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):

  1. 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.
  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 counselling and developing and maintaining respectful and safe relationships.
  4. 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.
  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.

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.

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About FRSA

As the national peak body for family and relationship services, Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) is committed to strong policy engagement.

They have a critical leadership role in representing over 180 FRSA Member organisations and supporting the needs and interests of this strong, diverse and adaptable membership and the children, families and communities they serve. These Member organisations provide family and community services to approximately 400,000 clients from 1,300 outlets across Australia each year amidst an ever-changing fiscal and social landscape.

FRSA was established in July 2007 following the decision to a single representative structure. It was identified that the Australian community would benefit from a single, national peak body that would support organisations that provide family and relationship services. Please read more about FRSA history.

From our establishment in 2007 to today, we have been an active and effective conduit for information flow between their Members (and other stakeholders) and the Australian Government.

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Key Dates

Call for Abstracts close –
14 May 2018 – notify authors early June. 

Open Early Bird Registration – Registration
7 May 2018

Group Discounts – a discount is available for bulk registrations so if you are considering attending get in touch with Mediation Institute and we’ll put together a list to see if we can get a bulk discount for you.  You have until September for the early bird rates so let us know between now and then. 

Early Bird Registration close
30 September, 2018

Standard Registration open
1 October, 2018

Conference Starts
20 November 2018

Expression of Interest for Group Discount

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