Children in Out-Of-Home-Care: The ecology of service provision and decision-making

Fri 19th July 2024 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM AEST

Westmead,NSW Australia

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About the event

TeEACH is an applied research centre focused on addressing the service and support needs of children who experience adversity and their families. We have a large and growing body of research that aims to inform impactful approaches to supporting positive outcomes for children in the out-of-home care system. We know that there is a pressing need for child-centred and relationship-based approaches to supporting children who have been removed from their birth families, and that this will require change across all levels of the system. This symposium will explore this ecology, including the perspectives of children, carers, birth families, service providers and policy makers.

The Schedule

Timing and agenda of event

  • 09:30 am

    Check In

  • schedule-speaker

    10:00 am

    Opening: Prof. Rebekah Grace

    Director of TeEACH

  • schedule-speaker

    10:15 am

    The Upholding Project

    Kathy Karatasas, Adaora Ezekwem-Obi, Rebekah Grace

  • schedule-speaker

    10:45 am

    The importance of life story work

    A/Prof Shoko Tokunaga

  • schedule-speaker

    11:15 am


    Panel discussion - TBC

  • 11:30 am

    Questions & Closing

The Speakers

Experts who will be speaking at the event


Rebekah Grace

Associate Professor, Director of TeEACH

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Rebekah Grace

Associate Professor, Director of TeEACH

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Research Week

$0 - Free/ Per Person
  • Research Week

The Venue

Transforming early Education And Child Health (TeEACH), Western Sydney University

Level 4, Innovation Quarter (iQ) - Westmead ,
160 Hawkesbury Road Westmead, NSW 2145


Common questions and answers about the event

  • Parking Availability

    There is a Secure car park "P2" across Darcy Road from our building. For 5+ hours it is capped at $20.20

    We recommend taking public transport with the Westmead Train station being only a 5-7 minute walk away.

  • COVID Information

    Do not attend this event if you are unwell and/or have been instructed to self-isolate.

    Please follow simple hygiene measures to help protect your health. Wash hands regularly, observe physical distancing measures, do not share food, drinks or cutlery and cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.

    Western Sydney University, in line with the NSW Government no longer mandate the use of face masks but where you are not able to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others, it is strongly recommended to wear a face mask.

  • Can I purchase tickets at the door?

    No, due to limited space tickets must be purchased at least (1) business day prior to the event.

  • Sponsoring the event

    If your company / organisation is interested in sponsoring the event please contact TeEACH at

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Meet Isaiah Dawe

At 17, Isaiah Dawe was travelling back to boarding school after the holidays when his foster carer sent him a text saying he was no longer able to live with them.

When the time came to complete his Higher School Certificate exams, Isaiah wasn’t able to focus on the exam, he was thinking about where he was going to live and how he was going to survive.

This was the genesis for Isaiah to create ID. Know Yourself, the first Aboriginal led organisation delivering 1:1 mentoring and support coordination to Aboriginal children and young people in contact with the Out of Home Care and Juvenile Justice system in New South Wales. As Founder and CEO of ID. Know Yourself, Isaiah is determined to impact the lives of the 22,000 Aboriginal children in Out of Home Care, their purpose is to break the cycle of intergenerational trauma and disadvantage by establishing belonging, discovering purpose and empowering positive choices.


Meet Anne Hollonds

Anne Hollonds is Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner. Formerly Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for 23 years Anne was Chief Executive of government and non-government organisations focussed on research, policy and practice in child and family wellbeing. As a psychologist Anne has worked extensively in frontline practice, including child protection, domestic and family violence, mental health, child and family counselling, parenting education, family law counselling, and community development. Anne currently contributes to several expert advisory groups, including the Family Law Council, Australian Child Maltreatment Study, NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council, National Plan Advisory Group (NPAG), and Australian National Child Health and Development Atlas Oversight Group.

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Meet Rebekah Grace

Associate Professor Rebekah Grace completed her degree in Psychology at the University of Sydney, with a major in Developmental Psychology. Her PhD was within the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney, Rebekah graduated from her PhD in 2002. Since that time, she has held academic positions. including a competitive postdoctoral fellowship, Program Manager for Research with Children and Young People at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation at UNSW, and as the Vice Chancellor's Innovation Fellow at Maquarie University. While at Macquartie University, Rebekah also served as the National Director of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) program. Rebekah came to Western Sydney University in 2018 to take up the role of Deputy Director in the Centre for Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) in the School of Nursing and Midwifery. In 2019 she accepted the role of Director for a Special Research Initiative at Western Sydney University called TeEACH (Transforming early Education and Child Health). Her position is located within the Translational Health Research Institute, and is closely alinged with the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Education.