Translating practice knowledge and expertise into qualifications for the family and community workforce

Lunchtime presentation
Wednesday 25 July, 1300


Jennifer StGeorge
University of Newcastle

Complex local and global factors have a major impact on family health and social outcomes, and family-based prevention and early-intervention approaches to these major issues are increasingly complex, cross-sectoral and multi-disciplinary. The professional skills required to participate in such a continuum of care for vulnerable families are formidable and hard-earned through learning and practice. However, although opportunities for employment in the family and community sectors are increasing, there is also a creep in qualification requirements, where employees are expected to have a tertiary degree. Yet many workers have levels of qualifications at Certificate IV or below and there is a need for bridging qualifications.

In this interactive workshop, participants are invited to take part in a co-design process that connects experienced practitioners and managers in the field with educators, in order to develop deep insight into how knowledge, practice wisdom and decision-making flexibility translate into pedagogy and curriculum.

Through interactive facilitated dialogue, the workshop will focus on the essential knowledge and skills necessary for workers to support families across the life course, through early childhood, youth, parenting and ageing. The dialogue will also tackle the integration skills required in place-based and collective impact projects and programs across the domains of health, education, and family and relationship services. A co-design environment generates more innovative concepts and ideas than working in silos, and will involve participants in testing new and creative solutions for the provision of quality services for the future.