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Graphic TV war images threaten children with secondary trauma

Catholic Welfare Australia has commended Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Larry Anthony's for his foresight concerning the possibility of secondary trauma amongst Australian children from graphic images of the Iraq War.

Through its 52 Member Organisations, Catholic Welfare Australia is providing additional services and advice to parents concerned their children may be suffering the ill-effects of these images of war.

"The war may well be on the other side of the world, but it is clear from the Minister's announcement yesterday the Government has recognised that the effects of war will most definitely be felt here in Australia," said Margaret Roots, Manager of the Family Relationships Services Program for Catholic Welfare Australia.

"The request from the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to incorporate this additional service within our current budgetary provision had only one answer, and that was yes!" she said.

"However, we do have concerns regarding the continuance of the funding of services such as these beyond 30 June this year," said Mrs Roots. "It would be both ironic and tragic if due to the Government's need to fund the War in Iraq there was any decrease in the next Federal Budget for these vital services."

Catholic Welfare Australia

Helping Australia's children in troubled times (Larry Anthony media release)
Larry Anthony website
Helping children cope with the media coverage of war (Young Media Australia) | media release

26 Mar 2003