Aboriginal Housing Victoria

AHV is leading the expansion of the More than a Landlord project to other houses in the north of Melbourne. This project is funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council to review the impact of life coaching and mentoring on enhancing family wellbeing. For more information on this project, contact Sam French.

Dandenong Regional Planning

Dandenong and surrounding regions have invested in the development of a regional plan through a facilitated development activity. The Dandenong Local Council has brought together key stakeholders in the early years to commit to developing both a strategic plan and a policy statement on the implementation of coordinated First 1000 Days Australia activities. Their strategic plan is being finalised and a business case is forthcoming. Managing Director Kerry Arabena is supporting key staff at Dandenong to progress the implementation strategy in the region. For more information, contact Callie Miratana.

Healesville Household Survey

Healesville community, under the guidance of the Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association, has recently advertised for a peer researcher and a First 1000 Days Australia coordinator to undertake a Household Survey on understanding the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the region. Occupants in more than 30 households will be interviewed, and proactive strategies put in place including Welcome Baby to Country ceremonies, life coaches and mentors and family wellbeing support activities. For more information contact Nikki.

Moreton Bay and Townsville regional implementation sites

The Queensland Government invested $1.5 million over three years (2016–19) to implement First 1000 Days Australia in Townsville and Moreton Bay, thereby showing a commitment to taking a broader approach to improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Families from these two regions have been the first children in Queensland to benefit from a First 1000 Days Australia approach. Programs have been operational in these regions through the Townsville Aboriginal and Islanders Health Services and the University of Melbourne. These on the ground projects, which will finish in December 2019, have generated evidence that can be used in local and national initiatives. For more information on Moreton Bay contact Jackie Bennett; and for Townsville contact Anne Taylor.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Men: Support needs in first 1000 days

Jack Bulman is completing his MPH at the University of Melbourne focusing on what kind of support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men need to make positive life transitions during the early formation of their families. Jack presented his confirmation report at the University in July 2019, and now has ethics approval to run focus groups with men and women to talk about the roles, responsibilities and opportunities for men during the first 1000 days. To find out more about the project, contact Jack Bulman.