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Seminar on the challenges of being a single parent

Seminar on the challenges of being a single parent

It is well understood that single parent families are a disadvantaged demographic group in the Australian community.

However, there has been remarkably little systematic description of the extent and nature of this disadvantage and how it has evolved over time.

Roger Wilkins is the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Deputy Director (Research) of the HILDA Survey, and each year produces the study’s annual statistical report.

He has written a new paper looking at the wellbeing of single parents along multiple dimensions, drawing on both ABS data dating back to 1994 and HILDA Survey data from 2001. The findings confirm disadvantage is considerably more prevalent among single parents than the general community.

Significantly, over the course of this century, on a variety of metrics, single-parent wellbeing has deteriorated relative to the broader community, and especially compared with partnered parents. Moreover, on some metrics, their wellbeing has deteriorated in absolute terms. This appears to be explained by changes in observable characteristics that are associated with lower wellbeing, but policy has also played an important role.

The University of New South Wales is holding a seminar with Prof Wilkins on Tue, 10 May, 3 – 4pm on his new research.

Click here to register.

Family and Carers Mental Health – May Calendar

Family and Carers Mental Health – May Calendar

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program invites anyone who is supporting a friend, neighbour or family member with a mental health issue to join us in their activities and support groups.

The Family and Carer Mental Health Program aim is to keep people connected and supported and looking after their own mental health.

Many people would have found themselves in  a caring role in recent times and whether this is new or something that you’ve been doing for sometime, the Family and Carer Mental Health Program would love for you to join them.

Circle of Security Parenting – Free Parenting Progam

Circle of Security Parenting – Free Parenting Progam

Circle of Security can help parents nurture their child’s attachment, strengthen their emotional resilience and support their freedom to explore.  Secure children have increased empathy, greater self-esteem and better relationships.

ONLINE – 8 WEEKLY CLASSES – Thursday 5 May to Thursday 23 June, 10am -12pm

Places are limited and you can book by phoning the Family Support Network on 6621 2489.

ACAP Children and Family Services offers telehealth appointments from Sydney

ACAP Children and Family Services offers telehealth appointments from Sydney

ACAP Children and Family Services have telehealth appointments appointments from Sydney therapy services for children, young people and adults.

The Clinic is staffed by final year Psychology/Clinical Psychology, Counselling/Psychotherapy and Social Work students on placement and offers a wide range of individual and group therapy options. Students are closely monitored and supervised by experienced senior clinicians and academics.

Services are delivered free- at no or very low cost (all fees waived currently in response to the pandemic). Groups include Art for Happiness; Mindfulness; Compassionate Therapy; Social Anxiety and an International Students Wellbeing Group.

Referrals are accepted Australia wide, and services are delivered using Telehealth on Zoom. Face to face service is possible in some locations (Covid permitting).

We have clinic space in Sydney, and rooms in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Clients and families from regional and remote areas are very welcome to access our free services using Telehealth.

People can self-refer to the Clinic or via a service. GP/Medicare referral is not required, and the service is available to all people regardless of visa status. Refugees and International Students are very welcome.

The Clinic values diversity and work with First Nations, CALD and LGBTQ+ people.

Children, adults, and young people from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Backgrounds; Culturally or Linguistically Diverse; Queer and other communities are very welcome to make contact. People living with Disabilities are also very welcome at the Clinic.

To book, refer, or for more information, visit The ACAP Psychology Clinic website; send us an email or call (02) 8236 8070.

If you would like to visit or talk about our services; please feel free to make contact, if you are part of an interagency network, we would be really happy to meet with you over zoom to discuss options for working together.

Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Office for Regional Youth – Holiday Break Applications now open

Applications are now open for funding under the Office for Regional Youth’s Holiday Break program. The funding is for activities being held during Youth Week and the upcoming Autumn school holidays, between 2 April and 25 April .

