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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. |
Please click on any of the tabs below for information about the services provided by Open Place.
Please visit our Royal Commission News page under "What's On & Latest News" for information and updates about the work of the Royal Commission.
|Update About Melbourne Response|
|You will have seen the media release (here) from Truth Justice Healing Council about additional payments via the Melbourne Response. Open Place has written to Melbourne Response seeking clarifications. The questions put to Melbourne Response are below:|
|Open Place will place the answers to these questions (if responded to) on our website.|
|Commonwealth Media Release Regarding Redress|
|Below is the media release from the Commonwealth Government. The media release provides little detail of eligibility and time lines. As more details become available these will be posted on the web site. This is encouraging news but more needs to be known. |
|You can view this media release here.|
|Royal Commission closes registrations for private sessions|
|"The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016...|
...The closing date applies only to new applications for a private session. People who have already been accepted for a private session or who apply before 30 September 2016 will have an opportunity to meet with a Commissioner. The Royal Commission will still accept written accounts after 30 September 2016...
...'There can be no exceptions for any application received after that date. I know this will mean that some people will be disappointed. For that the Commissioners are sorry,' Justice McClellan said."
|Open Place encourages anyone thinking about attending a private session registers before the deadline. If you change your mind later you don't have to take part. |
|Treasure Trove is a collection of small creative writing pieces that were produced by Forgotten Australians with the support of Open Place. |
With just a few well-chosen words - brought alive with the soulful power of visual imagery - these six-word stories, three-line poems, unsent letters, single sentences and other creative writing gems open up a treasure trove of stories and experiences. Some of the pieces of writing sparkle with wisdom, some are filled with humour, and still others intrugue with the uniqueness of their vision. Many provide a glimpse of lives unimaginably altered by traumatic childhood experiences. All demonstrate an astonishing depth of resilience and courage.
|Click here to download a copy of the booklet.|
|We Believe You Booklet|
|We Believe you is a compilation of the feedback given during the INSIDE Exhibition. |
This booklet celebrates the fifth anniversary of the National Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants that was provided by the Honourable Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister, and supported by the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, former Opposition Leader, on 16 November 2009.
|Click here to download the booklet.|
|We Remember You Booklet|
|We Remember You is a booklet published by Open Place, for Forgotten Australians to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the unveiling of the Memorial to Forgotten Australians on Southbank. The stories contained in this booklet are part of the history of Forgotten Australians; a history that must never be forgotten. These stories tell us about suffering, endurance and resilience. Despite continuing struggles with their past experiences each, in their own way, has made a life with meaning and purpose. If you are a registered service user of Open Place and would like a copy of the booklet, please contact us on 1800 779 379 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll arrange a copy to be forwarded to you. |
|Alternatively, you can click here to download the booklet.|
|Open Place Response to Royal Commission Consultation Paper|
|Open Place has written a response in regards to the Consultation Paper as released by the Royal Commission. |
|Click here to view Open Place's response.|