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Improving the lives of separating families


Ohana is an organisation focussed on co-parenting solutions for Australia and the wider world. Ohana was founded by a single mum desperate to shield her children from the same challenges she faced growing up in a co-parenting situation. That passion grew from wanting to protect her children to the realisation that the parents also needed support and guidance. From that a seed was planted and a mission to effect change to all families around the world, grew. After exploring many different avenues, it was clear that utilising modern day technology to change the way parents communicated was the most effective way to support as many families as possible.


  • More collaborative parenting via a shared family calendar
  • Improving communication between parents
  • Encourage more favourable shared care
  • Simplifies the process of sharing documentation with government agencies.


OHANA app is a tool designed to help co-parenting families to connect and stay organised, partnered with education and support.

The fully developed app features include:

  • A shared calendar - showing each parent’s care schedule, including the ability to alter care schedules through request with notification and edit functions, book appointments for children/users, book personal appointments with the ghost feature (i.e. can use the app to schedule events invisible to other users)
  • Messaging capabilities - including unique features like indicating the temperature of the language used so that communication can be moderated, and other functionality like categorising conversations into subject topics, ie medical, holiday, education, contact schedule etc.
  • Kid’s information bank – enabling the collected information pertaining to the child, or children to be accessible and stored
  • Parent’s profile - enables understanding and connection around activities and responsibilities which includes a feature that collects data on percentage of care time for accurate reporting to Centrelink.
  • Photos/videos - upload and share videos and photos for both parents/caregivers to view.

Potential markets

Ohana hopes to be in the hand of every co-parenting family around the world.

Partnering opportunities

Ohana is seeking co-founder(s) with technological expertise that are passionate about effecting positive change to the lives of co-parenting families around the world. Ohana is also seeking angel investors to progress to development.


Ohana application

The Ohana app improves communication between co-parenting families.

The Ohana team

Ilka Jane

Ilka Jane


For all media inquires please contact Georgia Minarelli from the Innovation & Collaboration Centre.

0413 314 726


South Australian Government

University of South Australia