The Family and Relationships National Conference is scheduled for the 20th – 23rd November 2018.
Be the Change: Leaving no one behind
is this years theme.
The FRSA National Conference 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.
To be held on the 20-23 November, 2018 at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel, this year’s theme Be the change: Leaving no one behind is a call to all family and relationship service providers to continue creating better futures for all Australian children, families and communities we serve in our delivery of evidence-informed, collaborative and innovative services.
The theme lends itself to a range of areas of exploration and discussion—from outcome measurement and reporting to FRSA’s current investment into seeking how our sector can take a more coordinated prevention and early intervention approach in its service delivery.
FRSA welcomes abstracts that reflect on this theme. In doing so, you are asked to select one of the five following streams (identified stages in the family lifecourse):
- The first 1000 days
Topics can include the preconception period (preconception to birth), the birth of a child, impact on family relationships and transitions into parenting.
- 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.
- Partnering and cohabitation
Topics can include relationship formation, relationship and marriage counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
- Relationship breakdown and re-partnering
Topics can include family/domestic violence, family legal services, family dispute resolution, men’s behavioural change programs, parenting after separation, sole-parenting, sustaining the best interests and wellbeing of children and the changing nature of family dynamics experienced through reporting.
Topics can include grandparents as primary care-giver of children, elder abuse and changing family structures as people stay at home for longer.
As well as selecting one of these streams, your abstract may also focus on sub-themes of importance to our sector, including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services;
- Services for people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
- Family Violence;
- Technology; and/or
- Workforce Capacity Building.