In this section
In this issue:
The Productivity Commission's public inquiry
into the national evidence base for school and early childhood education was a
welcome opportunity to provide feedback.
The Productivity Commission was asked to provide advice on a national
approach to collecting and using data for early childhood education and care
and schools in order to improve Australia’s educational outcomes. The Commission’s
report is expected to be released in August 2016, and will contain
Our key recommendations to the Commission included:
You can read our full report here.
Raising Children Network has partnered with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) to
produce a series of new articles and videos to help parents become NDIS ready.
new series will support the national rollout of the National
Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The rollout will begin on 1 July 2016.
Over the coming years, the scheme will grow to support 140,000 Australian
children aged 0 to 14 who have a disability.
NDIS represents a significant change to the way that services and support are
provided to children and families. These new resources will help parents to become
NDIS ready and prepare for the coming changes. They include text articles and
videos covering common queries including: what is the NDIS; how can parents
access it; how to choose services; early intervention; and transitioning from Better
Start and Helping Children With Autism to the NDIS.
Visit the new NDIS section on the Raising Children Network website
Visit the Raising Children Network website, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@RCN_AUS).
2016, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute celebrates its 30th anniversary.
To celebrate that milestone, MCRI has published new publication that
highlights the diverse achievements of the Institute. Brilliant Minds shines a spotlight on just a fraction of the
compelling research that has contributed to improving children’s health and
Centre for Community Child Health is proud to see five of the Centre for
Community Child Health’s team members featured. They are:
to all those involved in MCRI’s valuable research work and especially to our Centre’s
star researchers – whether featured or not. Take a look at Brilliant Minds www.mcri.edu.au/brilliantmindsbook.
What does engagement
involve and how can it improve outcomes for children and families?
decades, there have been major changes in the sorts of conditions under which
families are raising young children. The end result is that our traditional
service system is stretched to breaking point trying to offer all families the
support they need. Supporting the service system to work effectively with all
children and families is a challenge, particularly in the case of those
families who generally make little use of services.
engagement could offer a way for services to be more responsive to their
Community Engagement: A key
strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families unpacks the evidence for the
efficacy of a community engagement process that sees service providers seek out
community values, concerns and aspirations, and incorporate them into their
decision-making processes. The ongoing partnership that service providers
create out of this process can ensure that community priorities and values
continue to shape their services and service system.
Read Community Engagement: A key
strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families now.
Government's response to the Program for Students with Disabilities review was
released in April 2016. The Centre for Community Child Health was proud to
contribute to the review.
of Victoria’s Education State election pledge, the Labor party committed to
reviewing the Program for Students with Disabilities – the program that funds
those children who need extra assistance to support them to achieve their best
Centre for Community Child Health contributed two reports to that review,
looking at how to support those children who have dyslexia, and those who have
an autism spectrum disorder.
can read the full report, which covers the Centre’s work
in Chapter 6, and a summary of the Government’s response to
Child Public Health program offers you the opportunity to learn
about the factors that influence the health, development and wellbeing of
children, and the implications of these factors for the life course. The program provides participants
with skills and knowledge to understand and respond to child public health
The program is coordinated by the
Centre for Community Child Health and offered as a Masters level subject
through the University of Melbourne, but is also open to professionals
who are interested in completing the course as part of their continued
The Child Public Health program is
designed to enable participants to:
Date: 14, 15, 18, 19, 20,
21 July 2016 (6 days)
Venue: The Royal
Children’s Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville
Time: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Places are limited — register early to
for more information and to register.
children grow and develop, they are working to develop the skills that help
them regulate and balance their emotions. At the same time, they’re developing
lots of other skills and abilities and this can all lead to clashes between
parents/carers and children.
great relationships that parents and other adults have with young children help
children to develop the emotional and behavioural skills they’ll need for life.
With these loving relationships and clear, safe and consistent boundaries,
children and families can get through the peak difficult behaviour time of the
can read more about how children develop their emotional regulation and
behaviour skills in the May editions of Community
and Grow & Thrive. Both publications also include
information sheets to share with families.
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Launched in May, the Early Learning – Everyone
Benefits campaign is striving to raise awareness of the lasting benefits of
quality early learning and care. Find out how you can support this important campaign.
early years have a profound and lasting impact on lifelong health, development,
learning and wellbeing. Early Learning – Everyone Benefits seeks to raise
awareness of the enduring and significant social and economic benefits that
investment in quality early learning can bring. The campaign is working for all
Australians to see the value that quality universal early childhood education
has for our future prosperity.
the many individuals and organisations lending their names and efforts to this
critical campaign. Show your support and sign up at www.everyonebenefits.org.au/getinvolved.
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.