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The Commissioner's Diary

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19 Sep 2014
Holistic services helping young people of Rockingham

I had the pleasure yesterday of meeting young people and staff from headspace Rockingham, which opened in February this year.


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18 Sep 2014
Schools recognised for drug and road safety education

Today I had the opportunity to recognise the hard work of students, teachers and other school staff, and communities in achieving the bronze and silver levels of the Changing Health Acting Together (CHAT) program.


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10 Sep 2014
Feedback from Kimberley visit given to Joint Standing Committee

Today I met with the Joint Standing Committee on the Commissioner for Children and Young People at Parliament House and was able to outline some observations from my recent visit to the West Kimberley.
 
 


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08 Sep 2014
Child Protection Week encourages everyone to play your part

The theme for this year’s national Child Protection Week, “Play Your Part”, is a timely reminder that everyone in our community has a role in the wellbeing of our children and young people.

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05 Sep 2014
Conference focuses on keeping children and young people safe from abuse


The National Protective Behaviours Conference held in Perth this week highlighted the many different aspects involved in keeping our children and young people safe.


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22 Aug 2014
Honouring those who work with vulnerable children and young people

Yesterday I was pleased to award a Children, Youth and Families Agencies Association (CYFAA) Award to Marissa Beever from Wanslea.



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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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