Koala Joeys Program 2018 – Term 1 (Nundah, Red Hill, Sherwood)

Nundah – Term 1, 2018

Mondays: 10 am – 11:45 am

Monday 29 January

Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 February

Monday 5, 12, 19, 26 March

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Red Hill – Term 1, 2018

Thursdays: 10 am – 11:30 am

Thursday 11, 18, 25 January

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22 February

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March

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Sherwood – Term 1, 2018

Thursdays: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Thursday 11, 18, 25 January

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22 February

Thursday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March

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Social media fuelling anxiety, perinatal depression for new mums, experts warn

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New mums are bombarded with social media images of the “perfect family” and it’s leading to increased anxiety and perinatal depression, experts are warning.

Research by the national perinatal depression helpline PANDA has also found more than half of mums with the illness are waiting at least a month to seek help, and one in 10 callers to the service are at serious risk of self-harm or suicide.

Renee Knight was among those who fell into depression when life as a new mum didn’t turn out how she had hoped.

“We’re bombarded in society,” she told News Breakfast of the social media pressures.

“I had this great image of what I was going to be like as a mum … I was so excited and then it just didn’t work out to be what I expected.”

Renee gave birth to Hamish in February last year and within a few weeks was struggling to cope with the changes.

When he wasn’t sleeping well she became angry with him and then became angry that she didn’t feel like herself anymore.

Renee began to think something was going wrong when she realised she was scared to be with Hamish.

“I would see all these pictures on TV about what it was like having a baby and hear from other mums and I didn’t feel like that at all,” she said.

“I thought, ‘surely this isn’t right, surely other people feel different’.”

When things deteriorated, Renee ended up in the emergency department and within a couple of days was in a mother-baby unit, where she spent the next nine weeks.

“Unfortunately Renee’s experience is really common,” said PANDA CEO Terri Smith, who added the social media representations of ideal families could have serious effects.

“It is damaging because no parent is perfect.

“The stigma, the shame that comes with that, we hear regularly through PANDA’s helpline, that, ‘I wanted to be a different mum to this’.”

New analysis of calls to PANDA’s helpline in 2016-17 reveal the extent to which parents are not aware of perinatal depression.

It found three quarters of callers hadn’t discussed emotional and mental health issues with their GP, and that half felt unprepared for the challenges of parenthood.

“We know that at least one in five new mums are going to experience a depression or anxiety and it is important to remember that might even start during the pregnancy,” Ms Smith said.

“I think women are not really prepared to look out for those signs of depression or anxiety.”

Renee has since became a “PANDA champion” to raise awareness of perinatal depression and the support services that exist.

“No-one’s story is the same and symptoms are different, recovery stories are different, [but] there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.

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Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017 – 22 November

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

All Members, Friends and Supporters of Pregnancy Counselling and Education Services Inc and Pregnancy Counselling Link

Are invited to attend The 44th A.G.M Meeting on
Wednesday, 22nd November 2017
Hear & Say Centre
29 Nathan Avenue, Ashgrove Qld 4060

12.00pm ‘Year in Reflection’ presented by PCL Counselling Staff

12.30pm Lunch will be provided

AGENDA FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

1.00pm Opening and Welcome by Chairperson

• Apologies
• Minutes of A.G.M. – 23rd November 2016
• Special Business—Changes to Constitution
• Financial Report from Treasurer
• Chairperson’s Report from the Management Board
• Election of Office Bearers for 2017/2018
• Commitment by Board and Staff Members
• General Business

2.00pm Close of Meeting

Board Secretary RSVP—20th November 2017
Anne Johnson Libby Needham (07) 3512 7999 or info@pcl.org.au

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Talk to your baby – their brain depends on it

Children’s Week is all about nurturing young children, so NAPCAN is proud to release their short Talk to Your Baby clip to help families and educators to understand the importance of talking to very young babies.

In fact, research suggests that the more words and concepts a baby is exposed to (even when they are just a newborn!), the better their brain will develop, and the better they will do in reading and cognitive tests as they grow up.

The key messages of the Talk to Your Baby campaign are:

  • A baby’s brain triples in size during the first three years of life. So every little thing we do during that time plays an important part in that child’s development.
  • Look for every opportunity to talk, read and sing with your baby. Be expressive, be loving, and talk about everything around you so that your child is exposed to as many different conversations as possible.
  • Talking to babies does not come naturally to everyone, and most people will need some encouragement and ideas. Families and carers may never have been told how important it is to talk with very young children, they may not have been raised that way, or they may have other things on their minds.
  • We can all play our part by talking to babies and young children, and by reminding parents how important this is, and giving them ideas and tips to get them into the habit.
  • Lots of talk from loving adults also builds healthy relationships, social skills, and attachment and we know that that can help build resilience in a child.

For more information about the Talk to Your Baby campaign visit the NAPCAN website.

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Koala Joeys Program – Term 4 (Nundah, Red Hill, Sherwood)

KOALA JOEYS PROGRAM – TERM 4

Once again the Koala Joeys program is running for term 4. We encourage you to come along and join in. Please contact us for details on 1800 777 690. We hope to see you at one of our three locations!

Koala Joeys Family Program is a free, interactive music and movement program which focuses on empowering parents and carers to use nursery rhymes, songs, dance, relaxation and stories as a tool to form secure attachments, learn about early literacy and numeracy, as well as further develop emotional and social skills all whilst having fun.

