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Towards the development of a national agenda for early childhood : submission to the Commonwealth Task Force on Child Development, Health and Wellbeing / BSL

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Carbone, Stephen.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. unpub. 2003; Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2003Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: June 2003 Includes bibliographical referencesSummary: Early childhood is a crucial period in human development, during which the foundations for future wellbeing are established. In its mission of working for an Australia free of poverty, the Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges the importance of providing comprehensive services and supports to children and their parents during these critical early years, not just for their immediate benefits, but also to prevent the development of future difficulties. At present, early childhood services across Australia are characterised by a lack of integration and coordination (OECD 2001). Three levels of government, operating through a number of program areas (e.g. health, community services, education) are involved in policy, funding and regulation and a range of providers are responsible for services. This has led to a service system that is fragmented and hard to navigate. In addition, not everyone finds equal value in the use of existing antenatal and early childhood services. Often those who could most benefit from these services, to help moderate the effects of the stressful or disadvantaged environments in which they live, have less access, or experience a service response that is insensitive, or fails to meet their needs (Ochiltree 1999). Specific efforts are required to create antenatal and early childhood services, which better address the needs of ALL children and parents, particularly those who are more vulnerable. It is also vital that these services are better linked to each other and to other service systems. In our role as a provider of innovative early childhood services and as a research organisation with a strong focus on children and disadvantage, the Brotherhood of St Laurence welcomes the consultation paper and strongly endorses the development of a National Agenda for Early Childhood. This national framework is urgently required in order to demonstrate Australia’s commitment to our children and to provide a clear ‘road-map’ for promoting better outcomes for Australia’s children and their families. Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Dementia reconsidered : the person comes first. /

by Kitwood, Tom.

Publisher: Buckingham, U.K. Open University Press 1997Description: viii, 160 p.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Prosperity for all? : how low income families have fared in the boom times /

by McNamara, Justine | National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling | Lloyd, Rachel | Toohey, Matthew | Harding, Ann.

Publisher: 2005; Bruce, A.C.T. National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling. University of Canberra 2004Description: iv, 45 p. : ill. bibliog.p.32.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Also presented at the 9th AIFS Conference: Families Matter 2005; 14 October 2004 Summary: This report assesses how low-income Australian families with children have fared over the last six years, compared with other families. The researchers found that on average real incomes did rise between 1997–98 and 2004–05 for families with children in the bottom income quintile (the lowest 20%), and just kept up with increases in median family incomes. It should be noted that most of their income increase came from transfer payments (especially increased family tax benefits). The lowest income group did not, however, “catch up” relative to all families with children; and their increased incomes are likely to have been eroded by price increases such as those arising from the GST.Availability: Items available for reference: BSL Archives (1).

Protecting children : ten priorities for children's wellbeing and safety in Victoria : submission. /

by Brotherhood of St Laurence | Nicholson, Tony.

Publisher: Brotherhood of St Laurence (unpub.) 2004Description: 2 p. PDF.Other title: [Submission to] Community Care Division, Department of Human Services.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Summary: Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

The High Street project : findings from the community consultation. /

by Carbone, Stephen | Ramburuth, Rasika.

Publisher: unpub. 2004Description: 11 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: January 2004 Includes bibliographical references (p. 10-11) 2 copiesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Australian Temperament Project. /

by Australian Institute of Family Studies. Australian Temperament Project.

Publisher: Melbourne Australian Institute of Family Studies 2006Online Access: website Notes: Description based on contents viewed : 23 May 2006 Mode of access : WORLD WIDE WEB ONLINE RESOURCESummary: The Australian Temperament Project (ATP) is a longitudinal study of the psychosocial development of a large and representative sample of Australian children born in the state of Victoria, Australia between September 1982 and January 1983. The study aims to trace the pathways to psychosocial adjustment and maladjustment across the lifespan, and to investigate the contribution of personal, family and environmental factors to development and wellbeing. A major theme throughout has been the influence of an individual's temperament on his/her emotional and behavioural adjustment. The broad issues addressed include: > >the contribution of temperament to a child's emotional, behavioural and school adjustment; > >the impact of family and environmental factors, together with child characteristics, on emotional and behavioural adjustment; > >the factors and processes involved in the progression of childhood behaviour problems (e.g. aggression, hyperactivity, anxiety) to adolescent and adult adjustment difficulties (e.g. antisocial behaviour, substance use, depression); > >genetic influences on temperament and behaviour; > >the development of healthy, socially competent functioning; > >the development of civic mindedness and social responsibility; > >the transition to young adulthood: pathways to occupational and educational participation, the development of interpersonal relationships, and family formation.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

The Cottage service for highly disadvantaged children in Fitzroy: a review

by Boese, Martina | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Stanley, Janet | Baker, Carole | Hughes, Jody.

