New Edition of Siblings

Since being published for the first time in Australia in 2002, Siblings has been published in the UK (2004; David Fulton publishers) and the US (as Being the Other One - Shambhala Press 2005) and translated into Korean. In this new edition the author has added her learning from the last 12 years as Director of Siblings Australia and also added another chapter on policy issues.

'This is an important book; reassuring to other siblings, helpful to parents and essential reading for professionals.' - Times Educational Supplement, UK

'Siblings is a very special book. What makes it stand apart from many self-help books is its comprehensiveness, its clear writing and its clever planning. It should be part of every family’s library.' - Helen Coverton, Your Health

'After many years of anxiety and guilt, this book, along with the support of other siblings, helped me to rebuild a relationship with my brother that I once thought unachievable.' - Stephanie Fewster

'Siblings sends a lifeline to families of children with disability.' Jill Whittaker, parent

'Reading Siblings has been one of the most emotionally relieving experiences of my life. I related to just about every page, and I cried a lot.' - Leila Pastore, Michigan, USA

'A must read for anyone who has contact with, or has, a disabled sibling in the family.' - Cushla Thornton-Brown, IHC Waikato South Association

'I would recommend this book to parents and extended family who have a combination of disabled (or chronically ill) children and 'normal' children. Even if everything is running smoothly, it may make families aware of potential 'under the surface' feelings that could arise at some stage.' - Nikki Slade Robinson, Scoop NZ

'This book is valuable in recognising the problem and helping to narrow the gap for many who have struggled without adequate support...[Siblings] concludes with a valuable resource list, which has obviously been updated for this revised edition. Readable and highly recommended.' - Julie Wells, ReadPlus

'This book gives reassurance to siblings, who commonly struggle with feelings of isolation, grief, anger, and anxiety, and gives a detailed insight into the emotional rollercoaster.' - Carers (Vic) News. Full review on page 13 of Carers News here

You can order through bookshops, Siblings Australia (by emailing or online via Book Depository

Siblings e-book

This edition is also available as an e-book through Wakefield Press; just click on the relevant link - epub or pdf


The Siblings Australia DVD, Stronger Siblings, assists parents to understand the experience of brothers and sisters of a child with disability, and how to support them. Parents and siblings share their stories and, together with professionals, explore a number of issues. Ideally, organisations will include this DVD in their resource libraries for parents to borrow, or will use the DVD with groups of parents (it includes a pdf with discussion questions).

To see a preview of the DVD click here

To purchase download order form here OR you can pay directly via the link below through your paypal account using credit card or paypal 

NEW! The DVD can also be purchased in a digital form, using secure credit card facility or Paypal, through Gumroad.
There are options for both families and providers. The latter includes the pdf with discussion questions for a parent group session, hence the different price.

Family version ($25) available to order here
Provider version ($75) with extra features available to order here

Any queries please contact 

Siblings of people with mental health issues

This factsheet has been developed jointly by Centacare's Navigate program and Siblings Australia. We welcome your feedback.

SibworkS Resources

Support groups allow these children to come together, have fun, share experiences and learn ways of dealing positively with challenges they face.
The manual and accompanying participant booklets outline a specific program for young siblings and is based on the collective experiences of the authors (Kate Strohm from Siblings Australia and Dr Monique Nesa from Curtin University) and service providers around Australia, as well as overseas.

Whilst the program has been primarily devised for siblings aged between 8 and 12 years, it can be adapted for other age groups. 
The program runs for 6x 2 hour OR 2x 5 hour sessions and has been written in detail to provide maximum benefits for facilitators and siblings in the groups. Also, guidelines for running an information session for parents and raising parents’ awareness of siblings needs are provided.

Sibworks has been included in the Communities for Children Evidence-based Program Profiles developed by the AIFS
Please note The Sibworks package can be ordered here. Sorry but due to costs we can no longer accept credit cards - options are EFT, a cheque or paying with a credit card via PAYPAL
You can view a 5 minute film of the program, including interviews with parents, facilitators and participants here


A very useful tool for us to share with parents, especially with the group discussion notes included.
Service provider response to DVD