Australia’s bushfire crisis: The importance of parenting and family support

You’ve probably heard about Australia’s terrible bushfires and how this year has gotten off to a difficult start for many families here. Firstly, my heartfelt sympathy to any of our providers who have suffered any kind of loss in the current bushfire crisis and especially anyone who is grieving. We also know that you and your agency may be supporting families in this situation.

However, I want to reassure those who’ve been worried about us here at the PFSC and at Triple P International, and those planning to attend the upcoming Helping Families Change Conference in Brisbane, that we’re very fortunate to be many miles away from these fires. We also haven’t experienced the extreme heat or smoke haze problems that have occurred in Sydney and Melbourne, thankfully.

We know that recovery will be a long process and many families will need extra support in the months and years to come, and that parenting support has an important role to play in this (as we’ve seen after natural disasters in many other parts of the world).

I look forward to seeing those of you who can attend at next month’s conference. At times such as these, we very much appreciate our ability to connect with one another and be part of the solutions to the world’s pressing problems.

I also want to thank everyone for their support and concern as it means a lot to me that we have created such a wonderful network of caring and compassionate practitioners across so many countries.

Best regards,

Matt

Discounted early bird registrations closing soon!

If you haven’t already registered for the 20th Biennial Helping Families Change Conference, early bird registration closes 20th of December!

By registering before Friday 20th of December, you not only save a little cash but you also put yourself at the forefront of the latest Triple P and family-focused research and advice, as well as guaranteeing your spot at keynote speeches, workshops and a Triple P Masterclass with Professor Matt Sanders.

Join the HFCC community in Brisbane, Australia from February 5–7 and you’ll get the chance to network with and learn from Triple P and family-focussed professionals from around the world.

REGISTER NOW TO SAVE!

We look forward to seeing you in February!

Just a reminder – early bird discounts are due to close Friday 6th December!

If you haven’t already registered, there is still time to take advantage of the early bird discount – and be inspired and invigorated for the year ahead! The cutting-edge program will cover the delivery of parenting and family support interventions in the USA, China, India, Australian Indigenous communities, Japan, the UK, Brazil, Kenya, Korea, New Zealand, Chile, New Guinea, Rwanda, Indonesia and more. Topics include: • working with refugees and diverse cultures • school-parent partnerships • child maltreatment prevention • children in hospital • screen time • children with autism • trauma-informed care • foster children • early childhood development or parents of teenagers • gender roles and father involvement • policy and funding • Fear-less Triple P (new program for children with anxiety, • Resilience Triple P (new program related to bullying) And there are many more!

New Keynote Speaker and masterclass announced

We are delighted add Professor Liz Elliott to our line up of Keynote Speakers. Liz will share her knowledge of working with Aboriginal communities to support community driven responses to help change trajectories for children and families with early life trauma and complex needs.

Professor Matt Sanders will also be offering a masterclass on optimising parent engagement and enhancing the impact of our work in providing evidence-based parenting support.

HFCC 2020 program available