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Evening Discussion for Brothers and Sisters: Getting Prepared for the Conversations that Matter

October 19, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Wednesday 19th October : 6:15pm – 8:30pm (light meal from 5:30pm)

Evening Discussion for Brothers and Sisters: Getting Prepared for the Conversations that Matter

Families are complex organisms! Despite strong bonds of love and loyalty, families avoid the thorny or most emotionally charged topics – or conversations are fraught. Great fun to watch on a sit-com, but less amusing in real life!

Families who have a member with disability are not immune, but when a family member relies on others to have a good life, it becomes critical that families find (better) ways to have those conversations that matter. 

This informal evening discussion will address how adult brothers and sisters can be more prepared for crucial conversations with parents and others, whether the focus is on what is happening right now or planning for a future when parents are no longer around.

The session will include dinner and opportunities for conversation with other brothers and sisters. 

The presentation style will be fun, energising and interactive, while presenting some helpful ideas about how we can understand our own communication style and how we can be more prepared for tricky conversations.  

Who should attend? 

This evening conversation is for adult brothers and sisters who want to support a good life for their family member with disability. A light meal will be provided.

The Presenter:

Catherine Allen (Callen Consulting) is a highly experienced facilitator and leadership development coach.  She has a post graduate diploma in Organisational Psychology and is a member of the International Association of Facilitators. 

Catherine has been associated with CRU since 2012 as leader of CRU’s Learning to Facilitate Course.  She has a direct, authentic and highly participatory facilitation style.  

**RSVP by Wednesday 12th October 2016 ** Numbers are limited **

Please note that this event is only for siblings who have a family member with a disability.  

Need some assistance with fees?

CRU has some capacity to reduce registration fees and assist with other costs, particularly for people with disability and family members not sponsored by an organisation. Contact CRU for more information.

To view CRU’s cancellation policy please visit this link – http://cru.org.au/about/policies/#cancellation

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Please note: If arriving after 5.40pm please phone CRU 3844 2211 to gain access to building and to use the lifts.  Turn right at the lifts to the CRU office.

NB –The building is opposite St Mary’s Catholic Church.

The entrance is via Merivale Street and is the Commercial Entry to the Building. It’s the building with the big red stripe down the side.

Getting here:

Bus the closest bus way is at the Cultural Centre on Melbourne Street. To get to CRU from there turn right into Grey Street – walk along Grey until you reach Peel Street. Turn left at Peel and walk approx 230 m to the corner of Merivale and Peel Sts.

City Cat the city cat terminal closest to CRU is adjacent to QPAC at Southbank. It is approximately 1.2km walk from there.

Train the closest train station is South Brisbane which is on Grey Street opposite QPAC. It is about 600m from there to CRU.

Car Merivale Street is one way – you will need to enter Merivale from Montague Road to drop off passengers at the door.

Parking On street parking in this area is limited. There is some 4hr ($1.60 per hour) ‘on street’ metered parking in Merivale Street and Montague Road.
Manning Street and Boundary Street have 9 hr on street parking (max cost of $8/day ; 7am – 7pm).
Brisbane city council has a metered parking station on the corner of Montague Rd and Cordelia Streets.
GOMA, Art Gallery and Convention Centre have car parks, which are in walking distance.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?


  • If, after booking an event you are unable to attend, you are welcome to nominate someone else to attend in your place at no additional cost.
  • Please advise substitutions in writing so a correct name tag will be available at the registration desk and dietary needs are recorded.

Can I update my registration information?


What is the refund policy?

Before RSVP Date –  Full refund received

After 5pm on the RSVP date –  No Refund provided *

*In exceptional circumstances you can apply in writing for a possible refund.


October 19, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Community Resource Unit Ltd.
07 3844 2211


Community Resource Unit Inc
CRU OFFICESouth Central Commercial Building. Level 2 43 Peel Street (entrance on Merivale St)
South Brisbane, Qld 4101 Australia
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