15 episodes

Straight Up podcast is a GOM Central Project, from Relationships Australia. This is a podcast made for people who've been in care, and it's made with people who've been in care.

Relationships Australia South Australia's (RASA) Post Care Support Services offers support in the form of counselling, support work, case work, groceries, social groups, advocacy, connecting with family and culture, and brokerage.

Straight Up GOM Central

    • Education

Straight Up podcast is a GOM Central Project, from Relationships Australia. This is a podcast made for people who've been in care, and it's made with people who've been in care.

Relationships Australia South Australia's (RASA) Post Care Support Services offers support in the form of counselling, support work, case work, groceries, social groups, advocacy, connecting with family and culture, and brokerage.

    Learning Loopholes

    Learning Loopholes

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It’s part of https://gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/ (the GOM Central Project).
    In this episode, we talk about free education for young care leavers in SA. There’s a bunch of great info in this podcast. So you might need to listen to it a few times or come back to it when it's relevant.
    Andrew Berkinshaw came in to chat with us about https://www.socialrelations.edu.au/ (the Australian Institute of Social Relations) and other places which offer free education to young people who have lived in care, like https://www.tafesa.edu.au/courses?gclid=Cj0KCQiAvvKBBhCXARIsACTePW-fgeRGHChY9Bq_zq7sD77527QzOOflq8omqlWbEHCw8VDkGvPu3HAaApzDEALw_wcB (TAFE SA).
    Here’s a list of places where you can go back to school and finish year 11 and 12:
    · http://www.tsc.sa.edu.au/ (Thebarton Senior College)
    · https://usc.adelaide.edu.au/ (University Senior College)
    · http://www.msc.sa.edu.au/ (Marden Senior College)
    · https://www.northernadelaidesc.sa.edu.au/ (North Adelaide Senior College)
    · https://muirden.sa.edu.au/ (Muirden Senior College).
    As far as university, it’s worth looking at your eligibility for scholarships.
    https://students.flinders.edu.au/finances-and-admin/support/scholarships (Flinders Uni), https://www.adelaide.edu.au/scholarships/ (Adelaide Uni) and https://i.unisa.edu.au/students/scholarships/ (Uni SA) all offer scholarships for:
    · Students with disabilities
    · Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
    · Students from a rural or remote area
    · Students experiencing financial hardship.
    https://www.satac.edu.au/undergraduate-equity-scholarships (SATAC also has a scholarship) for students who are on Centrelink payments, or can prove that they are low income.
    We think your best bet is to call the uni of your choice and ask to speak to a person who can advise about scholarships.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, https://elmplace.org.au/our-services/post-care-support-services/ (Post Care Support Services) are here to help! They can support you with stuff like housing and grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills, brokerage counselling, mental health and other issues
    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia’s Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke and Zhane.
    Special thanks to Andrew Berkinshaw.
    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    Money + Control

    Money + Control

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode looks at how money can be part of family violence.

    If you are experiencing family and domestic abuse you can call:

    •24h Domestic Violence Gateway on 1800 800 098.
    •In case of emergency call 000.
    For more information on financial abuse and other forms of family and domestic violence, have a look at Break the Cycle or Women's Safety Services.


    Special thanks to David Tully and Francie Hogan.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 17 min
    Dame Roma Mitchell (and Other Grants!)

    Dame Roma Mitchell (and Other Grants!)

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode we are discussing grants!
    For more information on specific grants for young care leavers have a read of this.
    For more tips on tricks on all things money head to gomcentral.elmplace.org.au/money
    If you want to learn more about Dame Roma Mitchell, have a look at this page.
    For help with a grant application, give Post Care Support Services a call on 1800 188 118.


    Special thanks to Colleen Fitzpatrick and the Dame Roma Mitchell trust fund, and to Nick Jenkins for sharing your story.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 10 min
    Generation MPR

    Generation MPR

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode we talk to Josh about residential care, sleeping rough and MPRs (missing person report).

    If you're currently in care but living on the street (aka. absconding from placement), we encourage you to speak to your social worker about other placement options. If you are over 18, you could be eligible for independent living options, such as Youth 180 and BaptistCare.

    If there are problems with your placement that you don't want to talk to your social worker about, then you can always speak to the Office of the Guardian. You know, the Oog people!

    They are separate from the Department of Child Protection, and they're job is looking after the rights of children and young people in care. If you tell them about an issue, they will do their best to help work it out with you. Here at GOM Central we love the Office of the Guardian. Call them on 1800 275 664!

    You can also get in touch with CREATE who work with loads of young people in care to change the system and look after the rights of kids in care.


    Special thanks to Josh Kerr for sharing his story.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 15 min
    Can HYPA Help?

    Can HYPA Help?

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode is about our visit to HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve), which supports young people who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity.

    •For more information about HYPA, visit their website, or drop in to 135 Currie Street
    •Adelaide between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday. You can also call them on 1300 306 046.
    •If you are homeless and need some help you can also call Homeless Gateway on 1800 003 308.


    Special thanks to Tessa Cunningham and HYPA.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 15 min
    Passion for Gaming

    Passion for Gaming

    Straight Up is created with young people who have lived in care. It's part of the GOM Central Project.
    If you are leaving care soon, or have left recently, Post Care Support Services are here to help! They can support you with stuff like grant applications, FOI requests, referrals, life skills and mental health.

    This episode we delve into gaming; the good and the bad ways it plays out if our lives.

    If you're showing signs on gaming disorder, here's some places that can help:

    •EMP Pathways supports people to game healthily. They help gamers manage gaming disorder, bullying or other negative aspects of gaming. It's pro-passion and pro-gaming.
    •Headspace is a free counselling service for young people. If you're feeling the negative effects of gaming, they can help.
    •Post Care Support Services can help you get your money, relationships and mental health back on track. Visit their website, or call 1800 188 118.
    •If gambling is getting the better of you, you can visit gamblinghelpsa.org.au or call 1800 858 858.

    Special thanks to Cameron Dodds, and to Alex Wood for sharing his story.

    GOM Central is funded by the Department of Child Protection and delivered by Relationships Australia South Australia's Post Care Support Services. Straight Up is hosted by Brooke Oliver and Eleanor Goodbourn.

    This podcast was created on Kaurna and Peramangk Country. We wish to acknowledge the Kaurna and Peramangk peoples, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians; their spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and economic connection to the Land and Seas. We acknowledge the original custodians of Australia and in doing so understand that their inherent Cultural and Spiritual beliefs continue to sustain the living People of each region.

    • 12 min

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