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Families First State Level Review

Cathy Thomson, kylie valentine & Karen Fisher
Families First was introduced in New South Wales in 1998. It is a government strategy that aims to increase the effectiveness of the early intervention services to support families and communities to care for their children. The broad aim of Families First is to develop a coordinated network of services to identify children and families who require further assistance and link them to appropriate support early, before problems become entrenched. The University of New South...

Attendant Care Direct Funding Pilot Project Evaluation: Interim Report

Karen Fisher & Carolyn Campbell McLean
The Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC) is piloting a direct funding project in conjunction with the Attendant Care Program (ACP). The direct funding pilot aims to complement the objectives of the ACP, which provides support to individuals with physical disabilities with a range of tasks and activities to allow them to live and participate in their communities. ACP is funded under the Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement and administered by DADHC....

Report of the Australian & New Zealand Neonatal Network 1999

Deborah Donoghue & Anne Cust
The Australian & New Zealand Neonatal Network (ANZNN) is a voluntary collaboration of all 29 level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) in both countries. All 13 level II nurseries in New Zealand and the level II nursery in Tasmania are now members of the ANZNN. This network continues to conduct an ongoing prospective audit of the most at-risk babies admitted for care in neonatal nurseries. The audit looks at factors that may affect the...

Information Collection Systems in the Housing and Accommodation Support Initiative Issues Paper

Alan Morris, Kelly Sutherland, Kate Norris & Sarah Yallop
A requirement of HASI is that accommodation support providers, housing providers and Area Mental Health Services collect a range of information relating to referral, service delivery, client outcomes and overall performance. The objective of this paper is to describe the information collection systems operating in the various HASI sites and how the different partner organisations are collecting and managing HASI related information. The issues details the following: The type of information that the NSW Departments...

Families First Area Reviews Final Summary Report

Karen Fisher, Cathy Thomson & kylie valentine
Families First is concerned with the welfare of young children and the implications of early childhood experiences for long-term outcomes in health, education and social development in childhood and adult life. Using a prevention and early intervention approach, the program framework is based on developing regional linkages between specialised health, community welfare, educational and other services to ensure a coordinated approach to initial intervention, follow-up visits and other forms of support. Since many future problems...

Cruising and connecting online: The use of internet chat sites by gay men in Sydney and Melbourne

Dean Murphy, Patrick Rawstorne, Martin Holt & Dermot Ryan
Cruising and connecting online investigates online chat sites as environments in which gay men can socialise and look for sex partners. We conducted original survey research of gay chat site (GCS) users in Melbourne and Sydney and looked at existing data collected in the Gay Community Periodic Surveys. The overall findings of the study were: - Gay chat sites are social as well as sexual environments and support or mediate a range of relationships between...

Sexual health through the eyes of Indigenous youth: Community-based participatory research with young Indigenous people in Townsville

Julie Mooney-Somers, Anna Olsen, Wani Erick, Robert Scott, Angie Akee & Lisa Maher

The Closure and Relocation of the St Marys Needle and Syringe Program Social and Health Impact Study

Erica Southgate, Deborah Blair & Max Hopwood
In general, the key findings describe the impact of the closure and subsequent relocation of WAHS primary NSP to a mobile service on IDUs living in or near St Marys. Given the high population density of Penrith LGA compared to the other LGAs within WAHS, and the reported historical concentration of IDUs around St Marys, the emphasis on the needs of IDUs within this area is not unwarranted. Moreover, it is vital to call attention...

headspace Evaluation Report: Independent Evaluation headspace: The National Youth Mental Health Foundation

K Muir, A Powell, R Patulny, S Flaxman, S McDermott, I Oprea, S Gendera, J Vespignani, T Sitek, D Abelló & I Katz
headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, was launched in 2006 as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to the Youth Mental Health Initiative (YMHI). It was established to promote and facilitate improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young people aged 12-25-years-old. headspace aims to achieve this by: • Providing holistic services via Communities of Youth Services (CYSs); • Increasing community capacity to identify young people with mental ill-health and...

Brighter Futures Early Intervention Evaluation: Interim Report 3

F Hilferty, K Mullan, C Eastman, M Griffiths, S Chan, K Heese & I Katz
The staged roll out of Brighter Futures across NSW began in 2003, and is part of a shift in child protection policy and practice towards preventive, family-focused support and service provision. The aim of Brighter Futures is to provide targeted support to vulnerable families with young children who are at risk of being abused or neglected. The aim is to help families at an earlier stage of intervention, to stop them escalating within the child...

Risk for hepatitis C: Transition and initiation to injecting drug use among youth in a range of injecting drug user networks

Carla Treloar, Jeanne Abelson, June Crawford, Susan Kippax, John Howard, Ingrid van Beek, Jan Copeland, Anne Maree Weatherall & Annie Madden
This project, funded by NHMRC and NSW Health, aimed to investigate and report on a number of aspects of initiation and transition to injecting drug use among young people. The report focuses on issues of transition to injecting, the initiation episode, the effect of drug most frequently used, age at initiation, hepatitis C status, risk practice for blood borne viruses, and transitions out of injecting.

Child poverty: A review

Bruce Bradbury
This review of the literature on child poverty is oriented around five questions: What is child poverty? Why should we be concerned about it? How should we measure it? What causes it? What policies/strategies can be used to reduce child poverty? The five sections of this paper address these questions in turn.