Parents learn that ‘they are’ their child’s best instrument and supporter and expensive toys and equipment are not required to support their child’s development.

NUNDAH – TERM 4 SCHEDULE

Nundah Community Health Centre, 10 Nellie Street, Nundah

Monday mornings 10am – 11:30am

  • 9 October
  • 16 October
  • 23 October
  • 30 October
  • 7 November
  • 13 November
  • 20 November
  • 27 November

RED HILL – TERM 4 SCHEDULE

PCL, 35 Cambridge Street, Red Hill

Thursday mornings 10am –11:30am

  •  5 October
  • 12 October
  • 19 October
  • 26 October
  • 2 November
  • 9 November
  • 16 November
  • 23 November
  • 30 November
  • 7 December

SHERWOOD – TERM 4 SCHEDULE

Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Thallon Street, Sherwood

***NOTE TIME CHANGE*** Monday afternoons 12:30pm – 2.00pm

  •  5 October
  • 12 October
  • 19 October
  • 26 October
  • 2 November
  • 9 November
  • 16 November
  • 23 November
  • 30 November
  • 7 December
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Employment Opportunity – Professional Counsellor

Professional Counsellor
Pregnancy Counselling Link

Pregnancy Counselling Link (PCL) is a non-profit community agency sponsored by Pregnancy Counselling and Education Services Inc. (PCESI). Pregnancy Counselling Link has been providing free counselling and support services since 1973 to people with concerns associated with planned, unplanned or difficult pregnancy, pregnancy loss, reproductive issues and related life transitions.

PCL requires an experienced Counsellor to provide Face to Face and Telephone Counselling in both an office based and outreach model of support. This position will be a part-time position for 14 hours per week. The applicant will have attained tertiary qualifications in Behavioural sciences, social sciences, with a major in counselling, from a recognised tertiary institution and eligibility for membership to a relevant professional body is required.

If this position interests you, please contact our office on 07 35127999 or by email on info@pcl.org.au for application details and position description.

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July 2017 Newsletter PCESI

Inside this newsletter issue:

  • A message from our Board
    Guiding Principles

An Update from PCL

  • PCL Team message
  • Do you have email?
  • Questions
  • Counselling Services
  • Meet our people – Management & Staff for 2017
  • How to become a member
  • Membership Drive
  • Gifts by Will or otherwise
  • FUNDRAISER – 17th August Movie Night
  • Donation Form

For our valued members

  • Date Claimer AGM
    Wed 22nd November 2017
    Venue:
    Hear & Say Centre
    29 Nathan Ave
    Ashgrove 4060
    12pm – 3pm

Click here to view our (PDF) newsletter

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Koala Joeys Program – Term 3 (Red Hill, Nundah and Sherwood)

KOALA JOEYS PROGRAM – TERM 3
Once again the Koala Joeys program is running for term 3. We encourage you to come along and join in. Please contact us for details on 1800 777 690. We hope to see you at one of our three locations!

Koala Joeys Family Program is a free, interactive music and movement program which focuses on empowering parents and carers to use nursery rhymes, songs, dance, relaxation and stories as a tool to form secure attachments, learn about early literacy and numeracy, as well as further develop emotional and social skills all whilst having fun.

Parents learn that ‘they are’ their child’s best instrument and supporter and expensive toys and equipment are not required to support their child’s development.

NUNDAH – TERM 3 SCHEDULE

Nundah Community Health Centre, 10 Nellie Street, Nundah

Monday mornings 10am – 11:30am

  • 10 July
  • 17 July
  • 24 July
  • 31 July
  • 7 August
  • 14 August

RED HILL – TERM 3 SCHEDULE

PCL, 35 Cambridge Street, Red Hill

Thursday mornings 10am –11:30am

  • 27 July
  • 3 August
  • 10 August
  • 17 August
  • 24 August
  • 31 August
  • 14 September

SHERWOOD – TERM 3 SCHEDULE

Sherwood Neighbourhood Centre, Thallon Street, Sherwood

Monday afternoons 12:30pm – 2pm

  • 20 July
  • 27 July
  • 3 August
  • 10 August
  • 17 August
  • 24 August
  • 31 August
  • 14 September
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Charity Screening Fundrasier – 17 August 2017

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Movie – Hampstead
Portside Dendy Movie Theatre

Thursday 17 August 2017
Arrival 6.30pm start 7.30pm

$25 ticket includes a drink on arrival.
Raffles and lucky door prize/lucky seat prize on the night.

Secure your tickets today:

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pcesi-charity-screening-hampstead-tickets-33983274890

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On The Move with Bubs Group – Nundah – May-June 2017

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Join our On The Move with Bubs Group, a walking group in Nundah.

Ridiculously simple, astonishingly powerful, scientifically proven by study after study that sneaking in a few minutes a day can transform your health, body and mind.

  • Monday 29 May
  • Monday 5 June
  • Monday 12 June
  • Monday 19 June

Meet in the waiting room of Nundah Community Health
9am – 9.45am

Please register your interest with PCL:
Phone 1800 777 690 or
Text Larissa on 0428 809 001
(This event may be cancelled due to bad weather)

Click here to download brochure.

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