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First 1000 Days Australia Introductory Workshops and Short Course

Introduction to First 1000 Days Australia is a two day course which presents the evidence and objectives of First 1000 Days Australia.

About this Event

First 1000 Days Australia is an initiative which aims to provide a place based, coordinated, comprehensive intervention addressing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from pre conception to two years of age, thereby laying the foundation for their future health and wellbeing.

Through a mix of presentations, group work and case studies, the course will explore how the First 1000 Days Australia model can be established and implemented across different Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Australia wide.


On Day 1 we will provide background information on the international context for First 1000 Days and a comprehensive understanding of the novel approach of the Australian model.

On Day 2 we will present an overview of the Australian evidence base for the First 1000 Days Australia work and explain the process of establishing First 1000 Days Australia in regions, organisations and institutions. The application of interventions, data and evidence considerations, and key deliverables for this process will also be explored, as will opportunities and challenges to this type of approach.


Professor Kerry Arabena

From a Torres Strait Islander and Celtic heritage, Kerry has led the development of the First 1000 Days Australia initiative in Australia and with Indigenous peoples in Indonesia and Norway. She is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Managing Director of several Indigenous businesses in the state of Victoria. She has a Social Work Degree and holds a Doctorate in Environmental Science, and has an extensive background in public health, administration, community development and research. Kerry has been Chief Investigator on First 1000 Days Australia research and is the owner of First 1000 Days Australia.

Other presenters will be announced closer to course commencement.