QATSICPP Workforce Professional Scholarships 2020-21 – Information Sessions

QATSICPP will be offering scholarships in 2020-2021 for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander child, youth and family workers employed within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Services sector undertaking Griffith University’s Graduate Certificate in Human Services – 3272 or the Graduate Certificate in First Peoples Community Practice – 3371. QATSICPP and Griffith University…

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CQID Case Study: Safe and supported

Five children and their mum are safe in a new home after being supported by the CQID Family Wellbeing team in Rockhampton. Domestic violence was threatening the safety of mum and children and they turned to CQID for help. Family Wellbeing officer Akayla took on the role of primary supporter to identify the needs and…

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CQID: To journey with families is a privilege

Sometimes we need a little awe to reset our sense of reality when it comes to finding inspiration and we need to look no further than working with those who are most vulnerable within our communities who want to change their lives for the betterment of themselves and their children. CQID would like to share…

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60 Seconds with Veronica Riley

Veronica recently joined QATSICPP in our Sector Development Team, looking after the Central Queensland region. Where your mob from? Goondiwindi, Bigambul area Name a Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person that has influenced your life or encouraged to be the person you are? I have to say my Nan, she was a proud, strong Aboriginal…

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Family Matters Campaign announcements – July 2020

2020 has been a busy and responsive year in the Family Matters campaign space. The Queensland Family Matters leadership group has continued to meet monthly to discuss campaign efforts to promote the safety and needs of our children in the child protection system and what this has meant during COVID-19, with members meeting via Zoom…

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QATSICPP Centre of Excellence is established

The Centre of Excellence has been a vision of the Board and leadership of QATSICPP for a number of years. As a group we were successful in getting the Centre of Excellence included in the Changing Tracks Action Plan. So, with support from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women we have begun to…

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2019 Awards Night: Winner Video Presentations

2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards hosted by QATSICPP on 13 September. The Awards acknowledge the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector achievements in the following categories. To view the Award Winners Presentation Video’s, see below: 2019 Awards Welcome Address: QATSICPP Chair Rachel Atkinson.…

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A look back on the QATSICPP 10 Year Anniversary Dinner

On 28 June 2019, QATSICPP celebrated our 10 year anniversary with a gala dinner at Rydges Southbank. QATSICPP Chairperson, Rachel Atkinson acknowledged those key people who were instrumental in establishing the organisation and building strong foundations for the sector to support where we are today. Many former and current employees and board members attended the…

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A look back on the 2019 QATSICPP Members’ Conference

The QATSICPP Members’ Conference continues to grow and showcase the great work being delivered in our communities across the state. A record 193 delegates registered for this year’s event held at Rydges Southbank on 27 & 28 June 2019. The Concurrent Sessions, linked to QATSICPP’s four (4) Strategic Priorities, showcased members’ local responses to meeting…

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2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd. (QATSICPP) was pleased to host the 2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards, on 13 September at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club in Brisbane. Natalie Lewis, QATSICPP CEO said “These awards recognise outstanding achievement within our Sector in cultural leadership,…

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Strengthening Cultural Practice through Quality Workshop Training

Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Workshop Training QATSICPP continues to deliver on the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Practice Standards and Supervision Framework across the sector i.e: Family Wellbeing Services, Family Participation Programs, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women. Future workshop training are in discussion and planning with organisation…

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Re-unification in Bundaberg

In November 2017, Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) expanded its service footprint into the Fraser Coast region with the establishment of its Family Wellbeing Services in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. This involved not just the establishment of the service in the region, but the additional challenge of building relationships and establishing a presence in a…

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We started at the ‘Grass Roots’

Mount Isa Murri Men Making Momentum Mount Isa is the traditional land of the Kalkadoon people and is one off the largest Mining Cities in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest city in the World by area. Mount Isa is located in the North West region of Queensland and is approximately 200km from the Northern…

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Candice Butler to present at 5IIVSWC

QATSICPP is proud to announce Candice Butler, QATSICPP Manager Practice Development, will present at the 5th International Indigenous Voices In Social Work Conference in Hualien, Taiwan on 5 to 7 August 2019. Candice will be presenting on Aboriginal Kinship Care, and Active Efforts. We are confident Candice’s expertise and passion will provide an engaging and…

