Children’s Week presents the Meerilinga Podcast: Positive Childhoods


Welcome to our Children’s Week podcast: Positive Childhoods.

Join us each Children’s Week as we explore the Children’s Week Themes

In 2021 we explored how “Children have the right to choose their own friends and safely connect with others”, hearing from guests Dr Emma DeCicco, David Walker, and Devinder Singh.

In 2022 we will be discussing how “Children have the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs.” Further information on these episodes will be released shortly. New episodes will be airing during Children’s Week 2022


You can listen to all episodes below:
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Episode One with Dr Emma DeCicco – BPsych, Psy.D, MAPS

As a passionate advocate for proactive mental health measures, Emma’s focus is on providing the highest standard of evidence-based practice, which is always founded on building a strong relationships.

I have training in lots of acronyms, be it CBT, ACT, EFT, DBT or EMDR and they certainly come in very handy! Underneath it all, however, is one human holding a safe space for another human, walking alongside them for that time in their journey, helping them along the way.

Read the transcript for Episode One here.


Episode Two with David Walker – Community Fathering WA, The Fathering Project

David is a father of five and works for The Fathering Project here in Western Australia, managing the Community Fathering program in Armadale. David works closely with 11 schools in Armadale to help create activities that help fathers and father-figures to build stronger relationships with their children via activities in the school.

We don’t have all the answers. As our children develop and grow in age we need to develop and grow our parenting skills as well. Being around a community of other dads – having a group of other men that you can reach out to, to ask questions – is really important.

Read the transcript for Episode Two here.


Episode Three with Devinder Singh – Creative Director/Podcasting Hub Australia, Strategic Advisor for Disability Services

Devinder moved to Australia 11 years ago and is a single father to a three-year-old daughter. Growing up in India, he is fluent in four languages, the fourth being English. Devinder works in the not-for-profit sector as a Strategic Advisor around disability services and is the Creative Director at Podcasting Hub Australia.

The first thing that was very in my face was the colour of my skin when I landed [in Australia]. And it still is today. But I see is the difference in the young people and children of this world, they don’t see colour. And that’s very powerful.

Read the transcript of Episode Three here.


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The production of this podcast is kindly sponsored by the Western Australian Department of Education and Lotterywest.