Siblings Australia, a unique national organisation, was established in 1999 by Kate Strohm, with the assistance of Dr Jon Jureidini, in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide. The organisation’s focus is on siblings of children and adults with disability or chronic illness, and over a period of 18 years it has developed a national and international reputation for its work with families and professionals.
The organisation Mission Statement says it all. Siblings: Acknowledged, Connected, Resilient.
Siblings can often be overlooked, which can lead to feelings of isolation. If this continues, children can become vulnerable to a range of emotional and mental health problems. However, if siblings are acknowledged, and connected to sources of support, they are likely to become more resilient and family relationships are likely to be stronger.