Welcome to Open Place
Here 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.
8 September 2021
Update: Premier Daniel Andrews has announced lockdown restrictions will be lifted in regional Victoria from Thursday 9 September, following advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.
From 11.59pm on Thursday 9 September, the five reasons to leave the home will be removed in regional Victoria, except for Greater Shepparton. There will be no limit on the distance regional Victorians can travel from home – other than restrictions on entry to metropolitan Melbourne.
Metropolitan Melbourne lockdown conditions remain the same including the current curfew from 9pm to 5am.
Drop In will be closed, social support groups and activities suspended and no face to face client work until restrictions are lifted.
The lockdown is designed to reduce movement in the community and thereby limit the spread of the virus. Open Place is committed to maintaining our connection with you as we all work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
This decision followed Victorian Premier Dan Andrew’s request that the community stay home except ‘essential’ travel, as one of the key strategies to reducing harm to a large number of people.
We are continuing to provide telephone and email-based support, with Open Place staff working remotely from home. Counselling, redress support, health brokerage, records and co-ordinated support services are all operating.
Social Support Groups had resumed, however we will be pausing them again as a result of the current lockdown. We will keep you informed about when our Social Support Groups and activities will resume.
Whilst we remain committed to resuming our face-to-face activities fully as soon as possible, we must also manage the COVID-19 environment according to government directions and COVID Safe practices, especially given the understanding of the health vulnerabilities that many of you face.
Please check the website for updates and not hesitate to phone us on 1800 779 379 or email email@example.com
Stay safe and we look forward to all services resuming as soon as possible.
2021/22 Health Brokerage Guidelines
Open Place Health Brokerage Funding Guidelines are now available to download.
Please find the 2021/22 Health Brokerage Funding Guidelines below.
The only changes to the previous guidelines are that the limit has been changed from $1000 to $1250 and the total spend for glasses has changed from $400 to $600 which includes frames and lenses.
Download the guidelines Open Place Health Brokerage Funding Guidelines 21-22.
Find out more about our response to COVID-19.
Relationships Australia Victoria the New Provider of Open Place
We’re pleased to acknowledge this important event with a video that welcomes all Open Place staff, service users and stakeholders to RAV.
1 July 2020
Welcoming Open Place to Relationships Australia Victoria
Today, Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) officially commenced as the new provider of Open Place.
The following 3 letters have been posted to all Forgotten Australians registered with Open Place. These letters were posted on 16 June 2020
Changes to health and special circumstances funding until 30 June 2020 / Planned temporary closure of Open Place
Please find the link to the above letter OPtransitionletter9June
Consent to transfer service user data between Berry Street and Relationships Australia Victoria (RAV) (as the providers of Open Place)
Please find the link to the above letter Open Place – Transfer of information to RAV opt-out for June 2020
Introduction and update from RAV
Please find the link to the above letter RAV – Open Place letter 11062020
Open Place offers support for people apply for, or thinking of applying for, redress through the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The National Redress Scheme has been established to support people who were sexually abused as children while in the care of an institution. The establishment of a National Redress Scheme was recommended by the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The Scheme commenced on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
The Redress Scheme can provide three things:
- access to psychological counselling
- a direct personal response – such as an apology from the responsible institution for people who want it
- a monetary payment
A person can choose to apply to the National Redress Scheme if they:
- experienced institutional child sexual abuse before 1 July 2018 and
- are aged over 18 or will turn 18 before 30 June 2028, and
- are applying for redress from an institution that has joined the National Redress Scheme, and
- apply between 1 July and 30 June 2027
If you are interested in finding out any more about this, we have a specialist Redress Scheme support team who will be able to answer your questions and give you accurate, up to date information about the redress process.
Additional information can be found at:
The purpose of this publication launched in November 2016 at the anniversary of the National Apology is to say that Forgotten Australians matter. Their lives and their stories matter. In this publication it is the Forgotten Australians themselves speaking; of hope, recognition and justice, which many still seek as a result of childhood experiences and the struggles in adult life as a consequence of these experiences.
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 intrigue 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.
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.
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.
The we Remember You Booklet is currently being updated and will be available to download at a later date.
Activities at Open Place – 16 AUGUST 2021: ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID LOCKDOWN
Movement Sessions: Open Place, in collaboration with Evolutio Sports Physio, are pleased to offer free Movement Sessions!
What: Movement to improve wellbeing, catered to all fitness levels and abilities.
When: Fridays at 11am
Where: Open Place Drop-in Centre, 1/8 Bromham Place, Richmond.
If you would like to attend these sessions, please contact Open Place on 1800 779 379 and ask to speak to Emma.