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QATSICPP Annual Report 2018-2019

We are very pleased to present the 2018/2019 Annual Report for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). This has been a year of reflecting on the past, and building for the future. As we look to the next 10 years for QATSICPP, it is important that we continue to focus…

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QATSICPP Training Update: Ongoing Professional Development and Training

Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Training The first two series of the practice standards and supervision training workshops were held in Brisbane and Cairns. A total of 24 staff members from 5 member organisations participated. Overall the feedback from these workshops were positive and encouraging. Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Training (Tentative Date) Townsville   …

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QATSICPP Youth Council ‘Gets off the Ground’

QATSICPP Youth Council L-R: Lane Brookes, Taz Clay, Leeonee Thompson, Raja Clay and Euan Currie-Kennedy, It’s extremely honouring to have been appointed to the QATSICPP Board as an Independent Director, it is even more humbling that I have the pleasure to be the Chairperson of the QATSICPP Youth Council. I’m looking forward to the role…

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Wuchopperen welcomes Family Participation Program

Wuchopperen Health Service Limited (Wuchopperen) have established a new team to deliver the Family Participation Program in partnership with Gungarde Community Centre Cooktown and Remote Area Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Care following an initiative from the Department of Child Safety, Women and Children. As a collective, the team will deliver the program in…

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Lane Brookes joins QATSICPP Board

The QATSICPP Board is proud to announce the appointment of Lane Brookes as our first Independent Director of QATSICPP. We look forward to ensuring that the voices and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are front and centre in the work of our organisation.   Lane is a 23-year-old Mandandanji man…

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Family Participation Program Townsville

It is widely recognised that the statutory system hasn’t always been effective at addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children entering the child protection system, and that this situation continues to occur at an unsustainable rate. The TAIHS Family Participation Program (FPP) team aims to address the current situation by working with…

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Reflections on the collaboration between QATSICPP and Griffith University in the design and delivery of the Postgraduate Course

“Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Practice Standards” Over the past 12 months I have been privileged to work with QATSICPP staff and staff from the Griffith University First Peoples Health Unit as we designed and delivered this brand new course for 2018/2019. At Griffith University a course is what we…

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Parenting programs make a difference to Cairns families

Wuchopperen Health Service Limited (Wuchopperen) has been providing a variety of parenting programs to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the Cairns region to develop parenting skills and reduce the prevalence of mental health, emotional and behavioural problems in children. In 2018, Wuchopperen saw 29 families graduate from our key parenting programs including Circle…

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FPP Induction and AFLDM Training

This article is a reflective piece that will cover the Family Participation Program (FPP) Induction Workshops and Aboriginal Family Led Decision Making (AFLDM) training, primarily because I started back at QATSCIPP during the first week of FPP Inductions and it was a busy process to be a part of. The FPP Induction training was held…

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Kalwun Family Participation Program

“BUILDING SOLID FAMILIES” From 1 November 2018, the new Family Participation Program (FPP) commenced throughout Queensland replacing the Recognised Entity (RE) role. The South East Queensland Family Participation Program is delivered by Kalwun, ATSICHS Brisbane and Mununjali within their allocated areas, with Kalwun covering the Gold Coast area. The common goal of the service is to…

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The fourth action plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children (2009 – 2020)

The Fourth Action Plan (2018-2020) under the National Framework was endorsed by Commonwealth, state and territory Ministers in December 2018 and recently launched by the Federal Government in late January 2019. This is the first Action Plan under the Framework that has a standalone focus on improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are…

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QATSICPP Student Hub

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector Workforce Strategy 2018-2023 identified that partnering with universities and relevant training organisations to embrace student placements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection services is a way to create new, innovative entry pathways to the sector. QATSICPP are proposing to…

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The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Practice Standards – Griffith University

QATSICPP and Griffith University are excited to announce the commencement of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Practice Standards through Griffith University. Approximately seventeen staff from across QATSICPP’s member organisations have enrolled and will now commence their journey of study over the next 12 weeks (first block commencing on the…

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Positive Outcomes for Families – CQID

