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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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  • 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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  • ACT Group: Reflecting on work with the Royal Commission

    CEO Gregory Nicolau and Senior Consultant Nicholas Grainger talk about the specialised training carried out by the ACT Group to support the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. When we hear about the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, it most commonly regards the hearings themselves. Media focuses on the […]

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