Brotherhood of St Laurence

Library Blog - November 2023


A Journey from homelessness to a room of one's own

The New Yorker
At a supportive-housing facility, chronically unhoused New Yorkers get a new lease on life, with a gym, a coputer room - and on-site mental health and medical services. 

Disability Royal Commission 2023 : articles

The Conversation.
The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability has shared its final report. In this series, we unpack what the commission’s 222 recommendations could mean for a more inclusive Australia.

Open Access Week

Open Access Week is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research. Read the OAW Blog for news and views.

Contact the BSL Library to find out more about open access resources.

9 Takeaways from the Revenue Summit

The Australia Institute

Each year, the Australia Institute’s Revenue Summit brings together leaders from across the community to discuss and explore raising revenue, tax reform and building an economy that funds Australia’s public services into the future.

With the Stage 3 tax cuts set to come into place in July 2024 and windfall profits continuing in several key sectors of the economy, the time has never been more urgent to produce a better and simpler tax system that would result in more revenue, stronger public finances, and a fairer society for all.

Read are nine key insights and big ideas from Revenue Summit 2023.


Emerging Minds

Listen to conversations with experts on topics related to children's social and emotional wellbeing. Episodes offer insightful evidence-informed wisdom from experts in the field and give a flavour of the work and values of the National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health. Episodes are released every fortnight.

Who's gonna save us?

ABC : Triple J

Jo Lauder presents a co-production of the science team at ABC Radio National and Triple J's Hack.
Episode 8, "The Energy is takes to be extemely online" covers what's behind your screen, the infrastructure required to keep you online 24/7 and how much energy it uses.


Australian Human Rights Commission with the Centre for Social Impact, 24 November 2023, Free webinar
How can we reimagine disability employment in Australia to the benefit of individuals, organisations and the wider community? This year, IncludeAbility - an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission – ran two three-month disability employment pilots across the country, where 30 people with disability were employed at award wages in large organisations. The pilots had exceptional success, with most of the participants accepting ongoing roles at the workplaces.

Mental health and wellbeing webinars

NSW Department of Education. Free webinars.

The NSW Department of Education offers free mental health and wellbeing webinars. Recordings and resources to help promote positive social and emotional wellbeing and safe environments for children, educators and families are available.

Using surveys to understand your service : research and practice perspectives

Australian Institute of Family Studies, 22 November, Online

This webinar draws on researcher and practitioner perspectives to explore effective strategies for using surveys in child and family services and common assumptions and concerns about using surveys in service provision. This webinar will give you:

  • an understanding of how to successfully integrate client surveys and survey data into your service
  • insight into how service providers can use surveys with diverse client groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • tips for administering standardised outcomes measures in child and family services.

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