The importance of connecting this holiday season

Posted: 07/12/2020

If this pandemic has made us appreciate anything, it is the importance of the people around us. Family, friends, workmates, the people in our local café, the mums and dads and grandparents in our parent group, even the people we say hello to when …Read more

The gift of giving

Posted: 04/12/2020

A gift is not always something that is wrapped up with brightly coloured paper. Not all gifts are the kind you can place under a Christmas tree or tuck under your arm when attending a birthday party. While tangible gifts can be utterly delightful …Read more

The power of koalas

Posted: 21/10/2020

Around the world, koalas are universally loved. They are furry balls of sleepy cuteness (if you ignore their sharp claws and the eerie grunting sounds they make at night—holy Manuka, that is one scary noise)! But they are also more than that. They are …Read more

Mindfulness or mindlessness—a battle of the minds?

Posted: 21/10/2020

Everywhere we look these days, we see mindfulness touted as one of the wonders of the wellbeing world. Bookshops are overflowing with books on all aspects of mindfulness. There are books and blogs on mindfulness and running, learning mindfulness from your dog and mindful …Read more

Hot off the press—Tell A Trusted Adult!

Posted: 21/10/2020

It’s been over two years in the making but after countless hours of review, consultation and revision, Tell A Trusted Adult is now at the press and being printed as we speak! This vibrant new resource is perfect for having conversations with children about …Read more

Some unexpected benefits of teaching remotely

Posted: 30/07/2020

A survey of over one thousand primary teachers done by Melbourne Graduate School of Education at the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak found that teachers faced significant challenges in moving to remote learning. The majority of teachers were working longer hours, sometimes up to …Read more

The art of living inside a question

Posted: 30/07/2020

Often in human service work, we are focussed on supporting people to find solutions and answers. After all, that’s what we are paid the big bucks to do! But there is a lot that can be said for taking a step back and spending …Read more

Mood Dudes—an oldie but a goodie

Posted: 09/07/2020

  Have you ever noticed that when we are nervous, stressed, unsure or anxious, we tend to fiddle? We may scratch our head, pull on our earlobe, pick and unpick the sleeve of our jumper, play with our phone, pen or keys. When we …Read more

Steal like an artist…or a social worker?

Posted: 09/07/2020

Over the weekend I read Austin Kleon’s book, Steal like an artist, in which he says that creative people are excellent burglars. He reckons they steal everything—ideas, structures, techniques and inspiration. This is not plagiarism because they take the ideas of others and remix …Read more

Reconciliation in practice–how culturally competent are we?

Posted: 01/06/2020

A few years ago I was involved in a project that asked people from various non-Aboriginal organisations (including my own) to self-rate how safe they believed Aboriginal people felt either working in or accessing their service. We then asked Aboriginal colleagues and staff from …Read more

Listening to children’s voices

Posted: 01/06/2020

So often in the work we do, we are looking for innovative and creative ways to include the voices of the people we work alongside. This can be particularly challenging if we are working with children. Dr. Lisa Stafford and her team at the …Read more