Victorian kinship carers launch their own podcast series

A new series of podcasts for the rapidly growing number of kinship carers in Victoria has begun, with the first program aired on Friday 27 April.

The series is directed at the rapidly increasing number of kinship carers across Victoria and brings broadcast news relevant to all kinship carers, be they formal or informal carers, and be they grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings or close family friends.

Topical issues confronting kinship care are discussed by a range of expert speakers from across a number of sectors, including the community, government, not-for-profit and legal sectors. Topics in line for examination in the first twelve months of podcasts include:

  • The organised kinship care movement in Victoria – is it unique?
  • The new model of kinship care for Victoria – who benefits, does anyone lose?
  • Kinship care families and federal welfare – fair treatment or not?
  • Trauma in children – how to identify it and what to do about it.
  • Carer wellbeing – not a luxury but a crucial element of placement stability.
  • Kinship family rights – where to go to find them written?
  • Education – a pathway for children in kinship care to ‘get on in life’.
  • Kinship care and the law – rights protection or abuse of rights?

Mrs Anne McLeish, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) said,

‘These podcasts are designed to reach all kinship carers at their convenience; that is, in their own home and at times which suit them. The issues addressed will be of interest to formal and informal kinship carers alike, and will lift their understanding and knowledge about their role and the social, economic and political circumstances that affect them in their role as people who protect our most vulnerable children from further harm.

Kinship Carers Victoria is particularly pleased to be able to reach all kinship carers through these podcasts. They will provide a way for the most geographically and socially isolated carers to have a connection with the wider world with regard to their role and the views of other kinship carers. KCV hopes that kinship carers will take the opportunities offered to them to nominate issues they want examined and to give feedback about the podcast programs. If the programs benefit even a small number of previously isolated kinship carers it will be well worth the effort to produce them,’ Mrs. McLeish concluded.

Podcast #14 – Coronavirus and kinship carers

In this podcast, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) Anne McLeish talks about the challenges faced by kinship carers during the COVID-19 lockdown and how they and the young people in their care have been coping.

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Itunes
To listen to the KCV podcasts in itunes, open itunes then type ‘podcasts’ in the search area. From here, type ‘kinship carers’ in the search area. The KCV podcasts are in the ‘education’ category.

Podcast #13 – Sleep and wellbeing

In this podcast on sleep and wellbeing, KCV spoke to psychologist Dr Melissa Weinberg, Honorary Fellow from the Dept of Psychology at Deakin University. Dr Weinberg discusses the effects sleeping poorly or well can have on a person’s physical and psychological health and suggests tips on how carers can improve their patterns of sleep and those of the children or young people in their care.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 13MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.

Itunes
To listen to the KCV podcasts in itunes, open itunes then type ‘podcasts’ in the search area. From here, type ‘kinship carers’ in the search area. The KCV podcasts are in the ‘education’ category.

Podcast #12 – Creating happiness

Dr Sanjiv Chopra is a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, a best-selling author and sought-after motivational speaker, who is often referred to as a ‘happiness guru’.
In an episode of The Bucket Podcast (at thebucket.com) broadcast on 10 October 2019, Dr Chopra spoke about his book, The Two Most Important Days: How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Happy and Healthy Life.
This KCV podcast draws both on the contents of his book and that Bucket Podcast to present evidence on how happiness can be a choice in our lives.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 11MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.

Itunes
To listen to the KCV podcasts in itunes, open itunes then type ‘podcasts’ in the search area. From here, type ‘kinship carers’ in the search area. The KCV podcasts are in the ‘education’ category.

Podcast #11 – KCV longitudinal study report

Kinship Carers Victoria recently released the eight report on their longitudinal study of kinship carer families.

In this podcast, Director of KCV Anne McLeish discusses why the study was established, as well as providing an analysis of the latest report findings, which show that, for the most part, kinship care arrangements for the families in the study continue to be stable.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 8MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.

Itunes
To listen to the KCV podcasts in itunes, open itunes then type ‘podcasts’ in the search area. From here, type ‘kinship carers’ in the search area. The KCV podcasts are in the ‘education’ category.

Podcast #10 – The health of children in kinship care

The health of children in kinship care is of primary concern. Resources must continually be put into finding ways to improve health care outcomes for children in out of home care. In this podcast KCV speaks with Dr Karen McLean pediatrician with the Pathway to Good Health Clinic, the Sleep Disorders Clinic, the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and the Department of Pediatrics with the University of Melbourne.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 9MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.

Podcast #9 – The roles that grandparents play survey report

Grandparents Victoria has just released a report of a survey titled ‘The Roles That Grandparents Play’. Director of GPV, Anne McLeish, speaks about the reason for conducting the survey and about the findings, which highlight the varying roles grandparents play within Victorian families and the community.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 13MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.

Itunes
To listen to the KCV podcasts in itunes, open itunes then type ‘podcasts’ in the search area. From here, type ‘kinship carers’ in the search area. The KCV podcasts are in the ‘education’ category.

Podcast #8 – Kinship carers and the state budget

Thanks to the Victorian Government’s new program of support for kinship carers, 30 new kinship care specialists have been employed to support and speak with carers throughout the state. This podcast features snapshots of discussions taken from a recent seminar held to enable carers to meet those kinship care specialists.

To play the podcast directly, click on the orange ‘play’ button above.
If you wish to download the podcast to play at any other time on a desktop computer, right click here, then choose ‘save link as’ and save the podcast. You can also click on the ‘download’ button at the top right next to the ‘share’ button, to do the same.
(This may take a few moments, depending on your Internet connection, as the podcast is an mp3 file 13MB in size.) Once downloaded, the podcast should play in your computer’s media/audio player.
For play on mobile phone/tablet devices using iOS or Android operating systems, click on ‘Listen in browser’ to do just that, and either ‘Play on soundcloud’ or the soundcloud logo in the top right-hand corner to listen and/or add to a soundcloud playlist via the soundcloud platform. Alternatively, click here to play the podcast in your browser.