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The Commissioner's Diary

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27 Aug 2015
Meerilinga providing essential services

This morning I enjoyed seeing a number of initiatives that are helping to engage and inspire children at the Cockburn Family Centre in Coolbellup, which is coordinated by Meerilinga.

24 Aug 2015
High level discussion sets positive agenda for Aboriginal childrens wellbeing

Today I had the pleasure of hosting a vibrant roundtable discussion with directors general and executives from many government departments concerning the themes of our report “Listen To Us, and how agencies can respond to the views expressed by Aboriginal children and young people.

14 Aug 2015
Examination of children affected by family and domestic violence

How children and young people are affected by family and domestic violence was the theme of a Perth Roundtable I attended today, hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission at the Department of Social Services.

11 Aug 2015
Action on Alcohol Awards

I was pleased to attend the McCusker Centre for Action on Alcohol and Youth’s annual Action on Alcohol Awards this morning to honour the many people working to reduce the impact of alcohol-related harm to Western Australia’s young people.

10 Aug 2015
Early Childhood roundtable

The Early Childhood roundtable event held today at our Subiaco office provided an excellent opportunity to hear experiences of working collaboratively in the area of early childhood education and care.


07 Aug 2015
Powerful imagery on display at Home Is Where My Heart Is

The opening of the 2015 Home Is Where My Heart Is photography exhibition last night was a celebration of how the arts can help make a difference in the lives of young people.

04 Aug 2015
Students help table report in Parliament

A group of 10 Aboriginal students from Hampton Senior High School and Kiara College helped me today to table a report in the WA Parliament that outlines the views and dreams of more than 1,200 WA Aboriginal children and young people.


04 Aug 2015
Due recognition for child safety programs

It was a pleasure to attend the 2015 Constable Care Child Safety Awards on Saturday evening.

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.

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