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National Sorry Day
Friday May 26 is National Sorry Day and will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. Sorry Day is an important event that acknowledges the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal families and communities. To mark this occasion we are attending an event in Kwinana that will engaging and meaningful for the... More
National Families Week
National Families Week runs from May 15 - 21 and coincides with the United Nations International Day of Families. Hundreds of thousands of people around Australia participate in community level National Families Week events annually. Here are some ways you can celebrate the week... More
Angela Ryder
We are proud to announce that our Senior Manager for Aboriginal Services Angela Ryder has been nominated for the Aboriginal Award in the 2017 West Australian of the Year Awards. Congratulations Angela! The Aboriginal Award is presented in celebration... More
Stepfamilies
Mother’s Day is the perfect day to celebrate not only just Mums, but all the female caregivers in our lives, whether they be Grandmothers, Step-Mums, Aunts or guardians. No matter who they are or where they come from, one thing that’s certain is how important they are in our lives... More
Multicultural get togethers
As community Partners, 4families and The Smith Family facilitate monthly Multicultural Get-Togethers. The focus has been to provide a space where families could develop friendships and build a sense of community and belonging within the group. Ladies share stories about their lives, families and experiences and have conversations about their culture and diversity, and have opportunity to practice skills... More
National Families Week
Personal development starts with self-awareness, which is the first step in learning about how you want to live your life and what you want it to look like. This in turn can help create the motivation to make changes in the way you think, behave or speak, and can help you achieve more fulfilling... More
Rebuilding after separation
Right now in the state of Western Australia there is a window of opportunity for a new approach to family and domestic violence. A change of government and the announcement of a new Minister with responsibility for Family and Domestic Violence means that a coordinated and integrated response across government agencies and community organisations... More
Relationships Australia and the Family Relationships Centre (FRC) in Bunbury held an early joint celebration on Wednesday 22 March for Neighbour Day. Two morning teas and sing-a-long sessions were held at Wattle Hill Aged Care and Ocean Star Aged Care... More
Parent Project
WA’s very own tall ship, the STS Leeuwin will set sail from Fremantle on April 10 for a three day voyage that promises to be an unforgettable family adventure and will give parents and their children memories to last a lifetime. The Parent Project is open to children ages 12 +, with one or two parents or carers...

 

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Forced Adoption Support Service
March 21 will mark the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to those affected by Forced Adoption and/or removal practices and policies within Australia. It is an important day as these past experiences continue to affect mothers, children and other family members. Our Forced Adoption Support Service will be holding a morning tea to mark the occasion...

 

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Harmony Day
Join us in celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity this Harmony Day. Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. Held every year on 21 March, the Day coincides... More
Clark Wright
On 28 March our 4dads program will welcome guest speaker Clark Wright to talk about how Dads can connect with their kids, of any age. 'Dads; diners, drive-ins and dives' is a presentation that explore the importance of dads and father figures in children’s lives. It will create a conversation around how dads and father figures can connect... More
Neighbour Day launch
On Friday Relationships Australia hosted a morning tea to launch Neighbour Day 2017. The launch begins the countdown to Neighbour Day, an annual community campaign, and was attended by Neighbour Day Ambassadors Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, Natalie Ahmat, journalist and presenter of National... More
National Sorry Day
Monday February 13 marks the 9th anniversary of the National Apology to Australia's First Peoples - a sacred moment in our nation's history that must never be forgotten. Join us in acknowledging the anniversary of the apology and working together for recognition and healing of the Stolen Generations... More
couple on beach
Each year on February 14 many of us will celebrate romance by giving cards or gifts to our special loved one. While there is nothing wrong with commercial gifts of love, for some people this is very important, others may prefer to receive love in different ways... More
children
This program supports separating parents to develop knowledge and practical skills to help adapt and work through the painful emotions of separation with a particular focus on supporting and maintaining the well-being of the children. We believe an understanding of the child and their... More
Neighbour Day
On Sunday 26 March 2017 communities across the country came together to celebrate Neighbour Day, a community development program encouraging people to connect with those who live in their neighbourhood. This year, Neighbour Day’s annual theme was: The importance of social connection for the elderly... More
Counselling
The holiday season is now over, and many of us may be settling back into our weekly work routines. Relationship WA’s senior educator Sue Aspin said maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential, no matter how much we love (or hate) our jobs and careers...
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Rebuilding after separation
Are you or someone you know suffering after a divorce or separation? Rebuilding after Separation and Divorce is an eight-week course helps participants explore the steps to heal and rebuild after relationship breakdown. The course is based on the book 'Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends' by Dr Bruce... More
Together forever
Would you like to improve your relationship skills to future-proof your new relationship? With the aim of strengthening mutual understanding, communication and intimacy, Together Forever is a course that is an investment in your future happiness. This weekend course is for couples either already living together or planning to marry or live together permanently... More
Connect For Mental Health
We have developed a free online mental health training tool to help the community better understand mental health, and recognise someone who may be at risk of mental health decline or contemplating suicide. It helps users understand how to reach out and talk to a person they may be worried about, how to respond to what they say, and also how to obtain further support if needed... More
Family safety programs
Family violence continues to be one of our nation’s most pervasive social problems and can have long term implications for everyone involved, especially children. Our Family Abuse Integrated Response Program (FAIR) is an evidence-based family safety and domestic violence program... More

