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On Blue Knot Day, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) asks all Australians to unite in support of the 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood trauma. This year the focus is on education and training for health professionals and organisations working with survivors. More

News and Research

  • It's up to you. It's up to me. It's up to us. Launch of the OurWatch website: More
  • Teaching children to problem solve to avoid depression. GenNext: More
  • Women's safety national research grants - EOI close 22 Oct. ANROWS: More
  • Invitation to join the Aged Care Leadership Development network. CS&HISC: More
  • Tip sheet for Indigenous Families, focusing on strengths to heal. TGN: More
  • Developing recovery measures for young people & their families. SRN: More
  • Improving service coordination has had positive outcomes in South Auckland. NZ Govt: More
  • New video resource - four people with dementia talk about their emotions. SCIE: More
  • Search for grants or sign up for regular emails at The Grants Hub. More
  • National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women survey report. VicHealth: More
  • Peeling Back the Layers: Kinship Care in Victoria. BaptCare. More
  • Young People's Opinions on Alcohol and Other Drugs Issues research paper. ANCD: More
  • Inquiry into Domestic Violence in Australia. Joint submission to Senate from DPOs: More
  • Building family resilience to cope with stress. Informative fact sheets. HIMH: More
  • Family Group Conferencing in public mental health and social capital theory. Journal of Social Work: More
Tracks to Healing: Supporting kinship carers and workers to care for our Aboriginal children.
Oct/Nov training (VIC)

The inaugural Family Drug Treatment Court Conference, Melbourne, 11-12 November 2014,
will provide delegates with detailed insight on the development and operation of the first Family Drug Treatment Court in Australia.

Australian National Carers Conference
Keeping Carers Connected
16 - 18 November, Gold Coast:

  Australasian Conference on Child Abuse & Neglect
Cultural responsiveness in a multi-agency world
29 March - 1 April 2015, Auckland.
Call for abstracts open now:

 Child Aware Approaches Conference
18-19 May 2015, Melbourne
Registration now open. 
17 October 2014

Families Australia is a national, member-based, not-for-profit, peak organisation that promotes the needs and interests of families.

This fortnightly electronic newsletter showcases current issues, research, policy and practice relating to family relationships and wellbeing.

Families Australia membership benefits: priority notification for National Families Week, reduced fees at events, participation in national policy forums, publications and engagement with a diverse network of organisations committed to the wellbeing and interests of Australian families. The past year in review: More

Families Australia welcomes new members to share our vision '
that Australian families, in all their diversity, enjoy the greatest possible wellbeing'. To join: More

Sponsor Partnerships available to build stronger families and communities. More

Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia's Children. Welcome to new Coalition member, Network of Community Activities, NSW. To join: More

Annual Coalition meeting 2014: What will it take to get real improvements on child safety and wellbeing. Meeting summary here

Invitation to Report Launch: Young people transitioning from out of home care and youth justice. 25 September 2014, Melbourne. More 

Families Australia auspices the Alliance for Forgotten Australians.

Booklet - Forgotten Australians: supporting survivors of childhood institutionalisation, 4th Ed
. Available online: 

Life Stories. Educational DVD useful in tertiary education and professional development. 
View the DVD and reviews: 

AFA Chair, Caroline Carroll OAM, at the 2013 ISPCAN Euro Zone Conference: More

Find and Connect Australia.
Connect to your local Forgotten Australians support service
on 1800 16 11 09. Find State-based historical information:

National Museum of Australia.
 Inside: Life in  Children's Homes  and Institutions now at the Queensland Museum, 9 August - 17 November 2014. More 

Forgotten Australians National Exhibition: More

Forgotten Australians school education resources:
National Library of Australia.
Forgotten Australians Oral History Project: More

You can't forget things like that: More 

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