News & Articles

Please note: These articles come from our quarterly e-News and, as such, may be outdated. For the most current information on Footprints programs and services, please contact us on 07 3252 3488.

The overwhelming success of the Community Touch Football Program has developed into an annual Touch Football Tournament where roughly 14 – 20 teams from schools, businesses and health service providers. 

"Australian Natives' Association Day", "Foundation Day", "Anniversary Day", "Invasion Day", "Survival Day" or better well known as "Australia Day" is a day that has many meanings, and conjures a myriad of feelings  in this nation every year on the 26th January.

When I first arrived in this country I celebrated "Australia Day", as yet another ignorant Australian reveling in the wealth and prosperity of this great nation, little did I know, or care about, the history of this day. Why would I care? 

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In mid 2015, Footprints identified that the community sector may have the capacity to bridge a gap in service delivery by facilitating the skill development group component of the Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) workshop to interested participants. In the past, clients and case managers have reported not being able to afford the cost of the fully adherent 12 month hospital based program or that they did not meet eligibility.

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Members of our community with an acquired brain injury (ABI) experience a 60% chance of developing a severe and persistent mental health challenges during the course of their lifetime, with 1 in 5 attempting suicide (Australian Brain Institute, 2014). Despite these alarming statistics, individuals with an ABI and their families often experience major barriers in accessing appropriate wrap around supports which address physical, mental and social needs, with an aim to improve daily functioning, engagement with the community, and quality of life. 

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The development of Footprints' volunteer program has been progressing well since November 2015.  The Volunteer Coordinator, Sabina Nowak completed her Needs Assessment in January 2016 and has commenced working on the recommendations with the Program Coordinators.  Footprints' first newly recruited volunteer will commence on Tuesday 23 February.

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In late 2015, Footprints secured funding from the Metro North PHN to provide a response to individuals with complex needs who frequently present to the Emergency Department of the Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles Hospitals and whose care can be better managed in the community. The FPR team aims to reduce patterns of dependence on Emergency Departments. 

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As part of the 18 month (Jan '16 - June '17) Mental Health Demonstration Project (MHDP), Footprints through it's SHouT team will be providing short term (4 month) psycho-social and tenancy support to eligible social housing tenants residing within the Chermside and Fortitude Valley Housing Service Centre (HSC) catchments who have consented  to participate in the project. The project is led by the Department of Housing & Public Works (DHPW) with Queensland Health, Mental Health; Royal Brisbane and Prince Charles catchments (MNMH-RBWH & TPCH) and Footprints providing clinical and non-clinical mental health support respectively.

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A few years ago, in our mental health program, we noted that a number of the people we were working with experienced hearing distressing voices despite being on medication, and we became interested in finding other ways to help people cope.

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Compulsive hoarding has been defined as a distinct mental health disorder within the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual V5. Hoarding & Squalor (H&S) are extremely complex and challenging issues, affecting 2-4% of any given population. H&S issues are persistent in nature and often, in isolated and marginalised populations, develop for years before they are detected.

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Queensland Mental Health Week was celebrated in October with a host of activities taking place across the community. Mental Health Week is our chance to reflect on mental health and take some positive steps towards highlighting the importance of mental wellbeing for all people. 

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OTs assess your strengths and abilities through asking and seeing what you can do. When they know about your movement and strength in any particular activity, they give you advice about how best to do something more easily and safely. They also can also prescribe, if necessary, devices to help you do the activities you want and need. 

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Footprints is excited to announce the appointment of a full time Volunteer Coordinator, Sabina Nowak, reflective of Footprints' growth over the past six months.  There is an ever growing need to spread resources to our increased client base and this is one way we can connect those in need with the community.

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Death café is a worldwide movement started in 2012 that has the purpose of raising the awareness of death and dying in a café style environment.

A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.

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Following Footprints In Brisbane Inc’s mission to connect with their community, they have created a public blackboard wall to provide a learning of how to be open with our own vulnerabilities so that we can form connections with other human beings. 

Thanks to passionate people around the world, 539 Black Board  walls have been created in 72 countries and stenciled in 36 languages.  In a mission to connect our community,  Footprints’ will host Brisbane’s first blackboard.

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With so much going on at Footprints, it was hard to discuss just one topic this newsletter and as a result, I felt compelled to write about two extremely important issues both which are relevant and timely due to the current events.

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Sleeping rough can place considerable strains on relationships, as people necessarily focus their energies on day-to-day survival.

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Those of us who are pet owners know the importance that our furry friends play in our lives. Not just companionship, pets play an important role in the improvement of our emotional and physical well-being.

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At Footprints we work with many people to find secure and stable housing so it is valuable to reflect on exactly why appropriate housing is so important to people’s well being.

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The Actioning Recovery and Citizenship (ARC) Program within Footprints have been running Focus Groups with clients to discover what issues they believe are heavily impacting upon them. Loneliness and isolation are proving to be consistent themes.

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The Encarta Dictionary describes “Respite” as a brief period of rest and recovery between periods of exertion or after something disagreeable.   It is also known by most as an opportunity to take a breather, take timeout, to relax, enjoy, or visit.

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The acknowledgement of Footprints’ expertise of service and program delivery which compliments state and commonwealth mental health programs was selected for   additional funding. Minister for Health, The Honourable Lawrence Springborg, stating that the Government has a strong plan to build a brighter future of support for mental health.

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In its' third year running, the annual Paw Prints event will be held at Powerhouse Park (performance lawn).   As a collaborative event between Footprints, the RSPCA and HSC;  the Paw Prints initiative was introduced to the community to help struggling pet owners, after seeing clients sacrificing their own needs to care for their pets.

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Statistics gathered from Catholic Community Services, NSW state that more than 1 million Australians may be experiencing hoarding and squalor type behaviours in their homes (www.catholiccommunityservices.com.au). This topic, although not new, is high on the agenda for many community organisations within Australia and Footprints joined the growing queue.

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