Expectant Aboriginal mums and families in the Top End will get more support during their pregnancy and early parenthood through a new service opening in Darwin as part of the expansion of the Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Programme.
The Australian Nurse-Family Partnership Programme (ANFPP) is a nurse-led home visiting programme that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are pregnant, or women pregnant with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander child, from around 16 weeks gestation to two years of age.
“The Coalition is committed to reducing the gap in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infant mortality, and I am very pleased to see Danila Dilba Health Service will run the ANFPP in Darwin,” Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
The Darwin site will receive $2,459,272 over 2016-17 and 2017-18.
“Having support and advice in your own home will provide so much help to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums and families at such an important time as they bring a baby into the world,” Senator Scullion said.
The ANFPP not only focuses on the mother and child but also assists their partners to develop a vision for their family’s future and encouragement to fulfil that vision.
The programme has demonstrated positive outcomes for women, children and families by providing comprehensive support for antenatal and postnatal care and child health and development. As at 31 March 2017, 1,269 mothers have been enrolled in the programme, with 18,579 visits having taken place since the programme started in 2009.
The ANFPP is currently delivered in Alice Springs; with a hub and spoke model operating out of Darwin to support the Top End communities of Wadeye, Maningrida, Gunbalunya and Wurrumiyanga.