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Volume 1 # 5  March 2019

SI Australia National Representative  Kath Gribble

Firstly, I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.

I visited SI Adelaide in December and spoke of the role of the SI Australia representative and promoted our projects and the conference in May. It is a small club but they do some great work.

I met with the editor of our newsletter before Christmas and I hope you all enjoyed reading the information contained in it.

I spent the Christmas break in Tasmania with my family and while I was there, caught up with Janet Hanna Minchin, who is managing the SI Australia website. Together we worked on it, including a template to send to the Prime Minister regarding backpackers.

In January Heather Hunt, secretary for SI Australia, spent a few days with me while we drafted the program for the conference in May, as well as agendas for both the SI Australia AGM and General Business Meeting. 

Unfortunately, Rosie Ayliffe cannot come to the conference in May now, as her book will not be published in time. However, I have another guest speaker Alison Rahill, who is the Executive Officer of the Anti-Slavery Taskforce in Sydney and is willing to speak.

The Barossa girls have put together some wonderful tours for SI members and they will be free! There are five tours to choose from, which are all very different and include meeting some Barossa identities, who will be available to talk to. Barossa club members will act as drivers on the tours, which will be another personal touch.

SI Australia and IBM conference committee met on 29th January and plans are progressing well. All speakers are locked in. It was suggested the UN Liaison person from each Region present for 15 to 20 minutes on their activities. The committee will be wearing scarves to identify them for information. All the dignitaries and guest speakers have accepted to date and we have an Indigenous woman to carry out a smoking ceremony to start the conference.

SISWP had a Directors meeting on 27th January and it was with great sadness that we accepted Karen Ford’s resignation as Company Secretary, a position she has held for many years. However, to our great delight Rosaline Miller was voted in unanimously and has accepted the position.

A power point has been sent to all Region Presidents for distribution to all SI members on the SISWP President’s Special Appeal in Indonesia.
Discussions are ongoing for the Federation Project Sanctuary Shelter, with still no contract signed.

Kath's diary 2019

SI Tasmania AGM Hobart 16th March
SI South Queensland Conference, Toowoomba 23-24th March 
SISWP Interim Board meeting - SI Australia Conference Barossa Valley 3-6th May 
ERA meeting May 22-23rd
Liz Butson AM, a current member of SI Mandurah and Region President of Western Australia was awarded an AM for services to Guiding at the recent Australia Day Awards. Congratulations Liz for your well deserved award for extensive community service.
Congratulations to the new SI Australia executive

National Representative Kath Gribble

Region Presidents
New South Wales:    Nerida Murray
North Queensland :  Mary Lyle
South Queensland :  Vicki Bailey
South Australia:        Di Lockwood
Tasmania:                 Carol Thomas
Victoria:                     Karen Thornton
Western Australia:     Liz Butson AM

Secretary:                  Heather Hunt
Treasurer:                  Anne Marsden
Advocacy:                  Di Lockwood
Past National Representative: Ralda Forzin
Newsletter (by invitation)  Sandra Richards
Website (by invitation)  Julie Donnellan / Janet Minchin-Hanna


Numbers in Australian clubs (SISWP website March 1st  2019), we now have 1202 financial members. 

 Friday 3 May - Monday 6 May 2019
  Barossa Valley South Australia
           Registrations CLOSING SOON
         check SISWP website 

So, is it Advocacy?
It has been great to see clubs recording more advocacy. We are really starting to use our third "A"
A recent advocacy Sub-committee meeting looked at regional reports and it became clear that there is some confusion about what constitutes advocacy action to go on the reports so here is our starting point.
Are the following activities or actions advocacy?
  • A guest speaker on plastic waste?  NO
  • A public forum on the River Murray-Darling Basin?  NO
  • A display on the extent of mental health shortfalls in the local community in the local library? NO
  • A petition organised by your club to prevent the sale of a local park? YES
  • A letter from your club to the local paper urging businesses to not use plastic straws? YES
  • More than half the members of the club sign a petition to increase NewStart? YES
  • The club holds a public meeting on the need for greater mental health funding and a delegation of attendees urging increased funding then meets with the local member? YES
  • A submission to the government on a specific issue? YES
  • A letter to a Sports Council urging permission for a girls team to play? YES
  • Letters to individual MPs or government Ministers on a specific issue? YES     

As you can see each advocacy item has required a written or spoken interaction with whoever has the power to bring about change. This is what we need to enter an advocacy report. It is possible to have other activities which increase awareness of advocacy needs or change perceptions about an issue. These can be reported as activities. In fact, it may be possible to undertake an advocacy project which includes the involvement of most club members, a number of activities, some advocacy actions, monitoring of progress and an evaluation.

