Australian Sanctuary Network

What is the Sanctuary Network?

The Australian Sanctuary Network is part of the International Sanctuary Network, a community of shared practice with over 200 organisations in the USA, Canada, Australia, Northern Ireland, Mexico, Ecuador, Scotland and Israel. Across Australia, there are currently eight organisations which are either certified or in the process of implementing the Sanctuary Model. Sanctuary Network members are using their common beliefs in trauma-informed care to learn from each other's successes and mistakes.

The Sanctuary Institute Australia invites Sanctuary organisations in Australia to collaborate in building coalitions and pooling their talent and influence to change policy and practice at the local, state and national level.

The Australian Sanctuary Network includes:

  • MacKillop Family Services (Vic, NSW and WA)
  • Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support (WA)
  • Mercy Community Services (QLD)
  • Churches of Christ Care (QLD)
  • Yorganop Association Incorporated (WA)
  • Anglicare NSW South, NSW West & ACT
  • Women’s Health West (Vic)
  • CatholicCare Sandhurst (Vic)

Australian Sanctuary Network Day

The inaugural Australian Sanctuary Network Day was a resounding success. All of the Sanctuary organisations from across the country were represented as well as other organisations interested in finding out more about Sanctuary. It was also great to feel the energy and passion generated by participants with a shared goal of advancing our collective understanding and practice of the Sanctuary Model in order to achieve our ultimate goal of more genuine, compassionate and effective interactions with clients and their families, as well as colleagues.

Gheran Steel, Boon Wurrung Foundation CEO, welcomed participants to Country. Dr. Sandra Bloom, delivered an extraordinary keynote, ‘Speculating about Trauma and the Human Condition’. Other topics ranged from Aboriginal Culture as Sanctuary; Sanctuary in the School context; using the Sanctuary SELF framework with Primary aged boys transitioning to high school; Sanctuary and Positive Behaviour Support working together; Sanctuary Certification; and implementation reflections from a new Sanctuary organisation. 

For further information about the Sanctuary Network contact us on (03) 9699 9177 or Email: