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Updated Website

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

New and Updated Parenting Website

Great news for our mobile users! Now the Quirky Kid website is responsive and mobile friendly.  Over the last 12 months the number of mobile users visiting our site has increased. More and more parents were starting to look for parenting tips and read our articles using their mobile devices.

The process to make this theme responsive was not that simple and took some focus and diligence from us since we have a large database. The down time was minimum and we have ensured nearly no disruption to our visitors

What’s New

We took the change to update our home page to make it easier to see our most recent content, register for our workshops and programs and book appointments with our team.

The widget section (or the side bar) of the site has also received some attention and we have added more elements like a search box. You can find the search box at the very end of the the widget section on most pages.

Let us know what you think about your experience navigating our website.

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Real Needs Community Grants

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Real Insurance and Real Needs Community Grants

The Quirky Kid clinic and our Principal Child Psychologists Kimberley O’Brien are proud to partner with Real Insurance and the Real Needs program as the Judges for grants of  totalling 1 Million for non-for-profit projects. 

Kimberley O’Brien said, “Early support for children, whether physical or mental, is crucial for their development as they mature and become a more active part of our society. The effects of neglecting the needs of our youth, if not addressed, will have a profound effect on Australia’s social and economic well-being through the current century.

“There should never be barriers to children receiving the essential services that many of these charities provide. It’s great to see a company like Real Insurance connecting with the community in this way and making a real difference to the lives of Australian children in need.”

The Real Needs Program launches in April 2015, with grants of differing values of $5,000, $10,000 and $20,000 available. These grants will be awarded to Not-For-Profit organisations who demonstrate innovative approaches for how the funding will be used to support youth programs. Real Insurance staff will also have the opportunity to vote for their preferred charity to receive a monthly $5,000 ‘Staff Choice’ grant.

The program comes as a result from a New research, commissioned by Real Insurance, that reveals that Aussies mistakenly consider themselves to be among the best globally at caring for the community. Over half of the country (57%) believes that Australia is well above average when it comes to looking after disadvantaged people in the community, however, over three quarters (77%) underestimate the number of children in need requiring welfare in Australia, according to Galaxy research commissioned by Real Insurance.

The findings reveal the most concerning societal issues affecting children that trouble the community. These range from concerns about homelessness amongst children (48%) and children affected by domestic violence (76%), to excessive use of mobile phones and the internet by children (51%).

The research also showed that over three quarters (76%) of Australians believe there should be more support for children in key areas such as providing increased educational support (77%), counselling (56%), health care (54%) and food services (45%).

In the interest of giving back to the community, Real Insurance is today launching its new grants program, Real Needs, to help support children in need across Australia. With $1 million being put towards this initiative, Real Needs is encouraging Not-For-Profit organisations working with children in need to apply for charitable funding which will enable them to address the growing issues faced by Australia’s youth.

To be eligible for a Real Needs 2015 grant, Not-for-Profit organisations must support children up to the age of 18 years and be a registered charity, community group or service, sporting club or hospital community program.

Apply

To find out more or apply for a grant from Real Needs, please visit http://realneeds.realinsurance.com.au or contact contact@realneeds.com.au.

About Real Needs

Real Needs is a community grants program launched by Real Insurance. It encourages Not-For-Profit organisations working with children to apply for charitable funding, which will enable them to further aid youth in need. Real Needs aims to make a positive difference by providing charities with grants that assist them to manage programs that help children in need across Australia.

About Real Insurance

Real Insurance entered the Australian market in 2005 with a goal to protect the quality of people’s lives and to make insurance simple and easy to understand. We’ve held to this promise with a range of real, value-for-money insurance products, including life, home, car, pet, funeral and income insurance, as well as staff that provide real, high quality service for our customers. In addition to our quality products, we now believe our real point of difference is our commitment to Australian families and our pledge to protect their wellbeing, as well as the assets and financial security they have worked hard to create.

About Quirky Kid

The Quirky Kid Clinic is Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinic based in Sydney and Wollongong (Austinmer). Our experienced team of educational and developmental psychologists, social developers and youth mentors are motivated and inspired by our daily interactions with children, adolescents and families.

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We’re headed to Canada

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British Colombia Alternative Education Program Conference

The Quirky Kid team is heading to Canada in February 2015.
We will be presenting during British Colombia Alternative Education Program (BCAEA) conference. The British Columbia Alternate Education Association is a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the BC Teacher’s Federation.

