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    From consumer to partner: Rethinking the parent/practitioner relationship

    Edition no. 32, September 2021

    This edition of Policy Brief focuses on the nature and importance of partnerships between parents and professionals. Three types of partnerships are discussed: partnerships in the helping relationship, service co-design partnerships, and partnerships involving parents as co-workers.                                                                                                                                                                       

    About Policy Brief

    The Policy Brief series aims to stimulate informed debate about issues that affect children's health, development and wellbeing. Each issue draws on current research and evidence-informed practice and explores:

    • why the issue is important
    • what the research tells us
    • what the implications of the research are
    • considerations for policy and practice.


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    Policy Brief is authored by experts in the field of early childhood and produced by the Centre for Community Child Health. 

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    The first Policy Brief "Early childhood and the lifecourse" was launched on 28 February 2006. The establishment of Policy Brief was made possible by Bhp billiton. 

    Policy Brief Archives

    Topic Download Edition Date References
    Pushing the boundaries: Using telehealth to improve regional access and care Edition 31  October 2020 NA
    Place-based collective impact: An Australian response to childhood vulnerability Edition 30  July 2018  References
    Child Mental Health: A Time For Innovation Edition 29  May 2018  References
    The First One Thousand Days – Our Greatest Opportunity
    Edition 28 March 2018 References 
    Using evidence in policy and programs Edition 27  November 2017 References
    The future of early childhood education and care services in Australia
    Edition 26 July 2014


    Assessing the quality of early childhood education and care Edition 25 July 2013 References
    Children's mental health Edition 24 April 2012 References
    Place-based approaches to supporting children and families Edition 23      Dec 2011 References
    Policy Brief - Five years on Edition 22 July 2011 References
    Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence: What does it all mean? Edition 21 April 2011 References
    Physical Punishment Edition 20 Nov 2010 References
    The Changing Role of Grandparents Edition 19 Aug 2010 References
    Engaging Marginalised and Vulnerable Families Edition 18 June 2010 References 
    Integrating Services for Young Children and their Families Edition 17 Dec 2009 References  

    Television and Early Childhood Development

    Edition 16 Aug 2009 References
    Caring for young children: What children need Edition 15 May 2009 References
    The impact of poverty on early childhood Edition 14 Jan 2009 References
    Literacy in early childhood Edition 13 Sept 2008 References
    Towards an early years learning framework Edition 12 Aug 2008 References
    Rethinking the transition to school: Linking schools and early years services

    Edition 11

    June 2008 References
    Rethinking school readiness Edition 10 April 2008 References
    Parenting young children Edition 09 Dec 2007 References
    Early years care and education Edition 08 Oct 2007 References
    Overweight and obesity in childhood Edition 07 May 2007 References
    Effective community-based services Edition 06

    Mar 2007

    Childhood mental health: promotion, prevention and early intervention Edition 05 Nov 2006


    Services for young children and families: an integrated approach Edition 04 Oct 2006


    Work and family life balance Edition 03 July 2006


    Quality in children's services Edition 02 May 2006


    Early childhood and the lifecourse Edition 01 Feb 2006



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