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Where can I go for further information?
Better Health Channel
The Better Health Channel provides health and medical information to help individuals and their communities improve their health and wellbeing. It was established in May 1999 by the Victorian (Australia) State Government. See the ‘Relationships and Family’ tab for a range of articles on various types of family relationships, improving relationships and managing conflict.
Better Health Channel: http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA)
Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) is the national peak body for family relationship and support services. FRSA supports community-based services that work with families, children and communities and work together with these services to strengthen the wellbeing, safety and resilience of families, children and communities. FRSA works collaboratively with the Australian Government and its agencies, related service networks, peak bodies and advocacy groups. See the ‘Information Centre’ link for a range of articles on topics such as family strengths, conflicts, step- and blended families and distance family relationships.
- Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA): http://www.frsa.org.au
- Family Relationship Services Australia (FRSA) Service Directory: http://www.frsa.org.au/service-directory/
Raising Children Network
The Raising Children Network, funded under the Australian Government’s Stronger Families and Communities Strategy, is a national website aimed at helping families care for their children. Articles on a range of topics, such as creating family routines and rituals and the types of chores preschoolers can be expected to do, are available under the ‘Grown-ups’ tab. An article about healthy family relationships is also available on this website.
- Raising Children Network: http://raisingchildren.net.au/
- Raising Children Network Grown-ups tab: http://raisingchildren.net.au/grown-ups/grown-ups.html
- Healthy family relationships article: http://raisingchildren.net.au/articles/families_that_work_well_-_cyh.html/context/312
Relationships Australia (RA)
Relationships Australia (RA) is not-for-profit Australia-wide organisation that provides relationship support services for individuals, families and communities. RA offers services such as counselling, family dispute resolution and a range of family and community support and education programs. The following articles relating to family relationships are available:
- Partners - A Guide to Successful Relationships:
- What about the Children? - Parenting information:
- Parenting Plan ‘Share the Care' - Collaborative Parenting Apart:
Relationships Australia website: http://www.relationships.org.au/
Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is an Australian Government statutory agency. Their role is to conduct research and communicate findings that affect family wellbeing to policy-makers, service providers and the broader community. Articles on a range of topics are available under the ‘Publications’ tab. An article about diverse families making a difference is also available on this website.
- Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS): http://www.aifs.gov.au/
- Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) Publications tab: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/index.html
- Diverse families article: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/factssheets/ssbrochure09/ssbrochure09.html
Kidscount, developed by the Australian Childhood Foundation, is a website for parents and carers that provides useful information about supporting children’s development, in a range of languages. Information related to building healthy family relationships (Strong, Happy Families) is also available.
- Kidscount: http://www.kidscount.com.au/website/default.asp
- Strong, Happy Families information: http://www.kidscount.com.au/english/chapter30.asp
beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance-use disorders in Australia. Their mission is to provide a national focus and community leadership to increase the capacity of the broader Australian community to prevent depression and respond effectively.
Australian Psychological Society
The Australian Psychological Society is the largest professional association for psychologists in Australia. It spreads the message that psychologists make a difference to people’s lives, through improving their health and wellbeing and increasing scientific knowledge. A tip sheet on understanding and managing relationship problems is available under the ‘Publications and Products’ tab.
- Australian Psychological Society: http://www.psychology.org.au/
- Australian Psychological Society Publications and Products tab: http://www.psychology.org.au/publications/
Early Childhood Australia (ECA)
Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is the peak national, non-profit, non-government organisation that acts in the interests of young children. They provide a range of options and outcomes to support growth and development of young children. ECA has gathered a range of articles on issues relevant to building healthy family relationships, including:
- Everyday learning about getting along with others: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/pdf/everyday_learning/LAH0903_sample.pdf
- Everyday learning about brothers and sisters: http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/pdf/everyday_learning/lah0502.pdf
Early Childhood Australia (ECA): http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/