Much has been written about people who grew up in institutional care, but nothing equals
hearing directly from the people themselves. COTA invites you to this talk by representatives
of Forgotten Australians.
Forgotten Australians are the survivors of institutional care which was the standard form of
out of home care in Australian for much of the twentieth century. The 2004 Inquiry of the
Senate Community Affairs Reference Committee, Forgotten Australians, estimated that more
than 500,000 children have experienced life in an orphanage, Home or other forms of out of
home care in the last century in Australia.
The Senate Committee reported that they had:
….received hundreds of graphic and disturbing accounts about the treatment and care
experienced by children in out of home care….their stories outlined a litany of emotional,
physical and sexual abuse, and often criminal physical and sexual assault…neglect,
humiliation and deprivation of food, education and healthcare.
COTA Victoria is very proud to inform our members that we have begun delivering information
sessions to the groups run by Open Place. Open Place is the Victorian Support Service for Forgotten Australians. It provides an outreach service to regional and rural parts of Victoria. It is based in Richmond, an inner suburb of Melbourne, with a well-used drop in and activities centre. It also services 13 social and support groups across Victoria.