Megan Smith, homelessness planning and co-ordination officer at QCOSS, is urging professionals to support her latest event.
Megan Smith, homelessness planning and co-ordination officer at QCOSS, is urging professionals to support her latest event. Alistair Brightman

What binds a community to be discussed on Networking Day

DO YOU work in the Fraser Coast health or community sector?

Or are you a business person, looking to learn more about diversity and how to implement new strategies in your workplace?

Megan Smith, homelessness planning and co-ordination officer at Queensland Council of Social Service is urging professionals to support her latest event.

The Fraser Coast Health and Community Service Sector Planning, Development and Networking Day will be held on March 21 from 8.30am to 4.30pm at the Hervey Bay Community Centre.

In honour of World Harmony Day the day will explore the theme Diversity of Culture, Diversity of Thought: how does a rich and diverse culture bring innovation, creativity and community cohesion?

"What we think is that cultural diversity and different ways of thinking bring about creativity and different ways of looking at and solving problems," Megan said.

"I think we can learn some really interesting and innovative lessons around social capital."

She said social capital referred to the question of what is it that draws a community together.

Other topics of discussion would include how the health and community service sector deals with expansion to cope with an aging population, Fraser Coast long-term generational employment, engaging with older people respectfully and learning about cultural diversity from an indigenous perspective.

Guest speakers at the event will include Dr Mark Strom, a storyteller with a PhD in the history of ideas and Dr Richard Hill, an honorary associate at the University of Sydney, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and adjunct associate professor at the school of social work and human services.

For more information, email Megan at central@qcoss.org.au or phone 0448 022 908 and RSVP by March 20.



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