FRSA National Conference 2023

FRSA National Conference 2023

Services within everyone’s reach:

Choice, Connection, Collaboration

The FRSA National Conference is heralded as a highlight event for the Family and Relationship Services network and is one of the largest annual gatherings of practitioners, academics and policy makers working to support children, families and communities. This ‘not to be missed’ event will feature a number of highly acclaimed keynote presenters, as well as Federal Ministers and sector leaders with a focus on delivering the most effective services to children, families and young people.

As social service organisations we are always at the cutting edge of emerging trends and changes in society – for the FRS sector, especially for vulnerable children, families and communities.

The theme for the FRSA National Conference 2023 – Services within everyone’s reach: choice, connection, collaboration and will be held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on 15-18 May 2023.

Family and relationship services are generally touted as early intervention, universally accessible services – that is, services targeted to whole communities or populations with the aim of providing support early, before problems take too strong a hold or perhaps even occur.

But in our current context with the cost-of-living skyrocketing, families still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, and many of our communities in or recovering from climate-related crises, what impact is this having on service delivery and service demand?   Who are our services connecting with? And, how are those people faring? Are there cohorts of people who are missing out on the services they need?

Connection is at the heart of all positive human interactions and the relationship between service providers and the children, adults and families they work with is no different. Establishing rapport and trust is integral to therapeutic interventions, while developing meaningful social connections helps build resilience in individuals and in communities. To enable connection, people may need choice. That is, the opportunity to connect with the right service or the right practitioner and be met in their context – cultural, social, familial.

As we continue to face uncertainty, some tough times – and hopefully moments of calm and of joy – we ask our sector to reflect on the question: what does it really mean to put services within everyone’s reach?

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Key Dates

Open Call for Abstracts

16 November 2022

Early Bird Registration open

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Call for Abstracts close

12 December 2022

Notify Authors

February 2023

Early Bird Registration close

14 March 2023

Standard Registration close

May 2023

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS OPEN

Family & Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) invites you to submit an abstract to present at the 2023 FRSA National Conference.

The theme for the FRSA National Conference 2023 is Services within everyone’s reach: choice, connection, collaboration.

Family and relationship services are generally touted as early intervention, universally accessible services – that is, services targeted to whole communities or populations with the aim of providing support early, before problems take too strong a hold or perhaps even occur.

But in our current context with the cost-of-living skyrocketing, families still reeling from the impacts of COVID-19, and many of our communities in or recovering from climate-related crises, what impact is this having on service delivery and service demand?   Who are our services connecting with? And, how are those people faring? Are there cohorts of people who are missing out on the services they need?

Connection is at the heart of all positive human interactions and the relationship between service providers and the children, adults and families they work with is no different. Establishing rapport and trust is integral to therapeutic interventions, while developing meaningful social connections helps build resilience in individuals and in communities. To enable connection, people may need choice. That is, the opportunity to connect with the right service or the right practitioner and be met in their context – cultural, social, familial.

As we continue to face uncertainty, some tough times – and hopefully moments of calm and of joy – we ask our sector to reflect on the question: what does it really mean to put services within everyone’s reach?

The FRSA Conference is heralded as a highlight event for the Family and Relationship Services Network and will, as always, deliver a prime opportunity to showcase the impressive work of the Sector.

We welcome abstracts that speak to the conference theme – Services within everyone’s reach: choice, connection, collaboration.

In preparing and making your submission, you are asked to select and position your abstract within one of the six following streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):

  1. The first 1000 days
    Topics covering the period from preconception to birth, the birth of a child, child health and wellbeing and impact on family relations and transitions into parenting.
  2. Key transition points in the schooling years
    Topics can include school readiness, transitions into and across primary and secondary schools/school years, young people with significant caring responsibilities and transitioning out of school into training, tertiary education or employment.
  3. Partnering and cohabitation
    Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage education and counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
  4. Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
    Topics can include family law services, FDR, parenting after separation, ensuring the best interests and wellbeing of children are paramount, family/domestic violence, men’s behaviour change programs, and the changing nature of family dynamic experienced during and after separation.
  5. Ageing
    Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.
  6. Across the lifecourse
    FRSA strongly encourages abstracts that focus on services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) peoples, and other cohorts who may face particular challenges in accessing safe and appropriate services.

To submit your Abstract, please review the Abstracts Guidelines & Assessment Criteria below which outlines all abstract information and assessment criteria and submit your Abstract via the button below.

For more information about submitting an abstract, please contact FRSA Manager of Policy and Research, Ms Robyn Clough at policy@frsa.org.au or (02) 6162 1811.

All Abstracts must be submitted online by 5.00pm AEDT, Monday 12 December 2022

30 MINUTE PRESENTATIONS

Concurrent sessions are 30 minutes in length, including Q&A and can be interactive with the audience or with minimal interaction. Abstracts for a 30-minute presentation must be between 200 and 400 words in length.

