Blog

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 debate

The blogs aims to encourage vibrant discussions about the important issues affecting family relationships in Australia. Blogs may feature policy discussions, innovations, research, learnings, propositions, or analysis.

We welcome contributions from across the Relationships Australia network, our sector stakeholders, academics, analysts, policy makers, politicians and members of the public.

The views expressed in the RA Blog are those of individual authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Relationships Australia, or the institutions to which the blog authors are attached.

We welcome and encourage unsolicited blogs, although we cannot guarantee publication and revisions may be requested. You can find our guide for RA bloggers here.

If you would like to write an RA blog, please contact Relationships Australia’s National Communications and Media Manager.

 

Relationships Australia calls for increased resourcing for family services

By Nick Tebbey
20 February, 2019

Relationships Australia has four priority asks for families needing family law services in this year’s Federal Budget:  more funding for Children’s Contact Services; national roll-out of the highly successful Family Advocacy Services; increased support for Legally Assisted and Culturally Aware Family Dispute Resolution Services; and reinstatement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander liaison workers in family court registries.

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Finding companionship in volunteering

By Sonia Oke, Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand
15 February, 2019

Having a task, some activity to do, working side by side in the outdoors with others and sharing a common goal all create meaningful connections, according to Conservation Volunteers Australia and New Zealand’s Sonia Oke.

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Neighbour Day 2019 – Loneliness - what neighbours can do to create connections

By Sam Robinson, Neighbour Day Campaign Manager
30 January, 2019

Loneliness – what neighbours can do to create connections is the theme for Neighbour Day 2019. In our first blog for the year, Campaign Manager Sam Robinson shares her story about experiencing loneliness when moving to a new town and how through connecting with her neighbours she found new friends and a new community.

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Sharing our dinner tables this Christmas

By Penny Elsley
12 December, 2018

Christmas can be a time of loneliness for many with no family or friends to share time, or a meal with. Welcome Dinner Project founder Penny Elsley gives some helpful advice on how to invite others to your table to share a meal over the holiday season.

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Good choices

By (Rev) Karen Paull
5 December, 2018

Community is about what is best for all of us. Looking beyond ourselves produces a by-product of satisfaction and a reduction in anxiety. The Rev Karen Paull examines how we choose community over other temptations.

 

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Loneliness is a health issue – how do we ensure programs to tackle it are successful?

Dr Michelle H Lim
28 November, 2018

Loneliness has many manifestations and presents differently across age groups and social groups. There is no one size fits all solution to tackling loneliness but we can start by destigmatising the issue.

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Loneliness and the transformative power of relationships – our 2017-18 Annual Report

Andrew Bickerdike
20 November 2018

Relationships Australia believes the transformative power of relationships is one of the keys to helping people experiencing loneliness to reintegrate into full social connection. In our 2017-18 Annual Report, you can read about how our services around the country work with people experiencing loneliness.

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Why do lonely people visit the GP more often?

Dr Tegan Cruwys and Associate Professor Genevieve Dingle
14 November 2018

Frequent visitors to general practitioners are likely to be socially isolated: living alone, divorced, or a member of few social groups. GPs may represent one of the few ways of connecting with another person who listens to them and tries to help.

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Compassion, engagement and connection – how we end loneliness

Hugh MacKay
7 November 2018

As a society, Australia is becoming more socially fragmented than we have ever been, we are experiencing more anxiety, more emotional disturbance, more restlessness, perhaps even more depression. What can we do about this age of anxiety? Hugh Mackay has some answers.

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Relationships Australia Loneliness Podcast

Alison Brook
31 October 2018

For our 70th Anniversary celebrations we invited social researcher and author Hugh Mackay, loneliness researcher Dr Tegan Cruwys, the founder of the Welcome Dinner Project Penny Elsley and CEO of Relationships Australia NSW Elisabeth Shaw to discuss the issue of loneliness with help from panel convenor journalist and author Caroline Baum.

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The Australian experience of loneliness

Alison Brook
25 October 2018

One in six Australians is experiencing emotional loneliness, one in 10 lacks social support and just under 1.5 million people are reporting that they’ve been lonely for a decade or more – by any measure these statics are troubling.

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Welcome to our Blog

Alison Brook
24 October 2018

Welcome to our Relationships Australia Blog.  We hope that you will join us here each week for a good read that kick-starts a broader conversation on the social issues that our community needs to be thinking about.

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