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  • After Romulus – Raimond Gaita

    This is an extract from Gaita’s book After Romulus, a collection of essays that follow his book, and the movie adaptation of Romulus, My Father. The books follow his experiences as a European that migrated to Australia in the WWII/post-war era of the 1950s. In this excerpt Gaita talks about his childhood experience of his mother’s […]

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  • The Overrepresentation of Indigenous Young People in Incarceration

    As discussed in the recent Fairfax article, “Call for mandatory sentencing laws to be scrapped to reduce indigenous incarceration rates” (published online 08/04/16), the Nation’s peak body for barristers, the Australian Bar Association, is calling the over-representation of Indigenous people in our prisons and juvenile detention centers a “national disgrace”. The Association are calling to […]

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  • Ryan’s* Story

    There is a pervasive problem plaguing our society in Australia. Labelled an epidemic by authorities and news organisations, methylamphetamine – more commonly referred to as “ice” – is ruining the lives of many people in our country, and the lives of their loved ones. Unfortunately, there are some common caricatures and stereotypes associated with those […]

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  • An open letter to our politicians on Immigration Detention

    At the ACT Group, we do our best to minimise engagement in the political. We see our role as needing to focus on the best outcomes for infants, children and young people.   That said, we are greatly disturbed by the abuse of children in immigration detention. I am not sure how the debate about […]

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  • The holiday season: children in care

    Mary Utter is ACT Group’s resident art therapist who trains, consults and educates carers, workers, teachers and directly with children, primarily in the out of home care sector. She shares some possible ways to make the holiday period a positive one for children, particularly in out of home care. In art therapy, you’re using the […]

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  • Problem solving with a new lens

    As the respected book designer Chip Kidd stated, “The best solution can usually be found in the best definition of the problem itself”. In a world full of books, how do you innovate to appeal to a new audience? You reframe the challenge through a new lens For over a year, we have been forward […]

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  • Manga’s Story

    Abuse at the hands of people working in care has been rife throughout history, and ironically and sadly, there are so many accounts of abuse that we often forget the individuals who have suffered at the hands of it. As many accounts of child abuse find their way out into the public during the proceeds […]

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  • Reform and innovation in the out of home care sector – what are your thoughts?

    I have noticed over the past few months that there are great efforts being made across Australia to better track the outcomes for infants, children and young people who find themselves in care because of cumulative harm or abuse. Both government and Non-government organisations appear to be making real efforts to shift from simply putting […]

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  • Meet Matilda, the ACT Group Therapy Dog!

    There has been a new addition to the team here at ACT Group: Matilda the Therapy Dog (although strictly speaking, we should say Therapy Pup in Training)! Matilda is a “groodle” – a golden retriever crossed with a poodle – who will be trained to be ACT Group’s official Therapy Dog in the months and […]

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  • Podcast: managing sleep patterns of children and young people who have experienced trauma

    In ACT Group’s first-ever podcast, Senior Consultant Social Worker Nick Grainger discusses the best possible ways to approach the issue of disrupted sleeping patterns of children and young people who have experienced trauma.

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