30 May. Human Rights and Health: We Can Close the Gap. Former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne and President of the Asian Development Bank Administrative Tribunal Gillian Triggs will be discussing the legal right of all Australians to access adequate health services, viewed through the prism of international human rights law and the failure of Australian law to ensure these rights are directly enforceable. Cost: Free. 12.30 to 2.00pm. G06 Elisabeth Murdoch, Parkville Campus, Spencer Road, Melbourne. Enquiries: Sara Hudson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

2 June. St Therese’s Refugee and Asylum Seeker Fundraiser Movie Event. St Therese's Parish Essendon Refugee and Asylum Seeker support group invites you to join them raise funds for the benefit of families in need. ‘The Extraodinary Journey of the Fakir’, a comedy-drama that tells the story of Ajatashatru Lavash Patel, a fakir who has lived all his life in a small Mumbai neighbourhood tricking people with street magic and fakir stunts. He sets out on a journey to find his estranged father, but instead gets dragged on a never-ending adventure. The afternoon includes a guest speaker to share their experience as a newly arrived refugee. Cost: $26 (including booking fee). 2.30 to 5.00pm. Sun Theatre, 8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville. Information and Registration.

4 June. How Governments Can Help Struggling Australians with Rising Housing Costs – Melbourne. In this ‘Policy Pitch’ event at the State Library of Victoria, Council of Homeless Persons CEO Jenny Smith, Consumer Policy Research Centre Senior Researcher Steve Curry and Grattan Institute Fellow Brendan Coates will discuss the best way to help low-income earners deal with rising housing costs, and to reduce the number of Australians who are homeless. The ‘Policy Pitch’ is a joint initiative of State Library of Victoria and Grattan Institute to provide a public interest series on key policy themes. Cost: Free, Registration essential. 6:00 to 7:15pm. State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow Theatrette (entrance 3), 179 La Trobe St, Melbourne. Information.

6 June. Modern Slavery Act Workshop – Melbourne. Join Scott Alden, Partner Holding Redlich, & Victoria Gordon, Lawyer & Procurement Specialist, for a full day course on how to navigate your way through the Modern Slavery Act (2018) to a full implementation of a functioning Modern Slavery regulated environment for your organisation. It is important to every organisation, as these changes come into effect, to understand modern slavery including developing internal policies, providing best practice clauses and schedules for tender and contract documents, and understanding Modern Slavery Statement requirements. Cost: $450 + GST per person, Registration essential. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided along with and any materials required for the day. 8.30am to 4.30pm. CBD location. Enquiries: 1300 248 724 or email. Information.

8 June. Homelessness Forum for Parishes. What are the key issues we face in relation to housing in Australia? What actions can individuals and parishes take to address housing stress and homelessness in their communities? Catholic Social Services Victoria invite you to a forum following the 2018 Catholic Bishop’s Social Justice Statement: ‘A Place to Call Home’ and Ten Steps brochure. The forum is an opportunity for parishes to consider possible action and advocacy they can take in response to the Statement. Cost: $20 (concession available), RSVP by 3 June. 9.00am for 9.30am start to 1.00pm. Cardinal Knox Centre, 383 Albert Street, East Melbourne (enter via Lansdowne Street). Enquiries: Lucia (03) 9287 5566 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information and Registration.

15 June. Eltham Winter Book Fair. Oxfam Australia invites the public to their annual book fair to help raise funds to tackle poverty. Come and stock up on your winter reading. Shop more than 10,000 second hand books, with all proceeds going to Oxfam Australia. Cost: $2.50 (adults) and $1.50 (children). Eltham Senior Citizens Hall, Library Place, 903-907 Main Road, Eltham. Information.

28 June. Official Opening of Ozanam House. VincentCare’s new Ozanam House in North Melbourne is a world-class, modern and safe location where people experiencing homelessness are given every opportunity to access housing, health and social support services relevant to their individual needs. Ozanam House is a project of The Society of St Vincent de Paul. Cost: Free, RSVP by 24 June. 9.00 to 11.00am. Ozanam House, 179-191 Flemington Road, North Melbourne. Enquiries: or email. Information and Registration.

5 July. NAIDOC March 2019. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) invites the public to some morning tea, banner making, face painting, entertainment & general frivolity. The March will start at VAHS on Nicholson Street onto Spring Street, down Bourke Street and then onto Swanston Street, finishing up at Federation Square, where a free community concert will be held. Cost: Free, all welcome. Morning tea from 9.00am; March starts at 11.30am. VAHS, 186 Nicholson St, Fitzroy. Information.

8 July. Briars Aboriginal Cultural Walk with Yidaki. Celebrate the start of NAIDOC week and discover how Victorian Aboriginals have cared for and used the flora and fauna of the Mornington Peninsula during a beautiful walk with Gunditjmara Kirrae Wurrung-Bundjalung man Lionel Lauch (Living Culture) as your guide. This walk will empower, educate, engage and connect you in the land and moment. Included in this walk is a meditation and healing session where you will be immersed in the rhythmic primal sounds of the Yidaki (Didgeridoo) as it moves through your muscles and organs, creating a space for powerful healing to take place. In the event of bad weather this session will run in the Briars Barn. Cost: $45 adult $35 concession, Registration essential. 10.30am to 1.00pm. The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha. Enquiries: (03) 5974 3686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

20 July. Dinner for Charity. Comfort Care Foundation is holding this dinner event to raise funds for the opening of their transitional homeless residency in the Wyndham area of Melbourne. A delicious 3-course meal will be served, together with great entertainment and exciting raffle prizes. Comfort Care Foundation (CCF) is an Australian registered charity that helps the disadvantaged young people, children, women, and disabled. Cost: $40 for adults, $20 for kids, RSVP by 20 June. From 5.30pm. Altona RSL, 31 Sargood Street, Altona. Enquiries: 0433 873 191 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

14 to 16 August. Peace Education Symposium: Teaching the Theology and Practice of Peace and Nonviolence. Join passionate educators from around Australia to learn the fundamentals of peace and nonviolence education and ways to embed these principles into your curriculum and teaching practice. Cost: various, Registration essential, Early Bird rate until 31 May. 9.00am to 4.30pm. St Joseph’s Centre, Edmund Rice Education Australia, 9 The Vaucluse, Richmond. Program Enquiries: Michael Wood This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For registration enquiries, Bessie Mutusva This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information.

 

 

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