Centre for Community Child Health

Seminars and forums archives

  • 2018 seminars

    Practicing in partnership: Essential skills for building trusting relationships with families

    Do you work with children and families experiencing complex challenges? Do you wonder if you or your organisation could work differently to better meet child and family needs?

    In October 2018, three exciting events focused on partnership practice: the process of using respectful, compassionate and authentic engagement to build trusting relationships between practitioners and families seeking or needing support.

    Held in Melbourne in October, these events featured Dr Crispin Day, Head of the UK’s Centre for Parent and Child Support and co-author of the Family Partnership Model (FPM) and Empowering Parents Empowering Communities (EPEC) program.

    About Dr Crispin Day
    Crispin is a clinical psychologist who has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in adult and child mental health. Within the Centre for Parent and Child Support, he leads the research, development and dissemination of FPM, the Helping Families Programme and EPEC.

    He leads a program at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Research Unit to improve the outcomes, quality and efficiency of mental health service for children and families. Crispin has published and lectured widely as well as provided advice to central and local government across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

    Forum: The trials, tribulations – and overwhelming benefits – of building a culture of partnership practice

    ‘Family-centred practice’, ‘engagement’ and ‘partnership’ are words often used in relation to service delivery – but what do they really mean in practice? What does it look like to truly work in partnership with families, and what does it take for services to adopt a partnership culture?

    Dr Crispin Day outlined a successful model of partnership practice – the Family Partnership Model – and a program underpinned by partnership practice – the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities parent-led parenting program – and explored what is required to support and sustain partnership practices across organisations and within individual practice.

    The Family Partnership Model has been implemented widely across Australian family-centred services and has been shown to be instrumental in helping practitioners change the way they work with families and supporting collaborative outcomes between parents and professionals. The Empowering Parents Empowering Communities program is a parent led, professionally supported parenting intervention which is currently underway in Victoria and Tasmania.

    Participants also heard from practitioners and service leaders who have implemented the Family Partnership Model to change their culture of service or program delivery; with practical examples of some of the enabling factors that are required, and some of the challenges that were faced.

    Date: Thursday 25 October

    Time: 2pm – 5pm

    Venue: The Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville

    Cost: $110 incl GST

    Family Partnership Model practitioner workshop: Sustaining FPM in my practice

    This workshop was a rare opportunity to work in a small group setting with the co-author of the internationally recognised Family Partnership Model.

    Practitioners who work from a partnership model can sometimes feel their partnership practice is compromised by structures, processes or a lack of understanding and support from other practitioners that is outside of their control.

    This practical workshop enabled practitioners who work from a partnership model to discuss their challenges and explore strategies to sustain partnership in practice with families. 

    Date: Friday 26 October

    Time: 9.30am – 12pm

    Venue: The Larwill Studio, Parkville

    Cost: $135 incl GST

    Family Partnership Model facilitators masterclass: Facilitating Partnership

    Facilitating FPM courses can be complex for a number of reasons. Facilitators commonly struggle with balancing the content of the model, the unique demands of participants that arise from such a training intervention, and explicitly modelling the Family Partnership Model in their facilitation. This afternoon workshop provided an exciting opportunity for FPM facilitators to share and explore issues that arise in the facilitation of FPM courses with other facilitators and the co-author of the model.

    Date: Friday 26 October

    Time: 1.30pm – 4.30pm

    Venue: The Larwill Studio, Parkville

    Cost: $135 incl GST

    Innovate for impact: International and local perspectives on co-design and developmental evaluation

    Date: Thursday 13 September 2018
    Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne

    We had another successful one-day symposium, thanks to the collaborative efforts of our partners, the generosity of our speakers, and the enthusiasm of our 260 attendees. 

    Our annual event was held at the Grant Hyatt, Melbourne. The symposium focused on showcasing how co-design and developmental evaluation can be applied to complex system issues, develop effective cross-sector partnerships and have positive impacts on children and families.

    We are pleased to be able to share the event magic with you, including videos of the presentations and panel discussions, and photos of the day.

    This symposium was presented by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital MelbourneDepartment of Health and Human Services; Department of Education and Training, and was generously supported by The Creswick Foundation. 

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    2017 seminars

    Evidence for impact: International and local perspectives on improving outcomes for children and young people

    Date: Thursday 29 June 2017
    Venue: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne.

    More than 300 attendees came along to the Grand Hyatt, Melbourne for this one day event; showcasing international and local practice around the collaborative use of evidence and data to support improved outcomes for children and young people.

    We would like to thank those who attended on the day and extend our sincere appreciation to all guest speakers. 

    This symposium was presented by the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Children's Hospital MelbourneDepartment of Health and Human Services; Department of Education and Training, and was generously supported by The Creswick Foundation. 

