Tuesday, 26 May 2009

New Regional Family Services Announced

Ministerial Media Release:

Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, today announced funding for fifteen regional services to provide support for families experiencing relationship and separation issues. The additional services include fourteen new Post Separation Cooperative Parenting centres and a Regional Dispute Resolution Service.

“Services such as these are enormously valuable in assisting parents to make critical decisions about parenting after separation, while maintaining a focus on the best interests of their children,” Mr McClelland said. These new services will be located in regional centres to ensure that families can access the help they need to address parenting issues.

The Post Separation Cooperative Parenting centres will offer counselling, education and seminars to highlight to parents the impact that conflict can have on children, and in doing so teach parents about different ways to manage conflict and support their children.

The Regional Dispute Resolution Service, to be located in Broken Hill, will assist separating families to reach agreement to resolve disputes as an alternative to costly and protracted court proceedings. “I congratulate the organisations that have been selected to provide these important new services,” Mr McClelland said.

Location Service provider

NSW
Bega Anglicare Diocese of Sydney
Nowra Anglicare Diocese of Sydney
Wagga Centacare Managers Inc

Victoria
Ballarat Ballarat Consortium for Family Relationship Services
(Consortium members: Child and Family Services Ballarat Inc,
Centacare, Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Inc and Relationships
Australia Victoria)
Bendigo Centacare Sandhurst
Mildura Mallee Family Care
Morwell Centacare Catholic Family Services

Queensland
Ipswich Lifeline Community Care Queensland
Mackay Lifeline Community Care Queensland

South Australia
Port Augusta UnitingCare Wesley, Port Pirie
Berri Relationships Australia South Australia

Western Australia
Geraldton Geraldton Family Relationships Consortium
(Consortium Members: Centacare Family Relationships Services,
Geraldton Regional Community Education Centre; Chrysalis
Support Centre, Geraldton Resource Centre, Midwest Men’s Health
Inc and Women’s Health Resource Centre Inc)

Northern Territory
Alice Springs Relationships Australia NT / Centacare NT PSCP Consortium

Tasmania
Devonport Centacare Tasmania

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