Past News 2016

National Sorry Day
Friday May 26 is National Sorry Day and will mark the 20th Anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report. Sorry Day is an important event that acknowledges the history of forcible removal of Aboriginal families and communities. To mark this occasion we are attending an event in Kwinana that will engaging and meaningful for the... More
Father's Day
Dads play an essential role in raising their children. This is why we are running a new course to help support them in what can be a challenging role. ‘Pit Stop – A Parenting Tune-Up for Fathers’ is an eight week course that is engaging, fun and above all, practical... More
Families
Our Building Stronger Families course, beginning in July, will teach families how to problem solve and give them skills needed to keep their family healthy and functioning at its best. It also allows parents and young people over the age of nine years to attend together... More
Caged In
We are pleased to be sponsoring a charity fundraising screening this Sunday of Caged In, an award winning film about domestic violence. All proceeds from the night will be donated to Starick - a refuge and support centre for women and children who have been affected by domestic violence... More
Harmony Day
Join us in celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity this Harmony Day. It is held on 21 March and is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The theme for 2016 is ‘Our diversity, our strength’...
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Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to take a rest from our daily routines and to spend time together as a family and celebrate mothers. It’s also a time to celebrate the diversity of the Australian Mum – who can be found in many guises...
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Step families
Children's Week, running from the 22 - 30 of October, celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood and to encourage children and their families to play, learn and grow together. Our 4families service is a free program that provides whatever support families and carers need, linking them to a variety of services to reduce family stress and enable children and young people to reach their full potential. They have compiled a list of helpful websites and apps... More
Close the Gap
As a nation, we have changed the way we talk about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Show you care, raise awareness and take action to Close the Gap by 2030...
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Connect For Mental Health
We have developed a free online mental health training tool to help the community better understand mental health, and recognise someone who may be at risk of mental health decline or contemplating suicide. It helps users understand how to reach out and talk to a person they may be worried about, how to respond to what they say, and also how to obtain further support if needed... More
Forced Adoption Support Service
After the recent South West fires we have witnessed a community and people suffer many losses. It’s important to remember to provide emotional support to those in need while they cope with feelings of grief and loss...

