2017 FRSA National Conference Presentations

The FRSA Conference provided a fantastic opportunity for delegates to hear from an incredible line up of international and national keynote speakers. The concurrent session program followed critical stages in the family life course that include: The first 1000 days, Key transition points into the schooling years, Partnering and cohabitation, Relationship breakdown and repartnering and Ageing. FRSA also aimed to focus on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and other vulnerable groups of children, families and communities within these streams.

The following speakers have given permission to share their presentations from the 2016 FRSA National Conference.

Wednesday 22 November 2017
9:20am Keynote Address 1
Senator Louise Pratt MP
Shadow Assistant Minister for Families and Communities
9:40am Keynote Address 2: Improving outcomes for children through an integrated social determinants of health strategy
Dr Angela Donkin
Deputy Director UCL Institute of Health Equity
10:20am Keynote Address 3
Professor Kerry Arabena
University of Melbourne
Personalised medicine and environments – new frontiers for family and wellbeing
  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1
  Meeting Room 103 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 109 Meeting Room 110 Meeting Room 108
The first 1000 days Key transition points in the schooling years Partnering and cohabitation Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Ageing
  Concurrent Session 1A Concurrent Session 1B Concurrent Session 1C Concurrent Session 1D Concurrent Session 1E
  Chair: Paula Washington Chair: Elly Robinson Chair: Karen Field Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley
1:30pm FamilyCare’s Day-Stay program: using the identification of vulnerabilities in families to strengthen parenting skills
Rosemary Rutledge
Familycare
Hope in a seemingly hopeless world
Ripley Kavara
Daisy Catterall
Bobuq Sayed
Drummond Street Services
Attrition in relationship counselling – Underlying factors
Riyad Rahimullah
Dr Jemima Petch
Relationships Australia QLD
Building relationships across post separation: A suite of programs for parents and children experiencing conflict
Robyn Parker
Lisa Moloney
Interrelate
Connecting the dots for grandparents caring for their grandchildren
Pat Jewell
Australian Childhood Foundation
  Concurrent Session 1F Concurrent Session 1G Concurrent Session 1H Concurrent Session 1I Concurrent Session 1J
  Chair: Paula Washington Chair: Elly Robinson Chair: Karen Field Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley
2.05pm “Can you fix my kid?’
Lynne Thorpe
Murray Bridge Centacare
Teens and screens: Can motivation for use inform an effective response in problematic internet use?
Zoe Francis
EACH
Connecting the dots: What’s good for the goose is good for the chicken
Brian O’Neill
Matt Gardiner
The Benevolent Society
An integrated response to supporting children refusing contact within the children’s contact services, Anglicare WA
Karen Barker
Yuyun Tan
Anglicare WA
The Stolen Generations Healing Camp: A place to care and be cared for
Joanne Willmot
Mergho Ray
Relationships Australia
South Australia
  Concurrent Session 1K Concurrent Session 1L Concurrent Session 1M Concurrent Session 1N Concurrent Session 1O
  Chair: Paula Washington Chair: Elly Robinson Chair: Karen Field Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley
2.40pm Better beginnings: Evaluating Read to me I love it with Aboriginal families in remote communities
Professor Caroline Barratt-Pugh
Edith Cowan University
(Not available)
Children in families experience mental health issues too!
Camilla Rowland
Matthew Thomas
Marymead Child & Family Centre
Joining across the corridor’ – Collaboration between clinicians for improved client outcomes
Jenni Dickson
FMC Mediation and Counselling
Facilitating a platform for agreement in post-separation mediations
Dr Curtis Samuels
Centacare New England North West
Can we have a chat about Dad?’: Findings from Relationships Australia’s elder relationship service evaluation
Paula Mance
Relationships Australia National
(Not available)
  CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2
  Meeting Room 103 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 109 Meeting Room 110 Meeting Room 108
  The first 1000 days Key transition points in the schooling years Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Ageing
  Concurrent Session 2A Concurrent Session 2B Concurrent Session 2C Concurrent Session 2D Concurrent Session 2E
  Chair: Fiona Harley Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Mishelle Zara Chair: Karen Field Chair: Marie Morrison
3:45pm Linking up: Safety and wellbeing among women with problematic substance use and their infants
Anne Tidyman
Violeta Solarte
Odyssey House
Building a bridge to high school project
Kylie Mackie
Woodville Alliance
Working with Brisbane’s Murri Court: Relationships Australia QLD’s experience supporting First National people through the court system
Bevan Doyle
Relationships Australia QLD
Evidencing the effectiveness of professional development partnering and strength based assessment for collective impact in FDR
Norma Williams
UnitingCare
Respecting elders – A preventative and treatment program for elder abuse
Jenni Dickson
FMC Mediation and Counselling
  Concurrent Session 2F Concurrent Session 2G Concurrent Session 2H Concurrent Session 2I Concurrent Session 2J
  Chair: Fiona Harley Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Mishelle Zara Chair: Karen Field Chair: Marie Morrison
4:20pm Hullaballoo in the high rise!
Helen Rimington
Amanda Testro
Drummond Street Services
Transitioning a child to school readiness in a family preservation framework – a collaborative approach
Natalie Patmore
Annette Brown
Centacare Adelaide
(Not available)
Universal screening: The reasons why…
Dr Michael Kelly
Amanda French
Relationships Australia Tasmania
Dr Jamie Lee
Relationships Australia
South Australia
Family dispute resolution: Who uses it, and timing and outcomes
Dr Lixia Qu
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Grandparents access to children following family breakdown: Cultural barriers to service access and relationship building
Adonis Antonios Maglis
PRONIA
  Concurrent Session 2K Concurrent Session 2L Concurrent Session 2M Concurrent Session 2N Concurrent Session 2O
  Chair: Fiona Harley Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Mishelle Zara Chair: Karen Field Chair: Marie Morrison
4:55pm Introduction to the newly established Inter Country Adoption and Family Services Program
Gianna Mazzone
Lifeworks
Strengthening the educational outcomes of financially disadvantaged students through respectful family-school-community partnerships
Catherine O’Byrne
The Smith Family
Outcome measurement in Family Dispute Resolution: Preliminary findings from Victorian measurement trial around client outcomes, services and systems
Elizabeth Clancy
Reima Pryor
Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE, a collaboration between drummond street services and Deakin University)
Learning to bloom
Jacinta Cook
Geraldine White
Kim O’Neil
Centacare Ballarat
(No presentation slides used)
Working therapeutically with couples moving towards retirement
Prashant Munro
Relationships Australia Canberra and Region

