Dorothée, Me, Deb
The following is the text of a session that Dorothée Crawley (CentaCare Wilcannia Forbes), Deborah Hartman (Family Action Centre) and I presented at the Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) conference
We’d like to start by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the land we meet on and pay respect to their Elders past and present. We also pay respect to the knowledge and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and practitioners throughout Australia.
We’re really pleased to be able to present today as we’re passionate about working with families and believe it’s important that our work is continually informed by a wide range of evidence.
I’m going to briefly introduce the project we’ve been involved in and discuss some of what we’ve learnt, Dorothee will outline her experience of using evidence in practice and then Deb will suggest some implications for policy and practice.
We were funded through the DSS Children and Families Expert Panel to support 9 services funded through the Children and Parenting Support program to enhance their ability to implement evidence-based programs and practice. Continue reading
If measurement is going to make a major difference to the practice of family and community work, we need to become much better at being transparent, open and honest. Not surprisingly, when we talk publicly about what we do, we generally try to present it in the best light possible, which can mean minimising or disguising challenges and negatives.
Listening to Senator Zeb Seselja (the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs) at the opening of the Family and Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) conference, I reflected on what a huge change is required. The Senator spoke about all the great work the government is doing to support families and the great changes they’ve made. It was more of a sales pitch than open, honest reflection. I don’t want to suggest that he was worse than other people as he is not alone, and I do it too.
The Family Action Centre is currently hosting a visit by 23 Indonesian academics from two State Islamic Universities: UIN Raden Fatah Palembang and UIN Sumatera Utara. Continue reading
After I had been blogging for a little while, I remember Tricia from Little Echo Footprints (who now micro-blogs at triciaeco) telling me that she averaged around 500 views/day. At the time (2012) I was averaging around 20 views/day and I doubted I would every have that many people looking at my blog.
Last month I finally made it: 16,220 views for the month with an average of 523 views/day! Continue reading
I’m not a runner. I don’t particularly enjoy pushing myself physically and I prefer walking to running. But I’ve joined the ranks of our local ParkRun at the University of Newcastle (Callaghan ParkRun). A couple of years ago, Jasmine and Alexa wanted to take it up (back then at the Newy ParkRun) and the first few times I dropped them off so they could do the run. Just waiting around while they got some exercise was crazy, so I joined in as well.
I started because I wanted to do something with my daughters. Now I do feel good after the run, and I no longer have to force myself to keep going. I wouldn’t say I enjoy the run, but I no longer find it really hard. I’m quite proud of having broken 25 minutes (at a couple of flat courses) and know it’s good for me.
What I really love about it is doing it with the girls. Continue reading