Siblings Australia aims to create connections between siblings, between parents and siblings, and between families and professionals. Our focus is on strengthening families. Consequently, we aim to increase the availability of information and support services for siblings of people with chronic conditions, through increasing awareness, understanding, skills and capabilities at two levels:
- direct support to siblings
- working with parents and service providers who, in turn, are able to better support siblings
Read more about our work below and left:
The Director, Kate Strohm, has been asked to present workshops for parents and professionals all over Australia, in Italy (4 times), Scotland, England, US and Canada. The professional workshop can also include training in the Sibworks model for peer support for siblings aged 8-12 years. This blog provides some reflections of a workshop by a parent.
Parent one-on-one sessions
The Parent information sessions assist parents in supporting siblings. These can be claimed via the NDIS.
We create opportunities for siblings to connect with others who share similar experiences. We host a closed Facebook group, SibChat, and website discussion forum, SibChat forum, for adult siblings. We also co-facilitate, with the Sibling Support Project in the US, a closed FB group for teens, SibTeen. And our Sibworks program is a structured peer support program for younger siblings.
The organisation receives many enquiries via the website, email, and Facebook from siblings, parents and providers, requesting information and advice.
As well as presenting ourselves, in 2004 and 2009 Siblings Australia hosted a conference for families, professionals and researchers – it attracted delegates from around Australia and overseas. There is a huge need for further events such as these.
You can read more about the work of Siblings Australia via various papers on the website, including a Briefing Paper/Action Plan, via the Advocacy page mentioned above, and the following links:
Learning Links article sourced from a keynote paper at the 18th Early Childhood Intervention (NSW chapter) Conference ‘Made in Australia – Research and Practice’ 2003
AeJAMH editorial the Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health 2008
During the last 9 years this work has been carried out through the mainly voluntary efforts of its people (Director and committee of management). Without the capacity to train others in this work, the future is very uncertain. It would be regrettable if the knowledge and expertise developed by the organisation over many years were lost through lack of funding and other support.