Action learning series  

Action learning series

WorkUP Queensland is passionate about ongoing learning and  will  launch our first Action Learning Series at the inclusion forums. Action learning is an inclusive and accessible form of professional development where people explore an agreed topic and work towards achieving growth and change in practice over time.

Action learning involves cycles of questioning, gathering information, reflecting, deciding on a course of action and implementation.  The process is strength based and as people work through these phrases, they are guided by a facilitator and coach. Throughout the action learning series not only do people work together to achieve growth and change but they develop the skills within themselves and their organization, to replicate the action learning model.  This supports long lasting change and builds capacity within teams, and across the service.

Regional and Statewide Workforce Plans

Regional and Statewide Workforce Plans

Workforce plans play a pivotal role in guiding the workforce capability and capacity delivery at both a statewide and regional level.

Throughout January and February WorkUp Queensland engaged with the sector to share how the workforce plans have shaped up and to determine the main priorities for delivery over the next year. These consultations and Knowledge Circles with regional and sector groups highlighted six priorities areas across the workforce spectrum.

The Workforce plan consultations and Knowledge Circles with regional and sector groups highlighted six priorities areas across the workforce spectrum.

These included:

  • Growing the workforce
  • Retaining the Workforce
  • Developing the workforce
  • Supporting the workforce
  • Connecting the workforce
  • Sustaining services

Our statewide plan, in conjunction with regional implementation plans will enable us to make impact across the whole workforce spectrum in 2020-21 and to deliver on the five-year strategy co-designed with the sector.

Thanks to all who have contributed to date and we look forward to working with the sector to bring these plans to life.


Inclusion forums, same same but different

Inclusion forums - now online, same same but different

One of our first transition to online delivery will be the Same Same But Different, Inclusion Forums.

At its best what does inclusion look like, sound like and feel like?  There is increasing evidence that inclusive organisations lead to better productivity, innovation and enhanced client outcomes.

Online inclusion forums will be held in April - May 2020 providing the opportunity to explore inclusion in the sexual assault, women’s health and domestic violence sector.  The forums will share and explore stories of authentic inclusion from both a lived experience and service perspective.

Using an appreciative inquiry model, participants will be invited to dream and design a plan to enhance inclusion in their own service.

Register for one of the following dates through Eventbrite:

April 21
May 8 

These forums will be held on Zoom, an online platform.  WorkUP Queensland can support you to connect to the platform. The forum will consist of three sessions across the day and include different modes such as keynote, stories and reflection; group work and planning.


Zoom is the platform we will be using as it is user friendly and accessible from any device. There is no need to download an app, simply follow the link we will provide after you register. To find out more go to

Please contact our team if you need assistance with ZOOM at

The first practice studio host announced!

WorkUP Queensland is pleased to announce the first successful practice studio host!  

Congratulations to the Cairns Sexual Assault Service who were inspired by the Trauma and Violence Informed Framework, to propose a practice studio to embed this model within their service and within other local services. The framework developed through the Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings: The WITH study.  

Cairns Sexual Assault Service will be testing the implementation of evidence and learning what it takes to bridge the research to practice gap. Information generated from the practice studios will form a resource for the sector, so we can all learn together.  

We are close to announcing a further two practice studio hosts and more information will be coming about those soon.  

We have also commenced consultation with the sector via the Reference Group to determine the round two practice studio topics. WorkUP will keep you posted via our website, our Facebook group (WorkUP Qld) and our newsletter on the progress of the studios. We’ll share the latest news, updates and individual spotlights or case studies. If you haven’t connected with us yet, head to our website and subscribe to get regular updates.  

If you work in the Sexual assault, Domestic and family violence or Women’s health and Wellbeing sector in Queensland and are on Facebook search  WorkUP Queensland  

Latest news and events

COVID-19 Update

The Healing Foundation with ANROWS have made the decision to cancel all WorkUP Queensland’s face to face events from 16 March until official health advice permits. This in light of the World Health Organisation’s declaration of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and advice on social distancing to manage the spread of the virus.

If you were intending to go to one of our workshops, refunds will be given to those who have registered for face to face events.

The domestic and family violence, sexual assault and women’s health and wellbeing sectors continue to provide services across Queensland with many services exploring different ways of delivery in this rapidly changing environment.

During this period WorkUP Queensland will progressively make professional development available through online platforms. In the meantime other important work such as practice studios and workforce planning will continue.

If you have any questions please contact the WorkUP team on or phone on 0437 022 792.

We wish everyone a healthy few weeks ahead and take this time to remind us all to support one another, and check in on those most at risk in your community.

Thanks and warm regards,


Fiona Petersen
Chief Executive Officer
The Healing Foundation
Heather Nancarrow
Chief Executive Officer