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Domestic violence
Domestic Violence is a social problem which is currently receiving a lot of attention - so there are high chances counsellors and social workers will come across it in their work. But how confident are you in your skills to have a helpful conversation with a perpetrator of abuse? Do you feel you have the skills...
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Cert 4 graduation picture
Have you ever wanted to work in the area of family dispute resolution? Or do you already have some experience, but lack formal qualifications? If either of these questions apply to you then you will be a happy to learn there are five places left in Relationship Australia WA’s Graduate Diploma in Family Dispute Resolution starting at the end of June....
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Forced Adoption Support Service
The Forced Adoption Support Service Small Grant Fund invites eligible groups and organisations to apply for grants to help support those affected by past forced adoption living in Western Australia...
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Group Facilitation Skills
Developing facilitation skills opens up the possibly of working in the broad field of family, relationship and personal development education, as well as being transferable into many other fields. Our 2016 Group Facilitation Skills course will help you develop the knowledge and attitudes necessary for effectively facilitating psycho-education groups…
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Neighbour Day
We are co-hosting The Good Country Living Fair alongside Anglicare WA in Denmark, WA on Sunday 15 May. This free community event will run from 10am - 2pm at the Boston Brewery. All members of the family will be entertained with live music, guest speakers, kids entertainment, free prize draw... More
A video made by four Curtin University students has helped a group of women dealing with grief and loss share their stories and further their healing process. Angela Ryder, Senior Manager Aboriginal Services, hopes the video will help many more people who may be experiencing similar emotions.... More
Harmony Day
Join us in celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity this Harmony Day on March 21. Coordinator of CALD services Esther Mwathi said Harmony Day is important because it reminds us that we all belong no matter what our heritage or culture is...
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headspace
On Tuesday, 11 October #headspaceday will be celebrated for the first time, right around Australia. headspace Bunbury is celebrating the day by asking anyone living in and around Bunbury to drop into the headspace Bunbury marquee at the local Bunnings on Blair Street and pick up an Access All Areas wristband... More
white ribbon day
On Friday 2 December, men and women from all areas of the local community in Hedland, will unite to march to help stop men's violence against women.We have been a part of the Hedland Says No to Violence Action Group for more than six years, working alongside many other...
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Being a good confidant
When people are worried or upset about their marriage or relationship, they turn first to friends and family members. Research shows that there are millions of these 'natural confidants', people who trust others with their concerns. Marital and Relationship First Responder is a new course... More
Humankind
Relationships Australia recently launched a new website to support people living with chronic illness and their loved ones to achieve positive and respectful relationships...
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WACOSS
We will be taking part in the 2016 Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS) conference to explore the future direction of community services in WA. The theme this year is WAy ahead - Leave No One Behind, which examines which changes we may need to make to continue to make a difference in the community...
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Noongar Radio
Noongar Radio recently broadcast a radio documentary that was recorded in WA prisons. 'INSIDE LOVE' is a two part documentary that examines the effects that prison life has on Aboriginal prisoners and all things love...
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Christmas tree
Christmas is nearly upon us once again and many of us are looking forward to spending time with our family and friends. However, although it is meant to be a happy and joyful time, for some Christmas can be a stressful and depressing time. We give some tips on how you can help manage these stresses and enjoy the holiday season... More
Mental Health Week 2014
Mental health refers to your overall well-being and state of mind. When you are mentally healthy you have a positive outlook and feel good about yourself. Mental Health Week runs from October 8 - 15 and is the ideal time to consider your mental and emotional health. This year the Western Australian Association for Mental Health is again using the Act-Belong-Commit message as the official theme, with a focus on suicide prevention...
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Reconciliation painting
We would like to invite members of the public to the 2016 Moorditj Yarning Community Art Exhibition, starting on October 27. This exhibition is a collection of local Aboriginal artwork which has come together from weekly workshops coordinated by Moorditj Yarning, Relationships Australia WA’s program for the Aboriginal community...
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Neighbour Day
Neighbour Day has launched the ‘my neighbours, my neighbourhood’ drawing competition, inviting children and adults in neighbourhoods around Australia to draw a picture that shows what is special about their neighbours or what makes their community a great place to live. The total prize money pool is $1000...
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NAIDOC Week 2016 had begun and runs until 10th of July. This is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements. This year you can join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week in different ways...
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Forced Adoption Support Service
Today is the third anniversary of the National Apology to those affected by forced adoption and/or removal practices and policies within Australia. We are holding a morning tea to mark this important anniversary...
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Neighbour Day
Australia’s annual celebration of community, Neighbour Day will be launched today with a virtual campaign reaching communities across the country. As part of the launch people all over Australia will be taking photos with the same Neighbour Day signage to show their support for the campaign...
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Families
We are pleased to announce the introduction of three new parenting programs - Circle of Security Parenting, Tuning in to Kids and Tuning in to Teens. These evidence based, emotion focused parenting programs have been introduced to help parents make a positive difference to their child’s development and build emotional competence in their children...
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Families
Looking for a parenting workshop? Our programs cater for parents and carers of children from all age groups up to 18 years and vary from one night seminars to 8 week in depth workshops. You can learn how to build a stronger family unit, create a strong attachment to your infant, manage your angry teen...
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Neighbour Day
Thanks to everyone who joined us at Neighbour Day On The Green in Kalamunda to successfully celebrate our diverse and wonderful community. Residents came together to enjoy live music, entertainment, bouncing castle, petting zoo, face-painting, street games and food vans...
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Relationships WA joined the award-winning FAIRDAY when it returned to Hyde Park in 2016. Pride Senior Vice President Michelle Rogers said the event was an event for people of all ages and backgrounds...
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Royal Commission Support Service
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse would like to remind Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders survivors of institutional child sexual abuse that they must register for private sessions by 30 September 2016. We provide support services...
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Step families
Childhood can be a confusing and turbulent time – but how can we help lead our child to a strong notion of self-confidence? The Rock and Water program is designed to assist boys and girls to become aware of the purpose and motivation in their life...
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Royal Commission Support Service
The Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues to provide opportunities for survivors to share their story. As part of the Commission process, free support services are available...

