Proposals - Australian National Centre

The Location

The main location of the Centre ought to be in the National Capital

unless other stakeholders have a more compelling reason for another location.



it is suggested that there ought to be regional centres in the states and territories.

in particular in cities identified by the Royal Commission and previous Royal Comissions

to have been clusters of institutional sexual abuse of children

where there are a disproportionately high number of survivors.

   Ballarat, Wollongong, Newcastle/Maitland in particular come to mind.

    with provision for other cities or survivors in other locations to apply for a Centre.

There is a Committee in Ballarat working to set up a mens survivor facility

                           with multi professionals

    due to the high number of male survivors and the rate of suiside of male survivors


It is recomended that the Centre facilitate such centres in particular in capital cities

and Ballarat, Wollongong and Newcastle/ Maitland.


Regional Centres for integrated survivor services

these centres should be staffed by an interdisciplinary team  and include

     but not limited to

sexual assault counsellors

trauma release therapists

  • urologists
  • colonopists
  • dentists
  • physiotherapists and remedial massaagers

and have a data base of external services

any facility catering for male and female survivors should have a mix of male and female staff


survivors should have a choice of LGB TI afirmative counselling

   and heterosexual affirmative counselling.  survivors choice.


there should be a diversity wit no prevailing view.

     non offending, trauma sensitive Clergy should be available on request.

        for survivors asking for such support.

     see Degrees and Diplomas being suggested.

the entrance foyer should be seperate from the exit corridors / foyer.

     to protect the privacy of survivors and reduce the risk of triggering.


such centres should have drop iu lounge areas with computer access.


    They should also run 8 week survivor groups with monthly or quarterly follow up


    over time as the group graduates increase

establish  survivor groups to accomodate  and give support to

  • LGBTI survivors
  • heterosexual survivors
  • survivors of sexual trauma at different stages of life
  • survivors who have been deeply harmed by clergy abuse
  • survivors who find support in their religion

no cohort should be shouted down nor dismissed by another cohort.