CQID Family Wellbeing Service had some positive outcomes for families associated with their service thanks to the quality of work implemented within the team. Two families have recently had children returned to their care thanks to the in home, consistent support offered by workers Darlene Roberts and Emma Lennox. Darlene supported her client through persevering…

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Family Participation Program

From November 2018, the new Family Participation Program (FPP) will commence throughout Queensland replacing the Recognised Entity program. The FPP will support the primary principle that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have the right to self-determination and the right to quality services based on the implementation of the five (5) elements of the Aboriginal…

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Child Protection Reform Amendment Act changes and resources for the NGO sector

The Queensland Government recently released its final implementation stage of the new Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017. This means all legislative reforms are effective as of 29 October 2018. Final stage amendments and/or reforms include: Stage 3 Amendments – October 2018 The safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with family, community…

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Delivery of QATSICPP Supervision Framework to Central Queensland, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Womem Leadership Forums

QATSICPP’s Senior Practice Leader and Training & Education Coordinator were invited to the Central Queensland’s, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women, Senior Team Leaders (STL) & Senior Practice Leaders (SPL) forums to deliver on QATSICPP’s Supervision Framework. The first training was held in Hervey Bay with thirty-four (34) STL’s attending on 7 November 2018.…

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Cape York Partnership Family Empowerment Report

The Cape York Partnership has just released its “Family Empowerment Report for January–June 2018”. This Report showcases the continuing hard work and successes of the many committed individuals and families that we work with across Cape York, as they seek to close the gap on Indigenous inequality and disadvantage and create a better future for…

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Torres Strait Mura Buai Wellbeing Service

TORRES STRAIT MURA BUAI WELLBEING SERVICE (MURA KOSKER SORORITY INC. THURSDAY ISLAND) Mura Kosker Sorority Incorporated (MKS) in collaboration with the Benevolent Society and the Lena Passi Women’s Shelter applied for and successfully won the grant tender to deliver Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services, in the Torres Strait Region. The Aboriginal and…

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Mulungu on the way up!

Aunty Val, and Nathan representing Mulungu at Mossman High School, engaging with stakeholders such as Education QLD, YETI, Mossman Youth Support Services, and Intensive Family Support workers. This particular class has been developed by the school to engage indigenous youth, that were formerly identified as not engaging. With the program kick off in June 2017,…

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Healing Foundations AUG 2018 Stolen Generations Report

New report shows long-term disadvantage for Australia’s Stolen Generations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Australia’s first demographic and policy impact study of the Stolen Generations and their descendants. Commissioned by The Healing Foundation, this report for…

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Story on Family Led Decision Making

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women hosted a presentation and discussion on 28 March about the Evaluation Findings for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making trials that took place from April 2016 to June 2017. Presenters included: John Burton from SNAICC (national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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QATSICPP Members Conference 2018

QATSICPP launched both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Definition and Standards as well as the Position Statement for Aboriginal Kinship Care. Both of these papers are available for download on the QATSICPP website. Jess McCardle provided an update in relation to the Family Matters campaign. We also heard from Professor Roianne West…

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Family Wellbeing in Central Queensland

Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd (CQID) has been appointed by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services as a key provider of Family Wellbeing Services to Indigenous communities in and around Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Woorabinda, Emerald, Longreach and Rockhampton. The goal of the Service is to keep more Aboriginal and Torres Strait…

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Future Directions for Family Led Decision Making

As the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system continues to rise, peak bodies such as SNAICC and QATSICPP strongly advocate for initiatives to address this trend and strive to keep children connected to family, community and culture. One such initiative trialled across four Queensland sites in 2016 and…

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Marabisda (Mackay) Organisational Profile

MARABISDA (Mackay And Region Aboriginal and Islander Development Association) Inc. We are an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled organisation incorporated in 2009. Our main objective on being incorporated was being to support particularly Mackay’s young Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander people to participate in the sporting or cultural activities…

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QATSICPP Annual Report 2017/2018

We are very pleased to present the 2017/2018 Annual Report for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). 2017/2018 has been an extremely busy and important period, with numerous developments transpiring. Continual progress is being made to promote the rights and outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families;…

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Refocus – An Organisational Profile

