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Enabling Better Aged and Community Care for Forgotten Australians Forum

There are estimated to be over 500,000 children who were placed in institutional and out of home care around Australia between 1920 to 1989. They are known by various names including Forgotten Australians and Care Leavers, these also include Former Child Migrants and the Stolen Generation.

Many suffered abuse and neglect while in these facilities from the very people who were supposed to care for and protect them. These institutions included Churches, Orphanages, Children’s homes, Group Homes, Youth Detention Centres and Adult Mental Health Facilities. As well as being denied access to health care, education, love, and affection there have been innumerable reports of mental, emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Due to these conditions, many Forgotten Australians continue to face an array of complex issues which include mental and physical illnesses, homelessness, substance abuse, relationship issues, and poor literacy.

While there have been sizeable improvements to the treatment and awareness of persons with lived experience of institutional child abuse and individuals who experienced institutional care, there are still significant changes that need to be made including reform, redress and acknowledging mistakes of the past.

The Enabling Better Aged and Community Care for Forgotten Australians National Forum was identified as an opportunity to collaborate with the International Care Experienced History Month and as a way to provide the opportunity for people with lived experience and service providers to access national and international research and resources.

The Forum will showcase what the future could hold in aged and community care for Forgotten Australians. It will spotlight the need to co-design new models of care, what the evidence is telling us, the need for change approaches and service models, international experiences, and the need for skilled and capable workforces across all types of care.

The objective of the Enabling Better Aged and Community Care Forum is to bring together Forgotten Australians, service providers and researchers to highlight what the future could hold for aged and community care for Forgotten Australians.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck – Minister or Senior Australians and Aged Care Services (invited)
  • Ms Melissa Craib, International Care Experienced Month Committee
  • Presentations from lived experiences by Forgotten Australians including Mr David Hill
  • Professor Elizabeth Fernandez – University of New South Wales
  • Dr Monica Caitons – Flinders University
  • Department of Health representative
  • Mr Chris Stewart – Helping Hand
  • Ms Karyn Walsh – Micah Projects
  • Ms Sarah Lim – Forde Foundation
  • And many more.

Click here for the full program.

The inaugural National Forum will be held:

Date:  Monday 4 April 2022

Time:  9:00 am – 4:30 pm AEST

Hybrid Event: (In Person) My Horizon, Capalaba or (Virtual) Zoom Webinar

Price:  $0 – $50 AUD

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Celebrating 20 years of the Forde Foundation


Impact Report 2018/2019


The Forde Inquiry 20th Anniversary

May 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of the Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions Report (the Forde Inquiry) being handed to the Honourable Anna Bligh, Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care. The finalisation of the Inquiry has had a lasting impact, and the event held at the Gallery of Modern Art was a wonderful occasion to honour the bravery of Forgotten Australians whose dedication and commitment has helped shape a stronger future for children and young people.