Director’s Notes – June 2019

Bower Knowledge

Growing Up in Australia – the facts as we know them

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) follows the development of 10,000 young people and their families across Australia and is the result of a partnership between the Department of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Family Studies and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. A range of research questions are explored covering a diverse topics including parenting, family, peers, education, child care and health.  A representative sample of Australian children from all states and territories, both urban and rural provided the cohort for the first study in 2003. This included 5,000 children aged 0-1 years in 2003-2004 and 5,000 aged 4-5 years. Information was collected from the young person, parents, carers and teachers.

Data collected in 2017 and published in December 2018 is the seventh in the series and includes chapters on parent-child relationships, early childhood education and school readiness, and time use. For example the data shows that ‘adolescents spent more time alone, and less time with parents, than they did as children. Across all age groups, girls spent more time with their mothers, and boys spent more time with their fathers.’ We now know that 14–15 year olds most commonly sought help from family and friends. However, around one in 10 said that they had sought help from a mental health professional’.

Data like this provides valuable insights for those who work with children and families, both in terms of understanding the backdrop of the lives of our clients and as information to share with them.

More information about the study can be accessed through this link LSAC website


Upcoming Workshop – Emotional Dysregulation

“A neuro-political approach to therap[y with emotionally & behaviourally dysregulated children, adolescents & families”

A one-day workshop, combining clinical expertise, knowledge and training within the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic.

An opportunity to explore research drawing on live clinical practice.

21st June 2019 – 9:30am to 5pm

Cost $190 for a full day training with Senior Practitioners in the field and Bower Place directors Catherine Sanders and Malcolm Robinson

Bookings: or (08) 8221 6066

Bower Clinic

Appointments are available

  • Monday 10am-5pm
  • Tuesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Wednesday 10am-7.30pm
  • Thursday 10am-5pm
  • Friday 10am- 5pm

Fees & Charges

We are able to provide a Bulk Billing service by a psychologist and Medicare accredited Mental Health Social Workers for clients who hold a Mental Health Care Plan from their GP.

We also work with clients covered by NDIS support plans.

Clients who are not covered by either a Mental Health Care Plan or the NDIS are able to access services within the Complex Needs Clinic at a low fee rate of $60 per 90 minute session.

Bower Training

Bower Place has a wide range of qualifications & other training opportunities available including:

  • Graduate Diploma in Family Therapy & Systematic Practice
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Clinical Placements
  • Short Course Specialisation – Introduction to Family Therapy
  • Workshops – Bower Place senior practitioners & national & international guest presenters
  • Knowledge & Training Membership Portal – Bower Systemic

Opportunities to:

  • Work directly with clients in the Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic
  • Partner with senior practitioners in a dynamic learning environment
  • Explore diverse blended knowledge & training methodology
  • Undertake practical weekly or block intensive placement
  • Study online knowledge and theoretical assessments