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The Commissioner's Diary

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18 Aug 2014
Focus on services for west Kimberley children and young people

Travelling through the west Kimberley last week gave me the opportunity to appreciate first hand the challenges in overcoming distance when providing adequate services for our regional children and young people.

I spent all of last week in the west Kimberley region, meeting with local children and young people and those who provide services for them in Broome, Fitzroy Crossing and Bidyadanga.


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06 Aug 2014
Role of grandparents as carers under Senate scrutiny

Today I gave evidence to the Commonwealth Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren.

Relative and kinship care is the fastest growing type of out-of-home care for children and young people in Australia.


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23 Jul 2014
Roundtable on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour held in Perth

Last Friday I attended the National Children’s Commissioner’s National Roundtable (WA) on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children, having previously made a written submission to the Commissioner’s national examination of this issue.



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25 Jun 2014
Dedicated youth mental health unit an important step

I was pleased to attend today the official unveiling of a 14-bed youth mental health unit that is part of the soon-to-be-opened Fiona Stanley Hospital.


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19 Jun 2014
Future direction for youth health in WA

The health and wellbeing of Western Australia’s young people was in focus yesterday.

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05 Jun 2014
Mural shows life in Stratton Edge

I was reminded this week that art is a marvellous way for young people to express themselves – and to develop a sense of connection and belonging with their surroundings.

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03 Jun 2014
Reflections on a successful Thinker in Residence for 2014

Over the last two weeks I have been pleased to host Dr Michael Ungar as the Thinker in Residence for 2014.

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28 May 2014
Kings Park audience hears of advantages of risk taking

Allowing children to be outdoors and take risks gives them a natural advantage in life, the 2014 Thinker in Residence Dr Michael Ungar told an audience of educators and community members at Kings Park today.


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27 May 2014
Food for thought at parents forum

Last night I joined around 400 parents to hear from our Thinker in Residence, Dr Michael Ungar, at the John Curtin College of Performing Arts in Fremantle.


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26 May 2014
Kalgoorlie young people share their perspectives

Last week I travelled to Kalgoorlie with our 2014 Thinker in Residence Dr Michael Ungar.

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21 May 2014
Seminar considers how to overcome modern challenges

Almost 400 professionals working with children and young people took the opportunity last night to hear from Dr Ungar about how to build a community-wide approach to strengthening the wellbeing of children and young people.



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19 May 2014
Dr Ungar to provide insight into resilience

It was my pleasure to welcome Dr Ungar to Perth this morning on the first day of the 2014 Thinker in Residence.

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16 May 2014
Australian Commissioners share important information

Over the past two days I have met with the Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG) group and have discussed a number of issues that are of importance to children and young people across Australia.

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02 May 2014
Conversations About Sleep

Today I was pleased to help launch Ngala’s new Conversations About Sleep DVD.



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11 Apr 2014
Mandurah's young people in focus

Yesterday I spent the day in Mandurah, meeting with local young people and youth service providers.


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