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Forced Adoption Support Service
The Royal Commission has launched a nationwide advertising campaign to announce registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016. Private sessions allow survivors of child abuse...
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Family safety programs
Family violence continues to be one of our nation’s most pervasive social problems and can have long term implications for everyone involved, especially children. Our Family Abuse Integrated Response Program (FAIR) is an evidence-based family safety and domestic violence program... More
Couple
Not everyone one feels the same way about February 14 and for some people it can evoke a range of emotions. Our Seeking and Keeping Your Next Relationship course gives you the opportunity to examine the challenges and opportunities...
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Find and Connect Logo
November 16 marks the seventh anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. The Find and Connect service at Relationships Australia will be acknowledging this important occasion by……
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National Sorry Day
Thursday May 26 marks the 19th National Sorry Day. Join us in commemorating this important day and supporting truth, justice and healing for the Stolen Generations. There will be an event in Wellington Square with a selection of workshops and performances...
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Domestic violence
The Federal government has launched a new $30 million ad campaign, designed to get parents, teachers and coaches to clamp down early on potentially dangerous and entrenched attitudes about violence towards women. We welcome an enhanced community awareness of domestic violence and have support services...

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Strong Stepfamilies
ECU student Emma Couzens is researching the experiences of biological parents who are living in a step-family as part of her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours. If you are the biological parent to a child between 5 years and 12 years of age, you have lived in your current step-family for longer than one year, and you’d like to share your story...
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Neighbour Day
Great neighbours and neighbourhoods exist all over Australia. The Neighbour Day ‘Tell Us Your Story’ competition invites people in communities around the country to share their stories of an extraordinary neighbour, or an amazing neighbourly act...
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love
Valentine’s Day brings relationships into focus and it can be a timely trigger to examine or improve your own. While it is a great opportunity to do something special for your partner, it’s also important to remember and celebrate...
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Family
Teaching virtues to children is a way of bringing out the best in every child. The Virtues Parenting Program is a six week course not only for just parents, but also teachers and anyone else who has a responsibility for children... More
National Sorry Day
Moorditj Yarning has contributed a story to the 2016 West Australian Indigenous Storybook. The book showcases the many positive community based projects occurring in rural and remote Aboriginal communities. It also celebrates the people who are contributing to the social economic, health and environmental outcomes for their people...
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West Australian Mental Health Conference 2016
This week we will be participating in the 2016 WA Mental Health Conference. The theme this year is Creating Our Future and the conference will provide a forum for learning, development and networking within the WA mental health sector and the community...
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white ribbon day
The Spirit of the Streets choir brought an extra note of harmony to the third Midland March That Matters at Midland on Friday November 25. The annual march is held on White Ribbon Day and aims to raise awareness and support the campaign to stop men’s violence against... More
Counselling
The holiday season is now over, and many of us may be settling back into our weekly work routines. Relationship WA’s senior educator Sue Aspin said maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential, no matter how much we love (or hate) our jobs and careers...
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Past News 2014

