In Australia today, Government funding policy is increasingly focusing on including the family and responding to research findings indicating that for a broad range of health, mental health and social problems, the most effective and enduring interventions and treatments are informed by family and systemic therapy.
Many funded programs now require that family engagement, support and family focused treatments are a part of the practice of social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical psychologists, school counsellors, counsellors, family doctors, youth workers, pastors, paediatricians and others.
Systemic theory proposes that all systems (and subsystems) are deeply interconnected and interdependent, and profoundly influencing each other simultaneously.
Demand currently outstrips supply of specialist training in Family and Systemic Therapy. ACU's Master of Family and Systemic Therapy is one of only three accredited Masters qualifications in Family Therapy in Australia.