August 30, 2022 – 11am - 12:30pm


Unlocking key ingredients in cross sector partnership; Perspectives from child and family services and adult mental health working with parents and children 

Hosted by:   FaPMI (Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness) Working Group in partnership with OPEN
Date: Tuesday 30th August
Time: 11am – 12:30pm
Where: Zoom
Cost: FREE

This Forum will share insights and lessons about key cross sector partnerships between child and family services and adult mental health services. This is a crucial area of service provision with over one million children across Australia growing up in families where a parent experiences a mental illness having poorer developmental, educational, emotional and mental health outcomes in childhood and adolescence.

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (CFECFW) and Families where a Parent has a Mental Illness (FaPMI) cross sector working group (working group) has as its primary purpose fostering cross sector collaboration, to support systemic change and practice improvement in engaging with and delivering evidence based interventions to families where a parent has a mental illness.


  •  A case study demonstrating  collaborative practice working  with mother and infant where parent experiencing mental illness –  Vanessa Kirby (Community Bubs Practitioner, Family Life) and Julie Wassell, (Practice Lead, Family and Community Team, Family Life)
  • Sharing expertise, improving outcomes in OOHC – Exploring what’s helpful for workers, carers and children where a parent has a mental illness –  Alice Morgan, (FaPMI Coordinator at Alfred Mental and Addiction Health); Natalie Papps, (FaPMI coordinator – Monash Health); and Sally Groom, (Team Leader Carer Support, Assessment and Intake, OzChild Foster Care Program, Southern Region)
  • Hear more about FaAPMI Working Group building collaborative working relationships to explore systemic change, service design, workforce development and practice improvement in supporting families where a parent has a mental illness.

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