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newsletter April Edition 2005

Tasmanian Council of Social Service Inc. inside this issue 1

F rom t he CE O’s Desk


TasCOSS i nvest igates demand fo r commun i t y se r vices t ra i n i ng


Home and Commun i t y Ca re (HACC) Project 6

Susta i nab le O rgan isat ions Project 7

Tasman ian Socia l Pol icy Counci l Repo r t


Effective Advocacy Conference “Each and every one of us can make a difference”….that was the message delivered at the Effective Advocacy Conference organised by the Tasmanian branches of the Australian Health Promotion Association and the Public Health Association Australia on Friday the 11th March 2005 in Hobart. World-renowned health promotion expert Professor Ron Labonte from the Institute of Population Health in Canada headed up an inspirational panel of presenters for the Conference.

Commun icat ions bet ween t he secto r and Cent rel i nk 9

TasCOSS Telecommun icat ions Project 10

Agency-Secto r Fo rum Update


W indow on Econom ics


E nd ing Pove r t y Acco rd i ng to Plan


The panel from left: Jo Flanagan, Greg Johnson, David O’Byrne, Roscoe Taylor & Ron Labonte

“Without advocacy,” Ron said, “we cannot improve health – that has been the history of almost every health advancement in Western society.” Ron challenged the audience to become passionate citizens (using “evidence-based anger”) who seek to change policy and not just raise awareness, and he provided practical advice on how to make the change process effective. 

Ron spoke about being specific about the problem or issue, understanding the language and gatekeepers of policy, picking your moment in decision-making processes, being persistent, being politically astute, using the media and always being optimistic. In conclusion, Ron advised us to: “Be rigorous. Be righteous. Be hopeful.” The Conference also showcased examples of ‘grass-roots’ advocacy, including a wellpublicised program called the Parents Jury. Conference presenters included Jo Flanagan

Ron Labonte presents at the Conference

E f fect ive Advocacy Con fe rence

from Anglicare, David O’Byrne from Smoke-Free Tasmania and Dr Roscoe Taylor from Population Health at DHHS. Over 100 people attended the Conference from a broad range of sectors. An active panel discussion and afternoon workshops contributed to this very successful day. Miriam Herzfeld Australian Health Promotion Association (Tasmanian Branch)

TasCOSS Newsletter April 2005  
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