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12 July 2016



by Jane Hyde

a rehearsed reading 

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24 June 2016


Insight will be airing 'Forgotten Fathers' on Tuesday 28th June at 8.30pm (AEST) on SBS ONE.  There will also be a brief intro on SBS News at 6.30pm.


1 June 2016

Last Saturday an obituary was published in The Age for Anne Sullivan.  Anne was a well-respected and much liked member of the post adoption community.  She contributed to the community and to the work of VANISH in many ways including serving on the VANISH Committee of Management as a 'Natural Parent' representative.  She will be much missed by the Committee and staff.  Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.



28 April 2016

Vale Anne Sullivan

The VANISH Committee of Management wishes to note with deep respect the passing of Anne and convey our condolences to all her family and friends.

Anne served VANISH tirelessly for over 5 years and was a committed Secretary to the organisation.  Many members have been inspired by Anne sharing her wisdom.  She will be greatly missed by the Committee, Staff Team and members.

 A service will be held tomorrow - Further details



21 April 2016

New Manager for VANISH

The VANISH Committee of Management takes pleasure in announcing the appointment of Charlotte Smith as the new Manger of VANISH.

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23rd February 2016

Sheilas, Sisters and Suffragettes

VANISH Chairperson Penny Mackieson will be speaking on adoption at this free event for International Women's Day, called Sheilas, Sisters and Suffragettes. She will then join the panel discussion on the 'future of women'.

Winsome McCaughey, former Lord Mayor of Melbourne, will launch Safe Places for women.

Lorna Hannan, former City Of Melbourne councillor and current chair of Hotham History Project will speak about the history of women in North Melbourne.

Renate Klein from Spinifex Press will speak on women’s achievements and feminist press, and

Sandy Jeffs will speak on mental health.

6.30pm to 8pm on March 8th  at the North Melbourne Library. All welcome. 

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17th February 2016

Invitation from Independent Regional Mothers – Place of reflection - Gippsland

Brenda Coughlan has asked VANISH to put the following information on our website.  We are happy to do so.

Hi - since November a process has begun for a place of reflection to be erected in Gippsland to commemorate the national and victorian parliamentary apologies through Commonwealth funding. 

Support is coming from politicians, local councillors and local media and I have just put in all local media outlets an article calling for input from anyone who wishes to have input  so that the place of reflection includes mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and the wording of the plaque is carefully worded so nobody will feel left out.

A place for anyone to visit and know these important apologies were to them and they are never alone.     Everybody's pain is individual - and a place of reflection can offer healing in Gippsland area - so if you know of any mother,father,son,daughter who would like to contact me I would be so grateful to assist in the designing and wording of this very special place of reflection.

Please give them my email address or my mobile number 0409 711 627 - it must include everyone as the wording and the style are important and it is not about who is arranging it - as no one person is more important than the other when it comes to a place of reflection.


19th January 2016

Letter from Jill Hennessy MP re: the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015

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21 December 2015

Move to overhaul state’s adoption laws 

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18 December 2015

VANISH Volunteer Opportunity

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2nd December 2015

VANISH Letter to Parliamentarians re Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015

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