Thursday 23 November 2017
8:40am Keynote Address 4
Senator the Hon. George Brandis QC
Attorney-General for Australia
9:00am Keynote Address 5
The Hon. Diana Bryant AO
Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia
9:30am Keynote Address 6
Professor Helen Rhoades
Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commission
  CONCURRENT SESSION 3 (SYMPOSIUMS)
  Meeting Room 103 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 109 Meeting Room 110 Meeting Room 108
  The first 1000 days Partnering and cohabitation Family violence Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Ageing
  Concurrent Session 3A Concurrent Session 3B Concurrent Session 3C Concurrent Session 3D Concurrent Session 3E
  Chair: Michael Austin Chair: Elly Robinson Chair: Fiona Harley Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Paula Washington
11:30am SYMPOSIUM

Creating frameworks for practice
Dr Jennifer Cartmel
Associate Professor Kym Macfarlane
Griffith University

Johana Susanto
Garima Misra
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Sydney

Elise Parker
Holly Rynsent
Communities for Children, Logan
(Not Available)

SYMPOSIUM

The low down on safe relationships for single mums: Drummond Street Services HOPE program
Helen Rimington
Kate Galea
Drummond Street Services

SYMPOSIUM

CAFS Family Services and Family Violence Program Initiatives
Thomas Campbell
Fraser Mackay
Toni Gillet
Stacey Lubeek
Tania Vincent-Wade
Child & Family Services Ballarat

SYMPOSIUM

Certifying Mediation: Reporting and discussing the findings of a study of section 60I certificates
Robyn Parker
Ross Butler
Matt Stubbs
Interrelate

Paul Lewis (Discussant)
Sexton Family Lawyers
Interrelate
Sexton Family Law

Helen Bryson (Discussant)
Victoria Legal Aid

SYMPOSIUM

Improving outcomes for grandparents raising their grandchildren through cross-institutional research: impact, policy, collaboration and practice
Dr Katrina Stratton

Wanslea Family Services

Dr David Coall
Professor Ruth Marquis
Edith Cowan University

Jess Gilbert
Dr Christina Fernandes

Curtin University

 
 
1:45pm Keynote Address 7
Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs
2:05pm Keynote Address 8: Unleashing the power of prevention in the family and relationship services sector
Dr Brian Bumbarger
Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith University and Institute of Criminology
2:45pm Keynote Address 9: Collective impact – are we ready for it?
Kerry Graham
Founder and Director, Collaboration for Impact
   
  CONCURRENT SESSION 4
  Meeting Room 103 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 109 Meeting Room 110 Meeting Room 108
  The first 1000 days Key transition points in the schooling years  Partnering and cohabitation Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Ageing
  Concurrent Session 4A Concurrent Session 4B Concurrent Session 4C Concurrent Session 4D Concurrent Session 4E
  Chair: Marie Morrison Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Paula Washington Chair: Mishelle Zara Chair: Elly Robinson
3:55pm HEARTS (Humanitarian Entrant and Refugee Transition Support), supporting family well-being in a new cultural landscape
Helen Rimington
Chantelle Higgs
Drummond Street Services
School, Student & Family Program, CatholicCare Wollongong: Transition to high school program
Cassandra Power
Sara Oldfield
CatholicCare Wollongong
Data Exchange partnership approach reports
Melanie Taylor
Department of Social Services
Systemic thinking to increase the wellbeing of children
Pauline Sinn
EACH
Better second time around? How consumers’ voices restore trust in institutions as Forgotten Australians age
Mergho Ray
Kevin O’Neill
Relationships Australia
South Australia
   
