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Dear members,

As we enter our first week of winter and with COVID-19 restrictions in Australia easing, hopefully a sense of normality will return, albeit one where we all still do things a little differently. For our network, this means continuing to provide webinars, at least for the immediate future. There are two webinars, in addition to the national webinars, which have been organised for the end of this month. One webinar will cover the topic of 'vicarious trauma and why it matters', which will be provided by Robyn Bradey. The other webinar will be provided by Dr Rachel Carson on the 'Children and young people in separated families project', which was originally going to be a face-to-face presentation but unfortunately was cancelled due to COVID-19. The details for these webinars are provided below. 

We are now in the third week of our national Family Law Pathways Network webinar series, with feedback for the last two webinars being really positive. There are three webinars in the series remaining and the advantage of these webinars is not only are they free but you can also watch the webinar (as long as you register) within the 14 day period afterwards. The details for the three remaining national webinars are included in our upcoming events and training section below. 

We are continuing to update and promote events on our Facebook group. We encourage those of you who have not yet joined to become a member of the group. You can find the group on Facebook by searching 'Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network' or by clicking here

The latest version of the Separation Services Guide and Services for Separating Families Brochure will shortly be available on our web page. You can view the Guide here and the Brochure here. The Separation Services Guide is also in the process of being translated to Nepali and Swahili. 

Recently, the Attorney-General's Department have confirmed that our network will be funded for another year, which is great news! We hope to continue to organise relevant and engaging speakers and events in the new financial year. To ensure that the events we organise are tailored towards what our members want and need, we would really appreciate you completing a short survey. It includes 10 questions and should take approximately four minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday 19 June 2020. You can complete the survey by clicking on the button below and we thank you in advance.
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Vicarious trauma and why it matters webinar
You are invited to attend a free two-hour webinar on 'Vicarious trauma and why it matters'. In this webinar, Robyn Bradey will explain what vicarious trauma is and give practical strategies for managing it. She will also provide extra strategies for working from home.

When: Tuesday 23 June at 1:00pm until 3:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
How to register: Please click the register here button below. A recording of the webinar will also be made available to registered participants for a period of time afterwards. 
Contact Kathryn Henderson should you have any queries. 
About the speaker: Robyn Bradey (B.Soc.Stud.SYD.) is a mental health accredited social worker with over 40 years’ experience, 29 of those in private practice. She has been a youth worker, a hospital social worker and an administrator. Robyn offers professional supervision to a wide range of health, welfare and legal workers. She has been a counsellor, specialising in loss, grief, trauma, work related stress and injury. Since 2008, she has specialised in training, consulting and supporting the legal profession in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Robyn is currently working as a consultant and trainer for the Federal Court of Australia, the UK Bar and Inns of Court, the NZ Law Society, the Bar Association of NSW, the Law Society of NSW and a large number of other agencies and organisations. She has written five books and numerous professional papers.
Register Here
Children and young people in separated families project webinar
You are invited to attend a free one-hour webinar on the 'Children and young people in separated families project'. In this webinar, Dr Rachel Carson, Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies will present the key findings from the ‘Children and young people in separated families: Family law system experiences and needs project', a qualitative study commissioned and funded by the Australian Government through the Attorney-General’s Department. The study aimed to investigate the experiences and needs of children and young people whose parents had separated and had accessed the family law system. This webinar will explore the insights from participating children and young people about the issues that are important to them in making post-separation parenting arrangements as well as their experiences with, and reflections on, family law system services. Rachel will provide a snapshot of effective professional practice from the perspective of children and young people.  

When: Tuesday 30 June at 1:00pm until 2:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom 
How to register: Please click the register here button below. Contact Kathryn Henderson should you have any queries. 
Register Here
National Reconciliation Week
It is now the last day of National Reconciliation Week. This year's theme is 'in this together' and you can read more about it here.
Spotlight on a local service
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation was the first Aboriginal community controlled organisation in the Wodonga area. It provides a range of services to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation provides Aboriginal cultural planning; Aboriginal family led decision making; early years support; Koori first steps pre-school; Koori maternity support; a midwife; family violence education, information and support; home and community care; Aboriginal health promotion and chronic care; chronic disease outreach program; local justice; and youth justice advocacy and support. 
Referrals and wait times:
Referrals can be made by practitioners or clients directly via phone or email. 
There is no wait list. 
Client eligibility and cost:
Mungabareena Aboriginal Corporation provides services to the Wodonga, Indigo, Wangaratta, Benalla, Mansfield, Alpine and Towong areas. The programs each have their own eligibility criteria and are for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and their non-Indigenous family members. It is a free service. 

Phone: 02 6024 7599

Address: 21 Hovell Street, Wodonga, Victoria, 3690
Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

COVID-19 changes:
Staff are working remotely from home until further notice and the office is not accessible to the public. Clients are receiving support by phone. 

Upcoming events and training
June 2020
A conversation hour - I'm over resilience: How can we ensure resilience continues to matter? 
Presented by the Upper Hume Primary Care Partnership with guest speakers Dr Kathleen Brasher, Paul Ryan and Sarah Crosthwaite
Thursday 4 June at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Click here for more information and how to register.

A safety model for working with survivors and perpetrators in domestic and family violence webinar
Presented by the Family Law Pathways Network with guest speaker David Mandel
Wednesday 10 June at 11:00am to 12:30pm

Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information.

