About blended families Blended families come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you and your partner might both have children from a previous relationship, or one of you might be new to parenting. Your children might be of similar or very different ages. You might also have a child together. Where children live also varies across families.
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Australia wide Australian Government Department of Home Affairs This Australian Government Department is responsible for visas, immigration and refugees. Department of Human Services - Information in your language This Australian Government Department provides information about its payments and services in a range of languages.
Australia wide Alcoholics Anonymous This organisation provides services for young people and can help young people work out whether they have a problem with drinking. Australian Drug Foundation This organisation develops and distributes free and quality-assured information on alcohol, other drugs and harm prevention through a range of programs, websites and services.
Employment Australian Government Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business This website has detailed information about government employment services and training programs. jobactive On this Australian Government website you can search and apply for jobs, find apprenticeships and traineeships and find your local employment services provider.
Australian Capital Territory Canberra Police Community Youth Club This organisation provides innovative and relevant activities for young people in an environment that encourages them to get involved. New South Wales NSW Police Force - Party safety Here you can read tips for organising a safe party for young people.
Child protection Act for Kids Act for Kids, an initiative of the Abused Child Trust, works to treat and prevent child abuse. It provides counselling, intensive therapies and other support to affected children. Australian Childhood Foundation This non-profit organisation works to support children and families affected by family violence, abuse and neglect.
Why listening is important for communication and relationships Listening can lead to a better understanding between you and your partner and can strengthen your long-term relationship. Listening also makes it easier for you to solve problems together and to be consistent in how you behave towards your children.
After a hospital or birth centre birth: what new mums can expect If you had your baby in a hospital or birth centre, you and your baby will probably stay in hospital for at least 24 hours . If you're both well enough, you might be encouraged to go home earlier. If you want to go earlier or stay longer, or you're not sure, it's OK to talk with your doctor or midwife.
If your child tells you he wants to hurt himself or wants to die, seek urgent professional help. Call Lifeline on 131 114 for 24-hour phone counselling. You can also call 000 or go straight to a hospital emergency department. Australia wide Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) This organisation develops information for parents and their partners, carers, family and friends in support of children with parents with mental illness.
Australian Psychological Society This is a professional association representing psychologists in Australia. The website can help you find a psychologist near you. Beyond Blue Beyond Blue works to increase community awareness of depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders. The website has an extensive collection of downloadable resources.
Australia wide Australian Government - Young people and STIs This website gives young people important information about the transmission, symptoms, treatment and prevention of sexually transmissible infections (STIs). Reach Out - Sex and relationships This website has lots of teenage-friendly information about sexual health for young people.
Australia wide Australian Government Department of Human Services - Rent Assistance If you're paying rent, and you get income support payment from the Australian Government, you might be able to get Rent Assistance. Yfoundations This organisation provides information, resources and support for people affected by youth homelessness, and also for people who are trying to stop youth homelessness.
Have you just had a new baby? Child health centres Child and family health nurses can check your child's health and development and give you information about caring for babies and young children and looking after yourself. You can find out more about child health centres and nurses in Western Australia, or you can call Healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 to make an appointment.
Have you just had a new baby? Child health checks The Child and Family Health Service (CaFHS) provides free health checks for children at key developmental ages between birth and five years. Children can also be seen at any age when parents have concerns, questions or issues. Contact the Service to make an appointment: Phone : 1300 733 606 (cost of a local call) Hours : 9 am-4.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) SNAICC is the national body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Services and also provides training and resources for carers of Indigenous children. Phone SNAICC on (03) 9489 8099.
Australian Capital Territory: helplines Parentline ACT (02) 6287 3833 , 9 am-5 pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays) New South Wales: helplines Parent Line NSW 1300 130 052 , 9 am-9 pm Monday to Friday, 4 pm-9 pm weekends Karitane Careline 1300 227 464 , 12.30 pm-9 pm Monday to Thursday, 9 am-3.
Australia wide Australian Apprenticeships This Australian Government website has information about apprenticeships, including school-based apprenticeships. You can also find out about support networks and financial assistance like the Living Away From Home Allowance and Trade Support Loans. Australian Government Department of Human Services - Students and trainees This department provides payments to support people who are studying, training or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.
Australia wide Australian Government This is the official website of the Australian Government. Here you can find government information and services, with links to different departments as well as state and territory government websites. Australian Government - Department of Education and Training This Department runs programs and services at all levels of education and is responsible for regulating child care in Australia.
About parenting teamwork Teamwork is working together, agreeing on your approach to parenting , making decisions together and supporting each other. It's about agreeing on things like children's bedtimes, family nutrition or discipline. And it's also about you and your partner sharing the job of managing your house and family.
Australia wide Australian Human Rights Commission - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Status This webpage has information on the legal rights and entitlements of diverse families, as well as information about laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Disability services, support and information Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA) CYDA represents children and young people with disability and their families. The organisation provides information for families, raises public awareness and seeks to improve available services. Early Childhood Intervention Australia This organisation promotes early invention for infants and young children with developmental delays or disabilities.