  Concurrent Session 4F Concurrent Session 4G Concurrent Session 4H Concurrent Session 4I Concurrent Session 4J
  Chair: Marie Morrison Chair: Deb Hartman Chair: Paula Washington Chair: Mishelle Zara Chair:
4:30pm Improving responses for children and families in the First 1000 Days
Kathryn Mandla
Department of Social Services
Reaching out to the clients and their community
Tom Lothian
FMC Mediation and Counselling
The Rainbow Program – Partnering with people of diverse bodies, genders and sexualities in Queensland
Chris Pye
Dallas Pitt
Relationships Australia QLD
Relationship reparation in reunification work: Care team approaches to family preservation beyond foster care
Anne Bartholomaeus
Judith Dingwall
Centacare Catholic Family Services
Elder abuse: Developing a national definition
Dr Lixia Qu
David O’Keeffe
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Friday 24 November 2017
 
8:40am Keynote Address 10
The Hon. Marcia Neave AO
Former chair of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and the Former Judge of the Court Appeal, Supreme Court of Victoria
CONCURRENT SESSION 5 AND SYMPOSIUM
  Meeting Room 103 Meeting Room 104 Meeting Room 109 Meeting Room 110 Meeting Room 108 Meeting Room 111/112
  The first 1000 days Technology Family Violence Relationship breakdown and
re-partnering
Aspects of wellbeing Evidence based practice
  Concurrent Session 5A Concurrent Session 5B Concurrent Session 5C Concurrent Session 5D Concurrent Session 5E Concurrent Session 5F
  Chair: Michael Austin Chair: Karen Field Chair: Mischelle Zara Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley Chair: Marie Morrison
9:20am Hello Baby: connecting the dots before birth
Pat Jewell
Australia Childhood Foundation
e-screening as a tool for connecting the dots to learn about risks to family wellbeing
Julian Flint
Dr Jamie Lee
Relationships Australia
South Australia
Partner contact: Some learnings as service providers and practitioners within a Specialised Family Violence Service
Christopher Dolman
Dr Aerinn Morgan
Uniting Communities
Working with high-conflict post-divorce shared-time families: Practitioners’ views, experiences and strategies
Associate Professor Bruce Smyth
Australian National University
The cost of experiencing vicarious trauma: Enhancing the wellbeing of family and relationship service providers
Tania Murdock
Dispute Management Australia
SYMPOSIUM

Evidence based practice: benefits and challenges of research and practice collaborations
Kathryn Goldsworthy

Australian Institute of Family Studies

Dr Laura Hayes
Zvezdana Petrovic
Parenting Research Centre

Therese Mulcahy
Windermere

Bask Cassar
Uniting Connections

   
  Concurrent Session 5G Concurrent Session 5H Concurrent Session 5I Concurrent Session 5J Concurrent Session 5K
  Chair: Michael Austin Chair: Karen Field Chair: Mischelle Zara Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley
9:55am Imagining the Experience of an infant and meeting their needs after parental separation
Kim Billington
FMC Mediation and Counselling
Screen time blues
Helen Rimington
Drummond Street Services
Out on a limb – The brave new world of cross-sectoral approach to service provision
Tibor Mokany
BaptistCare
Achieving outcomes for clients of a family support service in South-west Sydney – Research evidence
Dr John Bellamy
Michael Mitwollen
Anglicare Sydney
Keeping it on the circle: the key to healthy teams
Angharad Candlin
CatholicCare Sydney
   
  Concurrent Session 5L Concurrent Session 5M Concurrent Session 5N Concurrent Session 5O Concurrent Session 5P
  Chair: Michael Austin Chair: Karen Field Chair: Mischelle Zara Chair: Machiko Hodge Chair: Fiona Harley
10:30am Optimal intervention period for teen mothers and their children
Anne Webster
Zoe Support Australia
Using digital technology in child, youth and family sectors
Jessica Smart
Australian Institute of Family Studies
Addressing family violence in the Family Law System: Learnings from the Family Advocacy and Support Services (FASS) program
Gayathri Paramasivam
Victoria Legal AidDenise Aloon
No to Violence Incorporating the Men’s Referral Service
“When dots are holes” Research insights into why Victorians do not use family relationship services
Graeme Westaway
FMC Mediation and Counselling
Adoption of a trans-disciplinary panel in an NGO providing multiple services
Leanne Kelly
Windermere Child & Family Services
 
11:30am Keynote Address 11: How technology will shape the future of service delivery?
Ryan Jones
Managing Director, Refuel Creative
1:10pm Conference close