    Download the presentations and watch the videos 

    2016 seminars

    Infant and child mental health: Ensuring optimal wellbeing for all children

    Date: Friday 18 March 2016
    Venue: Mercure North Melbourne, Cnr Flemington Road and Harker St, North Melbourne

    This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and focussed on the important role of universal services in promoting positive mental health in children and in early identification and intervention for children with mental health problems. 

    Download the program

    Seminar presentations

     Speaker        Presentation
     Dr. Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Community Child Health, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne
            What do all infants and children need for optimal well-being?
     Associate Professor Campbell Paul, Consultant Infant and Child Psychiatrist, The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne        What happens when things go wrong and how does the system respond?
     Dr. Gavin Hazel, Program Manager, Child, Youth and Wellbeing Program, Hunter Institute of Mental Health
            Building awareness, capability and competency: lessons from Responsive Ability and Connections
     Jennifer Ericksen, Clinical Psychologist and Manager, Perinatal Mental Health Services and Training, The Parent-Infant Research Institute, Austin Health        How can early childhood professionals work to support parents in their relationships with their children?
     Glenda Grummet, Victorian Facilitator, KidsMatter        Growing healthy minds by supporting good mental health and wellbeing
     Dr. Loraine Fordham, Lecturer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Early Childhood, School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University
            Attachment-based care: what does this look like in pedagogical practice?
     Alma-Jane O’Donnell, National Senior Child & Family Practitioner, Goodstart Early Learning and Stephanie Agnello, Assistant Director, Salisbury North Goodstart Early Learning        

    Enhancing vulnerable infant and child mental health outcomes, in an early years service


    2015 seminars

    The challenge of evidence-based policy and practice: Where to now for early language interventions?

    Date: Friday 18 September 2015
    Venue: Ella Latham Theatre, The Royal Children's Hospital, 50 Flemington Road Parkville

    This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (CRE-CL) brought together key experts in child language development from Australia and the UK. The seminar was designed for early years services, schools, allied health professionals, local government, policy makers and researchers, and will focus on three key areas:

    • The practice and policy challenges in addressing the language needs of young children
    • What’s happening on the ground? Lessons from the UK, Victoria and South Australia
    • New research and implications for practice.

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    Seminar presentations

    Speaker        Presentation
    Professor Sheena Reilly, Director, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
            What are the challenges in the 0-5-year-old space?
    Professor James Law, Professor of Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK         The natural history of language impairment: Parents, predictors and public health
    Karen Weston, Director (Early Learning and Development Reform), Victorian Government Department of Education and Training
            How policy is enabling young children’s language learning in Victoria
    Professor James Law, Professor of Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, UK        “Five a day”? A survey of child language and public health practice in the UK
    Rebecca Fry, Manager (Policy, Equity & Translation), Centre for Community Child Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute        Shifting young children’s language outcomes: Evidence, practice and the opportunity
    Tiffany Goss, Senior Speech Pathologist, Goodstart Early Learning
            Building communication rich environments in early learning settings
    Dr Marina Kalashnikova, Leader of the MARCS BabyLab, MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney        

    Infant directed speech and language development in the first years of life

    Professor Jan Nicholson, Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University
            Building parent capacity to support early language and learning: Results from a cluster randomised controlled trial

    Lessons learnt from place-based approaches

    Thursday 13 August 2015
    The Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

    This full-day seminar presented by the Centre for Community Child Health and the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, explored lessons learnt from place-based initiatives. Keynote speaker,  Naomi Eisenstadt, opened the seminar with a discussion on The English Experience. Drawing on her experience with Sure Start and other initiatives, Naomi talked about what is meant by ‘place’, the opportunities and challenges of collaboration and integration, and the lessons she has learnt along the way.

    Attendees also heard presentations that set the scene on place-based initiatives across Australia, with a focus on Victorian Area Partnerships. Later, we will welcome representatives from the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres, Go Goldfields and Doveton College to share their knowledge on the key features of these Australian place-based initiatives, and their major strengths and challenges. There will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions following each practice example presentation, before Naomi is invited back to provide comments in response to the Australian presentations. 

    Place based approaches - The English experience

    Naomi Eisenstadt, Honorary Research Fellow, Department of Education, University of Oxford & Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality to the Scottish Government

    The current state of play in Australia

    Sue West, Associate Director, Centre for Community Child Health

    Victorian area-based partnerships

    Simon Booth, Director, Vulnerable Children's Reform Unit, Strategy and Analytics Division Department of Health & Human Services

    Go Goldfields 

    Sharon Fraser, General Manager, Go Goldfields, Central Goldfields Shire Council

    Tasmanian Child and Family Centres

    Paul Prichard, Training & Development Manager, Centre for Community Child Health

    Doveton College

    Shannon Newman, Director, Comspec Services 

    2014 seminars

    Engaging with parents - from consultation to co-production

    Date: 30th September, 2014
    This half-day in-conversation seminar with Margy Whalley from Pen Green in the UK explored the intricacies of engaging with parents in ways that empower them to play a real role in the design and delivery of services. Margy provided commentary on promising practices emerging in Australia, drawing on her research and long experience in working with parents in Northamptonshire, UK. From consultation to co-production provided a framework for this exploration. The active participation of parents in child learning and in the design and delivery of services is a key feature of a new way of working with families for the future wellbeing of children and the prosperity of our whole nation. We welcomed parent and service representatives from the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) program closely linked to the Tasmanian Child and Family Centres. Practice examples of parent engagement in Victoria were also featured. Dianne Jackson,  CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) shared her thoughts about a new national initiative with a focus on parent engagement. Margy Whalley acted as a critical friend and help the audience and those presenting to explore the intricacies of their work in engaging with parents.  