Publisher: Fitzroy Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2008Description: viii, 61 p.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography: p. 59-61Summary: An evaluation of the Cottage Centre for Families and Children which served inner-Melbourne families with young children shows that it was an effective model for assisting families with complex needs. Defining principles included early intervention, considering the child in the context of family and community; and treating parents as expert partners in the nurture of their children. Children benefited in all areas of development, while parents showed improved self-esteem, trust and skills in accessing services. This in turn improved relationships between parents and children and decreased families social isolation both essential for wellbeing and eventual independence.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

The Myer Foundation 2020 : a vision for aged care in Australia outcomes review

by Reynolds, Astrid | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: vi, 38 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: This report was prepared for the Brotherhood of St Laurence by Astrid Reynolds of McVicar & Reynolds Pty Ltd. Bibliography p. 35-38Summary: This Brotherhood research commissioned by the Myer Foundation tracked the influence on government policy of the Foundation's investment in developing a vision for aged care, and assessed its impact on practice. The report outlines progress in five key areas (community care, housing, administration, funding and industry planning) and proposes an agenda to progress outstanding issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

The Brotherhood's social barometer : living the second fifty years

by Kimberley, Helen | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Simons, Bonnie.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: December 2009 Summary: The fourth Social Barometer examines the extent of disadvantage among older Australians through indicators of people's capabilities covering eight key dimensions of life, including employment, income, health, housing, safety and social participation. The barometer concentrates on national data, and draws attention to the different experiences of retirement and ageing and the different phases of the life course which require distinctive policy responses.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Making good connections : how community participation enriches learning, wellbeing and a sense of identity in older men

by Golding, Barry | National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre | Foley, Annette | Brown, Mike | Harvey, Jack.

Publisher: Braddon, ACT National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre 2010Description: 23 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: February 2010 Summary: This report highlights findings from a study of men aged 50 years and over in regions of Australia with a higher than average proportion of older men not in the labour force. It investigates men's attitudes towards and experiences of learning through engagement in the community. The report has two key messages. First, learning outcomes should be recognised and valued, regardless of where and how they are achieved. Second, participation in informal learning appears to be particularly effective in enhancing the wellbeing of older men who are less likely to engage in formal learning. One of the main challenges for policymakers in this field is to ensure that learning opportunities are keeping pace with the needs of individuals and society by motivating, encouraging and supporting the adults least likely to participate in learning.Availability: (1)

Public dental care and the Teeth First trial : a history of decay

by Bond, Sharon | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2010Description: viii, 53 p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Summary: The Teeth First trial enabled unemployed Personal Support Programme clients of the Brotherhood in Frankston to receive dental treatment. The evaluation involved pre and post-treatment surveys to examine the impact of timely dental care on personal wellbeing, and social and economic participation. The report also includes case studies, reviews of research and government dental health policy, and recommendations.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Evaluation of the Community Arts Development Scheme : improving health and wellbeing through social connection and the arts : final report /

by Kelaher, Margaret | VicHeath | Dunt, David | Curry, Steve | Berman, Naomi | Joubert, Lindy | Johnson, Victoria.

Publisher: Carlton South, Vic. VicHealth 2009Description: 60 p. : ill.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2009 Bibliography : p. 34-44Summary: Funded by VicHealth, this three-year project involved research partners the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Brotherhood of St Laurence,. It was an evaluation of three arts organisations : Somebody's Daughter, The Torch Project, and the Women's Circus, which undertake programs to improve community capacity, maintain social inclusion and civic engagement, and promote diversity.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Footprints in Time - The Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC)' [Website]

by Australia. Department of Social Services.

Online Access: Website | DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Footprints in Time Key Summary Report from Wave 1 ; Wave 2 ; Wave 3 ; Wave 4 ; Wave 5Summary: Footprints in Time is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC), an initiative of the Australian Government. Footprints in Time is conducted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the guidance of the Footprints in Time Steering Committee, chaired by Professor Mick Dodson AM. LSIC is one of a suite of longitudinal studies within the National Centre for Longitudinal Data (NCLD) in DSS. The study includes two groups of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander children who were aged 6 to 18 months (B cohort) and 3½ - 5 years (K cohort) when the study began in 2008. In wave 1, over 1,680 interviews were conducted with the children’s parents or primary carers (usually the mothers) and over 265 interviews were conducted with fathers or other significant carers. Subsequent waves experienced strong support from these initial interviewees. To date, Footprints in Time interviewers have successfully contacted and interviewed over 1,200 of these original families in each subsequent wave. Additional families were introduced within our wave 2 interviews and have shown a similarly strong commitment to Footprints in Time. Interviews are primarily conducted by Department of Social Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Administration Officers (RAOs). Interviews may also be conducted by other National Office Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff when required. Availability: (2)

