Family Relationships Quarterly No. 16
Welcome to this edition of Family Relationships Quarterly, the newsletter of the Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse.
There has been much interest in the concept of "genuine effort" since the 2006 family law reforms. In our lead article, an opinion piece by Professor Hilary Astor, the issues surrounding the use of the "genuine effort" principle in practice are considered. To give the article some practice context we asked for thoughts on the article from service providers, which is also included.
Myfanwy McDonald provides a summary of the findings from the Engaging Hard-to-Reach Families and Children study, which was conducted as part of the former Stronger Families and Communities Strategy national evaluation. The article builds upon the study by applying the findings to practice. Ann Black presents the second article in our two-part series on shariah law, which examines the Islamic law as it applies to divorce.
Our Program Spotlight, by Heather Brookes and Tony Smith from Anglicare Tasmania, examines the interesting and innovative methods they have used to address the geographical isolation of some of their clients, by providing a Virtual Online Counselling Room.
In other articles, Clare Witnish and Catherine Caruana overview the Mental Health Support Program in the Family Law Court, and Bridget Tehan summarises the findings from a report on social inclusion outcomes for families who live in non-metropolitan areas of Australia.
We hope you enjoy this edition. Feedback is always encouraged and very welcome, please contact the AFRC.
Elly Robinson, Manager AFRC
Editor: Elly Robinson, Manager, Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2010, 23 pp. [ISSN 1833-9077 (Online)]
Articles include shariah law and marriage in Australia, working with families after traumatic events, a whole-of-agency public health approach
A brief overview of mental health problems and causes, and the impact of mental health problems on family relationships and dynamics.
Identifying and using the issues and concerns of CALD families and service providers to make practice, procedure and policy recommendations.
In this article Jamie Lee describes learnings from a Universal Mental Health Screening project at Relationships Australia (SA).