REFOCUS was founded in 2010 to specialise in providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Our main focus is our children and ensuring that they and their parents receive needed services to assist in creating resilient, safe and happy environments. Programs: Recognised Entity Child and Family Wellbeing Targeted Youth Disability Community…

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Welcome to QATSICPP new members

QATSICPP would like to welcome two (2) new members to the QATSICPP Family of member organisations. Firstly, welcome to Mununjali Housing and Development Company Limited, who provides services to community such as: Mununjali Jymbi Wellbeing Program: for families who difficulties from time to time and ongoing healing and support for individuals and their whole families;…

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SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES, SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITIES

Palm Island Children and Family Centre: the impact of genuine locally grown services

“SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES, SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITIES” The CEO of the Palm Island Community Company (PICC), Rachel Atkinson recently presented to the 2017 SNAICC conference the unique character of PICC and its impact on improving the wellbeing, education and health of young children and their families. Ms Atkinson informed the delegates, “PICC has a number of distinctive features…

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The start of something big

The Community of Practice was developed as part as QATSICPP’s commitment to support the implementation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing Services across Queensland. The Community of Practice is a virtual team whose focus is on the embedment of the Practice Standards in a local context as well as a sector wide…

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Where to next with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making in Queensland

The Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) funded a trial of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making (ATSIFLDM) from April 2016 to August 2017. Final report details are soon to be released from implementation partner, SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children, and independent evaluation partners Winangali Pty…

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The Murri School – A healing initiative

The Aboriginal and Islander Independent Community School (the Murri School) The Murri School is a coeducational non-government school established in 1986. The school is Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-controlled. The Murri School was originally a primary school but it now educates children from prep to grade 12. With a proven track record in assisting students to attend…

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CPP Strategic Plan 2017-2020

This Strategic Plan has been prepared for the planning triennium of 2017-2020, to guide and inform strategic and operational level action for the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). CPP Strategic Plan 2017-2020

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Reconnection: Relationships with family, community and culture

The Department of Child Safety, Far North Queensland (FNQ) has commenced a project to reconnect Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children and young people in out-of-home care with their maternal and paternal families, communities of origin and cultures. ‘Reconnection: Relationships with Family, Community & Culture’ commenced in late 2016 and focuses on the cohort of…

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INDIGENOUS VOICES IN SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE

Indigenous voices in social work conference

The 4th International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference was held in Alta, Norway from the 11th of June to the 14th of June 2017. Nadia Currie (Operations Manager) and I were fortunate to have both our individual abstracts and a joint abstract accepted to present. Some of my highlights include but are definitely not limited…

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4TH INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS SOCIAL WORK CONFERENCE 2017 REPORT

4th International Indigenous Social Work Conference 2017 Report

Conference: 4th International Indigenous Social Work Conference 2017 – Alta, Norway Employee: Nadia Currie Position: Operations Manager Background On behalf of QATSICPP, I submitted two (2) abstracts to the 4th International Indigenous Social Work Conference 2017 (Conference) held in Alta, Norway. The two abstracts were: Redefining Aboriginal Community Control (individual presentation); and Knowledge Circles (collaborative…

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International recognition for QATSICPP resources and practice

International Recognition for QATSICPP Resources and Practice QATSICPP will be representing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection sector at the 4th International Indigenous Voices in Social Work Conference in Alta, Norway from 11-16 June 2017. QATSICPP Operations Manager, Nadia Currie and Senior Practice Leader, Candice Butler have been successful in obtaining…

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CPP Annual Report 2017

We are very pleased to introduce this year’s Annual Report for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). This report provides an introduction to how we promote and advocate for the rights, safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families. We would like to acknowledge…

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QATSICPP Annual Report 2015-2016

We would like to introduce this years Annual Report for Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). This report provides an introduction to how we promote and advocate for the rights, safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, youth people and their families. QATSICPP Annual Report 2015-2016

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New addition to the QATSICPP team

My name is Tahlia Fatnowna and I have just started my placement of 200 hours here at QATSICPP. I am studying a double degree in creative industries and human services at the Queensland University of Technology. Being raised in the Northern Territory has driven me to want to make a positive impact in the community.…

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