Welcome to the Kinship Carers Victoria podcast series for carers

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Cyber safety for children and young people
Podcast 31

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

In this podcast Susan McLean of Cybersafety Solutions answers many questions around helping children and young people to navigate the online world safely. Susan is acknowledged as Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and young people.

Diet and nutrition for neurodiverse children and young people
Podcast 30

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Neurodiversity explains that people experience and interact with the world in many varied ways. Nikki Valentini, Clinical Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, and director of SuperNature Nutrition, speaks in depth about the effect of diet and nutrition on children with autism, ADHD, OCD and other manifestations of neurodiversity.

Issues with Education for Children and Young People in Out-of-Home Care
Podcast 29

Funded by GPV

Victoria’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, Liana Buchanan, talks about her report ‘Let Us Learn’, tabled in the Victorian parliament in November 2023. The report shows that the education engagement and outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care trail significantly behind those of their peers. Liana outlines reaction to the findings and discusses the recommendations.

Grief and Loss
Podcast 28

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Grief is a part of life that is felt in many different ways. Grandparents, parents or carers face the difficulty of helping children understand their grief. In this podcast we speak with Janice Butera, specialist grief practitioner with Grief Australia, who shares her knowledge about the challenges that can occur for families when faced with loss. Janice also offers strategies for families to use in navigating these difficult periods.

Preparing for Access Visits
Podcast 27

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Access or contact visits with biological family can be challenging and may produce a range of emotions in children in kinship care families. In this podcast, Adam Lyons, Managing Director of Lancaster Consulting, addresses the more common issues carers face in preparing the children in their care for access visits and outlines strategies for debriefing children afterwards.

The Benefits of Play
Podcast 26

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

The February 2023 edition of the Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll – Australian Families: How we play – has produced findings of great interest. In this podcast we speak with paediatrician, researcher and child health advocate Dr Anthea Rhodes, the founding director of the poll. Anthea has expertise in child behaviour and development.

Nutrition
Podcast 25

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

What are the latest trends in nutrition? What does recent research say about what and how we should eat? And what the children in our care, in particular those children with neurodevelopmental disorders, should eat? In this podcast we speak again with Nikki Valentini, Clinical Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner and director of SuperNature Nutrition on a range of topics regarding nutrition.

Carer Learning and Development
Podcast 24

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

The role of kinship carer is challenging. Gaining the skillset and knowledge required to fulfil their role can seem like a daunting task. In this podcast we speak with Director of Kinship Carers Victoria, Anne McLeish, who explains the importance of learning and development and the Carer KaFE program. Adam Lyons, Managing Director of Lancaster Consulting, describes the program he runs for carers.

The Importance of Quality Sleep
Podcast 23

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Sleep plays a vital part in our wellbeing – so how do we get the right amount of it? Clinical psychologist Dr Damon Ashworth, author of Deliberately Better Sleep, talks about the factors affecting our sleep and the effects of not getting enough of it. This podcast includes interviews with carers, who share their stories around how they manage this whilst dealing with their kinship carer responsibilities.

The Benefits of Hobbies & Other Pursuits
Podcast 22

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

In a recent survey on stress and wellbeing conducted by the Australian Psychological Society, four in five participants found activities like listening to music and spending time on a hobby were effective ways of managing stress. In this latest carer wellbeing podcast, KCV spoke with two carers on their carer circumstances and about what part hobbies and other meaningful pursuits played in their lives and learned about the benefits these activities bring them.

The Benefits of Exercise
Podcast 21

Part-funded by Carer KaFE
This podcast outlines the benefits of exercise, with suggestions for carers on different types of moderate exercise and how they can incorporate them into their lives. It includes advice from fitness expert Nic Dorian of Castlemaine Women’s Health & Fitness and features interviews with two carers who share details of their own carer experiences and what sorts of exercise they practise.

Relaxation Techniques for Carers
Podcast 20

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Deep breathing and meditation can provide you with a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit your emotional wellbeing and overall health. The podcast features an interview with Eliza Terry, from YogaLiving. Eliza has been teaching Iyengar Yoga since 1998, and teaches mindfulness meditation, with a strong focus on breath work for relaxation. The podcast also includes interviews with two carers who share details of their own experiences with trying relaxation and breathing techniques.

Diet and Stress
Podcast 19

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

In this podcast Kinship Carers Victoria speaks with clinical nutritionist and functional medicine practitioner Nikki Valentini, director of SuperNature Nutrition. Nikki explains how certain foods and nutrients have been shown to help us deal with stress and anxiety while other types of foods and eating patterns have been linked to increases in these feelings – and even to other psychological issues and illness. The podcast also includes interviews with carers who share their relationship to food and some of their dietary patterns.

