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The RA Blog is a platform for invited guests can share their thoughts, knowledge, research and views, where they can engage with each other, and influence debateThe blogs aims to encourage vibrant discussions about the important issues affecting family relationships...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

National Sorry Day

By Mel Ruthen29 May 2019National Sorry Day is held on 26 May each year to remember and commemorate the mistreatment of the country’s Aboriginal People. The date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations.As part of Relationships Australia South...

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Neighbour Day

And that was Neighbour Day 2019

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager It was a huge year for Neighbour Day in 2019, with communities from all corners of Australia participating in variety of neighbourly events, from garage sales to street libraries to barbeques, parties, and even street...

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Neighbour Day

What Neighbours Can Do to Create Connections

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Neighbour Day is finally upon us, and I am excited to see how it has been embraced around the country as many Australians, from a variety of backgrounds, join in the Loneliness Challenge. This year’s...

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Neighbour Day

The importance of neighbours in emergencies

By Jamie Devenish, Manager of Emergency Management Planning at the Victorian SES In 2018, members of three emergency management agencies: Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Red Cross, attended an inspiring presentation in...

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Neighbour Day

A different kind of happy hour

By Gina Olivieri I recently got interested in positive psychology. What’s that? Think of it as the study of the stuff you can do to be happier, the stuff that makes life better, rather than mainstream psychology which focuses on defining and fixing mental illness....

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Relationships

Stories

  New website dedicated to supporting dads Men, particularly fathers, often don’t use existing support services or have access to resources that are designed specifically to meet their circumstances and needs. Recognising this, as part of its Support for Fathers...

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Neighbour Day

How to host a Neighbour Day event

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager Every year, hundreds of communities throughout Australia host Neighbour Day events – from large events hosted by many enthusiastic local councils, to small backyard gatherings with a few neighbours keen to connect with...

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Neighbour Day

Challenging Loneliness

By Nick Tebbey, National Executive Officer Relationships Australia Today Neighbour Day is issuing a Loneliness Challenge to all Australians.  We are asking everyone to help end loneliness in their neighbourhood by committing to create a connection with someone in...

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Neighbour Day

Connecting neighbours, one hobby at a time

By Gina Olivieri What do meditation, gardening, picking up rubbish, craft, reducing food waste, dancing, reading, writing, and happiness all have in common? No idea? They are all hobbies you can pursue within walking distance and at no cost in my neighbourhood! No, I...

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Relationships
Finding companionship in volunteering

Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand15 February, 2019Every year, tens of thousands of people volunteer across Australia to help to conserve special places.If you asked someone what they think Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is about,...

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Neighbour Day

Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand Every year, tens of thousands of people volunteer across Australia to help to conserve special places. If you asked someone what they think Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) is about, they’d...

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Neighbour Day

Pedaling our way to a more connected neighbourhood

By Gina Olivieri Organising a Neighbour Day event is as easy as riding a bike! Or at least, it would have been, had the weather forecast not threatened to destroy our event with storms, gale-force winds and rain. “I think we should cancel”, I said. “Let’s make the...

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Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day 2019 – Tell Us Your Story

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager One of the things we look forward to most in the Neighbour Day office each year is when we hear from you – when you send in your stories about small kindnesses, great gestures of neighbourly spirit, hilarious tales and...

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Neighbour Day
Sharing our dinner tables this Christmas

Sharing our dinner tables this Christmas

By Penny Elsley12 December, 2018My strongest childhood memories of Christmas time are of steaming hot weather, pavlovas and pelican itch (lice bites from diving off paddle boats into the local lake with my cousins). Despite the discomfort of the heat and itch there...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
Good Choices

Good Choices

by (Rev) Karen Paull5 December 2018‘And the winner of most items in their handbag is…Karen!’ My embarrassing ‘win’ was many years ago now, but was symptomatic of a tendency to be over-prepared. Although my handbag is lighter these days, unnecessary details and...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
Why do lonely people visit the GP more often?

Why do lonely people visit the GP more often?

By Dr Tegan Cruwys and Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle14 November 2018Most GPs struggle with the so-called “frequent attenders”: the 10 per cent of patients who account for as many as 50 per cent of appointments[i]. These patients typically have complex and...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
Compassion, engagement and connection – how we end loneliness

Compassion, engagement and connection – how we end loneliness

Hugh Mackay7 November, 2018The deepest truth about human beings also happens to be the sweetest and noblest truth about us: we are social beings.  We absolutely need each other. We depend utterly on neighbourhoods, communities, families, groups of all kinds to nurture...

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Mental Health and Wellbeing
Relationships Australia Loneliness Podcast

Relationships Australia Loneliness Podcast

Alison Brook31 October 2018Australia is in the midst of a loneliness crisis, with many in our population experiencing a deficit of social connection. That is, they do not enjoy sufficient meaningful relationships in their lives to sustain and nurture them,...

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