Alternate (or Alternative) Education programs exist in many varieties. At its simplest, Alternate Education attempts to help at-risk youth, who, because of a variety of factors, are unsuccessful in the main stream. Problems experienced by these students may include a wide range of social and emotional difficulties, drug issues, trouble with the law, teenage parenthood, and a whole host of others. What these students share in common is an inability to progress satisfactorily in the regular system.

You can find our more and register here: http://www.bctf.ca/bcaea/conference.html

 

Other Workshops

Between 16 and 18 of February 2015 we will also facilitate several workshops with the support of Richmond Addiction Services, our partier organisation in Canada responsible to promoting and reselling our programs in Canada and USA. Dates and locations will soon be advertised. You can now register for:

 

 

 

To keep up to date please make sure to register to the mail-list below:

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Welcome Dawn Young

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Psychologist Dawn Young Joins Quirky Kid Team in Woollahra

I have recently joined the The Quirky Kid team in Woollahra as a Psychologist.  I bring with me a range of experience from my work both in Australia and in the U.K.   Since qualifying with a Master’s Degree in Applied Science (Psychology), I have worked across a range of settings with children, adolescents and parents.

I began my career working as a Psychologist in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit at Western Hospital, Melbourne.  From there I moved to The Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, where I worked for a number of years in a research-based clinic specialising in School Refusal.  I later became Co-ordinator of another research-based clinic: The Berriga House Adolescent Depression Clinic.

The lure of travel took me overseas to London, U.K. in 1997.  There, I spent 10 years specialising in Paediatric Psychology.  At St George’s Hospital in South London I gained experience working with children with varying medical conditions including diabetes, immune system disorders (including allergies), leukaemia, metabolic conditions, obesity and psychosomatic complaints.  Many of the children I saw were experiencing common childhood behavioural problems but others experienced psychological issues specific to their diagnosis and treatment (e.g. problems taking medication, needle phobias, social anxieties, cognitive and learning difficulties).

Most recently, I worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London.  In this large Paediatric teaching hospital I worked as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the Haematology, Immunology and Oncology teams.  In that role, I provided inpatient and outpatient assessments and interventions, ran group programs, administered a range of cognitive and educational assessments and undertook clinical research.

I have always gained great satisfaction from my work as a Psychologist and particularly enjoy the interaction with children/adolescents and their families.   I typically work within a cognitive-behavioural framework and am a strong advocate for an evidence-based approach to clinical practice.

Why I have moved to Quirky Kid?

To date, I have always worked in hospital-based settings.  However, now with a family of my own, Quirky Kid offers me a new professional challenge.   

I am excited to be working with the Quirky Kid team.  They are motivated, dynamic and collaborative in their efforts to deliver the best possible psychological care to families in a creative and progressive way.  The clinic environment is also enormously appealing to me.  It has been cleverly designed to use light, space and colour to create a welcoming environment for families.

What are my skills?

My particular area of expertise is in working with, and engaging with children, adolescents and parents.   I am skilled in conducting both clinical and psychometric assessments and in tailoring intervention programs to meet the individual needs of children and families.  Where required, I will often work closely with school and allied health professionals to facilitate a successful outcome.  In addition to addressing behavioural and mental health issues, I also have a broad range of experience in working with children and families affected by acute, chronic or life threatening medical conditions.

What will my role at QK be?

My role will be to provide assessments and evidence-based interventions to individuals and families attending the Quirky Kid clinic in Woollahra. Consultations will typically involve the child/adolescent, their carers and sometimes other family members.  Where indicated, education and allied health professionals may be consulted.  At times, I may also be involved in facilitating one of a range of Quirky kid group programs offered at the clinic.

I am incredibly excited about the journey ahead at Quirky Kid and will look forward to meeting and working with everyone associated with Quirky Kid.

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Hello Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair

New QK Book selected for ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition and catalogue at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Oz authors and illustrators in the 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. We are extremely proud to have our book, The Best of Friends as one of the selected title! This is the second recognition we received for our publishing work this year. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and
  • draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:

  • Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
  • the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
  • the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
  • the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
  • the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna. The Catalogue will soon be available here.

Our title, The Best of Friends will be available Mid 2015.

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