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Sarajevo Conference 2011

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Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Professor Lesley Chenoweth

A Charles Sturt University Initiative

 Curriculum Development on Environment Sustainability

in Social Work

Professor Lesley Chenoweth

Responding to the Challenges of Contemporary and Future Human Services - Beyond Survival to Proactive Change

The Role and Direction of Social Work and Human Services in the current Economic environment

Cooking for Social Work

New Zealand Workshops

Working With Challenging Clients: Motivation, Cooperation And Assisting Behaviour Change

workshops Sarajevo, Bosnia, Vive Zene, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Workshops


Dr Venkat Pulla

AWARDED in India


3rd Right every Wrong Conclave


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Team 2016 - 2018


President : Dr.Venkat Pulla

Conference Manager:  Dragan Bombek



Richard Hill, Peter Binyon, Palani Thevar, Mukesh Mistry, CPA -Brisbane,

Amanda Kay,  Canberra,  Dr Anne Riggs, Melbourne, Pamela Trotman, Norther Territory


Conferences and Training Europe and Asia Pacific 2016-2018 Sub Committee:


  Joint Facilitators of the Conferences Bharath Bhushan Mamidi, Dr Keshav Walke, Hyderabad

Research Interns:  Elizabeth Carter, Australia Brisbane, Premajyothi. D, India 


Dr Venkat Pulla

Dr Venkat Pulla, is a Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) alumnus and a Tata Dorabji Scholar, 1976-1977. In his private consulting as Principal of Impetus Global, Brisbane, Australia he offers solution focussed training in the broad realm of strengths- based strategies for human services and the corporate sector. He has been the foundation head of the Social work discipline in the Northern Territory University (now known as Charles Darwin University) and currently he teaches in social work discipline at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane (McAuley Campus at Banyo). He has previously taught at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales and University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Dr Venkat Pulla began his career teaching community development, organisational behaviour at the College of Social Work, Hyderabad and spent few years in training public sector senior executives in urban development through British aid ( DFID) funded projects for Metro cities in India through the Regional Centre for Urban and Environmental Studies, RCUES, Osmania University. In India he founded the Centre for Environment Concerns in Hyderabad as a reflective sequel to the Bhopal tragedy and initiated the first ever written Citizenís Report on the City of Hyderabad and its Physical Environment.

In Australia he has founded the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice and is a practitioner and a motivational speaker on strengths approach in social work and self-reliance. 

Most recent writings through Journals and Books are in green social work, spirituality, coping resilience and building hope. Research interests include poverty interventions, health rights and transition countries. A confluence of the Schools of Positive Psychology, Appreciative Inquiry, and strengths based practices and Mindfulness practices describe the evocative approach of Dr Venkat Pulla.,

Peter Binyon BSW (Hons), Consulting in: Strategic & Business Planning

Peter Binyon BSW (Hons), Consulting in: Strategic & Business Planning

Peter Binyon   graduated with an Honours degree in Social Work from the University of South Australia in 1991.  He is one of the foundation members of the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, and is a member, and past management committee member, of the AASW- Qld. Peter has worked in management and planning roles in government and non-government social services in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Peter provides facilitation and consultation services in relation to strategic, business and service delivery planning, organisational development and quality management systems. Peter has applied his management practice in community sector settings including, State Level Coordination for Canteen Ė The Australian organisation for teenagers living with cancer and as the President of Brisbaneís leading community Musical Theatre company, Ignatians Musical Society since 2001, producing large scale musicals that have played to critical and popular success to tenís of thousands of patrons. Peter Binyon is a Manager in Queensland Public Sector.

Dr Abraham P. Francis teaches social work  at James Cook University in Australia with international exposure and extensive experience in community development and mental health. He taught social work at the Delhi University in India and also worked as a senior mental health social worker with Country Health South Australia, before moving to Townsville to join James Cook University. He held a stint in Queensland health as Assistant Director of Social work. Dr Francis is associated with many voluntary organisations, associations, professional bodies and developmental projects both in Australia and India. Dr Francis has established international partnerships and research collaborations with universities and non-government organisations in Asia. He is the convener of the international consortium on strengths based social work practice in mental health and has been the founding honorary director of the DePaul International Centre for Wellbeing, India. Dr Francis is passionate about working and researching in strengths based practice in mental health. His other research interests are in the field of communities, criminal justice, international social work, and gerontological social work.

Dragan Bombek

Dragan Bombek, a creative media developer and publisher , who designs websites for  non profits companies and medium sized businesses. Dragan has worked on all conference material for International Conferences. Dragan is one of the foundation members of of the Institute. From 2001 - 2004  Dragan worked on  Zena 21 (Women 21) - Project of NGO from Sydney supported by STARTTS and Federal Department of Family and Community Services. Australia. He has founded a Dream Band Club Inc -  that organized Multicultural Performances for former Yugoslavian Diaspora in Australia. Dragan has previously designed art exhibitions since 1993 in Vienna, Austria and in Essen, Germany, He also organised the first satellite broadcasting to Bosnia since war, with help of the Eurovision Geneva.  Dragan was scenario and director of the short movie Sarajevo is ...Sarajevo.


Mukesh Mistry, CPA (Honorary Adviser) began as a Chartered Accountant in India  in the financial capital of India Mumbai,  with  leading principals  and then  moved his practice to Brisbane Australia.

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Palani Thevar, BSW University of Queensland

Palani Thevar, BSW ( University of Queensland)  was born in the small village of U. Pudukkottai to an agricultural family near the Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.  Palani has always been deeply impressed by the legacy of Mahatma Gandhiís work and has worked extensively in the community sector throughout India. He obtained his Masterís degree in Peace Making from the Madurai Kamaraj he Madurai Kamaraj University and completed a Master of Philosophy at Gujarat Vidyapith (founded by Gandhi in 1920). Since 1996, Palani has lived in West End, Brisbane. Presently Palani is employed by the Communities department at Oxley Disability Service Centre.   He is currently the President of the Federation of the Indian Communities in Queensland.

Duncan Williams, an aboriginal Mura Ama Wakaana

Duncan Williams, an aboriginal Mura Ama Wakaana

Duncan Williams   identifies himself as an aboriginal person. 'Mura Ama Wakaana' literally means 'people working togetherí. Duncan has put together a wonderful training package that sensitizes public servants in Queensland to the history of the aboriginal communities in Australia. Duncan's mother was instrumental in seeing that Duncan kept his contact with his nativity, culture and his people from his father's side. Duncan's maternal heritage is part Irish. Duncan is one of the founding members of the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice.

Molly Mullany Brisbane

Molly Mullany is a recent graduate of a Bachelor of International Development Studies (Australian Catholic University) and has a passion for promoting sustainable development that respects all humans inherent human rights. She has previously undertaken intercultural immersion experiences in Timor-Leste and Sri Lanka, learning about the hindrances both countries face as they develop post-conflict. Molly is looking forward to volunteering with the Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice, as a Research Intern to work with strategies for a  more positive world both in Australia  and overseas.

Dr Samir Kabadaja Brisbane

Samir Kabadaja graduated with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science. He was considerable time in a war zone, and learned a great deal about how inner strength can help to overcome life's difficulties. During the conflict in Sarajevo, he was instrumental in the organisation and production of food such as cheese (derived from milk powder), eggs... . This enabled a large proportion of Sarajevo's populous access to more reliable resources rather than humanitarian aid. After arriving in Australia he was studying a diploma of counselling as well as finishing a number of courses including, Working with homeless people (Drag Arm) and Grief and Loss (Paradise kids). He is open minded when it comes to innovative ways of solving problems.

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