SNAICC Conference

In September 2017, four members of the Positive Partnerships national team, Lee Casuscelli, Rachael Dillon, Maria Watson-Trudgett and Renee Christie attended (SNAICC) the Secretariat National Aboriginal Islanders Children Care conference in Canberra.

Positive Partnerships delivered two consecutive presentations, the first of which was a discussion on successfully extending the reach and quality of our project by working in partnership with Aboriginal organisations. Rachael Dillion and June Reimer shared an overview of the way Positive Partnerships and First People Disability Network continue to work together in a mutually respectful partnership to better support Aboriginal families and communities facing the challenges and issues related to disability.

Maria Watson-Trudgett concluded the session by sharing her journey as the first fulltime Indigenous employee of the Positive Partnerships team. Maria reflected upon her journey to date, highlighting her commitment to use her cultural knowledge and experience to further support our work in this space.

Rachael presented a second talk with Leeanne Batho the Principal of Walhallow Public School in Caroona, NSW. Rachael and Leeanne discussed the importance of partnerships between school staff, families and community members, for ensuring the success of all students, in particular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with autism and other diverse learning needs.

The SNAICC conference was a unique and valuable experience for Positive Partnerships to meet, network and hear the stories of some of the incredible work happening across the country to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.