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|Welcome to the Open Place web site.|
|On this web site you will find information about the services we provide and how Forgotten Australians can access these services.|
|We are committed to continuing and expanding our outreach capacity in order to better serve isolated Forgotten Australians and isolated communities. An important development in 2013 will be the expansion and location of Open Place services into selected regional and rural areas.|
A great achievement for Forgotten Australians is the announcement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuses. Please visit our Royal Commission page under "About Forgotten Australians" for information and updates.
Open Place will continue to provide information and updates via our web site and by mail.
|Royal Commission Update|
|The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold more face-to-face private sessions in Melbourne commencing 7 October, and Perth commencing 8 October.|
Private sessions provide an opportunity for people to tell their story in an informal setting in the presence of a Commissioner. All of the information provided in a private session is kept confidential unless the person providing it agrees to it being made public.
The Royal Commission will offer 1,000 private sessions before the end of this year and will return to Victoria and Western Australia later in the year to hear from more people.
The Royal Commission will also visit Brisbane, Canberra and Darwin in the next month.
|Click here for more Royal Commission information...|
|Open Place's New Counselling and Records Rooms|
|Open Place has been fortunate in gaining access to some extra office space just around the corner from the drop in centre. This space will significantly improve confidentiality and privacy for Forgotten Australians who use the counselling, records and support services. These additional rooms will mean that group and leisure activities can continue at Open Place without causing disruption to those who need a quiet counselling session or an uninterrupted open area to spread out records. If you have a counselling, records or a support appointment at Open Place please continue to come to the front desk at Open Place for attention and service.|
|Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Deadline Update|
|The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry was set up by the Northern Ireland Executive and is wanting to find out the truth about child abuse and neglect in Northern Irish institutions where children lived or stayed.|
Recently, Sir Anthony Hart, the chair of the inquiry, gave a speech which touched upon the fact that some children were transported to Australia. In his speech (as linked to below) the parts highlighted in yellow indicate remarks about Australia while the blue highlights are regarding the change in deadline for submissions.
The inquiry will be coming out to Australia as there have been a significant amount of responses from people now living here.
The Inquiry would like to hear from anyone who suffered abuse or neglect as a child while living or staying in an institution in Northern Ireland.
The institution might be an orphanage, children’s home, hospital, borstal, juvenile justice centre or training school.
For more information and contact details please read the flyer below.
|The inquiry for submissions in now 29th of November 2013.|
|Click here for the flyer|
|Click here for Sir Anthony Hart's speech|
|Find & Connect Service Survey|
|The Australian government is looking for Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants to be part of a study looking at how well your needs are being met by current government services.|
This survey is being conducted by the Australian Healthcare Associates and they are interested in getting feedback from both those who are using the Find and Connect Services and those who are not using these services.
You can either complete the survey by clicking on the link below or you can ring 1300 788 667 (price of a local call) and speak to Trish, Maree or Jill from the evaluation team. If you would prefer to fill out a hard copy simply call the number above and request a survey be sent out to you.
|Click here for the survey|
|Online exhibition: "Inside: Life in Children's Homes and Institutions"|
|The National Museum of Australia has published an online version of the "Inside: Life in Children's Home and Institutions". The original exhibition was on show at the National Museum in Canberra from 16 November 2011 until 26 February 2012. It is now travelling to the Melbourne Museum from August 2013 to January 2014.|
|Parliamentary Inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by religious and other organisations|
|This Inquiry is important for Forgotten Australians.|
The Inquiry is underway and is receiving written submissions. The date for the closure of written submissions has been extended until the 21 September.
Open Place has been asked to clarify whether the Inquiry can compel witnesses to attend and give evidence.
Open Place has written to the Inquiry asking this question.
The response from the Inquiry is the following...