The Action Against Bullying - Education Series with Michael Carr-Gregg


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Minister for Education and Training
The Honourable Geoff Wilson
TOP PSYCHOLOGIST TO ADDRESS BULLYING IN QUEENSLAND SCHOOLS
 
Michael Carr-Gregg, one of Australia's most high profile and respected psychologists, is set to join the fight against bullying in Queensland schools.

Dr Carr-Gregg will deliver a series of forums across the state to inform parents and school staff from all schooling sectors about bullying and discuss strategies to respond to it.

Education Minister Geoff Wilson said parents and school communities will benefit from Dr Carr-Gregg's expertise in bullying, cyber safety and mental health issues for adolescents.

"Bullying is a complex problem and it's important we have experts like Dr Carr-Gregg to work with school communities to tackle it," he said.

The Action Against Bullying - Education Series is the first major initiative from the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence which was established earlier this year to examine ways to put a stop to bullying.

"The Bligh Government, along with the Catholic and independent school sectors, parents, principals and teachers, is committed to finding real and practical solutions to the problem of bullying and violence in our schools," he said.

Forums will be held in Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Cairns, Townsville and Mt Isa between May and August this year.

Three forums will be held in each region - one each for parents, school staff and principals.

"Parents and school staff will get a lot of good advice and valuable information out of these forums," Mr Wilson said.

Dr Carr-Gregg said the presentations will contain the latest research on what is known about bullying behaviour and some practical evidence-based advice as to what parents and schools can do to minimise harm.

"All the latest research demonstrates that there are no quick fixes when it comes to bullying but that the most effective solutions go beyond the school gate."

"The importance of a whole of school approach which involves young people, teachers, parents and the wider community cannot be stressed enough," he said.

He said Education Queensland was leading the charge when it comes to dealing with this complex problem.

"I feel privileged to be involved in such a strategy and congratulate the Minister and Education Queensland for its commitment to this important issue," he said.

Location

Principals' session

7am - 9am

School staff session

12pm - 4pm

Parent evening

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location

Cairns

4 May 2010

4 May 2010

4 May 2010

Brothers Leagues Club, Manunda

Townsville

6 May 2010

5 May 2010

5 May 2010

Jupiters Townsville Hotel and Casino, Townsville

Mackay

19 July 2010

19 July 2010

19 July 2010

Ocean International, East Mackay

Toowoomba

5 August 2010

5 August 2010

4 August 2010

Toowoomba Motel And Events Centre, Toowoomba

Brisbane North

6 August 2010

6 August 2010

5 August 2010

Broncos Leagues Club, Red Hill

Brisbane South

9 August 2010

9 August 2010

9 August 2010

River Park Place, Morningside

Sunshine Coast

19 August 2010

19 August 2010

18 August 2010

Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra

Gold Coast

20 August 2010

20 August 2010

19 August 2010

Legends Hotel, Surfers Paradise

Mount Isa

24 August 2010

23 August 2010

23 August 2010

All Seasons Verona Hotel, Mt Isa

Rockhampton

25 August 2010

25 August 2010

24 August 2010

Rockhampton Leagues Club, Rockhampton


Further information about how to register will be made available through schools in the near future.

Mr Wilson said in addition to the education series, schools were also being better equipped to address bullying.

Six vodcasts with supporting material and case studies from good practice schools are now available online at www.qld.gov.au.

The resources, which were developed by Dr Ken Rigby, had been released following the second meeting of the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence.

"Through the education series and the vodcasts, we are building the capacity of and resources available to all Queensland schools to deal with bullying in the school playground, online, on mobile phones or wherever it may be occurring," he said.

Mr Wilson said bullying is not tolerated in any Queensland school, state or non-state, and encouraged all schools to make use of the new resources.

"Bullying can happen in any school and I encourage all Queensland schools to view the vodcasts and other material which gives useful tips on how to deal with bullying when it occurs," he said.

The Action Against Bullying Education Series and the resources by Dr Rigby form an essential plank in the work of the Queensland Schools Alliance Against Violence.

The Alliance has endorsed the education series and is committed to enhancing the responses of all Queensland schools to bullying.

At its most recent meeting, the Alliance endorsed in-principle the recommendations of Dr Rigby's report into bullying and will now work toward implementation strategies that are practical and allow schools to get on with their demanding job of educating students in a safe supportive environment.

The Alliance of Independent, Catholic and State school sectors, parent groups, teacher organisations and Principal associations was formed in response to one of Dr Rigby's recommendations.

"Together we are taking a united stand against all forms of bullying. Intimidation, harassment and violence will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form in any Queensland school and together, parents, students, school staff and principals, we can stop bullying," Mr Wilson said.
Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training :
30 Mary Street, Brisbane, Queensland 4000, Brisbane
07 3237 0111
Queensland Government, Department of Education and Training

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