SYMPOSIUM OPTION

Staying within the Abstract guidelines outlined above, you may team up with three to five others to submit an abstract for a symposium. A symposium comprises a series of presentations organised around a common theme to engage the audience in critical reflection on key issues and questions relevant to the topic area. The duration of a symposium is around 90 minutes to allow time for three to five presenters to share and for discussion among attendees.

We encourage symposiums in which presenters and moderators/discussants represent different perspectives, such as from policymakers, practitioners, and academics.

To submit an abstract for a symposium there is no need for each presenter to submit an abstract. Each symposium requires a primary organiser who is the chair and will serve as the single point of contact in the submission process. Submissions must detail who the primary organiser is and who the other presenters are. The primary organiser must collate and order the presenters’ ideas in a way that will best engage attendees, with the symposium abstracts being between 500 and 800 words.

IMPORTANT DATES

12 December 2022 – Call for abstracts closes.

6 February 2023 – Notification of acceptance begins.

20 February 2023 – Speaker registrations close – after this date speakers will need to pay the appropriate Early Bird or Standard rate.

27 February 2023 – Early bird registrations closes.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

Your abstract will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. The extent to which the author demonstrates an understanding of the impact of service delivery on clients and/or service providers in the chosen stage in the family life course
  2. The extent to which the presentation reflects on the concepts of choice, connection and collaboration within our current context.
  3. The extent to which the presentation will be engaging and informative
While we welcome abstracts from everyone, priority in assessing abstracts will be given to individuals and organisations who are FRSA members. For information on becoming an FRSA member please view our website and/or contact us on (02) 6162 1811 or at contact@frsa.org.au.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

Notifications of acceptance will be sent via e-mail to the submitting author from Monday 6 February 2023.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the FRSA Conference website and in the FRSA 2023 Conference Delegate Handbook. 

GENERAL POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

  • All abstracts must contain original work of the presenting author(s).
  • A presenting author must submit the abstract.
  • Presenters named in the abstract as speakers should have considerable presentation skills.
  • Abstracts must be submitted online by 00pm AEDT Monday 12 December 2022.
  • Abstracts will not be accepted via fax, mail, email or USB/CD.
  • All required fields on the online abstract submission form must be completed.
  • Those submitting abstracts must ensure that they have the support of their organisation/employer.
  • This is a face-to-face event; it is expected that presentations will be made in person.
  • Acceptance of papers will be on the basis of blind peer review (i.e. your name and organisation will not be known to assessors).
  • The Conference Managers will not be held responsible for abstract submissions not received via the website or for submission errors caused by Internet service outages, hardware or software delays, power outages or unforeseen events.
  • Abstracts CANNOT be amended or replaced once submitted. The review process will commence as soon as the abstract is received.
  • Ensure that you DO NOT leave any abstracts in the Draft stage by the close date, abstracts left in the ‘Draft’ stage will not be reviewed.

OPTION TO SUBMIT A LONGER PAPER FOR THE FRSA E-JOURNAL

Should your abstract be accepted, you will be invited to submit a longer paper for peer review. Should your longer paper be accepted, it will be published in the FRSA 2023 National Conference e-Journal. Previous e-Journals can be seen here.

For technical queries regarding the portal, please get in touch with our Conference Organiser at frsa@kaigi.com.au.

SPEAKERS COMING SOON

Stay tuned for announcements of our Keynote Speaker and Panellists line up!

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

Early Bird registration for the FRSA 2023 National Conference will be opening soon.

Need help? Please contact the Conference Secretariat via frsa@kaigi.com.au, or phone on 02 6198 3218.

VENUE INFORMATION

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC)

2684-2690 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach QLD 4218

A premier Gold Coast venue where large-scale national and international conferences and exhibitions roll out seamlessly from beginning to end; a concert and sporting event destination where every seat is the best seat in the house; a place where the standard and presentation of every dish showcases the creativity and passion of its experienced team of award-winning chefs.

Located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 500 metres to the beach and walking distance to thousands of accommodation options, GCCEC is Australia’s largest regional convention centre.

Accessibility Information

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is committed to providing access that is open, safe and inclusive for all visitors. Designed with accessibility in mind, the venue offers entry to and movement throughout the Centre via wheelchair and mobility equipment.

This guide aims to accurately describe and provide an overview of the venue’s facilities and services in house and the surrounding areas.

Sustainability

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) is an industry leader in environmental innovation. GCCEC embraces the governing principles of sustainable development including stewardship, inclusivity, integrity and transparency.

In 2018, GCCEC became ‘EarthCheck Platinum’ certified in recognition of its commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standard. EarthCheck is the world’s pre-eminent environmental management program for the travel and tourism sectors.

The team is firmly committed to the continued cultivation of environmental and social stewardship and strongly supports eco-friendly practices, both operationally and in design.

Best practices at GCCEC include:

  • Waste minimisation and reduction of consumables
  • Integrated communication systems to control energy consumption and building services
  • On-site grey water recycling and management system
  • Working with supply chains to develop broader sustainable closed-loop systems
  • Procurement of environmentally friendly products and packaging

TRAVEL, DINING & SIGHTSEEING

Travel

From the Airport

Getting here is easy with two international airports nearby. GCCEC is located just 20 minutes drive from Gold Coast Airport and less than an hour form Brisbane.

