From 25-27 July 2018 the Australian Institute of Family Studies hosted its conference in Melbourne, exploring the theme: “What Matters Most to Families in the 21st Century”.
An impressive lineup of over 200 separate presentations across multiple disciplines ensured that the conference had considerable benefit to all of the 600 attendees. Topics explored over the three days included:
- Family support services
- Physical and Mental wellbeing
- Economic impacts
- Family law and family violence
- and so much more.
SCoA was delighted to attend the conference, where CEO Nick Tebbey presented as part of the Service Design snapshot series, detailing how the National Settlement Services Outcomes Standards support newly arrived migrant families. He shared some of the work SCoA and its members have undertaken to ensure the best possible settlement outcomes across each of the 9 priority areas in the Standards.
A highlight for SCoA was the panel discussion by SCoA members SSI, MiCare, Spectrum MRC and Access Community Services on Cultural Diversity and “Optimising outcomes for migrant and refugee families”. The presentations in this session brought out some of the key issues impacting CALD families across many of the important themes of the conference and ensured that multicultural perspectives had a voice.
On Day 3, MYAN chaired an insightful session on the experiences of young people from multicultural backgrounds, sharing with the audience a relevant and honest analysis of the specific issues impacting this cohort.
We congratulate AIFS on bringing together such a comprehensive and thought-provoking conference and are already looking forward to the next conference in 2020!