    Introduction and Welcome

    Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, CCCH

    From consultation to co-production: what is meant by parent engagement?

    Paul Prichard, Manager Training & Development,CCCH 

    What is the experience of being involved in the Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) program as part of the Child and Family Centre initiative in Tasmania? - reflections from a parent and practitioners and Margy Whalley responding to the experiences shared: reflections from my experience

     A conversation facilitated by Paul Prichard

    Sarah Coker, Parent,  Lynne Spotswood, Aboriginal Liaison worker, Lynn Wylie-Watson (Ravenswood Child and Family Centre) and Cindy De Jong (EPEC coordinator, Tasmania) & Margy Whalley, Director Pen Green Research, Development & Training Base and Centre for Children & their Families, Northamptonshire County Council

    Exploring and reflecting on parent engagement

    In conversation with Margy Whalley and facilitated by Dr Tim Moore

    June McLoughlin, Director Family and Children’s Services, Doveton College – Learnings from engaging with the community to best support the health, education and social well-being of children

    Judi Gray, Partnerships and Service Development Coordinator and Ruhab Ayobi, Parent bicultural facilitator, VICSEG New Futures - The Hume Mentoring and Service Engagement Program (MASE) improving parent engagement in CALD communities

    Dianne Jackson, Chief Executive officer ARACY  – Parent engagement as part of the ARACY agenda in 2014/15

    Final thoughts

    Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow CCCH

    Investing in early childhood
    How will the Productivity Commission affect childcare and early learning?

    Date: 25 July, 2014

    The Productivity Commissioner, Dr Wendy Craik AM, will be the keynote speaker at the next Early Years Seminar, reporting findings from the Commission’s major public inquiry into childcare and early childhood learning.

    The Productivity Commission findings look at options for childcare and early childhood learning and focus on how Australia can develop a system that supports workforce participation and addresses children’s learning and development needs. There will be significant implications from this report for the sector, for the children and families of Australia, and indeed for the future prosperity of Australia.

    Early childhood bodies from across Australia will also present their responses to the Productivity Commission findings at the seminar.

    This seminar offers an opportunity to the whole early childhood sector to garner new ideas and direction to invest resources into programs and services that help children to be healthy and get a great start in life.

    What do Australians think about the future of ECEC in Australia? Findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

    Dr Wendy Craik AM, Presiding Commissioner on the Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning

    Why change? Challenging existing models of ECEC in Australia

    Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Community Child Health

    A provider’s perspective

    John Cherry, Advocacy Manager, Goodstart Early Learning

    Funding the future of ECEC in Australia: An alternative funding model

    Professor Deborah Brennan, Social Policy Research Centre

    Equal life chances for children

    Date: 17 March, 2014

    Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell will lead a seminar exploring equal life chances and how early years services can help safeguard children’s health, development and wellbeing.

    Presented through the Early Years Seminar Series: Research to Policy to Practice, the seminar will highlight recent evidence, policy development and practices. It will rethink how services can provide better access and quality programs for children and familiesExamples of service innovation and collaboration as well as supports for practitioners working with children and families with complex needs will be explored. 

    Keynote speakers also included Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Community Child Health and Robyn Miller, Director, Office of Professional Practice, Department of Human Services.

    National priorities from the child’s perspective: Lessons from the Big Banter

    Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner

    Acting Early, Changing Lives: How intervention and early action saves money and improves wellbeing

    Dr Tim Moore, Senior Research Fellow, The Royal Children’s Hospital Centre for Community Child Health

    Turning the tide: A program for children experiencing disadvantage related to neglect and abuse   

    Shannan Mudie, Pedagogical Leader, Children’s Protection Society

    Addressing disadvantage: Taking control of a community initiative to improve outcomes for Aboriginal children

    Lisa Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer, Bubup Wilam for Early Learning Aboriginal Child and Family Centre

    A parent’s perspective: Becoming part of a community initiative to benefit young children in Tasmania

    Maree Eaves, Parent, Clarence Plains Child & Family Centre and Paul Prichard – Senior Manager, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

    Developing a framework for development, reflective supervision and support

    Robyn Miller, Director, Office of Professional Practice, Department of Human Services

    Providing supervision to Aboriginal Family Support workers in regional Victoria (Mildura)