The Holiday Break program provides young people in regional NSW with the opportunity to connect, socialise, learn new skills and have fun during the school holidays. It supports the delivery of free and subsidised activities, including sport and recreation camps, training courses, creative, artistic or science activities, and more.

Eligible regional NSW councils and not-for-profit organisations are encouraged to apply for funding to deliver events as part of the Holiday Break program.

How to apply

Please visit the Holiday Break webpage for information and resources, including the program guidelines, FAQs and link to apply through the online SmartyGrants portal.

Key dates

Applications open – Monday 7 March 2022

Applications close – Friday 1 April 2022

Activities delivered – Saturday 2 April to Monday 25 April 2022

For information or support with your application, visit the Holiday Break webpage or contact the Office for Regional Youth at [email protected]

Support Jarjum Centre’s children’s days

Support Jarjum Centre’s children’s days

During the school holidays Jarjum Centre Lismore will be holding two children’s days providing activities for 3 to 16 year olds. To make this work we are seeking donations and support including:

  • a BBQ lunch, fruit, bottled water and healthy snacks
  • volunteers to run activities – people who can donate two hours put of their day (with current working with children checks).

When: 11 and 18 April 2022.

If you can help please contact [email protected] or call (02) 6621 9203

Northcott Ballina Service Update

Northcott Ballina Service Update

Northcott are continuing to operate NDIS services in Ballina and Northern Rivers. We are still supporting customers with in home and community supports and we still have our day program running for those over the age of 18 from 9am – 3pm Monday – Friday in Ballina. Therapy is also continuing however we do have a waitlist for some of the disciplines.

Find more information at northcott.com.au/location/ballina/ or phone 1800 818 286

Contact: Kelly Anderson, Area Manager, [email protected]


ACOSS welcomes AMA focus on tackling poverty, lifting income support and providing secure housing, as central to child health and wellbeing

ACOSS welcomes AMA focus on tackling poverty, lifting income support and providing secure housing, as central to child health and wellbeing

ACOSS is pleased to join with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to call for a refocus on improving child health and wellbeing and strongly recommend that both are placed at the centre of national attention and public policy making as we head into the 2022 election cycle.

For a precious few months in 2020, we tackled poverty, lifted income support and protected people from evictions. This period demonstrated powerfully the importance of reducing financial distress to family and child wellbeing.

ACOSS is a joint signature to the AMA’s Communique, Child health – time to look to the
future alongside several other national organisations and advocates.

ACOSS CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie said:
“Never in recent memory have children grown up surrounded by such complex, intersecting and existential challenges risking their physical, emotional and mental health. Even as we continue to grapple with COVID-19, Australia confronts a persistent problem with poverty, yawning inequality and a housing affordability crisis. And all this is before we even get to the profound problems presented by accelerating climate change and an increase in natural disasters.”

“The joint statement accepts this starting reality and offers a positive approach for
addressing these dilemmas head on. It is a clear, important acknowledgement of how social, economic and environmental challenges affect children’s health, wellbeing and

The best public policy will not only recognise the links between social
determinants and child health, but actively put the determinants at the centre of a
strengthened and long-term national response. We particularly welcome the strong focus on poverty as a primary, and avoidable driver of negative health and wellbeing outcomes for children. As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, there is no excuse for any child to live in poverty. And we know what needs to be done to protect children. An adequate income to cover the basics and a secure, affordable safe home are the very essentials of supporting health and wellbeing.

We need to immediately increase JobSeeker and related income support to at least $69 per day, increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance by 50%, and make an urgent investment in social housing so that everyone can cover the basics and keep a safe roof over their head.

We have shown we are capable of ending poverty. We know what we need to do. Now is
the time to act.

This is the year to put good intent and strong words into action.

“During the pandemic those with the least have suffered the most. The ABS released data released last week revealing the number of people who died due to COVID-19 was over 3 times higher in the most disadvantaged socio-economic groups, with people living in the least disadvantaged areas (quintile 5) having the lowest numbers of deaths due to the virus.”