MHS Logo
This year Perth has been chosen to host the 24th annual Mental Health Services (MHS) Conference running from 26 – 29 of August at the Perth Convention Centre... More
Reconciliation painting
The Act-Belong-Commit Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition has wrapped up for another year. The exhibition, held at the Perth Town Hall, was a great success... More
Find and Connect Logo
Last Sunday marked the 5th anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants... More
Blue Knot Day 2014
On Monday 27 October 2014, Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) are inviting Australians to celebrate Blue Knot Day... More
change and loss
Our change and loss workshop is aimed at helping individuals develop skills to minimise any impact it might have on their lives... More
Close the Gap
Join more than 200,000 Australians and take action now by making your pledge to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health equality for the Close the Gap campaign... More
Father's Day
Father’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate the diversity of the Australian Dad and for fathers it’s a great time to think about the skills required to be the best Dad you can be... More
Find and Connect Logo
Find & Connect WA would like you to join them for a specialised mindfulness seminar designed for Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants... More
Cert 4 graduation picture
Relationships Australia WA has a few places left on their highly acclaimed Certificate IV course for Group Facilitation Skills... More
headspace
Relationships Australia WA is pleased to announce we are now the lead agency for headspace Bunbury... More
NAIDOC Logo
Despite the rain the NAIDOC week celebrations went smoothly and Relationships Australia WA and the Langford Aboriginal Association joined the community in the family-friendly annual opening ceremony at Wellington Square in the city... More
National Sorry Day
We are proud to sponsor the inaugural Indigenous Australians in the Resources Sector Forum. This conference is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who are working in the mining, oil and gas or related industries... More
Inside Exhibition
Don't miss you chance to see this historic exhibition that gives a voice to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants who experienced institutional care during the 20th century...
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Couple
Love it or hate it - Valentine’s Day is sure to evoke a range of emotions within many people, but there’s no denying it’s one which brings relationships into focus... More
Couple
Relationships Australia NSW is working on a research project with the Australian Catholic University to learn more about pre-marriage projects. If you are about to get married, or are considering pre-marriage education please click here to have your say... More

Past News 2013

Christmas tree
Christmas is already a period of controlled chaos for most people, but for blended or step-families it can be an even more challenging time of the year... More
Kids playing with coloured spaghetti
The 2013 Children’s Week started with a flourish at the Family FunSafe Day held at Whiteman Park... More
Dr-Shnarch
Counsellors from all over Australia flew into Perth this week to take part in a workshop held by renowned clinical psychologist and marital therapist Dr. David Schnarch... More
National Apology for Forced Adoptions
Relationships Australia today congratulated Prime Minister Julia Gillard, as she delivered an historical apology on behalf of the Australian Government, to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices... More
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One of Australia’s most memorable historic events in recent years was when the nation united under the Federal Government to apologise to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants... More
white ribbon day poster
Nearly 80 men and women united to support the White Ribbon cause, coming from all areas of the local community... More
Michael Mischin
The Attorney General officially launched Djinda Services, Relationships Australia WA’s newest community program... More
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WA’s Pridefest is in full swing after last Saturday’s successful 24th Pride Parade through the streets of Northbridge... More
WA Family Pathways Network 2014 Conference
The WA Family Pathways Network is calling for registrations for their 2014 Annual Conference, 'Below the Tip of the Iceburg', which is scheduled to be held on May 14... More
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Childhood trauma and abuse affects individuals not only when it occurs, but throughout their entire lives. Find & Connect will be holding a workshop for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse on Tuesday 26th November... More
white ribbon day
Today our premises around the state will be decorated with swathes of white ribbon to show support for White Ribbon Day... More
Kwinana branch
Relationships Australia WA has opened a Kwinana branch situated in the new Darius Wells Resource and Library Centre, a building designed by the City of Kwinana to meet the complex needs of the Kwinana community. Kwinana, which has seen a big increase... More
Narelle and Susan
Reconciliation is not only one of Relationships Australia WA’s major themes – it is also the name of the painting by Narelle Ryder that won this year’s People’s Choice Award at the SmokeFree WA Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition... More
Elizabeth Brennan
Preventing suicide in WA’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) community has been the main aim of Living Proud, a project set up early in 2012... More
Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition 2013
Bright colours and wide smiles were everywhere at the opening of the SmokeFree WA Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition at Perth Town Hall... More
Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition 2013
You can watch the opening of the 2013 Smokefree WA Moorditj Yarning Art Exhibition at the Perth Town Hall here... More
Family
This week is National Families Week, a chance to celebrate every family in Australia, whatever shape or form that may take.This year’s theme is Families Working Together: Getting the balance right... More
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More Australians are divorcing after twenty years or more of marriage, according to new data released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies... More
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Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants now have access to more personal support through the Australian Government’s Find and Connect support service operating from 25 Southport Street, in West Leederville. More
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