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Uni scholarships on offer to support domestic and family violence workers

Uni scholarships on offer to support domestic and family violence workers

Published:09 November 2017

Up to 20 post-graduate scholarships are now available to Queensland students wanting to work in the domestic and family violence service sector, as part of efforts to better respond to the needs of those involved.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Shannon Fentiman visited the CQUniversity Mackay campus to announce the Queensland Government’s partnership with the university to offer up to 20 graduate certificate and graduate diploma scholarships.

“We know there is an increasing demand for domestic and family violence support, especially in regional Queensland,” she said.

“These scholarships will go a long way towards helping specialised service providers to better-respond to the needs of victims, their families and perpetrators.

“The scholarships will build on the strengths and abilities of frontline domestic and family violence services staff, who are already doing an outstanding job.” she said.

The Queensland Government will provide $230,000 over two years towards the scholarships for students enrolled in CQUniversity’s domestic and family violence practice programs.

The scholarships will provide up to $11,000 per student to cover tuition fees, student services and amenities fees for the units required for the
graduate certificate and diploma courses.

A contingency fund will also be set up to assist students facing extra challenges, such as a lack of IT access or internet services for those in remote communities.

The scholarships will be available to Queensland-based students studying the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice and Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men's Behaviour Change from Term 1 2018.

CQUniversity’s Director for the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research, Associate Professor Annabel Taylor said these scholarships would help more people to enrol in postgraduate study.

“Many of the students currently enrolled in the postgraduate courses delivered by CQUniversity are already working with domestic and family violence support services or within the legal or health fields,” she said.

“The courses allow professionals and those moving into the field to gain a specialised understanding of domestic and family violence including behaviours, victim support, perpetrator interventions and child safety.

“They are then able to apply this knowledge to their role to better support those whose lives have been, or are being impacted by, domestic and family violence.

“All of the CQUniversity postgraduate courses in domestic and family violence practice are informed by industry and by international, national and state-based research.”

Students from across Queensland are eligible to apply the scholarships, with all courses including the
Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Domestic and Family Violence Practice and Graduate Certificate in Facilitating Men's Behaviour Change offered via flexible online learning.

Applications for these scholarships will be open until 12 January 2017.

A selection panel with representatives from the Queensland Government,
Queensland Centre for Domestic Violence Research and the domestic and family violence service sector will determine the successful applicants.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship go to
www.cqu.edu.au/courses/scholarships/offerings/department-of-communities,-child-safety-and-disability-services-scholarship