Connecting with Others
Podcast 18

Part-funded by Carer KaFE

Carers often mention their isolation. This podcast provides suggestions for kinship carers on how to form meaningful connections with friends, family, neighbours and the community. The podcast also includes interviews with several carers who share their experiences of challenges the carer role has brought up and how they have managed social isolation before, during and after the pandemic.

EMERGENCY HELPLINES

If you or anyone you know needs help:

  • Partners in Wellbeing   1300 375 330
  • LifeLine  13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue  1300 224636
  • ParentLine   1322 89
  • MensLine   1300 78 99 78
  • GriefLine   1800 845 745
  • 13Yarn   13 92 76

RESOURCES USED FOR THIS PODCAST
The Australian Loneliness Report 2018 Australian Psychological Society

Is Australia Experiencing an Epidemic of Loneliness? Relationships Australia
Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
Loneliness – KCV Position Paper
What’s Driving Our Loneliness? – ABC article
How technology can help combat loneliness and social isolation – ABC article
Are you feeling lonely? Here are steps you can take – ABC article
Feeling isolated? You’re not alone. Here’s why 1 in 4 of us is lonely – ABC Everyday website
Ending Loneliness Together website
Social Isolation and Loneliness – from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website
Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria website
Reachout Australia website

DFFH responds to the Covid-19 crisis
Podcast 17

Funded by the Victorian Dept of Health

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information was dated and related to COVID restrictions.

Safety and efficacy of COVID-19 Vaccines
Podcast 16

Funded by the Victorian Dept of Health

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information was dated and related to COVID restrictions.

Self-care for kinship carers and how to prevent burnout
Podcast 15

Funded by KCV

In this podcast, psychologist, lecturer and researcher Dr Melissa Weinberg, an Honorary Fellow from the Dept of Psychology at Deakin University with expertise in the science of wellbeing and resilience, speaks about the need for carers to monitor their own physical and emotional state and needs.

Coronavirus and kinship carers
Podcast 14

Funded by the Victorian Dept of Health

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information was dated and related to COVID restrictions.

Sleep and wellbeing
Podcast 13

Funded by KCV

In this podcast Dr Melissa Weinberg, Honorary Fellow from the Dept of Psychology at Deakin University, 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.

Creating happiness
Podcast 12

Funded by KCV

Dr Sanjiv Chopra is a professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, a best-selling author and sought-after motivational speaker. 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.

KCV longitudinal study report
Podcast 11

Funded by KCV

Kinship Carers Victoria recently released the eighth 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.

The health of children in kinship care
Podcast 10

Funded by KCV

The health of children in kinship care is of primary concern. In this podcast Dr Karen McLean, paediatrician 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, speaks about the health of children in care.

The roles that grandparents play survey report
Podcast 9

Funded by GPV

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.

Kinship carers and the state budget
Podcast 8

Funded by KCV

A new Victorian Government program of support for kinship carers has employed 30 new kinship care specialists 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.

The 2018 Federal Election
Podcast 7

Funded by KCV

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information is now out of date.

The 2018 federal and state elections and kinship care
Podcast 6

Funded by KCV

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information is now out of date.

LOOKOUT centres
Podcast 5

Funded by KCV

In this podcast Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) Anne McLeish discusses how education is a key factor in ensuring positive outcomes for children as they mature into adults. Murray Geddes, Principal of the LOOKOUT Centre for the South Eastern Victoria Region, also explains the role the centres play and how kinship carers and the children in their care can benefit.

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Kinship carer wellbeing
Podcast 4

Funded by KCV

This podcast again addresses the issue of carer wellbeing. Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) Anne McLeish talks about how KCV works to better protect and promote carer wellbeing and about the various projects KCV employs to do so. We visit one of KCV’s artist-in-residence sessions and talk to participants and coordinators about the value of the experience.

Kinship care and the 2018 Victorian election
Podcast 3

Funded by KCV

This podcast has been withdrawn because the information is now out of date.

The importance of kinship carer wellbeing
Podcast 2

Funded by KCV

In this podcast, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria (KCV) Anne McLeish talks about why the physical and emotional health of kinship carers and their access to support services is so important and how KCV works to better protect and promote carer wellbeing. Two kinship carers also speak about their personal and professional perspectives on this key element of kinship care.

Welcome to the KCV podcast series
Podcast 1

Funded by KCV

This program features an interview with Anne McLeish, Director of Kinship Carers Victoria, or KCV. Anne talks today about the aims of this podcast series, plus the mission and scope of activities of KCV, and she touches briefly on the range of issues facing both carers and the children in their care which will be addressed throughout this series.

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