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Forum: The trials, tribulations – and overwhelming benefits – of building a culture of partnership practice


‘Family-centred practice’, ‘engagement’ and ‘partnership’ are words often used in relation to service delivery – but what do they really mean in practice? What does it look like to truly work in partnership with families, and what does it take for services to adopt a partnership culture?

Dr Crispin Day will outline a successful model of partnership practice – the Family Partnership Model – and a program underpinned by partnership practice – the Empowering Parents Empowering Communities parent-led parenting program – and will explore what is required to support and sustain partnership practices across organisations and within individual practice.

The Family Partnership Model has been implemented widely across Australian family-centred services and has been shown to be instrumental in helping practitioners change the way they work with families and supporting collaborative outcomes between parents and professionals. The Empowering Parents Empowering Communities program is a parent led, professionally supported parenting intervention which is currently underway in Victoria and Tasmania.

Participants will also hear from practitioners and service leaders who have implemented the Family Partnership Model to change their culture of service or program delivery; with practical examples of some of the enabling factors that are required, and some of the challenges that were faced.

Participants will have time to ask questions of our keynote presenter and our panel of on-the-ground experts.


Royal Childrens Hospital
50 Flemington Road
Parkville, VIC 3052



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Cathy Archer

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