About Uplifting Australia
Uplifting Australia’s mission is to strengthen the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families across Australia.
We achieve this through our programs and resources for children and families:
- bring children and parents together to learn strategies for increasing the parent-child connection and establishing healthy emotional patterns that set children up for life and learning.
- are preventative – we focus on avoiding problems occurring in teenage years and later life, rather than fixing chronic problems once they occur.
- have been independently evaluated and proven to improve the lives of children and families.
“Uplifting Australia’s programs provide evidence-based strategies that will enhance your relationship with your children, build their resilience and prepare them for dealing with life’s challenges”
Peter Chown BSC Psych (Hons) MAPS
Consultant, NSW Centre for the Advancement of Adolescent Health,
Honorary Consultant – Department of Adolescent Medicine at Westmead Children’s Hospital,
Specialist Consultant in adolescent health to the World Health Organisation (WHO),
UNFPA & World Population Foundation
Our School-based programs
All face-to-face, school-based programs are on hold due to COVID-19 and are under strategic review.
Uplifting Australia aims to prevent the emotional abuse of children. We achieve this through implementing a prevention model. Our model educates families through our evidence based programs and resources that take a strengths based approach. Uplifting Australia actively promotes healthy emotional environments and practices in families. Our work has a direct impact on the wellbeing of children.
Uplifting Australia’s definition of emotional abuse comes from the Australian Institute of Family Studies:
Emotional maltreatment [or emotional abuse] refers to a parent or caregiver’s inappropriate verbal or symbolic acts toward a child and/or a pattern of failure over time to provide a child with adequate non-physical nurture and emotional availability. Such acts of commission or omission have a high probability of damaging a child’s self-esteem or social competence.
AIFS, Child Abuse Factsheet.
Our vision is to:
- Have a generation of young Australians supported by their families and communities to grow up in healthy emotional environments.
- Have a society that values emotional wellbeing as highly as physical health and learning how to read and write.
- Have a social system that safeguards our children from mental health issues down the track and builds a happier, safer, more productive society for us all to enjoy.
Psychologist, Peter Chown talks about family systems.
Strategic Direction to 2025
Find out more about our strategy to 2025 in our Strategic Direction document.
Uplifting Australia engages in collaborative partnerships with like-minded schools, organisations and community groups that are strategically aligned with our mission to “improve the emotional wellbeing and resilience of children and families across Australia”.
We deliver our mission by:
Strengthening children and families who attend life education programs together
Build resilience and wellbeing in children & families
Empowering parents with skills and knowledge
Strengthen the emotional environment for children and families
Preparing children for a healthy transition to adolescence
Prevent the decline in wellbeing experienced by teenagers as per the RMIT wellbeing index
Training and licensing organisations and schools
Maximise social impact