reconnecting with the earth and finding solace in a supportive community can offer a pathway out of isolation. We explore the intrinsic bond humans share with nature—a relationship that transcends cultures and has been a source of comfort and recovery for countless individuals across generations. Sharon's narrative is a testament to the ancient wisdom that recognises nature as a healer and a teacher.

Furthermore, we delve into the essence of community—not just as a group of people living in proximity, but as a network of support, understanding, and shared experience. Sharon's story sheds light on the importance of being part of a community that truly understands and accepts one another, highlighting how such connections can serve as a powerful antidote to loneliness.

Listeners will be inspired by Sharon's resilience and moved by her journey from a place of pain to one of peace and connection. This episode aims to spark a conversation about the importance of nurturing our relationships with the natural world and each other, encouraging everyone to take steps towards bridging the gaps of loneliness in their own lives and in their communities.

Join us in episode 8 for an enriching experience that not only tells Sharon's story but also invites us all to reflect on the importance of bridging loneliness with the healing power of nature and the warmth of community.

Support services:
➡️ IMPACT Community Services: 07 4153 4233 or 1800 179 233
This service is available to residents of Bundaberg, South Burnett, North Burnett and the discovery Coast visit HERE to read more

➡️13YARN – 13 92 76
Free confidential service available 24/7 run by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Connect with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporters.

Other support services:
➡️Lifeline - 13 11 14
➡️Beyond Blue - 1300 22 4636
➡️DV Connect - 1800 811 811
➡️Parent Line - 1300 301 300
➡️MensLine - 1300 99 78 78
➡️1800 RESPECT - 1800 737 732

"STRONGER TOGETHER" is a weekly column where Tanya explores key issues. This week Tanya discusses the vital importance of community engagement and collaboration in addressing and overcoming the challenges of gender-based violence, as highlighted in our podcast episode 7 featuring Jo Leverett from the Zonta Club of Bundaberg.

By Tanya O'Shea, Managing Director, IMPACT Community Services

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, spanning from November 25 to December 10, brings global attention to an issue that’s often concealed in the shadows until it's tragically too late—gender-based violence.

Statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on gender-based violence in Australia are alarming to say the least:

IMPACT Community Services is passionate about this movement, which aims to do more than just raise awareness about gender-based violence; it seeks to create a lasting and positive change that echoes throughout societies.

In our most recent STRONGER TOGETHER Podcast (Episode 7), I sat down with Jo Leverett, Zonta Club of Bundaberg board member and Zonta Advocacy Committee chair, to discuss the importance of community engagement and collaboration in preventing and eliminating gender-based violence.

Our conversation shone light on the indomitable spirit of those who have turned personal tragedy into powerful advocacy. The heart-wrenching stories of Hannah Clarke and Allison Baden-Clay, as shared by their families, emphasise the pressing need for societal change, inspiring legislative reforms such as the landmark legislation on coercive control in Queensland.

Over the 16 Days of Activism, the Zonta Club of Bundaberg’s projects, such as ringing bells to honour the victims of gender-based violence or lighting up fig trees in orange, are powerful expressions of support and memory.

Yet, our responsibilities extend beyond symbolic gestures. We must continually challenge ourselves and our community to recognise and address all forms of violence, broadening our understanding and language to encompass the diverse experiences of individuals facing violence and oppression.

As we approach the Day of Community on December 8, we extend an invitation for everyone to gather in Buss Park. Wear orange, symbolising a brighter future, and make the pledge to a future free from all forms of violence.

Our strength lies in unity; together, we can be the change. Remember, if the discussions in this column resonate with you, support is available. Contact Lifeline at 13 11 14 or visit impact.org.au for additional resources.

In our latest podcast episode, we are thrilled to bring you an exclusive conversation with an extraordinary athlete, 5 time Olympian Nat Cook. Known for her remarkable journey in the world of sports, Nat shares invaluable insights that transcend the boundaries of the volleyball court, offering lessons in resilience, determination, and the power of a winning mindset.

Nat Cook's story is not just about athletic prowess; it’s a narrative of relentless perseverance. From her early days watching the Commonwealth Games to conquering the sands of beach volleyball arenas, Nat’s journey is a compelling testament to what the human spirit can achieve. In this episode, she opens up about her inspirations, challenges, and the moments that shaped her into a gold medallist.

Resilience: More Than Just a Buzzword

For Nat, resilience is not just a concept; it's a lived experience. She delves into how resilience powered her through rigorous training, competitive pressures, and the highs and lows of an elite sporting career. Her stories provide a blueprint for anyone looking to foster resilience in their own lives, whether in sports, business, or personal challenges.

