Promoting and strengthening healthy family relationships
We know that there are times when relationships in families can be challenged, especially during times of particular transitions in life, such as having a baby, children starting kindergarten, primary or high school, and significant adjustments such as separation or divorce, becoming a step-family, or the death of a family member.
Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services to provide the early matters program in specific areas of Ballarat and Sunshine. This program is designed to promote and support healthy, safe, family relationships through educative programs for parents and children, and a Home Visiting / Outreach Service.
This multi-component program includes group programs and a Home Visiting/Outreach Service to work with families at three critical high risk transition points:
RAV delivers group programs in universal services such as kindergartens, primary schools, hospitals, maternal and child health services and play groups. For information on upcoming groups, please see our current courses.
A parenting program of Melbourne University’s Mindful Centre, focusing on emotional intelligence and the emotional connection between parents and children.
A program for expectant and / or new parents focussing on the changes and challenges placed on relationships after the birth of a baby. ATTUNE promotes healthy, safe relationships between parents and their baby and normalises the challenges of parenthood.
An early intervention parenting program that teaches parents how to read their infant/children’s emotional needs and support their children to manage emotions and enhance their self-esteem.
A program which utilises a whole of school early intervention program for kindergarten and primary school aged children. This program increases emotional awareness and regulation, enhances interpersonal and social skills, and promotes confidence and resilience.
A healthy relationships program for primary schools, using a whole of school approach to promote the connection between healthy relationships and emotional health and wellbeing.
Our Home Visiting / Outreach Service provides families with between one and four sessions of short-term intervention to support them with their greatest concern or most significant challenge.
RAV is funded to provide early matters specifically in Sunshine (Delahey and Kings Park) and Ballarat (Wendouree, Miners Rest and Ballarat South).
Clients located outside these areas may still be able to use early matters if they are willing to attend an appointment or group program at a community health centre or other suitable location within our service delivery areas.
Download our early matters flyer here. For more information on our early matters program or to discuss how the early matters program can support you or your clients, contact your nearest location.
Ballarat: (03) 5337 9222
Sunshine (03) 9313 0444