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The Commissioner's Diary

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29 Jul 2015
New facility to provide community-based mental health services

Working together to provide support and services for people with mental illness in a community setting was the overall vision communicated yesterday when I attended the opening of Richmond Wellbeing’s new premises in Cannington.


17 Jul 2015
Giving young people a voice on homelessness

Yesterday I heard the powerful stories of several young people and their experiences with homelessness at a morning tea at my Subiaco office.

04 Jun 2015
Designing out child sexual abuse in the workplace

The need for organisations to have and act consistently according to sound child-safe principles was highlighted last night by visiting academic Professor Stephen Smallbone.


22 May 2015
Advocating evidence-based research

The importance of making a sustainable positive difference to the wellbeing of Aboriginal people was the theme discussed by distinguished research professor Fiona Stanley AC in her speech at the Koya and Pindi Pindi information event held last night, and hosted by DLA Piper.

22 May 2015
Healthy eating project a success

It was a great opportunity to attend the Healthy Schools Forum, organised by the WA Health Promoting Schools Association this morning.


14 May 2015
Family Pathways Network explores issues in family law

This morning I was pleased to open the 2015 Family Pathways Network conference in Perth.

08 May 2015
Fairbridge supporting varied needs of young people

As Commissioner for Children and Young People, one of the underlying principles of my advocacy is the need for a holistic approach to improving the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people.

One organisation working in this way to bring about long-term sustainable change and help young people reach their full potential is Fairbridge.

16 Apr 2015
Young people speak out during Youth Week

The 2015 Speak Out for Change: Youth Voice on Youth Issues Summit was a youth-to-youth consultation, where young leaders from the Youth Leadership Roundtable worked with more than 100 of their peers to debate complex issues that are affecting young people today, and put forward innovative solutions.

10 Apr 2015
Conference highlights importance of early childhood

This morning I spoke at the opening session of the 6th Biennial conference of the Maternal, Child and Family Health Nurses Australia Association.

30 Mar 2015
Butler Falcons practise leadership

Late last week I met with a great group of young women who take part in the Edmund Rice Centre’s Youth Leadership Program, and who form the all-African girls AFL rules football team – the Butler Falcons.

26 Mar 2015
Arts and culture investment remains a priority

The Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, in collaboration with CAN WA, has released a report into Arts and Culture in Western Australian Local Government.

24 Mar 2015
CARE schools are keeping students engaged

A number of young people have told me recently that the flexibility and support provided by CARE schools have enabled them to continue their education and cope with issues they are facing in their personal lives.

23 Mar 2015
Sanders advocates evidence-based parenting support

Professor Matthew Sanders, founder of the Triple P’s Positive Parenting Program, presented the keynote address at the Western Australia Triple P Professional Development Forum yesterday, which I had the pleasure of attending.

17 Mar 2015
Youth Leadership Roundtable provides a youth voice

I welcomed the opportunity to meet with members of the Youth Leadership Roundtable on the weekend, as part of Save the Children’s South East Corridor Youth Partnership Project.

11 Mar 2015
Winterfold students speak out via song

Today I visited Winterfold Primary School in Beaconsfield to thank children, young people and staff for participating in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consultation project last year.

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