Sue West is Associate Director of the Centre for Community Child Health at The Royal Children’s Hospital, and Senior Manager (Policy and Service Development) at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. She leads major research initiatives to inform policy, service delivery, professional practice and parenting, including the award winning Raising Children Network in partnership with the Parenting Research Centre; translation and knowledge exchange projects; training and development activities; service systems innovation projects; and policy related research.
This webinar was held on 17 May 2016.
A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.
The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.
This webinar provided professionals with a solid understanding of what community engagement involves, how it's done, and how it can improve outcomes for children and families.
To give participants a sense of how this looks in practice, an example of successful community engagement in Tasmania was presented. Angela Sayer, a parent who was actively involved in the co-design of her local Child and Family Centre, described her experiences and offered insights for professionals seeking to authentically engage parents in the design and delivery of services.
We have also published a paper on this topic: Community engagement: A key strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families.