Celebrating 20 years of Family Start Conference – Mt Wellington, Auckland

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Date(s) - 27/06/2019 - 28/06/2019
All Day

Venue TBA


Family Start is a free intensive home visiting programme that focuses on improving children’s growth and health, learning and relationships, family circumstances, environment and safety. It helps families/whānau who are struggling with challenges or problems that may make it harder for them to care for their baby or young child.

It is our pleasure to invite you to submit an abstract for the 2019 “Celebrating 20 Years of Family Start” conference. The two-day conference will take place in Mt Wellington on the 27th & 28th June 2019.

This is the first national Family Start conference held and organised by a collective of Family Start providers across New Zealand. The focus of the conference is to provide our staff with professional development and training, while also celebrating 20 years of success.

The conference theme is “Celebrating our past, with a vision for the future”.

Topics of Interest

  1. Innovation – Best Practise
  2. Informed Practise – Skills and Knowledge
  3. Leadership – Nurturing and Empowering the Family Start Social Workers
  4. Neuroscience – Responding to Whanau’s needs.

Guide for Authors the deadline to submit abstracts is 15 March 2019

To submit your abstracts, please email to Rachela@atwc.org.nz.  Please have “Conference Abstract” as your email subject. Ensure the abstract is no more than 150 words and please attached a photo you would like used for the conference programme.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submission: 15 March 2019

Notification of Acceptance: 29 March 2019

Deadline for Final Paper Submission: 4 June 2019


Conference Committee:

  • Shelmaine Terblanche – Anglican Trust for Women and Children
  • Colleen Fakalogotoa – Family Success Matters
  • Maria Burgess – Wesley Community Action
  • Kara Edwards – Te Taiwhenua O Heretaunga
  • Nicole Coupe – Family Start Hamilton


For all enquiries, please contact: Shelmaine Terblanche – shelmainet@atwc.org.nz

We look forward to seeing you at the “Celebrating 20 Years of Family Start” conference.