connectEDspace - support for young people

Young people can face all sorts of pressures – including problems at school, with friends or at home.
connectEDspace is a website by Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV), dedicated to young people to help provide all the information they need to deal with the stuff they go through each day.

Aboriginal Family and Relationship Support

RAV provides support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals to help strengthen family relationships.

Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person to discuss couple issues, conflicts with friends, relationship breakdown, parenting, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, grief, sexual problems, childhood sexual abuse, stress and work related tensions and disputes.


Relationships Australia celebrates ‘YES’ to ABS marriage equality announcement!

Relationships Australia celebrates ‘YES’ to ABS marriage equality announcement!

15 November 2017

Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) has been selected as the lead agency for a newly announced headspace centre in Bairnsdale in Victoria.
The new centre will provide early intervention mental health services to young people aged 12 to 25 years in East Gippsland. They will have access to free or low cost and confidential mental, general and sexual health services as well as education and employment, and alcohol and other drug support services. The comprehensive suite of services will include therapeutic, financial, and drug and alcohol counselling, psychiatric consultations, vocational guidance, help with job seeking and health and wellbeing services for Aboriginal young people.
With more than 68 years’ experience, RAV provides family and relationship support services to help Victorians to achieve positive, safe and respectful relationships.
RAV Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andrew Bickerdike, said RAV had a strong history of providing mental health services and supporting young people and families with issues affecting their wellbeing and relationships.
“We have established relationships with headspace centres in Hawthorn, Greensborough and Knox, and provide an existing family mental health support service for children and young people in East Gippsland,” Dr Bickerdike said. “We know how important early intervention mental health services are and we welcome the opportunity to continue to support young people in a dedicated way through the headspace centre in Bairnsdale.”
With a focus on meeting the local needs of the rural community, the centre will be supported by contract manager Gippsland Primary Health Network (PHN) and operated in partnership with a consortium of local services: Latrobe Regional Hospital, within Australia, Australian Community Support Organisation, Latrobe Community Health Service, Gippsland Lakes Community Health, MIND Australia, Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative, and Advanced Personnel Management.
Ms Marianne Shearer, Chief Executive Officer of Gippsland PHN is excited to see the development of headspace in Bairnsdale. Ms Shearer said “it will be of great benefit for the community offering youth focussed mental health services. The East Gippsland community have passionately advocated for a service for their young people and it’s fantastic that we are able to assist it to come to fruition.”
Dr Bickerdike said that a Youth Advisory Group had also been established to enable young people to have direct input into the development of the centre and to ensure that the services are provided to young people in a welcoming, supportive, accessible and inclusive way.
“We’re pleased to have a group of enthusiastic and energetic young people involved in establishing the centre, and we look forward to working closely with these young people, our consortium members and the East Gippsland community in providing the headspace Bairnsdale centre.”
headspace has 95 centres currently operating across Australia and also operates an online and telephone service, eheadspace. More than 270,000 young Australians have come to headspace for support, guidance or help over the past 10 years.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics this morning announced that a majority of Australians supported the yes vote for marriage equality. The national marriage postal survey closed on Tuesday 7 November, with results released earlier today.

“Relationships Australia is delighted that as a country we support all adult Australians to be able to access marriage as a public commitment to their relationships,” Relationships Australia National Executive Officer, Alison Brook said.

“The high engagement in the postal survey reveals how committed Australians are to having their say on this important issue,” Ms Brook said. The Australian Bureau of Statistics figures revealed that 12.6 million Australians voted in the poll, which is a return rate of close to 80 per cent. It is considered a high return rate for a voluntary non-binding poll.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously said legislation to enact marriage equality could be passed by Christmas.

“We strongly encourage the Government to introduce legislation that supports the will of the majority of adult Australians. We would also encourage all Australians to remain respectful of the full range of opinions in the coming months,” Ms Brook said.

The federation of nine Relationships Australia organisations joined the call for Australians to vote yes to marriage equality. Relationships Australia believes that marriage equality is important to the physical and mental health of all Australians.

Counselling services are available nationally for anyone who is negatively impacted by any aspect of the marriage equality debate. Relationships Australia centres are available to support people who need help, particularly LGBTIQ Australians for whom this is a particularly sensitive issue.

About Relationships Australia
Relationships Australia provides counselling, psychosocial support, family support, dispute resolution, mental health and a range of other services by more than 2,000 staff, from 118 centres around the country. For more information call 1300 364 277 to access the service closest to you.

Media contact:
Monique Hauber-Davidson
0404 839 664

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