Parenting capacity and mental health webinar
Presented by the Family Law Pathways Network with guest speaker Rose Cuff
Wednesday 17 June at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information.

Vicarious trauma and why it matters webinar
Presented by the Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network with guest speaker Robyn Bradey
Tuesday 23 June at 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information.

Complex circumstances - Parents with intellectual disability webinar
Presented by the Family Law Pathways Network with guest speaker Dr Margaret Spencer
Wednesday 24 June at 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information.

Working with men to end family violence digital conference
Presented by Criterion Conferences
Wednesday 24 June and Thursday 25 June at 8:00am to 5:00pm
Cost: $1318 to $1648
Click here to register and for more information.

COVID-19 and its impact on the family violence legal and service system
Presented by the Australian Institute of Family Studies with guest speaker Angela Lynch
Thursday 25 June at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information. 

Children and young people in separated families project webinar
Presented by the Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network with guest speaker Dr Rachel Carson from the Australian Institute of Family Studies 
Tuesday 30 June at 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Cost: Free
Click here to register and for more information.
Family law local news
Family Relationship Services waiting times
Please note that the wait time is from the service request to the Intake appointment. 
Children's Contact Service
Currently, changeovers and supervised contact at the Children's Contact Service (CCS) are being impacted by restrictions caused by COVID-19.
Service requests are still being accepted and Intake appointments are occurring.
Staff are working with current CCS families to facilitate alternative arrangements, such as modified COVID-19 safe face-to-face supervised contacts or supervised virtual visits via Zoom. All subject to screening requirements and assessment of suitability. 
The wait time for supervised contact is four to six months.
The wait time for changeovers is one to two months. 
These wait times may change due to the current restrictions on service delivery. 

Family Relationship Centre 
Currently, no face-to-face client appointments are occurring.
Clients are having Intake appointments via phone.
Phone or video conference FDR sessions are being facilitated in suitably assessed cases.
The wait time is between 8 and 10 weeks.

Please note that the above information is subject to change at short notice.
Parenting Orders Program (POP)
The 2020 Parenting Orders Program flyer can be viewed here.
Due to restrictions on service delivery caused by COVID-19, the Parenting Orders Program Term Two adult and children group work are postponed.
Counsellors are offering alternative delivery of the Building Better Bridges program content via phone or Zoom on an individual basis where appropriate.
Intake appointments are occurring for Term Three via phone and Zoom. 
Counselling is being delivered by phone and Zoom. 
This information is subject to change at short notice. 

Building Better Bridges program
This is six week group program for separated parents in high conflict.
Term 3 begins 11 August for 6 weeks on a Tuesday from 10am-12pm or 5:30pm-7:30pm.  

Children's Jigsaw program
This five week group program provides support and assistance to children of separated or divorced families.
Term 3 begins 12 August for 5 weeks on a Wednesday for 6-8 year olds from 4pm-5pm. 
Term 3 begins 13 August for 5 weeks on a Thursday for 9-11 year olds from 4pm-5pm. 
Albury Registry of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court Circuit Weeks
27-31 July 2020                                Judge Mercuri
14-18 September 2020                     Judge Mercuri
23-27 November 2020                      Judge Mercuri
Family law statewide and national news
Family violence intervention orders in Victoria
In Victoria, an applicant (affected family member) may now apply for a family violence intervention order online. The online application form was developed to make it safer and easier for applicants to submit an application, without the need for them to make an appointment with the court to complete their application. An application can be made online by visiting The brochure can be viewed here and there is also an information sheet for support services, which can be viewed here

New domestic violence inquiry to probe national failures in keeping victims safe 
Written by Hayley Gleeson for ABC News
This article discusses a new parliamentary inquiry into domestic violence.
Click here to read the article. 
Family law resources and research
Children who have experienced parental separation and the factors that influence depression risk
Emerging Minds
This short article by Dr Laura Deegan was adapted from the paper 'Psychosocial profiles of adolescents from dissolved families: Differences in depressive symptoms in emerging adulthood'.
View the article here.

COVID-19 and separated families
Australian National University
This issues paper, written by Professor Bruce Smyth, Professor Lawrie Moloney, Jackie Bradie, Judge Joe Harman and Dr Marian Esler reflects on some of the challenges families face in the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic. 
View the issues paper here

Q&A: Infant mental health and family violence 
Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
This Q&A covers working with infants and toddlers in a family violence context amidst COVID-19 restrictions. 
The Q&A can be watched here

Family violence and child-aware practice podcasts
Emerging Minds
Two podcasts are now available, where family violence practitioners and other leaders in the field discuss the impact of family and domestic violence on children and the mother-child relationship, as well as some of the entry points into conversations about children's wellbeing with mothers experiencing family violence.
The podcasts can be listened to here

Engaging with parents when there are child protection concerns: Key considerations
Emerging Minds
This resource is aimed at professionals who engage with parents where there are child protection concerns, yet have limited training or knowledge about the child protection system. This resource outlines some of the key considerations for engaging with parents in such circumstances. 
View the resource here

COVID-19: Good practice guide for lawyers - meeting with children via technology
Legal Aid NSW
This guide sets out some tips and traps for child representatives when communicating with a child via technology.
View the guide here
If you have any content that you would like featured in our next e-bulletin or have some general feedback, please email us. 
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