Frankston North Communities for Children local evaluation : final report

by Mestan, Kemran | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Cameron, Nadine | Oke, Nicole | Stanley, Janet.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 2009Description: PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Bibliography : p. 55-59Summary: This evaluation of the local implementation of the national Communities for Children initiative in Frankston North on Melbourne's south-eastern fringe incorporated the Most Significant Change methodology. It examined the outcomes of activities ranging from playgroups to parenting support groups for children, families and the community from the perspective of parents and service providers.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Being, belonging and becoming : the early years learning framework for Australia /

by Australia. Department of Education, Employment and Workplace elations.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. The Department 2009Description: 47 p. ill.Other title: The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: Translations of Belonging, Being and Becoming - The Early Years Learning Framework for Australia - Information for Families are available in LOTE on the webpageSummary: The Early Years Learning Framework is part of the Council of Australian Government's (COAG) reform agenda for early childhood education and care and is a key component of the Australian Government's National Quality Framework for early childhood education and care. It underpins universal access to early childhood education and will be incorporated in the National Quality Standard in order to ensure delivery of nationally consistent and quality early childhood education across sectors and jurisdictions. ; The Early Years Learning Framework describes the principles, practice and outcomes essential to support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years of age, as well as their transition to school. The Framework has a strong emphasis on play-based learning as play is the best vehicle for young children's learning providing the most appropriate stimulus for brain development. The Framework also recognises the importance of communication and language (including early literacy and numeracy) and social and emotional development.Availability: (1)

Creating capabilities : the human development approach /

by Nussbaum, Martha C.

Publisher: Cambridge, MA The Belknap Press 2011Description: xii, 237 p. ; 22 cm.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: This is a primer on the Capabilities Approach, Martha Nussbaum's innovative model for assessing human progress. She argues that much humanitarian policy today violates basic human values; instead, she offers a unique means of redirecting government and development policy toward helping each of us lead a full and creative life. ; Contents: A woman seeking justice -- The central capabilities -- A necessary counter-theory -- Fundamental entitlements -- Cultural diversity -- The nation and global justice -- Philosophical influences -- Capabilities and contemporary issues.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (2).
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Women's health forum /

by Leveratt, Mandy.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. Brotherhood of St Laurence 1996Description: 4 p.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Women's health forum Mandy Leveratt October 12th 1996Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1), BSL Archives (1).

Social exclusion monitor bulletin, September 2011 /

by Horn, Michael | Brotherhood of St Laurence | Scutella, Roasanna | Wilkins, Roger.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic.Social exclusion monitor bulletin September 2011 2011Description: 9p. PDF.Online Access: Electronic copy Notes: September 2011Summary: Understanding the level of social exclusion is a key step towards developing a more socially inclusive society. If Australia is to substantially improve community wellbeing and strengthen economic productivity, it is essential that we have a rigorous measure of the number of people experiencing exclusion as a benchmark to monitor social progress and the effectiveness of government policies. This bulletin is the first in a series of annual bulletins that will summarise the findings of our newly developed measure of social exclusion.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

Flourish : a visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being

by Seligman, Martin E. P.

Edition: 1st Atria paperback ed.Publisher: New York, NY Atria 2013Description: xii, 349 p. : ill.Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.Summary: Explains the four pillars of well-being--meaning and purpose, positive emotions, relationships, and accomplishment--placing emphasis on meaning and purpose as the most important for achieving a life of fulfillment. ; Contents: A new positive psychology. What is well-being? ; Creating your happiness : positive psychology exercises that work ; The dirty little secret of drugs and therapy ; Teaching well-being : the magic of MAPP ; Positive education : teaching well-being to young people -- The ways to flourish. GRIT, character, and achievement : a new theory of intelligence ; Army strong : comprehensive soldier fitness ; Turning trauma into growth ; Positive physical health : the biology of optimism ; The politics and economics of well-being -- Appendix. Signature strengths test.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).

A safe and supportive family environment for children : key components and links to child outcomes /

by Mullan, Killian | Australia. Department of Social Services | Higgins, Daryl.

Publisher: Canberra, A.C.T. Department of Social Services 2014Description: PDF.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Bibliography : p. 72-77Summary: While most children live in safe and supportive environments, governments are aware that too many children are becoming known to child protection services. This has led to a shift in thinking away from solely concentrating on responding to 'risk of harm' reports towards a broader public health approach to protecting all of Australia's children, reducing the likelihood of children coming to the attention of statutory authorities. This report aims to understand more about the prevalence of different types of family environments in society and to explore the influence of these environments on different child outcomes. Using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, we used latent class cluster analysis to identify different family environments and analysed the associations between these environments and particular child outcomes.Availability: (1)

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