“The forthcoming election is an opportunity to look to and build for the future whilst also learning the important lessons from the last two years. A federal government that resources decent essential services, safety nets and a genuine response to climate change is one that recognises investing in evidence-based strategies during the early years of life have a very powerful and positive impact over the rest of a child’s life.

Breast Cancer Screening motivation and behaviours of women over 75 years

Breast Cancer Screening motivation and behaviours of women over 75 years

Are you a woman over 75? We would love to talk with you about breast cancer screening. The Department of Health have provided some funding to researchers at La Trobe University and Deakin University to explore breast cancer screening motivations and behaviors of Australian women.

We invite you to participate if you are over 75 years old and fit into one of the following categories: 

1. Accessing the BreastScreen Australia program.

2. Accessing non-BreastScreen, private breast cancer screening (eg at a GP).

3. Not participating in breast cancer screening.

 Participation involves.

If you decide to take part in the research, you would be asked to:

 ·       Undertake a one-hour interview (online via Zoom, or over the phone) OR participate in a focus group (online via Zoom). You can choose the one that best suits you. We will audio record the interview (with your permission). We will ask series of questions and will invite you to tell us about your experiences of breast cancer screening.

Your decision to participate in this research is voluntary.

Reimbursement for participation

 You will be offered a $50 Coles Myer voucher for your participation and may be reimbursed for any reasonable travel, parking or other associated costs.

 For More Information

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please contact:


Dr. Virginia Dickson-Swift


La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University Bendigo


[email protected]



03 5444 7852 (leave a message and Virginia will call you to arrange an interview or answer any questions you might have)

Website (if any):


Ethics Approval Number

HEC 21249



Our kids count

Our kids count

The Goonellabah Child and Family Health Centre is holding a Birth Registration Assistance Day on Tuesday,  March 1, from 8.30am to 3.00pm at their centre, 137 Oliver Street, Goonellabah.

Complete you child’s registration online on the day and we will arrange a FREE birth certificate for them.  Mum or Dad need to have a current email address to complete an online registration.  If you are unable to register online, we will assist to complete the registration form.

To find out more contact: Maddy 0476 831 573 or Brett 0423 844 286 or email [email protected]

CASPA has two new programs

CASPA has two new programs

CASPA Services has two free upcoming parenting programs that are being held in the Casino and Evans Head areas.


Monday 7th, 14th & 21st March, Evans Head Scout Hall, 22Mangrove Street, 9.30am – 12.30pm
Engaging adolescents is a three-sessionparenting course designed to provide parentsand carers with skills so that they are able togain a deeper understanding of our teens andstrategies to help resolve problems. The course explores the emotionaldevelopment of teens and providesapproaches to help support communicationwith your teen. We will look at how to havethose ‘tough conversations’ while deepeningand strengthening your relationship.
This course is FREE with morning tea provided.

Places are limited so bookings are essential. Please phone Tahli on 0439 042 402

The First 1000 days

Tuesday, February 22 and Tuesday March 1, Community and Cultural Centre, 138 Canterbury Street, Casino, 9:30am – 1:00pm

As a nurturing, empowering and kind program, Bringing UpGreat Kids in the First 1000 days is also a mindful,reflective and respectful program. This Program provides an opportunity for expectant andnew parents to begin their parenting journey. The program will explore

  • How the foetus grows including brain development
  • How adults can support the pregnant parent and growing foetus
  • Brain development in children and its influence on their thoughts and feelings
  • The child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development
  • What the young child and family need to ensure the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes
  • Ways for parents to take care of themselves and find support when needed
  • Important messages parents want to convey to their children

Places are limited so bookings are essential. This course is FREE with refreshments provided. Bringing Up Great Kids is an Australian Childhood Foundation program. Contact Nikki Devine, 02 6662 6792 or email [email protected]