Participation in Sport and Recreation by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women : Stakeholder Consultation Report

N Cortis, P Sawrikar & K Muir
The project is designed to inform the development of policies and programs to effectively support the inclusion of CALD women in informal and organised sport and recreation activities in Australia, in both playing and non-playing roles. The project has been conducted in three stages beginning in mid 2006. Firstly, a literature and data review was undertaken to explore available statistical data and Australian and international research pertaining to cultural diversity and sport in Australia. Secondly,...

Evaluation of the Resident Support Program

Karen Fisher, David Abello, Sally Robinson, Peter Siminski & Lesley Chenoweth
This is the final evaluation report for the Resident Support Program (RSP) pilot to November 2004. The evaluation was conducted by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Consortium, managed by the Social Policy Research Centre UNSW, with additional researchers from the Disability Studies and Research Institute and the University of Queensland. The evaluation was conducted over 18 months. Design was from October to December 2003; fieldwork from February to November 2004; and final analysis...

Australian Work and Family Policy: 1992-2006

M Blaxland, K Mullan & L Craig
This paper describes major Australian Government policies which affected families in the years from 1992 to 2006. In 1996 there was a transition from a Labor to a Liberal/National Australian Government, a change which allows this review to examine the policy trends under the two different authorities. The review focuses on policy in the areas of child care, family assistance, income support, industrial relations and maternity leave. The review aims to provide background material for...

Integrating treatment : Key findings from a qualitative evaluation of the Enhancing Treatment of Hepatitis C in Opiate Substitution Settings (ETHOS) study

Jake Rance & Carla Treloar
The ETHOS study was established with two aims: firstly, to develop a collaborative network of opiate substitution treatment (OST) clinics and community health centres piloting the introduction of hepatitis C virus (HCV) care and treatment in NSW, Australia; and secondly, to facilitate an evaluation of the implementation process, the uptake of care, and the outcomes of treatment, among the OST service-user population. This study employed qualitative methods to explore OST service-user and health professional reports...

Poverty in Australia: Sensitivity Analysis and Recent Trends

Peter Saunders, Trish Hill & Bruce Bradbury
The SPRC has been commissioned to undertake a detailed analysis of the extent of poverty in Australia in 2003-04 (the latest year for which this is possible with existing data), describe who is most affected by poverty, assess the robustness of the findings, to examine trends in poverty levels over the preceding decade, and update a limited range of poverty estimates to 2005-06 using recently released data.

Taking post-exposure prophylaxis: Managing risk, reclaiming control

Henrike Körner, Jeanne Ellard, Olympia Hendry, Susan Kippax, Andrew Grulich & Stephen Hodge
The study described in this report is part of an ongoing prospective cohort study initiated to monitor implementation of guidelines recommending PEP for HIV in the context of non-occupational exposure in Australia. Interviews with 88 people explored the social and emotional contexts in which exposure had occured, participants understandings of safe sex, their experience with HIV and HIV-positive people, their physical and psychological experience of the treatment, and the impact that the availability of PEP...

Resident Support Program Evaluation Plan

David Abello, Karen Fisher, Sally Robinson & Lesley Chenoweth
This plan outlines the methodology for the evaluation of the Resident Support Program (RSP) in Queensland in 2004. The evaluation will research the process of implementation of this program, the services provided to residents by the contracted support providers, residents perceptions of the appropriateness of these services and impact on their quality of life, health and wellbeing, and the impact on residential facility operators and staff and other human services providers and Departments. The evaluation...

Australian Work and Family Policy 1992-2006

Megan Blaxland, Killian Mullan & Lyn Craig
This paper describes major Australian Government policies which affected families in the years from 1992 to 2006. In 1996 there was a transition from a Labor to a Liberal/National Australian Government, a change which allows this review to examine the policy trends under the two different authorities. The review focuses on policy in the areas of child care, family assistance, income support, industrial relations and maternity leave. The review aims to provide background material for...

Linked Care Evaluation Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Coordinated Care Trial, Local Evaluation Service Provider Experience Report

Justin McNab, Karen Fisher, Michael Fine, Jenny Doyle, Stefani Strazzari, Mark Harris, G Powell Davies & Terry O’Brien
The Linked Care Trial was an innovative approach to linking health and community care services for people in need of ongoing care, established in 1996-97 in the municipalities of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai in Sydney’s northern suburbs. The trial formed part of a national program of Coordinated Care Trials established in 1996 to test whether it is possible to coordinate the care currently provided by a variety of different health and community care services and practitioners...

Literature Review on Factors Contributing to Community Capabilities

Sheila Shaver & Jacqueline Tudbull
This report presents a review of a selected set of studies of Australian towns and cities to discover insights they offer for contemporary approaches to community capacity building. These insights concern issues in the structure and process of local social life in rural and suburban localities.

Youth Online Participation and Consultative Processes: Report on a pilot project in \"Better Futures”

Daryll Hull, Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Mary-Anne Kennan & Fouad Nagm
This report describes a pilot project commissioned by the New South Wales (NSW) Minister for Youth (The Hon Graham West MP) and the NSW Department of Community services (DoCS) to explore and test the use of online social networking technologies for the purpose of engaging young people in civic affairs. The project team consisted of members from DoCs, The Office of the Minister, The national Transport and Logistics Centre (TALC), the University of New South...

Northern exposure: HIV in the Northern Rivers region: A joint report

Asha Persson, Andrea Fogarty, Patrick Rawstorne & Garrett Prestage
Part 1: The cultural context of HIV and body shape change: a report on the Northern Rivers regional arm of the Side Effects and Lipodystrophy project 2002-2004 Part 2: Positive health in the Northern Rivers: an analysis of northern rivers data from the Positive Health study

Registration Year

  • 2021

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  • Report


  • UNSW Sydney