Distance from Hotel: 18.3km
Drive Time: 20 min
Train

Our trainline connects Gold Coast stations to Brisbane CBD. For the most convenient route to the centre from Brisbane, catch the Tram at the Helensvale Train station stop and ride the G:link to Broadbeach North station.

Bus

Surfside Buslines operate frequently from the bus stop outside GCCEC on Gold Coast Highway.

For more details on bus or train or to plan your journey visit the translink website.

G:Link Light Rail

The Gold Coast’s G:link light rail system is a 13-kilometre corridor connecting Helensvale Train Station to Broadbeach, passing through the key activity centres of Surfers Paradise and Southport. To access GCCEC, ride the G:link to the Broadbeach North Station, just across the road from our main entrance on Gold Coast Highway. For more details visit https://ridetheg.com.au/

Taxi

Services frequent GCCEC and its convenient location alongside Gold Coast Highway. If you would like to organise a taxi service when at GCCEC, ask at the reception desk or use the courtesy phone located in the foyer.

Parking

Undercover car spaces are available for short-term parking, including two EV chargers. A $12 inclusive of GST flat rate is charged for parking at the centre. Clearance height: 2.1 metres.

Car rental
To hire a car from Gold Coast Airport, please visit their website

Dining

The Gold Coast has some exceptional modern Australian cuisine and Asian food that will have your tastebuds indebted to you for some time. The large Japanese population of the Gold Coast (both permanent and transient) means there are plenty of fantastic, cheap sushi places and the competition among restaurants is fierce, so the quality is usually locally grown or fished and excellent.

The Broadbeach CBD has become the premier eating spot on the Gold Coast and has a great range of cuisines and price points on offer, with a variety of restaurants lining Victoria Avenue and within the new Oracle precinct. Nobbys Beach and Burleigh also have a good selection of dining spots, not to mention the main shopping centres housing some great choices – grab a bite to eat before seeing a movie or after a day of shopping.

Tedder Avenue in Main Beach, is a popular dining strip where about 20 top restaurants and bars sit side by side on either side of the street. Surfers Paradise has more places to choose from, but they are scattered across wider geography and there is no specific dining ‘strip’.

If you’re after a cheap meal by the ocean pretty much all of the surf clubs (found in every oceanside suburb of the Coast) have a bistro where no matter what you choose you’ll find a huge pile of great food sitting on your plate for less than $20. Menu options are generally limited to chicken parmigiana, steak, fish and chips, spaghetti marinara or the seafood platter, but you can’t beat the quality, value and view.

Click here to view some popular dining options on the Gold Coast

Sightseeing

When guests are on the Gold Coast there is no better place to start than the beaches. Up and down the 57 kilometre long coastline guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to warm sand and sparkling water. Soak up the sun, enjoy the water and rest on the soft sand.

If becoming one with nature sounds more appealing, then Burleigh Heads National Park serves up picturesque views of the coastline, secret pathways to hidden creeks, wildlife viewing and a walking trail.

Wanting to explore further afield? The Gold Coast Hinterland will always be a memorable experience. Overflowing with national parks, vineyards and farmers markets against a backdrop of luscious foliage, it is a sight to behold.

The Gold Coast provides the perfect hub for business and leisure, and GCCEC is right in the heart of all the action.

There are plenty of attractions right here on the Gold Coast. From glittering beaches to excellent bars and thrilling theme parks to cultural venues, there is something to cater for everyone.

Click here to view places to visit on the Gold Coast

ACCOMMODATION COMING SOON

Stay tuned for the announcement of a selection of rooms available close to the Conference Venue with flexible terms and conditions exclusively for attendees of the FRSA 2023 National Conference.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The FRSA Conference is a truly national event, attracting over 400 delegates from organisations in every state and territory.

The Conference has established a reputation for delivering high quality speakers and presentations relevant to a range of individuals and organisations working in the family and relationship sector. Sponsorship will greatly enhance your organisation’s profile within this sector as well as allowing you to be seen supporting the work of family and relationship services.

Conference delegates have unique exposure to key products and information. In the past, the event has attracted sponsorship from funding bodies, suppliers and training and research institutes. The exhibition space at the FRSA Conference is one of the largest in the sector, with three days of exposure to delegates.

Sponsoring this conference will enable you to:

  • Reach up to 400 senior executives, practitioners, and academics;
  • Support the work of family and relationship services;
  • Connect to leading Australian NGOs/community organisations;
  • Launch or promote new products;
  • Invest in knowledge sharing and practice development;
  • Showcase your services or contribution to this sector; and
  • Expand your networks to create opportunities.

For further information and to discuss how we can assist you to tailor a sponsorship package to ensure your organisation gains maximum benefit from this opportunity, please contact the FRSA Team at events@frsa.org.au, call the FRSA office 02 6162 1811 or complete the form below.

Full Sponsorship prospectus coming soon

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