Joint Media Release with Minister for Indigenous Health The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP
A highly successful mothers and babies health programme is now available in the Northern Territory, as part of the national expansion of the service to help build stronger, healthier and more resilient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that he was pleased that Katherine has been chosen to be a site for the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Programme.
“Where the Australian Nurse Family Partnership programme has already been implemented there have been great results for women and children and I look forward to seeing the same positive outcomes in Katherine,” Senator Scullion said.
Through the Australian Nurse Family Partnership programme, trained nurses will visit mothers in their own homes in Katherine and support them to develop a healthy lifestyle and stronger relationships.
“Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation is the organisation running the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Programme in Katherine.”
Expansion sites were identified through consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Partnership Forums.
Better Start to Life is a 2014-15 Budget measure of $94 million over three years to 2017–18.
“These programmes go to the heart of helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families have a great start to life and reach their full potential,” Senator Scullion said.
The Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt, said the Better Start to Life investment was showing results.
“The Government has recently finalised the next phase of the Better Start to Life expansion, funding 14 new sites to implement the New Directions: Mothers and Babies Services programme and five new sites to deliver the Australian Nurse Family Partnership Programme,” said Minister Wyatt.
“There are now 124 New Directions services and 13 Australian Nurse Family Partnership programme sites in total.
“These programmes are an important early investment in the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.”
A further 12 sites for the expansion of Better Start to Life are due to be announced soon.