The Phoenix Rising Foundation LTD would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin, and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing a safe place which is welcoming, culturally appropriate and inclusive.

The Phoenix Rising Foundation was created in order to build free retreats around Australia for abused, neglected, suicidal and homeless children and teenagers. The foundation is also committed to embracing the needs of our Australian Troops and offers them a place to come and stay with the purpose to heal and work towards self-renewal. 

What we know -

  • From 2001 to 2016, there were 373 suicides in serving, ex-serving and reserve Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel. Compared with all Australian men, the age-adjusted rate of suicide over the period was 51% lower for men serving full time in the ADF, 47% lower for men in the reserves and 18% higher for ex-serving men. In 2014–2016, ex-serving men aged under 30 had a suicide rate 2.2 times that of Australian men the same age.  [ #1]

  • Research from 2019  puts the figure at almost 5,800 veterans experiencing homelessness in a 12 month period. [ 3 ]

  • 348 young people aged 15 to 24 years died by suicide in 2013 [# 1]

  • 43,400 Australian children living in out-of-home care as of 30th June 2015 [# 1]

  • The 56, 423 substantiations recorded nationally involved 42, 457 children in 2014/2015 [# 1]

  • 208,111 Aussie children were suspected of being harmed or at risk in 2014/2015 [# 1]

  • 320,169 notifications were issued - an increase from 2013/2014 [# 1]

  • At 30 June 2018, of the approximately 31,800 children in long-term (2 years or more) out-of-home care, 73% were under the long-term legal responsibility of the state or territory. Another 11% of children lived with a third-party carer ARS who had long term legal responsibility for the child.  Of the children in long-term out-of-home care, 2 in 5 (40%) were Indigenous. [#1]

  • Emotional abuse (59%) was the most common type of abuse or neglect that was substantiated through investigations. This was followed by neglect (17%), physical abuse (15%), and sexual abuse (9%). Girls (11%) were more likely to be the subject of substantiated sexual abuse than boys (7%), while boys had slightly higher percentages of substantiations for neglect and physical abuse. [#1]

  • In 2018, it was reported that 16 children were placed in Motels on the Central Coast [#2]


Source #1: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2016

Source #2: Newcastle Herald 

Source #3: TheConversation -



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April 11, 2019

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