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Catholic social justice leader praying for grandson battling rare childhood dementia

Chidhood dementia patient Oliver McCoombes with parents Phillip and Catherine

THE Ipswich family of four-year-old Oliver McCoombes, who is battling a rare and fatal type of childhood dementia, are hoping and praying for a cure. Most sufferers of  Sanfilippo syndrome, will forget who their parents are and will not reach adulthood, but Oliver’s close-knit, extended family believe researchers could be on a path to finding a treatment to slow the ... Read More »

My child will continue to work from home, even if I am not

WORKING parents around the world would agree with me – Robert Adler is our hero. In 1956 the engineer and prolific inventor created a button that would save ears from the distress of offensive sounds. It was intended to block the noise of television ads, but during the pandemic, it has been the ultimate tool to silence the untimely convulsions ... Read More »

Pro-family policies like family tax reform will build a stronger Australian economy post-pandemic

AUSTRALIANS have been dealt a relatively good hand when it comes to government financial aid through the pandemic, with the likes of employment benefits and tax-return incentives. A new Deloitte Access Economics report released last week predicted Australia’s downturn would be significantly less than experienced by the rest of the world. “It says our downturn is going to be rather ... Read More »

Social distancing has made it harder for domestic and family violence survivors to get help

SOCIAL distancing measures have increased domestic and family violence pressures as women and children struggle to escape perpetrators isolated at home with them who limit their access to help, Centacare Domestic and Family Violence frontline workers say. “The risk that social isolation with the current pandemic raises is that domestic violence often happens in silence,” Centacare Maroochydore Family and Relationship ... Read More »

Seeing your kids grow up is one of the big benefits in working from home

WHAT are the benefits of working from home? Seeing your kids grow up is definitely one of the advantages of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, says Catholic father of five, Marco Motta. A data analyst who usually works in a busy office in Brisbane’s CBD, Dr Motta took delight in slipping away from his home desk to supervise ... Read More »

Free resource keeps families connected through fitness and faith

LIVING room fitness is the newest trend keeping children active during the pandemic lockdown but a global movement of Christians including a Brisbane Catholic has taken the idea one step further. Family.fit is a free online resource that not only encourages families to break a sweat in their living room but also provides opportunities for families to connect with each ... Read More »

Toni Janke is making a difference ‘one family at a time’ by getting out of the way and letting God work

HOW’S this for a job description – “My job is to get out of the way, and let God do His work”? That’s what it boils down to for Toni Janke in her role as Indigenous Services co-ordinator within Centacare Family and Relationship Services’ Brisbane Metropolitan Region. Day to day she’s supporting people in crisis, sometimes facing the toughest time ... Read More »

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