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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.
|The Royal Commission can be contacted on:|
|1800 099 340 (Free call)|
|Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry|
|Is an Inquiry set up by the Northern Ireland Executive.|
The Inquiry want to find out the truth about child abuse and neglect
which happened in institutions where children lived or stayed.
They 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.
|Click here for the flyer|
|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...
|Good Shepherd Reunion|
|In 2013, Good Shepherd Sisters are celebrating 150 years in Australia. As part of the celebrations, Care Leavers from Good Shepherd institutions are warmly invited to the Good Shepherd Reunion Afternoon Tea.|
Please RSVP to (03) 9270 9700 by 14th June (Essential for catering)
|For more details click here|
|Click here for the flyer|