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As a leading child welfare and care services provider in our communities, we work hard every day to provide a better future for the children, young people, families and people living with disabilities in our care. We are dedicated to our work because we believe that every child, person and family deserves the chance to live a full and functioning life.

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The Childhood Dementia Initiative is driving world-first action to disrupt how children with dementia are recognised and responded to. Right now over 700,000 children are suffering and dying from dementia, and most people don’t know about it. Only 5% of childhood dementia disorders have any form of treatment. Most of these children have a life expectancy of just 18, some will die in infancy. The Initiative is building awareness of the neurodegeneration that heavily impacts the lives of these children and their families, and is driving increased investment into therapeutic development and better access to appropriate care for all children with dementia. We have to act now so that these children can live long and fulfilling lives.

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Good Things Foundation Australia is a social change charity focused on bridging the digital divide, with the belief that everyone in Australia has the right to access affordable digital technology and have the skills and confidence to use the internet safely. Passionate about the power of community to create lasting change, Good Things builds capacity in community organisations to deliver adaptable local digital skills programs that create real social impact.

Since 2017, Good Things has built and supported a network of 3,500 community organisations, such as libraries and community centres, to improve digital literacy in their communities. They provide resources, training and small grants funding for community organisations to deliver digital literacy programs on the ground.

The empowerment of local community organisations has helped improve digital literacy at a national level. Their flagship program Be Connected, delivered in partnership with eSafety Commissioner, has engaged over 970,000 Australians over-50 and is proven to increase digital skills, confidence, online safety and social connection.

Good Things established and facilitates the annual Get Online Week advocacy campaign, mobilising the community, government and corporate partners to host thousands of events highlighting how getting online safely and confidently has never been more important.

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Juvenile arthritis (JA), a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease in children 1-16yrs, often continues into adulthood. Although a common cause of life-long joint disability and vision impairment, JA is under-recognised and under-resourced with
Australian services lagging well behind comparable countries internationally.

Established in 2019 to voice and represent the needs of children and young people with arthritis and their families, JAFA provides peer support, information and ‘community’. JAFA believes kids with arthritis deserve better launching a national campaign in Parliament House Canberra (March 2021) to stop pain and disability in kids with arthritis. This targets

Federal, State and Territory Governments to ensure the right services in the right place, the right drugs at the right time
• Research for better treatments, and prevention and a cure.

JAFA advocated successfully in NSW to increase paediatric rheumatologist time by 100% and is currently campaigning similarly in SA. Nationally, JAFA lodges submissions for better access to effective drugs; lobbies for, and raises, research funding; and is campaigning for a national inquiry into JA services.

JAFA is unwavering in its focus on improving the lives of children and young people with arthritis and will not rest until they have equitable opportunities to live their best possible lives.

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Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental fitness and wellbeing of first responder families. Every day, more than 300,000 first responders keep our communities safe. They are backed up by their families: partners, children and parents. All of them hold vital, and challenging, roles. We help them to be well, and stay well, through mental fitness and wellbeing activities and support services. 

We support first responder families to improve and protect their mental fitness by strengthening family bonds and activating community and individual awareness and education. We also collaborate with organisations to foster a collective effort to improve well being.

Fortem is Latin for brave – which is how we describe first responders and their families.  Fortem was established in early 2019 by the co-founders of Soldier On, John Bale and Dr Danielle Clout, along with Joanne Gonsalves, Lauren Phillips  and Darrin Lincoln.

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