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Education & Awareness

In order to break down the stigma surrounding loneliness, we have undertaken dialogues and campaigns to increase awareness about the detrimental effects of loneliness and strategies to deal with it.

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Australian Loneliness Research Foundation

Building on the knowledge gained from our research and service provision we have established the Australian Loneliness Research Foundation.

This Foundation will work with academics, community groups and people with a lived experience of loneliness to lead community informed research into loneliness in Australia and raise awareness about this pressing health concern. If you would like to support this initiative or collaborate with us please get in touch.

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Innovation: Connect; Collaborate; Act

The third in our series of Symposium events was held in Melbourne in June 2023.

Together we discussed the needs of people experiencing isolation and innovative programs to help those who attended make a significant impact in their lives. Our participants were also able to connect with like minded specialists in the field of social isolation.

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Launch date: 17 MAY 2022

The Australian Loneliness Dialogue 2022

Loneliness Across the Generations.

Friends for Good was proud to host the third national conference in the The Australian Loneliness Dialogue series that took place in May 2022.

The event explored the impacts of loneliness for different age groups, specific cohorts and intersectionality- how loneliness impacts people at the intersection of marginalised groups. Our keynote speaker at the event was Cormac Russell who presented from Dublin.

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Launch date: 2 SEP 2021


Friends for Good is offering a series of training workshops throughout the year on a range of topics.

This training aims to provide knowledge and resources to organisations and individuals on a variety of topics in order to build the capacity of those on the frontline who work with individuals experiencing loneliness, as well as policy makers and employers who may need additional skills in managing loneliness in the workplace or community more broadly.

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Launch date: 15 MAR 2021

Innovation: Responses to Loneliness During COVID-19 and Beyond Symposium

An afternoon of presentations and interactive activities that explored how perceptions of loneliness have changed as a result of the global pandemic.

Opened by the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald AM, this event consisted of presentations and discussions highlighting innovative responses to alleviate loneliness.

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Launch date: 27 JUL 2020

The Australian Loneliness Dialogue 2020

Exploring rural perspectives.

This year's conference moved to an online format due to the devastating effect of the Victorian bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.

It was an excellent opportunity to discuss issues, latest research and interventions related to loneliness particularly with a focus on rural and regional Australia. It was attended by metro, regional, rural and international delegates who got a chance to ask anything of our speakers.

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Launch date: 13 May 2019

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Innovation: Initiatives to Alleviate Loneliness Symposium

Discovery, discussion and contribution to initiatives tackling loneliness right now.

This symposium was a chance for academics, not-for-profits, governments and businesses to be inspired, get connected and stay up-to-date with organisations that are addressing the needs of all people suffering from or affected by loneliness in our communities.

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Launch date: 13 Nov 2018

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The Australian Loneliness Dialogue 2018

The first national conference on loneliness in Australia.

Friends for Good was proud to present our first national conference, The Australian Loneliness Dialogue: Breaking Down the Stigma of a Hidden Suffering.

The aim of the conference was to work together to understand loneliness in our communities, raise the profile of this issue and to develop recommendations for actions required by government, policy makers and practitioners

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Launch date: 13 Aug 2016

Loneliness Awareness

An online campaign to provide a space for people to talk about loneliness.

With little known about loneliness and a stigma to overcome, Friends for Good aims to raise awareness of the causes and effects of loneliness in the community.

We have started the conversation on social media to identify loneliness as the enormous problem that it is.

Please join the conversation on our Facebook page or blog and discover ways to help yourself or others overcome loneliness.


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