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Quirky Kid and University of Wollongong Collaboration Launch

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The Best of Friends® Industry Research Collaboration

The Quirky Kid® Clinic’s collaboration with the University of Wollongong provided the evidence base to scale the innovative The Best of Friends® program

The Quirky Kid Team and The University of Wollongong’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Jennifer Martin would like to invite you to a presentation of the industry research collaboration between Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong (UOW) on The Best of Friends® program.

This event will provide you with an expanding small business’s perspective on collaborating with a university as an effective innovation pathway. You will learn how Quirky Kid leveraged their innovation spend through various programs – including Tech Vouchers, Internships and UOW’s incubator iAccelerate – to maximise impact.

The Best of Friends® program was developed in response to increasing demand from schools to address the social and emotional learning (SEL) challenges that children experience, and to offer them the academic and social benefits that SEL provides.

The research conducted by Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong added to the growing evidence of the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program, which Quirky Kid®  was then able to use to scale their product so their expertise could benefit kids in schools not only across Australia but around the world.

Representatives from Quirky Kid, the University of Wollongong, and NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Programs will be on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your own innovation journey.

Friday 9 August, 9:30am-12:00pm
Level 49, MLC Centre  (19 Martin Place, Sydney)

9:30-10:00am Showcase demonstrations and networking
10:00-11:15am –  Presentation and Q&A:

  • Innovation in Social Emotional Learning – Dr. Kimberley O’Brien (Quirky Kid)
  • Collaborating with UOW –  Zahra Shahbazian, Industry Research Manager (UOW)
  • Leveraging your innovation spend  –  Leo Rocker (Quirky Kid)

11:15am-12:00pm: Networking and light refreshments



About Quirky Kid

We’re one of Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinics and passionately committed to providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Quirky Kid is a member of the University of Wollongong business incubator program, ‘iAccelerate’. We operate clinical spaces in Sydney and Austinmer with a new clinic opening soon in Canberra.

You may also know of Quirky Kid as an award-winning publisher of unique therapeutic resources for young people and families. These include Face it cards, Tell Me A Story cards and the popular programs, Power Up™, The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp which are used in schools around Australia and overseas.

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Refugees in India

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Refugee Research in India - Centre for Refugee Research

As one of our Social Development projects and commitment to both local and international communities, Leonardo Rocker represented the Quirky Kid Clinic for a 15 day community development project in New Delhi, India. This involved working with Burmese, Somali and Afghan refugees living in exile. The project was organized by the Centre for Refugee Research at the UNSW and the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency.

More than 120 women and girls as well as 70 men attended the four-day gathering and while grateful for the asylum they receive in India, the refugees said they faced many challenges. “Our children can go to school but I fear for their safety as the local children tease them, laugh at them, make fun of their skin colour and clothes and sometimes even beat or harass them,” claimed a Somali mother, who fled her country five years ago (UNHCR, 2010).

See some photos of our trip to India:

Our dual role was to participate in the Consultation with Woman and Girls project as part of regional dialogues involving meetings with community leaders, documenting and researching human rights violations. Secondly, we worked closely with the Burmese refugee community by facilitating workshops to encourage regional solutions to local livelihood issues in view of developing funding proposals. Our intensive work served to support the refugee’s  Community Based Organizations (CBO’s).

We were privileged to be part of such a great project, meet amazing people and in helping to fund-raising over $7000 for their projects.

You can find more about the dialogues by visiting the UNHCR website.

Leonardo Rocker participated in this project as an Intern for the Centre for Refugee Research at the UNSW in Sydney. The Quirky Kid Clinic provides supervision for other refugee organizations, such as the Malaleuca Refugee Centre and we currently consults to STARTTS.}

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Sudanese Community

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Workshop on Leadership and Governance - Sudanese Community

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Last night, I was honored to facilitate a workshop on leadership and governance for 12 incredible members of the Sudanese community in Mount Druit, on behalf of the Quirky Kid Clinic and STARTTS.

The Quirky Kid Clinic has been selected as a consultant organization for the Communities in Cultural Transition Project (CiCTP) which is  been operated by STARTTS. STARTTS is the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors .The CiCTP project aims to assist non-funded associations and groups from newly arrived small and emerging refugee communities to develop governance and leadership capacity.

My role with the Sudanese community will hopefully be continuous. They are an incredibly inspiring community with already great projects in existence including settlement assistance, relocation and new child support, language skills for they children and social activities for the community.

They goal now is to establish an incorporation, apply for funding, create a community shopping initiative and extend these projects to reach more people and consolidate this already vibrant, genuine and active community.

The Quirky Kid Clinic is committed to the local and international community by engaging in several community

development projects. Our community development projects are founded in a Human Rights framework,  a Social Justice philosophy and a Community Development approach. Visit our community pages for more information or navigate on our Tag’s for current information about our projects.

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