Di Lockwood
SI Australia Advocacy Coordinator

 This is the name of one of the alliances which interact with the government on behalf of women’s issues. Why is SI Australia Inc joining this Alliance also? Its full title would be Economic Security for Women and  as its website states  it is “united in the belief that economic wellbeing and financial security are essential for women and will enable women of all ages to have an equal place in society.”
To this end, its work includes action on superannuation, looking at economic empowerment though all the life cycle, gender equality, financial literacy, women in disaster areas and the economic impact of legislation on women. As you can see their focus fits very well with our aims and actions. Membership of this alliance gives us a voice on economic issues, the opportunity to access information and to advocate in this more specialised area by signing on to their submissions.
Guest Speakers at SI Australia IBM conference
Dr Niki Vincent - Commissioner for Equal Opportunity SA
Regina Richardson - DV, Homelessness
Machellee Kosiak- Indigenous Midwives Scholarships (Rhodanthe Lipsett Trust Fund)
Alison Rahill - Backpackers and migrant workers: anti-slavery
Dr Pat Hamilton -
Maggie Beer - local and international business women
Megan McLoughlin - 2019 SA Local hero, double transplant recipient - organ donation
Alison Rahill 
Alison is the Executive Officer of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney’s Anti-Slavery Taskforce. Her work is to bring to fruition the Archdiocese’s vision to slavery-proof its supply chains through the development of ethical purchasing and investment policies. Before working at the Sydney Archdiocese, Alison was National Network Coordinator for the Salvation Army’s Freedom Partnership to End Modern Slavery, and played an active role in successful advocacy for Australia’s landmark Modern Slavery legislation.  
Alison is a specialist in identifying and assisting victims of civil offences such as wage theft and the criminal offences of modern slavery including forced labour, debt bondage, deceptive recruitment, domestic servitude and human trafficking.   
Earlier in her career, Alison worked as a researcher, producer and journalist before then as a community organiser with trade union peak bodies. Alison is a longstanding member of the Executive Committee of the Evatt Foundation, an organisation dedicated to upholding the highest ideals of the labour movement. 


Regina Richardson
Regina's adult learning began after she had children and realised that her unique life experiences could be a positive influence to others. She has , completed Certificates in Community Services, a diploma in Counselling and is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Social Work (Honors) and specific training in complex trauma. She is active in community work as reflected in her membership of among others, Yamaji Girl, the Geraldton Streetwork Aboriginal Corporation. She seeks to work in a specialised area and trauma informed care which will incorporate both Western social theories and cultural healing.
Dr Patricia Hamilton
A retired Secondary School Principal and sheep farmer, followed by a return to university to complete a joint honors degree in Anthropology and English, then a PhD in Rural Sociology, shaped her involvement with state and national rural women's organisations.
Pat wants strong women's voices to respond to the challenges currently facing rural, remote and regional communities. She has concerns about access to education, health, infrastructure and communications, food security, foreign investment and family violence.
Pat believes we can achieve what we want and, what we need, if we have the desire, the vision and commitment. By sharing resources and offering RRR women a supportive networking environment and elevating their voice and stories onto the national and international stages, we've got a true gender equality community.
Megan McLoughlin
Megan is the founder of Herd of Hope, which promotes organ donation to the community. After facing serious medical complications, she has dedicated her life to supporting donor families and guiding organ recipients through the recovery process – Megan continues to inspire the community with a positive message of hope.
The charity sought partnership with the University of South Australia to capture the need for mental health services for those regionally based affected by the cause.
Serious medical complications left Megan legally blind. Shortly after, she found herself with acute renal failure, she was given only weeks to live – until a transplant saved her life. Megan is one of 64 women in the world to deliver two children post double transplant. This year, she has faced two cancer diagnoses, yet continues to focus her energy on improving the lives of others.
In 2018, Megan overcame numerous setbacks & held a cattle drive on Bondi Beach to launch the Herd of Hope. Recently an event held in SA raised funds to alleviate the stress regionally based families face when seeking accommodation in Adelaide.


Machellee Kosiak
Machellee is a Wiradjuri woman. Her family ties are in country NSW although she has lived and worked in Queensland for many years.
Machellee is a registered nurse and midwife. She was the first in her family to complete secondary school 
She is a lecturer in Midwifery and Course advisor, Away from Base , Bachelor of Midwifery. School of Nursing. Midwifery and Paramedicine (Brisbane Campus) 
Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University
Board member of the Rodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Trust Fund
Member of SI Moreton North Inc
Kath attendedt the Rhodananthe Lipsett memorial service in Canberra and met with Charisse Buzzacott, chair of the board of trustees for the fund, and Catherine Evans Programme Director SISWP
Total funds received to date $2600.00

Are you going to Kuala Lumpur in July? Do you have an SI Australia scarf as pictured above? We are encouraging all members from Australia to wear one. They are no longer available to buy so perhaps you know someone who will allow you to borrow theirs.
Articles for consideration for SI Australia newsletter can be sent to Sandra Richards
Please restrict to 300-400 words and supply a jpeg photo
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