What does it take to think like a champion? Nat Cook breaks down the 'Olympic mindset' — a unique blend of focus, discipline, and positivity that can be applied far beyond the Olympics. She shares strategies for maintaining this mindset, overcoming setbacks, and setting the stage for success in any endeavour.

Building Bridges with Community and Legacy Nat’s commitment to her sport extends beyond her personal achievements. She discusses her initiatives like Athletes Australia view at Green and Gold Athletes, aimed at supporting young athletes facing barriers. This part of the conversation highlights the importance of giving back, mentorship, and creating pathways for the next generation of champions.

Inspirational Takeaways for Everyday Champions Whether you’re an aspiring athlete, a professional facing career hurdles, or simply someone looking for a dose of motivation, this podcast episode with Nat Cook is a treasure trove of wisdom. Her story is a reminder that with the right mindset, resilience, and support, achieving your dreams is within reach.

As Nat puts it, the journey to gold is about much more than medals; it's about the lessons learned, the lives touched, and the legacy left behind. Tune in to our latest episode and let yourself be inspired by one of the most resilient champions of our time.

In this enlightening Stronger Together episode, we tackle the often overlooked topic of men's mental health with our esteemed guest, Aaron Schultz, founder of the Outback Mind Foundation. Aaron's insights shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by men in today's fast-paced society, particularly those grappling with the unpredictability of shift work and other modern-day pressures.

Drawing from his extensive experience and personal journey, Aaron underscores the significance of aligning with the Earth's natural circadian rhythms. He believes that by attuning ourselves to these inherent patterns, men can find a more harmonious mental space, even amidst the complexities of contemporary life.

We further discuss a myriad of actionable strategies for maintaining balance and mental wellness. From the grounding effects of nature and the calming benefits of stretching, Aaron offers practical techniques to help men release tension and achieve inner tranquillity. The conversation also touches on the vital role employers and communities play in creating supportive environments for men's mental wellbeing.

Emphasising the importance of community-wide efforts, Aaron passionately advocates for a collective approach in addressing and de-stigmatising men's mental health issues. This episode serves as a poignant reminder of our shared responsibility to uplift and support men in their journey towards mental harmony.

Welcome to "Stronger Together", a transformative podcast experience that delves deep into the fabric of community wellbeing and individual resilience. Hosted by Tanya O'Shea, Managing Director of IMPACT with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and Kate Rumballe, IMPACT's Communications Officer with over two decades of experience as a journalist and communications professional.

This series is a lifeline for those in need.

In this gripping episode, we tackle the often taboo and deeply unsettling topic of  Domestic and Family Violence. We're joined by Emily, a courageous survivor willing to share her harrowing journey from the clutches of abuse to the path of recovery. Her story is a stark reminder that domestic violence doesn't discriminate; it could be happening right next door.

Emily's narrative begins seven years ago when she met a man who seemed like the epitome of charm and kindness. However, the facade soon crumbled, revealing a cycle of coercive control and escalating violence that culminated in life-threatening situations. Emily's story is not just a tale of survival but also a call to action. With alarming statistics indicating that last year alone, 57 women lost their lives to domestic violence, and this year, the count has already reached 35, the episode underscores the urgent need for community intervention and systemic change.

But what about the bystanders? This episode also addresses the crucial role that friends, family, and even strangers can play in breaking the cycle of abuse. Domestic violence is not just a private issue; it's a community crisis that requires collective action. Bystanders have the power to intervene, offer support, and even save lives. Whether it's noticing the signs, offering a listening ear, or taking steps to ensure someone's safety, your actions could make a world of difference.

This episode is an eye-opener. We discuss the grim statistics, the laws around coercive control, and the steps that each one of us can take to make a difference. We also provide resources for immediate support, making it a comprehensive guide for anyone affected by or working in the field of domestic violence.

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Navigating the Mental Health System with tips and insights

In an era overshadowed by mental health challenges, this month's "Stronger Together" podcast by IMPACT Community Services is a call to action.

Host Tanya O'Shea challenges organisations, mental health experts, and community leaders. It's not just about recognising mental health issues; it's about taking action against the growing crisis.

We're joined by Jannene Thorn, Manager for Mental Health at IMPACT. Together, they highlight the crucial role of Peer Support Workers. These individuals, shaped by their personal journeys and compassion, bridge the gap between those facing challenges and the support they need.

Why is peer support so vital? And how can organisations leverage it for real change? We address these questions, emphasising the need for systemic shifts and shared responsibility. Are you struggling with your mental health or stuck on a waiting list? This episode will give you insight into navigating the mental health system, and how you can access support while you wait.

Need help now?

It's not just about recognising the mental health challenges; it's about taking proactive steps to address the escalating mental health crisis.

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